"...a life without a rule, is a life wherein the supernatural, that is, the part of God, has little or no importance."
This week we are combining our Keeping It Catholic Monday
with our yearly post on our daily homeschool schedule which is part of the Not Back to School Blog Hop
. Sharing again from one of our favorite books, Counsels of Perfection on Christian Motherhood
(which if any of you happen to see an original 1913 copy for sale please let me know!), as we did last May
as well as last June
, we are sharing today how we apply some of the methods from this book in our homeschool schedule. Since our daily schedule includes school they are one and the same schedule. We are also adding some new 'rules' this year so not all of these have been added to our day and all of them are far from perfected :)
It seems our schedule slackens and our motivation is lower and we start craving some sort of order this time every year, not just because school is about to start again but because Advent and Lent are long past us. The Liturgical guide of the Church has been in the Time After Pentecost for 14 weeks now and we have been much in the habit of an extended celebration of Easter as is intended by the Church's Time after Pentecost. We are long past the seasons when we have penance given to us such as during the weeks of Advent and Lent. We become stagnate in the season so to say. We are without that push that the Church so lovingly gives us doing those special times of her year. Our worldly sense tells us 'we need to get back in the habit', we need a rule of life!
"Time is the money in which we can purchase eternity."
Monsignor P. Lejeune
From Chapter IV in his book, Paul LeJeune says, "What good reasons we have for valuing our time, and making good use of it! The few years which God gives us to live, enclosed as they are between the centuries that are gone and those that are to come, are indeed a trifle compared with eternity. Regarded from standpoint, our life resembles that of those insects called, I believe, Ephemera. They are born in the morning, and in the evening they have ceased to exist. Better yet, our life resembles a wave, raised up by the wind on the bosom of the sea, that scintillates an instant under the rays of the sun, and then flals back and is no more. Or again is like to those flashes of lightning which, on a stormy night, dazzle the eye for a moment, and then disappear without leaving a trace of their existence. And this inconceivable rapidity, this nothingness of human life condemns at once all the ambitions and desires which attach us to the earth. What folly, then, when we consider the brevity of life, to dream of cutting a great figure here below, to yearn for the admiration of the world, and to attach our hearts to those earthly goods from which we shall be so brutally separated on the morrow."
Time! Time! How will we use it, how do we try to use it in our day? I find I do best when I plan my week out, my day and when I don't I have been busy all day but never accomplishing those things that really
needed to be accomplished. P. LeGeune tells us the advantages of a rule of life. "First, it saves you from yourselves, so to speak; from the spirit of caprice which finds its way so easily into your actions, and robs you of the greater part of your merit. We all are tempted to do only what pleases us, and to avoid sacrifices as much as possible. An act needs but to take on the appearance of duty to become an object of aversion to us. The result is that unless you are bound by a rule, your lives will drift unceasingly; they will flow along guided only by caprice, and the sense of duty will be almost entirely lost. In that case it is your own will that you have followed from morning until evening, and not the will of God."
So when I remember to put it into practice I find using this Daily Task Sheet
keeps me best on task with the day to day things that change. For school our Holy Simplicity Planner
is what keeps me on task with what is to be done with school and also our evening meals. But what really helps in keeping our Rule of life is not only having one written down (as it is with the Holy Simplicity Planner
and Daily Task Sheet
) but in getting our day started right and in having habits for each day, as in what we do at certain times.
"My son, love not sleep, lest poverty overtake thee."
Proverbs XX, 13
Starting the day right, according to P. Lejeune, starts with promptness in rising. I have to say from experience that what he says is also to very true, and this is one of the items that we are working on this year. P. Lejeune says to ".... rise at a fixed hour. Decide on the time, and examine well into the effect your early rising will have on your general health and temperament. But once this hour is fixed, make no exceptions to it, save only when sickness or extraordinary circumstances render them necessary. How many hours of sleep are necessary? Physicians advise seven hours for a robust person; but among religious communities generally eight hours are allowed. You may adopt this rule, but do not exceed eight hours. You would be yielding to weakness and sensuality. A prolonged sleep will not deliver you from indisposition, which very often is more imaginary than real. You complain of feeling ill at awakening, and it seems that to raise your head from the pillow is a sacrifice beyond your strength. Pay no attention to this temptation! Give the enemy no quarter! Rise up at once, and you will feel that your complain was imaginary. The ancients were wont to say that life consists in movement. You will experience the truth of these words, and you will learn how to mount to a degree of activity which you thought impossible."
