Q&A on the Pause in the Cause of Arbp. Fulton J. Sheen

I have tried to take all the information concerning the recent halt of Arbp. Fulton Sheen’s cause and compile it in a way that answers some of the most common questions I have seen popping up around the web. Please see my footnotes or leave a comment if you have a question on anything presented here. 

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Why did Bishop Jenky halt the canonization process for Arbp. Fulton J. Sheen?

Because they are not being given access to the body of Fulton Sheen. Specifically:

“On June 27, 2014, the Diocese of Peoria received the most recent communication from the Archdiocese of New York. This letter from its lawyer definitively stated that it would never allow the examination of the body, the securing of relics or the transfer of the body.” 1

After this communication, “The Congregation for the Causes of Saints did recently ask the Archdiocese of New York and the Diocese of Peoria to enter into a dialogue to see if there was a way to continue progress in moving the cause forward. Discussions with Peoria centered on two areas: the possible exhumation and study of the body; and the possible collection of “first class relics” of Archbishop Sheen.” 2

The Archdiocese of NY will not allow the exhumation and examination, or the collection of relics without direction from the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. 3

If orders are given from the Congregation, Arbp. Dolan agrees to allow the above steps to be taken so long as it is “approved by the family, that it be done modestly and reverently, and that the exhumation met the requirements of New York State law.” 4

Since the Congregation has not directed that NY exhume the body, it has not been done and the process was halted by Bishop Jenky officially on Sept. 3 2014 in a public statement. 5

Can’t Bishop Jenky proceed ahead with the cause without a first class relic and examination of the body?

During the course of the cause there has to be an examination of the body.

“Art. 2 – § 1. It is necessary to certify that the mortal remains of a Servant of God whose cause is in progress are authentic.” From CONGREGATION FOR THE CAUSES OF SAINTS, SANCTORUM MATER, INSTRUCTION FOR CONDUCTING DIOCESAN OR EPARCHIAL INQUIRIES IN THE CAUSES OF SAINTS

It should have come as no surprise to the Archdiocese of NY that the day would come when Peoria would need access to the body. The canonical norm is for the body to be examined in the diocese that opened the cause. However, the body could be examined in NY with the permission of the Congregation, though that would be outside the norm. Thus far, the Congregation has not told NY to allow or perform the examination in their diocese nor given orders for the body to be transferred to Peoria.

It is customary that first class relics are collected at this time.

For example, when Pope St. John XXIII was exhumed on Jan. 16, 2001, skin was taken as a first class relic. This relic was present during his recent canonization. 6,7

Currently there are no first class relics of Sheen in Peoria for the faithful to venerate.

It is important to note that even if New York took over the cause, as they have offered to do, Arbp. Sheen’s body would still need to be exhumed.

But Sheen wanted to be in New York and his family wants him there: can’t we just let him rest in peace where he is?

Bishop Sheen could never have foreseen Peoria taking up his cause, or the disagreement that has arisen over his remains. If we turn to his family for guidance we see in fact that both dioceses are in communication with family members. Several are on the board for his cause in Peoria. All would like to see the process move forward. If the Congregation and the Archdiocese of NY allows the examination and collection to take place in NY, the body could stay in St. Patrick’s while relics went back to Peoria. At this point, moving the cause forward is the motivating factor, not demanding Sheen’s body be moved in it’s entirety to Peoria.

However, Bishop Jenky asserts that, “In December 2004, Cardinal Egan again confirmed at a meeting in New York with Bishop Jenky that he continued to support the efforts of the Cause and reassured him that he would work to transfer the body at the appropriate time to be enshrined in the Peoria Cathedral.” 8

According to Bishop Jenky he was “personally assured on several occasions by the Archdiocese of New York that the transfer of the body would take place at the appropriate time.”9

The Archdiocese of NY disagrees with this statement, and has since they turned down the cause in 2010. 10

Why doesn’t Peoria let NY just take up the cause?

The Archdiocese of NY turned the cause down twice; once in 2002 and again in 2010. Since given Cardinal Egan’s blessing in 2002 and Cardinal Dolan’s support in 2010, Peoria has donated countless man hours towards Arbp. Sheen’s cause. They have done the hard work. Why after turning down the cause twice, does NY wish to pick it up now? Why is Sheen’s cause of value now and was not four or twelve years ago? There are at least three other causes ongoing in the Archdiocese, that of Servant of God Terence Cardinal Cooke, Servant of God Dorothy Day and Venerable Pierre Toussaint. ( Sheen is buried in the crypt at St. Patricks with Toussaint, but as of this post, unlike Toussaint, Sheen was not listed as Venerable on the Cathedrals website.)11 One has to wonder if the Archdiocese will protest the examination and collection of relics from these holy people.

