Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Fun Way to Learn the Latin Prayers...A Matching Game

While planning for the upcoming school year, I was trying to figure out a fun way to help reinforce the Latin prayers we would be learning this year.

I decided to break the prayer into lines and cut them apart. This will help the kids learn the prayer and it allows us to break it down into parts like CCM does.
So I typed up the prayers in Latin and in English. The kids can learn the prayers in Latin and English.
After they have learned the prayers, they can try to match up the Latin line with the English line of the prayer.

So far I have done the following prayers. You can download them for free.

All you have to do is print out the prayer sheets, cut the lines apart, and let the fun begin.
Children can practice putting the prayer in the proper order and after they have learned the prayer they can get practice matching up the Latin with the English.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Our Classically Catholic Memory Schedule

I am recording our journey through the Classically Catholic Memory program. We are currently in our 3rd year using the program. We started out with the Alpha year, did the Beta year, and we are now in the Gamma year.
We have really enjoyed this program. I love the hands on learning and the reinforcement of our faith this program offers. I have found it very easy to take the CCM program and build on it to make a complete curriculum. I love coming up with our lessons and always look forward to completing them.

CCM is broken up into 18 weeks. I recommend spending 2 weeks on each week. This would bring your school weeks up to 36 weeks. I have found 1 week on each week is not enough time to dig into the topics, especially if you have older kids. I do add supplements to the subjects so we can learn more. You can see our curriculum & book selections for this year here. 

CCM covers 8 subjects...Religion, Latin, History, Science, Math, Geography, Great Words, and the Timeline. We add onto Religion, History, & Science. We do a separate Spelling, Math and Latin program. Geography and Great Words we follow the CCM book.

So here is what our weekly CCM schedule would look like..

Week 1 & Week 2

    CCM co-op

    Great Words

    Great Words

    Great Words

   Great Words

After 2 weeks, we move on to the next CCM week.

We start school at 8:00 and are usually done by 1:00, sometimes earlier.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Snakes and Recording Our Scientific Data

Our furry, little cat who is an excellent mole/mouse catcher brought us a snake.

Our fierce hunter

Lego Man collected the snake and put him in an old flower pot. After safely securing the snake fromt he cat, he went in search of his microscope and field journal.

The hunter watching over her kill. 


Lego Man arranging the specimen for observation. You can still see that our cat hasn't left the table. She was very proud of herself.


Lego Man recorded the length, color, head and tail shape, etc. He was able to figure out that the snake was a rat snake. It was 8 inches long. 
Did you know that rat snakes have a pink belly? I didn't. 

The things you learn when you're a mom of a boy, especially if you really, really dislike creepy, crawly things.

Learning About Snakes

Before schools started back here, our local library held different programs throughout the summer. They offered a wide variety ranging from puppet shows, magic show, etc. In years past, we attended the puppet shows, magic shows, and other shows but we always had plans when they were holding the snake show. Yup...I said snakes. Lots of snakes....yucky.

This year, we were able to make it to the first showing. This class is so popular that they have 2 different showings at our library and 2 shows at the libraries in nearby towns. The kids love seeing the snakes. Some of the moms probably do to, but not me. I did touch one, but DEFINITELY did not hold one.

An iguana who ate a piece of fruit.

Lego Man was excited about the show. This is right up his alley

Princess P was excited, but unsure about holding them, but she did it. There were about 20 snakes at the show. At one point, I think at least 10 were out on the floor at the same time. 

Happy Homemaker Monday

As I look at my window...
I see sunny skies and a cat sitting on top of the clothesline. He looks like a gargoyle basking in the sun.

Right now I am......
Drinking my morning coffee and preparing the lessons for school today. We are in our second week of school, so we are still getting use to the idea of being back to school.

Thinking and Pondering.....

Listening to.....
If We're Honest by Francesca Battistelli's and Utopia Triumphans-The Great Polyphony of the Renaissance. We are studying the Renaissance time period for history this year.

