Homeschooling is not just “doing school at home…”
I thought this was a great graphic which describes what we are trying to do at our home school… it has taken me several years to actually get to this point, where I’m not trying to necessarily recreate a whole “classroom atmosphere” at our house, replicating what is being done at an institutional school. There is teaching and learning being done in most homes every day, but in our home and in most homeschooling homes that I know of, its a constant awareness of every single opportunity to teach something, and it’s not always something you find in a book.
This graphic was shared by Jamie Martin of Simple Homeschool, another great blog and website for us homeschooling moms! Check it out!
This is a great idea for Lent. I’m excited about ordering a batch of these Rosary Booklets made by Nancy at Do Small Things With Love. I’m also excited to get the Lenten reflection coloring pages to go along with each day in Lent… I think it will help me slow down and take time each day to pray the Rosary with my family, and spend some quiet time with God….
The Rosary booklets are $8 each for a hardcopy/printed booklet. If you order 2, it’s only $15. And you get the coloring book pages too! Sweet!
image credits: do small things with love
We kicked off our homeschooling year with an acrylic painting session on sunflowers. It was the kids’ first time painting with (my) acrylic paints. We had planted sunflowers, on purpose and by accident, in our garden and in the chicken run, so we have plenty of inspiration! After a brief description of how acrylic paints work and a little demo by mom, the kids took off on their own! I think they did a great job!
Jessica from Shower of Roses shared a delicious sounding way to celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday today. I’m always behind with the novena and everything leading up to this very special day, so I appreciate it when I can see a simple way to get our children’s attention and incorporate the meaning and history of Divine Mercy Sunday. Here is a link to her post on her website. Always a great resource!
I just saw this post from Tracy at Our Simple Homestead about how they incorporate the meaning of Easter – Christ rising from the dead – into their Easter Egg Hunt. I thought her ideas were great and am going to try to incorporate these verses and symbols into our Easter. Thanks Tracy!
This is a nicely written post on Catholic News Agency today, by Jenny of Mama Needs Coffee, titled “Silver Linings of a Small Budget Christmas“. She makes some very good points that are good to keep in mind no matter what our budgets allow or don’t allow. Merry Christmas!
From The Better Mom blog … Great ideas … things I need to be more mindful of…
I just ran across this blog and post by School of Immaculata. It’s a beautiful website with lots of information I’m looking forward to reading myself! I thought I would share the post and link with you here.
I love reading what Fr. Z (Fr. John Zuhlsdorf) writes. He is a very knowledgeable, solid, orthodox, Catholic priest. And, he has a good sense of humor too. He just posted something on his blog that I was just discussing with our young children – the Gift of the Fear of the Lord. I think he does a really great job explaining what exactly that fear is all about…
…and other Catholic gifts! Check out her website and Etsy store for some great ideas for First Communion gifts! Beautiful!