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Weekly Goals

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Didn’t get everything crossed off the list this week but still very happy with what I accomplished:

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

2. Pray the rosary each day.

3. Finish reading “Secrets to a happy Life” and write review. (Check out my review here.)

4. Finish unpacking and  organizing our bedroom. (All done!!! Well, except for going through crafts, but that’s another project. 🙂 )

5. Continue making and adding items to my Etsy shop. (No one items up but I am working on a few.)

6. Spend five minutes per day on fiction writing.

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

8. Revamp and prepare our homeschooling curriculum for the fall. (Didn’t get this done but planning to do it today. I was busy getting my unpacking done.)

Here’s what’s going on for this week:

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.

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.

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!

Weekly Goals

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Well, it turned out to be a weird week. I felt like I ran around in circles, did a lot but didn’t accomplish much. Oh, well! Here’s how it went down:

1. Read at least one chapter of  the gospel of Luke per day. (Finished! Now I’m on to reading the gospel of John.)

2. Pray the rosary each day.

3. Finish reading “Secrets to a happy Life” and write review. (Didn’t get hardly any reading time this week. Hopefully will get it finished this week.)

4. Have nephew over for a sleepover. I can’t wait. He is visiting from Florida and I haven’t had much time with him at all! It was so much fun spending time with him!

5. Continue unpacking and  organizing our stuff. (Well, I put maybe three things away, but I’m counting it anyway!)

6. Continue making and adding items to my Etsy shop. (Put two new items to the shop)

7. Spend five minutes per day on fiction writing.

8. Spend about half-hour of playtime with Andrew each day. (We spent time together but not specifically playing.)

Here’s my plans for this week:

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

2. Pray the rosary each day.

3. Finish reading “Secrets to a happy Life” and write review.

4. Finish unpacking and  organizing our bedroom.

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

6. Spend five minutes per day on fiction writing.

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

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

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!

7 Quick Takes: Alternatives to Boy Scouts

7 Alternatives to the Boy Scouts

If you haven’t already heard, the Boy Scouts of America recently changed their policy and passed “the resolution allowing ‘open and avowed homosexuality’ in the Boy Scouts.” It is very sad that they have chosen to go against their own “timeless values” and we, as parents, are forced to look into other youth organizations for our boys.

The good news, however, is there are such organizations out there! Here are seven such organizations that have come to my attention. (Hat tip to Dymphna’s Road for several of these links.) Just so you know, I haven’t had any personal experience with any of these organizations, although from resources I trust, the organizations are supposed to be excellent…

1. On My Honor.

According to their website, “”OnMyHonor.Net is the official coalition of concerned parents, Scout Leaders, Scouting Donors, Eagle Scouts and other BSA members who are united in their support of Scouting’s timeless values and their opposition to open homosexuality in the Scouts.”

This group is supposed to be meeting to talk about forming another organization similar to the Boy Scouts.

2. Columbian Squires.

The Columbian Squires is an extension of the Knights of Columbus, and I believe, sponsored by them. They are not in many parishes yet, but you can see if there is a group near you.

3. The Blue Knights.

Their website states: “Blue Knights Boys’ Club™ is a boys’ club aimed at teaching the truths of the Catholic faith to boys through Scripture, saints’ biographies, games, crafts and the Catechism of the Catholic Church.”

Our home-schooling co-op has monthly Blue Knights meetings and it is very good. My only wish is that it was more active and they did activities outside the monthly meetings.

4. Knights of Divine Mercy.

On the website: “The Knights of Divine Mercy apostolate seeks to awaken in men [and boys] the eager desire for a knight’s true calling: The quest for holiness and a restoration of the sacred.”

I’ve never heard of this group before but I like what it says on their website and according to someone I know, it is supposed to be an excellent group and worth checking out.

5. Pilgrims of the Holy Family.

A “do-it-yourself” alternate program to 4-H or Boy scouts through the Catholic Heritage Curricula website.

6. Federation of North American Explorers.

Not a Catholic-specific program, but its website states: “We deliver a proven same gender year round program experience that helps shape youth into honest, loving, Christ centered, happy young men and women in a fun and constructive manner.”

7. Fraternus.

Another Catholic-based program that is supposed to be very good. It is a parish-based program whose goal is “To mentor boys into virtuous Catholic men.”

