Homeschooling, Fiction-Writing, Public-Speaking Mom of Six to Be Featured in Live Interview

November 4, 2010

WATERTOWN, MA (MetroCatholic) - Homeschooling, Fiction-Writing, Public-Speaking Mom of Six to Be Featured in Live Interview on CatholicTV

On Tuesday, November 16th, Regina Doman will be interviewed on the live CatholicTV talk show “This is the Day”.

In addition to writing and editing, Regina homeschools six children, and speaks at conferences, schools, and workshops. To the question, “How do you manage to get it all done?” Regina responds, “What makes you think I get it all done?”

This is the Day airs at 10:30AM ET at CatholicTV.com and on CatholicTV cable outlets. The show is rebroadcast at 7:30PM and other times during the week across the US and Canada.

Regina is the author of the children’s picture book “Angel in the Waters” and the “Fairy Tale Novel” series for teens and adults, which are classic fairy tales recast as adventure romances with Catholic themes. Her newest work of fiction is called “Alex O’Donnell and the Forty CyberThieves”. She will discuss this high-tech thriller which features the return of a character, Alex O’Donnell, from an earlier book. In this story Alex returns from college to find that his dad, a computer hacker and software programmer, has inadvertently discovered a mysterious website which leads to sudden wealth. But Alex has to learn what the price will be for this monetary gain. To learn more about Regina and her work visit http://www.fairytalenovels.com  

Regina also serves as Fiction Editor for Sophia Institute Press, overseeing the John Paul 2 High series and their new line of Catholic fiction.

Having a strong interest in scriptwriting, Regina attended the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio from 1988-1992, and graduated with a BA in Communications, concentrating on Television Production, with a minor in Theatre Arts.

About CatholicTV
Founded in 1955, CatholicTV is a national broadcast television network streaming a live feed 24 hours a day at CatholicTV.com. Heeding Pope Benedict XVI’s call to greater utilize the power of television and new media, CatholicTV Network offers a wide range of programs aimed at children and adults, from uplifting advice shows to international news, game shows to travel, CatholicTV has something for everyone. Based in Watertown, MA outside of Boston, CatholicTV is available in 5.7 million homes nationwide. For access to CatholicTV programs, go to CatholicTV.com or download the CatholicTV mobile app for iPhone or iPad.

CatholicTV broadcasts across the US on Sky Angel channel 142, and selected cable outlets. To find out where to watch CatholicTV visit: http://www.CatholicTV.com/schedule/where-to-watch.aspx

Largest Homeschool Blogging Community Upgrades to a Whole New Way of Blogging Life

September 7, 2010

Gray, TN (MetroCatholic) -  Recently HomeschoolBlogger.com (HSB)-the world’s largest and free homeschool blog site-got a clean, fresh, look with exciting new features, by implementing an important software upgrade.
 
According to The Old Schoolhouse Magazine® publisher/owner Gena Suarez, “The plan behind the change is to link great blogging with the ever-expanding homeschool community to usher back in the ‘blogging craze’ that hit when HomeschoolBlogger was launched in 2005. It was a lot of work, we pushed forward, and now we’re doing it. This is a major upgrade, using the popular WordPress platform and will mean a whole new way of blogging life for our members at HomeschoolBlogger.com.”
 
During August ALONE, HomeschoolBlogger.com received thirteen million page views! One of the draws to HSB is the ease in discovering new blogs and connecting with those of similar homeschool and family interests. This online community has a safety-net feel unlike other blog sites, where using a random blog button could reveal undesirable content.
 
HomeschoolBlogger’s Senior Editor, Kristen Hamilton, oversees the site. She and other authors contribute homeschool-related posts. She assists members and keeps an eye on new blogs to identify inappropriate content.
 
Kristen states: “HomeschoolBlogger is comprised of a large group of bloggers who make HSB their home base. This is the largest upgrade in our five-year history and makes the community even stronger with its exciting new features.”
 
Here’s a look at some new HomeschoolBlogger.com features:
 
        Intuitive user interface-A “What You See Is What You Get” editor works seamlessly with the HTML editor.
        Widgits-Add tools like search bars or calendars by clicking and dragging.
        Backups-Click a button to create backups with instant saving capacity.
        Spam protection-Integrated blacklist and open proxy checker to manage and eliminate comment spam.
        Pages-Manage non-blog content easily.
        Themes-Effortlessly format and create blog designs. Select multiple themes with different looks, even switch designs daily.
        Password protected posts-Hide individual posts from public view by assigning passwords.
 
