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Episode 19: Dictionary.com defines the word “merry” as meaning cheerful and lively. And in regard to seasons and celebrations, “characterized by festivity and rejoicing.” Wouldn’t you love your homeschool to be merry? Today’s guest, Celeste Behe, will give us some good counsel on How to Cultivate a Very Merry Homeschool!

Find Celeste at CelesteBehe.com

Today's Short Feature: Dan Louzonis
Topic: Marketable Skills
Find Dan Louzonis here: https://www.einsteinblueprint.com/
https://kidsgetrich.com/book

Thank you to the following contributors who made this podcast possible:

Our Sponsor HomeschoolConnections.com

Homeschooling Saints Theme Music Composed by Taylor Kirkwood

Intro voice Dave Palmer radio personality and author of St. Thomas Aquinas for Everyone

Our host Lisa Mladinich

Episode 18: Can running a business from home be an opportunity to teach your children valuable life lessons? And can beautiful products offered in the marketplace be a means to evangelize? We're talking with a very popular speaker and best-selling author, Dr. Carrie Gress, about her family's homeschooing adventure. Stay tuned!

Visit Dr. Carrie Gress at her website: https://theologyofhome.com/ Buy her beautiful new book, Theology of Home: https://cutt.ly/Se24q4K

Today's Short Feature: Chantal Howard From Ideal to Real: Mix it Up With Meal Prayers

Thank you to the following contributors who made this podcast possible:

Our Sponsor HomeschoolConnections.com

Homeschooling Saints Theme Music Composed by Taylor Kirkwood

Intro voice Dave Palmer radio personality and author of St. Thomas Aquinas for Everyone

Our host Lisa Mladinich

Keeping the JOY in Christmas

Episode 17: Ho, Ho, Ho. How’s your Christmas spirit, so far? Have you ever wondered where the joy goes, in the midst of all the busyness of managing your home, your children’s education, and the intensity of Advent? Bonnie Landry is here to tell us about Keeping the Joy in Christmas!

Find Bonnie’s workshop video series and Homeschooling Simplified booklets at OhThatsSimple.com.

Also: https://practicingmammal.com/resources-links and bonnielandry.ca

Recommended Books: Bonnie’s books on amazon: Homeschooling, simplified series Revolution of Mercy

Also mentioned: • Fontanini resign crèche figures (search online) • The Bride’s Tree Tradition: (see blog post at PracticingMammal.com)

O Night Divine blog, by Mary Ellen Barrett: https://maryellenb.typepad.com/o_night_divine/archives.html

O Radiant Dawn: 5-Minute Prayers Around the Advent Wreath, by Lisa Hendey 

Short Feature: Books and Blessings with A.J. Cattapan The Perfect Blindside, by Leslea Wahl

Thank you to the following contributors who made this podcast possible:

Our Sponsor HomeschoolConnections.com

Homeschooling Saints Theme Music Composed by Taylor Kirkwood

Intro voice Dave Palmer radio personality and author of St. Thomas Aquinas for Everyone

Our host Lisa Mladinich

Episode 16: The secular world tries to claim it and hold it up as proof that religion is false. And yet, Catholics believe that honest inquiry always leads us to God. Today, I get to chat with the Director of the Vatican Observatory, Brother Guy Consolmagno, SJ, to talk with us about How Science Points to the Reality of God.

Find Brother Guy at http://www.vaticanobservatory.va/
Sacred Space Astronomy: www.vofoundation.org/ blog
Faith and Science Resources: www.vofoundation.org/faith-and-science
The Galileo Affair (California Studies in the History of Science), by Maurice A. Finocchiaro 

Short Feature: Story Strands Find Celeste Behe: http://celestebehe.com/

Thank you to the following contributors who made this podcast possible:

Our Sponsor HomeschoolConnections.com

Homeschooling Saints Theme Music Composed by Taylor Kirkwood

Intro voice Dave Palmer radio personality and author of St. Thomas Aquinas for Everyone

Our host Lisa Mladinich

Episode 15: There’s a very good reason so many of us love the do-it-yourself programs on TV. We want beautiful homes on a budget. But more importantly, we need sanctuaries of beauty for our families. Today’s guest, Noelle Mering, is here to talk about Inexpensive Ways to Create Beauty in the Home.

Find Noelle Mering Here: NoelleMering.com and TheologyofHome.com

Today’s Short Feature: The Time it Takes to Raise Entrepreneurs

Find Dan Louzonis here: https://www.einsteinblueprint.com/ and https://kidsgetrich.com

Thank you to the following contributors who made this podcast possible:

Our Sponsor HomeschoolConnections.com

Homeschooling Saints Theme Music Composed by Taylor Kirkwood

Intro voice Dave Palmer radio personality and author of St. Thomas Aquinas for Everyone

Our host Lisa Mladinich

The Grace of Enough

Episode 14: The Grace is Enough

Is your family too busy and stressed to enjoy your life together? Haley Stewart and her family were sick of the rat race, so they sold their house and signed on for a year-long internship on a sustainable farm. Stay tuned to find out how the simplicity of their new life set this family free to live the Gospel and rediscover joy.