Starting today we are working on setting that time for our 'early rising'. Not just for us as adults but also for our children. Before we would have a general time in which we would get up but it certainly is far from the 'promptness' that P. Lejeune talks about. As a family we decided that everyone would rise before 6 am. Since we do not have an Angelus bell ring near us we would often say our morning Angelus when ever we said our morning prayers. Our children in this way were not learning the proper meaning of the Angelus and so we decided to tie this in with our new attempt at a Rule of Life. My husband and I decided to arise at 5 a.m. which gives us an hour of quiet time before things begin with our family. Day one has us up early but also rearranging our usual schedule!
Previously this queit time lasted until 7, 7:30.,8 in the morning which gave me plenty of time to do my blogging, check my email, say my private devotions and so some spiritual reading, shower and dress. That has changed today and I have to admit we have some more planning to do!
"Begin at a moderate pace."
"Need this rule be written? When written, it will have much more precision than if it were only in the memory. but do not imagine that it should cover many sheets of paper. A few simple resolutions, clearly stated, will be entirely sufficient. You need not overburden yourselves in the beginning. Go forward step by step. A rule is not immutable; we can always add to it according as divine grace directs us. Indeed, it is better to add to a rule than to subtract from it. It is better to begin at a moderate pace, than to be obliged to slacken our speed, and perhaps lose heart."
The reminder I should post on my quotation board, "begin at a moderate pace." A good reminder for day one this morning when adjusting our rise time other habits are disrupted. To pick one or two things to work on and then gradually add more is the advice given here. Not to jump in with the 'perfect rule of life' but one that you can work on easily one step at a time, baby steps.
With that and in partaking of this week's Not Back to School Blog Hop; A Day in the life of
, I'd like to share with you our Rule of Life, our homeschool schedule which is very much a work in progress! And if you would like to listen to the whole book, Counsels of Perfection of Christian Motherhood
, the free MP3's are here to download
5 AM- Rise time, shower/dress, private devotions, check email, blog, some spiritual reading, start laundry or other chores
6 AM- Children up and Angelus time, morning prayers with all family members
6:20 AM- Children start their school (Daily Journals
, Math, religious reading, Latin, Cursive workbook)
7:30-8 AM- Breakfast time, read aloud books (any reading for Science & Nature Journaling for Young Catholics
, Bible Stories History Unit
, Religion (usually copy work or coloring pages for the current feast days/Liturgical season and from our choosen read aloud basket... First Communion Stories, Catholic chapter books etc.)
8:30/9 AM- Complete Religion and History seat work/projects
10 AM- Snack and break time
10:15/10:30- Spelling/Reading/Grammer Lessons for one child while the other does Piano lessons/practice and Typing practice then switch.
NOON- Angelus! Make lunch
12:30 PM- Complete any school work
1 PM - 3 PM Quiet Time! Nap time for the Kindergartner, and quiet time for the older kids. Either playing outside (when the weather is good), Legos, reading books, quiet art projects or maybe still finishing up school.
For myself its chore time, to clean up some dishes, do some laundry, dust, bathrooms etc. Depending on the day of the week (you can see our schedule on the second page of the Daily Task Download). Computer time (emails, blog, ship book orders, work on curricula projects)
3:30 PM- Snack Time, quick clean up of the house, children's chores
4:30 PM Start dinner preparations
6 PM- Angelus, eat dinner/finish preparing, wait for hubby to get home
6-6:30 PM Eat dinner
6:30/7 PM Clean up Dinner Dishes/Kitchen
7-8 PM PM Misc. house chores, finish up some minor projects, give the children showers and baths, time to clean up bedrooms!
8 PM Rosary Time! Night prayers with the children
8:30 PM Adult night prayers, spiritual reading
9:30/10 PM Bed time!
