What is Our Lady of the Rosary School Inc?
How and why did Our Lady of the Rosary School Inc get started?
There was a time when good Catholic schools were readily available to Catholic families throughout our land. These schools were the hope of our Church and the faithful. and the future of the Church was secure with this continuing instruction of our children in the truths of our ancient Faith.
Tragically. that day has passed, and many Catholics are greatly alarmed about the lack of concern for Catholic doctrine in our schools. For many years Catholic authors have not written Catholic textbooks. Catholic textbooks are no longer required in our Catholic schools and are no longer permitted where state or federal funds are provided. Parents are alarmed to hear their children quoting heresy or half-truths, being taught by Modernists who present their own interpretation of the Catholic Faith.
In response to this dilemma, a group of concerned Catholic priests, educators, parents, authors, and illustrators, spearheaded by William and Janice Smyth, came together to voice their growing opposition to this trend and to establish a program for the welfare of the children and the Church. Each of these persons had his own area of expertise in the educational environment and each is a devoted Catholic whose beliefs were based on the Faith as consistently taught by the Magisterium of the Church for over nineteen centuries. They established Our Lady of the Rosary School Inc in 1983, a nonprofit educational corporation, governed by a board of directors who are faithful to the teachings of the Church and whose primary concern is for the souls and minds of the students. This school and the governing body looks to the Mother of God for guidance in leading students to God the Father through His Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ.
What are the reasons most people choose to teach their children at home?
Does the reason a family chooses to teach their children at home have any effect on their success?
Do the spiritual reasons have to be Catholic?
Are you saying that the Catholic Faith is just as important as academics?
If I had to choose between teaching the Catholic Faith or teaching academics, I would teach my children the Catholic Faith. Fortunately we do not have to make this kind of decision. We all know many people who are full of knowledge, or well educated by today's standards, and their lives are a mess. This is because they have only been half educated: the physical side was educated and the spiritual side was neglected or not proportionately educated. Truly Catholic education consists of educating both sides in equal balance. Our Lady of the Rosary School's curricula is based on this truth and the tremendous success of our students proves the point. We are not just physical beings. we are both physical and spiritual and to neglect either one is to court disaster here and hereafter.
What advantage does homeschooling have over classroom education?
What about socialization?
What effect does Catholic homeschooling have on the family?
I can only scratch the surface here, otherwise I would be talking all night about the wonderful effects of truly Catholic homeschooling. Catholic homeschooling changes families for the better. It teaches them to work together and sacrifice for each other. It makes family members closer, especially with the parents. A bond is built between student and parent-teacher that will last a lifetime. Children and families become what God intended them to be, full of love for Him and each other. In fact, the family is the real beneficiary of Catholic homeschooling. Certainly the student will benefit because he will receive a loving Catholic education, but the effect of this on the family is beyond words. There will not be any so-called "generation gaps," nor will there be what I call "middle-school eruptions". All the maladies we now associate with childhood and growing up will be mitigated or nonexistent. Of course this depends on the amount of homeschooling the children have, and it is important to remember that homeschooling is a better preventive than a cure.
What is Catholic homeschooling?
Can an average parent teach a child at home?
It has always been taught by the Church that the parents are the primary educators of their children. Parents not only have the right but also the duty to educate their children. God never gives us a duty without giving us the ability to carry out that duty. The sacrament of Holy Matrimony is the greatest untapped resource of our age. It is an immense, extremely necessary treasury of graces, including all the graces to educate our children. Our experience at Our Lady of the Rosary School Inc has borne this out. We have seen parents with very little education educate students who excelled in college. It is the grace that flows from the sacrament of Holy Matrimony and a good Catholic curriculum that makes this possible.
What about teaching multiple children?
How can a parent be sure they have a good Catholic curriculum?
How do parents know if they have a sound academic curriculum?
Are there resources to help parents through the decisions and choices?
What advice would you give to parent as they investigate the homeschooling market?
I would have to say that first and foremost they should remember that they are Catholic and that they have a responsibility from God to pass on this "pearl of great price" to their children. "Do-it-yourself" books or programs that do not promote strictly Catholic materials or curricula should be avoided. I cannot stress too much the necessity of good Catholic books. If they are getting a complete curriculum, then it should be scrutinized to be sure that, first of all, it is Catholic, and second, that books from other religions are not being mixed with the Catholic books. Ask the supplier outright if they use books from other religions. They will probably tell you that they use only Christian books or used Christian books. That is not good enough. They must be Catholic or at least secular with Catholic supplements.
It is much easier to get a complete curriculum than trying to find all the books and series, as well as designing your own lesson plans, etc. It is also less expensive in the end when you compare book content with book content and price. The time, effort and expense involved in searching for good Catholic books, creating lesson plans, tests, exams, and all the other incidentals involved in creating a good Catholic curriculum can become very burdensome. Obtaining a complete Catholic curriculum also gives you the experience of the curricula provider in the design of the curricula which saves you the problem of having to use the trial and error method on your children.
Call or e-mail Our Lady of the Rosary School Inc and we will be glad to answer any questions you may have and help you in any way we can. We provide complete, integrated, sequential, truly Catholic curricula for grades pre-K through grade twelve, including lesson plans, testing and exams with teacher correction, counseling and input, report cards, grade retention, transcripts, teachers on call or on the Internet, diplomas, etc. We will be happy to explain our program or to answer any questions concerning homeschooling.
Does it matter when you start homeschooling?
One last question. How do parents contact Our Lady of the Rosary School?
Write to us at:
101 Buchannan Blvd Ste 2
Bardstown, KY 40004
Call us at: (502) 348-1338
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