The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way by Amanda Ripley. 
I'm still reading Saint Rita of Cascia who was the patron saint of my grandmother.

What's on the dinner menu.......
Sunday~ Sloppy Joe's with fries
Tuesday~ Pork Chops, Baked Apples, Beans
Wednesday~ Herb Roasted Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Peas
Thursday~ Homemade Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets, Gluten Free Mac n' Cheese, Beans
Friday~ Pizza
Saturday~ Gluten Free Fettuccine Alfredo with Chicken

On my to do list this week........
Completing the second week of school with the kids (last week went very well)
Call my priest to discuss a homeschool group for our church (didn't get to this last week)
Clean the bathrooms
Have the kids straighten up the downstairs
Start sewing my dress 
Sew some skirts for Princess P
Finish alphabet books for our preschool class at co-op

What I am creating this week....
My bulletin boards for my 1st grade CCD. Our religious education classes start in 2 weeks, so not much time left. I have bee hive to make, bumble bees to make, and colored tissue flowers to make.

Looking around the house.....
I need to weed the flower beds and trim the bushes. They have gone wild! I want to get some mums to add some color to the beds since the summer flowers are starting to dwindle. It's feels like fall here. We even have a few red leaves already.

My prayers for this week......
I am praying that they are able to find a teacher for my daughter's CCD class. Father asked for volunteers today, so hopefully someone finds it in their heart to help out.


Linking up with....The Littlest Way and Happy Homemaker Monday

Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Homeschool Mother's Journal/Weekly Wrap-Up

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In our homeschool this week
Well, we have completed our first week back to school. I have to say it went rather well. We usually start back in September, but we are trying a new thing.....six weeks of school and then a week off. I am hoping the week off will allow us to stay on track, take more field trips, and have some fun.

In my life this week
I have been busy preparing for our co-op this year, getting our school room organized (still working on it), and finishing up my lesson plans, lessons planned.
I am working on an alphabet book and number book for our preschool class at co-op. It's fun to work on projects for little ones. I'll share the finished project when I get them done!

In our life this week
Well, we got back to school, since we were focused on that. We did got to the library. Other than that not much went on.

Just enjoying the last few days of summer. It sure is passing by quickly!

What I am working on
Laundry, laundry and more laundry. I have started cleaning out closets again and I have 5 bags to drop off at our local donation site. A bag of boy's clothes for a friend. It amazes me how much stuff we can accumulate. I have cut out a dress to start sewing. Now all I have to do is find the time to sew it.
I did make Princess P three skirts out of old dresses that no longer fit her.

What the kids are reading
Lego Man is reading Redwall by Brian Jacques.

Princess P is reading the American Girl Kaya books.

What I am Reading
The Writing Road to Reading. We are starting this program with Lego Man this year, so I am reading the books so I understand what we need to be doing.

Boy's Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men by Leonard Sax.

A New Quilt
After painting our room this past spring, we have finally found a quilt that I liked. I have been searching for months now and hadn't been able to find one I like. I really wanted a blue and yellow quilt, but with 3 cats, a dog, and kids we thought it would get stained to quickly. So I settled for a blue, green, and tan quilt. Now I have to make curtains and find a bed skirt. We ordered from a company named Tache and I was so surprised to receive a hand written thanking us for purchasing from them and a number to contact if we had any problems or concerns. It was a nice gesture that is too often overlooked now.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Our State Study Scrapbook~ Maryland


I just realized that I never posted about our Maryland scrapbook pages.

Maryland was an easy state for us to study. I grew up there and still have plenty of family there, so the kids have been to Maryland plenty of times.

We used the following books for our study.


Here is a cute board book for little ones.

After reading from our selection of books, we filled in our notebooking pages. Here a few of the notebooking pages we like to use.

Harrington Harmonies
Notebooking Nook
The Happy Housewife

We filled in our notebooking pages and then got to work on our scrapbooking pages.

