Sunday, August 31, 2014

A favorite part of my school!

Hi everyone,

School has begun already for a lot of people.  Our family doesn't officially begin until the day after Labor Day.  Although, with online classes, my Latin has begun.  This year I am doing the second half of Henle Latin.  It is a traditional Catholic text teaching Latin grammar.  Don't ask me if I can speak Latin fluently, because I'll say, "Salve!" That's about it. [BTW, that means hello (to one person)] ;-)
www.amazon.com/Latin-First-Year-Henle/dp/0829410260
www.amazon.com/Latin-First-Year-Henle/dp/0829410260

MODG says in their newsletter,

there are "three long term goals in mind: 1) reading Latin; 2) improving critical thinking; and 3) developing precision of the language."

How do I memorize all of those words and endings, you might ask.

"Memorization is gained through practice as well as drill, and it is not the total method; rather observation and pre-analysis assume equal importance." (MODG Newsletter)


I really like Latin because of it's rich history and connection with the Church.  It is also fun to memorize prayers, sayings, and words.  Give it a try!

Also,
Here is another giveaway to start off the school year from Shower of Roses!  These beautiful books are great for teaching little "saints in the making" about our friends in heaven!



Saturday, August 23, 2014

Modesty, an eye opening experience.

Here is an amazing, eye opening, beautiful video about modesty, why, and it's fruits.  It is completely amazing.  They interview different people, kids and adults, boys and girls.  It is an hour long, but very informative and good.  I hope you enjoy!  This has completely changed my view on how I dress and why.

Comments, as always, are welcome!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Faces of Homeschool Pronunciation

Hi Everyone!

Here is a fun and short video I thought all homeschoolers would enjoy and relate to.  Please share Your Face is Catholic!  These are two Catholic homeschooled sisters who make fun videos about our Catholic faith!  Enjoy!


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Online Classes

Hi there,

I thought I would shed some light on online classes for homeschoolers.  We are not cut off from the world like some people believe.  We interact with lots of other students our age through online classes.  Some curriculums do all of their classes completely online, like K-12.  Mother of Divine Grace has online classes for some subjects, especially for the core subjects.  Math, History, Latin, Religion, book clubs, and electives, such as fine arts.   I have taken some classes in the last few years including Latin and Science.  This year I will be taking Latin again.

In the online classroom, you have a microphone, you can raise your hand, ask questions, chat in the chat box, write answers, and even video conference.  It is really neat to see all of your classmates and connect the voice with the face.  It is amazing how far technology has brought us to be able to talk and learn with other kids from around the country.

In addition to the interactive online classes, there is a website called Quia that MODG has set up for quizzing.  Last year I had to take 3 quizzes every other week.  There are multiple choice questions, fill in the blanks, translation questions, and true or false.

I have kept in contact with some of my classmates from last year.  It is really fun talking with them about other stuff besides school.  I can't wait of this years classes!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Gail Giron Design {Sponsored Giveaway}

Here is a beautiful giveaway on one of my favorite blogs, Shower of Roses.  They are giving away a beautiful magnet of St. Therese.  You can enter the giveaway with your e-mail or Facebook account here.

I hope you are having a blessed Weekend!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Please pray with me!

Please read this very proactive letter from Bishop Slattery in Oklahoma and consider helping in this spiritual battle. He makes you proud to be Catholic and grateful to have such a strong shepherd. Praise be Jesus, now and forever! 


THE NOVENA PRAYERS ARE TO START TODAY, AUGUST 6 AND RUN THRU AUGUST 14, 2014

Prayers against a Black Mass

A letter from Bishop Edward J. Slattery
Countering with Prayer the proposed Black Mass in Oklahoma City
My Dear People:

As has been widely reported, a Satanic Black Mass has been scheduled for September 21 in Oklahoma City’s Civic Center. As a part of Satanic worship, a Black Mass attempts to invert the action and meaning of the Eucharist in order to mock Christ’s sacrifice and worship Satan through an orgiastic ritual of pain and perversion. It blasphemes everything which we hold as sacred and redemptive; and the spiritual dangers it poses ought not be dismissed. Since the Civic Center has not responded positively to the pleas of the Archbishop of Oklahoma City not to host this event in a tax-payer supported public venue, I am asking the faithful Catholics in the Diocese of Tulsa to fight this blasphemy through prayer and fasting:
  1. Please keep the nine days prior to the Feast of the Assumption as an extraordinary period of prayer and penance. 
  2. I am asking every Catholic to abstain from all meat and meat products from August 6 through the 14th
  3. I am also asking that you consecrate your hunger with a daily recitation of a decade of the rosary and the familiar Prayer to Saint Michael. Be strong and encourage your friends to also be strong.
On Assumption Day, August 15th, we will ask Our Lady on her Feast, to intercede for us and protect us. On that day I in the Cathedral, and every priest in his own parish, will pray a special prayer written by Pope Leo XIII for the defense of the Church against the attack of the Enemy and his apostate angels.

Should these prayers and this period of fasting not effect the cancellation of this event, then I will ask every priest in the Diocese to conduct a Eucharistic Holy Hour on September 21at the same time (7:00 p.m.) as this profanity is being celebrated in Oklahoma City. Wherever possible, I ask that Eucharistic Processions – especially outdoor processions – be arranged as part of these holy hours. Let us give a public witness to our faith in the Eucharist which is being so profoundly mocked and ridiculed by this event.

From the snares of the devil, deliver us, O Lord!

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Rev. Edward J. Slattery
Bishop of Tulsa

To download and/or print this letter and the bulletin announcement in PDF format, click HERE.
To download and/or print the letter to the priests from Bishop Slattery which includes both the Novena prayers  and the “Leonine Prayers” from the 1962 Rite of Exorcism, click HERE.

I invite all bishops and priests who read this blog, in solidarity with the Bishop of Tulsa and Archbishop of Oklahoma, to pray for the conversion of these deluded souls and for the overturning of this scheduled event.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Summer!

What does a homeschooler do in summer?

A homeschooler does anything a regular kid would do.  Our family takes regular trips.  We like to drive.  It's a lot of fun and our family grows closer on the trip.  We talk, sing, read out loud, listen to audio shows, color, play games, and nap.  ;-)  It's a ton of fun.

This year we have gone two places,  The Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angelos, and Big Bear, CA.

My mom, sister, and I attended a Mother~Daughter retreat in Alhambra with the Sisters.  It was a lot of fun and a great spiritual time.  The drive up there is not bad.  I also learned to line dance there!

We went camping in Big Bear, California.  That was a lot of fun as well.  It was my third time camping and my first time to BB.  I had a lot of firsts including fishing, running 2 mi., going to a floating out-house on the lake, and taking a shower at a campsite.

Because we also take trips during the school year, we get behind and often have to finish into the summer.  I love that our schedules are so flexible.

My sister and I also do fun stuff during the summer at home.  We play Wii, chess, bike ride, roller blade, and our dad put a new above ground pool up this summer!  It has been a lot of fun.  My favorite thing to do in the pool is handstands; I have progressively gotten better at those.

Have a great rest of your summer! What do you have planned?  God bless!