“He, the Son of God, reflects on His heavenly Mother the glory, the majesty and the dominion of His kingship, for, having been associated to the King of Martyrs in the unspeakable work of human Redemption as Mother and cooperator, she remains forever associated to Him, with a practically unlimited power, in the distribution of the graces which flow from the Redemption. Jesus is King throughout all eternity by nature and by right of conquest: through Him, with Him, and subordinate to Him, Mary is Queen by grace, by divine relationship, by right of conquest, and by singular choice [of the Father]. And her kingdom is as vast as that of her Son and God, since nothing is excluded from her dominion.”
Pius XII, in his Radiomessage to Fatima, Bendito seja (AAS 38. 266)
Today, we started back to school. I spent about half the summer preparing for the school year so that it can run as smooth as it can. I know that life with a fussing baby will throw me lots of curve balls but at least I have my gloves on to catch them.
This little system saved our school last year after baby girl was born and so I spent all June doing the same. I do 16 weeks of prepare work for 4 kids. We use Mother of Divine Grace and as being an enrolled family, we get our syllabus online. I can arrange them in whatever order and day that I think will fit our scheduled. I print out the check list for the week and place it along with work such as quizzes, maps, timeline cards, etc.
All I have to do is pull out the week for each child and take to our school room. I put them in my binder and place the work on their desk for the day. It is a lot of work but so worth every bite of ink and time . I usually start the second semester little by little and finish off during the Thanksgiving week break.
Another life saver for myself is their daily check off list. Each one has their list of their duties to do each day from morning chores, school , music practice, exercises, prayers, to evening chores.
They don’t need to ask me what do I do next or while they are waiting for help on school. They just go and see what they can do on their check list and do it.
Since I started the Catholic Fit Mom Challenge , they wanted one. I made them a Back to School challenge. Talk about a great motivator to get up on their own, start morning time on time, and finish off their check list. (Why didn’t I think about that one sooner!)
I schedule our day into blocks from Morning Block , School Block A , Lunch , etc. I also had to schedule a time when I work with one on one because last year they would drive me crazy. One would ask for help and before you know it the other would ask for help. My head would spin!!
Now, they know when their time to work with me. I started with youngest to oldest (not the High schooler, she is first one in early morning)
The only thing new that I add this year was Morning time with our morning basket. I just didn’t want to miss out on the small things and some important things due to lack of planning.
We start off our school day with Morning time. I schedule an hour and half so that we have plenty of time without rushing.
Prayers: Rosary and Gospel reading of the day with reflection.
Saints/Feast Days: I am using Lessons From the Lives of Saints and other books on saints
Virtues: This is very important for me to get in daily. I want to help build up their character. I had a hard time finding a program that I like. I have the PACE one but I never really like it. I use the suggestions for stories . After a lot of time and research , I found one that I like and it is so lovely.
Education in Virtues is a beautiful program designed to use in schools as well in the home.
The Disciple of Christ- Education in Virtue® is a Christian curriculum structured on the teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas regarding the virtues and gifts of the Holy Spirit. It aims to provide a consistent structure and systematic instruction for youth to learn about the virtues so that they can form the habits and dispositions necessary to live as disciples of Jesus Christ.
Baltimore Catechism: We are using number 2 to go along with the 5th grade syllabus . I also got the app Audio Catholic Kids that has a nice version of the BC # 2 since my kids also like to listen to them over and over.
Science/Nature Study: This is very important along with Religion. We need strong students of science who are educate way that God had plan. This book that we are using, Kids Intro to Physics (and Beyond) has so much goodness, truth, and beauty all in one.
This book introduces young people to physics starting with their natural wonder about the things around them. It builds on their common sense, making it clear and precise, and shows them how to go from their common sense to the advanced method of modern science. Finally, it shows them the need for the Unchangeable Changer, without which there is nothing. It shows that only through knowing physics do we know about Him. It shows how this world proves that He exists and that He is the Source of all the changing things we see. Readers will learn that physics is the base science and thus essential to all of their thinking.
We will also do at least two days of nature study using this book, The Nature Connection: An Outdoor Workbook for Kids, Families, and Classrooms.
Art / Music: We are going to alternate days with Art/Music studies. We will focus on the Art history on Mondays and Wednesday using Seton 5th grade Art . We will finish up the week with Draw3D on Fridays. I enjoy Mark’s lessons, I am grateful to another MODG mother who introduce me to it. You can get it at homeschool buyers co-op Mark’s 3D drawings, for a 60% off discount.
We will be using Alfred’s Essentials of Music Theory book one and Meet the Great Composers.
To kick off the school year, I am giving away a book of your choice from our Morning Basket. Click below to Rafflecopter to see what you need to do to win.
I ask you for prayers for our family as we will pray for you.
May you have a fruitful year filled with God’s wisdom, truth, and beauty.
With the Love of Christ,