$10 off any order – Faith Folders

Summer greetings to all of you. As previously announced, we are expecting child #7 this summer, with a due date of July 7. This pregnancy has brought several complications which have caused me to put Faith Folder endeavors on hold a bit. Things are going ok now and we are very excitedly awaiting the arrival of our little one. Thank you to everyone for their prayers. With that in mind, please be patient with me if you order anything that needs printed or shipped to you. I will get to orders as quickly as I can surrounding the arrival of the baby. If you don’t receive it after a while, please email me because it could have gotten missed in the hustle and bustle of a new little one.

I had anticipated the release of a Blessed John Paul the Great Faith Folder this spring but have put that on hold until his upcoming canonization. I do have several new titles in the works though that I will finish up after things settle in with the new baby.

Although we aren’t attending conferences this summer we still want to offer you a discount on our products. This year we are offering $10 off any order, all you need to do is use the coupon code “summer2013” during checkout. This special will run through July 31, 2013. A great opportunity to stock up on materials for next year!

May God bless your families this summer and always!

Clare’s Costly Cookie

 

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I was delighted to receive a copy of “Clare’s Costly Cookie: A Young Heart Discovers the Way of Love” by Julie Kelly to review. From the site:

In Clare’s Costly Cookie, nine-year-old Clare, a thunderbolt in pigtails, joyfully invites children to experience her transformation from a strong-willed, self-absorbed child to a faithful follower of Jesus. With grace and courage she offers to Him the most meaningful gift she possibly can: her self-will.

Clare, in her inimitable way, models for children that following Jesus Christ and striving for true holiness are worth any cost. With spirit and spunk she demonstrates for young readers that living the holy Catholic faith is not only exciting, but better than gooey, warm chocolate chip cookies!

The books is written in an unique format. A little girl name Clare has a series of conversations with God regarding the the issues she has with her short-comings (sins) like selfishness, disobedience, anger, and impatience. She reflects in conversation with God her interactions with her family, asking for God’s help in overcoming her sin. The conversations are spontaneous and child-like, encouraging children (and adults) to have a close, personal relationship with God.

The beauty of this book is that it models those conversations we are encouraged to have with God. Not only she she share her difficulties, but she models how to listen to God whether it is through insight or a Bible chapter or a reflection on a saint.

This would be a unique gift for a First Communicant, or as a family read-aloud – it lends itself to a chapter a day, leaving plenty of time to discuss.

It is always a treat for me to find new Catholic resources to share with the Catholic homeschooling community. I want to support their endeavors and encourage you to patronize their efforts.

Bethlehem Books offers affordable e-books

I am excited to share with you that Bethlehem Books offers affordable e-books:

http://www.bethlehembooks.com/category/specific-interest/ebooks

Over 70 titles, many are $2.95 each. What a great deal!

And, to make it even better, they are offered in both .pub and Kindle with no DRM. It means you can easily put them on the device of your choice (of course not having more than one copy at a time).

Writing Can Help Series – downloadable!

http://www.emmanuelbooks.com/display_results.cfm/category/950//

 

Marie Picard developed a lovely handwriting series that has been available for many years in the Catholic homeschooling world.

 

Writing Can Help Series
Learn Handwriting while nourishing the soul with Scripture from the Douay-Rheims Bible! Progresses from beginning manuscript to college rule cursive. Simple instructions included in each workbook.
Now, this wonderful series is available for download. Buy it once, use it for all of your children. I have two students who want to improve their cursive handwriting skills and I am excited about being able to print these sheets for them.

Fisher More Academy – formerly known as Regina Coeli Academy

I was very excited to read the news today:

“I don’t know if you’ve heard of Fisher More Academy (formerly Regina Coeli Academy) – we are an online academy that provides curricula faithful to the intellectual, moral and spiritual traditions of the Roman Catholic Church. We recently became part of Fisher More College, hence the name change. You can learn more about the Academy at www.fishermoreacademy.org and the College at www.fishermore.edu.

