7 Quick Takes: Lenten Resources for Homeschoolers

So, Lent has arrived so I thought I would put together some resources that I can use with Andrew throughout the next 40 days during our homeschooling. As I was putting it together, I thought I would share them here in case anyone else was looking for activities to do with their families.

Just keep in mind that I haven’t had the chance to check out every link yet, so I can’t vouch for the usefulness or orthodoxy of most of the links posted here. Browse at your own risk. :-)

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Homeschooling for Free.

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Free Printable Lenten Calendars.

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Printable Lent Journal for Children. (NOT free. Cost is $10)

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Bring Lent to Life. (NOT free. Cost about $5.99. This is written by Kathleen M. Basi who is a fellow Sunday Snippets participant. I have her Advent book, so I KNOW Bring Lent to Life will be good. :) )

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Catholic Homeschool Support.

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Catholic Homeschool Support. (Same site as above but different links.)

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Advent and Lent Quest. (NOT free. This item is $12 but they have a ton of printable sets at various price points.)

I haven’t decided yet on which activities I will be doing yet, and I want to do a little made-up devotional with Andrew but haven’t put it together yet. Hopefully I’ll get it all figured out by Sunday!

What activities or plans do you have for celebrating the season Lent with your family? Please DO share for those of us searching for fresh ideas!

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Top 7 Writing Resources for Bloggers

Okay, this is one of those “self-indulgent” posts. I’ve been wanting to put together some of the writing resources that I’ve found in one place and decided to take advantage of this week’s 7 Quick Takes to do so. I hope you find these resources as helpful as I have. :)

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Grammar Girl. Good grammar is important. When you write well, then your readers will have an easier time understanding what you are trying to say! Grammar girl offers quick tutorials and tips about every grammar question under the sun.

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Writing from Your Soul. Dawn offers everything from extensive writing programs, to workshops to coaching. I have been a long-time subscriber to her fantastic monthly newsletter and have purchased her complete Writing from Your Soul Intensive Toolkit. It is amazing.

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Mystery Writing is Murder. Doesn’t seem a likely blog that would help bloggers write, but Elizabeth Spann Craig has a great post called “Resources for Bloggers” that offers links to help you come up with blog ideas and how to beat ‘blogging burnout’.

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Hubpages. Looking to do a little freelance blogging? Hubpages has “25 Writing Resources for Online Freelance Writers and Bloggers“.

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Blogging With Amy. Amy’s blog deals with blogging tips and tools rather than writing; but, she does have some posts about writing. For example, she has a great tutorial on “How to Write an Ebook” and a great article on how to find (or re-find) your passion.

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Aliventures. Ali is a writer out of the UK. She writes terrific blog articles that are applicable to all types of writers, including bloggers. She also offers writing coaching and several blogging guides.

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Internet Marketing Ninjas. This is a internet marketing site mostly for bigger companies, but they have a great post called “Six Kickass Writing Resources for Bloggers“.

These are just a few resources among many. What are your favorite writing resources? Share them in the comments.

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Two Resources for Online Adoration

The other day when I wrote the “Ten Ways to Get The Most Out of Lent” post, I got an excellent question from Colleen over at Carpe Diem, Gorgeous! in the comments. She lives in Norway which doesn’t have many Catholic Churches and her nearest church is an hour away. She wanted to know if she could do adoration at home without being present before the Blessed Sacrament.

I know that even for many of us who do live near a Catholic Church, it isn’t always feasible to get there for adoration. Work schedules, one vehicle families, sickness or being elderly and home bound can make it impossible to get to a Church.  What to do? Go online! Thanks to the modern marvel of web-cams, you can visit an adoration chapel via the web anytime.

A quick web search will bring up several links, but my two favorite are:

Savior.org

St. Mary’s Church Navan

I like these because they give an up close and personal view of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Now, it goes without saying that being in church and physically present before Jesus is the “proper way” and ideal, but adoring the Lord via the web-cam is certainly better than not adoring Him at all!

(P.S. If you have your own favorite online adoration site, do let us know about it.)