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Michigan Catholic Home-Educators

P.O. Box 4534 Troy, MI 48099 248-828-0135 www.homeschoolcatholic.org E-mail: [email protected] 2010

Why Catholic Home Education?

ur children are our most precious possessions. As parents it is our primary duty to raise our children in the truths of the Faith so that they might save their souls in order to be with us in heaven for all eternity. The home, under the loving direction of the parents, is the best place to educate children in truth and virtue. Through Catholic home education, parents are able to: · Evangelize their children in the Catholic faith providing both catechesis in doctrine and the development of an active spiritual and moral life based upon the sacraments, prayer, and good works. · Provide their children with a challenging academic education in the liberal arts and sciences reflected in the light of Catholic teaching and perspective. · Individualize curriculum to meet the needs and goals of each child. · Personally direct and share in the intellectual, spiritual, moral, and emotional growth and development of their children. · Provide a loving environment which affirms the individuality of each child who is made in the image and likeness of God and which promotes the practice of virtue on a daily basis. · Fulfill the role of the family as the domestic church and predominant socializing agent of children into an authentic Catholic living of the Faith. · Protect their children from harmful influences of a secular environment, bad companions, and immoral sex education programs.

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Can I do it?

Most parents do not have teaching degrees and learn with their children. Parents often find that home education can be stimulating for them as well as their children. Motivated by love, parents are the natural educators of their children. If necessary, help in subjects such as math, science or languages can be found from friends, relatives, other home educating families, or tutors. Some high school students have successfully taken classes at community or local colleges. Lastly, we must remember that because God has made the education of children a primary responsibility of parents, He gives parents the necessary graces through the sacrament of marriage.

How does home education affect family life?

Because home education encourages parents to talk with their children about the important issues of life, the parent-child bond is strengthened, which is especially important during teen years. By catechizing their children, parents usually find that their own faith is renewed and deepened. Parents often reflect that home schooling helps them to aspire more fervently in the acquisition of virtue since they cannot give to their children that which they themselves do not have. Patience, self discipline, etc. are suddenly practical necessities. Children and parents also need to work together in managing household tasks which develops a spirit of cooperation. Children learn generosity from the self- giving example of their parents.

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What About Socialization?

What About Socialization?

Home education provides the best means for socialization - the family. Parents and older brother and sisters are usually far better role models for children than the peer group. Children of the same age, when left to themselves, often cannot provide each other with the guidance and training necessary for the development of proper behavior. The family also knows and understands the needs and personality of each child, and is, therefore, better able to guide the child in overcoming his weaknesses and developing his strengths. Children taught at home are free to be who they are without being critiqued by an insecure peer group whose judgment most often rests upon on such superficial matters as appearance or athletic ability. Because children in home educating families are not required to cater to the demands and tastes of the peer group in order to be accepted, they are frequently more self confident and independent than children socialized predominately by peers. Home educated children also learn to relate and appreciate people of all ages, which more closely reflects the society in which they will live. Home educated children also have ample time to develop relationships outside the home in other activities such as sports, music, volunteer work, etc. Local Catholic support groups often plan field trips and other social activities or outings, such as picnics, plays and service projects. Parents need to be aware that even the complete programs may need to be modified and adapted to meet the needs and learning style of each individual child. Unit studies cover successive topics from all aspects incorporating related history, literature, science, geography, etc. An eclectic program allows the parent to put together his own curriculum by choosing materials for each child individually. Eclectic programs offer greater flexibility but may require a greater knowledge of resources and materials. While the complete and guided curriculum programs usually require tuition payment or a service fee, the eclectic program too can be costly since inexperienced parents sometimes find themselves purchasing materials which are never used. Parents frequently choose one curriculum approach and change to another in the following years as needs change and as they begin to know themselves and their children's needs better. (See Catholic Curriculums on page 7).

Is it important to have a Catholic curriculum?

Yes, it is extremely important to have a Catholic curriculum in order to provide our children with a truly Catholic education which will prepare them not only for this life but for eternal life as well. Only Catholic catechisms and religion texts will teach our children the true faith. Catholic readers and literature provide inspiration while a child is acquiring reading skills. Only Catholic history texts incorporate the lives of the saints and give the unique Catholic perspective on such events as the life of Christ, the Protestant Revolution, contributions of Catholics in America, etc. Even when a Catholic text is not available for a subject in a particular grade, one should always strive to incorporate Catholic materials and ideas. For example, one should incorporate the teachings of the Church on evolution when studying high school biology.

