Thursday, January 03, 2013

Free Books for Homeschoolers

FYI, a fellow homeschooling mom is offering books for free.  All you have to do is pay for the shipping.  See details in the comment section of this blog post:

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Presidential Scholarship for 2013 - Open for Freshman 2013!

“The aim of all Christian education, moreover, is to train the believer in an adult faith that can make him a "new creation", capable of bearing witness in his surroundings to the Christian hope that inspires him.”
― Pope Benedict XVIThe Sacrament Of Charity: Sacramentum Caritatis

In honor of his Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI the College of Saint Mary Magdalen annually awards one Four-Year, Full Tuition Scholarship to a incoming freshmen who has set themselves apart from their incoming classmates by achieving and 1800 on the SAT or 26 on the ACT, and have completed their application by February 15th .  Eligible incoming freshmen whom wish to apply for the scholarship must submit a 7-10 page essay in response to one of Pope Benedict XVI’s encyclicals.  All submissions must be postmarked no later than 15 February. 

Once all essays are received, the essays are copied and scrubbed of any names so that each essay is presented as an anonymous entry.  Then each essay is reviewed in full by a panel of faculty outside of admissions, who choose the winning entry.  The winning student is notified by the director of admissions.  Once a student is offered the scholarship they must commit themselves to the College’s Honor Program, and must maintain a 3.4 GPA.  Be advised that after the submission deadline has been reached the review process can take up to two weeks to complete.

For further information on this scholarship and any others that are offered, you can contact the admissions office at 603-456-2656 or email at  You can also visit our website, and under the Admissions tab you will find the Tuition & financial aid in the drop down menu, slide down and highlight the box, and a second box will open and then click on sources of aid.  This will direct you information on all the sources of aid that the college offers, from the Presidential Scholarship to the Fulton Sheen Initiative for students who are discerning religious life.   

Please CLICK HERE to read about the 2012 College of Saint Mary Magdalen Presidential Scholarship winner.

Katie Moffett
Director of Admissions and Communications
The College of Saint Mary Magdalen
511 Kearsarge Mountain Road
Warner, NH 03278-4012

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Atlanta Catholic Homeschool Conference 2012

We invite you to the Atlanta Catholic Homeschool Conference on Friday, April 27th and Saturday, April 28th at St. Andrews in Roswell.  The conference is an opportunity for homeschoolers and those interested in homeschooling to take a day to be refreshed in their journey. Three different tracks will be offered: Experienced Homeschooling, Beginning Homeschooling and Teen Tracks. We are proud to announce that Andrew Pudewa from the Institute for Excellence in Writing will be presenting a pre-conference workshop entitled, “The High School Intensive Workshop” from 8:30-3:30pm on Friday, April 27th.  Please visit at our website to register for this pre-conference workshop.  On Saturday, there will be many speakers eager to inspire and assist home school families.  Our speakers include Andrew Pudewa, Maureen Whitmann from Homeschool Connections, and Lori Moore from Breakthrough Learning SolutionsThe new teen track will focus on multiple professionals that will speak about their careers and the education and training needed for their positions.  They will learn about budgeting and what is needed for acceptance to college. Fun and games will round out the end of the Teen Track day.  Come shop our vendors and used book sale. For more information visit:

Monday, March 26, 2012

New England Catholic Homeschool Conference: Register today!

The 2012 New England Catholic Homeschool Conference is less than 2 months away! Pre-register now to take advantage of the discounted rates.

The Conference will take place at Saint Monica’s Parish in Methuen, Massachusetts on Saturday, May 19, 2012. This marks the first time that the Conference will be held in the Archdiocese of Boston! Methuen, MA provides a central location, close to I-495, and between I-95 and I-93. Free parking is available all day long.

We have a wonderful lineup of speakers and vendors. Our keynote speakers are: Danielle Bean from Catholic Digest and Faith & Family, Allison Gingras from Reconciled to You, Maureen Wittmann from Homeschool Connections and Father Edward Riley, Spiritual Director and Liaison to homeschooling families of the Archdiocese of Boston. Our speakers will offer support and advice to re-invigorate and inspire parents and home educators in every stage. and

Learn more about our speakers >>>

Attendees will have the chance to browse curriculum providers Seton Home Study School and Kolbe Academy Home School, Catholic bookseller Sophia Institute Press, and many other vendors.

See a full list of vendors >>>

The New England Catholic Homeschool Conference is not just for homeschooling families! As the primary educators of their children, parents will find wonderful support and vital resources for the great task of raising and forming young adults.

Please help us to spread the word by forwarding this email to a friend.


Mark Schwerdt
NECHC Director
800-880-8308 ext. 14

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

IHM Tarrytown Catholic Home School Conference

Dear Friends,

As Director of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Homeschool and Family Conferences, I would like to inform you that we will be hosting a regional 2-day conference again in Tarrytown, NY on August 3/4, 2012 at the Doubletree Hotel right off of the Highway near the Tappan Zee Bridge.
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This is a great opportunity to learn about Catholic homeschooling (a vital and exciting movement within the Church), to view and buy Catholic educational materials, visit with friends, buy religious gifts, and to hear some interesting speakers. You don't have to be a homeschooling parent to come and enjoy the event - and admission is FREE !

Fr. Andrew Apostoli, John Clark (homeschooling Dad and author)and Mrs. Virginia Seuffert (dynamic mother of 12 and author) have already confirmed. We are awaiting other confirmations, which we will add to the website in the near future.

