Lively discussions! Every morning after prayers I read a paragraph of Charity for the Suffering Souls to the kids and discuss it with them afterwards. Today we read about the "souls who continued all through life in his wickedness, returns to God on his death-bed... and feels happy at the thought that the burden of guilt is lifted from his soul." We started talking about those who die in the state of mortal sin and the importance of being Baptized as soon as possible and not waiting until later in life since we don't know when we are going to die. We also talked about making sure that we are always in the state of grace and receive the Sacrament of penance.
This led to a discussion of the aparitions of Our Lady of Fatima in which she showed the children a vision of hell, and where hell might be located. Somehow we started talking about the earth and creation, and since Marygrace is reading about the great flood and fossils from Exploring Creation With General Science she told us all about the "Uniformitariunism view of the process of evolving and how it takes millions of years to form most of the fossils we see today, or there is the Catastrophism view of how God created every creature individually and how the great flood made most of the fossils we see today."
Then the boys started to narrate from the books I ordered last week, which arrived yesterday. Kolbe is reading Albert Einstein: Young Thinker and Joseph is reading Benjamin Franklin: Young Printer. They are already half way done with the books. Kolbe was telling me about a stork that Albert Einstein found, and also about the tea and coffee cake he would have after he got home. We decided that we're going to make coffee cake for tea time this afternoon. Joseph told us about how people weren't allowed to talk about food during mealtimes and how Benjamin Franklin got in trouble and was sent to bed for asking, "Mom, don't you think the mush is a little too thin?" The boys are fascinated with the "Childhood of Famous American" series. They went to bed with their new books and got up at 6:45 to continue to read them.
Believe it or not, this all happened before 8 o'clock this morning. Our discussions is one of the reasons I am so thankful to be homeschooling. I thank God and my husband for providing for our family so I can stay home and educate our children.