Friday, July 31, 2009
How it works for us, is that I find (or let them find) a primary source online. Here are a few:
I've also found this article interesting, but for ease of use you can't beat The Well Trained Mind's evaluation of primary sources. Thank you Susan Wise Bauer!!
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Now, he'll suggest what he wants and respond to himself.
Out. ME!!and raise his hand so we can see him.
I retyped My Prayer Checklist into an excel document so I could put the prayers in a different order (I put all the numerical items in order), but you could just as easily use it as is.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Inspite of (or because of) Ds#3's obvious over-excitement, he won the sportsmanship award, the "mental attitude" award among all the age groups at his Wildcat site. He was encouraging to all the kids and a great sport the whole summer. Dave and I were really proud of him!
I do like book reports because when I'm not available to discuss with the kids each book they've read, I'd like them to reflect on it. I also sometimes just need a small writing assignment and it seems to fit in how easy they are to do.
Here are some of my favorite book report ideas:
- Find a critic's review of the book and write a comparison/contrast from your perspective
- Compare / contrast yourself with the main character
- Make a list of 10-15 rules to live by that the main character lives by. Compare this to a list of rules others want him to live by. What is the outcome?
- Make a test (and answer key) for the book
- Put yourself in the role of main character. What would have been different?
- Tell what way this book has added to your life? What have you learned? What have you discovered about yourself or others?
- Write an alternate ending for the book
- Do a character sketch (give the moral, emotional, emotional, physical and circumstantial characteristics of one of the people in the book).
- Explain why you would or would not want to live in a world presented by the author
- Write a jeopardy game / questions about the book
- Plan a party with a theme based on the book.
I also liked this link.
Monday, July 27, 2009
So, they didn't really fall down, they were having an occasion.
That's what Mama said happens when two people sin. They have an occasion.Daddy looking at Mama dubiously
She means fornication.
She thought Mama said the sin was for an occasion instead of fornication.
Ds#4 as he was laughing hilariously.
Look! The kissed so much they fell unconscious and fell over!
- Baptism Pics of Dd#1's Baptism
- Essay including sources of Baptism (CCC & New Advent) and abreviated explanations
- Meaning of Baptism & symbolism from other sources (Scott Hahn's Salvation History)
- All 3 of the above for the sacrament of Confirmation
- write and illustrate biography of Maria Goretti, her Confirmation Saint (We've got the movie and we'll work through the study guide)
- Saint books she's read will need a book report of some kind and I may have her write her own prayer to each saint she studies
- copywork through the year of quotes & include favorite Saint prayers and novenas
- Creed - Each phrase will have some life application and explanation with it
- Ten Commandments - I think I'll have her do creative writing and do a short story of someone who has broken that particular commandment and let her decide how to end each story (repentance & grace or pride & consequences)
- Gifts and Fruits of the Spirit - each item will have a common fruit (banana) or a wrapped present in a particular shape to write the fruit, it's definition, explanation and application and the day we talk about it we may make a recipe (banana bread).
- Spiritual & Corporal Works of Mercy - the faith folder from Catholic Lapbooks is available, but I'll most likely give her a coloring page (she still LOVES to color) and let her write about that work on the back.
- A mini book - a Confirmation Prayer Book - of common Mass and Catholic prayers - she'll most likely do it in calligraphy.
- She'll do book reports of some fashion (her choice of a list I have) of all the books she is reading
- Salvation History/History of the Church - I may have her review these (we've done alot of them) and do a timeline and outline of them
Service Project - just an explanation of what she's done
Confirmand - this will be done after the Confirmation - photos and narrations, a scrapbook of the day
Lest, anyone accuse me of being so organized or smart or be impressed by this list -- please remember I STOLE most of these plans and I've been working on them for 2 years -- quite a bit of time to make a decision or two.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Due to my upraising (or lack there of in certain areas) I didn't get confirmed until I was 22 or so. As an adult I chose to make the Catholic Church my permenant home and a nun-friend (who was involved in Campus Ministries) gave me individual classes. I read through the CCC and we discussed the parts I didn't agree with or had problems with. She had a great sense of humor (needed to try and teach a disagreeable person like me) and gave me a wonderful blessing as my confirmation sponsor.
My plans for Dd#1 are not so simple, but hopefully will give her at least as good of a send off into the adult phase of her faith. I'll most likely have her keep a notebook on it. She'll be in CCD, but I haven't been super impressed with how much she's learned when she's gone (we put the kids in during sacrament years - Dave's preference). I got plans from this person and Elizabeth Foss' plans. It sounds like a lot of books, but we already own the items in black and I don't really expect to get through it all. Also, we're really focusing on religion this year and letting science & writing be a side-note rather than a real subject. I'm also just looking for a nice rounded smattering of the following:
- Didache Series : Introduction to Catholicism: A Complete Course - she did this in 7th grade
- The Sacrament of Confirmation for Confirmation Candidates
- Confirmation Preparation for Young Catholics
- Baltimore Catechism No. 2
- Saint Patrick's Summer
- CCC to look items up as they surface
- A papal encyclical or 2. Any suggestions??