Find Haley Stewart:
Her podcast: https://www.carrotsformichaelmas.com/podcast/

Her blog: https://www.carrotsformichaelmas.com/

Haley's book, "The Grace of Enough" https://www.amazon.com/Grace-Enough-Pursuing-Throwaway-Culture/dp/1594718172

Haley recommends, The Reed of God, by Caryll Houselander

Today's short feature is Chantal Howard's "From Ideal to Real"
Topic: The Jesus Prayer in the Closet

Thank you to the following contributors who made this podcast possible:

Our Sponsor HomeschoolConnections.com

Homeschooling Saints Theme Music Composed by Taylor Kirkwood

Intro voice Dave Palmer radio personality and author of St. Thomas Aquinas for Everyone

Our host Lisa Mladinich

Episode 13: Inspiring Our Children to Love Literature

There’s nothing like a really good book, whether it’s a fictional story told well or great ideas from great minds. Today, we’re talking with a well-known Catholic scholar and homeschooling dad, Joseph Pearce, about Inspiring Your Children to Love Literature.

Find Joseph Pearce:
Joseph’s personal website: https://jpearce.co/

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Thank you to the following contributors who made this podcast possible:

Our Sponsor HomeschoolConnections.com

Homeschooling Saints Theme Music Composed by Taylor Kirkwood

Intro voice Dave Palmer radio personality and author of St. Thomas Aquinas for Everyone

Our host Lisa Mladinich

Episode 12: Why Should Our Kids Learn Debate, Public Speaking, and Drama?

Long ago, I pressured my shy, 12-year-old daughter into auditioning for our homeschool network’s junior production of Hamlet. Boy was she resistant. But she got a part, and I can honestly say the experience permanently enhanced her life--and mine. Today we’re talking with the delightful Kevin O’Brien about Why Your Kids Should Learn Speech, Debate, and Drama.

Find Kevin O'Brien at www.grunky.com or http://twinc-tv.blogspot.com/

Today's Short Feature: St. Magnus: The Last Viking
Find A.J. Cattapan at https://www.ajcattapan.com/ and https://www.catholicteenbooks.com/

Thank you to the following contributors who made this podcast possible:

Our Sponsor HomeschoolConnections.com

Homeschooling Saints Theme Music Composed by Taylor Kirkwood

Intro voice Dave Palmer radio personality and author of St. Thomas Aquinas for Everyone

Our host Lisa Mladinich

Episode 11: Solutions to Homeschooling Science

Have you ever dissected a fish on your kitchen counter and then tried to get the eyeball under a microscope? I have, and my daughter and I made quite a mess together. We could have used some advice from today’s guest, Tom Frederick, here to discuss Some Pros and Cons of Doing Science at Home.

Links to online labs and other resources mentioned or referred to in this week's podcast:

https://physics.ccsu.edu/LEMAIRE/genphys/virtual_physics_labs.htm

http://www.physicslab.org/Default.aspx

https://www.physicsclassroom.com/Physics-Interactives

https://www.perfectionlearning.com/science/physics/kinetic-interactive-physics-programs/virtual-physics-labs.html

https://www.edinformatics.com/HTML5/html5-physics-simulations.html

https://phet.colorado.edu/en/teaching-resources/tipsForUsingPhet

Find Tom Frederick here: http://www.physicsisphun.org/

https://homeschoolconnectionsonline.com/people/tom-frederick

https://www.linkedin.com/in/thomassfrederick/

Today’s Short Feature: Story Strands Illustrative Storytelling

Find Celeste Behe at http://celestebehe.com/

Thank you to the following contributors who made this podcast possible:

Our Sponsor HomeschoolConnections.com

Homeschooling Saints Theme Music Composed by Taylor Kirkwood

Intro voice Dave Palmer radio personality and author of St. Thomas Aquinas for Everyone

Our host Lisa Mladinich

Episode 10: How Homeschool Grads Perform in College

On average, homeschoolers measurably outperform traditionally-educated students in test scores, admission rates, and graduation rates. But is that the whole story? Megan Fassero, the Homeschool Outreach Coordinator for Benedictine College, will enlighten us on How Homeschool Grads Perform in College!

Learn More About Benedictine College: www.benedictine.edu
Request Benedictine’s Free Guide for Homeschoolers - www.benedictine.edu/homeschoolguide
Visit Benedictine on Homeschool Visit Day! - https://www.benedictine.edu/admission/visit/homeschool/index

2019 Inspire Conference - Planning With the Temperament God Gave Youhttps://homeschoolconnectionsonline.com/free-homeschool-help-videos

Today’s Short Feature:
Self-Employment
Find Dan Louzonis here: https://www.einsteinblueprint.com/

Thank you to the following contributors who made this podcast possible:

Our Sponsor HomeschoolConnections.com

Homeschooling Saints Theme Music Composed by Taylor Kirkwood

Intro voice Dave Palmer radio personality and author of St. Thomas Aquinas for Everyone

Our host Lisa Mladinich