Sunday, February 14, 2016

Happy Saint Valentine's Day

Wishing you all a wonderful Feast of Saint Valentine!



Saint Valentine, Oro Pro Nobis!



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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Our Weekly Wrap-Up~ February 12, 2016



Chilly, Chilly, Chilly! It is downright cold here and it's only going to get colder this weekend!
So what have we been up too? Dreaming of this.....


and


and of course this


But weather like that is a little farther away than I would like. So while dreaming or wishful thinking we've been doing school, even though Mama has been sick. Thankfully no children have come down with it yet.

In our school this week.........So school has been off and on. The kids have worked on all the basics....Math, Spelling, and English. We added a new curriculum to our English, a writing program. I am loving it! We've done 3 weeks now and I have seen improvement in both kids writings. I'll be sharing more details about this program later with a TOS Review. It's been helpful this week, since the kids have been able to watch the video  and work on the lessons with very little help from me. The kids have jumped right into their next book reports. This month they are learning and writing about a country of their choice. Michael picked Vietnam and Therese picked France (since she really, really want to got there). We were reading about Our Lady of Lourdes this week and she was in awe of the cathedral's beauty. 

Source~Wikipedia


I pray she is able to make a pilgrimage there someday and see the grotto and the cathedral. I know she will be deeply affected by this beautiful and sacred site. She is still leaning towards Bernadette as her Confirmation name.

We have been working on our Election lap book. This week the kids learned about the different branches of the government and how we ended up with our government. I love this lapbook from HomeSchool in the Woods. The kids and I are learning so much. It's a perfect way for the kids to learn all about our government and the election process, especially this year since we are electing a new president! 

For science, the kids created a plant cell out of Legos. What better way to learn than with a fun project. They both did a fantastic job trying to create a plant cell.



What I've been working on.....Preparing for Lent, trying to feel better and not get sicker, planning for next year. Yup, I'm already thinking about next year. So far I've decided on science for the kids next year. The kids love learning about animals and have really enjoyed their co-op class Swimming Creatures. So for next year, I have decided on doing the Flying Creatures and Land Animals. The are already excited about it. They haven't enjoyed learning about plants that much this year. I'me still trying to figure out the rest since we will have completed all 4 cycles of Classically Catholic Memory. If the kids were younger, we would just recycle the program, but both will be too old. I guess I'm back to planning it on my own. Sounds like fun doesn't it? It's funny, I actually love planning lesson.


What we are reading.......
I'm reading From the Angel's Blackboard: The Best of Fulton J. Sheen. The book talks to our minds, hearts, and souls. 
Michael is reading The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain. He's loving it. He finds it extremely funny.



Therese is reading Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink.



Quote for the Week......



How was your homeschooling week?


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Friday, February 12, 2016

Maestro Classics~ President's Day Sale





I just wanted to pass along a fantastic sale that Maestro Classics is having!



In honor of Valentine's Day and President's Day, Maestro Classics is offering up to 70% off and Free Shipping!

You can get

Peter and the Wolf

Swan Lake

The Tortuous and the Hare

The Nutcracker

and if if you can't decide you can get the entire 12 CD collection.

They are offering The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Handel's Water Music, and Casey at the Bat for only

$5.00


Prices are subject to change.



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five minute friday~limit







~Limits~ 
Do we create our own limits in life? 
Do we limit our ourselves with our own self doubt and worry?

Negative comments and worry creep into our minds telling us we could never do that. We will never succeed in our goals. We're not worthy enough! 
Is it our own mind or is it the devil creeping into our minds trying to get us not to trust God? It's so hard at times to ignore that voice that tells us we can never reach our goals. The voice telling us that we have reached our limit. 
Do we listen to the voice that tells us we are no good? Do we listen to the voice that tells us we unlovable? Do we listen to the voice that says we will fail?
We can but God is always their in the background waiting for us with open arms. He's there urging us on to be the best we can be. We just have to stop ans listen. His soft, calm ways will be there.


