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"So That They May Be One, As We Are One"

Posted by Eileen Miller on March 6, 2014 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

"And I have given them the glory you gave me, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may be brought to perfection as one, that the world may know that you sent me, and that you loved them even as you loved me."


Webster:

One:  Being the same kind or quality

Whole:  Free of defect or impairment


Humanity can not be whole (free of defect) but can be brought in the direction to make progress towards perfection in being of the same kind of people who live virtuously.  This is why we have a savior in Jesus Christ because we all fall short of being free from our sins (impairment).  So if you hear the term that humanity can be whole, raise a red flag in your mind.  Humanity can attain the glory of God through Christ's death and resurrection only.  We need to strive to be as much like Christ as possible.  True believers in his teachings and saving powers.  This will help us attain oneness in the glory God and Christ share together.  Christ has given his followers the glory God has given himself so that we may be of the same quality of disciples just as Christ is a true disciple of His Father in heaven.

 

Managing Homeschooling with More Ease

Posted by Eileen Miller on February 25, 2014 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

I thought I would give new homeschoolers some advice from the 23 years I've been engaged in this process. The more children one is homeschooling...the more of a challenge the effort can be on our time and organization. I have five children: one in grad school, one a senior in college, one a senior at a Catholic high school, one a freshman at this Catholic high school, and one still homeschooled with me. I homeschooled my four older children up until ninth grade where they enrolled in private high schools with an above par transition!

 

I have found that if I can help my kids focus on more knowledge with a subject at an earlier age, the easier it is to manage their homeschool endeavors at a later age. For example, last year my first grader completed the entire Harcourt Science textbook. We did science three days every week. I absolutely loved this book as the experiments were easy, many, and very instructional. The textbook consisted three units with six chapters averaging about four lessons per chapter. Here is the table-of-contents.

 

Harcourt Science - Life Science: Living Things Grow and Change, Homes for Living Things; Earth Science: Exploring Earth's Surface, Space and Weather; Physical Science: Exploring Matter, Energy in Motion (This book is extremely manageable. We complete about 4 to 6 great worksheets per lesson dispersed through out the week and conduct a simple experiment with easy to find items. I can read the lesson and worksheets on the weekend so I can be prepared during the week. We do not complete a lesson in one sitting.)

 

I covered more science that required my assistance with my college sons when they were in first through third grade also. This gave them a big picture of what the discipline of science consisted of while they were at a young age. It opened the door for them to engage in the subject more independently when they were older. This also makes more time if you have any new members join your family in the future because, heaven knows, an infant depends entirely on mom.

 

This year since my first grader completed a efficient amount of science in first grade, we are able to take a science class in a coop that teaches one day a week rather than three days a week. Our units are on the solar system, anatomy, magnetism, and birds. It will cover less ground than his first year but is a more socially oriented method as he is participating in a wonderful group setting with like minded Christians. A social setting can be a great asset if the kids are all learning similar morals and virtuous concepts. An added benefit is that my partner in teaching has a nursing background and is a great teacher. This gives us more time to focus on the new subjects he is pursuing this year with Latin and spelling.

 

Now, I've heard of some curriculums that don't even teach science in the early years. I have experienced that this is more applicable to little girls than little boys. My sons loved to be engaged in more hands on experiments. My little girls were more happy just 'being.' I can't say this is the same for every child, but I can definitely say it is the case in our specific family.

 

Therefore, if you have many children you are homeschooling...try to pick a subject you can teach them a bit more broadly and then the following year you can be a bit more relaxed in this area. Science is a good choice because it can require more of a time and planning commitment.

 

 

 

Choice/Disagreement is not Judgement

Posted by Eileen Miller on January 31, 2014 at 7:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Christians are blessed to be able to view/measure their life against God's standards. This does not mean they are judging others who live by different standards. This just means that if an  example of something that goes against these standards is given, the observer has the knowledge to separate it out from these standards with a red flag in order to avoid the example given. Thus, this example is unsuitable for their own life as an authentic disciple. To disagree with something means: to fail to agree; to differ in opinion, and to be unsuitable. There exist a driving hateful force in the homosexual movement and the liberal left to make the world think that this simple disagreement is a judgement.

