Sunday, January 11, 2015

Daily Learning Plans 2015

1.) We begin our study with a prayer (Morning Prayers are said earlier before breakfast)

O LORD God and heavenly Father, bestow upon us the gift of
Thy Holy Spirit, that enlightened by Him, we may understand
aright and keep in mind all that we may learn that is profitable to
us, and may both begin and end all things well in Thy glory, and in
the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

2.) We sing Jam Lucis

3.) We sing our Hymn of the Month (I still have some to decide and will edit them in later)

Jan.  Jesu Dulcis Memoria
Feb.  O Gloriosa Virginum 
Apr.  Tantum Ergo / Sweet Sacrament Divine / Jesus, My Lord, My God, My All
May  Regina Caeli / Bring Flowers of the Rarest
June  O Sacred Heart
Aug.  Immaculate Mary / Salve Regina
Oct.  O Queen of the Holy Rosary  /  Christus Vincit, Christus Regnat, Christus Imperat
Nov.  In Paradisum / Help Lord the Souls that Thou Hast Made / Requiem Aeternam
Dec.  Veni, Veni, Emmanuel / O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Ash Wednesday Parce Domine
Lenten Hymns   Attende Domine  /  God of Mercy and Compassion
Easter Hymns
Christmas Hymns  Adeste Fidelis

4.) Bible - Douay Rheims (we are currently reading through Matthew), the New Catholic Picture Bible , and our Bible Verse Memory Work (1 per week)
I read a little from our DR Bible each day.  I don't plan ahead how much as we can get into quite a discussion on just one verse.  I read one page of the NCPB each day.

5.) Read the Saint of the day from  Saints for Young Readers For Every Day vol. 1 or
 Saints For Young Readers For Every Day vol. 2
These follow the new calendar.  I would like to get the 1966 edition volumes at some point, but they have become hard to find and pricey.

6.) Altar Server Responses  We will keep work on a bit each day until it is all memorised.

7.) Dd5 year 1  (while I teach Dd5 the following the rest do 9-12 independently)
Abeka Math 1
Reading Made Easy
Chats With God's Little Ones, Leading Little Ones To Mary, First Holy Communion memory work
Daily Journal

8.) Dd1 year 9, Ds2 year 7, Dd3 year 5, Ds4 year 4  
Mon: Bible verse of week Tue. Apologetics Wed. Catholic lists Thurs. Virtue Fri. Poem

9.) Grammar 
Hakes Grammar for Dd1 & Ds2  Seton Grammar for Dd3 & Ds4

10.) Science, Dd1 & Ds2

11.) Early finishers of 9-11 to read picture books to Dd5 and Ds6 
Mon: Science reader, Tu:Fiction Picture book, Wed:Nursery Rhymes, Thur:Fiction Picture book

After 11. it's group learning.  Dd5 goes off to play.

12.) All About Spelling

13.) Saxon Math

14.) Lunch -  A short reading from The Rule of Saint Benedict
Read Alouds  for first semester (eldest two to help read)
1.  Finish Little Britches by Ralph Moody
2.  The Holy Man of Tours by Dorothy Scallan
3.  Stories of Don Bosco by Peter Lappin
4.  Joan of Arc by Mark Twain
5.  The Family That Overtook Christ by M. Raymond

15.) Catechism 
Our Goal and Our Guides Dd1  Mon. Tue.
The New Saint Joseph Baltimore Catechism vol. 1 Ds2, Dd3, Ds4  Wed. Thur.

16.) Writers Club IEW's Student Writing Intensive A

17.) (following a 2 week cycle)

week 1                                                                             week 2
Mon.   The Secret Code of Poetry ,  Nature Journal      Mon.   Sewing

Tue.    Science    Behold and See 5   Dd3, Ds4             Tue.    Science - Behold and See 5  Dd3, Ds4
Wed.   History    All Ye Lands                                      Wed.   History - All Ye Lands
Thur.   Meet The Masters                                             Thur.  Design Squad Nation video and project
Fri.     Health / Latin                                                      Fri.    First Aid / Latin

This marks the end of daily study-time.

Other Learning Goals for 2015

Dd1, and Ds2's
Assigned Reading List  (Will add others as they get through these)
1. Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates
2. The Children's Homer
3. The Yearling
4. Island of the Blue Dolphins
5. The Call of the Wild; White Fang
6.  Allan and the Holy Flower
7.  Laddie
8.  In Freedoms Cause

  • For physical activity we hope to do tennis, bush walks, swimming, trail bike riding, and soccer for the boys.

  • For music: choir and piano.

  • Dd1 and Ds2 I will teach some photography this year.

  • The eldest four I will get to fill a folder of their own with the recipes they can cook.

  • We hope to do more gardening and learn composting.

  • We will be looking into charities we can contribute to. 

  • We will be considering the balance of Prayer, Work, and Study in our lives.  What it means to know, love, and serve the Lord. And using the Rule of St. Benedict as a helpful guide to understanding these by reading commentaries on the rule during lunch-time.


  1. Just listened to the Jam Lucis you linked to. So beautiful! Loved exploring all these links. I would like to hear sometime why you choose the Latin Mass. I had someone come up to me at the cathedral and ask if I was a "Latin Mass-er" because I have a lot of kids. They were surprised to learn that I had most of them before I even became a Catholic. :)

    1. Glad you liked it! And yes, I have got a post that will include 'why we go to the Latin Mass' in the works, along with about 10 other posts, if I can ever get to them :)