Monday, August 20, 2007

First Day of School 2007-2008

Well, we drove Kotch to the diocesan high school for her first day as a transfer junior. Then I headed to daily Mass with the littles. I always try to attend Mass on the first day of school -- it gives us a chance to dedicate our year and focus our attention on what really matters: doing God's will in everything!

It's St. Bernard's feast day who is one of my favorite saints. St. Bernard lived from 1090-1153, revising and reforming the Cistercians in the early 1100s. He was an advisor to two kings, and a spiritual director of Pope Eugenius III. An extensive author, he was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church by Pope Pius VIII. One of my best retreats was held at a Cistercian monastery, Heiligenkreuz in Austria. St. Bernard also has a DEEP devotion to the Blessed Mother.

In dangers, in doubts, in difficulties, think of Mary, call upon Mary. Let not her name depart from your lips, never suffer it to leave your heart. And that you may obtain the assistance of her prayer, neglect
not to walk in her footsteps.

St. Bernard of Clairvaux

After Mass, we headed to Hobby Lobby to stock up on a few craft items and to get each of my students a craft project for them to work on today. Handcrafts are such an important part of our homeschool! I'm so convinced that handcrafts are an integral part of a home-learning adventure that I'm even giving a talk on that very subject in Lancaster, PA in August 2008!

When we got home we went through all the cool new stuff we've gotten for this next school year -- manipulatives and resources, living books, and Singapore Math. I find the kids can focus better each day if they've gotten a peek at all we're going to do ...

They then worked hard on their crafts from the morning -- so hard that Bam-Bam and Lego Maniac didn't even want to stop for lunch!

A trip to the library -- always a great time -- and then on to the park for an hour or so!

So, if you've started up for this next year, what did you do your first day?


MaryM said...


Okay I take that back since we really didn't start. We went to the curriculum discussion at Kristin's house.

Amy said...

Congratulations on your first day! Sounds like it went very well! :)