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Latin by the Natural Method by William Most

I found a new website: Learn Church Latin It’s by a Catholic homeschooling mum like me, who, unlike me, has done actual proper Latin courses at actual proper educational institutions!

Accented Vulgate Bible - Genesis

When typing up booklets I often forget the accent marks. I take it for granted now that after years of reading Latin I can guess how most words are pronounced - especially with parts of the Mass, where there is a lot of repetition over the years.

Fabiola - a Tale of the Catacombs

A legendary book that I was overjoyed to find in an Op Shop way back in 2001 (before kids). Something about pre-natal check-ups and waiting rooms meant that I read a lot of books that year.

2018 Plans

Each time I come to write one of these annual plans I am struck by how time flies. This year I have been looking at years 11, 9, 7, 5 and Kindergarten.

Anki Catechism

Some years ago I had a go at using Anki to help learn the Baltimore Catechism. It probably helped a bit, but one of those things that dropped by the wayside.

Chemistry Videos

Chemistry lectures - no - open day Chemistry lectures were a memorable highlight of my time at University. One thing you miss with homeschooling is easy access to test tubes, magnesium ribbon and hydrochloric acid.

A Term on Medieval History

Last term we read through Charlotte Yonge’s History of Rome which leads up to my favourite topic - Medieval Europe. Now, because of the Protestant Revolution, it is nigh impossible to find a public domain text of this period from a Catholic perspective, but here is the plan.

Moodle For Home

Moodle is a Learning Management System - the big open source megalith of the Learning Management landscape. One drawback is that it needs more resources than can comfortably be supplied by your average cheap shared web hosting.

Matching up Psalms

When we sing the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Latin I often wonder how much my children understand. So, today I cut and paste Psalm 84 into two columns, printed out four copies, cut them up and asked my students to put them back together.

Bowler and Comenius

It’s the last week of Term 3 and I’ve come up with two things. Orbis Pictus Orbis Pictus by Comenius is the first ever printed picture book for children from way back in 1658 - or 1657 for the first version which was in Hungarian or High Dutch.

Living the Truth

C P Bowler wrote a series of booklets aimed at high school students in New Zealand. They make an awesome introduction to Thomistic Philosophy and general Catholic teaching.

Teaching Coding

Yesterday saw my first installment in the Living Learning Coding Class. I prepared a server with The genome game which touched on binary coding Blockly Games, which will help with the building blocks for making games Things I installed, but didn’t use: