Living the Liturgical Year

Getting the Most Out of Holy Week

Getting the Most Out of Holy Week

When the kids were little, I was much more on top of the liturgical colors and the upcoming liturgical seasons. Why? Well, because I made it part of my curriculum. Just like we teach our children the seasons of the year, as a Catholic mom, I taught the Liturgical...

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Homeschool Reading Plan for Lent

Homeschool Reading Plan for Lent

It always happens that I feel so dry right about now; I feel overwhelmed. Then, by the grace of God, in comes the season of Lent. God is so good to us. He gave us an entire season to ready our hearts for the most glorious of all times: Easter, Jesus’ Resurrection.

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Catholic kids and the REAL St. Valentine

Catholic kids and the REAL St. Valentine

Necessity is truly the mother of invention! Here is my story! In an attempt to spice things up a bit in our family homeschooling I was planning on doing all things St. Valentine! So off to the library I went. Only to find that practically EVERYTHING I found was about...

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An Invitation to Joy this Christmas

An Invitation to Joy this Christmas

Joy is comprised of only three letters of the alphabet, yet it comprises so much more. Did you know JOY is used 172 times in the Bible? Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI calls the Holy Spirit, the "Spirit of eternal joy" constantly emphasizing that Christianity, which really...

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Easter Joy

Easter Joy

Where was I last year at this time? Spiritually that is.... I wrote an article called, "One Thousand Gifts and Easter Joy." In it, I reflected on Ann Voskamp's book by the same title and my thoughts of having a thankful heart! Here is a bit.... Ann started a...

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One Thousand Gifts and Easter Joy

One Thousand Gifts and Easter Joy

Having a thankful heart.  I recently picked up Ann Voskamp’s best selling book, One Thousand Gifts.  I was familiar with it in that I had often read quotes from it in the Magnificat daily meditations. They were always profound, on target, so naturally I was...

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Why Talk of Such Sadness? The Feast of All Souls

This past year we attended quite a few funerals, more than I can ever remember. I suppose in part it is due to my “getting on in years” as I am now in my late 50’s, in part though, it was because some very dear ones died way too soon. I am especially missing...

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Get Ready to Thrive in Your Homeschool

4 simple steps to create your best year! 25+ years of homeschool experience compressed into 1 simple guide. Written by Paola Ciskanik

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How to Begin Homeschooling

How to Begin Homeschooling

As a home-educating mom for over 25 years, I have the unique position of being both parent and teacher, simultaneously. This affords me with the privileged position of knowing my children as lifelong learners in a grace-filled and intimate way. I am unlike any teacher...

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Math: A Great Beginning Process

Math: A Great Beginning Process

Experience, lots of it, has taught me time and time again that much of learning math skills and concepts in the early formative years is going to be learned through manipulatives, not workbooks. Granted, there may be children who already understand the connection...

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