Skip to main content

In Praise of Private Schooling

It's Catholic Schools week this week.  I never attended Catholic schools as a girl.  In fact, I was a teacher for several years in both public and private schools but never a Catholic school. It never occurred to me that some day I would send my children to Catholic schools.  If I am being honest, I resisted the idea of it. That was before my conversion at age 26.  Before I had children of my own.

We began in a Franciscan preschool/kindergarten.  It was the most well-run, gentle, loving, efficient school I had ever witnessed.  It was run by two older nuns.  Their whole lives were dedicated to teaching very young children to be independent, imaginative, orderly, caring, kind and prayerful.  They laid the foundation for my children in school and we have thanked God for their influence many times since.  Our boys then moved on to parish schools and we have been blessed to have wonderful teachers there as well.

 I love that my children begin their day in prayer, write JMJ and a cross at the tops of their papers, walk past statues of Mary and baby Jesus on their way in and out of school.
I love that they go to Mass every week and sit with their older prayer partners and are fed by a priest who is gifted in his preaching and personality.
I love that they are surrounded by other students of faith, that they witness their teachers and principals with heads bowed in reverence for God.
They are learning to be charitable, faithful, Biblical and they are treated as the most important thing that they are ~ children of the Most High God.

In today's world, it is simply a comfort to send my children into an environment such as this. It is not easy, financially, for us to send them to these schools.  For years we had no cable TV, Internet or cell phones in order to save money.  It is not the best choice for every family but for us, for now, we feel blessed and grateful for the presence of Catholic schools in our family!


  1. What wonderful experiences your boys have had. And, we get to see their faces! Such adorable pictures! H2U

  2. Awesome post, Misty! The experiences those boys have each day are priceless.

  3. Amen, sister! I miss seeing the boys around SMI! Our budget is so tight these days with one in Kindergarten and the other in second, but I, like you, would not have it any other way. My main goal is to give my children a strong Catholic faith foundation. During this Catholic Schools Week, I feel blessed that God has given us the resources to allow them to attend SMI for another year and I feel blessed that my children have such wonderful teachers who sacrifice a lot to share their faith with my children everyday.

  4. I send my kids to catholic school as well. I love the prayer, I love they see statues of Mary and a cross in every room, I love that there are uniforms and LOVE daily religion!! It's instilling them with our faith and hopefully grabbing them at their young age to pursue it on their own.

    I taught in a catholic school and altho the pay was so low it was the best job I ever had!!!! Praying God can bring me back to it one day.

    Love your pictures.



Post a Comment

~Grace and peace to you~

Popular posts from this blog

Locally Grown {stuffed green peppers recipe}

  Last weekend we took the whole family to a nearby produce stand.  We were craving something that tasted fresh from the garden and since I don't have my own garden, we found this place.     The fields were full of fall-colored flowered.  Can't wait for those cooler days to come.         But for now, we are reveling in the height of summer sunshine and produce.       It's easy to go overboard here and buy much more than you can use in the next few days.  I don't even like okra but they look so inviting in those cute blue crates.     These tomatoes inspired a caprese salad for lunch: tomato slices cut into quarters, hunks of fresh mozzarella, snipped basil leaves, salt, pepper and drizzles of olive oil and red wine vinegar.       These strawberries wound up being dunked in Silky Chocolate Fondue .       Every girl dreams of doing her shopping with one of these adorable woven baskets, doesn't she?       Even the boys had fun playing in the sand while I took m

Peaceful Snow Day

Yesterday we had the most lovely snow day. The woods were simply begging us to come and explore. We had new trails to find and secret passageways and hideouts. Reading about nature is fine, but if a person walks in the woods and listens carefully, he can learn more than what is in books, for they speak with the voice of God. George Washington Carver There were tracks to follow. And tracks to make. Occasionally, the wind blew mini blizzards of snow around us. And then the sun returned and the sky gleamed blue. The sky is the daily bread of the eyes. Ralph Waldo Emerson There were hints of Spring. And reminders of winter. We made wonderful memories. And then, there were the snowy camellias. I got a little swept away by their color and beauty. I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes. e.e. cummings

How to Create Art in Five Minutes

As I have mentioned before, my word for this year is CREATE .  Painting with watercolors is one area in which I have been experimenting.  Michael's has a really inexpensive line of art supplies called Artist's Loft .  I bought the watercolor paints and a few brushes as a way to get started without much investment. (Everything is around $5-$10.)   Being a part of Alisa Burke's on-line class called Create Daily , has awakened my senses to the many opportunities to create quickly .  Sometimes we get caught up in the idea that we must have large blocks of time set aside to be artistic .  Surely, we think, it takes an afternoon to paint, collage, journal or compose a few lines of poetry.  Well, if you are seeking perfection, it does.  But if you are seeking to revel in your simplistic ability to create something imperfect instead of nothing at all ,  there are moments of creative inspiration everywhere you look! On this particular day, I opened my daily poetry em