New Catholic Homeschooler

OK, I'm starting my first year homeschooling! Can I do it? Will my kids learn? Will my hair turn gray(er)? Will my house ever be clean? Praying for God's grace and guidance while we embark on our new family journey.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Our brush with Greatness. And I mean GREATNESS.

Summer of 1998, in Rome, Italy:

So far, so GOOD!

Wow, so much for blogging on a regular basis. :)

3 weeks into homeschooling my 2nd grader and it's going GREAT! I actually love it. I find myself always on the lookout for 'homeschool things' when I'm out shopping - at Target, the craft store, the dollar store.

The most difficult thing to deal with during our school hours is that little critter of mine - my 5 month old baby girl. She's chubby, she's sweet, she's my lovey - but it IS hard to tend to her nursings, and hold her while I'm teaching. And she is one of those babies that does NOT like to be on the floor, or in her playpen, or in the swing, or in the walker, or in the excersaucer..... you get the picture. So I tell myself, this too shall pass. (right?)

The biggest surprise so far is how cooperative my 3 year old daughter has been! She does NOT have a long attention span, so I really have to think of a lot of things to entertain her. But she merrily goes along with our schedule - hopping from activity to activity. And making lots of messes.

Which leads me to my biggest quandry - how DO I keep up with the housework? I mean really. How do you homeschool moms do it? I am NOT a neat person, and I feel like my house is clutter central. I am trying out that "fly lady" thing that I've heard is helpful for messy people like myself. But I just can't seem to keep up with it. Oh well. SIGH. Bigger things are taking place in my house now.

And the funniest homeschool moment so far.... while reviewing Latin vocabulary with my 7 year old, my 3 year old pipes in with the answers. Now that's awesome.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

2 more weeks!!! Dah dah dummmm.....

Oh my goodness, homeschooling starts 2 weeks from tomorrow. 2 WEEKS! yikes! I'm excited, I'm nervous. This will be the first year for us. I'll be homeschooling our second grade son. I also have an almost-3-year old daughter and a 4 month old infant. Hence the nervousness. Where will I get the patience? I'm told that God will provide. I'll definitely pray for that!

When I asked my little guy if he is excited about starting homeschooling, he said "uhhhhhhmmmm, yes. (pause) I guess." Was he just trying to be nice? Gosh, I hope he does well with this new adventure. And I hope I am a good teacher.

I've recently joined a Catholic homeschooling group in our area, and met some great moms. I can't wait to get to know them more. I really don't know anyone who homeschools - so relying on this group, and relying on the many wonderful blogs out there of fellow homeschool moms will be important for me!

I started this blog because, well - first of all I love reading other blogs. And second of all, I thought it would be neat to chronicle our first year - so by the time May/June comes, I can look back and say "gosh - why was I so nervous? this was easy!".

Monday, July 31, 2006

Inspiration for today and always.....

I found this prayer on Seton's homepage today, and I liked it!! As I am preparing for my first year of Homeschooling, this will be especially important for me and my family.

Prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus That Children May Have the Grace of a Catholic Education

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, parenthood is, I realize, a sacred trust. Let me not be neglectful of my duty. I know that proper religious education is all important and that without it, all other learning is of little worth. I appreciate, too, that it is a serious and grave obligation for Catholic parents to strive generously and perseveringly to obtain a good Catholic education for their children. Let me generously and bravely strive to obtain for them the religious education which You desire. May I remember that I shall have to give an account to You for every soul entrusted to me. Remembering this, may I generously fulfill that most important duty of any parent, to provide the proper spiritual instruction for their children. Heart of Jesus, Fountain of all knowledge, have mercy on us.

This prayer is from the book "Mother's Manual, Queen's Work, 1957". I found a newer version of this book here.

And famous quotes from Bishop Sheen for more inspiration:

“All we need do is to voice these two petitions: Dear Lord, illumine my intellect to see the Truth, and give me the strength to follow it"

Another Bishop Sheen quote for when I need strength on those difficult days when I'm sleepy, grumpy or my patience is being tested:

"Each of us makes his own weather, determines the color of the skies in the emotional universe which he inhabits. "

My sister has a little sign on her kitchen wall, that I always like to keep in mind:

Every day we make deposits in our children's memory banks.

I need to focus on making those deposits positive!!!! :)

Thursday, July 20, 2006

I'm new to all of this....

Testing, testing. Blog world here I come!!!! Can I really do this?!?!?!