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We hope that your visit to
our resource site will provide you with many and new ideas to make your
homeschooling journey easier, fun, affordable, blessed and
fulfilling for both you and your children. -
That Resource Site Team
When you visit our site you can expect to
find homeschool resources that fuse learning with fun and do so with our Lord at the centre
of it all.
We try to
encourage tearless learning. We want our children and yours to have fun
while they learn; that is one of our main goals. We have tried very hard
to create learning materials that appeal to many different style learners.
From Hands-on learning to the Classical method, literature based novel studies
to multi-aged unit studies, we have tried to develop and share material that
support each home learning family. We are an eclectic learning family that
takes the best of the best of each method and uses what works for us.
Almost everything we offer comes out of our own resources we create and we gladly
share them with other homeschooling families around the globe.
Spiritual support for new and veteran
Over the years
we have learned that in order to keep peace in our school, we need to keep God
at the centre of our learning. We have carried this on through to our new
website and our resources. You will find useful tidbits of information
about the Catholic faith, bible passages, uplifting spiritual quotes and images,
as well as how-tos scattered throughout the site. This is our way
of supporting you, one step at a time, in your journey. Newbie
homeschoolers can find helpful articles about getting started in homeschooling,
choosing curriculum, and maintaining the fun in learning. We have tried to
aid veteran homeschoolers by offering them some new out of the box learning
ideas and method tool helpers including resources and materials that support
lapbooking, notebooking, and Montessori play.
Putting the Peace Back in Your Teaching
Although spring has officially arrived, a few days ago proved to
be a day of hectic weather. It started off with peaceful rain,
then it hailed, then it snowed, then the sun came out and melted
off the snow, the wind picked up, and by nightfall the rain had
returned. What a chaotic day of weather! The children commented
on how "crazy" the weather was, but I noted that how the day
began is how it ended, with peaceful rain.
Our days can often be like a "crazy weather day." The trick for
a happy day is to keep the peace of the day at all costs. By
peace I mean, keeping the Lord at the centre of our lives. It
is not enough for us to know our faith but we must live it too.
To successfully perform our calling as homeschooling parents, we
need to be healthy, well rested, and organized. Beginning the
day with the Lord and ending the day with the Lord is one way to
keep our spiritual self healthy and happy. The Lord is really
the source of all peace in our lives. If we keep Him at the
centre of our family, peace can easily be maintained. This of
course can be easier said then done with all the many tasks we
need to fulfill daily. Or is it?
Many times the whirlwind feeling of “busy-ness” that is often
felt on a day-to-day basis is created by our own doing. Left
unchecked this feeling can lead to fatigue, exhaustion, and
burnout. My pastor, a young and vibrant priest from Poland,
shared with me a step-by-step method for keeping peace in my
household. This exercise that I am going to share with you
needs to be done as a family. Involve your spouse and children
from the get-go. You will not be able to do this activity
without their input and support.
Reading Material for Your Catholic Children
How we read can sometimes be just as important as what we read. Do
we allow our children to devour their favourite books or do we ask that
they prolong the fun by reading chunks at a time getting know and
understand characters and the plot? Do we preview new books with
our children and pre-read new authors to keep our children's hearts and
minds pure and healthy? Do we teach our children how to discern a "good"
book from a "poor" book or do we throw everything out because it has one
or two "questionable" words. Literature based learning can serve
as an awesome catalyst for Socratic learning.
What we choose as reading material for our children to read is a very
personal thing. We have come across homeschoolers who will only
read Catholic authors as well as families who will put anything in front
of their kids just to get them to read. Our job as a resource site is not to judge
what people read, we simply provide resources for books we have read or
that others have requested we consider using to create resources.
The Catholic Church does not dictate what should or should not be read.
The Index Librorum Prohibitorum, a one time list of over 100 prohibited
books by the Holy See, was abolished in 1968. The choice is now
exclusively up to us parents to select proper reading material for our
children keeping in mind that we cannot and should not shelter our
children from everything lest our children appear ignorant to their
peers and the community at large. We can act as healthy filters
until they can make good choices, but at some point we must rely on the
seeds of our faith and morality that we have planted during their
education to feed them on their lifelong learning journey.
There is great disagreement over the worthiness of works in certain
genres as good reading material. There are still many heated
debates over whether fairy tales are okay for the young to read or if
The Chronicles of Narnia, and Dante's Divine Comedy are
safe and worthy of mental consumption as well. I've seen Catechism
books use fairy tales for learning examples and even Pope John Paul II
was once credited with complementing J.K. Rowling on her literary works
of fiction for children. He saw her works as mere stories
to help children to tell the difference
between good and evil not as
religious treatises. It is not uncommon to see the same book on
recommended and not acceptable book lists. One
family may find a work offensive while another family may use it to
point out the faults of the modern world. Choosing literature is a
very personal thing. Lists are good but ultimately we are the ones
held accountable for our choices for our children. Pray over your
selections and perhaps consider these little tidbits of wisdom, from our
home to yours, the next time you go to the books store:
Whatever doesn't lift us up, brings us down.
If what we are doing doesn't bring us closer to God in some way, then it
pushes us farther away from Him in another.
Always live by the Canon Law.
Printable Posters For
Almost everyone loves being in a bright,
happy, and comfortable environment. Make sure your learning room
or learning area is fun and conducive to learning with our bright poster
sets to help add cheer to any room while reinforcing important facts.
Help children learn and better understand the
Hail Mary prayer with this set of 8 full page posters. Created from
beautiful, classic religious art found in the Public Domain, these posters
are sure to brighten any room. (This is a larger file, so please be
patient during your download.)
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