We colored in the state map, colored in Maryland on the map of the whole United States, and colored the state flag.

Map of the United States
Map of Maryland
State Flag

 State Bird~ Baltimore Oriole

 State Flower~ Black-Eyed Susan

We colored a few other pages too.

Maryland State Quarter
Maryland State Seal
Maryland Postcard
Blue Crab Coloring Page

Maryland was founded by George Calvert. He wanted to create a haven for Catholics in the New World. We like to believe Maryland was named after our Blessed Mother, Mary.

Saint Ignatius Church in Port Tobacco, MD is the oldest continuously serving Catholic parish in the United States. It was founded in 1641 by Jesuits who arrived on the Ark and Dove to help form a new English Colony. 

Finally we colored in a picture of Francis Scott Key, since The Star Spangled Banner was written at Fort McHenry during the War of 1812. We will be heading there this year for a field trip since we are studying the that time period this year.
Another fun activity would be to learn the song.

A few recipes to try
Maryland Crab cakes .... just don't forget the Old Bay seasoning! 

It tastes great on fries too.

and for desert Smith Island Cake.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday

Happy Monday, y'all! Sorry it's a day late.

As I look out my window....
I see rain! It started raining last night and has continued with a nice steady rain. I don't mind since we need it. I only wish we would have had this rain when we put the garden in. Our garden this year has done horribly. No beans, no cucumbers.....the list goes on. Hopefully we get a good fall crop.

Right now I am....
Sitting on the couch drinking my morning cup of coffee. Maddie, our black lab, is circle up on the couch next to me. Yup, we allow our pets on the furniture. 

The cats are chasing each other down the hall. They are usually filled with lots of energy on the mornings. Lego Man is wrapped up in a blanket watching some morning cartoons, while Princess P is still sleeping.

Thinking and Pondering....
My mind has been filled with lots of thoughts lately. Our co-op, our homeschooling lessons, my lessons for CCD, purging the house, cleaning the house, etc. More importantly I have been thinking about the world we live in. It scares me the way the world is. There is so much pain and sadness in this world. It makes you want to lock the doors, close up the curtains and hide inside your home. I pray everyday for the thousands of Christians being tortured and killed, especially the children. When I think of families being slaughtered Mother Teresa's quote always pops in my mind.

Listening to....
Oldies and Goodies! I am still listening to the Cd's I got from my grandfather after he passed. He had a few Cd's of music from the 1940's! 
I love the music from that time period.

Boys Adrift by Leonard Sax, M.D. The book talks about factors that are causing our boys to be unmotivated and underachievers.

and St. Rita of Cascia by Rev. Father Joseph Sicardo

She is the patron saint my grandmother was named after.

What's on the dinner menu......
Sunday-Grilled Steak and Zucchini
Monday- Hamburgers, Homemade mac n cheese, Green beans
Tuesday- Grilled Italian Chicken, Leftover Mac n Cheese, Salad
Wednesday- Dinner out with In-laws
Thursday- Asian Lettuce Wraps with Rice
Friday- Pasta or Gnocchi?
Saturday- ?

On my to do list this week.....Too Much
Finishing cleaning out the house
Finishing deep cleaning the house 
Organize school room 
Finish lesson plans for my kiddos-  #1 priority since school starts next week for us
Call my priest to set a small homeschool group in my parish
Get CCD plans reorganized and start room decorations
Visit with in-laws that are coming from out of town
Finish Alphabet books for our homeschool co-op
Start art projects for co-op

What I am creating this week.....
I really want to start sewing the dress I cut out 2 weeks ago. I am hoping I will get to it by Friday!

Looking around the house......
The school room and the bathrooms need attention. After they are done, we are good! Well except for the outside. Maybe we'll work on that next week. 

My prayers for this week.....
My prayers are for us as a nation and for all Christians that are being persecuted for their faith.


Summer time fun in the pool.

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