Monday, April 27, 2009

Real Learning

This is a wonderful book. I had been homeschooling for years before I saw this book. We had moved to Houston and I began to have real issues with some of the children with learning issues. As I grew more and more discouraged at their lack of correct output I began to loose focus on my true purpose of homeschooling. A friend began to tell me about this book, she knew the author and was so excited that it was in publication. I love it and I really believe that it can help anyone learn how to focus on the true meaning of education of their child.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

An Important Science Resource

Every Catholic homeschool must have a book entitled 1000 Years of Catholic Scientists. It is to be used as a resource for all science classes. Our classroom is better off having this book. I have found that for the study of science we have had a hard time finding a text that is challenging enough, while still being interesting. If it meets both of those standards it is often written in a secular manner or sometimes if it is written by certain Christian groups it might even be anti-Catholic.

I want my children, my students to grow to appreciate their faith and the world that our Creator has given them. Our wonderful Roman Catholic Church has too often been given a bad name in regards to science. When one looks closely the truth can be seen. Often the Catholic church has worked to pursue the study of all sciences. Understanding God's creation is understanding Him.

Unfortunately as those that had issues with the church for various reasons began to write the text books found much of the truth was distorted or lost. I found that as we studied science I was longing for a reference to help me balance the truth with what was reported in the text. I was so happy when I found this thin book. I am so thankful to have this. We pull it out as we use all other science text.

I have so enjoyed learning from this book. I am most thankful to the author. If you are a Catholic Homeschooling family and you want to be able to study science with a resource that will help you find the truth about many of the worlds most famous scientist then you must have this resource in your home library.

Here is the description of the book from the site that sells this valuable resource.

1000 Years of Catholic Scientists new edition
Did someone say that good Catholics can't be good scientists? Never have been, never will be? Have they heard of Pasteur? Of Lavoisier? Of the Ampere whose name is abbreviated on most of the electrical appliances in your house? Using the Catholic Encyclopedia, now on line, along with her personal background in science and a network of other resources, Jane Meyerhofer has composed this list of nearly 200 eminent Catholic scientists since the tenth century. Find them in every century, in every field of endeavor. In the new edition, scientists are listed chronologically, with an alphabetic index. This is much easier to use, and -- though it is intended as a reference book, the list actually makes a very interesting read, straight through. Mrs. Meyerhofer is a homeschooling Mother of four (so far) and did all this between the peanut butter and lullabies. It is a great work of intelligent love.

Student Planners

I am so excited to discover that these student planners that I fell in love with years ago have gone down in cost. In fact I have avoided getting them for the past few years and then out of the blue the company sent me a sample of the 2009-2010 version. As soon as I saw it I fell in love with it all over again.

This is a beautiful student planner. It can be ordered in a Catholic version, Christian, or Lutheran. I absolutely love the Catholic version. The day's saints are listed. The next Sunday's gospel is printed at the top of the weeks page spread. The pages are outlines in the church's seasonal colors. A Christian word is highlighted and defined each week. The Homeschool teacher in me loves the selections for the subjects in the elementary edition: Religion, Science, Math, Social Studies, Reading/English/Language Arts, and a blank column. At the bottom of the page is a spot to list weekly prayer request and the side has room for a weekly spelling list. Then if that were not enough all of the extras are wonderful. The prayers inside the front and back covers are very nice. Tons of other extras also that include science, literature, grammar, math, writing, and so much more. The Catholic version also includes an imprimatur from the Most Reverend Robert Hermann from the St. Louis Archdiocese.

As you can see Creative Communications offers these helpful student planners for all ages. I found the planners to be so much better than the general ones that can be purchased with your other school supplies. This appears to be a young company that caters to Christian schools of all sorts. Their product works wonderfully with the homeschooler as well. I think I might give one of their teacher planners a try.

Give the planners a try, I think you might be pleasantly surprised.

All pictures came from the above listed website.