Sunday, August 31, 2014

Our NEW homeschool room, (home altar or oratory pics too)

   Our move this summer went great with just a few weird things- typical of a move right?  Our new house's layout is really cool. It's a 1960s house so it had a formal wood floor dining room that is just huge! It's right off the kitchen, and as soon as I saw it I knew it was our new homeschool room. Here it is. We managed to squish it all in. (by the way old 2013 homeschool room post here)

The key pieces of furniture I will point out...if you want product details and supplies costs see the old post.

  Two Ikea Expedit bookshelves I bought off Craigslist- one needed repairs- but it was so cheap it was still under $70! The other was $120 or $ my old post here. One is art, the other is pleasure reading books.

My old pine armoire from my single days- has math games in it for now and my office supplies- I will changing this around probably.

My free spinet piano from Craigslist- in pristine condition. (This is my second piano off craigslist, I sold my first for a profit and then got this one free).

My large table my awesome crafty husband made for me after I showed him the $1000 table I wanted from the Pottery Barn- details on the creation of if in the old post.

My white board from Craigslist- around $60 I think.

A small free black book shelf (from this homes previous owner- actually her trash she just abandoned here) for the required booklist reading  and file cabinet of our families important documents- non homeschool related. (We have a prayer shelf or altar there. I am learning this used to be called an oratory- I may not be saying it right, we have several family altars and prayer tables in our house)

A "circle time" area, our Papal flag and all our games and art supplies are contained in here. Plus the little kids table my mom saved and the tables and extra chairs.

 I have Catholic decor all over from the Goodwill. I don't like paying full price for much- I blame my parents for my thriftiness- as we had 5 kids growing up and they were conservative with money if you know what I mean.

The St. George entrance between the front door, hall and kitchen- 4 way entryway.

As you enter this is to your right on the wall. Everything (Catholic Bible and book easel, tin Sacred Heart, Crucifix, paintings, candles) except the shelf itself and the St. Michael statue were used items from thrift stores.

The shelf has those hooks- great for hanging some of our rosaries- which you should have handy everywhere right?

Rainbow cart with activities and black bookshelf with required reading. The alphabet stickers are Carson Dellosa. I moved them from our old wall in our old classroom- they were up over a year, and they are sticking great!

Free spinet piano from Craigslist!

Craigslist whiteboard

As you come through the other entrance to the formal dining room/living room.

This was my old main altar in our other house, pretty much the same set up, but relocated. Crocheted prayer roses for kids praying a decade, a large fat Last Supper candle I found for $.99 at the thrift store and candle sticks and holders also from a thrift store. (I also have an incenser and I seemed to have misplaced it for now during the move.)

Great old windows! The numbers are just like the alphabet stickers- Carson Dellosa. Same story, I transferred them from the old classroom in which they had been up over a year.

 The circle time area and table my parents saved. (Carson Dellosa morning meeting solutions). The pocket number chart is called a counting caddy. It is also Carson Dellosa.  Homemade Liturgical calendar.

Art supply shelf.

Our main desk- which my husband made for me after a Pottery Barn desk in the middle of the room. It's organized with magazine holders I got from the Goodwill for $.49. They hold fun activity books, like coloring and sticker books, or puzzle books. Also there is a box of flashcards.

Few games for the kids, like lacing cards and some manipulatives, Melissa and Doug and homemade felt books for Genna and Knox.
Magazine holders- homeschool teachers best friend- get them at the Goodwill people.

Other side of our big table, which is a bunch of magazine holders, open front and closed front. They hold my teaching books, our texts, Bibles, writing paper, art cards, planners and syllabuses all upright so they are easy to pull off the shelf. The lower shelf is the liturgical planners and dot marker supplies, as well as little mini dry erasers and tub of stickers.

Hope you are feeling organized this school year!

I received a nice comment last night

  Sometimes you just need a good comment to make your day and revive your feelings about blogging. Like is it worth it, am I even reaching new people or even helping evangelize? 

 Thank you to all who stop in a read on my blog ;) I appreciate the readers!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Please sign the petition to ask PBS to not show After Tiller- Glorifies late term abortions

Copied straight from my email. It took less than 20 seconds.

