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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Advent Day of Recollection

Advent Day of Recollection
Malvern Retreat House (315 S. Warren Avenue Malvern, PA 19355)
December 2, 2015
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Director: Msgr. Joseph Marino
One day Retreat for Men & Women in Our Lady’s Chapel
Arrival is 9:00 AM – Departure is 3:00 PM
Hosted in the Main Retreat House
Cost: $40.00 per person, includes Danish & Coffee and sit down lunch (Price may be subject to change in 2014)
Click here to register online for this retreat.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Field Trip Review: Adventure Aquarium

Name: Adventure Aquarium
Address: 1 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ 08103, 856.365.3300
Preferred Ages: all ages
Cost: $18.95 (2-12), $25.95 (13+), plus parking $10
Membership Cost: $75-$235 (1 person up to 4 adult/4 children), plus parking $5

Open 365 days a year from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Adventure Aquarium continues to offer new opportunities for families to explore, discover and play. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a returning guest, you can count on new hands-on activities, new animals and exhibits and new moments of magic.

Check out KidZone, an enchanting playground “under the sea,” and experience seven different touch exhibits to get up close and personal with sharks, stingrays and more. Adventure Aquarium is the only aquarium in the world where you can see hippos nose-to-nose, and the only aquarium in the country to feature a Great Hammerhead Shark – among the largest and rarest of sharks!

Add two million gallons of fun, a 40-foot suspended Shark Tunnel, a 4D Theater, and free live shows and up-close animal experiences daily, and it’s clear to see why a trip to Adventure Aquarium promises to deliver family memories that will last a lifetime.

This is a favorite place to visit among kids, especially since they can touch sharks, sting rays, sea anemones, and starfish, while also seeing large sharks up close.  While it can get extremely busy with school trips and during the summer months, the space is large enough to accommodate lots of people and you will still be able to see the exhibits.  The staff are very friendly, the restrooms are clean, and the food (although extremely overpriced) is decent for what it is.  This is, however, a very pricey field trip, even with a membership, if you plan to eat (easily $35 for 4 people) or hit the gift shop for a small souvenir (where it is hard to find anything a child will want for under $10).  There are a lot of opportunities for photographs and the staff are special needs friendly. 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

How to Choose a Homeschooling Curriculum

Are you eclectic?
Do you do "new" earth or "old" earth?
Do you swear by Charlotte Mason or are you more of a Montessori styled family?

Deciding to homeschool can be a difficult decision.  When you get tossed into the ocean of curriculum, you can feel even more confused!  Remember: each year can be different.  The joy of homeschooling is that you can tailor your experience to your family and to the unique educational styles and needs of your children.  Perhaps you start as a traditional homeschooler who moves into an unschooling model for a few years before settling on the classical approach.  Wherever you are in your search, there truly is a fit for every homeschooling parent and, most importantly, for every homeschooled child.  There is no one "right" way, and perhaps for your family, you find that a blend of two or more methods work best for you. 

Link List:
Choosing a Homeschooling Curriculum
Homeschooling 101
The Ultimate Guide to Choosing Homeschooling Curriculum
10 Steps to Selecting a Catholic Homeschool Curriculum
Catholic Homeschooling Programs
Catholic All Year: Why I homeschool like that

Different Styles of Educating:
Charlotte Mason
Trivium (Classical)
Unit Studies
Multiple Intelligences

Are you trying to figure out how your child learns?  Click here for an example of how to find the best way to reach your child.
What kind of homeschooler are you or have you been?  Sound off in the comments!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

All Saints Day

A Blessed and Solemn Feast of All Saints!
"All you holy men and women, pray for us!"

Learn more about this Holy Day in the Church here.

Readings and Worship:
Solemnity of All Saints
Litany of the Saints (Becker)