CLAA mothers often ask me how to lay out a family schedule that includes all the different ages of the children. I am going to share with you a sample of how I have scheduled our homeschool days using Google docs. If you would like to make a copy of the doc in your own Google Drive and make changes to fit your own family’s schedule, you can view the Schedule document or click on the image below.
When we first began gardening as a young family on a single income, I was confused over how to fund our beginning family garden. At the time, my husband explained to me what to do, and it worked! I asked him if he could write up an explanation I could share with other families who would like to begin growing some of their own food, but who are on a limited income. Below is his response. When you buy quality groceries, you are obtaining food in the most expensive way, at the end of the distribution chain. If you spend … Read more.
Recently, I’ve been working to really nail down the key principles for my daily life. So this is a work in progress, but I want to share with other mothers. (They will be updated and added to over time.) Have a good marriage. A woman was created by God to be her husband’s helper. Avoid “mommy culture”. I’m raising my children to be future husbands and wives, and they all will leave home one day. Keep the Precepts of the Church. Don’t be a hypocrite. Don’t hold my children to things that I myself don’t practice. Live a balanced life. … Read more.
“Who is not struck with beholding your lively faith; your piety full of sweetness and modesty; your generous hospitality; the holiness which reigns within your families; the serenity and innocence of your conversation?” St. Clement, Pope and Martyr, First Epistle to the Corinthians. “All the institutions and ordinances which God has created in civil society or bestowed upon his Church, have for their main purpose to secure the existence, the honor, and the happiness of every home in the community, from that of the sovereign or supreme magistrate to that of the most obscure individual who labors to rear a … Read more.
St. Benedict of Anian was the son of Aigulf, Governor of Languedoc, and was born about 750. In his early youth he served as cupbearer to King Pepin and his son Charlemagne, enjoying under them great honors and possessions. Grace entered his soul at the age of twenty. He resolved to seek the kingdom of God with his whole heart. Without relinquishing his place at court, he lived there a most mortified life for three years; then a narrow escape from drowning made him vow to quit the world, and he entered the cloister of St. Seine. In reward for … Read more.
Of St. Scholastica but little is known on earth, save that she was the sister of the great patriarch St. Benedict, and that, under his direction, she founded and governed a numerous community near Monte Casino. St. Gregory sums up her life by saying that she devoted herself to God from her childhood, and that her pure soul went to God in the likeness of a dove, as if to show that her life bad been enriched with the fullest gifts of the Holy Spirit. Her brother was accustomed to visit her every year, for “she could not be sated … Read more.
The life of St. John of Matha was one long course of self-sacrifice for the glory of God and the good of his neighbor. As a child, his chief delight was serving the poor; and he often told them he had come into the world for no other end but to wash their feet. He studied at Paris with such distinction that his professors advised him to become a priest, in order that his talents might render greater service to others; and, for this end, John gladly sacrificed his high rank and other worldly advantages. At his first Mass an … Read more.
In 976, Sergius, a nobleman of Ravenna, quarrelled with a relative about an estate, and slew him in a duel. His son Romuald, horrified at his father’s crime, entered the Benedictine monastery at Classe, to do a forty days’ penance for him. This penance ended in his own vocation to religion. After three years at Classe, Romuald went to live as a hermit near Venice, where he was joined by Peter Urseolus, Duke of Venice, and together they led a most austere life in the midst of assaults from the evil spirits. St. Romuald founded many monasteries, the chief of … Read more.
St. Dorothy was a young virgin, celebrated at Cæsarea, where she lived , for her angelic virtue. Her parents seem to have been martyred before her in the Diocletian persecution, and when the Governor Sapricius came to Cæsarea he called her before him, and sent this child of martyrs to the home where they were waiting for her. She was stretched upon the rack, and offered marriage if she would consent to sacrifice, or death if she refused. But she replied that “Christ was her only Spouse, and death her desire.” She was then placed in charge of two women … Read more.
St. Agatha was born in Sicily, of rich and noble parents— a child of benediction from the first, for she was promised to her parents before her birth, and consecrated from her earliest infancy to God. In the midst of dangers and temptations she served Christ in purity of body and soul, and she died for the love of chastity. Quintanus, who governed Sicily under the Emperor Decius, had heard the rumor of her beauty and wealth, and he made the laws against the Christians a pretext for summoning her from Palermo to Catania, where he was at the time. … Read more.