Free Printables for Guiding your Rule of Life
Visit our Catholic Education blog
to see how we use our Holy Simplicity along with the Crusader's for Christ Children's Planners in our Homeschool! This blog post walks you through how we set up our calendar to writing curriculum in our planner and coordinating it all with the children's planners as well. READ OUR BLOG POST HERE
We are thinking ahead to the Christmas season and planning ahead in order to add some Christmas cards to our book store. Since these things take a while to get planned and completed we would like your input on your Christmas card traditions and how we can best serve you with this product.
We are also putting out a non-academic planner, Starting with Sunday; A Catholic Day Planner
, late fall 2013 or early winter 2013 for the 2014 year. We have been sharing the PDF's on our book store each month so that you all are able to try these if you are intersted. We need your feed back on a few items regarding the printing of the 2014 planner. If you all would be so kind to take our survey below we would love to give you
both a free August 2013 and September 2013 PDF trial of the Starting with Sunday Planner pages!
Please make sure to leave your email at the bottom of the survey so we know where to send your files. YOU MUST FILL OUT THE SURVEY TO RECEIVE YOUR FREE PDFS. Also! One of those of you who fill out our survey AND enter in the raffle will have a chance at a free Planner Pack! Featuring ONE copy of the Holy Simplicity Planner AND TWO printed Children's planners (you get to choose boy or girl or one of each!).
Ahh some rules for this give away! My apologies for the bright red bold, but its to keep the confusion away and keep things fun and easy! Please make sure that the email you use on the survey matches the email you use to enter the raffle. To enter you MUST HAVE MATCHING EMAILS AND FILL OUT BOTH THE SURVEY AND THE RAFFLE ENTRY OR YOUR ENTERY WILL BE DISQUALIFIED. Comments left on this blog post DO NOT COUNT as your entry. You MUST enter both the raffle and FILL OUT the survey.
Thank you for your input, it is VERY much appreciated and we are excited to share some more GIVE Aways (can you tell I like to give things away?) God bless!
We are joining the Not Back to School Blog Hop
over on our education blog the next 4 weeks. This week is curriculum week, hop on over to our blog
and also enter at a chance to win a free Holy Simplicity Planner!
We are going to try and make an effort to put more of the homeschooling posts over on our Catholic Education Blog
being that not all of our readers are home educators. Along with separating posts we also hope to add more on the homeschooling end as well, as time allows.
Our first effort at this change is posted over on our Catholic Education blog
, and shares with you all our attempts at organizing our own homeschool and how it is that we use our Holy Simplicity Planner
. Toward the middle of this summer we will be adding more posts of similar nature. Praying that you are all enjoying the starts of summer and God's wonderful gifts!
Spring is here, the sun in Oregon is out (today any way) and the end of our homeschool year is so very close. I'm finding myself anxious to finish up with this years lessons and get started on planning for the 2013/2014 school year! Needless to say I'm as anxious to have my new Holy Simplicity planner as I know many of you are as well. My boys area also hovering over the proof saying "Is that my planner?!"
I have good news! Its getting they are getting final touches put on them and the final proof before they are printed and start shipping to all who have put your pre-order in. Shipments are expected to start the 2nd week of May. We thank you for your support on these planners! In anticipation of the Holy Simplicity Planner
, Maidens for Mary Catholic Girls Planner
and the Crusaders for Christ Catholic Boys Planner we wanted to do a little give away!
Starting today we are accepting entries for afree Planner Package
which is valued at $50+ including the shipping! This includes 1 Holy Simplicity Planner
, a Catholic planner for planning your home, school & Liturgical Year. This years edition features 50+ Full Color Liturgical Planning pages including 8 pages just for Easter and Christmas. 225 stickers to mark fast/abstinence days as well as Name Days and other special feasts, anniversaries and birthdays. Each month contains a double spread monthly planning page with room for notes and marks Saints and major feast days. Following the monthly calendar are double spread weekly planning pages color coded according the the Catholic Church's Liturgical Season. These also contain reminders for major feast/fast days and there is room to write the weeks menu plan out along with a space for notes and planning for 4 students and 9 subjects.
