History Through Black & White Film: Slapstick Edition
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by Phillip Campbell
1d ago
You never know when a history lesson may present itself! A Family Tradition of Laughter When I was little, my dad introduced me to the Three Stooges. Our family owned a couple of VHS tapes with collections of old Stooges episodes, which we watched regularly. The Three Stooges’ situational comedy and slapstick humor appealed across generations, making them ideal for family entertainment. They were just funny, and you didn’t need to be of a certain age to recognize it. Granted, not everyone loves slapstick, but I have many fond memories of sitting with my dad on the couch, laughing at Moe draggi ..read more
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Why Outdoor Play is Essential: Boost Focus and Development
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by Phillip Campbell
3d ago
Let Your Kids Get Outside and Play This Summer It is summer, the time when children traditionally head outside to play, at least depending on where you live. My Florida children may spend a little more time indoors with the heat! As an adult, summer brings up many great memories from my childhood, such as swimming, playing outdoors, visiting my grandparents, and many more. However, research tells us that children today are not likely to make the same memories. Children today play outside an average of four to seven minutes a day. Read that again. Wow. Most estimates are that kids today spend a ..read more
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Six Things I Learned About Fathering Girls
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by Phillip Campbell
6d ago
I was only 21 years old when I became a father. When news came that I was going to have a little girl, I was pretty overcome with excitement but also had a fair amount of trepidation. I didn’t have any sisters, and all but one of my cousins were boys. I really had no experience with girls and was a little worried about how to father one. There was an older gentleman I knew from church named Norm. He was a man who had daughters of his own who were already grown or about to fly the coop. This fellow was a pillar of the community, a well-respected member of the congregation, and a model of father ..read more
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Homeschooling High School When Your Teen is Unsure About Their Future
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by Maureen Wittmann
1w ago
“My teen has no idea what she wants to do after high school. How do I plan a curriculum?” Don’t worry! It’s simpler than you think. Navigating the high school years can be a daunting task, especially when your child isn’t sure about their future career path. And, to be honest, it is a bit much to expect our teens to know exactly what they want to do for the rest of their lives. High school is a great time for exploration to help guide them and learn about various options. As Catholic homeschoolers, we have the unique opportunity to provide a well-rounded education that prepares our children fo ..read more
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To Math Through Literature
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by Phillip Campbell
1w ago
Math can be a tricky subject in homeschooling. I remember my eldest daughter struggled terribly with math. She isn’t a “left-brained” kid. Therefore, math isn’t intuitive for her. Nothing we did seemed to help. No matter what textbook we used, the instructions always felt too vague. The concepts often went beyond my level of mathematical knowledge. Consequently, this made it difficult for me to help. Every assignment was a slog, with exercises sometimes taking an hour. My daughter became so stressed that we decided to let her take the rest of the semester off from the dreaded numbers. When I t ..read more
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Nurturing Holiness and Health: Finding Inspiration in Mary
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by Maureen Wittmann
1w ago
Today, we welcome a new columnist, Maria Cecilia Escobedo! Her monthly column is: Catholic Wellness Moms. Timeless Inspiration from Mary, the Mother of Jesus Amidst the myriad of self-help books, fitness programs, and diet plans, there exists a timeless source of inspiration: Mary, the Mother of Jesus. As a figure of grace, strength, and unwavering faith, Mary offers profound insights for women seeking to cultivate wellness on their path to holiness. Spiritual Wellness: Deepening the Relationship with God For Catholic women, spiritual wellness forms the foundation of their journey towards holi ..read more
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Unveiling Genius: Enhancing Your Child’s Intelligence
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by Maureen Wittmann
2w ago
Can we make our children smart? Cultivating Intelligence Catholic homeschooling parents are on a profound journey not only to educate their children academically but also to nurture their hearts and souls. Part of this endeavor involves cultivating intelligence. But what exactly is intelligence? Ask yourself what truly makes a child smart and how we can enhance these essential skills and attitudes in our children, I would argue that it encompasses curiosity, observation skills, a thirst for discovery, and a joyful engagement with learning (study). “Curiosity and situational interest are power ..read more
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The Catholic Shakespeare: An Interview with Joseph Pearce
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by Phillip Campbell
2w ago
Joseph Pearce needs no introduction. He has been among the foremost experts on England’s Catholic literary heritage for over two decades. As a Homeschool Connections instructor, he is one of my colleagues! Today, I talk with Joseph about one of his favorite subjects: the great English playwright William Shakespeare. What is it that fascinates people about William Shakespeare? Why is he still a fixture (possibly the preeminent one) in the canon of Western literature so many centuries later? Quite frankly, it’s all about his brilliance, which is matched, if at all, only by two other possible con ..read more
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Maximilian Kolbe: Graphic Novels for Catholics
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by Phillip Campbell
2w ago
Continuing my series of reviews of graphic novels for Catholics, today I am going to share my thoughts on a beautifully illustrated work about one of the modern world’s most popular saints, the Polish Conventual Franciscan St. Maximilian Kolbe. Maximilian Kolbe: The Saint of Auschwitz is an illustrated life of the great Polish martyr published by Sophia Institute Press. It was written by Jean-François Viver and illustrated by the Swiss artist Denoël. Originally published in France under the title Maximilien Kolbe, Un saint á Auschwitz by Artège in 2019, the Sophia edition is an English transla ..read more
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Sound Argumentation: The Steelman vs. the Strawman
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by Phillip Campbell
3w ago
Scholastic Method and Aquinas If you’ve ever read St. Thomas’s Summa Theologiae, you will be familiar with the Scholastic method of argumentation. The Scholastic method provides a structure for framing an argument that uses dialectical reasoning to examine a problem from opposite viewpoints, resolve contradictions, and extend knowledge by inference. Aquinas’ approach to dialectical reasoning always begins with a clear statement of the problem. For clarity, it is stated in a yes or no format (e.g., “Can God alone create?” “Does the will move the intellect?” etc.) Once the problem is stated, Aqu ..read more
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