I’ve never heard of this program and have no idea how many parishes it may be in, but might be worth the “look-see.”

Of course if all else, you could always form your own alternative group with your sons and their friends…If I wasn’t in school full-time nor taking 6 classes in the fall, I would consider  trying to start a chapter of one of the above groups or starting my own.

Do you know of any other programs that would be good alternates to the Boy Scouts? Do share them in the comments.

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Happy Labor Day and Weekly Goals

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Wow, Labor Day is here. I can’t believe the summer is over. It went by so fast. Now we begin crazy school days, preparing for Thanksgiving and Christmas and going in to a new year! In the meantime, I hope you are all enjoying the holiday weekend. 🙂

Here’s what I got done this week:

1. Pray, read bible and go to daily mass at least 3 times.

2. Exercise 20 minutes, 3-4 times this week.

3. Continue participating in Crystal’s last week of “Make the Most of Your Mornings” challenge.

{I am so sorry this challenge is over. The accountability and focus were so helpful. I hope I’ll be able to keep it up. 🙂 }

4. Finish getting my Etsy store up and running. If all goes well, I’m launching this week.

{Almost there! Just a couple of more products to add and then re-do the banner heading and I should be all set. I’ve been working on a private writing project that I can’t wait to share with you all!}

5. Go to Brookdale to get the books I need for the upcoming fall classes. I feel like my chemistry class just ended, how can it bet time to start up all over again??!!

6. Write three blog posts for my blog and one post for Catholic Bloggers Network.

{I cheated a little and combined my book review with a post for Catholic Bloggers Network. Whatever works right?!}

With the fall schedule beginning, I am going to be keeping my goals to the minimum. I probably won’t be posting them every week unless there’s something unusual I want to add. So, for the next several weeks my goals are:

1. Pray, read bible and go to daily mass at least 3 times.

2. Exercise 20 minutes, 3-4 times this week.

3. Keep on schedule with Andrew’s home education curriculum.

4. Keep and stay on schedule for my classes at Brookdale. I am taking a math course, American History course, American Literature course and course on “Women’s Studies”

(Not particularly thrilled with this class but it’s required. I look a look at the text-book and it is so full the radical feminism garbage and liberal agenda. I’m seriously concerned about how I’m going to stomach this course enough to pass!)

5. Get my Etsy store launched, add more products to the store and stay on top of the orders I’m hoping I’ll get! (Update: It’s LIVE! Check the giveaway I’d doing in honor of the launch. Two winners get to pick their choice of any printable product!)

6. Write 2 or 3 blog posts a week and post any guest posts lined up.

What are your goals for this week? Share them in the comments or head over to the Money Saving Mom link-up and join others sharing their goals for the week.

Book Review: Bible Adventures & Activities

Bible Adventures & Activities

From the Book Description (back cover):

“Puzzle over the wonders of creation, search out the ways God has shown His love for us, and set out on the adventure of following Jesus! Filled with word games, exciting stories, picture puzzles, tricky quizzes and more!”

My thoughts:

Bible Adventures & Activities is my latest book to review for the Catholic Company. I chose this book because I thought it would be a fun book to incorporate into our bible studies. I was right. As a matter of fact, after receiving this book and doing a couple of the activities with Andrew, I decided to completely revamp the curriculum for his religious studies to include this book.

The stories of the Bible are beautifully narrated and illustrated, and each story has simple and fun activities to reinforce its message, such as fill-in-the-blanks, word searches and mazes.

And, the best part, Andrew loves the book, too. It’s one thing if I, as a mom, like the book and message, but will do no good if I can’t get Andrew to do the activities. Well, in his own words, “Let’s do another one mama, I like these games!” 🙂

I give this book four (4) stars.

This review was written as part of the Catholic book reviewer program from The Catholic Company. Visit The Catholic Company to find more information on Bible Adventures & Activities. The Catholic Company is also a great online store for all your Catholic gift needs, such as baby baptism and christening gifts. You can also find a wide selection of Catholic Bible Studies for both parish groups and individuals, as well as a variety of other Catholic Bible study resources.