Along with the Holy Simplicity planner
, the winner of our give away will get to choose 2 children's lesson planners
. The Maidens for Mary
and Crusaders for Christ Catholic lesson planners
are both laid out in similar manner. They contain a single page spread for the monthly calendar with saints and feast days marked as well as whom the Church dedicates each month to. On the back of this page is space to record any books that were read in that month, a short prayer to memorize, Catechism lessons to learn and more. Following this monthly calendar are single pages for each of the weeks in that month. Depending on the planner these feature various artwork of crusaders, castles, armor, pictures of Our Lady or other female saints. Crusaders for Christ
features boyish colors of blue, green, brown and a dark red while the Maidens for Mary Planner
features girly colors of pink, purple, yellow and azure. Each week's page contains space to write lessons in for 9 subjects, a weekly to-do task list as well as a place to keep track of virtue practice.
These lesson planners are geared for grades 3rd through 8th grade and help the child to manage their homeschool day more on their own. It helps to teach time management and responsibility and limits the 'what do I do now' questions to the teacher. This also makes a great record keeping book to store away incase one needs to show what was done on such and such a date. In the back of the children's planners there is a reproducible book report for and also a tear-out Catholic report card to give to the student when the year is completed. To view more on any of these planners please visit our new book store All the Saints Books!
The give-a-way winner will be announced on next weeks Keeping It Catholic Monday
post. Details on entering the give-a-way may be found below.
We are so excited to announce that the Holy Simplicity Planner
, Maidens for Mary Young Ladies Planner
and Crusaders for Christ Young Man's planners
are available for pre-order!!! The Holy Simplicity Planner
is currently at the printer and we expect its full release come early May. This planner is ideal for Catholic homeschooling parents who want to plan their home, school and Liturgical Year all in one! Its about 200 pages, all but about 15 of those are full color. Each month has a double spread planning page as well as each week. There is room for 4+ children's lesson planning and 9 subjects. Each week contains a saint quote and room for planning the weeks menu as well as the weeks projects and/or to-do list. Its color coded according to the Liturgical year and has reminders for major feast days. Special to this years addition are 225 stickers to use in indicating fast/abstinence days as well has stickers for marking feasts of Our Lord and Our Lady and to give to the children as a reward. In the back of the planner is a reproducible section that includes forms for keeping track of grades, attendance and also a Catholic report card and more! In addition and also new this year are 50+ pages of full color Liturgical feast/season planning and journaling pages! Click here to preview the Holy Simplicity Planner.
The children's planners are new this year, many of you have been enjoying the free download and voiced the desire to have a printed version. We have answered that request in the Maidens for Mary
and Crusaders for Christ children's planners
! Maidens for Mary Young Ladies Catholic Lesson Planner
features an easy monthly layout for writing down appointments, classes, chores, and other items and then each week also has its own page with 9 subject spaces for writing down lessons completed or for writing lessons out ahead of time for the child to follow themselves and help to teach self regulation and discipline in regards to their daily lesson plans and education. Each week also features a saint quote as well as a new image of Our Lady or another maiden devoted to Our Blessed Mother. There is also a section on the weekly page for keeping track of weekly chores and errands as well as a daily check list for virtue practice. Another section is including for other basic record keeping such as a book reading log and more. For more information on this girls Catholic lesson planner please click here.Crusader's for Christ Catholic Young Man's Lesson Planner
is very similar to the young ladies planner but is designed to appeal to young men. The theme for these planners features a new image of a crusader on each weeks page and has a very knightly design and layout. Otherwise this planner has the same features as the young ladies: monthly calendar, weekly planning pages with daily task list, virtue practice and 9 subject spaces for lesson planning. To view more on all of these planners please visit our new book store site
Our blog has been a little quite since Lent, Holy Week and Easter as we were busying keeping the season ( or in the case of Lent taking a break to keep the season) but we have also been working not only on these three projects but another exciting adventure for our little family!
Along with the release of the pre-orders on the lesson planners we also opened a book store featuring vintage Catholic reprints of some wonderful books! So many of these books we have reviewed and shared on our site and many of them can be hard to find. Quite a few of them are dated from the late 1800's and early 1900's. True treasures and full of the Catholic faith! We are so excited to be able to share these with you and make them readily available for your enjoyment. The book store may be found by going to www.AllTheSaintsAndPeterAndPaul.com
and clicking on the book store tab to the top right.
