Class of 2022 Senior Spotlight: Magdalena Mortensen

Magdalena was born in Austria, grew up in Lander, Wyoming, started high school with Kolbe while living in Green Bay, Wisconsin

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Summer Camps with Kolbe Academy!

Did you know Kolbe’s Online Academy offers summer camps? Camps are a new online program offering, and are one week sessions!

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Class of 2022 Senior Spotlight: Katherine Elizabeth Ma

Kolbe Academy is extremely proud of our graduating class of 2022. Learn more about one of our graduating seniors!

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Liturgical Living | Eastertide: The Season of Alleluia

Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed! Alleluia! The Easter Season, sometimes called Eastertide.

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Setting the Scene for Joyful Summer Reading ("Nurturing Lifelong Readers")

What feelings come to mind when you hear the phrase “summer reading?”

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Class of 2022 Graduation

Check out what to expect for Class of 2022 Kolbe Academy Graduation!

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Building Words: Helping New or Struggling Readers

When young ones begin reading, we often show them a word and ask them to read it.

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An Easter Read-Aloud for the Whole Family

Does your family enjoy coloring Easter eggs? Here is a great Catholic story to help your children connect colorful eggs with the real meaning of Easter!

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Lenten Liturgical Living 4: Holy Week & the Triduum

As the penitential season of Lent draws to a close, Reconciliation as a family is at the top of the to-do list.

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Book Parties: A Multi-Sensory Reading Celebration ("Nurturing Lifelong Readers")

Everyone enjoys a good party! Today we will be looking at a few ways you can host book parties that will help nurture life-long readers.

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Lenten Liturgical Living 3: What are you doing for Lent?

Now that we are halfway through our Lenten journey, I find myself reflecting on the Lenten promises made this year.

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How Kolbe Academy Prepared Me For Film Studies at JPCatholic

I was homeschooled from kindergarten all the way through twelfth grade, with most of my schooling and all of my high school education based on the Kolbe...

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NEW Online World Religions Course

Kolbe is excited to be offering a new high school Theology course in fall 2022!

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Making Reading Tactile

Do you know much about the Montessori method of education? Read more about teaching children to read using this method.

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Lenten Liturgical Living: The Number 40 and Vocations

This week in our Lenten Liturgical Living series, let’s look closer the significance of the number 40, vocations, and how we can bring these special themes into

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Fostering a Love of the Classics ("Nurturing Lifelong Readers" Series)

One evening last week, my husband and I sat down to read our 3-year-old one of the stories she had picked out at the library. She had been drawn to the...

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The Ukrainian-Russian Conflict: A Parent's Guide to Talking to Your Kids

We've noticed many of our students have heard about the situation in Ukraine. While this is a developing situation, we would like to help equip you as parents.

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Spotlight on Kolbe’s French Club

This month, we are featuring our online French club! Kolbe Academy’s Club Français celebrates the language and culture of France and other...

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Lenten Liturgical Living: Ash Wednesday

There is a special kind of joy that comes from actively living the Liturgical seasons within the home. Each year as we approach Lent...

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Building a Home Library ("Nurturing Lifelong Readers" series)

Last month, we looked at the traits that make up strong, life-long readers. It should come as no surprise to you that reading often sits right at the top of the

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February and the Holy Family

As we settle into Ordinary Time, before beginning the Lenten season, this month gives us a special opportunity to reflect on the ways that ordinary life...

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Spotlight on Kolbe’s Online Baking Club

Kolbe Academy offers many exciting opportunities for students to get involved. This month, we are featuring our online baking club! The baking club is open to..

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Celebrating Catholic Education

Once a year in the US, since 1974, the National Catholic Educational Association organizes a yearly Catholic Schools Week (CSW). The purpose of this week is to

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20 Critical Words Every Student Should Learn

Preparing students for standardized tests can feel overwhelming since the content can vary so much. Fortunately, there is one commonality between all...

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Teaching Reading with Purpose ("Nurturing Lifelong Readers" series)

Join us here monthly for our “Nurturing Lifelong Readers” series as we unpack strategies for nurturing these traits so our children become lifelong readers!

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An Epiphany Home Blessing

It is a time-honored tradition for many Catholics throughout the world to bless their homes during the liturgical Christmas season...

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Celebrating GRANDLY: The 3 Christmas Masses

Advent and Christmas are my absolute favorite times of year. There is such hope and joy surrounding this blessed time...

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Homeschooling Around the Holidays (Part 3) - Building Advent Traditions

This week, I was talking with my sister about what a beautiful season Advent is and how much we appreciate the waiting...

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The Value of a Classical Education

“Education is more than the transference of knowledge, it is the transmission of values, culture, and the proper ordering of loves.” -Ravi Jain & Kevin Clark

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A Tablecloth of Thanks

What a perfect time to reflect on the year, what we have done well, and what we could have improved upon...