There’s even more exciting news to share: HomeschoolBlogger.com FREE classes with vibrant topics designed for homeschoolers. Over 3,500 people have signed up for these classes since the launch in July. Recent classes included “Think Biblically, Live Godly, and Serve Practically,” “Ten Stumbling Blocks to Writing,” and “Solving Your Science Struggles”; additional topics will be announced soon! Participants may sign up for classes at HomeschoolBlogger.com FREE Classes.
 
Bloggers looking to communicate and connect with other homeschool families should visit HomeschoolBlogger.com. This fabulous upgraded system provides a whole new, top-of-the-line blogging experience for all to enjoy in a safe, secure environment.

Homeschooling: The Fastest-Growing Form of Education in the U.S.

August 24, 2010

McKinney, TX (MetroCatholic) — It appears that in the U.S., homeschooling is the fastest-growing form of education, according to independent research conducted by organizations ranging from the National Home Education Research Institute (www.nheri.org), a nonprofit research and educational organization, to the federally funded National Center for Education Statistics (www.nces.ed.gov).

Let’s take a look at some of the evidence:

  • “Homeschooling grew from 1.7% of the school age population in 1999 to 2.9% in 2007, a 74% relative increase over 8 years,” states Dr. Brian D. Ray of the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI).
  • A 2008 study found that “an estimated 2.0 to 2.5 million K-12 children were home educated in the U.S. during mid-2008,” statistics that were also confirmed by NCES.
  • Last week, in their local news coverage, Chattanooga’s News Channel 9 reported: “In the last decade, the number of homeschoolers has far more than doubled, according to the Department of Education” (WTVC-TV, August 13, 2010).

The increasing popularity of homeschooling should not come as a surprise. Homeschooling, a term referring to “parent-led, home-based education,” is now bordering on “mainstream” in the United States. In a 2008 article, SaveMoneyHomeschooling.com stated: “If homeschooling continues to grow at 7-12% per year for the next 5 years, we could see the percent of homeschooling students increase to 5 million, which is about 10% of the total children in K-12 education.”

“Homeschooling high school is no longer uncharted territory . . . . There are a multitude of homeschooled graduates who are bearing fruit in the workplace, in the military, in their families, and in colleges across the country,” states the Home-School Legal Defense Association, an organization whose purpose is to “defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the education of their children.”

Gena Suarez, publisher of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, is not at all surprised by the increased popularity of homeschooling: “During the past thirty years, homeschooling families have proven that parents can do a better job than the public school — socially and academically. Homeschooling works; everybody wins.”

As the homeschooling movement continues to expand, and as graduates from among their ranks assume positions of leadership and responsibility in the United States, our nation will be watching. Most citizens would agree that our nation is in desperate need of wise, well-educated leaders: men and women of integrity, curiosity, strength, and courage. The fact that homeschooling is the fastest-growing form of education in our country may just offer our nation that hope we’re looking for.

About The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine: Soon to celebrate their 10-year anniversary, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine is recognized as the premier magazine for homeschoolers. Their Fall 2010 issue will focus on higher education, featuring articles that discuss dual-credit programs offered by colleges and preparing teens for today’s job market. This professional publication offers approximately 200 pages of information, inspiration, and encouragement to homeschooling families around the world in each quarterly issue. View a sample issue here: www.thehomeschoolmagazine-digital.com/thehomeschoolmagazine/sample/#pg1.

Mathcounts Reinstates Homeschool Teams

August 23, 2010

PURCELLVILLE, Va. (MetroCatholic) — Last Friday, Mathcounts, a prestigious foundation dedicated to advancing math skills among middle school students, partially reversed its August 17th ban on homeschool teams.

For the upcoming 2010-11 school year homeschool teams who participated in last year’s Mathcounts competition will be grandfathered in and allowed to compete this year. “We appreciate Mathcounts making this change,” said Michael Smith, president of HSLDA. “Many homeschoolers were already hard at work preparing for this year’s competition,” he added.

The initial ban on homeschool teams stemmed from Mathcounts’ difficulties identifying homeschool competitors and ensuring that students from public, private, and homeschools are treated equally.

In order to make sure all options were being considered representatives from HSLDA and Mathcounts met on Friday, August 20th. The policy change was the result of the meeting as well as a commitment to find a long-term solution which would allow homeschoolers to compete as teams.

Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) is a 27-year-old, 85,000 member non-profit organization and the preeminent association advocating the legal right of parents to homeschool their children.