We are still in the process of growing our selection so please check back weekly to see what is new. We are adding an average of one new title a day. To keep up on the new selections without the hassle please sign up for our e-newsletter that will come out once a month. The link to sign sign up for the All The Saints and Peter & Paul Newsletter is here
or you can also find it on our main book store site at the bottom right of the page.
Many different subject matters are covered in the book selections but special attention has been given to educational books as well as books on motherhood as we understand that our readers (of this blog) seek those sort of books out most and they can be hard to find. Please if there is a topic you feel is missing or a subject that you have been searching for let us know by emailing us
So many of you offered such wonderful support last year in purchasing our Holy Simplicity Planner. We are excited to announce that we WILL be printing again this year! There are a few changes to the layout but we hope that you will enjoy them and that they will still continue to make planning your homeschool, house and liturgical seasons easier.
The 2013-2014 Holy Simplicity FULL-COLOR Planner features double page monthly layouts, making appointment setting and keeping track of feast days simple. There is also room on the side for notes both for tasks and devotions.
The double page weekly spread will look very familiar to all of those who purchased or downloaded a planner last year. We added some more space to the note section and made the meal planning section a bit larger. Also added is some beautiful Catholic artwork which is based on the theme in which the Church dedicates each month to. There is still room to plan 4 students lessons plus an additional 9th subject line verses the 8 from last year.
This year we will not be offering the Catholic Life book within the planner as we did last year. In its place we have designed some Liturgical season/feast day journaling pages that help to plan and/or record the happenings of your feast days and seasons. Plan your St. Valentine's day recipes, Christmas gift giving lists & space to write down devotions, Lenten season devotions and so forth. These pages are available for every major feast and every month of the year will have at least 1-2.
In the back of the planner you will find lesson planning pages, goal setting pages, forms that may be reproduced in order to track school attendance, grading etc. We hope that you will enjoy this years planner even more than last years! In addition we will also be offering PRINTED children's lesson planners. We will have more information on those as they get closer to completion. Please visit our Holy Simplicity Planner page
often for new details and make sure to sign up to receive email updates. Expected release day is May 2013. Previews of what the children's planners will look like may be found on our children's planner page
. God bless and may you have a most fruitful Lenten season!
Weekly Double Spread
Liturgical Season & Feast Day Journaling Pages
Our friends over at Crusader's for Christ
have shared yet another WONDERFUL article on feast day traditions, they sure have some good resources! We thought you might enjoy, below you will find a teaser of this wonderful information. Also we are adding some Journaling Pages to each of the liturgical seasons and major feast days. They are intended for adults so that they may plan their feast day and/or season and have a record for the following year. These will also be replacing the Liturgical articles in the Holy Simplicity planner
(due to be out in May!) So far we have Lent
& St. Patrick's Day
Journaling pages up with more to follow!- A Candle is Lighted, Imprimatur 1945 -
This day was a general holiday, particularly for apprentices, and it would have been strange if it had not frequently become a day into which people tried to cram all the pleasure they would soon have to forego.
In Norwich, as probably in other cities, processions were made to symbolize the rapid approach of Lent. In 1440, say the Norwich records, such a procession was instigated by a certain John Gladman, who was known "as a man ever trewe (true) and feythfilll (faithful) to God." Crowned as king of Christmas, his horse bedecked with gilt and every sort of finery and tinsel he was preceded in the procession by twelve other horsemen, each representing a month of the year and each dressed appropriately. Last in the procession, following after the glittering king of Christmas, came Lent, a horseman dressed from head to foot in white cloth and herring skins, mounted on a horse with trappings of oyster shells--and this "in token that sadnesse shulde folowe (sadness should follow), and a holy tyme (time)." Thus they rode through Norwich, and many others of the townspeople joined in, dressed in every sort of fantastic dress, all of them "making myrth, disportes and playes."
That they ate pancakes everywhere is merely because eggs and butter and milk had to be finished off before the fasting began, and the making of pancakes, the beating of the batter, the frying and tossing of the pancakes, could be a festive affair.To finish reading visit Crusader's for Christ
" Education consists essential in preparing man for what he must be, and for what he must do here below, in order to attain the sublime end for which he was created."
