Thursday, March 31, 2011

A good school day!

We had such a fun homeschool day last week. We were working on a language lesson and each child (all except Lawrence) had the assignment of writing a poem. "A Sea Song" was our model and each child had to write a "song" of their own. We spent the afternoon working through the poems together, helping each person brainstorm and work through difficulties. Everyone had a good time and the poems turned out great. I thought I would share them here
This is the first stanza of "A Sea Song", the poem used as our model.

A Sea Song
by Allan Cunningham

A wet sheet and a flowing sea
A wind that follows fast,
And fills the white and rustling sail
And bends the gallant mast;
And bends the gallant mast, my boys,
While, like the eagle free,
Away the good ship flies and leaves
Old England on the lee.

This next poem is the one I wrote. The kids were a little worried about being able to do this assignment. Writing poetry is not something we have worked much on. I figured the best way to "prove" to the kids that this wasn't that difficult of an assignment was write one myself. I have never been very good at writing poems, but I have to admit, I really had fun. So, here it is...

The Mass Song
by Kristina

A peaceful prayer and an uplifting song
A word that to us speaks true,
And encourages the mind and contrite heart
And fills the spirit anew;
And fills the spirit anew, dear friends,
While, like the angels praise
United the faithful worship and adore
To Christ, their souls they raise.

Now here are the poems completed by each of the children. I think they did a great job.

A Soccer Song
by Myriah (17)

A firm coach and excited fans
And athletes determined to win,
With mighty sprints and fancy foot-work
And a goal they must defend;
And a goal they must defend, my friends,
While the game is almost done
Away the ball is kicked and scores
And now the game is won.

A Kolbe Song
by James (15)

A loud yip and an annoying jump
An excitement that never misses,
And keeps the day happy and fun
And ends with lots of kisses;
And ends with lots of kisses, my friend,
While like a cat he plays
Our crazy dog cuddles and purrs,
And in our heart he stays.

A Horse Song
by Madison (14)

A gentle mare and a friendly foal
A head that is lifted high,
And sends a soft and peaceful neigh
And calls the stallion nigh,
And calls the stallion nigh once more,
While like the river flows
The graceful herd gathers and gallops,
Through the glistening snow.

A Family Song
by Magdalene (10)

A cozy home and a prayerful family
A mother that loves deeply,
and fills the children's hearts and minds
and teaches the faith so sweetly;
and teaches the faith so sweetly, my friends.
While like the sisters are sweet,
The brothers are silly and fun.
Our family is so neat.

Friday, March 25, 2011

The Annunciation.

Luke 1:26-38
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. And he came to her and said, "Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you!" But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and considered in her mind what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to Him the throne of His father David, and He will reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of His kingdom there will be no end." And Mary said to the angel, "How shall this be, since I have no husband?" And the angel said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the Child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. And behold, your kinswoman Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For with God nothing will be impossible." And Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be done to me according to your word." And the angel departed from her.

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation. I must admit, I forgot about the feast until last night. Thankfully, I came up with these little cupcakes. The kids thought they were fun. The angle is of course for the Archangel Gabriel. The cupcake with blue frosting is for the Blessed Virgin Mary, as she is often pictured wearing blue. I tried to put a red hot inside each cupcake to represent Jesus, however, little did I know they just melt down and disappear. (We did taste the cinnamon flavor it added though!) And together we prayed the Angelus. Happy Feast Day!

Mary, may we follow your example and say "YES!"

to all that God would ask of us.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us!