 

 

This hateful driving force is laid out in Marshall Kirk and Hunter Madsen's book called "After the Ball: How America Will Conquer its Fear and Hatred of Gays in the 90's." You see that right in the very title of this book they negligently label what in most cases is a simple disagreement on how to live peacefully by calling it fear and hatred. Thus, in their attempt to fight this supposedly "fear and hatred," it justifies their utilization of intimidation and hate to stop it.

 

 

This driving hateful force is called 'jamming.' Jamming is psychological terrorism meant to silence expression of or even support for dissenting opinion. Everyone has a right to be able to express their views and have opinions about virtuous and peaceful ways of living. As you can see, there is nothing virtuous, loving, or peaceful about jamming. In jamming - the target is shown a "bigot" being rejected by his crowd for his "prejudice" (of which it is not but only a simple disagreement on how to live) against gays. Therefore, just by knowing that the homosexual lifestyle is unsuitable for their own lives as disciples...Christians are called "bigots."

 

 

If the homosexual does not want to live by God's standards, they have a free will to choose this approach. This does not mean they have to spit obsenities at Christians for having a free will to live under God's standards. Many of them display an uncontrollable anger toward the other who chooses otherwise. In this book, they are actually taught to view the other as their opponent. The Christian is not their opponent that needs to be contested, conflicted, and debated with in order for them to express their homosexuality without forcing it on others and attain the same financial benefits as those in a heterosexual marriage exactly because Christians are not judging them but simply choosing a different way to live.

 

 

To judge means: to form an opinion about through careful weighing of evidence and testing of premises; to sit in judgement on; to determine or pronounce after inquiry and deliberation; govern rule; to form an estimate or evaluation of. There is data that exists on the results that are derived in the homosexual lifestyle and the heterosexual lifestyle. This is what should be analyzed by our political leaders in order to make favorable gay rights legislation because they do have to become a type judge in this situation (it's a shame many do not analyze facts). These are the individuals homosexuals need to work with (not condemn) in order to receive help. Homosexual civil unions is relatively new and gays need to start focusing on improving the data that reflects their own lifestyle rather than hatefully attacking innocent bystanders. In other words, start worrying about themselves instead of sticking their nose in the lives of others to make them out to be "haters" and "homophobes." Jamming in and of itself is hateful and violent language.



Political leaders are the individuals homosexuals need to work with (not condemn) in order to receive help. Homosexual civil unions or gay marriage (not marriage) is relatively new and gays need to start focusing on improving the data that reflects their own lifestyle rather than hatefully attacking innocent bystanders. In other words, start worrying about themselves instead of sticking their nose in the lives of others to make them out to be "haters" and "homophobes." Jamming doesn't just take place with words anymore...it takes place with one's physical prescence now by gay activists or "trans people" desiring to intrude into women's restrooms violating their privacy and modesty. Jamming in and of itself is hateful and violent language and perverted instrusion. Homosexuals seem to be seeking respect for their lifestyle but will not get it by jamming, forcing Christians to participate in their wedding ceremonies, denying women the ability to honor their modesty and privacy in women's restrooms, or setting themselves up as a priviledged class whose needs trump the needs of others.

 

 


NOL Sample Stories: Group #4

Posted by Eileen Miller on August 29, 2013 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

1)  Don't Forget the Bacon by Pat Hutchins....(A boy's mother communicates the items he needs to bring home.)

Keyword: Communicating (through words/parables)

Bible:  Matt. 13:33 (yeast parable)

 

2) The Thanksgiving Story by Alice Dalgliesh....(Why we celebrate Thanksgiving just like the pilgrims.)

Keyword:  Praise

 Bible:  Psalm 9:1

 

3)  The Empty Pot by Demi....(A young boy is greatly rewarded for his honesty.)

Keyword:  Honorable

 Bible:  Phil. 4:8

 

4)  Three Bags Full by Ragnhild Scamell....(A lamb foolishly gives her wool away in cold weather.)

Keyword:  Discernment

Bible:  1 Samuel 16:7

 

5)  Edwin Speaks Up by April Stevens....(A young child helps his mother remember something.)

