{JEI} Back-to-School with #thezeliegroup

I belong to a group of Catholic Mom Bloggers called The Zelie Group, named after St. Marie-Azélie Martin, the mother of St.Thérèse of Lisieux. Each week we’ll be answering some questions and you’re welcome to join in. This link-up will happen each Thursday. We’re calling it JEI, Just Enough Info. You can take part by posting your answers on your blog and linking up or by answering in the comments. (Note: Fishbowl Fortune no longer hosts JEI, but you can find it at Sweeping Up Joy.)

This week our questions are about back-to-school.

JEI Back-to-school


1. What is your best school memory from your childhood?
2. Do you have any back-to-school family traditions?
3. Markers or colored pencils?

1. What is your best school memory from your childhood?

On one hand, I had a nice childhood. I grew up in a little town, in a house on the cliffs of the ocean. I loved to read, play piano and go for walks. I played the organ at church, so I enjoyed that community as well. I loved my grandparents and my parents spoiled me. I was miserable in school, though. It felt like prison. Even my good memories are kind of tainted. Still, I did love the annual Christmas concert. All the Christmas concert memories from all the years blend together. It was exciting to be in the big school at night. It was a rural place so the parking lot was very dark. It was usually snowing and cold. The classroom had a Christmas tree. There were coloring pages and candy canes. I always wore patent leather shoes to the concert. They gleamed and clicked.

2. Do you have any back-to-school family traditions?

We don’t really have any traditions. We only started formally homeschooling this year. We’re starting after Labour Day. That’s going to be a tradition. I hope leaving my homeschool registration until the very last minute isn’t going to be a tradition! Maybe I’d like to try to make a special breakfast, but I never can predict what June will eat.

3.Markers or colored pencils?

June prefers markers when she has a choice. For school, she mostly has to use crayons or colored pencils, because markers bleed through the worksheets.

I greatly prefer colored pencils. In fact, I want to learn to use watercolor pencils and do some serious colored pencil art. I remember, when I was young, I liked the thin markers best just like June.

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6 thoughts on “{JEI} Back-to-School with #thezeliegroup

  1. eysaint says:

    Hi! I am visiting from the link-up!
    Ah, yes, I never much liked being stuck in school either, but I loved being in the choral concerts and holiday assemblies. Watercolor pencils sound neat. I will have to check those out!

  2. sweepingupjoy says:

    How lovely that you can shape June’s school experience to be different from your own. Here’s to a year of “first traditions” for your family. 🙂

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