Why shouldn’t Peoria be allowed the opportunity to have a saint? Peoria is willing to take first class relics back to their cathedral and allow the remainder of the body to stay in NY, thus giving the faithful two places in which to venerate Sheen.

I already think he’s a saint. What’s it matter whether the Church officially declares him one or not?

Official canonical recognition means:
1. The saint’s name is added to the catalogue of saints (meaning that
veneration is authorized)
2. The saint is invoked in public prayers
3. Churches may be dedicated in the saint’s memory
4. The Mass can be offered in the saint’s honor
5. Feast days are celebrated in the saint’s memory [i.e. he or she may be added to the universal calendar]
6. Images of the saint are made in which his or her head is surrounded by a
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7. The saint’s relics (remains) are enclosed in vessels and publicly honored 12

For information on why relics are important to the Church visit Catholic Education.

If I believe that NY should allow the examination or the transfer of the body of Sheen, what should I do?

Pray and write letters to the Congregation. The Archdiocese of NY will only act at the Congregation’s direction.

Footnotes:
1. http://www.aknottedlife.com/2014/09/diocese-of-peoria-presents-additional.html
2, 3, 4. http://www.archny.org/news-events/news-press-releases/index.cfm?i=34110
5. http://www.archbishopsheencause.org/recent-news/archbishop-sheen-prayer-league/359
6. http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/04/26/latin-chants-and-bodily-relics-john-xxiii-and-john-paul-ii-feature-in-sunday/
7. http://www.dailycatholic.org/issue/2001Apr/mar27nr1.htm
8,9. http://www.aknottedlife.com/2014/09/diocese-of-peoria-presents-additional.html
10. http://blog.archny.org/index.php/tag/archbishop-fulton-sheen/
11. http://www.saintpatrickscathedral.org/visit.php
12. http://www.dioslc.org/images/tribunal/THE%20PROCESS%20OF%20CANONIZATION%20OF%20SAINTS.pdf

{FF} What a Mom Wants, What a Mom Needs

Jumping head first into the deep end of Five Favorites once again and trying my hardest to not keep linking up with Heather or Hallie out of habit. (So see ladies, in the end it wasn’t some creepy internet stalker! Old habits die hard!)

I mentioned in an earlier post how important it is to set aside time for one’s self everyday, or every week. Now that school is back in session the deluge of activities, schoolwork and fall commitments can push “me time” to the back burner. So, today I’d like to introduce a few ways to easily pamper yourself at home lest it all gets to feeling like your family is conspiring against your happiness rather than for it.

1. Subscribe and Save Chocolate. It’s chocolate that comes to your house once a month. Let me repeat: scheduled chocolate. If that doesn’t get you excited, replace chocolate with whatever your favorite candy is….freak.

2. A magnum of a good cheap wine. For the record, I feel like it’s easier to get a cheap wine that tastes good verse a cheap beer that doesn’t taste like something that came out of the training potty. If we’re on a budget, I drink wine.  Currently, Barefoot Wines are my go to cheap wine. I know I like most of their varieties and it’s easy for the hubs to spot it when I ask him to pick up a bottle whiles he’s out running errands. I don’t need him trying to surprise me with something else.

 

3. Update the pillows on your bed or BONUS! splurge on a foam topper! Seriously, when was the last time you got new pillows? Are you sleeping on stained, flattened lumps that offer the comfort level of linoleum? Put those bad boys in the linen closet for guests and upgrade! Rotate the mattress and cover with a memory foam topper if you’re feeling grandiose.

4. Howsabout a fancy shower head? Hey oh!  If you already have one, make sure it’s clean and not gunked up with hardwater, mildew or children’s bath crayons. Take a shower for pleasure! Recently I’ve found myself at a Puritan levels of cleanliness, like submerging myself in water is a seasonal event. It’s been mitigated this summer by beach and pool dunks but somehow, making time to take a shower in a timely fashion hasn’t happened as of late. If you’re in the same rut, make time for a relaxing shower. Seriously, lock the kids up so you can get rejuvenated without a million fists of fury on the door. I’ve got my shackles at the ready!

