For many homeschoolers, the month of February is cabin fever at its worst. I know we are longing for warmer temps and the great outdoors. But, with a bit of extra effort, you can revive your students and yourself and actually make it to spring.
From my parish bulletin:
September 11 is officially Patriot Day. A presidential proclamation issued in 2007 proclaims:
. . . the people of the United States [are] to observe Patriot Day with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and remembrance services, to display the flag at half-staff from their homes on that day, and to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 A.M. eastern daylight time to honor the innocent Americans and people from around the world who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
The reach of that morning, seven years ago, continues to affect our vision, perception and understanding of the world. Its impact continues to be felt in our mind, heart and soul. Please pray for all who were lost/injured on that day and for their families, along with those currently serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.
And, here are some flag links for your homeschool:
In between planning lessons for next year, be sure to check out Catholic Heritage Curricula’sFree Curricula page. They’ve got lot of goodies for moms and students of all levels.
Help for Homeschooling Moms
CHC Sample Packets
A Family Journal
Intentions of Our Holy Father
Heroes of the Holocaust
Catholics in America
and one of my favorites, Coloring Pages & Activities
Their coloring pages include St. Francis, St. Joan, Sts. Cecilia and Rose, Sts. Martin and Patrick, Sts. Angela and George, and the Church Triumphant. Enjoy!
Pope Benedict XVI: The Pauline Year, a Time of Grace
Pope Benedict during his Angelus address spoke about the Pauline Year which ends on Monday saying the year was a time of grace that showed the figure of Saint Paul be a man of extraordinary works and a great evangeliser. As the Pauline year ends the year of the Priest begins under the Patronage of St John Vianney Cure dArs.
The Holy Father noted that the Apostle Paul was an example of a priest totally identified with his ministry, conscious of carrying an incalculable treasure, that is, the message of salvation. The Pope went on to say that the priest has to be all to Christ and all to the Church, dedicating himself with love, like a faithful bridegroom to his bride.
The book was presented in Rome on Tuesday, just a day after the end of the Pauline Jubilee Year. It is titled “L’ Apostolo Paolo, Catechesi Paoline” (The Apostle Paul: Pauline Catechesis).
“It is not a random compilation,” said Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo, president of the Governor’s Office for Vatican City State, “but rather an organic whole, corresponding to a carefully studied program.”
One year ago today, the Holy Father started a series of general audiences catechesis dedicated to St. Paul. He presented the life, thought and teaching of the apostle during most of the audiences of the Pauline Year. The 20-lesson series ended Feb. 4.
Throughout these catecheses, the Pontiff considered themes such as justification, erroneous interpretations of Paul’s thought, the cultural context in which he taught, and his relationship with St. Peter.
Honor Mary with a garden filled with symbolic flowers. Mary’s Gardens was founded back in 1951 to research the hundreds of flowers named in medieval times as symbols of the life, mysteries and privileges of the Blessed Virgin Mary – as recorded by botanists, folklorists and lexicographers. Their goal is to encourage and assist you in planting your own Mary Garden. The Homeschooling Mary Garden Project page will interest all of you.
Women for Faith & Family has a very nice May Crowning page including the history of May crownings and other family activities for the month of May.
Illuminated Ink has some very creative craft kits for your homeschool students. Perfect projects for May include Fleur de Lis Mosaic Kit; Marian Apparition Trading Cards; Wooden Rosary Holder kits featuring Immaculate Heart of Mary, Our Lady of Fatima, or Our Lady of Guadalupe; and my favorite, Marian Grotto Kits for Our Lady of Guadalupe, Our Lady of Lourdes, or Our Lady of the Snows. While you are there, be sure to check out the Saints Symbols page.
I wish I would have found this last week! To commemorate the Holy Father’s visit to the U.S., Pflaum Publishing has produced several free reproducible activities sheets for kids in primary and intermediate grades. My favorite is the Coat of Arms coloring sheet.
If we possessed every virtue, but lacked humility, those virtues would be without root and would not last. — St. Vincent de Paul
September: Our Lady of Sorrows
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