Your duty is to sanctify yourself. Yes, even you. Who thinks that this task is only for priests and religious? To everyone, without exception, our Lord said: Be ye perfect, as my heavenly Father is perfect. St. Josemaria

Monday, August 27, 2012

A prayer of Resignation

My dear friends, I ask you that you keep me in your prayers this Wednesday. As we are preparing for the coming of Hurricane Issac this Wednesday, it would of been my due date of my sweet boy Benedicto.  I know that my Sweet Lord has  such  love for children that He brings them home to be surrounded by them.


Mary, my mother obtain for me, I beg you the grace of holy resignation. Obtain for me the grace to understand this trial which is so hard for me to bear. I know that God in his all-wise providence has seen that it is for the best. Yet it is hard for me to bear the grief I feel. I come to you, dear mother comforter of the afflicted and constant aid of those who trust in you. I know that you can obtain for me the peace and resignation that I seek. I confide in you entirely in this my tribulation and sorrow. You know the meaning of a mother's love, and can understand the depth of my affliction. Be to me a tender and protecting mother. For now, dear Mother Mary, I feel more than ever the need of your motherly love and sweet consolation. 

Mary sorrowing, Mother of all Christians, Pray for us!
(resignation pray in the Mothers Manual Book)


A quote that I keep close by from St.Josemaria:
"God is my Father, even though he may send me suffering. He loves me tenderly, even while wounding me. Jesus suffers, to fulfill the Will of the Father.. And I who, also wish to fulfil the most holy Will of God, following in the footsteps of the Master, can I complain if I too meet sufferings as my traveling companion?  It will be a sure sign of my sonship, because God is treating me as he treated his own Divine Son." 
 Station 1 Point 1

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Pretty, Happy, Funny Real

 round button chicken
 ~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~
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{PRETTY}


Sunday, we visited for the first time, St. Patrick's Church downtown, New Orleans.  
You have to click on the link to see better pictures of the church. It is just beautiful!


I must of had the camera in the wrong setting.


{HAPPY}
 We went to the National WWII Museum in New Orleans.







They kids loved it. It is a wonderful museum filled with so much. It really makes you feel so proud of your country and give you more strength to fight for your country, especially during these elections.

{FUNNY - FUN}
On Sundays, They have a Swing Band that plays live music and people come to dance. Well,  you haven't guessed it, DolphinGirl was in Heaven.







{REAL}

We started School.




Tuesday, August 21, 2012

And We are off...

Our Star Students




Yesterday was our very first day back to school and it was long. We started off with our co-op of the Classical Catholic Memory: its so beautiful filled with beautiful Catholic materials and lots of fun for the kids. Starfish also takes a Andrew's EIW class after the co-op, so we are there until to 2ish.

We did stop by for a special snack and dessert for dinner on our Back to School Feast, A very hummy strawberries shortcake..
After we got home, I gave them each a box filled with school treats and we set off to work some. I have a white board with the date of the week and each child's work include music practice so that it can be wipe-off when done and they can see what they have left and when they are finished.
 Starfish had to do her Saxon Math, History and piano/violin,  Sharkboy had to fill in his calendar in his binder (I gave two younger ones  a binder with a fill-in calendar and their poems and Starfish has a big binder for all of her subjects) and we also did Saxon Phonics.   Last with Turtle we just did some assessments of letters, numbers and sounds. She is a 4 day week with co-op while the older two have Math, Phonics on co-op day and than 4 filled days of work.

           

 
Here is my command center : Our Monthly wipe-off calendar, a M-F calendar wipe-off with pictures of extra activities such as music lessons, ballet, soccer, co-op, etc so the little ones can see when those activities are during the week. (A dollar buy at Walmart) .
 
Last item is our "Little Way of Getting to Heaven", check-off work sheet, each child has a color and it has written their chores for the day (it stays the same all week long with a spot for extra chores), I laminated it and they check off . Each items has a one point besides music practice and school work which is a 5 and 10 points. They do their work , done well and cheerfully, they get their points and earn enough points they can use it for activities such as computer, movie , etc   The red one is where I keep track of their points plus where to add extra ones or ones they lose due to attitudes, behavior, extra...   So far it has been easy sailing.
 
      Our Family Motto:  Matthew 22:37-39 " Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy should and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself."

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real

round button chicken


{PRETTY}

There is something so pretty about watching a dark storm coming in from the beach.







{HAPPY}
  


 
 Going fishing.. 
It's the simple things in life that make them happy!

 



{FUNNY}

Here is how to eat a chocolate chip waffle: by a 3 yr. old
(warning graphics)
Step one: Examine the waffle to make sure there are chocolate chips in them.

Step two: Place the WHOLE thing in your mouth at once.
 
Step three: Show the world that the waffle is really in  your mouth.


