Saint Francis de Sales

January 24, 2017 § Leave a comment

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Bishop of Geneva and Doctor of the Church
Born August 21, 1567
Died December 28, 1622
Feast Day January 24

Author of: Introduction to the Devout Life among others.

Learn more at:

Catholic Online

Franciscan Media

and

New Advent

Image :Français : Saint François de Sales donnant à sainte Jeanne de Chantal la règle de l’ordre de la Visitation.

St Hilary of Poitiers 

January 13, 2017 § Leave a comment

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By Richard de Montbaston et collaborateur

born 310
died 367
Bishop of Poiters
Doctor of the Church
Hammer of the Arians

Learn more at : Wikipedia,   Catholic Online  and Franciscan Media

Raising Catholic Kids

September 2, 2016 § Leave a comment

Raising Catholic Kids, by Dr. Peter Kreeft from SJEC Iowa on Vimeo.

 

 

 

Wanting what you have:

August 31, 2016 § Leave a comment

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There are two ways to get enough.  One is to continue to accumulate more and more.  The other is to desire less.  G.K. Chesterton

Homeschool Planning

May 24, 2016 § 1 Comment

Music Lesson by Lord Frederic Leighton

Music Lesson by Lord Frederic Leighton

Homeschool Planning.

That time has come again – Homeschool planning for next year.  Normally I take several weeks to do thing…. but this year do to circumstances that have been sideways I am starting late.  So yea, I  am recycling from last year.  But that is sort of the joy of having done this  homeschool thing for a while now.  I can build off the years before.   This year again, the general plan is to  assess where we are, plan our goals for next year, think about the methods we are using and if they are still working for each child, decide what subjects and activities are important for next year, plan the budget and select books and resources, setup next year’s calendar, lay out the scope and sequence and then start creating lesson plans.

In the interest of full disclosure, I should start out by saying I am a pirate. I have no problem boarding a random homeschooling methodology on the high seas and pillaging whatever I like from it and leaving the rest behind. I am also pretty ruthless when it comes to raiding book lists, curricula and pretty much anything I find without feeling obligated to take it all or “buy in” to anyone’s vision. Our homeschooling ship is a jolly mix of what appeals to me from a variety of programs and methods.

If I had to be pegged on our preferred route I would say it looks something like Montessori until the end of first grade, a lot like Charlotte Mason until fourth grade and more or less Classical after fifth. My basic goals are to transition my children to independence as early and smoothly as possible, to give them the basic tools of education and to instill a love of their faith. The theory is a gentle continuing acquisition of skills that entails as little stress for me and them as possible. We want our children to able to learn and think independently while still having a deep sense of honor, faith, family and community.  I don’t claim to be expert in teaching or planning and I don’t think my particular methods are the best for anyone but myself and family. We all end up working through a good bit of trial and error before we find what works and then often enough the seasons change and what worked before no longer does. Flexibility is critical. Since I know people are often wanting to peek inside what is working for other families I am documenting our process here over the next several weeks. Please feel free to check in again – or like me on Facebook or follow the nascent Twitter feed (both on the sidebar).   I hope what I post will be useful to you.

Saint Damien of Molokai

May 10, 2016 § Leave a comment

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Born – 3 January 1840
Died – 15 April 1889
Feast Day May 10

Image credited to Sacred Hearts Archives, Rome [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Pain

April 8, 2016 § Leave a comment

I managed to hurt myself.  Random back spasm has turned into four whole days of barely being able to move.