Classes from LPH are announced

LPH offers online courses primarily designed for Catholic homeschoolers 4th – 8th grade although they have a number of high school students attend. The cost of each 10 week course is $38 and includes your entire family (I’m envisioning how it could be a great unit study type course). contains the list of classes.

From the website:

Each week (beginning on Monday morning) the URL you receive at the beginning of the year will bring up a new lesson. That lesson will come up for the rest of the week; it can be done at any time during the week.

Each lesson starts with a web page containing the lesson.

For most of the courses, this is followed by a series of “Discussion Topics“.
These are questions usually with no specific answer, which are intended to help facilitate discussions within the family on the material which has just been learned in the lesson.

Then there is a link to a quiz, which is a web form.

A grade point average for the quizzes will be available in September for whoever would like one.

At the end of the year, a Certificate of Completion will be available (in pdf – Adobe Acrobat – format) for students who complete at least 75% of the quizzes with an average of at least 70 on the quizzes for the year (for the Creative Writing class, no more than one lesson can be missed for a certificate).

Of note, the quizzes are optional – they are used to generate a certificate of attendance. I personally have not taken a class to know how the content is presented, but they’ve been around for a long time. If the topics line up with your plan of study, it might be worth checking them out!

Review of Little Angels Reading Program

I imagine many of you are familiar with the lovely set of readers from Stone Tablet Press

Reader A
Reader BReader CReader D







I bought the set of readers at a local Catholic homeschooling conference several years ago. But, it wasn’t until Mrs. Linda Bromeier presented a webinar on teaching phonics for Homeschool Connections this past March, that I realized there was so much more available to go with the readers. (you can listen to the webinar here and scroll down to Teaching Reading with Phonics)

In fact, this is a full phonics program with a teacher’s manual and workbooks for each reader. The teacher’s manual fully explains how to use the program. Each lesson is designed to be completed over the course of a week or so. There are word lists for each lesson – each day the student reads the words listed to develop fluency (it’s built in!) and then the workbooks reinforce what the readers introduce.

New Catholic History Series published by Tan

The Story of Civilization

The Story of Civilization

I am so excited to share this information with you. I have not had a chance to review the information, but there is so much material available for purchase – not just textbooks and workbooks, but audio and DVD.

I’ve listened to the dramatized audio samples on the website. They are professionally done – interesting to listen to – not a man dryly reading text, but there are sound affects to bring it all to life. I would love them for my dyslexic kids! All this is based on a Catholic world view – Phillip Campbell is an amazing history instructor. I can’t begin to tell you how much it changes history to study it through a Catholic world view with an understanding of salvation history.

The Story of Civilization from Tan Publishing




Here’s a description from the website:

Children should not just read about history, they should live it. In The Story of Civilization, the ancient stories that have shaped humanity come alive like never before. Author Phillip Campbell uses his historical expertise and story-telling ability together in tandem to present the content in a fresh and thrilling way.

The Story of Civilization reflects a new emphasis in presenting the history of the world as a thrilling and compelling narrative. Within each chapter, children will encounter short stories that place them directly in the shoes of historical figures, both famous and ordinary, as they live through legendary battles and invasions, philosophical debates, the construction of architectural wonders, the discovery of new inventions and sciences, and the exploration of the world.

Volume I, The Ancient World, begins the journey, covering the time periods from the dawn of history and the early nomads, to the conversion of Emperor Constantine.  Children will learn what life was like in the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Mesopotamia, Persia, Greece, Rome, and more, as well as learn the Old Testament stories of the Israelites and the coming of Christ.

The strength of the content lies not only in the storybook delivery of it, but also in the way it presents history through the faithful prism of the Church. Have you always wanted your children to learn about world history from a Catholic perspective? Here, you’ll have the trusted resource you’ve always wanted.



Just-for-fun reading from Suzie Andres!

paradise coverFrom the back cover: Have you ever kept a New Year’s Resolution? Elizabeth Benning hasn’t, but she’s determined that this will be her year. Like Elizabeth Bennet before her, Liz Benning doesn’t work, lives at home, and takes pride in her resourcefulness, but when she resolves on a yearlong project to be happier, it looks like her ambition has outrun her abilities…Enter a love interest more conniving than Wickham, a blonde cold enough to freeze out Caroline Bingley, and Elizabeth’s paradise project is heading for disaster. She’s never been so unhappy, but if she can discover which hero is straight out of her beloved Jane Austen, she might yet take the prize for happiest ever after.

2014 Catholic College Month Webinars

Thanks to for letting us use the platform and bringing to you the 2014 Catholic College MOnth

1. Belmont Abbey – The Long Term Value of the Liberal Arts

2. Celtic College Consultants – Paying for College

3. University of Dallas – Transcripts

4. Celtic College Consultants –Getting Help; What a College Planner Can Do For You

5. John Paul the Great University – Demystifying the Financial Aid Process

6. Wyoming Catholic College – The Persuasive Homeschool Application

7. University of Mary – The Value of a Liberal Arts Education

Schola Rosa – Another Catholic Curriculum / Co-op Option

I love! when I am able to promote another resource for Catholic homeschoolers that is truly Catholic. So, I invite you to check out The Rolling Acres School and Schola Rosa. This is a serious contender for a few popular protestant co-op programs that cost significantly more.

3 options are offered:

  • Online School – Live, Independent Study and Independent Study PLUS options – fully enrolled or a la carte.
  • At home program for k-8.
  • Co-op option for K-8.

Online courses are on par cost-wise to other providers. Costs for Independent Study and Independent Study PLUS appear to be quite reasonable.

Cost for the at home, Schola Rosa program is $250 per year per level. That is nearly all the materials needed including Classically Catholic Memory!

The start up cost for a co-op is very reasonable. The per family cost is $200 a year for each level that you need (Elementary Bundle and Intermediate Bundle). Most of the material is available via download – they use resources like McGuffey’s Readers (PDF) and Ray’s Arithmetic.

I do not know any more details except that they have some excellent reviews. The instructors have fantastic reviews too.



A Great Tool for Memory Work

Memory Work BoardI  have taken some memory work from Classically Catholic Memory (the map and history cards) and have hanged them on the wall.

I am using 3M Command Fridge Clips – we are able to take our CCM history cards and line them up on the wall. It really has made it easier to practice our memory work every day because it’s on the wall, no more digging through folders.

Since the photo, I have added our religion memory questions, a Bible scripture and our poem.