Thursday, June 12, 2008

New England Catholic Homeschool Conference

Spread the word:

There will be a
New England Catholic Homeschool Conference!
June 6, 2009
St. George Parish
Chicopee, MA

The facility is perfect and right off the Mass Pike. There has not been a large conference in over a decade! We promise a full, energizing, helpful conference with Speakers you'll want to hear and lots of vendors.

But pray for us! None of us have done this before.

(yes I'll set up a web page but for now look here or at

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place my trust in You.


Nori Coleman said...

I have never been to a homeschool conference. I will definetly pray for your intentions. I hope you are feeling better. Babe is doing fine and so is mom. Love ya!

Mary B said...

I am feeling better, so glad about baby! I am so excited. I am already hearing from people all over New England who want this. It will be beautiful!

kat said...

I just returned from the IHM conference in DC, but we are Maine summer folks and are thrilled that there will be another conference. What a big undertaking, we will certainly pray for your success!


Seminarian Matthew said...

Over the years, I have grown increasingly unsupportive of homeschooling efforts. I have found that children in homeschool are less educated than children in public or parochial schools. Children in homeschool typically also lack sufficient social skills because they are not used to being around a variety of different people.

Just my comments on the matter.

Mary B said...

Dear Matthew, I have certainly known homeschoolers who were not good socially. You may find that in part, their parents saw this in the younger ages and used homeschooling to allow the child to reach an older age without the sometimes harsh criticism of the school yard. The 'nerd' the asperger child, the non-athlete, is often treated in an un-Christian manner. When the teacher has 25 students teasing is often unaddressed.
On the other hand 2 of my seven were actually better at socializing than acedemics. By that I mean they got along with peers so well that teachers enjoyed them but they were unduly influence by the peers. I'm wondering what behavior you saw that made you feel they were unsocialized and how you define socialization? (My teachers were constantly saying, "Miss Murphy class is not the time to socialize." )
My children know and connect with so many types of people! We do not have a 'classroom' that they are locked in for 6 hours a day. Mondays are 4 hours of co-operative class, CCD and 1 in Kung Fu, Tuesdays is Challenge Club, Wed we go to a really 'earthy-crunchy' farm co-op and 1 has guitar, Thursday they socialize while a group of moms has Bible Study, In the evening is Boy Scouts. Once a month on Friday is Bible study (we can't usually attend the monthly bowling club and roller skating) Saturday they have 20 cousins and loads of neighborhood kids to chose from except in soccer season-local in town teams. Sunday we have choir, altar servers, visiting relatives, fishing, red sox etc.
Some I went to school with are dead from drugs, violence, aids, drinking/driving. Almost 75% have been divorced! I see 1 person from the 400 I graduted with at Mass every Sunday.
It really is no wonder we are looking for more. Best of all is the relationship with my teens. They understand that I'm more than a friend, willing to listen, supportive but not willing to accept them losing their faith. They did attend public/ private schools about half their life. Many of us aren't pposed to government schools. Many wish we could afford Catholic schools.
But this is where God called me. It is my cross and grace at the same time.
I'll continue praying for your vocation (I've seen your blog before) My brother just spent a year directing vocations for his order the Council of St Basil in Toronto.

Alice Gunther said...

I happened upon this blog and post doing a search for "socialization Catholic homeschooling conference," and I am so glad I did.

MaryB, your response is beautiful and speaks so well to socialization.

Seminarian Matthew, I hope in time, as you get to know more homeschoolers, you will come to see how beautifully socialized these children truly are. They also acquit themselves very well academically (in our group this year alone, the eighth graders all received scholarship offers to our local Catholic schools after sitting for the entrance exams).

Far more important than this is that homeschoolers know their faith. If you spend time with Catholic homeschooled students, you will find that they are all well able to discuss matters of faith. They are prayerful and reverent as well. These children are the hope of the future--the small seed planted now that will one day flower into vocations (not to mention faithful mothers and fathers) for our Church.

I will be praying for you, Seminarian Matthew. The harvest is great--God is good for sending you and others to bring in that harvest. May you be richly blessed!