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Back to School! (And Our Curriculum Plans)

Wow! Today is the first day of 6th grade for Andrew. I can hardly believe it. I keep telling him to stop growing up but he doesn’t listen. LOL!

First Day of 6th Grade

1st day of 6th grade!

I am really excited about this year. It is our first year going *all in* with the Mother of Divine Grace program. Andrew already had his orientation classes for the Latin, History Book Club, and Fine Arts Appreciation courses. They look like they are going to be a lot of fun.

For religion, he will work through the St. Joseph Baltimore Catechism and read through the Gospels of Mark and Luke. He will also go to CCD again this year. I love the program at our church and it is a good supplement for his spiritual development. (It also gives him another opportunity to be with other kids and participate in the Living Stations of the Cross put on every year by the 6th-8th graders.)

For Math, he will continue with the Right Start Math Program. He is halfway through Level E. I love that this program is level based, rather than grade based. He can work through the program at his own pace and it has lots of manipulatives which Andrew loves.

For English, he will use the Lepano (Voyages in English) books. Most of the lessons are done orally and has a *Catholic flavor* I think I will like. He will also be diagraming sentences with this program.

He also starts Editing this year. He will use the book, The Great Editing Adventure, and for each lesson he will use a dictionary and thesaurus to edit and rewrite a paragraph or two.

For Spelling, he will continue the All About Spelling program. He is going to begin on Level 4.

For History/Geography, he will be learning about ancient Egypt. He will be constructing a timeline and using an Atlas. This class meets online once a week. He will meet online every other week. He will also be reading The Old World and America and several historical fiction books.

For Science, he will be using the Concepts and Challenges in Science books which are exclusive to Mother of Divine Grace. Because I had been doing my own thing up until now, we are using the 5th grade books so that he can get in line with their science sequence (just don’t tell Andrew!).

For Latin, he will be following the online program specific to Mother of Divine Grace and meet online once a week. I love how these books show how Latin is the basis of many of our English words and the connections between the two languages.

For Fine Arts (Art Appreciation) he will meet online once a week and they will learn about various art periods and terminology, look at and discuss pieces of art work, and listen to different music pieces. He will also be responsible for writing a short paper for this class.

For Poetry, he will spend the year memorizing three or four poems from The Harp and the Laurel Wreath focusing on one stanza a week. The first poem he will learn is “The Charge of the Light Brigade” by Lord Alfred Tennyson.

Finally, for Typing, he will continue to practice his typing skills using typing club.

Mother of Divine Grace also encourages all 6th graders to read for at least 45 minutes a day.

Whew! I know it looks like a lot; however, several of the subjects only take 10 or 15 minutes a day, such as the poetry memorization, typing, and religion. Even the history, Latin, and editing classes should not be more than 30 minutes to complete so his work should be quite doable. 🙂

I hope these give you some ideas if you are looking to home school. Or, if you do homeschool, what books/programs do you use?

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Curriculum Review: Mother of Divine Grace

I can’t believe that Andrew has just finished up fifth grade! This year we chose to use the Mother of Divine Grace program for the first time. Previously, we used the Catholic Heritage Curricula which I loved, but Andrew wasn’t a huge fan because the program is a little too workbook heavy for hist taste. Then I switched to putting my own curriculum together which worked well.

Curriculum Review MODg

However, as we were approaching fifth grade, I wanted to find a more structured, academic program. Up to this point, I knew I was doing well on my own but I wanted to make sure that I was on the right track and giving him a good education. I knew several families who were happily and successfully using the Mother of Divine Grace (MODG) Program so after some research my husband and I decided it was worth the try.

What I like

Oh, gosh, where do I start?! There are a lot of things to love about this program! First of all, Mother of Divine Grace is a fully accredited distance learning school based out of California that uses the classical curriculum approach. It is a gentle program, especially for the younger grades, with not a lot of workbooks or writing. However, it is still a rigorous, broad spectrum program that is on par with any top-notch traditional school. With this program, the student gets a well-rounded educational that is fun and challenging at the same time.

I also love the flexibility of the program. There are several levels: you can just buy the curriculum as is and use it on your your own. Or, you can take advantage of the teacher services and learning support services. Of course, you can also substitute any of the course materials for something else if it works better for your family. For example, we use the Right Start Math Program instead of the Saxon program recommended by MODG because Andrew likes it and has been doing well with it.