Keyword: Families help each other

Bible:  God saved Noah's entire family from the flood

 

 

Grateful for Homeschooling

Posted by Eileen Miller on June 18, 2013 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

We have been so blessed to be able to make the important decisions in all five of our childrens' educational needs here in America.  As I sit here, I think of the German family trying to homeschool their children in their home country and have had to escape due to their country's hostility toward homeschooling.  The American government is not granting this family asylum to live and teach their children here.


Wait...our governement will let millions of illegal immigrants in to receive hand outs and vote but keep a family devoted to virtue  and hard work out?  What is this world coming to?  All I know is our children have greatly benefitted from their homeschool years and to deny them this is to deny them happiness and opportunity in the midst of a free society.


My oldest son graduated salutatorian from his Catholic high school and my oldest daughter is on the honor role at her Catholic high school.  My children were homeschooled up until ninth grade and their transition into official private school life was a breeze!!  While they were young being homeschooled, I had every opportunity to sit a talk with them teaching them virtuous concepts in everything they encountered in life.  God's Word and prayer were central to every day's activities.


I distinctly rememeber sitting at the kitchen table teaching science to my sons and we laughed for hours on end.  We would talk about philosophy...always pointing to God's Creation as the source of our scientific pursuits.  I developed a questioning technique in science just like my journal writing technique.  The boys would have to come up to the easle to write out their answers.


I recall the years with my daughters who helped me teach toddlers a dance and movement class at our local dance studio.  They were so cute when we arrived at the studio because they would sit and play at the front desk before class started in the dance room.  They were pretending to manage the studio.  I thing they were in kindergarten and third grades at the time.  I would teach them all about customer service and meeting the needs of the children.  They were so good at helping me.  When I became too pregnant, I would call out the steps and they would perform the movements for the children.  There are tons of opportunities to be involved with in homeschooling.


I remember teaching my journal writing class at our homeschool co-op.  It was a group of well behaved young people.    I remember being blessed to coordinate the children's petitions for the Mass and coordinate their participation at the Mass at this co-op.  It really was a joy to help out.  I was even able to teach my dance and movement class to my son's homeschool co-op class.  I have fond memories of playing a game I invented with groups of homeschooled boys.  It was wonderful to see some of them advance from being poor sports to having good sportsmanship when it comes to winners and losers.  I loved teaching American history to a group of middle schoolers because I went on a quest for the truth.  Wherever the truth reigns, learning is fun.  I remember having wonderful fellowhip with other homeschool moms.  So you see...it goes on and on.


Our governement is denying so much to this family by not granting them asylum.  Homeschooling is a beautiful way of life.  There is no one who is more qualified to teach their children than their own parents.

NOL Sample Stories: Group #3

Posted by Eileen Miller on January 18, 2013 at 8:05 PM Comments comments (0)

My son is continuing to write up to five to ten sentences in his summaries of stories now.  Even though some of these keywords do not take on the same meaning as they do in my son's paragraphs, it is a fun way to learn bible verses.  We enjoyed all of these stories, writing paragraphs, and researching bible verses.  When a child learns to choose a keyword(s), it also helps them learn that the meaning of various words is important within the context of their sentences.  It is also greatly beneficial and enjoyable to learn research skills for a variety of biblical passages.  This is especially true when one chooses from ideas that they've created themselves within their own writings...the child's paragraph.  The approach fosters a sense of confidence in the writing process.

 

1)  Zack's Alligator by Shirley Mozelle....(Zack's uncle sends a surprise pet in the mail.)

Keyword: Grew

Exodus 18:12

 

2)  The Magic School Bus Explores the Senses by Joanna Cole....(Ms. Frizzle teaches her class about the five senses.)

Keyword:  Happy

Psalm 34: 8-9

 

 

3)  Poppleton in the Fall by Cynthia Rylant....(Two neighbors help each other.)

Keyword:  Care

Luke 10:34

 

 

4)  The Best Gift of All by Jonathan Emmett....(Animal friends learn what is important.)

Keyword:  Give

Acts 20: 35

 

 

5)  Ellen's Apple Tree by Catarina Kruusval....(A favorite place to play as a tree changes with the seasons.)

