Monday, October 17, 2016

Busy at Benedict Catholic Homeschool/Creations

I've neglected my blog long enough. The kiddos and I have finally gotten into the swing of the schoolyear. I'm still tweaking their work as we find things that work or don't depending. Many of the things I'm working on may be helpful to you in the blog-o-sphere.

First, I'm in the midst of creating Grammar books for both 2nd and 3rd Grade. I'm using some freebies I got from another mom as the basis and also our Catholic Faith. Here are a couple examples.

2nd Grade Grammar: God's Language

3rd Grade Grammar: God's Grammar

Another project I'm working on is making easily understood worksheet/notebooking pages for the Astronomy book Exploring Creation with Astronomy. Here is an example.

The project that seems to be getting the most work is the one for Reading. I'm wanting to introduce the kiddos to book reports and reading for comprehension. I also want them to learn new vocabulary words and understand the usefulness of context for figuring out words they are unfamiliar with. So far I've got a 2nd Grade Simple Book Report and Vocabulary pages as well as those same pages for 3rd Grade with just a bit more asked on the Book Report page. Both my kiddos are voracious readers, so my main goal is to foster that as well as have them understand what they're reading. I've also done a Horse main idea work-set and Military Airplane main idea work-set. Here are examples of all four projects.
Book Report                                               Vocabulary                                             Simple Book Report

Religion is the catechism this year. My 2nd grader is using the First Holy Communion Catechism, while my 3rd grader is using the standard Baltimore Catechism No. 2. Using those catechisms I have made a work-book that asks questions pertinent to each lesson, not like the rote memorization of old, but more about reading for comprehension. Here are examples of both projects.

History this year is learning the continents (2nd Grade) and countries (3rd Grade). We're using several different books, but my favorite is I Used to Know That Geography. Since it is grouped according to continent, we're using the vocabulary from each continent as well as the various landforms and such. In addition we have a book that details great cities across the globe, so we're reading sections of that pertinent to the continent that is our focus. The kiddos are a huge fan of the other book we have for History/Geography Extreme Planet. Some of the more interesting facts and gross details are portrayed in this book. Of course our handy-dandy world map and globe are constantly in play too.


In addition to all these projects, I've also completed a Simple Catholic Coloring Book and I'm working on a more 'adult' Intricate Catholic Coloring Book too.

On the horse-front, I'm working on a Simple My Little Curly Coloring Book as well as an 'adult' Intricate Curly Coloring Book.

So as you can see, I've been a busy busy girl! :-)

Friday, August 12, 2016

I'm so excited!

I'm very excited because I finally have a desktop computer again! I do all my drawing and reading on my iPad, but it is very difficult to keep up with my blog(s) on my iPad. Now, thanks to my mom & dad, I have a new (to me) desktop computer to use for blogging, homeschooling, and generally computing things! The worst part is that now I have to transfer all my files from the desktop that didn't connect to the internet to this one. I'm going to try to stay on top of this blog, but I may get behind due to the transfer process. I'm pumped though because now I'll be able to blog more regularly and keep up with my TeachersPayTeachers store! Hip hip hooray!

Friday Freebie!

Here is another horse drawing for your coloring pleasure! This one is part of my Intricate My Little Curly collection. I've combined a horse image with a floral image to create an image in the style of many adult coloring books. The flowers are Edelweiss- a German mountain flower. The horse is performing the piaffe - a trot in place. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

My First Coloring Book is Ready!

I'm so excited! I finished laying out and writing the words to my first coloring book. Well, I guess it is my second coloring book since I have already collaborated with another Catholic Homeschooler to produce a First Holy Communion copy/coloring book. Today's project, A Simple Catholic Coloring Book, was my own idea, drawings, and layout. It is 64 pages with 30 full-page Catholic images. I drew information from several books in order to make each image have a discussion of what it means to us as Catholics. Here's the cover:

Here's a peek at the inside:

I'll be offering it as a PDF file as well as in hard copy at some point. I'm hoping for some real interest in this and for it to get the ball rolling on my intention to publish several coloring books! 

Tell me what you think or if you'd be interested in purchasing one of these books.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Sacred Sunday

Yesterday was the feast of the Transfiguration of Jesus. While standing on the mountain top, the disciples got a glimpse of Heaven. It affected Peter so much that he spoke nonsense. While I don't have a drawing specific to the Transfiguration, I will offer this image of the Divine Mercy for your coloring pleasure in this our Year of Mercy.

Thank you for visiting!

Friday, August 5, 2016

FrIday Freebie

Here is a regal image or Mary on a field of roses in honor of next week's Assumption of Mary! Enjoy coloring her! 

She is an example of my Intricate Catholic series--Catholic images with detailed backgrounds designed for meditation and prayer. Many of the 'adult' coloring book images are based on other false religion meditation images meant to focus the artist inward to achieve a higher plane. My images are designed to showcase the beautiful imagery of our Catholic Faith along with small detail work in the background as a meditative reflection of God's glory. Many of my background images feature God's beautiful flowers as an offering to the main person of the image. In this way, relaxing coloring can also become prayerful and medative coloring. If you are interested in more Intricate Catholic images, please contact me. 

God bless you and enjoy!

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Friday Freebie

I created this meme-like poster for my daughter. She is a true little artist--mess and all! Her free-spirit inspires me. 😃