I was very excited when I recieved my review copy of Catholic Mosaic by Cay Gibson. I had read so many good things about the book study and really felt it was something that would be a valuable addition to our homeschool. I was not disappointment.
Cay Gibson has put a selection of quality children's literature for each month, cooresponding to the Church calendar. There are usually 4 or 5 books for each month, along with a set of questions and discussion points for each book. Included also are simple activities one could choose to do along with the reading.
Besides being introduced to some very exceptional books, perhaps my favorite aspect of this program is it's simplicity. Ms. Gibson has done all the hard work for us, and all we are needed to do is find copies of the books. I have been able to locate most of them used online, and if a decent library is to be found where you are located, you might have some luck finding some of the books there. I have found, though, that the books are ones I really want to add to our children's library here at home.
Another thing that is great about Catholic Mosaic is that during those exceptionally busy times of life, I don't have to even worry about falling behind. The program is based on the liturgical year, so if I fall behind this month, or do not have the resources to find the particular books that month, it's ok. I can pick this book up as I choose and where I find it to be the most valuable.
We used it through the Advent and Christmas season, and it really helped to add a little more depth into our seasons. Some of the books recommended are Catholic children's books and some are just good classics (including ones that are new to me!) An example of this would be reading Tomie dePaola's "The Lady of Guadalupe" during the feast of Our Lady in December, and then sometime in January during the twelve days of Christmas we would read "The Little Match Girl" by Hans Christian Andersen.
Catholic Mosaic is a fit for every Catholic home no matter the age of the children. There really is something valuable to be found in great literature, and this resources organizes it liturgically for us.
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