Which curriculum should I choose?

Parents can choose from among complete curriculum programs, guided curriculum programs, unit studies approach, or an eclectic program. The complete curriculum programs offer books, lesson plans, tests, and record keeping, etc. The guided programs offer either a suggested curriculum or help in designing a curriculum, but no books, lesson plans, or tests. Complete and guided programs offer parents some certainty that all essential material is being covered and provides continuity from year to year.

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Children learn generosity from the self-giving example of their parents.

Christian, Secular or Catholic?

What about the Christian programs that are not Catholic?

Christian programs are designed to raise up Protestants. Some programs, such as Abeka and Bob Jones, are at times decidedly anti-Catholic, openly attacking Catholic doctrine even in such unexpected places as science texts. Perhaps even more dangerous, however, is the integration of Protestant belief into the curriculum which unfortunately is not always recognized by Catholics. Because parents frequently are not skilled in apologetics or have been poorly educated in the Faith themselves, they are often unable to recognize subtle Protestant errors. Parents themselves various fields help to inspire our children and create a Catholic outlook with regard to all avenues of life. Most importantly, Catholic texts and programs help parents and older students learn to evaluate the classical, secular works of literature, history etc. in the light of Catholic teaching. All of the content of our curriculum and our daily life should be evaluated from a Catholic perspective.

Do colleges accept home-educated children?

Yes. Some colleges will require a diploma which is provided to a student enrolled in a complete and guided program. Students not enrolled in such programs can take the GED which is easily passed by most home educated students. Colleges recognize that there is a great deal of discrepancy between academic standards of various high schools. They rely on the students scores on the ACT and SAT college entrance tests as an indicator of the student's ability to succeed in college. Most home school students score very well on these exams. Colleges also look to see if students have taken academic subjects rather than a vocationally geared program. Because students who are home educated usually have developed good study habits and are accustomed to working independently, they quickly adjust to and function well in the college setting.

Parents frequently choose one curriculum approach and change to another as they understand their children's needs better.

find that they need the guidance of orthodox Catholic materials. Protestant programs also omit or have a different understanding of many Catholic beliefs such as the sacraments, the role of Mary, man's redemption, the Bible, the authority of the Pope, etc. Protestant history texts particularly distort and omit important facts since the history of civilization is so closely intertwined with the history of the Catholic Church.

What about secular texts?

All texts present some point of view of man and his relationship to the world. Secular texts are basically from an atheistic or, at best, indifferent viewpoint with regard to the existence of God and His role in our lives. Modern secular texts, either as a result of omission, or by direct indoctrination, promote materialism and humanism. Catholic education should integrate a Catholic perspective throughout the curriculum. Since it is the only true perspective from which to view all of life, why would we want to embrace any other? We would never knowingly teach incorrect math or science facts, so why should we knowingly distort reality for our children by omitting God from life? Using Catholic materials helps our children to see the Faith as part of our daily life. Stories of great Catholic men and women and their accomplishments in

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Does the church approve of home education?

The Church has always affirmed the primary right and duty of parents to educate their children. The new Catechism of the Catholic Church (1994) makes the following statements: #2221 The right and the duty of parents to educate their children is primordial and inalienable. #2223 Parents have the first responsibility for the education of their children. #2225 Through the sacrament of marriage, parents receive the responsibility and privilege of evangelizing their children. #2229 As those first responsible for the education of their children, parents have the right to choose a school for them which corresponds to

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Is Home Education Legal?

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Must I be a certified teacher?

There are no requirements made of parents claiming exemption under the new home school amendment (f). It was established by the courts that parents of home educating families claiming exemption under the nonpublic school amendment (a) do not need to be certified teachers if the family has a religious objection to certification. Families not claiming the religious exemption to certification may satisfy the certified teacher requirement with as little as two hours consultation per year with a certified teacher since the public school code makes no day or hour specification in this regard.

their own convictions. This right is fundamental. The Charter Rights of the Family issued by the Vatican in 1983 makes this statement: "Since they have conferred life on their children, parents have the original, primary and inalienable right to educate them; hence they must be acknowledged as the first and foremost educators of their children." Pope John Paul II in his Letter to Families for the International Year of the Family in February 1994 makes this statement: Parents are the first and most important educators of their own children, and they also possess a fundamental competence in this area: They are educators because they are parents. Additional documentation of the Church's consistent support and recognition of parental rights with regard to the education of their children can be found in the documents of Vatican II and numerous encyclicals.

What is HSLDA?

The Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) is a Christian organization which offers experienced legal counsel and representation by qualified attorneys to every member family who is challenged by government officials in the area of home schooling. All attorney fees and costs are paid in full directly by the association. HSLDA fee is $115 per year. Members of Michigan Catholic Home-Educators are eligible for a $20 discount off the HSLDA membership fee. More information and applications are available from MCH. MCH offers information about HSLDA as an option for those who are interested. MCH does not necessarily agree with all policies or view points of HSLDA. 540-338-5600; www.HSLDA.org

Is home education legal?

Yes. In 1996, the Michigan legislature passed amendment (f) to the compulsory school attendance law specifically exempting home educating families. Previously, home educating families had been classified as part of the nonpublic school system and exempt under amendment (a). Home educating families now may choose exemption under (a) or (f) or both. Families choosing to operate under exemption (a) may register with the Michigan Department of Education, although the law does not require registration with the state. Families home schooling under exemption (f) fall under the jurisdiction of the local school district. The law does not require families to notify the local school district. Compulsory Attendance Ages: For a child who turned 11 before December 1, 2009, or who entered sixth grade before 2009, from the "age of 6 to the child's sixteenth birthday." For a child who turns 11 on or after December 1, 2009, or a child who enters sixth grade in 2009 or later, from the "age of 6 to the child's eighteenth birthday." In this instance, a parent may exempt his/her child from compulsory school attendance if the child is at least 16 and the parent has notified the school district in writing that the child has permission to stop attending school.

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Is support available?

Michigan Catholic Home-Educators (MCH) is a state wide association of Catholic home educating families whose purpose is to support and promote Catholic home education. Networking with Catholic support groups located throughout the state, MCH is able to direct families to local Catholic support groups. These groups often plan educational and social activities and provide a means for families to exchange information, share concerns, and learn from one another's experiences. In addition, MCH provides an annual home education conference and book fair specifically addressing the needs of Catholic home educating families. MCH members also receive a quarterly newsletter, Opus Gloriae. MCH membership is $16 per year.

Catholic Curricula Options

Complete Curricula

Most curriculum features are flexible and/or optional.

K-12

Lesson Tests Record- Books Plans keeping

Teach. Special Indiv. Assist. Needs Course

Online Resources

Angelicum Academy 360-496-0098; www.angelicum.net Catholic Heritage Curricula 800-490-7713; www.chcweb.com Kolbe Academy 707-255-6499; www.kolbe.org Mother of Divine Grace 805-646-5818; www.motherofdivinegrace.org Our Lady of the Rosary 502-348-1338; www.olrs.com Our Lady of Victory 208-773-7265; www.olvs.org Seton Home Study School 540-636-9990; www.setonhome.org St. Thomas Aquinas Academy 209-529-7458; www.staacademy.com

Online Curricula

All curriculum features are flexible and/or optional.

Grade Levels K-12 7-12 K-8 4-12

Lesson Plans

Tests

Record- Indiv. Full Special keeping Courses Curric. Needs

Catechism Class www.catechismclass.com Homeschool Connections www.homeschoolconnectionsonline.com Mater Amabilis www.materamabilis.org Regina Coeli www.reginacoeli.org

Other Websites

www.catholichomeschool.org K-12

Eclectic Curricula

Drawing from many sources, this approach offers the greatest flexibility but requires a knowledge of curricula and resources, and greater self discipline.

Please note: The decision to use a particular program or an eclectic approach does not necessarily have to be a permanent decision. Families periodically reevaluate their curricula choices and often make adjustments as needs or circumstances change.