5. Massage, massage, massage! And not the type your husband might try to interest you in…unless that’s what you’re up for. If you just want to get some stress out of your shoulders but are strapped for time and money get a massage pad for the chair you sit in the most. It’s not the same as getting a rub down at a spa, but seriously, it’s not half bad either! Who doesn’t sit down on one of those massage chair demo models when they see one? I’ve been forcibly removed from  Brookstone several times…. of course I’m kidding.

Those blue swooshes mean it’s space age or something. Just stop if your butt goes numb.

Take a little time for one of these small pleasures, and the chance of you stopping at the local bar on the way to the grocery store are greatly diminished.

For more flavor flavorites, swing back to our hostess Mary and if nothing on this list appeals to you, please set me straight in a comment.

{SQT} I Write, I Tweet and I Beg for Money to Speak

It’s Monday! How about I type up all the random stuff I was going to write about on Friday but didn’t? Thank you for your understanding.

1. We finished our first week of school without much more drama. The early morning wake ups weren’t that big a deal after Tuesday. Although, as early mornings used to be my time to relax and blog, I’m trying to get used to writing with more noise in the background. Based on the fact that I only posted once last week, you may think things didn’t go very well, BUT…

2. I actually wrote a chapter for a book. The deadline was for today, so of course I was hard at work all last week not procrastinating. My chapter will be one of many from lots of great writers. As the project moves forward I’ll share all the details.

3. I was also over at The Rhode’s Log talking about the differences in life between now and back before I had a seven-year old. It’s a neat series featuring a bunch of cool bloggers so check out the whole thing. 

4. I was also greatly distracted last week by, what I hope will be, a momentary pause in the progress of Arbp. Fulton Sheen’s cause to sainthood. I’m unapologetically biased and if you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, it’s pretty clear my take on the whole thing. For more information on the situation I suggest reading Bonnie’s posts HERE, HERE and HERE,  and check out The World Over Live with Raymond Arroyo clip below beginning around 6:48. I pray this situation can be remedied soon for the good of the Church and the glory of God.

5. Who else got excited to learn Jen will have her own radio show? I, of course, couldn’t help but offer my expertise in order to jump-start her on the path to Sirius stardom. Will The Jennifer Fulwiler show feature exotic drink recipes and karaoke? I hope so, otherwise my husband is going to get really upset at all the money I just spend on bartending supplies.

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6. But if the guest slot doesn’t work out, perhaps I can take the material on the road. Check out the top of the page: I’ve got a new tab for ‘Speaking’. It’s not just something I do loudly at my children. I’ve decided to demand money for it, and since my kids are cheap, I’ve decided to ask strangers! What a great strategy right? The page itself needs some work, so I’ll let you now when it contains stuff like dates and information for bookings. I know that I’ll be speaking in the spring at our local homeschool conference. I’d really like to get some practice in before then so if you need a speaker for a mom’s group or small conference drop me an email! Since I don’t have a book to base my talks on, I’m open to speaking on a variety of topics but can best address homeschooling, especially during difficult circumstances, living the liturgical life with your family,  and the importance of a sense of humor when tackling life’s challenges. My goal is one part motivation and two parts stand up comedy (with lots of hand gestures). But if your group is based on Florida or California or anywhere HOT, and you want me to speak in say, February, I will PAY YOU to hire me. (Just kidding… because my husband says I am.)

Six takes or so and even I’m bored with myself. Let me spare you the seventh. At least now I feel like I’ve emptied my brain from all those partial ideas. Hopefully, it will free up some space for some real post ideas.

Enjoy your week everyone! Oh, and swing back to Conversion Diary if you haven’t already read all the links by this point.

Not the Usual Back to School Post

Did you survive your first day back to school? To my public/ private school friends, did you weep tears of joy or relief at sending your growing babies away on the bus? To my homeschooling sisters, did everyone make it through the day without tears???

I only had four of my five cry, so I consider it one for the win column! For the record, none of their tears were directly related to me. One child couldn’t handle the early morning Latin, one child couldn’t get a grip on cursive and one child needed to freak out over a  computer glitch. And Teddy got punished for doing something in his wheelchair he shouldn’t…again.

I didn’t take any cute pictures of anyone holding a slate with their grade on it or anything. I did take a shot of my kids faces during Latin (while Addie screamed “Don’t take a picture!”) but I’ll refrain from sharing it here. (It is on Instagram but don’t tell them.)

It was a short day, and I kept momentum going by promising a trip to the beach complete with frozen yogurt and a couple of arcade games. Plus, we had to give this bad boy a try.

 

 

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Fulton was excited when the chair arrived, but since he’d never used one before I think he had a hard time picturing himself using it at the beach.

