Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Albums Adapted to Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite

I'm excited to announce that I finally have finished writing up my Level Two Catechesis of the Good Shepherd curriculum album -- after it spent fourteen years in a half-finished state in a three-ring binder.  I had all my notes, but I hadn't typed it all up in final form.

After taking Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Montessori teacher training, I was very eager to also obtain certification for the religious instruction method, known as the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.  Training courses were available in my area, so I enrolled in them.  As a traditional Catholic attending the Extraordinary Form, my first concern was to adapt and change the liturgical and sacramental lessons to suit those who attended this form.

Many years ago I adapted Level One of the catechesis and decided to make it available to others through my friend Susana Lucero here at Montessori Candy.  I also had the privilege of teaching this level in two different churches and in one school. 

Now, at last, Level Two is available!  This one was a little harder to do, but it's been worth all the effort.  While Level One usually presented to children ages 3-6 and Level Two to children ages 6-9, the ages are very arbitrary and this doesn't mean older children cannot benefit from these lessons -- in fact, the material covered is high level and some may find that older children get even more out of them than the younger children.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

More Rebellion in Catholic Schools

Catholic schools which still strive to enforce the modesty guidelines (admittedly these schools are very few) are being viciously persecuted by people who are intolerant of any standards for dress. 

Please pray for the perseverance of the faculty of Delone Catholic High School that they will stand firm against persecution, and cancel the prom if necessary (high school students don't need a prom anyway):

Catholic High School Insists on Pre-Approving All Prom Dresses, Prompting Controversy

There is a poll at the end of the article.  Please vote in it and pass it on to others so that we can show support for this school.

Please add to your prayers for the souls of the students and parents as well as the faculty.  

"Terrorism of Gossip" -- A Sobering Reflection

I had the privilege of reading this timely article regarding Pope Francis' trip to Naples in which he warned about the evils of gossip.  I hope you will find it as enlightening and as spiritually enriching as I did.

Terrorism of Gossip

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Another Fascinating Womanhood Website

I just found an excellent site, The Elegant Woman, which is written by a lady in Singapore. 

While she also offers Fascinating Womanhood courses, she doesn't have the same experience as Cynthia Berenger (cynthiaberenger.com for her classes), and so I continue to recommend you go to Cynthia for those classes and mentoring.

Eunice Leong of Elegant Woman has written other books of note on the subject of living elegantly.  They all look excellent, and I encourage people to check them out. 

Common Core Math

Here's Bud Abbot's and Lou Costello's take on the Common Core math standards.  Enjoy!  There's one after another of this hilarious act of theirs, all of them are great versions. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Violin Concerto in D -- Ludwig von Beethoven

Truly one of the most beautiful violin concertos ever written.

Itzakh Perlman, soloist

Early Thankful Thursday -- Husband Appreciation #4: Atttude of Gratitude

Since I'm here now, and Thursday this week will be a very, VERY busy Thursday -- I have a gratitude list for this week.

I'm grateful to my husband:

1.  For going to work every day in heavy traffic (traffic is a huge cross on his shoulders)
2.  For drilling Latin altar boy responses and insisting on excellence
3.  For helping with the catechism and religion classes in the homeschooling department
4.  For reading aloud to us all this Lent from the book Think Well On It. (TAN Books)
5.  For cooking dinner last Sunday (and many Sundays)
6.  For the roses he bought last Sunday for Mothering Sunday (fourth Sunday in Lent, English tradition, more on that another time)
7.  For doing the family Rosary and insisting on it being done well by the children, seeing it as a learning experience and the fact that as a homeschooling father he is training his children to behave at prayer, which leads ultimately to behavior on the altar when serving (for the boys) and proper behavior everywhere for all of them -- he doesn't leave it all to me to handle alone.