Typically they are one or two day events held at a Catholic parish or conference center where speakers offer practical advice and vendors display curriculum materials. The speakers are often a mixture of veteran homeschooling mothers, Catholic priests, and professional educators who explain the basics of homeschooling and elaborate on some of the motivations behind doing it.
Even more importantly, you get to see and meet numerous other Catholic homeschooling families; ordinary mothers and fathers just like you, who care deeply about the welfare and education of their children, and want to do what seems best for them. Getting this concrete experience with other homeschoolers can make a world of difference to a family deciding whether or not to homeschool.
Homeschooling is often hard work, and for veteran homeschoolers, the reason to come to a conference is often to be rejuvenated. Even if on an intellectual level you think homeschooling is the best, the fact is that having a once a year gathering where you can feel uplifted, encouraged, and feel connected with other homeschooling parents is often just what is needed to approach the new school year refreshed and eager.
The opportunity to shop for curriculum with the physical books and lesson plans in your hand is just a categorically different experience than trying to shop online with only a few sample pages, sometimes depending on vague book descriptions to make very important choices about your child’s education.
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The Catholic School Textbook Project was begun by Catholic teachers and educators convinced by years of experience in Catholic classrooms that serious new Catholic history and social studies books are vitally needed. Books in which the role of Christ and the Faith have not been reduced to an inadequate shadow of the truth. Sharing this conviction, in 1996, a concerned parent, familiar with the problems of teaching history in Catholic classrooms, contributed the first financial resources with a bequest of $17,000. By early 2000, the Project had enough resources to engage a team of writers, history scholars and advisors and start work on the first five volumes of the Project.
We are now well into the painstaking work of writing, editing and producing textbooks for our Catholic youth: textbooks that are superior to any now on the market. Superior, first of all in content, because they tell the story of civilization in light of the universal Truth that is Catholic Faith. Superior in design and graphic appeal, using fine art and clear concise maps. They are what our children need, not only for their minds, but, for their souls.