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Catholic homeschooling

A different sort of classroom
A different sort of classroom
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 Have you ever considered homeschooling? The decision to participate in homeschooling requires much prayer and thoughtful consideration. Pope John Paul II wrote, "Parents are the first and the most important educators of their own children, and they also possess a fundamental competence in this area; they are educators because they are parents."

While homeschooling is legally permitted in all fifty states, it is important to be aware of and carefully follow the laws and regulations that vary from state to state. In Ohio, homeschooling is governed by the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC), Chapter 3301-34. Before beginning any homeschooling venture, closely read and be prepared to follow the full text of this regulation.

The next step is to consider your family's style of organization and discipline as well as your participation in the community. It will be very important to your child's growth and development for them to learn the rules and needs for organization, discipline and socialization. Your child's chores and responsibilities in the family, as well as their activity in the community, cannot stop because you have chosen to develop your own homeschooling plan.

To help you in your decision making, you may want to consider reading, Catholic Home Schooling by Mary Kay Clark,Director of the Seton Home Study School. In her book, she shares with readers that the reasons we decide to educate our children at home are unique to each family. She also introduces you to the journey and adventure that is homeschooling, highlighting the many benefits and rewards for the entire family.

If after all these steps of careful consideration to begin homeschooling you decide it is not the right choice for your family, always remember what Pope John Paul II said, "Parents are the first and the most important educators of their own children." It is important to be actively involved in your children's education, and a great way to do that is to become a frequent volunteer.

The Columbus Catholic Connection: Educating for Heaven is sponsoring "A Day of Reflection" on Saturday, August 21st at St. Michael Church. The day begins with Mass at 8:15 am and will be followed by inspiring talks from four veteran homeschooling mothers. To register, please visit or email, with any questions.


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