Meet Us

We started Catholic Schoolhouse three years ago to provide our homeschooled children with a classroom environment and to add some structure to our own personal homeschools.  As a result, our children now have a wonderful peer group that they see regularly, they have become good class participants, they get a thorough art and science class each week, and they have many other opportunities that cannot be replicated at home with their family (such as speaking in front of a group or doing a class performance for their parents!)

How each of us arrived where we are now is a slightly different story.  So, here are the stories...



Megan & Mike with their 5 kids (now 6)

Megan:

I have always homeschooled my children.  Surrounded by such a large homeschooling community in our area, it seemed natural, although we did observe three local schools prior to making the homeschool decision.

By the time my oldest was finishing kindergarten, I had decided that non-academic homeschool co-ops took too much valuable time away from academics.  If I were going to lose a school day and not accomplish household jobs or shopping or such, then my daughter needed to do more than a  cute craft and free play with peers.  I was also seeing a potential for several different core peer groups developing for my children.  This was going to cause a lot of different play dates, yet another interruption to our "quiet" homeschool life.  In order to meet these needs, I started visiting different homeschool support groups, co-ops, and such.

Although I had some concerns, I decided to participate in a non-Catholic classical homeschool program that had an academic focus.  While not entirely sure of my decision, I recruited my friend Kathy to join with her younger children.  The program was very nice, but I kept thinking that with some simple changes and some added emphasis on Catholicism, the homeschool program would be ideal! 

At this time, I only had four children.  With the possibility of more children to come and many years of homeschooling ahead, I decided creating my ideal program was a good investment of my time.  Anyway, how hard could it be?  So, I talked with some friends who agreed the program could fill a void in the Catholic homeschooling arena.  In particular, Kathy encouraged me, and we teamed up to create Catholic Schoolhouse.

After one crazy year of determining our scope, structure, goals, plans, writing memory work, and choosing projects, we recruited our members.  We ended up with a small, but dedicated, group of families.  The year was so enjoyable!  I felt that all of the work had been worthwhile, so we continued creating years two and three to complete a three-year cycle of academic work for elementary age children.  Now, three years later, after lots of planning, writing, and editing, Kathy and I hope that other communities can benefit from this program that we have so carefully researched and coordinated. 



Kathy & Tom with their 7 children and their families

Kathy:

We started homeschooling 12 years ago.  Neither Tom nor I were particularly inclined to homeschool.  In fact, I would say it was the last thing we ever planned to do.  In spite of this God called us and we pulled five kids, grades K through 7 out of school.  It was a little like jumping into the deep end of the pool and then learning how to swim! To say that God has blessed us for answering His call to homeschool would be an understatement. 

As my children grew and our emphasis shifted to high school and college, I noticed my elementary aged children were getting lost in the academic shuffle. It was so easy to just do the minimum, saying, "I'll get to them later."  We often got stuck studying something cool, only realizing later that 12 weeks was too long to spend on spiders!  

Deciding to give one morning each week exclusively to them has been a wonderful decision. The structure we wrote into Catholic Schoolhouse propels us forward each week to discover new things. They have made new friends who inspire them to learn more.  The curriculum and idea sharing between moms has pushed burn-out away with fresh approaches. My children's success has encouraged me to want to share Catholic Schoolhouse with you.