MaryRefugeOfSouls – Recommended Curriculum Resources for Homeschooling and Refuges – Humble Housewives

Blessings beloved ones,

I, “a soul”, am excited to offer this guest blog post by Mary Fernandez of HumbleHouseWives.com. Mary is a devout Catholic mom of 4 children (age 2 to 10) whom she homeschools while also running her own Christian blog and prayer forum for like-minded and similarly-situated mothers. Mary is also a dear follower of this blog, MaryRefugeOfSouls, as she is a believer in Catholic prophecy, including private revelation given to Mary of Agreda and St Anne Catherine Emmerich. In fact, she incorporates much of the heavenly teachings and insights gained from such saints in her blog and prayer forum.

Based on her expertise, I, “a soul”, have asked Mary if she could share on this blog, her recommendation on curriculum resources for homeschoolers; and I am honored that she graciously agreed.

The reason I asked Mary for this recommendation is two-fold. First, I know that there may be many people who desire to homeschool their children now due to the Covid-19 virus and the related vaccines. And second, there may be people who are creating a refuge and they need help in planning an appropriate curriculum for the children. For both groups, it might be daunting to wade through all the possible resources available for homeschooling.

So, below is Mary’s recommendation for a traditional, well-rounded and affordable curriculum (preschool to 12th grade) for both homeschoolers and refuges. Please note, that the recommended resources are meant for those who want to teach from a Creation-science point of view, as well as a pre-Vatican II religious view (avoiding modern heresies).

God bless,
–a soul

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RECOMMENDED CURRICULUM RESOURCES FOR HOMESCHOOLERS

By Mary Fernandez of HumbleHouseWives.com (2021)

There are so many resources for homeschoolers it can be quite overwhelming, so this list is just my absolute favorites. I don’t think you need to buy a lot of different textbooks and things anyway… all you need are a few essentials, sprinkle in some good literature, and you’ll have a complete curriculum for K-12!

Language Arts

Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons (Preschool-1st Grade)

This book is a complete, step-by-step program to teach your child to read. It is very simple to use because every lesson is completely scripted for you. All you need is 20 minutes per day and your child will be reading in no time! Depending on age and personality, some kids may find this book boring whereas other kids will beg to read it with you. I think the key with hesitant readers is not to force it, and supplement it by reading lots of entertaining picture books together (whatever your child enjoys).

Institute for Excellence in Writing (K-12)

I think, and many will agree, that this is hands down the best writing program for homeschoolers out there. The founder, Andrew Pudewa, also happens to be a traditional Catholic who embraced the “Benedict Option” by moving from San Diego to rural eastern Oklahoma near the Benedictine monks of Clear Creek Abbey. If you choose to buy the videos, students will get to receive their instruction from Andrew himself (and laugh at his corny jokes). IEW also offers programs in phonics, spelling and grammar.

Primary Language Lessons by Emma Serl (Grades 2-3)

You can download this classic book (written in 1911) for FREE online and get lots of great exercises for younger elementary students. Young kids will enjoy the emphasis on nature and the great outdoors.

Grammar-Land by M.L. Nesbitt (Early Elementary)

Here is another fantastic book you can download for FREE. Written in 1878 in an entertaining story format, Grammar-Land introduces students to “Judge Grammar” and his subjects (the Parts-of-Speech). Worksheets to accompany the book are available here, and you can listen to the LibriVox recording here.

Logicary Press (Grades 2-12)

This excellent series of books teach kids the foundation of all correct reasoning. Highly recommended for all young Catholics!

Math

Math-U-See (K-12)

Even students who struggle with math will find this program easy to understand. Manipulatives are used as a very helpful tool to get a solid grasp of the concepts, and plenty of worksheets are provided so students can go as fast or as slow as needed to achieve mastery. The videos with the lovable “Mr. Demme” are clear, succinct and entertaining.

Math Mammoth (Grades 1-7)

Although you only need one math curriculum, I have to mention Math Mammoth because it really is a treasure trove of resources at a dirt cheap price (in fact, you can download over 400 sample worksheets for FREE). The nice thing about Math Mammoth is that instruction is built right into the worksheets and is written directly to the student– if you have an independent learner, all you need to do is hand the page to your child and let him have at it. There are also lots of helpful videos available to watch for free.

History

Connecting with History (K-12)

Connecting with History is a Catholic, classical, literature-based, unit-study program encompassing not only history but also language arts, geography, arts & crafts and more. All you would have to do is add math and science to make this your entire homeschool curriculum!

