Adventures in Homeschooling in Southern Indiana

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Why kids need the Baltimore Catechism

From a book review in this weekends NY Times:

"20 Something Manifesto” is actually less a manifesto than a breathlessly
optimistic self-help book designed to help its audience peel back the layers of
their “identity onion” and sort out the poles of the “20s triangle”: “Who am I,
what do I want, how do I get what I want?” She talks a lot about the need for
the floundering to feel self-gratitude and spend “quality time” with themselves;
for the lovelorn, she suggests palliative remedies, like sending yourself
flowers and writing yourself a note of appreciation.

I think the Church has something to say about "The 20's Triangle"...... Also, I always found the idea of an "Identity Onion" more helpful than harmful.

Now, A Snoodles Tale , on the other hand, is great.... =)

But I'm pretty sure that "Who I am" is not someone who needs "self-gratitude" and "what I want" is not to send myself flowers. But I'm also a gen Xer, so maybe we don't need the same self affirmation....

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

What to do.....

It's 70 degrees outside. And sunny. And my kids are hyper....

Clearly, the day SCREAMS for bubbles and soccer----

The laundry can wait until sunset. =)

Benedict at the Whitehouse

I'm sure more intelligent people will have lots of interesting things to say about this morning's speech.

But there was one bit that struck me as ESPECIALLY relevant to American Home-schoolers....

The preservation of freedom calls for the cultivation of virtue,
self-discipline, sacrifice for the common good and a sense of responsibility
towards the less fortunate. It also demands the courage to engage in civic life
and to bring one's deepest beliefs and values to reasoned public debate. In a
word, freedom is ever new. It is a challenge held out to each generation, and it
must constantly be won over for the cause of good.

This is what we should be aiming for with our kids. And this is what public schools are no longer teaching. I think I'm going to print this out, frame it, and make it my family's homeschooling mission statement.

After all, why write our own lame, shallow one, when the pope has said it so much better! Oh yeah... we want to make saints too.... but what virtues do we need to cultivate in our children then? The same ones! Right!

I'm so glad we've had a run of awesome popes.......

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Why Bad Liturgy Hurts.....

A good article posted over at "Some Have Hats"

I really liked the point in this article about DELIBERATE messing with the Mass versus priests who try to do everything right, but may occasionally flub the words or something.....
But I think the big difference is - priests who are in love with the Eucharist v. priests who could care less.

When a priest really loves the Eucharist, you can tell. You can tell how absorbed he is in the Mass, you can tell by how his face lights up as soon as he enters the church and sees the tabernacle.....

You can tell he knows he is in the presence of his Lord and that he LOVES his Lord passionately.
And the really cool thing is, even kids can tell. They'll still act up from time to time (at least my little ones will) but at least they realize that Jesus is there.

We're really lucky. We go to a parish where our pastor really, really LOVES the Eucharist.
It's too bad that more people don't have that....


All right. I now have a home for all my baby-blogging, Catholic Blogging and Political Blogging.

Why? Because I spend so much time posting comments on my favorite Catholic and Political blogs, I might as well have my own! I'll leave the other blog for Kidlit related things.....