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New to Homeschooling?

New to homeschooling?

Here are 10 steps to consider:

(from https://www.catholicsistas.com/10-steps-to-start-catholic-homeschooling/)


Step 1Pray! “Ask the Lord to help you and your husband discern”


Step 2: Why Homeschool? “Make a list of pros and cons of homeschooling your family”


Step 3: Family Mission Statement. “ Take the answers from step two and write a mission statement for your family”


Step 4: Research Laws. “Find out what the laws and legistation say about homeschooling in your state” https://hslda.org/legal


Step 5: Read.  “There are many wonderful books about homeschooling”

A few from many to choose from:

  • Catholic Home Schooling: A Handbook for Parents by Mary Kay Clark
  • Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum by Laura Berquist
  • Homeward Bound: A Useful Guide to Catholic Home Schooling by Kimberly Hahn
  • Catholic Homeschool Companion by Maureen Whitman and Rachel Mackson
  • A Haystack Full of Needles by Alice Gunther


Step 6: Curriculum Approaches

Here are a list of Catholic homeschool programs and curriculum:

(for some of these, you can purchase their curriculum and books without registering for their program)

  • Seton Home Study School (Seton homeschooling)
  • Mother of Divine Grace School
  • Kolbe Academy
  • Our Lady of Victory School
  • Our Lady of the Rosary School
  • Angelicum Academy
  • St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
  • Queen of Heaven Academy
  • Catholic Heritage Curricula


Step 7: Set Measurable Goals. “Make sure you go child by child and set goals for each child.”


Step 8: Homeschool Conferences. “If you can, attend a local homeschool conference”

Due to Covid-19, homeschool conferences were canceled this year. But there was a great Catholic Homeschool Conference 2020 online with all the best national speakers! 


You can purchase access to the talks here:



Step 9: Local Support Groups. This is key to having a healthy homeschool!! SHHE is a great venue for this, with many opportunities to meet and connect with Catholic homeschool families in your area. Park days are a great way to start!  Our park days are open to nonmembers.  You can check our calendar to find upcoming park days.


Step 10: Get Organized

Good books for this:

  • A Mother’s Rule of Life by Holly Pierlot
  • Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler's Guide to Unshakable Peace by Sarah Mackenzie
  • A Plan for Joy in the Home by Laura Dominick (https://www.aplanforjoyinthehome.com/)
  • Real Learning by Elizabeth Foss