We have 72 hours to take a stand against the big abortion lobby.
PBS, a US taxpayer-funded broadcasting network, plans to show a film that worships the idea of late-term abortion and praises the doctors who perform them.
The film, called After Tiller, is set to air Monday, September 1st. Only 72 hours from now.
We must act fast. Please sign the Personhood USA petition to demand that PBS cancel their showing of After Tiller.
After Tiller is a 2013 documentary that follows four abortionists openly perform third-trimester abortions. The title refers to the infamous George Tiller, a chop-shop abortionist who performed late-term abortions until 2009.
The film is designed to 'humanize' these doctors who make their living from slaughtering innocent children who are fully developed and would likely be able to live outside of the womb. 
What about humanizing the babies? This pro-infanticide film spends all of its time sympathizing with the doctors themselves, and gives no thought and no air time to 'humanizing' the children who are being poisoned, stabbed, and dismembered.
The film claims to present the complexities of the difficult decisions facing these women, and the compassion and ethical dilemmas that the doctors and staff face. "Compassion." "Ethical dilemmas." Blowing smoke about what abortion really is: the violent dismemberment of an unborn child!
Be a voice for Personhood and sign the petition to demand that PBS cancel their showing of the pro-late term abortion film, After Tiller.
Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and the National Organization of Women are all loudly applauding PBS's decision to air this one-sided film.
In our opinion, PBS has two options: (1) either cancel the showing of "After Tiller" or (if they insist showing it) (2) give equal time to a film that humanizes the innocent children who are aborted, such as "The Silent Scream."
Will you sign this petition to demand that PBS immediately cancel their showing of "After Tiller” this Monday evening, or that they give equal air time and funding to a film that 'humanizes' unborn babies?
Please sign the petition and we will send an e-mail message to Beth Hoppe, Chief Programming Executive and General Manager of Public Broadcasting System with the petition text.
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Friday, August 29, 2014

Raising our voices about crimes in Iraq.

  Thank you Karen for sharing this video. This is easy to post to remind us all to pray for those poor poor people in Iraq. 

Indulgences with Pardon Crucifix and September Book list

Consider buying a Pardon Crucifix this month. See why here (read through to bottom from Pope Pius X). It is a powerful sacramental. I have one of them on a rosary of mine. There is a feast day this month, in October too, maybe November that this could be used with as well. Don't miss the opportunity for an indulgence this month!

September book list
*some important feast days of Mary and the Cross this month.

St. Pius X Sept. 3rd
The boy who became Pope

St. Gregory the Great Sept. 3rd
An Alphabet of Saints

Blessed Mother Teresa Sept 5th
Mother Teresa- Demi
Holy Heroes Glory Story

Birth of the Virgin Mary  Sept 8
Jesus and Mary
Mary My Mother
Hail Mary for Little Catholics

St. Ciaran Feast Day    Sept 9th
Wisdom of the Celtic Saints
St. Ciaran   Feast Day Sept 9
Holy Crocodile

St. Albe   Feast Day     Sept 12
Holy Crocodile

St. John Chrysostom    Sept 13
Saints Lives and Illuminations

Exhalation of the Holy Cross     Sept 14
The Tale of Three Trees- Angela Hunt
Don't forget your Pardon Crucifix!

St. Helen Sept 14
An Alphabet of Saints
Saints Lives and Illuminations

Seven Sorrows of Mary  Feast Day Sept 15
Don't forget your Pardon Crucifix!

St. Matthew  Sept 21
The Apostles of Jesus

St. Padre Pio   Feast Day    Sept 23
Padre Pio

St. Findbarr or Bairre Feast Day    Sept 25th
Wisdom of the Celtic Saints

St. Vincent de Paul   Sept 27
An Alphabet of Saints

St. Michael   Sept 29
Angels- Lovasik

St. Jerome    Feast Day Sept 30
St. Jerome and the Lion- Godden
Legends of Saints and Beasts- Neumann Press
An Alphabet of Saints
Saints Lives and Illuminations

Monday, August 25, 2014

Some readers to consider for your new reader in the family! (not the new fangled stuff)

  I have seen what the library has, and what's on the bookshelves at the used book store and Goodwill.  I have seen what kids sit down with in the doctor's office and waiting rooms...I haven't been to excited. I really don't want to waste my time reading with my kids an easy reader on Transformers or Ninja Turtles, or the new My Little Ponies (no offense to anyone- I know some people love them). I want to offer them wholesome and beautiful!
  We have been using these readers (see below). I know there are a ton more out there. I am trying to keep it as Catholic as possible as well as offer some repetitive simple words- which are hard to get in some of those new fangled readers.  So far Knox is enjoying all of them.

We use Little Angel Readers as our Phonics/Reading program. A lot of people already know what those are. Knox has to read extra due to his eye therapy and I have invested in quite a few other readers for him.

SRA  A Pig Can Jig Level A and SRA A Pig Can Jig Level BI think the newer versions of these books are called Part I and Part II now. These are not Catholic Readers but they are phonetic and use repeating sounds and words- like the Angel Readers or the old Max the Cat, Six Kids, or Sam and Al and increase in intensity as you go. These are good foundation books if you are just starting out. Then when you are done with those A Hen in Fox's Den.

