LIVABLE LEARNING - Preparing the Home and the Heart
What's New?

December 08, 2011 - Feast of the Immaculate Conception - Launched Teaching from a Tackle Box Blogger page.
 
October 22, 2011 - Created Livable Learning Facebook Page. Follow the link to Facebook at the bottom of this webpage.
 
August 23, 2011 - Established Livable Learning Twitter account. 

 
September 2009 - Suzanne brings the atrium to the Black Hills Catholic Home Educators weekly coop at Blessed Sacrament Church in Rapid City SD. Class sessions on Thursday mornings for 9 weeks in the Fall 2009 and 12 weeks in the Spring 2010 with 6-9 atrium session for 1.25 hours and 3-6 atrium for 1.25 hours each week.

June 2009 - Suzanne and daughters Rachel 17yo and Therese 10yo travel to All Saints Parish in Stuart Iowa for the third session of Level II training for CGS.

November 3, 2008 -- Feast of St. Martin dePorres -- Suzanne's husband of 28 years, after having been separated for 3-1/2 years, surprises her again and files for divorce, two months to the day after Suzanne's mother dies. Further revisions on the jmjpublishing.com and livablelearning.biz websites are delayed once again.

September 3,  2008 -- Feast of St. Gregory the Great -- Suzanne's mother died after a year of surgeries and numerous health concerns.

August, 2008 -- Suzanne applied and was accepted for
CGS-MAPS Program at Aquinas Institute of Theology, but discerned at the last minute that the timing was not quite right to pursue a Masters Degree in Theology.

June and July, 2008 -- Suzanne and daughter Rachel travel to Stuart Iowa for the first 2 sessions of Level II training for CGS - will complete Level II in June 2009.

February 2008 -- All Livable Learning and JMJ Publishing estores and eBay stores closed due to pressing family obligations and Suzanne's mother's health care needs.

March 2006 -- Livable Learning accepts credit card payments via mail order or fax. New Livable Learning.biz estore opened with manufactured Montessori-friendly learning materials.

September 2005 -- Suzanne and Cyndi founded a CGS atrium for preschooolers at St Joseph's Catholic Church in Spearfish, South Dakota. Sessions held once a month on Wednesdays, while the rest of the students attend Generations of Faith family formation program.

September 2005 -- Tuesday morning Mother's Bible Study Atrium moves to Blessed Sacrament Church in Rapid City, South Dakota. 18 children are enrolled!

August 5, 2005 -- Suzanne's husband surprises her 4 days before their 25th wedding anniversary and moves out of the home while she is out of town. Suzanne steps back and takes time off from her egroups
Livable Learning and Catholic Learning Materials.

August 2005 -- Suzanne and Rachel travel to Winner, South Dakota to run preschool program for Summer Saints School. Elements of CGS brought into vacation bible school setting.

July 2005 -- Suzanne and 13yo daughter Rachel traveled to Altoona Wisconsin for Level I - Part II training for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

June 2005 -- Suzanne and Rachel run preschool program for Summer Saints School at Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Rapid City, South Dakota. Elements of CGS brought into vacation bible school setting.

January 2005 -- New Livable Learning eBay store is established to provide teacher resource materials and student learning materials including ready made sets for Teaching from a Tackle Box.

September 2004 -- Suzanne opens a portable Catechesis of the Good Shepherd atrium. Classes are held during Mother's Bible Study on Tuesday mornings at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Rapid City, South Dakota.

July 2004 -- Suzanne travels to Altoona, Wisconsin for Level I - Part I training for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. For a schedule of upcoming CGS catechist training dates go to
www.cgsusa.org 

January 10, 2004 -- Catholic Learning Materials egroup is founded. This is a collaborative group where members can brainstorm, share creative talents or make requests for homemade printable learning materials to aid in the teaching of the Catholic faith. We also discuss the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

October 4, 2003 -- Feast of St. Francis of Assisi -- Livable Learning egroup is established.

June 28, 2003 -- Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus - we began building the first JMJ publishing web site featuring teacher resources and student learning materials for Montessori education and Catholic education.

May 30, 2003 -- Feast of St. Joan of Arc -- Our business is founded and we announce the release of our first publication: "From Creative Chaos to Livable Learning." Written by S.V. Wilhelmi, a mother of eight children, the book provides a step-by-step plan with spiritual reflections to help homeschooling families achieve order in their household and daily routine. The book was first released for sale at the
Minnesota Catholic Home Educators Conference in St. Paul, Minnesota.


Speaker/Conference Talks

-- June 4, 2005 - Conference Talk:  "Hands on Learning" -- South Dakota Christian Home Educators Conference, Rapid City, South Dakota.
-- July 18-19, 2003 - Conference Workshop:  "From Creative Chaos to Livable Learning"
Vendor Talk:  "Montessori for All Ages" -- South Dakota Christian Home Educators Conference, Rapid City, South Dakota.
-- May 30-June 1, 2003 - Vendor Talk:  "Montessori for All Ages" -- Minnesota Home Educators Conference, St. Paul, Minnesota

Media Coverage
-- August 2005, West River Catholic:  "Mother's Bible Study Teaches Children about the Church"

Product and Web Site Reviews
Does anyone have this book and could give a summary and recommendation? I stumbled on the jmjpublishing website and I'm still reading, trying to learn more and just wondered what any of you knew about this. I do have a few organizational books - wondering how this compares.... 
Reply by Elizabeth Foss:  The book is about 30 single sided pages in fonts of 12 or larger. Nineteen pages are the meat of the text. There are some very good things on these pages -- a nice application of organizational philosophy to Montessori with an eye toward virtue development. I could see a group of women using one book (locally) to discuss and to encourage one another. The pages have been photocopied in black ink, Then, there are five "journal" pages with headings at the top and blank space. Then, six pages of charts to inventory what you own. Finally, there are two pages to plan your week's worth. The book had sturdy paper covers and spiral binding. There is no other organizational book that does what this one does but it is pricey for the product you hold. I guess the question is: what price can you put on the philosophy?
MOTH is a much more substantial book, much more professionally published, but you can't really compare the two because the philosophy is entirely different. Frankly, I'd take Montessori mixed with the FLYlady over MOTH any day!

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