Friday, October 06, 2006

It's a Carnival

Welcome to the first edition of the Catholic Homeschooling Blog Carnival! Catholics who homeschool have a unique set of challenges and we hope this blog carnival will be a way of supporting and encouraging each other in the love of Christ and His Blessed Mother.

Karen Edmisten gives us a glimpse into her First day of school.

Sheila writes a hilarious piece on the beginning of her own homeschool year

In Child Theology, Maureen Wittmann reminds us that "Being home with the kids, homeschooling, brings so many small treasured moments. Moments we'd miss if they were gone all day."

David shares a glimpse of a Catholic Homeschooling Camp in Australia in The Evans Head Catholic Homeschooling Camp.

The Catholic Church commemorates important events and people through special days in the Liturgical Year. October is the month of the Holy Rosary and two upcoming dates commemorate the power of the Rosary and our devotion to the Blessed Mother...

The feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is celebrated on October 7th - the anniversary of the great battle of Lepanto in 1571. G.K. Chesterton has a great poem commemorating this event. (This makes a wonderful read-aloud as the language is so stirring). For more insights on Lepanto, Pope Pius V, Chesterton and the Confraternity of the Most Holy Rosary, read Dr. Thursday's Opening a Window on Lepanto.

October 13th is the anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun in Fatima, Portugal in 1917.

Many homeschool families find that remembering Holy Days with their children is a great way to bring the faith to life for them...

Elena LaVictoire
shows us how she adds angels to her fall decor in The Season of Angels.

Meredith Henning explains how she made a A Garden For The Seven Sorrows of Mary.

Dawn Hanigan's
family celebrates (and learns about) the Catholic feasts through simple tea and craft days such as Tea and Crafts on the Nativity of Mary.

We study, cultivate and celebrate the Faith in other ways too...

Christine Alcott offers observations on the spirituality of children and its effects on those around them in The Faith of a Child (Christine also moderates Homeschooling @

In Catechism Bingo, Helen has invented a fun way to help memorize the catechism - even for non-readers!

Of course other subjects are important to us as well...

Mike Aquilina presents an engaging summary of the persecutions
of the early Christians in Rome, in Roman Roundup posted at The Way of the Fathers, Mike is a homeschool father of six and author of many books on early Church history.

Dani Foster Herring presents Homeschool Happenings - "Poems written by my twins, Cade & Connor and a few photos of classes taken at the Maryland Science Center during homeschool week."

Carnival Moderator Ana Braga-Henebry posted a blurb about Stage, a new website offering Catholic theatrical scripts written and performed in Lincoln, Nebraska—read about it at Ana's Journal.

When it comes to educational methods, Pope Pius XI told us in his encyclical on Christian Education that "the Christian teacher will imitate the bee, which takes the choicest part of the flower and leaves the rest" and will gather and turn "to profit, whatever there is of real worth in the systems and methods of our modern times"...

Elizabeth Foss shares All together now! The Beauty of Unit Study.

Michelle Reitemeyer has lots of experience homeschooling with preschoolers! Read about her philosophy in Unschooling my preschooler.

Catholic Homeschoolers have to tackle some pretty tough questions at times - from practical solutions to issues within the family to understanding modern events in light of Catholic teaching...

Leonie Westenberg shares an article dealing with the dilemma of living as a Catholic homeschooling family but not always reaching "the ideal" in Picture Perfect Homeschoolers.

Suzanne Temple offers "The Solution". The problem? Homeschooling all boys, with a few of them toddlers!

Nancy Brown considers Who Should Read Harry Potter?. She'd appreciate your comments, too, on the topic.

Alicia Van Hecke reflects on what we should take from Pope Benedict's "controversial" speech at Regensberg in The Pope's Talk on Faith and Reason.

Mary Daly and Suchi Myjak tackle "the New Geocentrism" here, here and here at Unity of Truth (a Science and Math Blog for Catholic Homeschoolers)

Catholic homeschoolers spread throughout the land stay close in spirit and support through friendship and the blessings of the Internet...

Denise Laubacher, gives us her thoughts on friendship in The Blessing of Friends posted at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Exchange.

Ian wants to know about Catholic homeschooling in your area in Where are the Catholic Homeschoolers?

Esther, who designed the logo for our blog carnival, writes Are you a Catholic Homeschooler?

That concludes our first edition. Many thanks to our coordinators, Ana and Mary Ann. Our carnival is being co-hosted at Mary Ann Bernard's blog. Please submit your blog article to the next edition of Catholic Homeschooling using our carnival submission form.

Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.


Nancy C. Brown said...

I have really enjoyed exploring everyone's posts, and discovering new blogs and links, thanks everyone!

Maureen Wittmann said...

This is fun. Let's do it again next month!!!