Homeschooling 101, Part 3: Rhythm & Routine

Posted by Caroline Murphy on Apr 30, 2020 7:02:00 AM

In the first part of this series, I offered some foundational thoughts on homeschooling and crisis management during quarantine. Part two covered meeting everyone’s essential needs. With basics covered, a daily routine comes into play.

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Topics: education, coronavirus, COVID-19 Resources, homeschooling, Montessori education

Homeschooling 101, Part 2: Laying the Foundation

Posted by Caroline Murphy on Apr 29, 2020 6:50:00 AM

In the first part of this series, I offered some thoughts on homeschooling and crisis management. In this installment, I’ll give suggestions pertaining to essential needs.

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Topics: children, education, domestic church, coronavirus, COVID-19 Resources, homeschooling

Homeschooling 101, Part 1: The Challenges and the Joys

Posted by Caroline Murphy on Apr 28, 2020 7:08:00 AM

New to homeschooling and overwhelmed? I hear you. Though I homeschooled my three children—now 10, 8, and 5—for years, I returned to full-time work in January. Social distancing has been a learning curve for me as I figure out how to weave homeschooling with professional responsibilities. Thankfully, we had a huge leg up given the familiarity of our homeschool routine, formed in the crucible of many mistakes. My hope is to spare you the trouble and give you the benefits I’ve come by the hard way.

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Topics: education, coronavirus, COVID-19 Resources, homeschooling

Lecturing to an Empty Classroom

Posted by John Cavadini on Apr 8, 2020 7:06:00 AM

Classes resumed at the University of Notre Dame after the conclusion of an extended Spring Break. My large lecture class, 230 students strong, called “The Catholic Faith,” resumed with the rest of our classes. I showed up to my usual classroom at the usual class time with my usual feeling of nervousness before teaching. I prepared the blackboard as usual, with the topic for the day, “The Descent into Hell, The Resurrection, and the Ascension of the Lord.” Our class is based on the Apostles’ Creed. We have reached the end of the second article. I put on the screen an image of the two classical icons of the Resurrection, the one of Christ descending into Hell and liberating Adam and Eve from the kingdom of the dead, and the one of the Spice-Bearing Women, come, as they thought, to anoint the body of the Lord. At the appointed moment, I started my lecture.

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Topics: Easter Proclamation, Holy Week, education, Exsultet, Resurrection, coronavirus, COVID-19 Resources, social distancing

The Gift of Catholic Education

Posted by Clare Kilbane on Jan 27, 2020 6:48:00 AM

Although many people experience a “let down” in January after the holidays are over, students, parents, teachers, and others associated with Catholic schools have an opportunity to continue the festivity through Catholic Schools Week (CSW). Special liturgies, essay contests, community receptions, “dress-down” days, and other thematically-linked activities celebrate the gift of Catholic education.

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Topics: Catholic education, education, school, Catholic Schools Week

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