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Homeschooling Around the Holidays (Part 2) - Prayerfully Making Plans

As you think about your plans for the holidays, bring your plans to prayer and allow the Lord to lead you to make a choice that is truly best for your family.

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Homeschooling Around the Holidays (Part 1) - Centering our Hearts on Christ

As we prepare for Thanksgiving festivities and approach the beginning of Advent, it’s easy for many of us to feel a bit overwhelmed by

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Personalizing A Family Litany of Saints

One of my personal favorite parts of Catholic homeschooling is how much we have learned about the Saints as a family. With the Feast of All Saints...

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Kolbe Virtual College Fair Checklist

This week Kolbe Academy will be hosting two fantastic and FREE virtual college planning events!‍ Check out our tips to prepare!

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The Principles of Subsidiarity & Solidarity

Today the Church celebrates the feast of Saint Pope John Paul II. As I was reflecting on the life and teachings of this great saint, I found myself pondering..

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Saint-O’-Lanterns

Join us in making Saint-O’-Lanterns in honor and celebration of All Saints’ Day!

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An Invitation to Prayer

Today we celebrate the feast of St. Teresa of Avila. During her lifetime, St. Teresa of Avila “founded over a half-dozen new monasteries...

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Autumn Nature Journal

One of my very favorite aspects of homeschooling is the flexibility it provides for spending time outdoors. My little ones (ages 3 & 1) absolutely love...

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October: Celebrating the Holy Rosary

I grew up attending a wonderful parochial school, taught by the Sisters of Mercy, with a special devotion to Mary and the Rosary...

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Simple Ways to Celebrate: St. Francis & St. Faustina

This week, we have the opportunity to celebrate 3 special feast days! Here are a few simple ways to celebrate at home with your family.

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7 Feast Days to Celebrate this October!

As we kick off the month of October, let’s mark our calendars to celebrate 7 powerful feast days!

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Qualities of the Ignatian Learner (Part VI)

The Ignatian Pedagogy is a timeless philosophy for education. It teaches children to grow in holiness and it also prepares them to be agents of change in the

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5 Principles of Ignatian Pedagogy (Part V)

The Ignatian framework for education is based on St. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises and his God-centered worldview.‍

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Praying the Examen with Children (Part IV)

The beauty of the Examen is that it can be said in a variety of ways, especially with children. Our family’s version of the Examen begins by quieting our voices

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What is Ignatian Spirituality? (Part III)

Ignatius of Loyola lived by the motto “Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam,” for the greater glory of God. St. Ignatius had a profound ability to see God’s presence in...

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10 Fun Back-To-Homeschool Ideas

What better way to celebrate the start of our second year than to with some fun ideas! We asked some of our Kolbe families and compiled a list of 10 activities.

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Who was Ignatius of Loyola? (Part II)

Over time, Ignatius developed a deep spiritual life, one in which he constantly sought God’s presence and His will in all things. Ignatius became an expert...

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The Basics of Ignatian Pedagogy (Part I)

If you are interested in learning more about Ignatian pedagogy and how you can more effectively use it at home with your children, join us here as we unpack it.

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When God (and COVID) Changes Our Plans: One Family’s Unexpected Journey to Homeschool

We are not a homeschooling family. This is not a world we are familiar with...

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A Parenting Reminder from Sushi

SUSHI, SASHIMI, AND NORI – O MY!

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Listening Skills Via Charlie Brown

THANK YOU FOR LISTENING, CHARLIE BROWN!

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Applying to College as a Homeschooler, or How to Create the Persuasive Homeschool Application, Part 3

I’ll also provide guidance on how to turn what often is a weakness into a great strength.

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From Horns to Holiness

This brought to my mind how good our God is in the institution of the Sacrament of Penance.

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Parenting by Omission, or A Leg Up in Life

It is very satisfying to see the fruits of seeds planted when our children were very small…

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Perseverance in Homeschooling

When you are having a difficult time in your homeschool, try thinking of the Holy Family escaping to Egypt, or the saints who went through difficult times...

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Downtime

I love this time of year! It’s when our busy homeschool family gets a little downtime!

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Planting Seeds

I encourage you all during this new spring season to take the time to plant your own seeds of faith within your family. The Church offers the seeds...

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Activism in Support of Homeschooling in California

Live in California? Check out this post on homeschooling.

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Almost There

It’s the final push before the big break. We are almost there!

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How to Disagree with Civility

Good luck as you continue practicing the skill of artful discourse!

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Roles and Models in Education

As educators, whether we are teaching our own children or those of others, we must accept with gratitude and humility the role God has determined for us...

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Literature and Children

Literature is key to a Catholic classical education.

