Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Since My Hubby Is Out of Town...

...I'm spending my evening (ok, I'll admit it, part of my day as well) reading and thinking and praying about Fritter's education next year. I know there are varying opinions on the subject of preschool, and I happen to agree with all of them. ;-)

Sending Fritter off to traditional preschool isn't really one of our options for several reasons. A very important one of those reasons is that we are planning on homeschooling. Maybe. Probably. BUT, I really feel that Fritter, being Fritter, needs the extra structure that would come with preschool. And so we're going to start this program at home in the fall. The curriculum was handed down to us by a good friend, so that decision was made for us. Otherwise I think I'd be bogged down by all the choices.

We've recently changed parishes. Again. (Stick with me, this will connect). However, our new parish, as happy as we are with it, does not have Catecheses of the Good Shepherd like our old parish does. But they do have another Religious Education program for preschoolers. So, after much hemming and hawing, we've decided to enroll Fritter in the fall. But, I'm still really disappointed about not having the option of Atrium.

But today, while reading through the preschool curriculum, it suggested supplementing the child's RE with a couple of different options. One of these is from the Daughters of St. Paul called I Learn About Jesus. AND while talking with the RE director today, she mentioned that you can also do Atrium at home. So after more research, I found this great post by Elizabeth Foss where she describes their home atrium. So atrium may be possible for us after all.

I have ordered the I Learn About Jesus, along with three other books Little Saints recommends from Paperbackswap. For good measure, I ordered a used copy of The Religious Potential of the Child from Abebooks, and for fun have a bid on the first of the Catholic Children's Treasure Box Books from eBay. Don't get me started on the pile of books I'm reading right now.

The summers are hot in Arizona. What else do we have to do but read? ;-) Seriously though, if you have any suggestions or advice for me regarding homeschooling and/or religious education I would love to have it.

2 comments:

Kate said...

It sounds to me like you are doing a wonderful job! I wanted to mention that my children (and I, as well) LOVE the Treasure Box Books. We have numbers one through ten, and eventually I want to get more. They really are great!

May God bless you and your sweet family.

Love,
Kate

Betty Beguiles said...

Our new parish doesn't have a CGS program either. I was so sad to leave the program behind when we left. :(

We've enjoyed adding a bit of the at-home CGS program from Our Father's House to our curriculum, though we still miss the classroom structure (though we, too, are homeschooling).

Thanks for all the great recommendations!