Another thing I love about this program is the opportunity to work with a consultant. This alone is worth the cost of the tuition! The parents have to chance to speak with their consultant several times a year and they help put together a customized curriculum, offer support, and answer an questions the parents may have. I just love our consultant. She is patient, throughout knowledgeable about the ins and outs of the program and has been such a great help.

Additionally, as the higher the grade level the more online options there are. There are A LOT of online classes available to students, especially in high school. Most of the online courses start in fifth grade but as the student progresses there are online classes for math, science, language arts, several foreign languages and enrichment courses. For sixth grade, I have Andrew signed up for the Latin, History/Literature book club, and Art Appreciation.

What I don’t like

Not a dislike, just a heads up, really. The program is a little pricey compared to some other programs and has several fees included. However, the people at MODG are super willing to be flexible with the payments. There is a discount for paying in full, there is a set payment plan, or if you discuss it with them, you can come up with a customized payment plan.

And to be honest, the program is well-worth the price. I personally believe that I need to invest in my son’s education and MODG is a wonderful place to do it. 🙂

I definitely give MODG five (5) stars and seriously doubt that I will ever switch to another program!

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Our Home Education Curriculum for 2015-2016

I can’t believe that Andrew is officially in fifth grade. How did that happen?! In any case, in honor of his first day of school, I thought I would share what we will be doing this year.

Curriculum2015through2016

Over the last few years we tried several different things: including Catholic Heritage, and a mix-up of several sources. Personally, I loved Catholic Heritage but it was too workbook heavy for Andrew. He is all boy – very physical and needs to be actively involved with learning. I also needed to supplement the program a bit too much for our needs. Therefore, I stopped using this program after first grade and started to put my own classical curriculum together for a few years.

Now that Andrew is in fifth grade, I feel like I need to settle down and get more “academic.” I want to make sure that I do all I can to help him success in high school and beyond. I also feel like what we have been doing needs some tweaking again. Of course, all plans are subject to change, but here are our initial plans:

1. Our curriculum will be centered on Mother of Divine Grace. I am behind in getting him registered, but will be doing so this week. In particular, I will be signing Andrew up for some of the video classes which I hope he will love.

2. For math, we will continue with the Right Start Math program. We have been using it for a couple of years now and Andrew does really well with it. It is loaded with manipulatives and minimal with the worksheets. (Although, Andrew still moans and complains when he has to do them!)

3. For spelling, we are using All About Spelling. Andrew is behind and struggles with spelling. I’ve tried just about everything I can think of and I am so glad we found this program. We worked through level one in May and June and by the end, Andrew had already improved quite a bit. After we get through level two, I think I will do an in-depth review of the program.

4. For grammar, we may be continuing with Kiss Grammar. It is a free, all-inclusive, and in-depth grammar program. Andrew isn’t a huge fan of grammar in general and particularly thrilled with this program, but we are either going to stick with it for another year or use the grammar course through Mother of Divine Grace.

5. To supplement, and for extra help, we will be using currclick.com. There are a ton of free and paid clubs, classes, etc. that I plan to have Andrew participate it. This website comes highly recommended my one of my homeschooling co-op friends so I can’t wait to give it a try.

As for physical education, Andrew has “gym” for an hour once a week with our homeschool co-op, he also does hockey 3x week, and basketball 2x week. There will also be activities, classes and field trips with the co-op.

That’s about it! Looking at it, it looks like a lot, but most of the classes are only 15-20 minutes, so I am expecting it to be doable. If not, I will tweak/change as necessary.

If you are looking to homeschool or looking to tweak your current program, I hope posting my curriculum gives you some ideas.

 

Our Curriculum Plans for the 2014-2015 School Year

In our family, we usually homeschool year round, although we take the month of August off and bigger chunks of time off during the rest of the year. Therefore, I usually take time in August to plan for the new year starting in September. This year, I decided to do my planning early so that I can really enjoy our time off in August, especially since my school year at Georgian Court University begins August 25.

Andrew enters fourth grade this year, and honestly, most of the resources we used last year we are using again, making this year’s planning pretty easy. 🙂

Math (Done Daily)

We are sticking with the RightStart Mathematics program. There are several reasons I like this program. First, it is an affordable and comprehensive program. Second, it is a hands-on curriculum with lots of manipulatives and games. Third, Andrew likes the program and that works for me!

Language Arts

We loosely follow the Charlotte Mason, and try to use “living books” and resources when possible.