-Pope Pius XI
Today we are sharing a bit on the Church's teaching on education which also doubles as a blog hop post. Below the encyclical you will find some of our homeschooling plans for this year. God bless! ON CHRISTIAN EDUCATION RAPPRESENTANTI IN TERRA ENCYCLICAL OF POPE PIUS XI DECEMBER 31, 1929
To the Patriarchs, Primates, Archbishops, Bishops and other Ordinaries in Peace and Communion with the Apostolic See and to all the Faithful of the Catholic World.
Venerable Brethren and Beloved Children, Health and Apostolic Benediction.
Representative on earth of that divine Master who while embracing in the immensity of His love all mankind, even unworthy sinners, showed nevertheless a special tenderness and affection for children, and expressed Himself in those singularly touching words: "Suffer the little children to come unto Me," We also on every occasion have endeavored to show the predilection wholly paternal which We bear towards them, particularly by our assiduous care and timely instructions with reference to the Christian education of youth.
2. And so, in the spirit of the Divine Master, We have directed a helpful word, now of admonition, now of exhortation, now of direction, to youths and to their educators, to fathers and mothers, on various points of Christian education, with that solicitude which becomes the common Father of all the Faithful, with an insistence in season and out of season, demanded by our pastoral office and inculcated by the Apostle: "Be instant in season, out of season; reprove, entreat, rebuke in all patience and doctrine." Such insistence is called for in these our times, when, alas, there is so great and deplorable an absence of clear and sound principles, even regarding problems the most fundamental.
3. Now this same general condition of the times, this ceaseless agitation in various ways of the problem of educational rights and systems in different countries, the desire expressed to Us with filial confidence by not a few of yourselves, Venerable Brethren, and by members of your flocks, as well as Our deep affection towards youth above referred to, move Us to turn more directly to this subject, if not to treat it in all its well-nigh inexhaustible range of theory and practice, at least to summarize its main principles, throw full light on its important conclusions, and point out its practical applications.
4. Let this be the record of Our Sacerdotal Jubilee which, with altogether special affection, We wish to dedicate to our beloved youth, and to commend to all those whose office and duty is the work of education.
5. Indeed never has there been so much discussion about education as nowadays; never have exponents of new pedagogical theories been so numerous, or so many methods and means devised, proposed and debated, not merely to facilitate education, but to create a new system infallibly efficacious, and capable of preparing the present generations for that earthly happiness which they so ardently desire.
6. The reason is that men, created by God to His image and likeness and destined for Him Who is infinite perfection realize today more than ever amid the most exuberant material progress, the insufficiency of earthly goods to produce true happiness either for the individual or for the nations. And hence they feel more keenly in themselves the impulse towards a perfection that is higher, which impulse is implanted in their rational nature by the Creator Himself. This perfection they seek to acquire by means of education. But many of them with, it would seem, too great insistence on the etymological meaning of the word, pretend to draw education out of human nature itself and evolve it by its own unaided powers. Such easily fall into error, because, instead of fixing their gaze on God, first principle and last end of the whole universe, they fall back upon themselves, becoming attached exclusively to passing things of earth; and thus their restlessness will never cease till they direct their attention and their efforts to God, the goal of all perfection, according to the profound saying of Saint Augustine: "Thou didst create us, O Lord, for Thyself, and our heart is restless till it rest in Thee."
7. It is therefore as important to make no mistake in education, as it is to make no mistake in the pursuit of the last end, with which the whole work of education is intimately and necessarily connected. In fact, since education consists essentially in preparing man for what he must be and for what he must do here below, in order to attain the sublime end for which he was created, it is clear that there can be no true education which is not wholly directed to man's last end, and that in the present order of Providence, since God has revealed Himself to us in the Person of His Only Begotten Son, who alone is "the way, the truth and the life," there can be no ideally perfect education which is not Christian education.
8. From this we see the supreme importance of Christian education, not merely for each individual, but for families and for the whole of human society, whose perfection comes from the perfection of the elements that compose it. From these same principles, the excellence, we may well call it the unsurpassed excellence, of the work of Christian education becomes manifest and clear; for after all it aims at securing the Supreme Good, that is, God, for the souls of those who are being educated, and the maximum of well-being possible here below for human society. And this it does as efficaciously as man is capable of doing it, namely by co-operating with God in the perfecting of individuals and of society, in as much as education makes upon the soul the first, the most powerful and lasting impression for life according to the well-known saying of the Wise Man, "A young man according to his way, even when he is old, he will not depart from it." With good reason therefore did St. John Chrysostom say, "What greater work is there than training the mind and forming the habits of the young?"
