We finished our first two week session of Classically Catholic Memory and I'd say it went pretty well. Mr 13 yo, who has an incredible memory, nailed all of the memory work. Ms 10 yo and Mr 8 yo also did very well with just a little stumble over the Latin words in the Salve Regina. I'm curious to see what happens to their retention when we add in the next material.
One of the things we were discussing last week was Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. I decided to try a bit of a family tree with them so they could see where the 12 tribes came from.
Oh my, what a mess that is; trying to explain how some of the kids came from the maidservants and such, and then confirming that, yes, this is not the way things should be in our day and age. The OT ways are sometimes so hard to reckon with.
One of the things the younger two were working on this past session was the first stanza of the poem "Bed in Summer" by Robert Louis Stevenson. When Mr 8 yo went to recite it one day he said, "'Bed in Summer' by Robert De Niro. Of course, this cracked us all up and then we had to ask him how he knew who Robert De Niro was. He told me that Veggie Tales sings about him in some song. Veggie Tales - where far too much miscellaneous knowledge that my kids know comes from!
Since we were also talking about the Patriarchs, my one daughter suggested we watch "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" with the younger kids. I couldn't believe we had never showed it to them! We don't seem to have our VHS copy any more and can you believe that it is not an easy movie to find (to rent, at least). We tried the library system and the video store and it seems it just isn't a very popular movie. Hard to believe, isn't it?
Don't forget that the Pope has declared the 7th a day of prayer and fasting for the war torn countries of the world, first and foremost of which is Syria. It's my birthday, so we're moving the celebration to Sunday, at which time I will celebrate with the Blessed Mother!
I wanted to share this with you: a live stream from an adoration chapel. This is so cool. Any time of the day or night you can click over and be with Jesus through the internet. See, there are some good things that come from technology!
Hope you have a prayerful, safe and fun weekend!.
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