We also have some Dick and Jane books- pretty common find at the Goodwill fortunately.

Whales, Snails and Heavenly Tales- maybe out of print but still easy to obtain.

Some really sweet little books you can order almost all the time used are American Cardinal Readers. There are a total of nine books I think (we only have through six or seven. I wouldn't pay more than ten dollars a book. They start with Primer and go through Book 8. (Check Ebay and Amazon or Cathswap).

National Catholic Readers are another great series to invest in.

Faith and Freedom Readers- you can get these new on Seton's website, or just buy them used like I did, they are really old and you can find the old worn out copies everywhere on Amazon and Ebay. I found one in a recycling dumpster! Talk about luck! There are books all the way up to 8th grade, and I believe that's recommended on MODG's booklists.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Our Lord's Body has been returned!

Giant Post..hands on sorting and math games for preschoolers on up. Things to look for at the thrift stores.

Need some ideas for some more math games?  *I am partial to Learning Resources the way

I am not sure if the new sets come with these nice cards but I can certainly tell you what's on them if you are interested.

By some sorting trays or get ice cube trays for kids to sort colors and sizes

Dowling Foam Fun Magnet Pattern Blocks is to the right. (Color Cubes to the left.)

Giant Magnetic Pattern Blocks- get your cookie sheets out!

Learning Resources Platform Scale

A few other learning games we love I have spoke about before

Learning Resources games of course.

Honeycomb Hike- I am not sure if you can find that one still- probably just used. I found one on Ebay for $21- it's used.

please please call in opposition to the black mass

  I don't know how many people receive my personal emails or are subscribed to this blog, but I am putting this out there again. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE call at least the mayor's office in OKC. If everyone called at least we can say we actively did something even if we are on the other side of the world, or even out of state- like me. They are tracking the number of phone calls and where you are calling from. Let them know this isn't a 1st amendment right, that's what their city attorney's opinion is. I think the court system will prove otherwise.

Mayor Oklahoma City, Mike Cornett, 405-297-2424 
City Councilmen:
James Greiner 405-297-2404
Dr. Ed Shadid 405-297-2402
Larry McAtee 405-297-2404
Pete White 405-297-2402
David Greenwell 405-297-2569
Meg Salyer 405-297-2402
John A. Pettis Jr. 405-297-2569
Patrick J. Ryan 405-297-2404

The following are some of the members of the Board of Directors of the OKC Civic Center:

Elizabeth Gray 
Walters Power International
2915 N. Classen Blvd. #400
Oklahoma City, OK 73106

Mark Funke
Bank SN
6301 Waterford Blvd. #101
Oklahoma City, OK  73113

Carl Edwards
Price Edwards & Company
210 Park Avenue #1000
OKC, OK  73102

Carol Troy
Troy Consulting
1200 Huntington Avenue
Nichols Hills, OK  73116

Jim Shaw
AXA Advisors, LLC
3030 NW Expressway #121
Oklahoma City, OK  73112

Joe Hodges
SSM Healthcare Oklahoma
9917 Southeast 15th Street
Midwest City, OK  73130

Lee Symcox
First Fidelity Bank
2000 N. Classen Blvd., Suite G-14
OKC, OK 73106
Linda Haneborg
Board of Dir., Oklahoma Civic Center
201 N. Walker Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

Dr. Eric Joseph
Mid America Christian Univ.
3500 S.W. 119th Street
OKC, OK  73170

Mr. Alan Kraft
MidFirst Bank
3232 S. Broadway
Edmond, OK   73034

Mr. Hank Kraft
Hal Smith Restaurant Group (includes Krispy Kreme & Redrock Canyon Grill)
3101 W. Tecumseh Rd,
Norman, OK  73072

Mr. Alan Marcum
Devon  Energy Corp.
333 W. Sheridan Ave.
OKC, OK 73102

Mr. Desmond Mason
Nosam, LLC
5800 N. Classen Blvd., Suite 2
OKC, OK  73118

Mr. J W Peters
Titus Construction
7801 N. Robinson Ave
OKC< OK 73116

Ms. Teresa Rose
Chesapeake Energy
6100 N. Western Ave.
OKC, OK  73118

Mr. Mike Turpen
Riggs-Abney Law Firm
528 N.W. 12th Street
OKC, OK  73103-2407

Ms. Linda Wittington
Corner Energy, LLC
P. O. Box 20548
OKC, OK 73156

Mr. Devery Youngblood
Chickasaw Nation
4001 N. Lincoln Blvd.
OKC, OK  73105

Donna Walker, Volunteer Coordinator
Stars Volunteers
Oklahoma Civic Center Music Hall
201 N  Walker Ave.
OKC, OK 73102