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Catholic Textbooks

Below are listed some suggested textbooks for a Catholic Curriculum. The publishers and distributors carry many more helpful books to complete a Catholic curriculum. See Publishers and Distributors on the last page. Grade School Texts Religion St. Joseph Baltimore Catechism (Catholic bookstores, Emmanuel Books, Seton) Faith and Life Series (Ignatius Press) Image of God Series (Ignatius Press) Our Holy Faith (Neumann Press) Bible History by Knecht and Schuster (Tan) Consecration in Truth (Apostolate for Family Consecration 800-FOR-MARY, www.familyland.org) Simon Peter School Scripture Study (Simon Peter Press 727-417-6639, www.lhla.org ) The Treasure of My Catholic Faith, (Circle Press 888-881-0729, www.catholictextbooks.org) History Land of Our Lady Series (Neumann Press) Pioneers and Patriots, Old World and America, and How our Nation Began (Tan) Readers Faith and Freedom Readers (Seton Press) American Cardinal Readers (Neumann Press) National Catholic Readers (Neumann Press) Little Angel Readers (Catholic Heritage Curriculum) Literature Harp and Laurel Wreath by Laura Berquist (Ignatius) Junior High and High School Texts Religion Apologetics series by Jim Burnham (877-327-5343) Didache Series: (Emmaus Road Publishing, 800398-5470, www.emmausroad.org) Introduction to Catholicism Understanding the Scriptures History of the Church Our Moral Life in Christ Following Christ in the Modern World (Seton Press) Fr. Laux Series: (Tan) Introduction to the Bible Chief Truths of the Faith Mass and the Sacraments Catholic Morality Catholic Apologetics (Tan) Consecration in Truth (Apostolate for Family Consecration 800-FOR-MARY, www.familyland.org) History Catholic World Culture (Seton) Christ and the Americas (Tan) Christ the King, Lord of History (Tan) Story of the Church by Johnson and Hannan (Tan) Bible History & Workbook by Johnson & Hannan (Tan) Science Life Science: All Creatures Great and Small (Seton) Literature Harp and Laurel Wreath by Laura Berquist (Ignatius)

Only Catholic history texts incorporate the lives of the saints and give the unique Catholic perspective on such events as the life of Christ, the Protestant Revolution, contributions of Catholics in America.

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Recommended Reading

Of Home Schooling Interest

Opus Gloriae is the quarterly newsletter which is free to members of the Michigan Catholic Home- Educators. Latest news about home schooling, current legislation, church affairs, diocesan news, support groups, and new resources. Catholic Home Schooling, a Handbook for Parents by Dr. Mary Kay Clark. Presents Catholic teaching on education and family life and offers practical help with discipline, home management, socialization, and much more. (Tan) Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum by Laura Berquist. Shows parents how to assemble a classic Catholic curriculum that feeds the soul as well as the intellect. Many resources, book lists. Covers kindergarten through twelfth grade. (Ignatius Press) Educational Philosophy of St. John Bosco by John Morrison. Explains St John Bosco's preventative system of education which uses reason, religion and kindness to influence children. Excellent. (Salesians Publishing 914-636-4225) A Mother's Rule of Life by Holly Pierlot. A home schooling mother explains how to organize priorities of daily life based upon a woman's vocation as wife and mother. (Sophia Press) The Catholic Homeschool Treasury (Amazon) and The Catholic Homeschool Companion (Sophia Institute Press) edited by Maureen Whittmann and Rachel Mackson. Collection of essays on various home school topics written by home schooling parents. Practical advice and great list of resources. Responsibilities and Rights of Parents In Religious Education Excellent resource for home educators, especially regarding relationship to the parish. Short and concise. (Seton Educational Media)

Child-Rearing Materials

Catholic Faith and Family A monthly magazine providing a Catholic perspective on issues related to family life. (Circle Media 800-421-3230). National Catholic Register A weekly newspaper covering Catholic news and issues. (Circle Media 800-421-3230) Handbook for Parents by Fr. Paul Wickens A short concise guide with information for Catholic parents on how to raise Catholic children. (Neumann Press) Lifeline by James B. Stenson Advice and encouragement for raising children. Discusses leadership, discipline, standards, responsibility, courage, self mastery, and confidence. (Scepter Press 800322-8773) You're a Better Parent Than You Think, Discipline That Lasts a Lifetime and Good Discipline Good Teens by Dr. Ray Guarendi. Offers sensible, down-to-earth guidance on disciplining and raising children with lots of examples and trueto-life situations. (Simon Schuster Press, any bookstore, or www.catholic.com) Parenting with Grace by Greg and Lisa Popcak. Combines the best contemporary psychology with a thorough knowledge of the Catholic faith, a dose of humor, practical examples and genuine love for parents and children. www.exceptionalmarriages.com Parenting with Love & Logic: Teaching Children Responsibility by Dr. Foster Kline and Dr. Jim Fay. Offers a clear, concise, warm and effective approach to parenting. Real life situations with the specific ways to respond to children are presented. Responsibility must be learned through practice which at times involves making mistakes. www.loveandlogic.com Local libraries.

