SummaryIn her latest Q & A to families, Dr. Mary Kay Clark explains how an enrolled family can find out if there are any online helps for their children’s courses?
Where can my son find online help for his courses?
Log into MySeton, check each course name, then click on “Course Resources.” This includes audios, videos, and online helps.
Check under every course he is taking. Students have found that by checking first, they don’t need to make as many calls or send as many emails.
If my son takes his tests online and I fill in the Quarter Report Form home grades online, do I still need to send in the paper QRF and tests?
No. Parents should not send the paper copy of tests already graded online; nor should parents send in the QRF with parent grades already recorded online.
If tests are taken online and graded automatically, the grade is also automatically recorded.
Sending paper copies of the same items can lead to confusion in record-keeping and prevents graders from grading material as quickly as they could without unraveling such complications.
My friend who recently enrolled asked me what to do first.
Inside the box containing the books and lesson plans, Seton sends the Parents’ Homeschool Handbook. Reading the Parents’ Homeschool Handbook is an excellent place to start because it provides an overview to everything from using lesson plans to grading to important phone numbers at Seton.
In fact, the material covered in the Handbook was produced specifically to address the kinds of questions we have received from the parents over the years.
The next step I’d recommend is watching your Open the Box videos. These can be found in the course resources in your MySeton account online.
Much like the handbook, these videos discuss fundamentals and essentials as counselors take you through how to use the lesson plans, tips for establishing good habits, and generally getting off to a good start.
I would like to stop homeschooling over the holidays, but I am afraid of losing precious time!
Spending the holiday time with your children is extremely precious time! Do not hesitate to “take off” on holidays to do special things with your family.
Sometimes families try to accomplish some schoolwork in the morning, and then do “holiday” activities in the afternoon, but you need to decide what is best.
When families travel, often the children bring their reading and literature work, which can be a useful way to “kill time” on the plane or in the car.
In general, it is never a bad idea to bring each child’s favorite subject material because it will keep him or her relatively happily occupied during travel time or before falling asleep in a motel.
Talk with your children to find out what they’d like. Some of the older children may very well want to “keep up” with a couple of assignments.
Some might even want to “get ahead” over the holidays. There’s no right way to manage schooling during the holidays except the right way for your own unique family.
I heard Dr. Katie Moran at a conference. Has she produced any tapes for parents who have children that struggle with learning problems?
Dr. Katie Moran has a series of videos that are available on our website for all grade levels. The topics are Right/Left Brain Learners, Learning Disabilities, Visual Learners, Auditory Learners, Dealing with ADD/ADHD, and many more. You’ll find them on the home page drop-down menu under Parent Resources: Videos.
I would like to attend daily Mass with my children, but I hate to get them up so early.
In past generations, children would go to bed earlier and also get up early with their parents and attend the only daily Mass available, which was usually at 7:00 or 7:30. The trick is to put children to bed a little earlier!
Daily Mass is important, but each family needs to decide what is best for them. For pregnant moms and nursing moms, daily Mass becomes very difficult. Jesus and Mary understand if your family situation does not permit you to attend daily Mass. They will surely honor your desire to do so.
Also, don’t forget to turn on EWTN occasionally throughout the day to watch, or at least listen to, daily Mass with your children.
My friend gives the lesson plans to her children so they have the directions for assignments each day.
If she is giving them to her high school age students, they should read them, but your friend should be reading them also, in order to help her children when they need it.
It is essential for parents to be familiar with the lesson plans so they can stay abreast of their students’ content, assignments, and schedule.
I am sure your friend is reading the assignments for the younger children, not only to make sure they are on schedule, but also because she needs to make sure they are doing their lessons and understanding the material.
Young children are not able to teach themselves in the same way that older children can do.
Have you produced videos to teach paragraph writing for younger children?
We recently produced several videos to help parents teach their young children to write a paragraph. These have been produced for Grades 1, 2, 3, and 4.
We hope to have them available for grades 5, 6, 7, and 8 in the early months of 2017. Look in your MySeton under ‘Course Resources’ under English.