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Dr Mary Kay Clark

Dr Mary Kay Clark

Author Bio and Books

Author Bio and Books

Dr. Mary Kay Clark has been the Director of Seton Home Study School for more than 25 years. Before joining Seton, she lived in Columbus, Ohio, where she and other parents established a private Catholic elementary school, Mater Dei Academy, in 1971, where she served as principal for nine years. Seeing firsthand the opportunities and the pitfalls of private schooling, Dr. Clark left Mater Dei Academy and began teaching her children at home.

While in Ohio, she helped establish the state’s home schooling association. Upon moving to Virginia in 1982, she helped found the Home Educator’s Association of Virginia. Dr. Clark received a B.A. from Ursuline College, a Masters in Library Science from Case Western Reserve University, a Ph.D. in Education from Assumption University, and an M.A. in School Administration from Grace College.

Dr Clark writes two columns;

Below is a list of her articles, the most recent first.

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Saint Monica, Patron Saint of Mothers

Saint Monica, Patron Saint of Mothers

by Mary Kay Clark | St. Monica, the mother of St. Augustine, is considered by the Church to be a patron saint for mothers, and is honored by the Church with her feast day on May 4th. Monica was born in 332—only 300 years after the crucifixion of Jesus—in Tagaste, currently Algeria, in North Africa.

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Your Questions… Answered

My husband reluctantly agreed to homeschooling our children, but I’m afraid he won’t next year.

by Dr Mary Kay Clark | Try to understand why your husband is opposed, but have a conversation only if it can be without bitterness or argumentation. He may be opposed because he thinks you are not qualified to teach, or because the children are not being “socialized,” or because the children do not have opportunities for sports activities. Whatever the reason, try to become more informed about reasonable answers: you are using an accredited curriculum or you will have the children participate in activities with other homeschooled children.

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Our Lady of Lourdes: 6 Points to Know

Our Lady of Lourdes: 6 Points to Know

On February 11, 1858, the Blessed Mother appeared to Bernadette Soubirous in Lourdes, France, when Bernadette was only fourteen years old. The “lady” appeared to be only about sixteen, wearing a white veil and a white gown with a blue sash.

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Your Questions… Answered

Where Can I Learn More About How to Homeschool?

8. Where can I find solid information about the Common Core standards? 7. This is my first year homeschooling. Where can I learn more about how to homeschool? 6. Should I look over the children’s tests before sending them to Seton? 5. How can I help them answer literature questions? 4. What advice can you give us for finishing the book reports?

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Our Lady of the Rosary

Sale Special: Our Lady of the Rosary

The month of October is dedicated to the Blessed Mother of God, especially under her title Our Lady of the Rosary. In the Rosary, we pray an Our Father and ten Hail Marys for each of five decades on the Rosary. Each decade represents a Mystery of the Rosary; that is, an event in the life of Jesus and Mary.

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Our Lady of Good Remedy

Our Lady of Good Remedy

Over 800 years ago, thousands of Christians, men, women, and children, were being captured by the Moslems and sold into slavery. St. John of Matha of France was concerned about the sufferings of these captives.

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Your Questions… Answered

How Much Time Should I be Teaching Each Child Each Day?

Would it be possible for me to combine my children in some of the same academic subjects, such as science, history, and religion? Yes, many parents do that for children in adjacent grades. You need to be careful about there being too much of a difference in comprehension. In religion, you can certainly discuss the same subject, such as a particular sacrament, but when it comes to memory work or testing, unless they are close in abilities, you should use the test appropriate for each child’s grade level. For instance, you may teach two students with the same religion book if they are both in Baltimore Catechism No. 2, but you may have the younger child take the tests for the No. 1 book.

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Our Lady of La Salette

Our Lady of La Salette

On September 19, the Catholic Church celebrates the apparition of the Blessed Mother when she appeared to two children in La Salette, France, in 1846. This apparition and the message are practically unknown in our country, likely because of the amazing miracles in relation to the apparitions of Fatima in Portugal and of Lourdes in France.

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Mary, Queen of Heaven and Earth

Mary, Queen of Heaven and Earth

We celebrate the feast of the Blessed Mother as the Queen of Heaven on August 22. The Visitation by Mary to Elizabeth recorded in the first chapter of the Gospel of Luke, hints at or foreshadows the future Queenship of Mary.

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Mary Magdalene: Standing with Jesus

Mary Magdalene: Standing with Jesus

After Our Lord Jesus Christ rose from the dead on that glorious first Easter Sunday morning, He first appeared to Mary Magdalene, one of the disciples. Only the twelve apostles were the first official witnesses to Jesus’ Resurrection and His appearances (Acts 10:39-42), but she was the first to tell the apostles that Jesus had risen.

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