Thursday, February 27, 2014

Evangelization Begins in the Home: Exclusive Interview with Seton Home Study

Meet the Adams family.  They are all about service.  Captain and Mrs. Adams have a son and daughter in the Navy, another son in the Army, and a daughter who has joined the NROTC unit at her college.  Captain Adams has honorably served in the Navy for 26 years.  Mrs. Adams believes that “Seton has helped all of my children obtain an elite Catholic education” and that the “values taught in the Seton curriculum… reinforce the traditional military virtues of duty to God and country.”

Then there is the Mills family with two children, Ben and Summer.  Ben was diagnosed with a rare heart condition while in the womb and has had to undergo various medical treatments, including a heart transplant.  When Ben needed more support than regular school could provide, he began to homeschool.  Aside from reading, writing and arithmetic, Mrs. Mills says that they were learning other things from Seton like “patience, discipline, and perseverance.”

And there is the Felsheim family.  They are really into musical creativity, and there is time in the schedule for it.  The oldest of the four children, Elizabeth, says that a favorite “family activity” is when she and her two sisters, brother, and parents have a music night—complete with piano, guitar, violin,and singing! Elizabeth used Seton from kindergarten through twelfth grade and said that she “appreciated Seton’s enriching Catholic curriculum” and the fact that homeschooling has helped to form a “strong bond” among family members.

The Adams, Mills and Felsheim families have different stories, which were featured in recent editions of Seton Magazine, but they have one thing in common—Seton Home Study School.

“Families are attracted to us in the first place because of our Catholic curriculum and Catholic textbooks,” the director of Seton, Dr. Mary Kay Clark, told The Cardinal Newman Society in an interview on February 12.  The second reason is that Seton offers “flexibility” that allows for students to “work at their own pace, subject by subject.”  (more...)

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