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Boredom is:“Irreverence for the present; the next condition to death.” (Chesterton)
+ June 23, 2012
Catholic Heritage Curricula invites you to try our Summer Enrichment Program! We offer materials that can be used for remedial reading, math, and spelling; or for wholesome summer activities and enrichment to keep skills up and children excited at the wonder of discovery over the long summer break from school.
Phonics, reading, spelling, and math workbooks may be used for catch-up tutoring in the child’s comforting, supportive home environment. (For remedial work, select materials that are suited to the ability of the child.)
As the student progresses through the work, point out to him the areas that he/she has mastered, praising him/her for his achievement. When the student’s weak areas begin to show, slow down a bit to make sure he/she understands the new concept. Then remind him that, just as he mastered previous concepts, he will soon master this one. Praise, praise, praise.
Students who are ahead of their grade level and thrive on challenges might use materials above their grade level, also suited to their abilities.
Or perhaps your family would like to create a summer of memories, exploring the wonders of God’s creation through simple astronomy; bird study; or teaching your children how to whittle; or to cook over an open fire. See Tin Cups and Tinder, The Young Man’s Handybook, or Pilgrims of the Holy Family. Would your daughter like to learn simple sewing and cooking skills with Mom or Grandma this summer? Create memories with Sewing with Saint Anne or Tea and Cake with the Saints.
Whether your child needs tutoring, or engaging enrichment activities, Catholic Heritage Curricula’s Summer Enrichment Program gives your family the tools to fill summer days with wholesome, character-building activities.
Praying God’s blessing and protection on your family this summer,
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The Dignity of the Child and the “I’m Bored: Entertain Me” Syndrome.
The dignity of the human person is rooted in his creation in the image and likeness of God…By his deliberate actions, the human person does, or does not, conform to the good promised by God…[individuals] make their own contribution to their interior growth; they make their whole…lives into means of this growth. —Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1700
Work honors the Creator’s gifts and the talents received from Him. —ibid,2427
If you’ve ever read the family-friendly Little House on the Prairie series, or Anne Pellowski’s “Catholic Little House” series, have you noticed that boredom is never mentioned?
“Boredom” was rare a century ago, simply because children were valued not only as gifts made in the image of God, but also for their necessary participation in the well-being of the family. This participation included daily labors that often began before sunrise and ended only at bedtime. After several hours of “chores,” children were rarely bored in their free time. And those chores contributed to their interior growth. (CCC 1700)
Even though they lived often-menial lives, do you suppose Our Lord and Lady were ever bored? No, because all that they did they did for someone else. That is, whether sweeping up sawdust or perhaps baking bread for a sick neighbor, their work was dedicated to the greater glory of God, in the service of others.
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