Keyword: Give

Mark 4: 24

 

Going to Mass: More Important than Your Birthday!

Posted by Eileen Miller on November 11, 2012 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Please visit my blog post at http://ordainedpraise-homeschoolmom.blogspot.com/2012/11/going-to-mass-more-important-than-your.html to learn about helping your children appreciate the Mass.  We know all kids love birthday parties.  Well honoring our Creator should be loved even more than a birthday party.  Just a way to help young ones understand how important it is to keep the third commandment.

How I Learned Geography and Bless This House

Posted by Eileen Miller on October 16, 2012 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

I just read How I Learned Geography by Uri Shulevitz and Bless This House by Leslie Staub and when they are read back to back shows a sharp contrast in the lives of the characters.  Both characters are young boys, one escaping the ravages of war torn Poland and the other in a comfortable suburb who does not lack food, books, and necessities.


One little boy suffers tremendously because his family lacks many comforts while the other boy is grateful for his family, house, and God's Creation through a charming prayer he recites before bedtime.  It was an awesome opportunity to introduce to my son how blessed we are here in America and that we should pray for those who suffer from the effects of war.  I would highly suggest reading these stories back to back.  They are not too long and are very interesting.  One can see the sharp contrasts in their lives by comparing the illustrations in the books.


Patrick verbalized his paragraphs for these two books and I chose bible verses from some of the keywords in his paragraphs.  Later, he will write his paragraphs and we will look up the verses in the bible together.  Below are the keywords:


Bless This House....(A boy is thankful through prayer.)


Keyword:  thankfulness

Col. 3:15-16

Keyword:  first

Matt. 6:33

Keyword:  prayer

Prov. 15:8

Keyword:  blessing

Ps. 37:26

Keyword:  Creation

Wis. 2:6


How I Learned Geography....(A family had to flee the effects of war.)


Keyword:  families

Gen. 12:3

Keyword:  flee

Ps. 68:2

Keyword:  hunger

Is. 49:10

Keyword:  bread

Lk. 22:19

Keyword:  grateful

Heb. 12:28



NOL Sample Stories: Group #2

Posted by Eileen Miller on September 19, 2012 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

My son is six years old and is writing paragraphs containing three sentences:  the topic sentence, one middle sentence, and a conclusion.  Here is a list of some of the most recent stories he's completed in his journal.  Remember to have your child write their paragraph first and afterwards, choose key words.  They may even come up with different keywords and bible verses than I have listed here.  You can use this as a guide if you wish.


1)  Bumpety Bump by Pat Hutchins....(Grandpa and his grandson do some gardening.)

Keyword: Harvest

Luke 10:2

Keyword: Food

Proverbs 30:8

Keyword:  Follow

Matthew 4: 19-20


2)  Henry Builds a Cabin by D.B. Johnson....(Henry builds a house too small.)

Keyword:  Build

Matthew 16: 18

Keyword:  House

John 2: 16-17


3)  Too Many Toys by David Shannon....(Spencer learns that too many toys are not good.)

Keyword:  Treasure

Matthew 6: 19-21

Keyword:  Many

Mark 1: 32-34, Mark 13: 5-6, and Mark 15: 4-5

Keyword:  Learned

Proverbs 22:  24-25


4)  Millie Waits for the Mail by Alexander Steffensmeier....(Millie learns to be nice to the mailman.)

Keyword:  Wait

Isaiah 30: 18

Keyword:  Frightened

Wisdom 17: 9

Keyword:  Learned

Jeremiah 10: 2

Keyword:  Help

Sirach 2: 6

Keyword:  Deliver

Matthew 6: 13


5)  Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig....(Sylvester is happy after a tragic wish.)

Keyword:  Grant

Mark 10: 35-45

Keyword:  Held (preserved)

Isaiah 38: 16-17

Keyword:  Hold

Proverbs 4: 1-6

Keyword:  Happy

Proverbs 14:21

Keyword:  Parents

Sirach 7: 27-28

Keyword:  Life

Psalm 34

Keyword:  Rock

Luke 7: 47-49


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