Friday, May 1, 2009

Enjoying the Journey through May



Faith:

The Month of Our Lady
St Joseph the Worker (1st)
Finding of the Holy Cross (3rd)
Blessed Damien of Molokai (10th)
Our Lady of Fatima (13th)
Ascension of Our Lord (21st)
Mary Queen of the Apostles (23rd)
Our Lady Help of Christians (24th)
Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (30th)
The Feast of the Visitation (31st)
Pentecost (31st)

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Homemaking:

Create meal plans for the month
Use Autumn themed foods for the month.
Have cleaning routine working efficiently
Clean the kitchen chairs
Have boots cleaned/polished weekly before Church
Keep the car tidy

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Crafts:

Make a crown for Mary and have a May Crowning
Make Whitsunday couple from The nature corner
Make Whitsun doves for Pentecost
Make windmills and kites for Ascension
Make an Autumn Fairy
Make gnomes
Make an apple drying rack
Dry apples on home made rack
Make felted acorns and pumpkins

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Nature:

Harvest fair
Collect Autumn leaves
Do leaf rubbings
Do bark rubbings
Have a bonfire
Observe migrating bird life
Watch for Winter preparations in animals behaviour
Go for an Autumn walk on the beach and collect nature finds

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Goals:
Early rising FOR ALL
Have all preparation for lessons done the night before.
Read to little ones first and get them organised for the day
Re-introduce circle time for little ones
Use Montessori activities daily
Focus on daily rhythm in our family situation
Keep my desk/work area tidy daily
Have all the feast day crafts prepared ahead of time

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Rituals:

Have "the bookcase" set up with theme for the month -- Our Lady
Daily Rosary
Keep family altar fresh
Keep the Autumn Seasons table interesting and tidy
Have sit down together lunch
Read Bible and have read aloud time at night
Weekly cooking day of goodies
Tea time once a month with dressed up clothes and poetry
Monthly "Show time"

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Learning:

Learn the Rosary parts off by heart;
The Mysteries, the reading and meditation and the fruit of the Mystery
Do as many Liturgical and feast days as we can fit in
Use Catholic Mosaic books for the month
Read from the Autumn season basket
Finish Pirate study
Confirmation Preparation
Use nature Journals frequently
Learn Autumn poems
Paint weekly
Learning for little ones
Catechism of the Good Shepherd presentations
Research about herbal medicines
Keep up with Math and English lessons

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Special Days:

May Day celebrations; cake and maypole and games (1st)
Our Wedding Anniversary (2nd)
Rogan's Birthday (3rd)
Mothers Day (10th)
Morans's Birthday (22nd)
Arwen's Baptism (24th)
Myffwyn's Baptism anniversary

Visit from Mama and Papa
Visit from Erin for Arwen's Baptism

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Enjoy your Month
Blessings



P.S. I have had my monthly learning agenda in my folder system for some time now.
Now I am blogging I will put them here as well.
I have in the past used Dawn's ideas as a starting point.
As we are in the Southern Hemisphere, often Liturgical and Seasonal cycles don't match as they do in the Northern Hemisphere and I often wanted someone to do a Southern version of Dawn's. This I guess is mine.
Since blogging I also liked the simpler presentation from Emma and have imitated that here.

1 comment:

fairycakegirl said...

Thanks for a lovely post. You are so well organised, you put me to shame. Great ideas and ones that I will try to emulate. Wendy

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