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Learning Notes

Learning Notes

Attending our very first homeschool conference this weekend, as a kick-off to our very first year of homeschooling our children, was edifying and inspiring. (And overwhelming.) Focusing on the positive, the edifying and inspiring, the speakers were amazing! Mr. Andrew Pudewa from the Institute for Excellence in Writing gave me and Greg a lot to think about and pray about as we begin this journey. He spoke of things we desire for our family already, but his words, his passion…

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Last Days … And New Beginnings

Last Days … And New Beginnings

My three oldest daughters sat on the porch in the early morning. It was the last day of school for my Kindergartener. Tomorrow would be the last day for my first and second graders. An entire school year coming to a close. A year filled with learning, growing, praying, laughing and playing. An entire school year culminating with one final all-school assembly: a traditional May Crowning that took place last night. This May Crowning is an event that our family…

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Schultütes, Jitters and Smiles

Schultütes, Jitters and Smiles

Today was the first day of school for my three oldest daughters—the Trio, as my husband has affectionately nicknamed them. Several weeks ago, I decided to make Schultütes for their first day of school. One of my daughters has been anxious to go to school this year. And I thought this sweet tradition would put some fun into her first day and hopefully makes some of those jitters subside … I first heard about Schultütes from Barbara at Praying for…

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VBS

VBS

During this first week of summer, we are enjoying a fun week of Vacation Bible School (VBS). This year’s theme is Cool Kingdom Party: Mary Leads Me Closer to Jesus. It’s a Cat Chat program, and it is fabulous, as are all their audio show CDs. (We are big fans in this house.) I am grateful that our parish selects VBS programs of quality as well as authentic Catholicity. Past years’ themes have been St. Catherine Laboure and guardian angels…

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Frosty

Frosty

We woke up to a picturesque landscape this morning. Everything was miraculously painted with beautiful frost. It looked like an Ansel Adams photograph outside, but it was that much more incredible, because it was real life. On the way to school, the kids and I talked about how it was like God, in the middle of the night, took a tiny paintbrush and painted everything with white frost. To look like feathers, my kindergirl added. So lovely. Also on the…

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Another First Day

Another First Day

Today we started our Little Saints Preschool! It was a delightful day of learning about how she belongs to God and how she is so special to Him. She—or I or anyone—can never hear about God’s love enough, can we? So, it was a good place to start. We read poems and stories and finger painted. Only one minor glitch: my tape recorder didn’t work to record her unique voice. Ugh! Tell me that happens to you homeschool moms, too….

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First Day of School

First Day of School

Spirit of Life, imprint upon their minds, in characters that can never be erased, the truth: that their apostolate will be successful only in the measure that they themselves live that supernatural inner life of which Thou art the sovereign principle and Jesus Christ the source. ~ The Soul of the Apostolate by Dom Jean-Baptiste Chautard

Stained-Glass Crayons

Stained-Glass Crayons

A week ago, my preschool daughter came home from school with a heart-shaped crayon. She told me she made it in class with broken crayon pieces. She thought it was the best thing ever and asked if we could make some at home. I had seen this idea in The Preschooler’s Busy Book and had actually been saving broken crayons for years. But not being the craftiest mom on the block, I never did anything with them. Of course, she…

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