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Recovering the Lost Practice of Catechesis Catechism comes from the Greek word κατηχέω (katēcheō) which means “to sound down upon; to teach orally, to instruct; to inform by word of mouth.” To catechize then is to pass on doctrinal truths from God’s Word with the use of questions and answers. This timeless and…

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Alab ng puso sa dibdib mo'y buhay
Lupang Hinirang, duyan ka ng magiting
Sa manlulupig, di ka pasisiil
Sa dagat at bundok na simoy
At sa langit mong bughaw
Tagumpay na nagnininging
Ang bituin at araw niyan
Kailan pa ma'y di magdidilim
Lupa ng araw ng luwalhati't pagsinta
Buhay ay langit sa piling mo
Aming ligaya nang pag may mang-aapi
Ang mamatay ng dahil sa iyo

Land of the morning
Child of the sun returning
With fervor burning
Thee do our souls adore.
Land dear and holy,
Cradle of noble heroes,
Ne’er shall invaders
Trample thy sacred shores.
Ever within thy skies and through thy clouds
And o’er thy hills and seas;
Do we behold thy radiance, feel the throb
Of glorious liberty.
Thy banner dear to all hearts
Its sun and stars alight,
Oh, never shall its shining fields
Be dimmed by tyrants might.
Beautiful land of love, oh land of light,
In thine embrace ’tis rapture to lie;
But it is glory ever when thou art wronged
For us thy sons to suffer and die.

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  • We're halfway through our #MathUSee lessons, and part of it is memorizing addition facts (2+2 and 3+3). I'm glad it fits with the classical pedagogy #RepetitioMaterMemoriae, which means "repetition is the mother of memory." So I tried to reinforce what Little Miss has learned and asked her to apply it by building 2's and 3's using different math manipulatives. Soon enough, the Little Man joined in all the #happymath we've been doing. 
#Dyscalculia
#DyscalculiaAwareness
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  • "What if we could prime our children to think biblically before they are presented with the questions that challenge the faith? Thinking biblically isn’t merely about knowing Bible verses (though that’s a great place to start!). No, thinking biblically is about taking what we know from the Bible and understanding how the principles presented in it apply to everyday situations. That’s the kind of biblical thinkers we want our kids to become! Think of ideas as being like seeds. Whether or not a seed grows is determined by the kind of soil it is placed in (and whether or not we water it). We want to nurture our children’s intellectual soil so that when (not if!) bad ideas are planted there, they won’t grow." —Hillary Morgan Ferrer, Mama Bear Apologetics™: Empowering Your Kids to Challenge Cultural Lies, p.16.

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  • One of the easiest ways to learn about the bean plant life cycle is to plant a couple of those ubiquitous monggo seeds! If you are Filipino, chances are, you may already have them in your kitchen cupboard. The idea is to find a tall and clear container where you can observe the roots and shoots once the seeds start growing in a few days, like the test tubes from a plant kit by @happystoryco. Another book suggests planting about 2-3 seeds in the 12 slots of an egg tray and uprooting the seed or baby plant for each day to see how it develops overtime. Using regular moist cotton balls as alternative to soil works just as well, too.

It's an easy peasy #scienceexperiment for kids of all ages! 
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  • Christ-centered story Bibles are sometimes useful. But nothing beats reading straight out of Scripture. The Bible is great literature, and I don’t see any reason why we should withhold reading from the text itself when we read other more complex literature to children. Grab a Bible with a good translation and start reading.

You may begin with Genesis or with the four Gospels according to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. These are narratives, and they work like stories so they are easier to start with.

If you’re homeschooling, slowly introduce Bible reading during Morning Time or Basket Time before digging into more formal lessons. You could also make the Bible as one of your read alouds within the day. Perhaps include a chapter in your bedtime reading or introduce a verse in one of your children’s copy works. The important thing is to carve out time and include Bible reading in your daily routine. This is also one practical way for busy parents to make time to read and meditate on Scriptures.

#CharlotteMason said it best when she wrote: "We are apt to believe that children cannot be interested in the Bible unless its pages be watered down—turned into the slipshod English we prefer to offer them. It is a mistake to use paraphrases of the text; the fine roll of Bible English appeals to children with a compelling music, and they will probably retain through life their first conception of the Bible scenes, and, also, the very words in which these scenes are portrayed. This is a great possession… Let their minds be nourished upon the words, of the gradually unfolding story of the Scriptures, and they will come to look out upon a wide horizon within which persons and events take shape in their due place and due proportion." But far more than being great literature, the Bible is the inspired and inerrant Word of God. And just like Timothy, may these words also ring true for our children: "[H]ow from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus." (2 Timothy 3:15 ESV)

I wrote more about how to pick Bible translations and offered a few recommended resources now up in my blog!
  • The Little Man saw this bag of pompoms inside a package from grandma, and he asked me for some work. I took out a few materials and he started sorting! It's an easy activity that strengthens fine motor. 
#TheClassicalPreschool
  • "Curriculum isn’t something we buy. It’s something we teach. Something we embody. Something we love. It is the form and content of our children’s learning." —Sarah Mackenzie, Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler's Guide to Unshakable Peace.

Curriculum in Latin means "a race" or "a course of race." It is something you do. Not something you buy.
  • We are half-way through some of our workbooks for homeschooling since we've been doing this unofficially ever since the early part of the year. Dyslexia and dyscalculia rears their ugly heads more times than I could handle. Oftentimes I feel less than adequate to teach my children. Do you ever struggle in homeschooling, too? 
I placed the word #Scholé in our homeschool room to remind me of "restful learning," and that the goal of education is to continually seek what is True, Good, and Beautiful. I've also embraced #FestinaLente, a Latin maxim meaning "make haste slowly" which seems like an antithetical statement but all too important to ignore. I constantly remind myself that the curriculum is something that we do together. It is not my master. I echo Sarah McKenzie when she wrote, "Curriculum isn’t something we buy. It’s something we teach. Something we embody. Something we love. It is the form and content of our children’s learning experiences." Re-learning what the actual classical pedagogy is has caused me to think through many things we do in our homeschooling so much so that I've put a pause on merely memorization and immersed the children in the great books. Classical unschooling seems like an attractive option right now, but I digress. So while I dream about what the perfect homeschooling day looks like, I am also applying one of the five rallying cries of the Reformation, that is #SolaGratia. Just as my salvation does not rest in the good work that I produce but only by the grace of God through the work of Christ alone, I exercise this same grace to my closest neighbors, my husband and my children. 
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