Reading/Reading Comprehension – We get a variety of books from the library (our favorite place!) for Andrew to practice his reading. (Done Daily)

Handwriting – In the past I used kidzone.ws to teach him cursive. Then I moved on to handwritingworksheets to create custom sheets for practice. Now that Andrew is getting better with cursive, my plan this year is to give him various writing prompts and have him write a paragraph or two or three…to help develop his creative thinking and writing skills. (Three times a week)

Grammar – We use the kissgrammar.com program. The lessons are short, with interesting stories to use for practice. (Daily)

Spelling – For third grade I used the k12reader spelling list and it worked well so we are using their 4th grade spelling list for this year. This is their list. (daily)

Science (daily)

Last year we focused on the planets and the solar system, and then we moved on to Earth science, including living and nonliving things, using a combination of InstructorWeb.com and other resources gleaned from the library and online. This year Andrew is going to learn about the scientific method and then move on to chemistry (starting with the above website) which he has been asking to learn about for a while. He really wants to do some chemistry experiments!

History (3 days a week)

We  have been working through American History, and just recently finished learning about the Guilded Age. This year we are going to finish American History to the present and then move on to World History, starting with Canada, Central America and South America.

Geography (2 days a week)

Andrew has been learning the US states and capitals to go along with History; therefore, we will continue that trend and he will learn about Canada, Central America, and South America as we learn about them in History. We use geography games, such as Seterra which Andrew loves to play.

Physical Education (daily)

I try hard to make sure Andrew gets in some form of exercise and play every day. He also does basketball and this year he wants to play soccer. Also, the boys have an hour of physical education every week at the homeschool co-op with one of the dads where they focus on various sports and training.

Religious Education (daily)

I love our church’s religious education program and usually send him to CCD, but this year, my classes are on the same day, so I will homeschool for religious education. However, I will be using the books from the CCD program and working with them so that he gets “credit” for the time we work on it. Also, we read the bible together often, and of course we do our daily prayers. Andrew is working on learning the Hail Holy Queen.

Other

I am not as consistent as I’d like, but I will also try to get time in for music appreciation, art appreciation, life skills and crafts.

Whew! That’s it. If you are looking for ideas for your homeschooling curriculum, I hope these will give you some suggestions and inspiration.

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P.S. Just to let you know, in my Etsy shop I offer some planning worksheets (attendance record, weekly planners, and a literature list) that you may find helpful for planning your new homeschool year. Also, from now through August 31st, you can get 15% discount off anything in the shop when you use the code “BACKTOSCHOOL” (all caps, no quotes) during checkout. 🙂

Our Home Education Curriculum 2012-2013

Our Home Education 2012-2013

For kindergarten and first grade with used the complete Catholic Heritage Curricula. As I mentioned in my review of the program, I was very pleased with the program and was going to continue with Catholic Heritage for a few more years at least. I’ve changed my mind.

Oh, I’m still pleased with the program. I would still recommend Catholic Heritage to others. I kind of wish I could use the program again. The more I’ve prayed over it and reflected about our home education experience up until recently, though, I realized that I needed to make a change. A big change. The thing is, as much as I loved the program, it didn’t fit our needs, or Andrew’s way of learning or even Andrew’s personality.

So this year, I’ve put together my own home education program based on the Charlotte Mason method of teaching. I chose this method because I like the gentle, hands-on method of teaching, the short time periods for each lesson and the emphasis on living books and narration. I think this method will work well with Andrew. As a matter of fact, when I started showing Andrew what he will be doing for school he was so excited he wanted to skip camp and start school right away!

To put my curriculum together, I relied heavily on the inspiration and suggestions of the following websites: Simple Charlotte Mason,
The Ultimate Guide to Homeschool Scheduling, and Simply Convivial’s Homeschooling Planning, A year at a time series. I also used FiveJs year-at-a-glance calendar to get an overview of the whole school year. I am also adapting my own version of Amongst Lovely Things color-coded progress list, however, I am using last year’s version which I think will work better for me.

So, without further ado, Here is our plan for Andrew’s second grade curriculum:

Daily

Religious Education:

Bible Memorization (5 minutes)

Bible Reading (5-10 Minutes)

Little Acts of Grace (10-15 minutes)

Memorize the Apostle’s Creed (5-10 Minutes)

Math:

Right-Start Mathematics (20 minutes)

Chore payment counting and sorting (save, give, spend)

Language Arts:

“Delightful Reading” and spelling using my adapted method (15 minutes) – I am planning on getting the full curriculum for this soon. It just isn’t in our budget quite yet.