Weekly Goals

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Gosh, this week and weekend went by so fast! I usually plan my week on Sunday evenings, but when I got into bed, I realized I hadn’t written my goals post! So here I am, posting it late – but better late than never. 🙂 Here’s how last week went down:

1. Pray, read bible and go to daily mass at least 3 times.

2. Exercise 20 minutes, 3-4 times this week. I only got exercise in twice, but I’m still counting it!

3. Pre-write as many posts for August/September as I can. (Time to give up on this I guess. I’ll aim for September.)

4. Work on getting more guest posts for September through December. (Like I mentioned above, to find out more, go here.) I was hoping to have more bloggers lined up by now, but I guess the interest isn’t there. At least I got a couple of people!

5. Finish putting together, typing and printing out our home schooling curriculum for the fall.

You can read about my new curriculum here. I’m just waiting for a few more books to arrive and I’ll be all finished. Andrew and I are super excited to start school this year!

6. Date night with Michael. (Our 9th wedding anniversary is coming up soon!)

This got postponed until next weekend, which is okay because our anniversary is this Wednesday (22nd). 🙂

7. Participate in Crystal’s 3 week “Make the Most of Your Mornings” challenge.

Making baby steps here, but at least there’s progress!

8. Revamp my Facebook timeline header.

Needs some tweaking, but it’s done! Go check it out and tell me what you think. Don’t forget to become a fan! If you give me your FB fan page URL I’ll be happy to return the favor.

Here’s what I got going on for this week:

1. Pray, read bible and go to daily mass at least 3 times.

2. Exercise 20 minutes, 3-4 times this week.

3. Continue participating in Crystal’s 3 week “Make the Most of Your Mornings” challenge.

4. Date night with Michael for anniversary.

5. Finish getting my Etsy store up and running. I’m hoping to launch the store by Friday. Keep on the lookout for the fun giveaway and discount I’ll be doing in honor of launch day!

6. Get three blog posts written and scheduled for this week.

What are your goals for this week? Share them in the comments or head over to the Money Saving Mom link-up and join others sharing their goals for the week.

Sunday Snippets: A Catholic Carnival (August 19, 2012)

Here’s this week’s contributions to RAnn’s weekly Sunday Snippet meme (As always, come check out other Sunday Snippet posts, or join in with your own):

Weekly Goals

Book Review: Catholic Update Guide to Communion

The Great Feast of the Assumption

Our Home Education Curriculum for 2012-2013

I’m also still looking for guest bloggers for the fall! Please check out my post about it and then contact me!

 

Weekly Goals

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Here’s what I got done this week:

1. Pray, read bible and go to daily mass at least 3 times. (Made it to church everyday, woot!)

2. Exercise 20 minutes, 3-4 times this week.

3. Pre-write as many posts for August as I can. (Didn’t happen because I spent a huge chunk of time researching and revamping my home schooling curriculum for the new school year!)

4. Line up guest posts for September through December. (Interested in guest posting? I’d LOVE to have you. Read the post here.)

5. Hide a love note in Michael’s work bag and one in Andrew’s lunch bag (so he sees it at lunch in camp).

6. Go to “Family Camp Night” on Friday. (This was canceled due to severe thunderstorms. 🙁 )

Here’s my plan for this week:

1. Pray, read bible and go to daily mass at least 3 times.

2. Exercise 20 minutes, 3-4 times this week.

3. Pre-write as many posts for August/September as I can.

4. Work on getting more guest posts for September through December. (Like I mentioned above, to find out more, go here.)

5. Finish putting together, typing and printing out our home schooling curriculum for the fall.

6. Date night with Michael. (Our 9th wedding anniversary is coming up soon!)

7. Participate in Crystal’s 3 week “Make the Most of Your Mornings” challenge.

8. Revamp my Facebook timeline header.

What are your goals for this week? Share them in the comments or head over to the Money Saving Mom link-up and join others sharing their goals for the week.

Homeschooling During the Summer: What Does it Look Like?

Homeschooling During Summer

Do you homeschool year round? I don’t know many families who homeschool through the summer months, but we do. It is a decision my husband and I made back when we first talked about homeschooling (before we were even married). If you are curious about homeschooling throughout the summer, here’s my take on why I homeschool year round and a peek into our daily schedule.

Why homeschool during the summer?

