Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Social Studies Curriculum Plan Catholic Textbook Project

This is what we plan on using for Middle School and High School:

Grade 6:  From Sea to Shining Sea: The Story of America {chapters 1-10}


Grade 7:  From Sea to Shining Sea: The Story of America {chapters 11-20}


Grade 8:  All Ye Lands: World Cultures and Geography


Grade 9:  Light to the Nations, Part I: Development of Christian Civilization


Grade 10:  Light to the Nations, Part II: The Making of the Modern World


Grade 11:  One Nation, Under God: The American Achievement {still in production}


Grade 12:  {in production}

We've decided to stay and stick with Catholic Textbook Project (CTP) for several reasons:
  1.  it's a Catholic publisher, Loyola Press
  2. it incorporates history with Church history, so when you learn about what was going on in the US history wise, you also see what was going on with the Church in the US! {I just love this!}
  3. it teaches Religion and SS all in one

Phase I of this project was started in 2002 and was supposed to be for grades 6-12 and then Phase II was supposed to start in 2008 for grades 1-5.  I can't wait to see the text for the little ones, that is so needed!  :)

CTP in the news:
April 19, 2004 - "Diocese of Peoria Textbook Review" (pdf)

September, 2003 - Religious Life interview with Michael van Hecke (pdf)

Aug 21, 2003 – Seeking Textbooks Fit for Catholic Schools - EWTN (link)

Aug 28, 2003 - Lou Dobbs Tonight story - transcript from (pdf)

Aug 21, 2003 - Zenit interview - transcript (pdf)

Aug 21, 2003 - Zenit interview at EWTN (pdf)

September, 2002 - National Catholic Register Story (link)

April, 2002 - "Fresh Tools for Teaching Old Truths" Catholic Exchange (pdf)


Monday, May 16, 2011

Be Fruitful & Multiply BLOG HOP

I wish I could really call our family of five little blessings BIG, but we are more of a work in progress.  There is nothing more that Todd and I love most is children, both he and I are drawn to them everywhere we go.  SO, naturally, we've had as many as we could possibly have (we married "late" he 34, me 30), so we only have five thus far (Lord willing).

So I asked him for his top 10 reasons why he loves having a BIG family and this is his take:

10.  Can always count on them to give us a good reason to go to Confession ;)

9.  Snack will bever be around long enough to go bad (specially the sweet ones).

8.  You develop a world class ability to concentrate and work with screaming kids around.  {he works from home & we homeschool *wow*}

7.  No need to have birthday guests {though we love them over}

6.  We always get first dibs on the HOV lane!

5.  The guilty child always has numerous pro-bono defense attorneys!  {no joke}

4. We always get our money's worth at the local buffet...not sure if they are in the red that day?  lol

3.  We now have the answer for every know-it-all we meet on the street {since our kids at the ripe ages of 13 and under know it all}.

2.  Large families are just meer purgatory-avoidance-mechanisms!

and my beloved's number one reason:

1.  We have learned to deliver the line, "no, we are not finished" perfectly!

Hop on over and be part of the fun!

Raising (& Teaching) Little Saints Blog Hop

Todd (via Erika)

Friday, November 19, 2010

And Lord, Make Him Ambidextrous…

And Lord, Make Him Ambidextrous…

Monday, November 8, 2010

Pocoyo - Pato Es Mio (spanish version) [Discovery Kids]

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

For you Elena