It arrived last Friday, but our Labor Day weekend plans did not, surprisingly, include a trip to the beach.

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It came in a huge box, and tons of bubble wrap, which managed to entertain the boys until the chair could be used.

However, the weather was hot and sunny yesterday, plus no traffic and no crowds equalled the perfect back to school celebration.

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beach wheelchair

Now a breakdown:

PROS: Made like a tank. The seat is sturdy canvas screwed into a welded metal frame. This should last us plenty of beach trips and for not much more money than one of those plastic PVC beach chairs.

The seat angle is adjustable and it came with a chest strap, so even though it’s sized for an adult, we could adjust it to make Fulton comfortable.

Folds up and the wheels and arms come off and go on easily making it very easy to transport and set up. (The front wheel is a bit tricky, but it fits in my van with the front wheel on so it’s a non-issue.)

AWESOME in the water. I didn’t have to take it in real far and Fulton was bouncing in the wave, getting splashed and squealing with excitement.

Rolls and steers easily on the boardwalk, sidewalk and other surfaces.

CONS: Did not roll over the sand as easily as I’d hoped, however when given the choice between pushing the Mobi-Chair or dragging the stroller, I’d gladly take the Mobi-Chair.

While I didn’t have a hard time managing the chair in the water, if you’re considering purchasing and using it with someone larger than yourself (like, a wife helping her husband) be aware that you need some strength to control the chair in the tide. I didn’t mind pulling it back when the tide sucked it in and vice versa, however Fulton weighs less than 40 pounds. If he weighed 180+ pounds, I might have had a harder time.

In conclusion, it was just as awesome, if not better than Fulton and I hoped. This video sums up the fun in less than a minute (camera work thanks to Addie.)

Thank you again everyone for making this a realty for our family! Rest assured of many more photos and shaky videos laced with rap music to come!

Visit Mobi-Chair. com to order your own chair and use code 5V1195674D449802U to let them know I sent you!

The Best Methods, You’ve Never Heard of, to Occupy Toddlers During School

The Friday before Labor Day weekend; I’ve got the first day of school in my sights. I’m not running. I’m tackling it head on like the insecure, homeschooling pro that I am. (Just for good measure, Tony restocked my hard cider supplies so I’m set.)

One of the hardest things about homeschooling can be teaching older kids while still having toddlers running under foot. Some parents find it’s easier to enroll the youngest in a day care or preschool program so it’s easier to focus completely on fifth grade math, or whatever. But if sending your kids out isn’t an option, I’ve compiled of list of sure-fire tricks to ensure a smooth transition back to school without toddler distractions getting in the way.

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1. If you have a couple little ones, or a toddler and a dog, now is a great time to teach them the game “Cage Match.” Simply employ a large dog kennel, lock them inside (with a few pillows if you so choose) and tell them they have until the bell to pin the other to the floor. It’s not necessary to own a bell.

Amazon Prime this bad boy up and have it in time for the first day.

2. A great way to pass the time quietly can be by locking the child in a dark hall closet with a flashlight and telling them to pretend to be either St. Joan of Arc or St. Thomas Moore, looked away in a cell, persecuted by the English. Throw in a few bread scraps and a jug of water for authenticity.

3. Or invest in a stuffed lion and send the child on a journey to Narnia! Just continue walking/ crawling towards the back of the “wardrobe” and keep looking Junior!

4. You can leave the closet door open if you first shackle the child’s legs with heavy chains. In this version, he or she can pretend to be St. Paul in prison. Give your little Church Father some crayons and paper and tell him to write the Epistles to pass the time.

See, Amazon’s got your back.

5. If your child enjoys magic, use those same shackles and perhaps some rope to tie him up like Harry Houdini. Make sure everything is good and snug and then tell him to escape, while you escape to the dining table to finish grammar.

6. Put on a cowboy hat, grab a lasso and chase your toddler down with lots of whoots and hollers before hog tying him. The goal is to sufficiently wear the child down so they are less able to wiggle free/ complain once bound on the floor.

7. Does your child enjoy Greek myths?  Slap a bull mask on your child and send them into your basement with the lights off. Tell them he or she is the Minotaur in the labyrinth waiting to attack the unsuspecting Theseus. A bonus to this method is when one of your older children talks back or refuses to do something, send them to the basement to “retrieve something” and enjoy the resulting melee.

Who cares whether they can see out the eye holes or not.