Additional Resources

Catholic Catechism of the Catholic Church is the official Catechism of the Church. It includes topics about Catholic belief, liturgy, sacraments, morality, virtues and prayer. (New Hope Pub. 502-325-3061)

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Catholic Cultural Support

Organizations That Support Family Life Catholic Familyland TV Network provides values oriented family entertainment, spiritual programming, and daily prayers and devotionals. Great classics and new programming for all ages. 1-80077-FAMILY, www.familyland.tv Couple to Couple League (CCL) offers classes on the sympto-thermal method of natural family planning. Newsletter discusses family and health issues. 513-471-2000 www.ccli.org Family Life Center International (FLCI) offers books and tapes on marriage, parenting and homeschooling. St. Joseph Covenant Keepers is an organization within FLCI which offers support to fathers. Monthly newsletter. 941-764-8565 www.dads.org One More Soul promotes the Church's teaching of Humanae Vitae(against contraception). Excellent books and tapes including: Contraception, Why Not? by Janet Smith, PH.D. Offers a directory of Natural Family Planning Only physicians. 800-307-7685 [email protected], web: www.OMSoul.com Apostolate for Family Consecration provides family conference, marriage weekends, week long Holy Family fests in summer, mission programs, catechetical program for grades one through twelve. 800-FOR-MARY www.familyland.org Preview Family Movie & TV Review is a conservative Christian critique of movies and TV programs. Online service. www.previewonline.org Decent Films Guide offers reviews of current movies from a moral, spiritual, artistic, age appropriateness, and a Catholic perspective. Also offers movie recommendations, including many Catholic films. You can also request for a review for specific movies. www.decent films.com Catholic Boys and Girls Clubs Kids 4 Jesus (K4J) A program for children ages 3-11 which helps foster character formation. Each month a specific theme or virtue is emphasized and reinforced with crafts and activities. Helps foster a personal relationship with Christ. All materials provided for parents. 877KIDSNET. Challenge (girls) and Conquest (boys) Clubs. A network of clubs and camps for girls and boys ages 10 to 16 to help them form friendships in Christ. The purpose is to develop the whole person, spiritually, socially, and intellectually. Formation is carried out through group activities, gospel reflections, workshops, retreats, and other fun activities. Regional office provides parents with all the materials. Challenge Clubs 248-628-7830, www.challengeclubs.org; Conquest Clubs 248241-9061, www.conquestclubs.org Little Flowers and Blue Knights is a guideline for organizing and leading small groups of young children in activities designed to strengthen faith and foster virtue. For ages 5-12. (Behold Publications, www.eccehomopress.com 866-305-8362) Pilgrims of the Holy Family is a familyfocused, Catholic alternative to scouting and 4-H. Seventy-four challenging activities for children ages ten and up! Theater, Astronomy, Architecture, and Swimming are just a sample of Achievements in five categories designed to reflect our own pilgrimage toward our Heavenly Father. (Catholic Heritage Curriculum www.chcweb.com)

Booklists for Suggested Reading for Children Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum by Laura Berquist. (Ignatius Press) Honey For a Child's Heart by Gladys Hunt. General reading lists for every age level. Order from any book store. In Review lists wholesome general and historical books for junior high and older children. A series of six booklets.(Bethlehem Books) Let the Authors Speak by Carolyn Hatcher. Reading lists for 4th grade and up that coincide with historical eras. (Emmanuel Books)

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Special Needs

Recommended Reading Homeschooling Children with Special Needs by Sharon Hensley (Seton) www.hslda.org See Struggling Learner. Offers procedures parents can do to determine if child is experiencing a visual, visual/motor, auditory, or focus/ attention problem and treatment and resources. www.diannecraft.org Excellent articles on various learning difficulties, treatment, and related nutritional concerns. www.worldofdyslexia.com Information on research, treatment, resources. www.foodforthebrain.org Information on dietary deficiencies related to learning difficulties. Free newsletter. Diagnostic Testing Dr. Cheryl Smith-Winberry, PhD. is a licensed clinical psychologist and pediatric neuropsychologist who offers a whole range of testing services for children and adults, including evaluations for autism, dyslexia, attention problems, nonverbal learning disorders, and sensory dysfunction. She can also advise families on available resources for their child. Looks favorably on home schooling. 145 S. Rochdale, Suite D Rochester Hills, MI 248-651-6706 Sensory Dysfunction Sensory dysfunction is the impairment of the individual's ability to process sensory information, including such senses as sight, sound and touch, even the sense of balance and gravity. For information contact www.sensory-processingdisorder.com Special Needs Curriculums Consult curriculum providers including Seton, Mother of Divine Grace, and Rosary. Vision Screening This screening is a test of the eyes' coordination in four different categories (in contrast to a regular vision test). An in-depth program is offered for those who need help. This can be very helpful for persons with reading difficulties. Vision Screening Suburban Optometric, Livonia, MI 734-525-8170. For more information about vision problems: www.hartlandeyecare.com www.oepf.org www.vision3d.com Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes Lindamood-Bell's programs stimulate basic sensory functions related to learning and are recognized as being effective in the treatment of dyslexia, hyperlexia, autism, and learning disabilities in general. In Michigan contact: Marilee Duggan, Clinic Director 148 Pierce Street Birmingham, MI 48009 248-723-5380; 800-300-1818 www.lindamoodbell.com Autism Research Institute Offers many resources, annual conference and publishes quarterly newsletter which reviews biomedical and educational research in field of autism and related disorders. www.autism.com

