Back-to-School :: 2011-2012

by | Sep 6, 2011 | Back-to-School, Home Education, Prayer, Schultütes, Teachers | 9 comments

After a super fun weekend of camping (Thursday-Monday, though I headed home with a few of the little ones late Sunday night… It’s HARD to camp pregnant!), I wasn’t sure I’d be ready to start school today…   The summer flew by way too quickly for us, but with another baby on the way it is time to get busy.   Thankfully all that planning I did way back in July really helped today go smoothly, and we are off to a great start!

Captain :: 5th Grade  ~  Rascal :: 4th Grade

Twinkle Toes :: 2nd Grade ~ Chiquita :: 1st Grade

Snuggles :: Pre-School

Rose :: Pre-Pre-School 😉 

Just like last year, the kids all woke up to find Schultütes filled with snacks and school supplies, with the added addition of a cute “Patron of Students Treat” tied to the top.   Before I would let them open them though, I took a few pictures and we headed down to the local coffee drive through to get myself a “Back-to-School Treat” as well! 😉

The kids are all so excited to get started on their new school books for this year, and hopefully the excitement won’t wear off any time soon!

Prayer for Homeschoolers

Dear Lord, bless me in my decision to homeschool my children. Grant me the grace of peace and determination in this awesome endeavor. Lead me to the proper materials for the instruction of each of my children, so that their individual talents and skills will be nurtured and they will grow in intelligence to the fullness of their abilities. Give me the strength to persevere when the weight of being teacher, mother, wife, and housekeeper seems too much to bear. Help me to maintain my household and family school, knowing that there will be times when one or both may seem to suffer, but confident that you will assist me in restoring harmony to both in good time. Allow me the contentment of heart and knowledge that the proper formation of my children’s minds holds importance far above many of the callings of this world. Bestow on me courage to overcome the criticisms of those who disagree with me in this effort, keeping ever mindful that the growing of my children in knowledge and grace will be for your glory, and the trials I must endure are for my personal sanctification. Amen.

Prayer to Our Lady for Homeschooling Parents

Blessed Mother, as you so humbly and graciously accepted God’s will to bear and raise His only son, and to guide him in wisdom and virtue, help me in the instruction and education of my children. Pray to your Heavenly Son to grant me the grace and strength to assist in their learning, overcoming tiredness and discouragement. Assist me in the management of my home, so that I may be able to keep order and peace, despite the challenges of schooling within it. Intercede for me, imploring Our Heavenly Father to bestow upon me wisdom, not for my own sake, but so that I may form my children’s minds and hearts, so that they may grow into strong adults, helping to shape the world for His glory, and ultimately inheriting the kingdom of heaven. Call upon your heavenly angels to stand by my side, with their great intelligence, to help me understand that which I am instructing, and assist my children in learning of same. We humbly ask this through you beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Pray for us!


  1. Kelly

    What a wonderful first day for everyone! Great idea getting yourself a treat as well! 🙂 I'll have to remember that myself next year.

    Rose is getting SO big! God bless your new school year!

  2. Unknown

    Oh, camping when pregnant IS hard, indeed! 🙂 But worth it.

    I'm so impressed that your kids all look so adorable on the first day. I considered first-day pictures but then realized half of us were still in pajamas. 🙂

  3. Meg

    Beautiful prayers! Where, may I ask, did you obtain them?

    Thank you!

  4. Jessica Gordon

    Aren't they perfect? I ran across them on an online "Catholic Prayerbook" website when searching for prayers for Homeschooling.

  5. Anonymous

    The smiles are contagious……God bless everyone for the coming school year and all through.

  6. Janelle

    I love reading your blog! Thanks for sharing so much encouragement!!
    I first saw an "ad" to St.Annes pixies on your blog (I think!), so I thought you would enjoy this etsy shop: (it is not my shop). Beautiful handmade dolls to teach the faith to little ones. Enjoy!

  7. Brock Family

    Your family is beautiful! Good luck this year!!! I recently found your blog and I have been visiting almost daily! Thank you for taking the time to write it…I am just starting my homeschool adventure this year, and reading all of your posts really gives me motivation! 🙂

  8. Anonymous

    love the gift ideas and do you find the teaching textbook workbook useful…we use teaching textbooks, but my son just does problems he needs to work out on loose sheets of paper…

  9. Jessica Gordon

    That's what my boys did last year, but this year I decided to use the workbooks as well. I like that they don't need to be at the computer to work on their lesson (since we now have three of them sharing the computer) and I also like that I can easily see any errors they are making, without having to look up each missed problem (if any) on the computer. The work books seem to make it just a little bit more convenient for me. We love Teaching Textbooks!


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