- Prove it! God (Amy Welborn) She did this series of books in 7th grade
- Prove it! Jesus (Amy Welborn)
- Prove it!Church (Amy Welborn)
- Prove it!Prayer (Amy Welborn)
- Mere Christianity (C.S. Lewis)
- The Screwtape Letters (C.S. Lewis) - 7th grade
- Boys to Men (Gray and Martin)
- A Philadelphia Catholic in King James' Court & *Optional : Study Guide
- Listen to Jeff Cavins CDs - Great Adventure
- - Listen to Scott Hahn's Salvation History
- The Joyful Mysteries of Life
- Rome Sweet Home (Hahn)
- Surprised By Truth (Madrid)
- This IS My Body (Shea)
- By What Authority? (Shea)
- Witness To Hope (Wiegel)
- Mrs. Carroll's History Sampler Series
- 2000 Years of Christian History - 7th grade
- A Life of Our Lord for Children (Marigold Hunt) - 6th grade
- Completely Christ's: The Radical Call of the Consecrated Life DVD
- Real Love (Bonacci)
- Dressing with Dignity
- LifeWork DVD: Finding God's Purpose in Your Life
- LifeWork: Finding Your Purpose in Life
- My Path to Heaven: A Young Person’s Retreat with Saint Ignatius (Fr. Geoffrey Bliss, S.J.), home retreat.
- Letters to A Young Catholic (George Weigel)
- Catholic Christianity (Peter Kreeft)
- Free article online - "How to Discern Elements of Your Personal Vocation" by Fr. Peter Ryan http://newmancentre.org/pages/ryanpeter.htm
- We own many of the vision books
- We're also purchasing several saint movies from Ignatius Press
- 30 hours of some kind of service outside of our home (this works out to around 1/wk during school)
- helping clean the church
- helping clean a house for someone who just had a baby
- visiting a nursing home, etc.
- Holy Hours of Eucharistic Adoration
- "Extra" Mass weekly
- Solo prayer each evening
- Stations of the Cross Fridays of Lent (we attempt this every year and fail -- maybe if it's an assignment we'll accomplish it.)
- Consecration to the Holy Spirit
- Continue to pray in front of the abortion clinic at least once a month
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Wednesday, July 01, 2009
- The Apostolate's Family Catechesis download free & discussion guide play it as a game free online
- Mercy Academy has a multi-level plan for Christian Doctrine
- Family Faith Formation seems like a nice program - for $120 they send you a once a month packet for your family which includes games, activities, booklets, and audio CDs and lessons that take about an hour per week to cover.
- Father McBride's Family Catechism (EWTN catalog has it new) take a look at the inside, it wouldn't be for youngers.
Sacraments / Doctrine - Mass unit study - Sunday Preparation looks AWESOME! and it's free!, St. Patrick's Summer by Marigold Hunt, discuss Q in St. Joseph's Baltimore Catechism, Catholic Catechism Board Game, Faith Folders for Catholics
Living the Liturgical Year - we've all discussed this at length with my favorite suggestions being at 4Real Learning forums
Scripture - Coloring pages & narrations from Golden Children's Bible, Life of Christ, Bible History from TAN books : Knecht's Bible History (the slim blue volume) for ~K-3, Schuster's Bible History for 3-6, and the Bible History by Johnson, Hannan, and Sr. Dominica for 7-9 (the first two books have the same illustrations). Middle & High school students just read the Bible.
Saints - Vision books are our favorites for upper elem / middle school and Catholic Mosaic suggestions for youngers.
Apologetics - for the older crowd.
We WON'T be studying chronological history. Let me repeat. I'm throwing history out the window for the year. Shocking, isn't it? Instead, we'll be reading literature for fun (and studying audience, author, events from that time period, literary terms & usage, etc. a la TWTM method) My younger kids haven't read Charlotte's Web since we've been so immersed in history and I plan to cover this and other important literary works next year.
We WON'T be studying a year of one branch of science. Instead I'll let the kids choose 9-10 topics that we'll play with by reading library books and finding experiments on and trying to figure out which branch of science that topic would belong in.
Math (MUS), English (LOG for youngers & Seton for olders), Latin (LCII and Henle) will all be pretty standard stuff.
I may take a short break from Dd#1's Traditional Logic (Memoria Press) to do logic puzzles and games with the entire family.
We have 2 sacraments (Dd#1 Confirmation, Ds#4 First Communion) this year and we'll be studying those intensively, but I'm hoping to do religion class together as a family with additional reading on the part of the bigger kids.