As Joel and I continue to discern homeschooling, one of my biggest hangups is …
I HATE CRAFTS!
When I visit homeschooling blogs and see all the creative, faith-buildingÂ activitiesÂ mamas are doing with their babes, I break into hives and start foaming at the mouth.Â Crafting is just not my niche. And seeing how easily entertained my daughter is with simple crafts, it all brings me caution.Â
So I share the following pics simply to archive them in my “Crafts to do with kids if I do indeed homeschool” file. Here’s a cute St. Patrick’s Day activity Lucy brought home from preschool. Not churchy, but a fun activity toÂ wrap together with more catechetical stuff.
Given we don’t keep leprechaun dolls lying around (who does?), I bought some window clings and hid them around the house for her to find. A “pin-worthy” project for sure.
Oh mylanta … are you ready for this? So I just googled the word “niche” because I thought there was an accent mark in it and I wanted to be cool and smart and use it if there was. Well here’s what came up in my search results, top hit no less (no accent mark in niche, if you’re wondering):
So the acronym for theÂ Network of Iowa Christian Home EducatorsÂ is NICHE. You say crafting isn’t your niche? No worries, turn to NICHE!
Every time I start having fears about making the homeschooling leap, the Holy Spirit sends a gentle reminder. No kidding, every time.
This food activity is a little more churchy than theÂ leprechaunÂ finder. Tastes better, too! Found this recipe forÂ St. Patrick’s Shamrock Pretzel TreatsÂ atÂ Catholic Cuisine. Do you love that siteÂ as much as I? Lucy and I had fun placing three M&Ms inside each pretzel. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit … eat an M&M … Father, Son, and Holy Sprit … eat another M&M … Father, Son, and Holy SpiritÂ … oh these mint M&Ms are goooooood!
If ever asked in a trivia contest what “tool” St. Patrick used to teach the Trinity, let’s hope her answer is a shamrock and not a pretzel or 3 M&Ms.
And then we had to tie her up to prevent excessive M&M eating.Â
The weekend project at Das Schmidt Haus is removing all the green from our master bathroom. When we moved in five years ago, the walls were red. Blood red. Like the blood of martyrs and PopeÂ EmeritusÂ Benedict’s shoes. Repainting the bathroom was our first project, and we chose this lovely shade of green that in reality hasn’t worked like I had hoped. It’s just a tad too dark given the dark wood and limited natural light.Â
Stay tuned for the results. What color do you think we’re using this time around?
Little man Jude, now 13-months old, on his second hair cut and already wearing 24-month clothes. And yet I can’t get him to drink milk out of sippy cup. Ideas for a good transition cup?
Now for a confession-worthy green with envy moment. My mom is having quite the time over in Rome this week. As if the private Mass withÂ CardinalÂ Dolan or the two-time drive-by of Pope Francis during the papal installation Mass wasn’t enough, now today she spent a couple of hours at Vatican Radio in studio with Lino and Fr. Rob from Sirius/XM’s The Catholic Channel. Hey now, I’m the wannabe radio chick. Oh how I wish I was there to walk inside those studios.Â
An appointed time for everything … Â Â
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