Sports

Summit Sports Club www.summitsportsclub.net www.summitsportsacademy.org Michigan State Homeschool Soccer Tournament or the Lansing Area Homeschool Athletic Association www.lahaa.org National Christian Homeschool Basketball Championship www.homeschoolbasketball.com

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National Christian Homeschool Athletic Association and the NCHAA tournaments for soccer, basketball, and volleyball www.nchaasports.com Howell Athletic Association of Christian Homeschoolers www.haach.org

Catholic Colleges and Universities

For information about colleges, check the following websites and books: Seton Home Study Program www.setonhome.org Intercollegiate Studies Institute www.collegeguide.org Choosing the Right College: The Whole Truth About America's Top Schools and All-American Colleges: Top Schools for Condservatives, Old-Fashioned Liberals and People of Faith. Published by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI). www.collegeguide.org 800-621-2736

Choosing A Catholic College. by The Newman Society. www.thenewmanguide.com Also available through Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI).

Publishers and Distributors

Below are listed some publishers and book distributors which offer curriculum materials and other family reading. Most offer free catalogs. MCH does not necessarily endorse all ideas that may be expressed by various authors or materials carried by a publisher or distributor.

Bethlehem Books Distribution Center, Excellent fact and fictional history stories and general reading books. 800-757-6831 www.bethlehembooks.com Catholic Answers, Apologetics and Catholic reading. 888-291-8000 Christendom Press, Excellent Catholic history books suitable for high school and other Catholic reading. 800-698-6649/ 800-877-5456 ext.254 Ignatius Press, Excellent Catholic spiritual reading. The Faith and Life and Image of God grade school religion series. Great family and Catholic videos. 800-651-1513 www.ignatius.com St. Joseph Communication Inc., Catholic tapes on Scripture, apologetics, family life, spirituality, home schooling. 800-526-2151/ 626-331-3549 www.saintjoe.com Sophia Institute Press, Catholic books and art. 800-888-9344 www.sophiainstitute.com Tan Books and Publisher Inc., Excellent Catholic spiritual reading and other Catholic topics, some home schooling resources including Fr. Laux's high school religion series, Catholic history texts and children's saint books. 800-437-5876 www.tanbooks.com The following suppliers carry Catholic home school curriculum materials and supplementals: Catholic Home Schoolers' Bookshelf, 540-586-4898 www.catholichomeschoolersboookshelf.com Emmanuel Books, 800-871-5598/ 302-325-9515 www.emmanuelbooks.com Neumann Press, 800-746-2521/ 320-732-6358 www.neumannpress.com Catholic Heritage Curricula, Our Lady of the Rosary, Our Lady of Victory and Seton Home Study Program have catalogs and sell curriculum materials independently of enrolled programs. See pages 6-7. Used Books: www.abebooks.com

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Michigan Catholic Home-Educators (MCH) was founded in 1994 to provide a home education organization that is specifically Catholic and which addressed the needs and interests of Roman Catholic families. MCH is an association of Roman Catholic home-educating families, loyal to the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, and the teaching authority of the Roman Catholic Church. It is dedicated to inspiring, guiding, and encouraging families striving to live authentic Catholic lives through home education under the patronage of the Holy Family -- Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.

Michigan Catholic Home-Educators offers:

Annual conferences with a variety of speakers and vendors Opus Gloriae, a quarterly newsletter Guidance and support for Catholic home educating families Free resource and Beginners' Guide Support Group Networking Legislative Information Locations of Commencement Exercises Fr. John Hardon Scholarship Program Discount of $10 on Registration for the MCH annual conference $20 discount on Home School Legal Defense Assoc. (HSLDA) membership

To become a member of MCH for only $16, send your check to: MCH, P.O. Box 4534, Troy, MI 48099

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