Saturday, August 19, 2017

August Learning Notes: Week 3

Our third week of school went well but it was more chaotic. On Monday, after a morning of bookwork, I did lesson 3 of religion with Teresa in which we learned more about God our Father, our creator, and how we can learn about God through His creation. Then with the three oldest girls we read and discussed the 3rd chapter of Matthew, focusing on the role of John the Baptist and why Jesus was baptized. Then we began reading Larnen's and Lomask's St. Thomas Aquinas and the Preaching Beggars. We also read about St. Francis and St. Dominic and their critical roles in history and the Church in The World's Story, Famous Men of the Middle Ages, and Famous Figures of Medieval Times.

On Tuesday, the Solemnity of the Assumption, we drove over 3 hours to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wisconsin.
 The Votive Chapel boasts the largest single candle stand in the country and the stained glass windows all depict apparitions or titles of Mary.
 At the top of the hill is the Shrine itself.
 We went to Mass.
 And then toured the church afterwards.
 On the sides of the Church were modern portraits of Saints and first class relics of the Saints depicted.
  In the transepts were marble statues of Joseph, Mary, Jesus and St. Juan Diego with a candle burned during his canonization and a stone from Tepeyac hill.
 The dome was painted like Our Lady of Guadalupe's mantle, deep blue with stars. And around the dome were portraits of four early Church Fathers.
 Behind the altar was a beautiful large replica of the tilma.
 And to the side of the altar, a statue of Our Lady of Fatima to honor the 100th anniversary.
 Beneath the church were three portraits. I was only familiar with one but thought it was neat one was a Dominican.
 Just up the path from the church was the Memorial for the Unborn.
 Along the trail up and down the hill are a couple smaller outdoor memorials to St. Joseph the Worker, St. Kateri Tekakwitha,
The view was beautiful. It was a perfect day for the visit. 
On the drive home, we prayed a Rosary in honor of the Assumption.
 Wednesday we got back to the books and began the 2nd lesson in Zoology on birds. We talked about what makes a bird and bird, the parts of a bird, the hobby of bird watching and identifying birds and we looked at a field guide. We began reading Raissa Maritain's Saint Thomas Aquinas and we watched Bishop Robert Barron's Pivotal Player Series episode on "St. Francis of Assisi." Brigid did 3 more reading lessons completing lesson 16 and finished her entire handwriting book. She is also very close to finishing her second counting workbook, so I ordered her her Kindergarten math book and a few more handwriting books. Teresa also got stung by a wasp. It was our first sting for any of the children. Fortunately, while there was pain and swelling, there were no other reactions. Aloe and ice helped significantly and calmed her down.
Thursday I helped Teresa finish her school work for the week. She was a trooper despite her sore thumb and did her english, handwriting and math for the week. The three oldest girls worked on their remaining bookwork for the week and got closer to be done but still had some work to do for Friday. We finished reading the second lesson in Zoology about birds and learned about their songs and calls, about bird banding and how they measure and study birds. We also read The Magic School Bus Flies from the Nest. And then we refilled our bird feeder. I was hoping we could go birdwatching but it was cloudy and drizzling, so that had to wait. We also finished reading Raissa Maritain's Saint Thomas Aquinas, a short but worthwhile book.

Unfortunately we've had a little trouble in our garden. I mean the corn looks good, the sunflowers are about to flower and we’ve now got almost a dozen of these beautiful cherry tomatoes.

The problem is the pumpkins. Now we have at least 8 of them of varying sizes, but the leaves have gotten white on them and then turn a pale sickly yellow. My guess is powdery Mildew but I’m not sure what to do about it. I've pulled some of the worst of them but I don't want to damage the pumpkins.
 Friday Cecilia finished her bookwork and we played Multiplication Bingo. We also watched Bishop Robert Barron's Pivotal Players episode on "St. Thomas Aquinas." By Saturday morning, Felicity and Elizabeth had finished for the week and we finished reading Larnen's and Lomask's St. Thomas Aquinas and the Preaching Beggars. Not gonna lie - it was a long, tiring, and busy week, but a good one.

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