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My favorite of all Catholic homeschool books, especially as a "how to find and use manual" is Laura Berquist's Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum. She not only lists great books to use for academics she also lists a great way to use them. She shows how you can use "real books" rather than text books.
For those of us who are new to homeschooling it is good to have a list of providers that have put together complete Catholic homeschool programs. At the beginning it is very good to have lesson plans.
Well, the lesson plans are like homework assignments. They not only tell your children which assignments to finish in which time frame, they also tell them which assignments to skip. There are odd exercises or too many exercises in some text books and it is good to have the wisdom and experience of the Catholic homeschooling companies to sort the good from the bad or too much from too little.
As we grow through homeschooling our first years, we begin to have a feel for not only what we find is Catholic, but also what works for our families and our individual children.
What's truly exciting is to find unequivocally good Catholic books where the only lesson plan necessary is "turn the page"!
St. Anne's Helper recommends many Catholic providers of homeschool books in a long list below. You can make a book review or suggest your favorite book on the form below. We all appreciate the good advice and short cuts.
My favorite Catholic homeschool books are based on the Roman Catholic beliefs as found in the Douay-Rheims Bible and the old Baltimore Catechism. If a book uses quotes from the Douay-Rheims Bible it is likely to be a very good Catholic book - especially if it was written in the late twentieth century. To me, these Bible quotes stand out as the most helpful indications.
There are different versions of the Baltimore Catechisms, so you do need to beware of this; but in general most editions concur with each other. St. Anne's Helper Catechism Catholic Audiobooks and Catholic Worksheets Copybooks use the Baltimore Catechism for First Communion and Confirmation. These Catholic audio books help make the effort of teaching and the effort of learning much easier, especially if you want your students to memorize the answers.
What's nice is that they concur with any Catholic catechism course such as those that use the New Saint Joseph First Communion Catechism and the Baltimore Catechism like Seton Home Study, Mother of Divine Grace, Our Lady of Victory School, and Kolbe Academy (see below). Order St. Anne's Helper downloads here!
The question is, "Where do I find these good Catholic Homeschool books?" to go with my own Catholic home school curriculum?
Lepanto Press is a Catholic book publishing company that has been noted for using the old Baltimore Catechism and reprinting old Catholic books and textbooks. See their El Cid and Saint Fernando III by Mr. James Fitzhenry and their Catholic homeschool curriculum, also. They, too, have started creating copybooks with theme based content.
Here is what they say: "From the beginning, OLVS stressed Religion as the common thread throughout the curriculum, with an accent on the history of the Church. We have also emphasized the importance of good Catholic literature, and we are revising our Music program to teach young children the appreciation of Folk, Classical, and Sacred Music, including polyphony and chant."
My favorite books at OLVS are the new Catholic history and literature "real books". They've got lesson plans, too!
Lepanto Press 421 S. Lochsa Street, Post Falls, ID 83854 208-773-7265
Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery offers an excellent supply of unusual Catholic homeschool books highlighting Benedictine spirituality. They have excellent selections for the study of Latin and calligraphy that we have not seen anywhere else. They are now also a Catholic book publishing company! Their website has a pdf of their 48 page catalog that is well worth the manual request. They are happy to take your order by phone.
Their book list is well focused and has many rare finds.
Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery, 142 Joseph Blane Road,Silver City, New Mexico, 88061-9799 575-388-9279
AdoremusBooks.com offers a great variety of the best books, art, games, movies, music, and other educational resources for children and families and for Catholic Homeschooling. They also have St. Anne's Helper First Communion and Confirmation Audiobooks!
Be sure to visit their site to see their many Catholic gifts as well as Catholic homeschool books like those recommended by Seton Homes Study School and Laura Berquist at MODG. My favorite from their selection is Andrew Pudewa's IEW - Teaching Writing Structure and Style! This will take your writing classes from K-12. A real treasure for any writer, not just school children.