Handwriting practice by doing copy work (10 minutes)

Composition: (Writing a sentence or paragraph on a subject of choice. 5-10 minutes)

Narration: Reading a chapter from a book and having Andrew explain it back in his own words. (20-30 minutes)

Literature: Read-alouds as per our compiled list (done as part as our night-time routine. (Here’s the pdf if you want to print it to use for your family)

Spanish:

Pimsleur Spanish DVDs (30 minutes)

Physical Education:

Free play and/or directed play + weekly karate and weekly Co-op gym class

Art:

Drawing, sculpting, coloring, etc. (30 minutes)

Trice Weekly

Science:

Guest Hollow’s Little Otter’s home-school curriculum (30 minutes)

Biweekly

American History:

From Sea to Shining Sea for Children (30 minutes)

Supplemental videos and DVDs

Geography:

Scrambled States of America the book and the board game.

Art Appreciation/biographies of artists:

Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Pierre Auguste Renoir (30 minutes)

Music/Music Appreciation:

Bach, Mozart, Beethoven (30 minutes)

Other

CCD and First Communion Prep on Tuesdays 4-5 pm

Home-school co-op on Fridays 1-3pm

In case you want to print out this schedule in order to adapt for yourself, here’s a pdf copy of the curriculum in list form and a pdf copy in chart form.

I haven’t completely fleshed out all the books I will be using, especially for handwriting, composition and narration, but I have some idea. I will probably add these as we go along.

My next step is going to be putting together a daily schedule so I can figure out how I am going to fit in our home education with me going to back to college full time. It is going to be tight, but with God’s help it will work out! When I have the daily schedule finished I’ll put it up for you.

How about you? Is your home education curriculum solidified yet? What programs or curriculum are you using? Do share in the comments.

 

Revised Curriculum Plans for 2011-2012

We home educate year round and technically our new school year started in June; but, since I’ve seen a lot of bloggers sharing their curriculum plans I thought I’d share mine, too. We are using Catholic Heritage Curricula as our base program but Andrew is whipping through much of the curriculum already so I need to revise the curriculum a little bit. Plus, I am looking to integrate other programs and materials into our current plans.

Reading:

Back when Andrew was in Preschool and Kindergarten, we were using CHC’s “Little Stories for Little Folks. They are cute little paper books that start off easy and gradually introduce more difficult words. Then Andrew started giving me a terrible time when it came time to practice his reading. Thankfully, things are much better now that Andrew picks the books he wants to practice with from the library. I also am still reading to him a LOT, especially chapter books. (Soon I’ll share some of our new favorite books.)

Handwriting:

We are mainly sticking with Catholic Heritage for handwriting. Andrew is currently almost finished with the “Catholic Heritage Handwriting Series Level One“. When he is done we will move to the “What Do You Like to Do…” and then the “What Can You Do…” Easy reader and keepsake journal. These two books combine reading and writing. I’m also having Andrew do little writing projects such as handmade cards and spiritual bouquets for special occasions and practicing his name, etc.

Spelling:

We are using the “My Very First Catholic Speller” for our organized spelling lessons and playing Scrabble® Junior and other made-up games for enrichment and practice.

Math:

We are using the “MCP Mathematics Level A” for lessons; but, for July and August we are taking a break from the book and using flash cards I got at the dollar store to practice his addition and subtraction. We will go back to using the book in September. (My son loves using flash cards!) We also play games and take other opportunities (such as cooking and going to the store) to practice math facts.

Religion:

We started with the “Faith and Life Series” text and workbook but we are just about finished with it. We are also working our way through the “New Catholic Picture Bible” and memorizing scripture verses such as these using the verses from my bible. We will soon begin working our way through the Baltimore Catechism and I’ll be enrolling Andrew into our local parish’s CCD program to prepare for First Holy Communion. I am also using “A Year with God” to celebrate the liturgical seasons.

Science:

We had been using the “Behold and See 1: On the Farm with Josh and Hanna“; however, except for a few fall and winter activities we are finished with the book. I’m not sure yet if I’ll go right to the CHC’s Second Grade Science book or use something else until next year. If you have any suggestions for science, I’d love to hear them!

History and Geography:

I’m not doing formal lessons for these subjects; but I am planning to incorporate some history and geography in the books we read. Also, since my husband is a truck driver, I sometimes put together impromptu lessons about the places Michael drives to.