This program is especially great for large families with children of all ages. The lesson plans are designed so that you can sit down all together and learn as a family (reading aloud mostly), like the old “one-room schoolhouse”. Although everybody will be covering the same topics, each individual student will receive developmentally appropriate assignments based on the four classical levels of education: Beginner (K-3), Grammar (4th-6th), Logic (7th-9th), and Rhetoric (10th-12th).

In year one you’ll study Ancient History & the Old Testament, year two is the New Testament, the Early Church & the Early Medieval Period, year three is High Medieval through Post-Reformation, and year four is American History. Once you’ve gone through all four years, you’ll simply cycle back around to year one and dig deeper into the topics at a higher level. It’s an ingenious system!

I like the fact that I can use as little or as much of the suggested materials as I like; the program simply gives me lots of great ideas and a structure to follow. My kids particularly enjoy the CD with short songs that help you memorize important events, and they love doing a little presentation for Mom and Dad at the end of each unit.

The only thing that I think would make this program better is to incorporate the visions of Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich. She gives a completely different perspective on ancient peoples than most scholars would have you believe (hint: our ancestors were NOT uncivilized cave men!), so I think it would be valuable to read her visions to your kids in addition to the literature they recommend.

Science

Berean Builders (K-12)

OK, science is a really tough subject to cover as a faithful Catholic who upholds the traditional teaching of the Church and what the Fathers have always taught. A good Catholic science curriculum simply doesn’t exist (yet), but the next best thing is this Protestant curriculum. (If you’ve heard of Dr. Robert Sungenis, author of Galileo Was Wrong: The Church Was Right, this is what his family used.)

I really like that Berean Builders covers science in a chronological order, beginning with the Genesis creation account and proceeding to tell the story of what scientists have discovered (or where they were mistaken) throughout history. This way, you aren’t only focusing on biology one year, physics another year, etc. but you get to jump around which makes things more interesting. It’s easy to integrate this program with Connecting with History, or with any other curriculum. Each lesson and experiment is for families to do together, but assignments vary in difficulty depending on age. Experiments use common items that you already have laying around the house, or items that are inexpensive to acquire.

Just be careful when you get to the chapter on Galileo because they get it wrong and put the Church in a bad light. I recommend skipping that chapter. Older students might listen to a talk by Dr. Robert Sungenis on YouTube, watch his movie The Principle, or read a chapter from his book instead.

As far as evolution goes, Berean Builders does a decent job of explaining why that theory is incorrect, but they do not go into a ton of detail. For older students, check out the Kolbe Center: they have tons of great books, articles, videos and more to satisfy even the most inquisitive student.

General Resources

St. Jerome Library & School

St. Jerome Library & School is dedicated to helping homeschoolers provide their children with a truly Catholic education. They’re a unique resource for traditional, pre-Vatican II books, with beautiful pictures and quality binding added to bring them back to life again. If you can’t afford to buy, you can rent books for 1 year. I can’t say enough good things about this apostolate! Simply look up your child’s grade level or subject and you’ll find tons of beautiful books.

Cathy Duffy Reviews: Catholic Curricula

I’m just one mom and haven’t tried everything that’s out there, but chances are Cathy Duffy has. Check out her website for helpful reviews on even more Catholic and Christian curricula.

Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum by Laura Berquist

If you need help to get started with homeschooling, here is a great book for Catholic home educators. Rather than giving you a specific curriculum to follow, this book empowers you with the principles you need to know to put together your own curriculum based on the classical Trivium (grammar, logic and rhetoric). This was a helpful read for me when I first started homeschooling my children.

I hope that list helps! Oh– for religion we just use the Baltimore Catechism along with various readers from St. Jerome Library. We also study Latin using Phenomenon of Language and Jenney’s First Year Latin.

God bless,
Mary

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Prophet John Leary – Messages from Our Lord, Jesus Christ – January 5, 2021 Update

Prophet John Leary
https://www.johnleary.com

Tuesday, January 5, 2021
(St. John Neumann)

Jesus said: “My people, you are seeing how evil the Democrat leaders have been to cause their people to commit acts of treason to steal this election from your President. If your officials do not change their mail-in fraud ballots and the cheating Dominion machines, you will never have another fair election. The judges, the election people, your media, and your high tech corporations were all joined together in the worst fraudulent election that your country has ever seen. If your Georgia election continues this fraud, then you will have a communist government of thieves. Pray for your President and this Georgia election that they be resolved for the sake of your people. The deep swamp stinks to high heaven so much, that this is why this evil is being flushed down the latrine in your vision. This is also a sign that this evil will be removed at a certain point in time. After the Warning and the tribulation, I will bring My judgment down against all the evil ones who will be cast into hell. My faithful need to have patience, but you could see My intervention in all of this evil even before My Warning. Trust in Me to protect My faithful at My refuges, but you will see punishments come in natural disasters and plagues because of your abortions and your fraudulent election.”