With these tried and true methods, you’re sure to coast back into a regular fall schedule in no time. What favorite trick of yours did I leave out?

2014-15 Curriculum or Too Many Books; Act Like You Care

It’s that time of year again where I over share ALL the books and materials we’re using for our upcoming school year. Being the curriculum nerd that I am, I love reading what other people are using and checking out new-to-me materials, so naturally I’m assuming you’re dying to learn everything about the 2014-15 St. Bruno’s school year.

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Fulton, First Grade

This year my goal is just to have Fulton, and Teddy, learn to sit quietly and listen and work on something for 10-20 minutes at a time without screaming. I understand that both need more help than healthy kids of their ages, but I’m pretty sure I’m allowing too many demands yelled in my direction and not expecting enough focused activity. Fulton is six and Teddy will be four October 8th; it’s time to play hard ball.

(For the record, I’ve stopped using Fulton’s iPad during school time unless it’s a reward. There are lots of educational games but I find them more of a distraction than a learning aid. Maybe in  a future post I can detail his favorite education aps with the caveat that I question how educational they really are.)

Reading/ Phonics: The Ordinary Parents Guide to Reading. I’ve got this on loan from the library. It’s very similar to 100 Easy Lessons but I prefer the order in which sounds are introduced, and a few other little things.

Star Wars Workbooks for Math and Phonics. I just discovered these over the summer, so we’ll finish up the old ones and then either move into the 1st grade books or I’ll transition into Explode the Code.

Plus, lots of read alouds, done on a rotating basis with Edie.

Tony wanted Fulton to do Can You Find Me? by Critical Thinking Press. I’m just going along with it.

For religion, he’ll have Faith and Life CCD work and we’ll be reading daily bible stories as a family. He’ll also sit and listen along when we read history and science.

Edie, Third Grade.

Reading: I actually bought an old school reading textbook. It contains fifteen stories that are actual children’s books rather than summaries from longer stories or poorly written graded reader type things. I just got tired of trying to find “real books” at her ability/ grade level. I was either picking too high or too low. So when I saw this at her grade level and realized it had enough titles to entertain us for a trimester, I snapped it up for a song. I’ll expect her to read aloud to the little boys a couple of times a week.

Writing: I also had a workbook to go along with the reader that contains writing, vocab, spelling and reading comprehension activities. Some are a bit overkill, but I’ve always tried to tie all her English subjects together so this just makes things easier for me.

If all goes well, I will continue to buy books in the series for the remainder of the year.

Penmanship: All the kids start cursive at third grade. I’m going with Catholic Heritage Curriculum’s (CHC) handwriting book because it give enough practice without overkill.

Math: Abeka, finishing book 2 and moving into book 3. Life of Fred was too much reading for Edie, and it was hard for me to find the time to read every chapter to her and go over the work with her in the morning. She asked to go back to Abeka and I was happy to oblige her.

Latin: Tony is in charge of Latin and he’s chosen CHC’s Little Latin Readers for Edie.

Religion: CCD work using Faith and Life plus family bible story read alouds, plus the joy of living in a liturgically focused family!

Byron, Fifth Grade

Literature / Writing: I’ve signed Byron and Addie up for an online course based on The Hobbit. They’ll be reading chapters from The Hobbit each week, joining in class discussions and completing weekly projects and quizzes. They’ve both already read the book, but I think it will be a good first opportunity for them to talk about the book with their peers and a teacher who isn’t me. If all goes well, I’m hoping to sign them up for additional literature courses for the winter and spring terms. Things like penmanship and spelling will be incorporated into this work.

Math: Math-U-See Delta. Byron really liked Life of Fred, but was getting hung up on the long division. He asked to try Math U See for a bit to get more practice. I think he’ll complete this book pretty quickly and then I’ll be curious to see if he wants to go back to Life of Fred or stick with MUS.

Latin: CHC’s Little Latin Readers new higher level books, but I’ve been told he might go back to Latin for Children after the first trimester.

Religion: CCD work with Faith and Life plus everything else I’ve typed twice before.

Addie, Seventh Grade

Literature/ Writing: Same course as Byron. I’m also expecting Addie to do reports and presentations, on a historic topic of her choice, every two weeks this year. It’s about time she learned to research, write-up a few pages and talk about something. To say she’s “hesitant” would be an understatement. Seriously, times like these I’d like to drop my kids in a school for a couple of weeks so they know how great (easy) they really have it.