This year on the website for all of the IHM conferences, we have added an e-mail update section so people can get periodic updates - just a few.

To receive these conference notices, one must sign up in the "update" section, and then click a link in a confirmation email that will be sent to someone before he/she is officially signed up. Please be reassured that we keep all of our lists confidential.

Any promotional help that you can give would be greatly appreciated, especially encouraging friends to sign up. To save money, we are trying to move from hard copy promotion to electronic promotion over the next 3 years, and the update list will be our new mailing list. Facebook promotion is also effective.

Maybe I'll see you there! Thanks again for your support and prayers,

Mary Lou Warren

Mary Lou Warren
Director, IHM Conferences

Friday, December 23, 2011

In the face of adversity: The story behind the home schooling movement

I received an email today with a story I think all homeschooling families, especially Catholic ones will really appreciate.  It is about a true hero of homeschoolers.

She still lives in Mexico, New York, a very unassuming older woman. To look at her, one would not suspect her story, let alone the movement she propelled into the headlines.
You can read the entire article hereIn the face of adversity: The story behind the home schooling movement .

Thank you Amy for sharing your mother's heroic story with us.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

2012 New England Catholic Homeschool Conference

Dear Friends,

The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts is pleased to announce that it will be hosting the annual New England Catholic Homeschooling Conference (NECHC) on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at Saint Monica Parish in Methuen, Massachusetts, which is located in the Archdiocese of Boston. This is a wonderful opportunity for homeschooling families to support each other, browse different curricula for sale and listen to the wisdom of speakers as they share their own homeschooling experiences. We will update our website once all of our speakers have confirmed.

Online registration is now available and we would be delighted to have you attend. If you would like to register as a vendor, please send me an email stating your interest.

The New England Catholic Homeschooling Conference is dedicated to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. As we prepare for another successful conference, I ask for your prayers and support. Please forward this announcement on to any homeschooling groups and families that you know.

For further information, please visit our conference website:

I welcome your suggestions and remain at your service to answer questions.

Yours in Christ,

Mark Schwerdt
NECHC Director
800-880-8308 ext. 14

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Important Message

Aloha Prospective Members:

Recently, I've had a couple bloggers email me about joining the directory. However, they didn't mention where they were located.

In order to be posted, we need to know your location. The blogs are listed according to geographical location i.e. State or Country.

If I email you requesting location, please let me know your location. I do not need to know you city or town, just the state or country. If you'd rather not reveal your location, please let me know that.

A couple of times, I have requested more information and I never heard back from the blogger. As a courtesy, in the event, my email was never received, I emailed again with no response.


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    Friday, March 10, 2006

    Ranching Opportunity for Interested Homeschooling Family

    Aloha Everyone:

    I received an email from a gentlemen in Colorado. I do not know him, nor can I vouch for him. I am merely sharing his offer here with all of you.

    I am writing because I thought you might be able to share information with some family who would benefit from it. Here’s the situation that might be an opportunity for some homeschooling family.
    My home is in southwestern Colorado. I have a small farm/ranch sandwiched in between the Southern Ute Reservation and the San Juan National Forest right on the Piedra River. My kids are all grown now. They homeschooled (in part) and went to St. Columba School in Durango for most of the rest. They were raised doing ranch chores and playing outdoors with their own livestock and the freedom to roam miles and miles of open country around the ranch. We were very active in the 2 Durango parishes and involved in the small rural mostly Hispanic missions out of Immaculate Heart in Pagosa Springs. It was, for me, the ideal place to raise kids: we had no TV until they were nearly grown; their social circle was either family or neighbors or other children and adults from St. Columba’s. They learned farming and ranching skills and how to solve problems.

    For the past few years I have worked in Maryland but hope someday to be back on the ranch after I retire. So here is where the opportunity comes in. Now the house sits vacant, weeds grow and I just go there to maintain the improvements. My cousin who lives nearby puts up a bit of hay from the meadowland. And occasionally my kids take their kids to fish in the river.

    I suspect that somewhere out there is a hardy family who wants to garden, raise a little livestock, homeschool their kids, and insulate themselves a bit from some of the coarseness of the prevalent culture. We built an adobe house, erected a 40 x 60 barn, a lot of fencing, a big garden, etc. Let me say at the outset that this would not be for everybody. Ranch life takes a special kind of person. Winter snows and spring mud can make access difficult. Livestock ties you down. When something breaks, you have to figure out how to fix it. It’s a long way to town, especially in the winter. You have to get your coal and wood in before the cold weather comes… I could go on and on.

    On the other hand, when I see what my kids (now 25-33 years old), can do –how they plan and work, how they help others (don’t get me started) – I am grateful that we were able to live there during their formative years. God has been very good to us!

    But let me get back on track. Might there be folks in your circle or readers of your blog to whom this situation would be a blessing? If so, how could we connect with them? I would really appreciate your thoughts and ideas about how this (currently) idle resource could benefit some family.

    Thank you.

    Wishing you all God’s blessings for the new year,

    Roger Candelaria
    The following is a response to my inquiries:

    Dear Esther,

    Thank you for your email response. I would rent the entire 80 acres, barn, sheds, corral, kennels, chicken house, etc for $800 a month plus utilities. However, I would return up to $150 of that 800 during the following month to reimburse materials and supplies used the previous month for maintenance and conservation of the farm and buildings.

    I will be there for some time the second half of March and would be glad to show an interested family around.

    Thank you.

    Roger Candelaria