October - November 2016
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"Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest."

Proverbs 6: 6-8

Eternal rest grant to them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

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Let us be like the little ant ...

As All Saints' Day and Thanksgiving approach, Advent is all too near and with it, Christmas. We could be easily tempted away from "school time" in the name of "household" or "family necessity" in order to complete all those holiday preparations ~ gift-making, cleaning, cooking, and family visits. However, in the homeschool it is time to hunker down and make sure we meet our academic goals before the end of Advent ~ in other words, before the party starts.

How do we meet our academic goals and holiday preparations right now? How can we be like the little ant in our Scripture passage? We are to finish our work, be satisfied with the harvest, then relax and joyously celebrate. With that in mind, we can continue to complete our school time, allowing short periods of each day to be dedicated to holiday preparations. For example, there could be a family craft time initiated for the evenings. There could also be a dedicated craft time during the school day. In the kitchen, you could make it a goal to bake one dessert item each week between now and Christmas. This will give you a ready store of tasty treats in your freezer for those holiday parties or for sitting around the family hearth. 

With temperance and moderation, let us work this month to stay on task, to keep our focus, and to finish in due time, so we do not have homeschool worries looming over us as we celebrate soon. 

Do you have special tips and tricks for this time of year? Pass them along to the rest of the Schola Rosa community via our email address at!

Featured Pictures from one of our Schola Rosa Co-ops
October Check-In Summaries

This month's parent check-ins experienced a great turn-out! Our first check-in was for Just-Home families, and the second was for Co-op families. When families were asked about their positive experiences, they expressed a great gratitude for the integration of the subjects in the Schola Rosa curriculum and how the Handbook overviews help show how everything in a unit is integrated. Wonderful moments in homeschooling included everything from successful memory work, great field trips, and surprising enthusiasm in classroom discussions. 
"This is my fourth year teaching Schola Rosa Intermediate, and it is our first year having 7th grade students who have had 3 years of Latin and the History Discussions from the Elementary side of Schola Rosa. I just wanted to share that this has been our best year ever, and that time in the Elementary cycle really prepared our 7th graders more than we had anticipated!" ~ Parent in Oklahoma

No curriculum or co-op comes without regular challenges. Just Home challenges mostly dealt with logistics and time constraints as well as dirty diapers and illness. Co-op challenges discussed included last-minute alterations due to sick teachers and adjusting the home school to a co-op mentality (deadlines!). 
"This is our first year with families really digging into the curriculum and not just piece-milling the subjects. People are ready the "Overviews" in the Handbooks to understand why the Memory Work is the way it is, which is necessary for those of us who are not coming from a Catholic History background." ~ 4th year Schola Rosa Director

Questions from both meetings can be summarized as follows and answers are provided on the blog:

Upgrades are scheduled for October 31st, 2016. The Schola Rosa suites will be down that day for updates. Please plan ahead. 

No Check-Ins scheduled for November. Please contact us with any questions or concerns at 

Intermediate Videos are posted through the end of First Semester. 
November Book Club & Parent Outings
Mothers' Outing Idea for November
Crafts or Shopping!
Fathers' Outing Idea for November
Hunting Weekend!
Legamus Latinam 4th-6th Grade has audio for Lessons!
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