Sacred Heart Homeschooling

When I was first brainstorming about my blog, I had a separate page for posts about our family's Catholic Faith and about homeschooling.  But, for our family the two cannot be separated which is one of the joys of homeschooling my children. We have the freedom to create a "domestic church" and discover the many treasures of the Catholic Church together as a family and integrate academics at every moment of each day.  We homeschool because we feel it's the best and most rewarding way for our family to raise saints here on earth to prepare them to meet our Creator when God calls them to their heavenly home.  I have to remind myself often that this is the main reason we chose to homeschool our children as I continue to go through all the ups and downs of homeschooling my5 cute cupcakes.

My homeschooling journey began several years ago when our oldest daughter was in a public year round school for kindergarten in 2005.  We thought we would try her in this school because we were beginning to build our new home, I had 3 young children then, and I thought homeschooling would be difficult.   I soon realized that fitting my family's schedule into a school schedule was not the best fit for us and I was not at peace.

Also, Cupcake #1 loves learning about our Catholic faith and having her gone for most of the day and week in a public school setting was not giving our family alot of time to pass down the many beautiful teachings of our Catholic faith.  We also knew several families that homeschooled their children and we were friends with them so homeschooling was always an option I was interested in.  I'll never forget when I had my epiphany moment to finally dive into the Homeschool journey...I took my oldest out of her public kindergarten class to celebrate the Feast Day of Our Blessed Mother's Birthday on September 8, 2005 at a park with the Catholic Homeschool group in our area. It was then I realized where my heart was being lead to do. :)

After the first nine weeks of Cupcake #1's kindergarten year I decided to "try" homeschooling while she was on her Fall break.  I went to school for elementary education so I figured I could teach my own kids.  So that first week of homeschooling, our third cupcake, took great naps and I was able to get some school done with Cupcake #1 and #2.  So I withdrew Cupcake #1 from her school and we have been homeschooling ever since 2005.

Sacred Heart Academy Homeschool: In the state of NC, you register your home as a school when your oldest homeschooled child turns 7.  The name you select for your homeschool is what will stay on your records through all the years a parent continues to homeschool.  While we were building our new home, we stayed in my husband's deceased aunt's home.  Next door to this house, our neighbors had an outdoor prayer garden with a life size statue of the sacred heart of Jesus.  The photo to the right was taken in September 2006 during my beginning days of homeschooling.  So since I began homeschooling next door to this beautiful statue and for other more personal and sentimental reasons, we named our homeschool, Sacred Heart Academy Homeschool, after the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. There is a remarkable true story of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque and  the wonderful promises of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  You can read more about this saint here or  here.  There are also several books about St. Margaret Mary Alacoque and this one here is one of my favorites.  This book was inherited from a late dear cousin of my husband's who came into the Catholic Church with my husband in 2006.  My husband's cousin, Sharon, and her beautiful son, Patrick, were saints on earth and now in heaven...we love and miss you!

Compassionate Jesus, I remember your gentle invitation to "Come...and be refreshed."  I bring you now all my worries, fears, needs, and doubts-and those of my world.  I entrust to you my loved ones, both living and deceased.  Enfold us all in your love, now and evermore.  Amen.

This image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is a beautiful one and a more traditional one that is often found on icons or prayer cards.

There is another print of the Sacred Heart of Jesus that we have hanging in our home.  The painting to the right was done by Cameron Smith, a very talented and wonderful artist, who creates beautiful Catholic and non-religious artwork.  The Smith family (no relation to our family) are dear friends of ours and Cameron and his wife homeschool their children also.  This print, the Sacred Heart of Jesus, that is more contemporary, but still so beautiful.

I encourage you to visit Cameron Smith's website to see all his God-given talent.  Cameron Smith's website, titled, "Smith Catholic Art" can be found here.

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