  • I don’t want Andrew to lose the skills he learned during the “normal” school year. I remember when I was a kid and returning to school after the summer months when we spent up to a month re-learning everything that was forgotten during the summer. I don’t want that for Andrew. I want our review time to no more than a week or so.
  • Structure. I want to keep our days somewhat structured, with lots of flexibility, so there’s not too much down time that he gets “bored.” Plus, having a regular schedule and routine helps with Andrew’s behavior. He knows, for the most part, going into each day what is going to happen.
  • Life skills and projects. Homeschooling during the summer allows me to focus on teaching Andrew life skills and getting to the hands-on, “fun” projects we didn’t get to during the “regular” school year.
  • To keep Andrew reading. Andrew’s a little boy who is not a big fan of reading. He loves books and loves for me to read to him; but he doesn’t want to do the work of sounding out the words himself! It can be frustrating at times, but having him do school in the summer as part of his normal routine, he is less likely to fuss when it comes to practicing his reading.
  • We can take longer breaks during other parts of the year. We take the whole month of December off from school. We also take a longer Easter break and more days off throughout the year. Homeschooling throughout the summer allows us to take those longer breaks. (We do take the month of August off as well…)

What a typical summer homeschooling day looks like.

First of all, it is much more flexible than the rest of the year. We incorporate more field trips, hands-on learning and build our schooling into regular daily activities. We only do “formal” schooling Tuesday-Thursday which leaves Mondays and Fridays free. We also take the month of August off. And, Andrew will be going to camp for the first time this year. That said, here is our plan for the summer:

  • Reading and math using online games and worksheets, as well as flashcards. (Andrew loves flashcards.)
  • Spanish using the Pimsleur Method. It is an audio program only, so Andrew can get an ear for the language without having to worry about grammar or reading and writing the language.
  • Science using some really cool YouTube videos I found and small experiments.
  • Character building and life skills (such as small sewing projects and learning to “cook” small meals).

Do you homeschool year round? What does your summer curriculum look like? Do share in the comments!

 

 

Guest Post: 5 Things to Know Before Homeschooling

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Editor’s Note: Here’s a guest post by Jenny Ellis, a reader of Simple Catholic Living and freelance writer.

You may be toying with the idea that you want to homeschool your child. Before you start these next adventures, be sure you consider the following so that you are prepared:

Rules: Homeschooling is legal in the United States; however, each state has different homeschooling laws. It is important to know and comply with the laws of your state. You should know the requirements for grade reporting, testing, attendance records, access to public schools and curriculum levels. You can find the laws for your state online or you can check with your local homeschool organization.

Patience: It is very important that you realize how much effort homeschooling will take from you. It is a rewarding educational choice but it can be very overwhelming at times if you are not prepared. Lesson plans, grading and your child’s attention span are things you should consider before you start teaching. Patience is a great virtue, especially in homeschooling!

Needs: When considering homeschool, there are things that you will need to teach at home, such as a curriculum, notebooks, etc. It is not necessary to set up a traditional classroom setting, but it is important that your child has a place for learning. Overlapping living spaces can make it difficult for children to adjust to when it is time for learning or time for playing.

Cost: Homeschooling can be expensive but most parents who currently homeschool say the outcome of home education outweighs the expense. Depending on what you plan on doing for your child, such as the textbooks and supplies you will be using, will affect your cost. Extracurricular activities, supplies and field trips are other costs you may not at first account for. Parents may also have to move down to single income and not two. The best thing to do is to research and do your homework on the potential costs of homeschooling your child.

Socializing: Socializing your child is often a concern for those who are considering homeschooling. Socializing with other children teaches your child to cooperate, play and work with others. Just because your child is not in a typical school setting where they share class, lunch and recess with other children doesn’t mean they won’t get a chance to socialize. There are plenty of other families that homeschool their children. Look in your area for local homeschool groups. Play dates are often set up for families. Also consider enrolling your child in team sports and other extracurricular activities.

Homeschooling can be a fantastic way for you and your child to learn together. It is a wonderful experience to educate your child the way you see is best for them. But remember, it takes hard work and effort o your part; do you homework and research before you get started! Good luck and have fun teaching!

Jenny Ellis is a freelance writer, and a regular contributor for aupair.org.  She welcomes your comments at: ellisjenny728 @ gmail.com.

(Interested in writing a guest post here at Simple Catholic Living? I’d love to have you. Check out my guest post policy and then contact me at guestpost (at) simplecatholicliving (dot) com.)