9. But nothing discloses to us the supernatural beauty and excellence of the work of Christian education better than the sublime expression of love of our Blessed Lord, identifying Himself with children, "Whosoever shall receive one such child as this in my name, receiveth me."
10. Now in order that no mistake be made in this work of utmost importance, and in order to conduct it in the best manner possible with the help of God's grace, it is necessary to have a clear and definite idea of Christian education in its essential aspects, viz., who has the mission to educate, who are the subjects to be educated, what are the necessary accompanying circumstances, what is the end and object proper to Christian education according to God's established order in the economy of His Divine Providence. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING THE ENCYCLICAL
Some of the text's we are using for our homeschool this year...
-The Living in God series is one of our favorite!!! Reprinted by Our Lady of Victory
a religion series that is set up similar to a reading primer but teaches the catechism using stories. This first book in the set is 1st grade level, we will also be using Living in God's Law for 2nd grade this year. A set of books worthy of any investment!Along with these books we will continue to follow the Liturgical Year as a way to learn all the aspects of the Holy Catholic Faith. Sunday's the kids learn their Catechism using some new reprints of the Baltimore Catechism from Refuge of Sinners Publishing.
Our plans are still formulating for reading as we just discovered both our students are dyslexic. if you have any tips for teaching kids with dyslexia please do pass them along! At this point we are going to use both the Little Angel Readers
along with All About Reading
(be for-warned with All About Reading, one of their readers has an image in it not sutible for children... we plan to cover this up or remove that one story. This program is not Catholic but suppose to help children with Dyslexia and other reading issues.) Hopefully between the two programs we get both a Catholic perspective and help with the reading issues. All about reading is a hands on approach using colored magnet tiles, a workbook with cutting and pasting and also flash cards along with the readers. I think so far my son enjoys the progress chart most because he can see what is left and what he has done. Its nice as a parent too because its all set up and easy to use.
With our little guys everything seems to be done hands on and the perfect math program has been Math On The Level.
This is a K-8th grade program that can be used with multiple chidlren. It features a 5-A-Day math review and hands on learning for each of the math subjects. We use living math books from livingmath.net
along with board games, and lots of other items we find on Pinterest
to teach math. This is one of the only math products that is not workbook based and can be tailored according to maturity of the child rather than grade level. When they need more practice there is no worry and when they are ready to move ahead then they move on ahead. It has been a real blessing to our family and worth every penny! We also use Catholic File folder games
to add a Catholic touch to our math program :)
Our plan this year was to use Founders of Freedom
, the 1st of a 5 vol history set. While it is aimed at a 4th grade level and both our boys are about 2nd grade I decided to make it a hands on approach and add living books. The project turned out to be larger than thought so we will see how it goes. If you would like to see the links and notes for each section, they will be logged away here on the site under Catholic History.
Its still in the works so please check back often to see if the password requirement has been removed.The Land of Our Lady series is a wonderful Catholic History series from the early 50's from Newman press. The books are set up with the history of a Catholic Hymn at the beginning of each chapter, questions at the end of each chapter
and a end of unit test. They are easily useable as is. They give a most wonderful Catholic perspective and they are worth every penny!
This year we will be using Science and Living in God's World 2
. Another wonderful Catholic book that has been reprinted (the whole set reprinted) and is available at Our Lady of Victory
. We will also be adding science experiments to the ones included in the book and some more living books on each of the subjects through out the book as time allows.
Last but not least we couldn't do our planning without our Holy Simplicity Planner
! Our planner was created so that we could plan our school year in tune with the Church's Liturgical year all in one place. Last week we shared a guest post over at Forever Always No Matter What
, for more details on the planner visit our planner page
Please make sure to share your homeschooling Curriculum plans at this years "Not" Back to School Blog Hop
, it goes on for four weeks. Next week everyone will be sharing their School Room set ups! We can't wait to see what you are up to this year!