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Susan Kalis

I am Susan Kalis, a longtime homeschooling mother of 7 children aged 14 years to 4 months, presently living in Colorado. My husband, Joe, and I have been married for more than 15 years and have lived a somewhat nomadic lifestyle, moving from place to place and country to country as his job has demanded. We are both engineers with master's degrees, although I gave up engineering and turned to university teaching when our first child was born. I gave up university teaching also when our fourth child was born; it was either that or give up clean clothes.

We use an eclectic approach in our homeschool, with the Catholic Faith as the key to everything. Our school year centers around the liturgical year, and our methods range from Montessori to a "living books" approach with classical insights. No one method fits us perfectly, yet each has something valuable to offer. Each year is different from the one before, and I enjoy trying new approaches and new books.

I am hopelessly addicted to reading and collecting good books, and I enjoy sharing that passion with our children. This hobby has made moving around the world somewhat more difficult, but it will have been worth the effort if our children grow up thinking that books are better than furniture.


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