"For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."


He gave us so many wonderful gifts, we just need to figure out how to accept these precious gifts and how we are going to use our gifts. With God there are no limits to our love, our life, and happiness.


Joining Kate for five minute friday


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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Classically Catholic Memory~Delta Year Week 3



Geography~ South America
Brazil


This week, we began our journey into South America!!! Michael was thrilled since he loves the rainforest.
As in previous years and weeks, we located the country and rivers on the map. We placed the stickers onto the map that came with the CCM map.
The rest of the time, the kids worked on coloring the map of Brazil and the flag of Brazil. I gave them a blank map of Brazil for them to label the rivers we are learning this week.
Blank Map of Brazil
Blank  Map with Rivers
Worksheet on Brazil


Religion~ Sacraments and Sanctifying Grace

We read about the Sacraments and sanctifying grace from the catechism. I found the lesson online from Our Lady of the Rosary library.

The kids and I watched a wonderful video about sanctifying grace by Bishop Fulton Sheen.





Latin~ Gloria


We are in our 3rd week of learning the Gloria. You can find out more on how we learn the Latin prayers and hymns here.


Science~ Kinds of Vessels in Vascular Plants



This week we are learning about the different vessels in vascular plants. The first thing we did was review the difference between a vascular and non-vascular plant. I found a lesson that was perfect for my kids. It's geared for 4th-5th graders. It includes a brief lesson with a colorful poster, worksheets, and diagrams to help them learn all about the plants.


Enchanted Learning has a wonderful selection of plant lessons and worksheets. We used a few of them too.
The kids did a fun experiment with celery and food dye. They picked a color, placed the celery stalk into the glass, and then we waited. The next day when they checked their stalks, they saw the food dye filling the vessels (veins) of the celery. It was a great way to show them how water and nutrients are taken in by vascular plants.


History~ The Alamo & The Gold Rush


We spent a lot of time learning about this. The kids have been waiting patiently for American history, so we are taking it at a slow but steady pace. To learn more about this wonderful but difficult time in our history, we read a lot of books.

The Mexican-American War

The Alamo

The Gold Rush

The kids and I watched a wonderful documentary from PBS, called Remember the Alamo. It was extremely well done. I especially enjoyed how they portrayed the Mexican-Americans that we located their. Many of them had been fighting for their independence from Santa Anna. I think too often when kids learn about the Alamo, they hear that the Mexicans were cruel and against the Texans. Many Mexicans sided with the Texans and lost their lives. They were their before the battle, during the battle, and continued the fight after the battle. 



Other Resources We Discovered

Texas Revolution Timeline

The Alamo Lesson Plan~ Lesson 1 & Lesson 2 (Older students)




History of The Alamo


Discover Gold Coloring Page


During these 2 week, we focused mostly on the Mexican American War and the Alamo. We only briefly talked about the Gold Rush. We will get more into that later on. I decided to add the Time Travelers American History Studies: The 19th Century from HomeSchool in the Woods to get the kids really involved with the Pioneering Days of our great country. I'll be posting the fun things we do as we cover certain topics so stay tuned!


Great Words~ The Gettysburg Address



The kids are working through the Gettysburg Address. We read it together 1-3 times each day, depending on how much time we have. The kids will then read it by themselves to see how much they have mastered. I encourage them to read it each night a couple of times. I would LOVE to tell you that they do it every night, but I know they don't. Whatever they are doing seems to work though. They are slowly getting it down!


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Till next time,
~Monique



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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Celebrating Ash Wednesday



"Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return."

This Wednesday, February 10th, marks the beginning of the Lenten season for many Christians. It's hard to believe that Lent is already here. The Christmas season just ended for us. I'll admit I still need to take down the Christmas decorations. 

Ash Wednesday is an important day for us. It starts the Lenten season for us. Lent is a time of fasting and prayer. Ash Wednesday falls 46 days before Easter Sunday.  It's the time we can stop, take a closer look at our spiritual life, and draw closer to God. We focus on prayer and repentance. 

