Beginning now (mid-April) through August the Catholic Schoolhouse App will be free to all new subscribers.
- Go to CSHapp.catholicschoolhouse.com to register for a free account. (no CC needed)
- Find more information about how to use the app at catholicschoolhouse.com/app/
If you have never tried the CSH App, this is your chance.
If you have friends and family reaching out to you for help, this you can share.
During this time, I would encourage everyone to step back and seize the opportunity to do something that is truly special–circle the wagons, rid your world of distractions and be a family. Your children are learning so much more than academics–let the lesson they learn be the one you desire.
This is also an opportunity for “soft skills.”
These are not curricula. Puzzles teach observation, patience, concentration, and communication (hand me the greyish-brown with the bumpy thingy . . . ). Board games teach cooperation, patience, and losing gracefully. Sitting in the yard watching clouds gives time for imagination, allowing the child to know themselves. All these are essential classical skills, Most of all, hone the skill of observation. Slow down. Look. What do you really see?
Put on a family play, make a movie for Grandma and Grandpa who miss you. Draw what you see out the window each morning . . . and read.
Read. Read. Read.
Read aloud, to bring your children the security of family togetherness. Read alone during mandatory quiet time (alone in their own cozy spot–I had one who favored a bathtub filled with pillows :), so you can have one hour of quiet every afternoon. You need a break–and they need a break from you and each other.
And, yes, TV can teach.
“You are the sum total of everything you put into your mind.”
Right now, TV can fill your children’s mind with knowledge and values, if you have a good list of what is watchable when parents are distracted. A simple “must be holy or educational” may be enough–then watch their rhetoric skills grow as they try to convince you that Star Wars for the 105th time is educational and holy!
We just watched the classic Mrs. Miniver, set in WWII. Comparing it to our current situation, we observed and discussed from many angles! Note, sensitive children need to know there will be a death.
And play the CSH music.
Dance to it, exercise to it, fill the air with it. You will be amazed when you emerge to our new world how everything your kids have learned will rapidly propel them to academic success!
*Share these tips and the free app with your friends who are suddenly homeschooling. I pray it helps them in some small way.