Monday, September 2, 2019


On our way back from Springfield, we stopped in Peoria to visit the Cathedral of St. Mary, the Relic Chapel, and the tomb of Venerable, soon to be Blessed, Fulton J. Sheen.
And once home, we got to work. We officially began the new school year July 29, a week earlier than I otherwise would have, but we have some special events planned for May of next year and I'd like us done so we can enjoy them having completed the school year. So we began a week early.

Cecilia began 9th grade: She is using Saxon Algebra 1, Warriner's Handbook for grammar and composition, Baltimore Catechism III, Wheelock's Latin, Exploring Creation with Physical Science, and Mother of Divine Grace's curriculum for Ancient History and Literature. Basically we are using Mother of Divine Grace for history, literature, and English, Seton for Religion and Science, Saxon for Math, and Wheelock for Latin over 2 years. She will also be on a volleyball team this fall that should keep her quite busy from mid-August through most of October. She has also asked to take a drawing class, but I'm still working on that. So, for 9th grade she will earn 1 credit in English, 1 in Literature, 1 History, 1 Science, 1 Foreign Language, 1 Math, 1 Religion, 1/2 P.E. and, God willing, 1/2 Art.
In August, she got through 84 pages of her English text, 20 lessons of Math, 10 lessons in Religion, the introduction and 2 lessons of Latin, 3 chapters of Science, and for history she wrote a 500 word summary of the Book of Daniel, read Homer's Odyssey, read Sophocles' Antigone, and wrote her first high school paper.

Felicity began 7th grade and Elizabeth 6th. They are both using Saxon Math (8/7 & 7/6), Seton Vocabulary (7 & 6), Seton English (7 & 6), Maps Charts and Graphs (G & F), Rosetta Stone for French and Spanish, "Church Fathers" by Benedict XVI, "The Latin Mass Explained" by George Moorman, "Treasure and Tradition" by Lisa Bergman, Apologia's Physics, and for History "From Sea to Shining Sea", "The World's Story", and "Story of the World" along with many living books. Elizabeth is also doing Seton Spelling 6 and Seton Handwriting 4. In August we covered the Crimean War and the Civil War and the girls read Tennyson's "Charge of the Light Brigade", "Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas" by Russell Freedman, "Harriet Tubman" by Janet Benge, "Lincoln: A Photobiography" by Russell Freedman, "Red Badge of Courage" by Stephen Crane, "General Phil Sheridan and the Union Cavalry" by Milton Lomask, "Chaplain in Gray" by H. J. Heagney, and Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. We also watched "Glory" and "Gone with the Wind" and visited Milton House, the only certified building in the state of Wisconsin you can tour that was used in the Underground Railroad. Pictures are not permitted, so I borrowed a few from the internet:
 We also went to Kenosha's Civil War Museum:
 They also read "Florence Nightingale's Nuns" by Emmeline Garnett and "Bernadette: Our Lady's Little Servant" by Hertha Ernestine Pauli.

As if our month wasn't busy enough, Cecilia, Felicity, and Elizabeth began their volleyball season.

Teresa began 3rd grade, Brigid 2nd, and Thomas 1st. They are all using Abeka for Math ( Arithmetic 1, 2 & 3), A Beka Phonics (1 & 2) or Worldy Wise Vocabulary (A, B, & C), Seton English ( 1, 2, & 3), Seton Spelling (1, 2, & 3), Seton Handwriting (K, 2, and 2), Maps Charts and Graphs (A, B, and C), and Faith & Life for Religion (1, 2, & 4). Thomas is the only one struggling, not in being ABLE to do the work but in being WILLING. Honestly I think it is the writing he doesn't like. If I make him write out all the answers in math, half a page will take him 30 minutes, but if I just ask him the questions and let him answer verbally and I write the answers, in the same amount of time we can get done 8 pages. He is smart enough for it; he is just... still four. :)

To finish off the month, we went to the Bay Beach Nature Sanctuary:

The next two months I expect to be insanely busy but I definitely think the school year is off to a great start!

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