School curriculum

HomeschoolFor us school tends to be an all year round thing….but with children at the ages of 10, 9, 7, 5, 4, 2 and 6 months….many can probably relate to the fact that having babies that close together and with all the other responsibilities that life as a wife and mother brings, it is no wonder that sometime in our lives we have to do school year round. We should not try to give ourselves a guilt trip that we are not like the mother who seems to be able to do it all but in reality we don’t really know what goes on behind the scenes.  We just continue to do our best. We have three children of school age.

With that thought in mind. I thought I would share with you some of the books we are using. We use different means for teaching the kids. We use books bought from Our Lady of Victory, some online places,  and dollar stores (they carry some really basic concept books like math and phonics). We also let our kids watch an occasional video that pertains to different things…like math, reading, letters, history, animals, etc. (We screen a lot of what the kids watch!) Plus, being home schooled our kids learn a lot of life skills as well. Trying to be tidy, keeping the house in order (lol, really hard with a big family!), chores with the few animals we have, maintenance of the yard, and cooking too! (Cooking is a great option for working on math skills.) The other plus about homeschooling in a large family is that your boys can learn skills that they need to know from their father and the girls skills from their mother, so that by doing so you are preparing them for that same role in life when they are young adults.

Blog capture of OLVS  Like I said before, we use Our Lady of Victory (OLVS). Maybe I am biased to that curriculum having done it myself, but I just find that some of their books and lesson plans work. We don’t always stick exactly to the lesson plans as I have adapted to what works for us. Also we don’t always use all of their books. At least for this year I have gotten a few different books elsewhere.

For religion we use “Living in God’s Love, Living for God’s Law, and Living for God,” based off of the Baltimore Catechism. They are good simple books. We also teach them a lot of other things about the faith outside of those textbooks things from sermons and other religious books.

For math the kids in grade 1 and 2 we use the “Lepanto Mathmematic” Press books. This year was the first year that our fourth grader started Saxon Math . Our first grader also used a simple math concept book we picked up at the dollar store.

For science we are using OLVS “Science and Living in God’s World” for grade 1,” Science and Living in God’s World” in grade 2, and are oldest “Science and Living in God’s World 4″.  Our first grader and our second grader also have books on sea life “Seaside and Way Side”  and animal life, “Animal Life Book 2“.

Spelling is OLVS “Traditional Catholic Spellers” for all three grades.

In Grammar our second grader is using “God gave Me the Gift of Language,” and the other two are using “Lepanto Graders 1+2 and 4.

Our oldest son is doing, “How Our Nation Began“.

Our second son has maps this year using: “Maps, Charts, and Graphs B+ C

As for phonics/reading our daughter who is grade 1 struggled a lot last year with the Angel Reader series. They worked great on our two boys, but not with her. We never really finished the book. She learned some basic reading…but just not good enough. So we went and purchased a different book on reading. We really want her to learn to read. She knows her sounds and what letters but just can’t seem to put the two together, so we got her “Teach Your Child To Read in 100 Easy Lessons,” by Siegfried Engelmann from Thrift books


Our second grader is using the Angel Reader series for grade 2. As for readers our oldest boys are using “Catholic Stories For Boys and Girls” by Neumann Press that we got from Tan Homeschool.  Tan Homeschool

Catholic National Readers for grade 2 and 4 from OLVS.

I got two extra books to for fun from Tan Home school  “An Alphabet of Saints” by Robert Hugh Benson and “Treasure Box Book 1” by MaryKnoll Sisters.

So that is a list of what we are using this year for grades 1, 2 and 4.  Hope this helps you other mothers out there in choosing your curriculum and letting you know what we think  about our books. May this give you in encouragement that you are not alone in the teaching and upbringing of your children!

Note: This is not a sponsored post nor am I being paid to advertise for Our Lady of Victory, Tan Home school and Thrift books.

Gluten Free Hot Cross Buns

Gluten Free Hot Cross Buns
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Gluten-free Hot Cross Buns

Serves 10 rolls

Sweetly spiced dough, studded with currants or raisins. Traditionally enjoyed on Good Friday or Easter Sunday!



  • 1/4 cup currants or raisins
  • 1/8 cup orange juice
  • 2 3/4 cups gluten free flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. xanthum gum
  • 2 tsp. yeast
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. allspice
  • 1/8 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup warm milk (I used coconut milk) (110 F.)
  • 3/8 cup warm water (105-110 F.)
  • 2 Tbsp. dairy-free margarine, butter or coconut oil, melted
  • 1 egg (preferably room temp)
  • 1 tsp. cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract


  • 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. powdered confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 Tablespoon milk, plus additional as needed


  1. Buns:
  2. In a small bowl, soak the currants in the orange juice. Place in microwave for 15-20 seconds or until warm. Let sit while you prepare rest of recipe.
  3. In the mixing bowl of your electric mixer, mix together flour, xantham gum, instant yeast, sugar, salt, cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg.
  4. With mixer running on low speed, add in the warm water, warm milk (or other non-dairy milk), melted shortening/coconut oil, egg, cider vinegar, and vanilla extract.
  5. Mix on medium speed for 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  6. Dump in the currants or raisins with all of the orange juice they were in.
  7. Mix on medium speed for 1 minute.
  8. Remove bowl from mixer and stir with a spatula to make sure everything on the bottom got mixed in well.
  9. Spray 8″ or 9″ round cake pan or pie plate with cooking spray. Using a large #20 cookie scoop or 1/3 cup measuring cup, scoop dough into 10 mounds in the pan.
  10. Dip your fingertip into warm water and use to smooth out the tops of the rolls, continuing to wet fingers minimally as needed.
  11. Cover with a dry towel and let rise in a warm place 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  12. During the last few minutes that the rolls are rising, preheat oven to 400 F.
  13. Bake in 400 oven for 24-26 minutes.
  14.  For extra shine, brush rolls with additional 1/2-1 Tablespoon of melted shortening, coconut oil, or margarine.
  15. Once cool, remove from pan onto serving plate or platter.


  1. Once the rolls are cool, whisk or mix together icing ingredients, adding additional milk as needed until you have a thick icing that you can pipe on. Scoop into a decorating bag that is fitted with a skinny circle tip. Pipe crossed lines onto each cooled bun.
  2. Store buns tightly covered at room temperature. These are best the first 2 days.

You can find the original recipe here :


This recipe turned out very well. Even though my  buns were not as beautiful as the picture of above, they still turned out delicious. I am so glad I made them and they will be a beautiful addition to our family meal. For years I have wanted to make a gluten free  hot cross bun and now I have found one we like.