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The Importance of Teaching the Faith

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Issue #10, Teaching the Faith in our Homeschool

In this Issue:

  • From Laura's Desk: Teaching the Faith to our Homeschooled Children
  • Homeschooling Tips and Ideas: My New Religion Section
  • Book Review: "Patron Saint of First Communicants" Mary Fabyan Windeatt
  • The Saintly Corner: The Saints of February
  • New Product Announcements: New Life of Fred Books
  • Our Favorite Recipes: Flourless Chocolate Cake
  • Used Curriculum Corner: More Math and Science Books
  • From Laura's Desk

    One of my facebook friends asked me to talk about how to teach religion to children, specifically special needs children. While I do have some children who have learning challenges, I do not have any direct experience with special needs children.

    The more I thought about it, however, I realized that over the years I have had to find new and different ways to get my children to really understand and know their faith. Each child learns differently. With some the workbooks work just fine. With most of them, however, I've had to employ different methods.

    What I have found, hands down, to work the best with all of my children when it comes to learning their faith is to immerse them in it; to fill their lives with the wonders and truths that the Catholic faith holds.

    How does this look in our family? Well, we attend daily Mass as often as possible, we pray the rosary as a family, we belong to clubs like Blue Knights and Little Flowers, we participate in church related activities, go on retreats and attend monthly evenings of recollection. We also have come to know many good and holy priests and seminarians. This constant exposure to good, Catholic "stuff" has really brought our faith to life.

    Yes, we still need to cement the facts in, but what helps to do that is having the kids come into contact with their faith every day.

    So getting back to special needs children. I can't help but believe that this method will work for them, too. They, more than anyone, need to experience things to learn them. By seeing the faith in action and engaging in it, they will have an easier time really learning it. We can all benefit from living out our faith in a real and tangible way.

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    Homeschooling Tips and Ideas

    I was motivated by the topic of this newsletter to put together a new section on my website about teaching religion in the homeschool. In this section I share my ideas and resources that we've used throughout our homeschooling experience.

    I hope you'll take some time to check out my section on Religion. I've organized this section into teaching grade school children, preparing your children for the sacraments and teaching religion during the high school years.

    Hopefully my experiences and knowledge will help you to make an informed decision on how best to teach your children their faith.

    Book Review

    One of our favorite books to use during our preparation for First Holy Communion is the story about Blessed Imelda Lambertini. It is a story about a wonderful example for our young children to emulate, especially as they prepare to receive Our Lord for the first time in Holy Communion.

    The book tells the story of Imelda, a girl who anxiously awaits her chance to receive Our Lord in the Eucharist. Once she does, you'll be amazed at what happens! I can't help but tear up every time I read this book!

    To check out more information on Patron Saint of First Communicants: The Story of Blessed Imelda Lambertini (Stories of the Saints for Young People Ages 10 to 100) just click on the link.

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    The Saintly Corner

    In keeping with the idea that the best way to teach the faith to our children is to live it every day, I'd like to suggest that one way to do this is to learn about the wide variety of saints that come our way throughout the year.

    In February we will have the opportunity to become acquainted with some great saints. If you already know about them, then revisit them or try to find new ways to celebrate their feast days.

    Some of the "biggies" this coming month are: The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (what many still hold as the true end of the Christmas season), St. Blase (get to Mass and get your throats blessed!), St. Scholastica, Our Lady of Lourdes, Sts. Cyril and Methodius, St. Peter Damien and St. Polycarp.

    Our faith is so rich, I hope you take some time during the coming month to really delve into it with your families! To help you along that path, be sure to check out one of my favorite sites Catholic Icing for great crafts and ideas!

    New Product Announcements

    You know by now that I love the "Life of Fred" math books. Well imagine my delight when I discovered that the author has come out with two NEW books.

    The first is "Pre-Algebra with Biology" and the second is "Pre-Algebra with Economics".

    While three of my children are past this stage and the other four aren't quite ready yet, that didn't stop them from grabbing the books and reading them.

    We are all looking forward to checking out the new Life of Fred Books!!

    I hope you are, too!

    Our Favorite Recipes

    With Valentine's Day coming up, my mind wanders to chocolate (although I think my mind always wanders to chocolate). I thought you all might enjoy this great flourless chocolate cake recipe that we love!

    Flourless Chocolate Cake

    8 oz. semisweet chocolate square
    3/4 C butter
    1 C sugar
    4 eggs, separated

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 inch cake pan. Break the chocolate into small pieces and melt it with the butter over hot water. Beat the egg yolks with half of the sugar. Fold in the melted butter and chocolate mixture. Beat the egg whites until frothy by using an electric mixer; gradually add the remaining sugar, beating until stiff peaks form. Fold in the beaten egg whites. Bake at 350 degrees until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, approximately 40 minutes. Please note that cakes of this type will collapse and look like a pie because no flour is used. Use a knife to separate the cake from the pan. The cake will be quite sticky.

    The cake may be served warm or cold with whipped cream.

    Used Curriculum Corner

    Here are some of the used books that I currently have. If you are interested in purchasing them, you can contact me and we can arrange the shipping. The price I have listed is what they will sell for PLUS shipping charges. Of course, shipping will depend on how fast you want the items and where you live in relation to me. We can work all the details out through email. Hopefully this will be a win-win situation for both of us!

    In the Math category, I have the Teachers' Guides for the following levels of Modern Curriculum Press: K, A, B,C, and D. These are all in great shape and will sell for $10 each.

    Some Science books that I have include:

  • Exploring Creation with Physical Science by Apologia. This is a hard cover book with the soft cover solutions and test book. The price is $25 and it is in fantastic shape.
  • Helping Your Child Learn Science is a handbook on how to teach easy science concepts to younger children. It is also in great shape and the price is $5.
  • If you are interested in any of the above titles, just contact me with your name, email address and which book(s) you are interested in and we will arrange for shipping.

    Remember, you are purchasing used materials. To the best of my ability, I have fairly represented the above mentioned products. All sales are final.

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    Until next time, may God Bless you abundantly!