Homeschoolers Count — National Math Competition Bans Homeschoolers

August 17, 2010

WASHINGTON (MetroCatholic) — Concerned Women for America has confirmed that Math Counts, a national math competition for teams and individual students in grades 6-8, will not allow homeschoolers to form teams and compete in the 2010-2011 school year. The Math Counts board unanimously decided to exclude homeschoolers in response to a few situations in which “super teams” were formed by pulling certain gifted students from public schools and labeling them as homeschool teams.

Math Counts has provided unique opportunities for gifted students to compete and to shine. The program is comparable to the National Spelling Bee. Winners on a national level are rewarded and meet the president at the White House.

These examples of cheating obviously mar the competition, but homeschoolers as a whole should not be completely wiped from the competition.

Penny Nance, CEO for Concerned Women for America, said, “It appears that the objectionable behavior was committed mostly, if not wholly, by non-homeschool kids, yet the Math Counts board chose to punish homeschoolers. Homeschoolers have excelled in the competition. Is this another example of punishing those who excel so that others can feel good about themselves? These students should not be punished for the misdeeds of a few cheaters. Homeschoolers may still be permitted to compete as individuals, but the reality is that far fewer students will be able to participate if homeschool teams are banned from involvement.”

Concerned Women for America is the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization.

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Home Schooling Group Meeting at St. Francis, Frisco

July 22, 2010

Frisco, TX (MetroCatholic) - Catholic Home Schooling Families: If you are interested in participating in a Catholic Home School group, a new group is meeting the 2nd Friday of each month at St. Francis. If you are interested, please contact Sarah Griffith @214-850-0093; [email protected] or Angie Sholar @ 972-965-5802; [email protected]

SETON AT CATHOLIC HOME SCHOOL & PARENT CONFERENCE

July 9, 2010

McKinney, TX (MetroCatholic) — Seton curriculum material will be available for review and sale at the 2010 Immaculate Heart of Mary North Texas Home School and Parent Conference to be held on Friday, July 23rd  (2:00 PM to 8:00 PM) and Saturday, July 24th  (9:00 AM to 4:00 PM) at the Grapevine Convention Center, 1209 S. Main Street in Grapevine, Texas.

This conference is sponsored by the Immaculate Heart of Mary Coalition; anyone interested in teaching the Faith to the next generation should make every effort to attend!  This conference is ideal for families seeking tips for raising their children and trying to make God the center of their lives.  You do not need to be a home schooling parent to attend.  Those thinking about home schooling can get their questions answered, and those who currently home school will find encouragement and support.
Religious are especially welcome free of charge.

Father Andrew Apostoli, currently serving as a Vice-Postulator for the Cause of Canonization for Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, Prof. Joseph Pearce, internationally acclaimed author and professor of literature at Ave Maria University in Naples, Florida, as well as Mrs. Laura Berquist, founder and director of Mother of Divine Grace School, are just a few of the speakers scheduled for the two-day event.

For more information, including a complete list of vendors and speakers’  talk schedule, please visit www.ihmconference.org (click on the North Texas tab on the homepage.)

Attendees may still pre-register online, by mail (IHM-Texas Conference, P. O. Box 574, Linden, VA  22642), or by phone (540-636-1946), until July 16th (close of business 5:00PM EDT) at the special discount rates:

2-Day Fee: $20-single; $30-married couple; $5-students (13-22) & seniors (65+).
1-Day Fee: $15-single; $25-married couple; $5-students (13-22) & seniors (65+).
Pre-registrations received after July 16th and at door will be $5.00 more for each category listed above.

WHY VISIT SETON AT THE CONFERENCE?

Seton will offer a $30.00 discount per child in grades 1-12 with a full enrollment at the conference.  (Note: In order to save time at the conference, you can download and fill out an enrollment application.  Give the application to the Seton representative at the conference.  The enrollment form can be found at: http://www.setonhome.org/pdf/enroll.pdf)

At conferences, all Seton books are rounded-off to the lower dollar amount. If a book’s regular price is $7.95, the conference price is $7.00; plus, there are no shipping charges (you save approximately 10%)!  Also, if Seton is out of a book, and you order and pay for it at the conference, you pay no SHIPPING CHARGES!

If you have any questions, please contact Seton Home Study School at 540-636-9990, [email protected] or www.setonhome.org

WE HOPE YOU CAN COME FOR JUST ONE DAY…OR FOR BOTH!!

HAVE YOU PRE-REGISTERED YET?

Seton Home Study School
1350 Progress Drive
Front Royal, VA  22630

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