“Parvis Imbutus Tentabis Grandia Tutus” or, How To Succeed at Latin

By Julie Collorafi There is a wise old Latin saying, beloved of elementary prep schools, which advises the need for consistent, thorough instruction in the basics, building a solid foundation upon which to build intensive, accelerated academic success on the secondary level. This motto, “Parvis imbutus tentabis grandia tutus” which is rendered literally as “You, having … Read more

Homeschooling Hybrids

Affordable, Convenient Support Yields the Best of Both Worlds for Catholic Families by Erika J. Ahern On a crisp autumn day, twenty-six homeschooling families pull up to a rented school building. Uniformed children with backpacks pour out of the cars and into their classrooms eager for the day. Mothers and fathers carry their own books: … Read more

Meet the Catholic Homeschooling Divas

Homeschooling Before It Was Cool Styled by Monica Gordon &  Rosemary Bajanov     Hair & Makeup by Cathy Ohannessian Who are these glamorous ladies? Definitely not a case of ‘all looks and no brains’. Dorothy Gill, 55, has a BS in Biology and Mary Jo Harrison, 60, has a degree in Philosophy. Both women have four … Read more

The Queen of Queens

Starting Up a Catholic Homeschooling Co-op in the Heart of New York City She is a recent convert to the Faith, at this past Easter Vigil. She says her conversion was ‘a slow and deeply intellectual process, with many issues to contend with before finally accepting the Faith–primarily, issues of culture and ethnicity.’ Now, however, … Read more

A Very English Education

Homeschooling in England They have been carrying on, in the time-honored English manner. Amanda Lewin (left) runs the monthly Catholic Home Schooling group at the Oxford Oratory. Her blog is designed to support Catholic families battling with the UK secular system. Kathryn Hennessey lives in Reading, where she has been homeschooling since 1999. Here, they take … Read more

Fun with St Monica’s

Good Times with a 250-Family Homeschooling Group  By Priscilla Mc Caffrey Photo credits: Monica O’Brien-Costantin, Kristin Gawley, Monica McCaffrey, Patti Ward, Lynn Wehner, Julie Weyant and Luke Weyant   How can Catholics build community when they hail from widely-separated parishes and locales? In this remarkable photo essay, Priscilla Mc Caffrey explains how it’s been done … Read more

American Revolution

The Inside Story on Seton Homeschooling By Bridget Green Photos by: Jim Shanley She may not look like a revolutionary, but make no mistake about it – Mary Kay Clark most definitely is. In 1980, she and Catholic educator Anne Carroll and Mary Kay Clark embarked on a shoestring start-up homeschooling adventure that has become … Read more

REGINA’S Top 10 Christmas Children’s Books

For Advent and Christmas by Bridget Green Ah, Christmas. That magical season that starts in late October and ends promptly on December 27th. Oh, wait. No. That’s the secular season that I like to refer to as “Chrissssmas.” Christmas, the liturgical season of the Catholic Church, begins on December 24th and goes at least until … Read more

In Their Own Words

What Young Adults Who Were Homeschooled Tell Us Today

They were homeschooled in the 70s and 80s, decades before the current explosion in homeschooling across America. Today, they are adults, with lives of their own. In this exclusive Regina Magazine interview, two West Coast young people share their stories, reflecting on the surprising ‘good, bad and ugly’ about homeschooling — in their own personal experience and words.*

REGINA: When were you homeschooled and for how long?

Jennifer: I started being homeschooled in 1973, for nine years.

Keith: I was homeschooled for 12 years, beginning in 1988.

REGINA: Where did you attend university and what are your professions today?

Jennifer: I graduated from Portland State University with a BFA. I am now a freelance fine artist.

Keith: Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. University of Portland (2005) and a Master of Science in Computer Science and Engineering. University of Notre Dame (2008) I am now employed as a software engineer with WW Technology Group (government contractor).

REGINA: Looking back on your own experience after all these years, what would you say were the benefits of being homeschooled?

Jennifer: For me, it was the freedom to explore interests and develop skills. And freedom from negative peer pressure. Not to mention free time.

Keith: I would say there were three benefits for me. The first was autonomous learning; I learned how to pursue and acquire knowledge on my own, which led to an easy college transition. Second was customized education;  I was able to engage topics of interest in the manner best suited to my learning modality. Finally, there was social skills; I interacted with adults and children of other ages as frequently as with my peers. I learned from them and become comfortable interacting with them.

“Homeschooling gave me the freedom to explore interests and develop skills. And freedom from negative peer pressure. Not to mention free time.”

REGINA: Sounds very impressive. How about the negatives?

Jennifer: I experienced a lack of acceptance/understanding from society at large.

Keith: The three main negatives for me were preconceived biases, assumed cultural knowledge and mornings. (LOL)

“The three main negatives for me were preconceived biases, assumed cultural knowledge and mornings. (LOL)”

REGINA: On balance, would you recommend homeschooling to your friends and family? Why or why not?

Jennifer: I believe the benefits always outweigh any drawbacks.  As parents, no one knows our children’s strengths, weaknesses, gifts, abilities and personalities better
than we do. Ideally, we are the ones best equipped to tailor their educational experience and help them flourish as unique individuals.

Keith: Homeschooling amplifies the influence of the parents (and siblings) and reduces the influence of peers. If the parents are likely to be a positive influence on their children, I would recommend that they homeschool.

“Homeschooling amplifies the influence of the parents (and siblings) and reduces the influence of peers. If the parents are likely to be a positive influence on their children, I would recommend that they homeschool.”

* Interviewees’ names have been changed to guarantee their anonymity and to encourage their candor.

A Homeschooler’s Guide to Inspiring England

“Divorced, beheaded, died. Divorced, beheaded, survived.” It’s the Fourth of July in America, a fitting time to reflect on all things British, the country where the foundation of democracy was laid. We enjoy the freedom to homeschool here, derived from the ancient freedoms won in England.  I have the great privilege of knowing some fine … Read more