 Step four: Make sure that waffle does not come out.





Finally step: Hug your cousin to death..




{ REAL}
Nothing is so more real when saying going bye to cousin and Tia who had visited us for a month.
They sure miss their Mexican Cousin..Shark Dude..

 We sure miss "Tia Lenny"






Wednesday, August 15, 2012

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

A view in our "School Year"

 
Our new school year will start on August 20th, on feast day of St. Bernard of Clairvaux.
 “In dangers, in doubts, in difficulties, think of Mary, call upon Mary. Let not her name depart from your lips, never suffer it to leave your heart. And that you may more surely obtain the assistance of her prayer, neglect not to walk in her footsteps. With her for guide, you shall never go astray; while invoking her, you shall never lose heart; so long as she is in your mind, you are safe from deception; while she holds your hand, you cannot fall; under her protection you have nothing to fear; if she walks before you, you shall not grow weary; if she shows you favor, you shall reach the goal” 
  St.Bernard of Clairvaux.

This year I have a 5th grader, 1st grader , Kindergarten and a very very busy pre-schooler.

The last two years we attained a wonderful Mother of Divine Grace Co-op in PA but sadly we moved to Mississippi this summer. So we register with Mother of Divine Grace using the Grade Overview program and Learning Support Latin class for my oldest.

We are also going to join a local co-op using Classical Catholic Memory   on Mondays which is:
A Catholic homeschool memory work program, classical in nature, that guides parents and children in mastering challenging and inspiring material in eight subjects: Religion, Latin, History, Science, Math, Timeline, Geography, and Great Words.  

We are doing the Alpha year. The kit comes with these wonderful made maps and timelines.We will also being doing art and dissections. So it seems to fit perfect in our schedule .

Here is a breakdown of each child.

5th Grade Starfish Girl

Geography: 
Ultimate Geography and Timeline Guide

History:
George Washington’s World by Genevieve Foster
Pioneer and Patriots 
Lots of great books for reading in all subjects.

Language Arts:
Intermediate Language Lessons

Latin:
Latina Christiana I using Learning Support. Her class will be on Thursday morning.

Math:
 Math 65  Saxon 3rd Edition

Science:
Concepts & Challenges in Science 1

Poetry: Using the poems that are in syllabi, I made a poetry notebook, printed all the poems of all of the grades and put them in a protector sheets. Take out the one they are learning into their personal binders.
 
Religion:
Credo: I Believe

Writing Road to Read will be our spelling program.

Handwriting without Tears for cursive writing .

Spanish using Power-Glide Junior Adventure

Extra Activities:
Violin and Piano (We found a music teacher who does Suzuki in violin and piano very close by. )
Ballet 
 Maybe list:
American Heritage Girl
Swimming or Tennis.

1st Grader,Shark Boy
Abeka Math 1st Grade
St.Joseph's First Communion Catechism
Saxon Phonics 1st Grade for our spelling, reading program. I highly recommend it!
Poetry
Handwriting with Out Tears - handwriting program
Spanish

Extra Activities:
Piano
Soccer
Boy Scouts

Maybe list:
Violin
Swimming

Kindergarten, Turtle Girl
Golden Step Ahead  math workbook
Saxon Phonics K
Poetry
Bible stories using a bible notebook for retelling and drawing pictures of the stories.
Spanish 


Extra Activities:
Piano
Dance

Pre-school Dolphin Girl
Handwriting without Tears - preschool program 
Spanish

Extra Activities:
Dance.


Prayer To Our Lady for Homeschooling Parents

Blessed Mother, as you so humbly and graciously accepted God's will to bear and raise His only son, and to guide him in wisdom and virtue, help me in the instruction and education of my children. Pray to your Heavenly Son to grant me the grace and strength to assist in their learning, overcoming tiredness and discouragement. Assist me in the management of my home, so that I may be able to keep order and peace, despite the challenges of schooling within it. Intercede for me, imploring Our Heavenly Father to bestow upon me wisdom, not for my own sake, but so that I may form my children's minds and hearts, so that they may grow into strong adults, helping to shape the world for His glory, and ultimately inheriting the kingdom of heaven. Call upon your heavenly angels to stand by my side, with their great intelligence, to help me understand that which I am instructing, and assist my children in learning of same. We humbly ask this through you beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Monday, August 6, 2012

My Olympian Boy

In the spirit of the Olympics, my little guy who turned 7th this past Friday, 
we had a small Olympics Theme party. 


We started out coloring our flags, we had countries from Mexico, France and USA.



We had our open ceremony with the run of the Olympic torch.





The teams took their places. Thank goodness that a cousin from Mexico was visiting to make these games a bit more even. 

 Let the games begin.





 After  being outside and sweating so much, we headed inside for Olympic Bingo. 






Ending the games with nothing better than a cake!