Character Building and Miscellaneous:

We are using the character building cards that come with the first grade CHC lesson plans to practice manners, kindness, etc. for social studies. I am utilizing the library extensively to expose my son to art, art appreciation, poetry and music, although I’m not doing formal lessons for these subjects. As for physical education, I’m planning on signing my son up for karate (which he’s been wanting to learn) and get him involved with other sports.

What are your plans for your home education this year? And, if you have suggestions for science lessons, do share!

Curriculum Review: Catholic Heritage Curricula

For those of you who are already planning your homeschooling curriculum (or thinking of homeschooling) next fall, I thought I’d do a review of Catholic Heritage Curricula. I used this program for kindergarten and now using it for first grade with my son. They also put out a monthly newsletter that offers even more advice and resources.

Curriculum Summary:

Catholic Heritage is a non-tuition based program that loosely follows a classical style. You can buy the buy the books individually or “Core Kits” which include the lesson plans, books and teacher manuals for all the core subjects required for each grade. The website offers free mom-to-mom support and free curricula among other resources. I call this curriculum “school in a box” because you get everything you need to school your child. 🙂

My Thoughts:

Overall, I am very pleased with this program. The price is very reasonable in relation to all the materials you get. The program is flexible and allows you to tailor the pace according to your family’s needs. The lesson plans revolve around a 4-day school week with Wednesdays being a  “flex day”.

What I liked:

I absolutely love the “Catholic-ness” that runs through all the subjects of this curriculum. It is done so naturally that Andrew hardly even notices it. The reading, the handwriting, the science is permeated with a Catholic view. I also love that the bible is the main “textbook” for religion class.

I love the flexibility of the program. We don’t use the flex day very often (since I want to take advantage of Andrew’s enthusiasm), but I love having the option for it. When we do use the flex day it is usually on a Friday or Monday so we can have a long weekend.

The lesson plans are fantastic. It has everything you need to do laid out for you and all you have to do is check off each thing as it is finished. You get a daily lesson plan for each week and a weekly plan, allowing you to choose how structured or unstructured you want to be. The lesson plans also come with certificates of achievement, advice, games and other supplemental activities.

The teacher’s manuals and workbooks are also very good. The teacher’s manuals (especially for math) has instructions on exactly how to teach each concept and suggestions for helping those children who  need extra help and those children who need an extra challenge. The beginning reader booklets are large-print and incorporates A LOT of words. Andrew enjoys practicing with the flash cards; especially now that we are doing more “silly sentences”.

What I didn’t like:

The only real problem I have with this program is that it is a little to slow for me – and Andrew. I had done “schooling” pretty much since he was born, so by the time we started using an official program, he already knew quite a bit. We started kindergarten the second week in August (same time as the schools in our area of Georgia) and finished the whole program by November. Rather than start first grade then, I had to find other workbooks, etc. for practice. (We also used the time for holiday activities, playing the Catholic math games provided and focusing much of the time on the non-core subjects recommended by Catholic Heritage.

As for first grade, we are in our second week of first grade (I plan to homeschool year round), and Andrew is already several weeks ahead. He is whipping through 4 pages a day for the math and one story a day (instead of one a week). The only subject we match with the lesson plans is science.

If you do any sort of practice with your child, you will find him or her already ahead when you start this program – which could be a good thing. Even though we went through the kindergarten program quickly, it helped boast Andrew’s confidence and to love school (for the most part!).

My rating:

I give Catholic Heritage Curricula 4 stars and plan to continue using this program for the next few years – at least.

I’d love for others using Catholic Heritage Curricula to chime in. What do love or not so love about CHC? For those of you homeschooling with other programs, what program are you using and why?

Why Family Time is Important

As parents, all we want is for our children to be happy and healthy. You hope that you raise your child right so that they develop into an amazing adult. An influential component of raising your child comes with spending time with them.

Image by jill111 (2014) via Pixabay, CCO Public domain

Early bonding between you and your child can impact their mental health, including their communication and social skills. Your child’s values and personality traits are going to develop as they grow, and you want to have the knowledge and control to help them be the best version of themselves. Read below about how spending quality time with your child will help shape them during their significant character building years.

Your’s and your spouse’s behavior can be a model for your child

Monkey see, monkey do, right? Well, your child is going to learn a lot from seeing how you and your spouse act. Spending time together will allow for your child to model the behaviors they see illustrated in the household. This means you have to be careful about what you say and do around your child. You may think they don’t hear you or won’t take notice, but they do. Use an understanding tone with your spouse and all of your children. Build a good relationship with all family members, and use problem-solving skills when an argument arises. Your child will learn a lot about how to communicate and interact with others based on how you act, so make sure you become a good example.