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Devotion to the Holy Face

I encourage you to learn more about this important devotion. If you do not already have an image of Our Lord’s Sacred Face...

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Kolbe Academy's 2018 Graduation

Check out this summary of the 2018 Graduation.

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Patricia Kolakowski's 2018 Graduation Address

So, Class of 2018, I know that whatever you choose to pursue, you will succeed.

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Charlie Mihaliak's 2018 Graduation Address

Well, your haircut is finished, and your stylist is lost somewhere between impressed and petrified.

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Jordan Almanzar's 2018 Graduation Address

And with that…congratulations Kolbe Class of 2018!!!

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Graduation 2018 Reflections from a Kolbe Family

I am writing this note, on behalf of my husband and our family, as a sign of gratitude to the Kolbe Academy staff for planning...

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Graduation 2018 Pictures

Some photos from the Class of 2018 Graduation.

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Science and a Catholic Education

The Church recognizes and blesses the restlessness of a scientist just as She encourages all those who seek Truth.

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Time Flies (Part 1 of 2)

Was God trying to tell me something?

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Time Flies (Part 2 of 2)

God Shows the Way

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Have We Prepared Him Enough? (Part 1)

Six weeks until he leaves for college, 1,300 miles from home. Is he ready? Will he miss us? Is he going to call home?

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Have We Prepared Him Enough (Part 2)

Concerned that homeschooling won't prepare your student well enough? Check this out.

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Kolbecast with Kolbe Academy Founder Dianne Muth

Learn more about the founding of Kolbe Academy.

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Kolbe Academy Online Conceptual Framework

Kolbe Academy Online is “dedicated to forming the whole individual – mind, body and soul...

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Con-cen-TRA-tion!

Con-cen-TRA-tion! Id-i-od-i-A-tion!

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A Tool of my Trade

As busy homeschooling parents, we need all the affordable, truly useful tools to save time and help us get that homeschooling job done!

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How Standardized Testing Can Help Your Homeschooling

If you do decide to take the standardized testing route and your children grumble, feel free to put the blame on me!

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Destination Unknown: Interview with Kolbe Academy Alumna Hope Forsyth

Hear from a Kolbe Alumna and about how homeschooling with Kolbe has helped her in her law career.

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The Noise of Boys

What a wonderful sound, the noise of boys.

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Read the Bible This Year - New Year's Resolution Before the New Year

And now I must confess, in truth, I have never read the entire Bible.

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Porcupines and Temperaments

Why does knowledge of the temperaments matter?

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College Matters

Contrary to popular opinion, 18 is not the magic flip switch that turns off childhood and turns on adulthood.

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Counting My Blessings

May God bless you, sir, for your kindness to us today.

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Steps Towards Redeeming the Time

In time, my daughter will likely forget our walks–those happy highways where we went. But the lyrics will, I hope, always be with her.

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Educator Spotlight: Latin Teacher Dr. Jordan Almanzar - Exploring the Lost Continent of Latin Literature

To become closer to God in their daily walk, that’s probably the main overarching focus, along with giving them this great classical education.

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Student Spotlight: Interview with Kolbe Academy Student Meghan Rohatgi

Student Spotlight: Interview with Kolbe Academy Student Meghan Rohatgi

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The Grass is Greener on My Side of the Fence

The grass truly is greener, right at my feet.

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"Slow and Steady Wins the Race"

After all, slow and steady wins the race.

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Embracing the Cross of Imperfection

Thanks be to God I learned eventually, though too late for a musical career, to acknowledge and accept my imperfections, to eschew my persecution complex...

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AP Statistics Overview and Student Testimony

Have questions on AP Statistics, check this out!

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"Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard" A Book Review - Part I

The growth-mindset students were taught that the brain is like a muscle that can be developed with exercise – that with work, they could get smarter.

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"Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard" A Book Review - Part II

Are you looking to make a switch? Go ahead – read the book. I think you will find it well worth your time, just as I did.

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A Malady of the Will: The Problem - Part I

Remember, my daughters, that God of Himself cannot construct our edifice of perfection.

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A Malady of the Will: The Problem - Part II

May our Blessed Mother serve as our guide and example, as we strive to echo her “Fiat” and align our own wills to that of our loving God.

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Teeth

Just that, in the midst of life, sad episodes can trigger happy memories and create new ones.

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Reflections on Six Years at Kolbe Academy

Anyway, I was 71 when I was recruited to teach an online theology course and I am 77 now, ready to retire.

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As I lay Waiting

And I think about my daughter and her own kairotic moment. The occasion for action is swiftly coming and will surely affect us all.

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The Finish Line, Part I

At the same time, it was a relief to me, and I took it as a sign that God wanted me to homeschool our daughter.

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