I just spent a good chunk of change on some homeschooling material. Hold your horses, I'm not going to home school next year, I am just giving it a try over the summer. Grasshopper is not going to be happy about this. I ordered some religion texts for both girls, a grammar workbook for Grasshopper to help her with her writing skills and some pre-reading workbooks for Little Bear. I'm not exactly sure how I am going to teach or how it will fit into our routine, but somehow it will.
It is interesting to note that today, May 1st, is the Day of International Solidarity of Workers in communist countries. It is also the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker. "The feast of St. Joseph the Worker was established by Pope Pius XII in 1955 in order to Christianize the concept of labor and give to all workmen a model and a protector." (CatholicCulture.com) In other words, it was a sort of reaction to the godless Communist celebration. St. Joseph is even considered the patron saint of people who fight Communism.
The Catholic Culture site encourages its readers to "pray for atheistic Communism's influence to cease and a proper application of the principles explained by Leo XIII in Rerum novarum and John Paul II in Centesimus annus to be the guide used by nations." I think it might be a good day to pray against the influence of atheistic Socialism as well.