On Ash Wednesday, the priest places ashes on our foreheads in the shape of a cross. The priest says "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return." The ashes represent the dirt that we were created from by God. The are an outward sign of our our penance. 

Ash Wednesday is a day of fasting and abstinence of meat. As Catholics, we are required to abstain from meat on this day and fast. Fasting requires us to eat two small meals and one normal meal. No snacking in between meals.

Since Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent, it's the day we start our sacrifices, give up whatever we have decided to, and focus on penance.

Every year, we do a sacrifice jar. 



Every time the kids make a small sacrifice or perform a good deed they get to place a bean into the jar. On Easter morning, the jar is "magically" turned into jellybeans.

This year, I plan on using an idea from Jen over at Faith and Fabric. The kids will fill out a Lent Promise Card. To help the kids focus on prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, Jen has created the Lent Promise Card. I love how the kids can create their own posters. We can place them on the fridge for a daily reminder. Head on over and check it out. She has a free printable to make it super easy to do it with your kiddos.

We also put up our Jesus Tree. It's similar to a Jesse tree. It helps us stay focused on the Lenten season. We simply take a few tree branches and place them in a jar. We place ornaments that go along with bible stories and verses. Here is a beautiful set on Etsy. Our are just paper ornaments, but my goal this year is took make them with felt.

Of course, we do the Lenten Adventures every year!


The kids look forward to this every year and they have learned so much! You can sign up here.


More Ash Wednesday Lessons and Fun for the Kids


Want to learn on how we celebrate Lent. Be sure to click through and see my previous posts on Lent.
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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Classically Catholic Memory~ Delta Year Week 2: The Sacrament of Holy Orders



This week, we are learning about the Seven Sacraments. Today, the kids learned about the Sacrament of Holy Orders.



Holy Orders is the sacrament where a man is ordained into the priesthood of Christ. 

"is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the church until the end of time: thus it is the sacrament of apostolic ministry. It includes three degrees- the orders of bishop, priest, and deacons."
                                                                                                  (Catechism 1536)

The word ordination comes from the Latin word ordinatio, which means to incorporate someone into an order.

Just like the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation, the sacrament of Holy Orders can only be received once. Holy Orders is a very special sacrament. Holy Orders can only be administered by a bishop. A priest can not pass down his powers to another. Another way, Holy Orders is special is how it it is received. It is received in degrees, successive steps. It is not received all at once like Baptism and Confirmation. 
You have the following degrees....

Deacons~ can baptize, preach, and administer the Eucharist

Priests~ can forgive sins and have the power to change bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ

Bishops~ the final and full step, have the power to confirm and ordain, they have the power to pass down the power of the priesthood

Here is another lesson with ideas for teaching about Holy Orders. Another lesson you may want to check out can be found here.


The kids completed a worksheet about Holy Orders.



They completed a fun worksheet about Holy Orders from Look to Him & Be Radiant. They also worked on a worksheet about being a bishop.

At co-op the year before, the kids learned about the vestments of the priests. They made a cute little booklet from Catholic Inspired. Jennifer also has some coloring pages of the priest vestments for younger kids. 

A great way for the kids to learn more about the Sacrament of Holy Orders is to talk to your local priest. I'm sure he would love to share his personal story and hopefully encourage the next generations of young priests or sisters.


Prayer for Vocations

O Lord, my God, You renew the Church in every age by raising up priests outstanding in holiness, living witnesses of Your unchanging Love. In Your Plan for our salvation You provide shepherds for Your people.
Fill the hearts of young men with the spirit of courage and love that they may answer Your call generously. Give parents the grace to encourage vocations in their family by prayer and good example.
Raise up worthy priests for Your Altars and ardent, but gentle servants of the Gospel. Give the Church more priests and keep them faithful in their love and service. May many young men choose to serve You by devoting themselves to the service of Your people.
Amen.



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