Your child will feel loved

It’s important as a parent to find ways to remind our kids that we love them. While saying “I love you” every day is a big part of that, family bonding is crucial to making your child feel loved. That family time will instill in your child that they are a priority to you and your spouse, which is key for your child’s mental health as they develop. In this age of technology, it’s easy to get caught up on social media and on our phones, which can make our children feel ignored and set a bad example that they can use their phones whenever they want. Setting aside lots of family time is important to keep your child’s wellbeing in focus.

Your relationship will grow stronger

The bond that forms from spending time with your child will last a lifetime, and it’s necessary to start it early on. You want to establish a sense of trust between you and your child as they grow older. Spending one-on-one time with them is a great way to build that trust, which will only benefit your relationship. You want your child to feel like they can be open and honest with you about their feelings. Your bond will make them feel comfortable coming to you with issues or concerns they’re having. That great relationship will only continue to grow stronger as your child gets older, which is a rewarding aspect of parenting.

Ways you can spend time as a family

  • Get some exercise: Spending time together is also a great opportunity to instill healthy habits in your child. Exercise is really important for your child’s growth, so be a good example and suggest going on a daily walk together. According to a study conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics, there is a direct correlation in physical activity levels between a parent and child. When parents make exercise a priority in adolescence, the child is more likely to engage in physical activity as they get older.
  • Learn with them: Establish a routine to sit down with your child and go over their lessons so they know that schoolwork is a top priority. A great way to keep the learning going with your child even after the normal school day is over is to watch an educational movie that aligns with your home-school curriculum. A movie is something you can watch together to make learning fun and to increase your time for bonding. Watch a documentary or a show series that can teach you and your child something new!
  • Play a board game: It’s always a good time to play games as a family, so let your child pick their favorite and have a blast. Playing a friendly board game can be an opportunity to teach your child that it’s not about winning, but just important to have fun!
  • Cook dinner together: Cooking with your child is an exciting way to do something together and to teach them something they might not have known. You can introduce the concept of social responsibility, foster teamwork, and explain new vocabulary. While you might usually spend time making dinner alone, this is just another part of your day that allows you to spend time as a family. Even better, eating the meal you’ve cooked together is a great time to sit down and discuss your days with each other. You can ask what their favorite part of the day was or what they’re looking forward to in the upcoming week.

Sunday Snippets: A Catholic Carinival (July 20, 2014)

Sunday Snippets

Time for another weekly roundup over at RAnn’s place. Why not join us with your own posts?

This week I posted my weekly goals, a short meditation on the Sacrament of Baptism and shared our curriculum plans for the coming school year.

Question of the Week

Were there any religious sisters in your parish when you were growing up?  Are there any now?  Which community (ies)?

I was born in NYC and our parish, Good Shepherd, was run by the Paulist Fathers. We moved around a bit, and I don’t remember if (or what) religious communities were on our parishes. Eventually, we moved to the Hazlet and Keansburg, NJ area, which used to house a lot of Sisters of Mercy. Nowadays, there are only two or three sisters left there. After marrying Michael, we belonged to different parishes, some which did and some which did not have religious communities attached to them. In our most recent parish of Eatontown, NJ, the Filippini Sisters are there, and they are wonderful! In the parish we belong to now does not have a community of sisters.

Weely Goals

Set Goals

It was a weird week. I felt like I was spinning my heels and didn’t accomplish much. I didn’t get in hardly any prayer time. That was my fault, though. I was off schedule and overslept more than not which turned my schedule upside down.I did cross a few things off my list, at least:

1. Read at least one chapter of  the gospel of John per day.

2. Pray the rosary each day.

3. Read Letters to Katie and write review.

4. Continue making and adding items to my Etsy shop. (Well, I have several home-school printables created that I need to upload. I will be doing that today, hopefully.)

5. Spend five minutes per day on fiction writing.

6. Spend about half-hour of playtime with Andrew each day.

7. Revamp and prepare our homeschooling curriculum for the fall.

8. Start school with Andrew.

Here’s what’s going on this week. I hope I have a better week!

1. Read at least one chapter of  the gospel of John per day.

2. Pray the rosary each day.

3. Finish reading Letters to Katie and write review.

4. Continue making and adding items to my Etsy shop.

5. Get up by 6:30 am each morning.

6. Spend about half-hour of playtime with Andrew each day.

What are your plans for this week? Let us know in the comments or head over to Money Saving Mom and share them with us!