Math: Life of Fred Addie LOVES this series and she works through it mostly on her own. Tony helps her with any questions because it’s already beyond me. Addie says she wants to complete the series up through Calculus, which is amazing when I think back to how many tears I encountered when she was forced to do Abeka. I always knew she could do the math, but now she enjoys doing it- praise the Lord!

Latin: Lingua Latina

Religion: CCD Faith and Life, plus I make her read a few questions out of the Compendium daily.

Logic: Yes, as classically inspired educators we’ve enrolled our daughter in an online Logic class. It’s a very inexpensive course and we thought it would be a good introduction. I will be trying to learn over her shoulder so she doesn’t get smarter than me.

French: Totally Addie’s decision. Tony’s aunt, who is a retired language teacher, has offered to give Addie guidance and lessons via Skype. This will be very low stress and informal.

All together now!

History: We are on Year 3 of our history cycle which covers 1400-1776 and varies from the years covered by Story of the World. We do use Story of the World, volumes two and three this year but we supplement heavily with other books including this AWESOME title put out by Hillside Press. It’s going to solve ALL my Reformation lesson problems.

Science: Ah, the weakest link. This year we’re going to use The World of Chemistry, at least for a couple of trimesters and supplement it with chapters from the Usborne Science encyclopedia.

The kids will also be working on getting their Chemistry badges from their favorite new website DIY. If you’re not familiar with it, check it out. My kids are in love with completing challenges and earning patches while seeing all the challenges their friends complete. For a fee, you can get a paid membership with includes mentors to guide you while you’re working on a patch. I’m thinking about upgrading so when a chemistry experiment goes awry, as they always do, the kids can ask somebody what went wrong without that somebody (me) having no. freaking. clue and basically giving up on science for the year. Plus, you get free patches. WOOT!

Art: We’ll also be using DIY for art. We’re already drawing as a family once or more a week using the techniques in Drawing with Children. This year, I’d like to keep working through the book while earning requirements for the Illustrator badge. I’d also like to do some picture studies of various artist from our history cycle since we’re entering the Renaissance.

Outside curriculum, the biggest change will be to our schedule. I’m dropping back down to a modified four-day a week schedule again. I used to take Wednesday’s off when the kids were little but eventually added it as we added more subjects. However, currently our schedule requires us to do more subjects in the afternoon and honestly that almost never happens. Consequently, we don’t do history, art or science together as much as I’d like. Plus, the kids have been doing Latin in the evenings when their dad got home which wasn’t ideal either. Nobody was in the mood to jump into school mode at 8 p.m. and completing Latin assignments during the day wasn’t going well.  So this year we’re tying to move, with the kids approval, Latin to 6:30 a.m.. I know, I was shocked when my husband suggested it and even more floored when the older three all agreed to it. But this way, Tony can help them with their work before he leaves for the office.

Additionally, while Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday will follow a schedule close to last year’s, Wednesday will be free of 6:30 a.m. Latin and focus on just the subjects I used to push-off until the end of the day. Additionally everyday, including Wednesday, will include project time for the kids to research or finish work for any subject or badge. This is also going to be my dedicated time to correct work, something I’ve had a hard time keeping up with. And everyday we’re done by lunch, which I need for my sanity. I realize that goal will be harder as the kids get older but I feel like it’s doable now, without sacrificing their education. My children still need time to run outside, build Legos, play with toys and be kids. This schedule includes all the work my husband and I feel is important without drowning them in busy work. You can see a break down of the week HERE.

In the past I’ve written up curriculum posts, but never updated as the year progresses, and I can tell you we always make changes. This year, I’m hoping to update after we complete our first trimester and then later in the school year. I’ll let you know how the schedule pans out (will we last a week???) and what books get replaced. Have you written a curriculum post? Leave a link in the comments so I can check it out! (And yay if you made it to the bottom of my post!) Check out past years curriculum posts HERE and HERE. 

Happy Friday!!!

My second submission into the eternally running, This Ain’t the Lyceum lip synch battle. Just in case you ever wanted to see a clip of Kanye West’s Gold Digger sung by a 35-year-old mom in an 1980’s bridesmaid dress and vintage fur coat. Plus an Ariel crown thrown in? You got it.

YouTube gave me a warning that this might be blocked in some countries due to copyright, so let me know if you have any trouble viewing. The quality also seems a bit off, but rest assured I know 90% percent of the words I’m mouthing.

And be sure to check out the playlist for Dwija’s entry and Rosie’s should be up soon too! (Don’t make me hound you!!)

Remember to vote for your favorite by clicking through to YouTube and giving a thumbs up!