Thursday, July 25, 2019

Catechesis Albums Level I and II

Catholic Montessori Catechesis Albums Levels I and II


Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Lucero Family Update

Hello everyone! Are you still out there? It's been so long since I've written here on Montessori Candy and so much has happened in the last few years. I'd love to give you an update on the family!

Back when I started this blog in 2008, we were living in New Mexico. During that time I was Montessori homeschooling and I absolutely treasure those years! I'm so glad I have this blog to look back on, so if you're homeschooling, or even have kids, I definitely recommend blogging, even if it is just a private way for you to journal your family journey. I'm so glad that I did it!

In the summer of 2015, we moved back to my hometown, Chicago. We packed up our family of 9, sold our house and moved across the country. I had homeschooled my children for 10 years, and when the time came to decide what we were going to do moving forward, the kids all decided they wanted to try going to a conventional school.

I had always homeschooled my children and loved having them at home with me so it wasn't the easiest decision for me to enroll them in a school. Fortunately for us, we found the most amazing, caring community at our local parochial school and the kids did a super job of getting used to their new environment. Admittedly, things were harder socially for our oldest son, who at the time was entering 8th grade in a small, tight-knit school group. Academically he continued to excel as he had always done, but he was coming into a whole new environment socially speaking.

Almost 4 years after having lived in Chicago, I can truly say it's been an amazing, thrilling and whirlwind ride!

My oldest is now a junior at a top Chicago selective enrollment high school and recently got a letter from HARVARD inviting him to check them out as an option for college!

Our second oldest is a Sophmore at a private art school and majoring in media arts with a focus on animation.

Our third oldest was recently accepted into a private Montessori and IB high school! A Montessori high school folks! I'm so excited for him to start his new adventure there as a freshman in the fall.

Our 4 youngest are in a parochial school and loving the community and friendships they have built there these last few years. We are truly blessed to live among a very supportive and socially active school environment that implements a wonderful, IB cross-curricular learning environment.

The children are all thriving and doing wonderfully. Chicago has so much to offer in terms of programming and engagement for the youth. Although the children are all in school now, we continue to consider a Montessori approach when it comes to the children's development and education. This means especially striving to appreciate the children for the individuals that they truly are, and guiding them towards opportunities that may seem of interest to them. For example, our 8th grader is very much interested in design so this past summer he participated in a teen ambassador program for the Chicago Architecture Center. Because the children are no longer homeschooled, we especially believe it is super important to continue to observe them and present them with opportunities that meet their needs as they grow and navigate their way through life.

In other family news, we have an awesome family band (Cielito Lindo), and have had many wonderful performances and experiences because of it! I'll write about it and catch you up in my next post. Stay tuned!

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

I'm so excited to announce I've been working on our new family website. I am hoping to transfer over most of Montessori Candy's blog posts, plus blog posts from our Montessori home co-op! It's still in it's beginning stages, but I invite you to come check it out :)

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Catholic Montessori Albums Level II for Ages 6-9 Now Available!

I'm so happy to announce Elizabeth Papandrea's Catholic Montessori album, Level II for Ages 6-9 is now available for purchase and download!

 Elizabeth Papandrea's Catholic Montessori Album Level II for Ages 6-9
$48 US

Table of Contents
The History of the Kingdom of Heaven
    The Unity of the History
    The History of the Gifts
    What Is the Bible?

    Pin Map
    City of Jerusalem with Passion Narratives

    Prophecy of the Light (Second Presentation)
    Synthesis of the Prophecies
    Prophecy of the Peaceful Kingdom
    Prophecy of the Holy Spirit
    Prophecy of the Hills and Valleys

The Good Shepherd
    The Eucharistic Presence of the Good Shepherd (Second Presentation)
    The Wolf and the Hireling (Second Presentation)

    1.  Parables of the Kingdom
            Synthesis of the Parables
    2.  Moral Parables
            The Good Samaritan
            The Insistent Friend
            The Ten Virgins
            The Sower
            The Pharisee and the Publican
            The Wedding Feast
    3.  Parables of Mercy
            The Found Sheep (Second Presentation)
            The Found Coin

The Infancy Narratives
    The Flight into Egypt
    Synthesis of the Infancy Narratives

The Sacraments
    Composite Presentation of Baptism
    The Rite of Baptism
    The Sacrament of Penance
    Summary of the Law
    Overview of Sacramental Preparation
    Meditation 1: The True Vine
    Meditation 2: The True Vine, Second Perspective
    Meditation 3: The Found Sheep and the Found Coin
    Meditation 4: The Prodigal Son
    Meditation 5: The Cure of the Centurion's Servant
    Plan for the First Communion Retreat

The Mass
    Children's Personal Missals
    Synthesis of the Mass
    Origin of the Eucharist
    Altar Definition Cards
    The Consecration
    Re-enactment of the Last Supper

    Communal Prayer
    The Lord's Prayer:  Messianic Portion
    The Lord's Prayer:  Entire Prayer
    Psalm 23

    Synthesis of Pentecost

Practical Life
    Match Lighting 

Haven't purchased Level I for Ages 3-9 yet? You can do so at the link Below!
$48 USD
Table of Contents

Introduction to the Atrium

Movement and Nomenclature

The Altar: Level One

The Altar: Level Two

The Altar: Level Three

The Altar: Level Four (The Tabernacle Genuflection)

Sign of the Cross

Liturgical Calendar

Preparation of the Cruets


Globe and Topographical Map

Puzzle Map

City of Jerusalem


Advent Celebration

Christmas Celebration

Liturgy of the Light

Pentecost Celebration


Prophecy of the Light

Prophecy of the Names

Prophecy of the City

Prophecy of the Mother

Prophecy of the Star

The Good Shepherd

The Good Shepherd

The Found Sheep

The Eucharistic Presence of the Good Shepherd

The Wolf and the Hireling

Parables of the Kingdom

The Mustard Seed

The Pearl of Great Price

The Leaven

The Hidden Treasure

The Wheat Seed

Paschal Parable: The Grain of Wheat

The Infancy Narratives

The Annunciation

The Visitation

The Nativity and Adoration of the Shepherds

The Presentation in the Temple

The Adoration of the Magi


Baptism: Level One- the Light and the White Garment

Baptism: Level Two- the Water and the Word

Baptism: Level Three-the Gestures and the Oils

The Mass

Preparation of the Chalice

The Cenacle

Gestures of Mass: Lavabo

Gestures of Mass: Consecration

Preparation to Hear the Gospel


Psalm 23:1

Psalm 23: 1-3

Hail Mary: Part One

Hail Mary: Part Two

Introduction to the "Our Father"


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Life as we know it..

It's been extremely quite around here hasn't it?! We're still alive and kicking, but life as we know it has been quite the roller coaster! Between health issues, a new baby, self employment and large family logistics, we've definitely had our plate full! It's been quite the ride for the past couple of years, but it looks as though we can see the rainbow at the end of the storm!

I've been working on designing a new blog where I will share our family adventures and my love for all things design. In the meantime, take a peek at what we've been up to with our children and our family music group, Cielito Lindo!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Farmers Market

Here are some snapshots from one of the Farmers Markets we attended in October. Our family loves going to get fresh local produce, listening to live music, sharing chocolate almond croissants and drinking basil lemonade. So much to do and see there! It's always so nice to go there and see familiar faces too. Our family has become known as "the music family" because my husband performs there once a month with his group and my children sometimes join in the fun too!