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Monday, August 27, 2012

The New Order of the Mass cards

I needed something for my children to use during Mass that was simple and straightforward for them to follow.  We do have the Mass cards in the pew, but it's very difficult for my children to know where to follow along and when.  So, I made up these kid friendly Mass cards by borrowing one from church.  I printed mine out onto white cardstock and laminated to make them durable.

Please Enjoy!

God Bless,

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Not Back to School Blog Hop 2012!


Okay!  It is my favorite time of the homeschooling year!  The time when we all get to share what we're doing with our kids this year.  We've been homeschooling for 7 years now and I would never trade a minute of it.  Honestly!  Oh, I have my days where I'm totally burnt out, or tired; but I really would not give up this lifestyle for anything.  My kids have never set foot in a government institution and they never will as long as we have this freedom!

So, this week is curriculum week.  Truth be told I *LOVE*, *LOVE*, *LOVE* planning my own curriculum.  Putting my own things together for my kids and using old sources for things.  So, lets get to the run down.

We have what's called a "Morning Basket" which is the subjects that we do together everyday.  This would include; prayers & calendar, Faith Formation, History, Geography, Science, Nature Study, Latin, Art.  These subjects we do together.  For prayers and calendar I teach my children some new Catholic prayers each term, and we work on the new calendar and weather books I made.  You can print your own here. After that we do Faith Formation (St. Joseph Baltimore Catechism, Angel Food for Boys and Girls, Catholic Stories for Boys and Girls, Catholic Bible).  Next we work on history (Story of the World) on Monday and Wednesday, then we do science (Great Science Adventures) on Tuesday and nature study on Thursday.  Friday is a makeup day if needed.  Or else field trips and videos are shown then.

After those subjects we do Geography (Holling C. Holling Books, Intellego Unit Studies) and Latin (Prima Latina, Little Latin Readers, Getting Started with Latin)

Then the boys move on to their other subjects that they do individually.  

Math (Math Mammoth, CLE)
Spelling/Dictation (Spelling Wisdom, Dictation day by day, All About Spelling)
English/Grammar ( PLL, ILL, English for the Thougtful Child, Easy Grammar)
Poetry (The Harp and Laurel Wreath)
Memory Work (Bible Passages, The Beatitudes)
Copywork (ZB for our model and Startwrite software with passages from our readings)

We also do loads of lapbooking and notebooking.  We don't take tests around here.  Except for math and spelling, everything else is strictly narration and notebooking/lapbooking.  I think that about sums up our curriculum here.  I'm already thinking about what to use for next year believe it or not!  I'm sure some things (or many) will be tweaked along the way this school year, but we're having fun.  

Can't wait to check out what everyone else is using!

For links to any of our curriculum, visit our curriculum page up top! 

The "Morning Basket"
My Children's Daily Lesson Binders

(This is my first time trying this one out.  It may change to something else as it seems to have a lot of work involved.  
We'll see)
Faith Formation
(Some) of our Nature Study books
We love Glenn Blough in this house!
These are our weekly lesson plans.  I have to fill in my daughters still.  We are color coded here.  We are all assigned a color for the long haul.  No one changes it.

God Bless!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

2 New Freebies to Share!

Well, I've been at it again.  I have two new things that I've created to share with you.  The first is a calendar and weather book.  I've seen something similar floating around somewhere in cyber world, but I couldn't nail it down.  So I created my own and I'd like to share it with you.  My children will start using theirs tomorrow.

Just click on the picture to download the file.

Here is how I bound them for my kids.

This particular page I printed one for each day we have lessons.
This next printable that I'm sharing with you is plastic drawer front labels.  I've sized them to fit the Sterilite Drawer fronts perfectly.  Just print on cardstock and attach to the inside of the drawers using glue dots if possible.  I've found that to be the most secure way of attaching them and the glue dots come off easily if you ever want to remove them.

Just click on the picture to download the file!

I've included blank labels for you to fill in how you like.


God Bless!