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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 th...

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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 priv...

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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 mean...

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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.)

Keywo...

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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 immi...

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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 co...

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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, ...

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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.


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