We would love to share our information with the families in your group if there is a place on the resources section of your site. Thank you for your help!”

 and another message:

“Fisher More Academy has developed its own curriculum. It uses the classical, great books approach with the socratic method; however, the teacher sums up those socratic discussions so that the student is not left with just his opinions and the opinions of others, but he understands the truths of magisterial teaching of the Catholic church as they relate to the subject matter studied. Also, science is taught in conjunction with theology and philosophy enabling students to look at the heresies of culture with an understanding, again, of how the magisterial teaching of the Catholic church guides our understanding of science in light of philosophy and theology. We prepare our students with scientific knowledge and philosophical understanding, so they can properly defend the Catholic faith against such things as abortion, euthanasia, and other heresies of our culture. Finally, our curriculum is interdisciplinary – meaning what students study in history, what they read in literature and what they write about in essays are all studied from the same time period.”

This is an exciting option for Catholic homeschoolers from elementary to high school. The classes are live; the technology is state-of-the-art conference software. Discounts are offered for the second and on children.

Textbooks for high school are varied. Some are the same as for Mother of Divine Grace and Seton for history but others are different. High school science courses are paired with philosophy and use Apologia for some classes and other books for other classes. Saxon math is not used for junior high and high school. Lingua Latina is used for high school Latin. For more details about texts used:

http://www.fishermoreacademy.org/textbooks/

http://www.fishermoreacademy.org/tuition/ – gives a breakdown of tuition and the discounts for enrolling more children (the 4th child and after get a 90% discount).

In regards to accreditation, the website provides the following information:

FMA high school courses are  preapproved with Customized Education Design and regionally accredited through the Northwest Accreditation Commission. All students obtaining a high school diploma from FMA are qualified to receive an accredited transcript and diploma at no charge.

I am extremely pleased with this revamped curriculum and state-of-the-art technology. It is pricey, but when parents need assistance in the teaching and grading of work, it is quite a value for all the services you receive.

Latin Resources

Well, I didn’t stay on top of the Cambridge 1 (units 13-18) and New Steps in Latin 1 verb conjugations. Wow, it gets complicated when it’s all put together.

Here are some resources that helped me to make sense of them:

  • All Verbs – it conjugates most Latin verbs in all tense, active, passive, indicative, etc.
  • Verbix – another Latin verb conjugation program
  • Verb Conjugation – 2 pages. The first conjugates many third conjugation Latin verbs to easily view the stem changes for many of them. The second page has 2 columns for Conjugations 1-4 to easily compare what changes between each conjugation. I created this document for my students (and me the teacher!) to have a cheat sheet.
  • Third Conjugation Verbs Explained – offers some insight as to the patterns in 3rd conjugation Latin verbs.

Faith Folders – I have, Who has? adapted for the Faith

Happy New Year! With a new year, comes a new line of products from Faith Folders for Catholics. We have just released a series of I have, Who has? Faith Cards.

I have, Who Has? is a popular game used among educators to help build comprehension on a variety of subjects. We have adapted this concept to fit the Catholic faith. We currently have five titles available:
• Gifts & Fruits of the Holy Spirit
• Spiritual & Corporal Works of Mercy
• Holy Rosary
• Holy Mass
• Seven Sacraments
The I have, Who has? Faith Cards are available as a digital pdf file which you can download just shortly after checkout, like the Faith Folders. They are available for the low price of $4.00 each. Once you download the file you can print the card game and use them for your children, classroom, parish group, etc. They can be used with one child, a small group or even a large group of children. An answer sheet is also included in case you get stumped!

You can get more information by visiting the website at www.lapbooksforcatholics.com/cards.html.

Refresh! Catholic (virtual) Homeschool begins this Monday, February 4th

Don’t Forget! Refresh! Catholic (virtual) Homeschool begins this Monday, February 4th.

Our lineup this week includes Erin Brown Conroy, an instructor with Homeschool Connections, presenting 2 webinars (Monday and Wednesday)- “Simplified Writing: What Every High School Student Needs to Know to Succeed” , and “Simplified Writing: What Every Middle School Student Needs to Know to Succeed.”

On Tuesday, we are honored to have Joseph Pearce speak. His topic is “The Catholic Revival from Newman to Tolkien”.

Finally, we have Nancy Brown whose topic is “Your Own Toy Theater: G.K. Chesterton’s Legacy with Children.”

Please visit http://homeschoolconnectionsonline.com/webinar-catalog/refresh-midwinter-homeschool-conference/ to sign up. Seating is limited for the live webinars. Some speakers will have a Q&A after the talk.

So, come to be refreshed, informed, and encouraged. You don’t have to leave your house!

Updated Lenten and Holy Week Activites

In a previous post, I listed a number of ideas for Lent and Holy Week. I am adding a few more:

Lent and Easter Activities

Holy Week Activities