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10 Years of "Keeping It
Catholic" on the Net!
all began with my small but growing email list for
Catholic homeschooling parents. In the summer of
1996, one of my articles - "How to Keep Your Homeschool
made a surprising impact on Catholic homeschooling parents
nationwide. In fact, the response was
so incredible that I wrote another version
of that commentary, which later appeared (in my
"Sursum Corda" homeschooling column). In its own turn,
that one piece of writing brought forth more emails,
phone calls, and letters from around the world.
A simple yet important reminder about how (and
why) we must keep our homeschools thoroughly Catholic, that
single article brought to contemporary Catholic
parents a long over-due awareness of the Catholic
Church's doctrine on the Christian (meaning
Catholic) education of youth. It also brought to a
clearer focus the true purpose of my already
existing email list, which was promptly
christened "Keeping It Catholic"
From KIC's email list sprang the
KIC website, followed by my books - The Keeping It Catholic Home Education
Guides. On this site, you will find sample
reviews from both Volume I: The
Foundations (see The Importance of Keeping It
Catholic plus my Catholic Homestudy Reviews and Parent Help Reviews), and Volume 2: History
(which, despite the brief
title, is about teaching and learning history with
a Catholic conscience
rather than a "Catholic perspective").
Both books help you learn more about
the Church's doctrine on the Christian education of children
and teens, discover the "four main
temperaments" and which ones can be found in
your own family, customize your own
Catholic curriculum, review
Catholic home study programs, companies, and publishers,
locate the best materials for your
family, recognize Red
Flags in resources, understand the
main educational methods, set goals,
keep records, reference
handy history lists (appreciate "living
books" when read "through eyes of
faith"), use the Internet to
supplement your homeschool, and
As you can see, the KIC site
also features articles for Catholic
homeschooling families, my blog "Keeping It
Catholic with Marianna Bartold," FAQ's (a "Q&A" about
Catholic education at home, with answers from Church
doctrine), the Homeschool News Archives, info on
"homeschool" sacramental guidelines which starts here, the now-famous Red Flag pages that help you
avoid "Pitfalls on the Path," a few inspiring stories and humor collected from the Internet, and,
hopefully, more to come in the following years!
meantime, I personally invite you
to read the excerpts below , which
are taken from my books, the The Keeping It Catholic Home Education
the first excerpt below introduces
you to a re-discovered truth well-described by none other than
the Catholic historian and apologist, Hillaire
Belloc, and the second is about "living"
books in the Catholic curriculum. But keep
scrolling after that, because there's
Once you're finished perusing the KIC
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very same list that really started it all? We'll be glad to
see you with us! ~ Marianna C.
A Catholic "Perspective" or a Catholic
Excerpt from Keeping It Catholic's Home Education Guide, Volume I:
"Catholic sources give us more than what some
call the "Catholic perspective," which is a limiting and
neutralizing phrase, for perspective is too often a mere
viewpoint. Today, all viewpoints are perceived as equal and
valid, but we know that a viewpoint is not necessarily the
"Words and phrases are powerful. Words become
ideas and ideas become actions. Since words which we tend to
pick up and tend to repeat eventually impact our thinking, I
suggest that we drop the phrase "Catholic perspective" and
instead speak of the Catholic conscience
, as explained by Hillaire Belloc in his book,
Europe and the Faith. In the book's
Introduction, Belloc wrote:
" 'This talk of 'aspects' is modern and
therefore part of a decline: I will not stoop to
it. I will rather do homage to the truth and say that
there is no such thing as a Catholic 'aspect' of European
history. There is no such thing as a 'Catholic' aspect to
history. There is a Protestant aspect, a Jewish aspect, a
Mohammedan aspect, a Japanese aspect, and so forth. For all of
these look on Europe from without. The Catholic sees Europe
from within.' "
Living Books through Eyes of Faith
Keeping It Catholic's
Home Education Guide,
Volume 2: [Teaching]
"Story telling is the simplest and most enjoyable way
of teaching elementary age students about history. A
'living book' is often a short story, a novel
or a biography in print form that takes the readers into
another person's life and time. Parents can help their
children discover the world around them through the eyes of
faith by using both Catholic history texts and 'living' books
in the curriculum."
"The motives for reading living
books are two, one obvious and one not. The obvious aim is to
make history real to the student; the second (and more
important objective) is to cultivate the Catholic
Light a Single Candle:
The Secret of
the Catholic City
article from KIC's
Special "Return of the King" Issue
In "A Letter to Dean Inge,"
Hillaire Belloc wrote, "One thing in this
world is different from all other things. It has a personality
and a force. It is recognized and (when recognized) most
violently loved or hated. It is the Catholic Church. Within
that household the human spirit has roof and hearth. Outside
it, is the night."
If, as Belloc observed, outside the Church
is the night, then truly: "It is
better to light a single candle than to sit and curse the
Marianna Bartold writes about the Church's mission
to "restore all things in Christ" in "Light a Single Candle: The Secret of the
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