Here is what they say: "Adoremus Books (Latin for "Let Us Adore!") carries a broad selection of top quality books and resources designed to enrich your Catholic home from the Fathers of the Church to the great writers of today, Adoremus Books has something for everyone."
The Heldridge Family,Frederick Square Shopping Center,2992 S. 84th St., Omaha, NE 68124 Call us at 402-502-3162, or toll-free at 888-392-1973
Catholic Vitality Publications is a Catholic family business that writes and sells great Catholic literature. Their original art tells the story in each of their Catholic Homeschool Books!
Here is what they say: "Catholic Vitality Publications is dedicated to bringing the Roman Catholic faith and traditions to children. Learning to Love God is a children's book with 49 beautiful color illustrations to inspire your child to a greater love of God!
See and order El Cid and Saint Fernando III, brilliant living history literature at Our Lady of Victory School! Breathtaking Catholic adventure in true historical settings teach the details like no textbook can!
email at catholicvitality @ yahoo.com (with no spaces)
El Camino Real has Catholic books and gifts and much more.
We found this company when we were searching for the The Catechism In Pictures (69 Large Full Color Plates). Its Catholic book publishing company has published the De la Salle Readers, the crown in their book selection! We did not know that these were in print. These seem to be excellent old Catholic books, a rare find! We love the pedagogy in the front of the books. A truly Catholic "McGuffy" reader set. We have our own antique set!
They have many other good Catholic homeschool books as well. Here is what they say: "El Camino Real is a Catholic book store dedicated to spreading and publishing classic traditional Catholic books for individuals, families, and home school families who want to learn more about the liturgy of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, Church doctrine, scripture, bible study, theology, apologetics, devotions, the saints, Catholic literature and the spiritual life."
El Camino Real, PO Box 84, Thompsons, TX 77481
Neumann Press is a Catholic book publishing company that has excellent Catholic homeschool books, especially if you are using Laura Berquist's method or are unschooling. They have a two book set for Homeschool advice in particular. Some of the most precious books for children are at this site. They have republished Our Holy Faith Vol. 2, Jesus Comes which is the back bone of St. Anne's Audio First Communion Catechism and Catechism Copybook. It is an excellent book with modest and delightful pictures to go along with some bible stories and the Baltimore Catechism. When Mr. Dennis McCoy died, TAN Books bought the company in 2013.
Here is they said:
"The Neumann Press is named after Saint John Neumann, bishop of Philadelphia (1851 to 1860), the first man from the United States of America canonized by the Church. Our goal and primary purpose is to republish orthodox, traditional and classic Catholic books that have gone out of print."
Neumann Press, 21892 County 11, Long Prairie, MN 56347 1-800-746-2521
Tan Books is a Catholic book publishing company that has made a phenomenal effort to republish truly excellent Catholic homeschool books, again, especially if you are using Laura Berquist's method or are unschooling. They also publish excellent editions of the Douay-Rheims Bible, the Catechism of the Council of Trent, and the Catholic Daily Missal(makes a great "Thought for the day" book). We have been grateful to use the Catechism of the Council of Trent with our high school children, it is plain spoken, easy to read and one of our favorite Catholic Homeschool Books!
Read what they say: "TAN Books and Publishers was founded by Thomas A. Nelson in 1967, when the problems developing in the Church were clear and becoming more severe. Many Catholic publishers such as Benziger and Bruce were getting out of Catholic publishing. Mr. Nelson recalls that at age 30, after studying politics and world events, he concluded that the only way to turn around the political situation in the U.S. and the world was through spiritual means. He believed that if enough people were living in the state of grace and striving to do God's will, then, “for the sake of the elect,” God would “run interference” for the just in the social and political arena, according to Proverbs 21:1: “The heart of the king is in the hand of the Lord: whithersoever he will he shall turn it.”
We pray that his successors continue to glorify God in this way.
TAN Books & Publishers, PO Box 410487 Charlotte, NC 28241 800-437-5876
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