Because of its very newness, homeschooling can appear overwhelming. But rest assured, you are not alone in this adventure. Catholic Heritage Curricula (CHC) is here to help you at every step of the way. CHC exists to assist those who wish to provide solid, affordable, Catholic academics to their children in a gentle homeschool setting.
For those taking the first steps toward Catholic homeschooling, you might be surprised to learn that Catholic Heritage Curricula charges no tuition fees. Your only expenditure is for materials.
The most informative approach to selecting materials for your homeschool is to tour the Grade-level Interactive Guides. These guides walk you through all the Core materials for each grade level, showing how each text fits together to give your student a complete education. With these grade level guides you can more easily determine the grade level of materials that will best match your child's unique abilities, interests, and talents.
Since there are no tuition or enrollment fees, your only expense is the cost of the materials. To calculate the cost per grade, click View Details for the appropriate Core Kit at this link. The Core Kits for each grade level include all the core materials that are sold by CHC. A few items, such as math and literature books, are not available from CHC. They can be purchased more affordably from other suppliers. Direct links to where you can purchase these items are provided on the Core Kit pages.
Keep in mind that many of the books are non-consumable and can be used by your next student. You can find a list of consumable vs. non-consumable books for each grade level on page 3 or 4 of the Grade-Level Interactive Guides.
CHC's curriculum distinguishes between core and non-core subjects. Core subjects are the "basic essentials" of education for a particular grade, such as reading, science, and religion. Non-core or elective subjects, such as art and map skills, are not required and can be added as time, interest, and finances allow. The core subjects for each grade are clearly noted on the Core Kit pages, with the optional non-core/elective subjects listed underneath.
For families who have just started homeschooling, CHC suggests focusing on core subjects. Once you are comfortably settled into homeschooling, any of the suggested non-core subjects may be added if desired.
For those who would like a little help designing their lessons, but don't wish to completely replicate the public school model in their home, daily lesson plans may be obtained from CHC; CHC lesson plans are gentle but thorough, providing a strong academic and Faith-filled education. With CHC's lesson plans, the family tailors the studies to fit the family; with public school, private school, or a very structured home study school, the program tailors the family to fit the studies.
To minimize the frustrations and maximize the rewards, a simple way to ease into the first year of homeschooling is with the "full meal deal." That is, using CHC lesson plans with the recommended materials. This approach nearly eliminates planning time, as the planning has already been done for you, allowing you to focus instead on teaching and relishing this new experience with your children.
Our particular outreach is to Catholic families living in isolated areas, to those who cannot afford private school fees, and also to military families who desire a stable, Faith-filled Catholic education for their children.
Military children bear the extra burden of transfers that interrupt their education mid-year and the added trauma of changing schools frequently; children and fathers often miss out on precious moments when fathers are home on leave because children must be in school. The flexibility of Catholic homeschooling eliminates all of these burdens for children and their parents; school follows the family, allowing an uninterrupted education exactly at the child's current level.
Catholic Heritage Curricula has developed an educational program that is absolutely faithful to the Magisterium, low in cost, solidly academic, but easily taught at home. In addition, we provide caring, free staff support to anyone who uses our materials, no matter where in the world they are located.
To learn more about CHC's educational approach, and to assist families who are exploring the homeschooling lifestyle, we have compiled an archive of Staff Consultant Answers to your homeschooling questions, indexed by topic. All Questions & Answers are organized alphabetically by topic so you can easily look up any issue that arises throughout the year. This is not just a common FAQ, but a detailed, supportive database written by our support team and certified teachers to make homeschooling easier for parents.
We are occasionally asked if we are an accredited school. Catholic Heritage Curricula is not a school but rather a curriculum provider; therefore, we cannot be accredited. CHC operates under the philosophy that your home is your school; as Catholic parents, you should have complete control over what is taught in your home. CHC facilitates your vision for your own Catholic homeschool, based on the needs of your family.
Learn more about accreditation here.
Homeschooling regulations, listed by state, can be found on the Home School Legal Defense Association website. HSLDA also provides legal defense for homeschooling families. For more information about their services, see the HSLDA website.
Many homeschoolers choose to homeschool when they realize that the focus of textbooks has radically changed since they themselves began school 25-35 years ago, or that academic standards have fallen precipitously. Others wanted a Catholic education for their children, but switched to homeschooling when they realized that Catholic schools use the same secular textbooks as those in public schools, or when tuition fees became too burdensome for the family budget.
Most choose to homeschool in part because they realize that their children face cultural and social pressures far more serious than a generation ago. As reflected in a recent CHC survey, parents are often thrilled then to discover that homeschooling not only produces children who "test out" with higher academic scores than their non-homeschooled counterparts, but who also are closer to their siblings, better socialized, and with a deeper love for Our Lord.
CHC provides complete Core Kits and daily lesson plans for preschool through eighth grade. In high school, we offer the High School of Your Dreams Guidebook, a step-by-step guide to planning your own high school curriculum. This is because we strongly believe that a high school education should be designed to fit the individual student’s unique learning style, interests, and possible career goals.
Do you have a copy of CHC's printed curricula catalog? If not, request your free copy today! When you request a catalog, you will also be sent a free copy of First Steps into Homeschooling, a full-color, 64-page magazine chock full of supportive articles about the homeschooling lifestyle.
You may also view the interactive catalog online.
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May our good Jesus bless and guide you in this wonderful homeschooling venture.
Your CHC Team