Monday, January 4, 2021
(St. Elizabeth Ann Seton)

Jesus said: “My son, I have shown you many natural disasters in My visions before, but these visions of the tsunamis today on both the East and West coasts, will be the result of some large earthquakes. These events are more signs of the end times that you have in the Gospel of St. Matthew that speaks of famine, earthquakes, and pestilence. Do not mock My prophesies because when you see these events happening, there will be no doubt that they are signs of the end times. My son, you are a witness for the end time signs, so let the people repent and come to Confession to be prepared for the serious events that are about to unfold. Trust in My protection when I will call you to My refuges of safety.”

Jesus said: “My people, it is difficult to see children who are suffering beatings, sexual abuse, and verbal abuse from their parents. Children are My gifts of creation, and they need to be loved and helped in their school work, and not ignored or abused. It is even more unfortunate when one parent abandons their children. It is very difficult for single parents to keep a job and take care of their children. Pray for the parents who are struggling to support their families with low paying jobs, and pray that the parents make time to be with their children. Pray for the children so they can be brought up in a Christian environment to help save their souls. It is more difficult for the children in this virus time where they have to do virtual teaching at home. Your society needs to be more open, because isolation is causing more problems than the virus. Pray for a healing of your society’s divisions, and to have loving family members.”

Sunday, January 3, 2021
(The Epiphany of the Lord)

Jesus said: “My people, this is the day you are celebrating My star that led the Wise Men to find Me in Bethlehem. I am the Light that shines in the darkness of sin. I came as your Savior to bring My gifts of Light and life to each of you. I call you through Baptism to have faith in Me, and follow Me throughout your whole life. I call all of My faithful to bring your gifts of love and your soul to Me. I also send you out into the world to help convert souls to the faith. When you come to Me at your judgment, I will ask you how many souls did you bring to Me? You call Me Lord, Lord, but if you truly love Me, you will consecrate all of your actions to Me. You will also put your faith into action by converting souls to faith in Me. Shout your faith from the rooftops to proclaim My glory as the true King and Savior of all of you.”

Saturday, January 2, 2021
(St. Basil & St. Gregory)

Jesus said: “My people, you are living amidst a pit of vipers that are trying to poison you with cheating, corruption, and even fornication. You know My Commandments of love, but you see evil people spreading viruses around you, and soon the evil ones will try to force vaccines on you. Refuse to take this new vaccine with nano chips that could control you, and change your DNA, even if they threaten to kill you. If the evil ones make these vaccines mandatory, I will need to call you to My refuges of protection. I am showing you this ladder to pull you out of this evil world, and this represents My haven of protection at My refuges. When you see mandatory vaccines and mandatory chips in the body, I will bring My Warning, and a call to come to My refuges after the Warning. Be prepared to leave your homes for My refuges, where you will stay throughout the tribulation of the Antichrist. Fear not, because My angels will protect you, and provide for your physical and spiritual needs.”

Jesus said: “My people, China is actually planning a military takeover of America, and it could start from Canada and Mexico. Your President is bringing your troops home from other countries to protect your homeland. He is also directing several of your aircraft carriers to protect your East and West coasts. China will first try to immobilize your country using an EMP attack against your electric grid. The Chinese will fight in union with Antifa and communist groups against your military and your patriots. My faithful could be in danger, and that is another reason I will call them to the protection of My angels at My refuges. My angel power will be more powerful than any military weapons, so trust in My protection at My refuges. In the end My power will triumph all over the evil ones.”

Friday, January 1, 2021
(Solemnity of Mary)

The Blessed Mother said: “My dear children, you have been reading the accounts in Scripture how I gave birth to my Son, Jesus. I was honored to be God’s mother on earth, as He became a God-man through the power of the Holy Spirit. It was God the Father’s plan to bring His Son on to the earth so he could be the Savior of mankind’s souls. You are starting another year, and you need to be resolved to be faithful to my Son in all that He asks of you. There will be a takeover of America as a punishment for your abortions. This is why my Son’s refuges will be a place of protection during the tribulation. All of my Son’s refuge builders are ready to take people in when your lives will be in danger. The Warning will come first and then my children will be called to your refuges. Trust in my Son and His angels to protect you.”

Jesus said: “My people of America, you are still finalizing your election electors. There could be some challenges in the swing states. Keep praying for your President. This Liberty Bell is a sign that your people want to live free of any communist control. You are still waiting for the Georgia Senate races, and you are praying that this will not be stolen like the Nov. 3rd election. Keep praying for your freedom, and if your lives are threatened, I will call you to My refuges.”