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Issue #7, The Back to School Issue!

In this Issue:

  • From Laura's Desk: Welcome to another year!
  • Homeschooling Tips and Ideas: Do I have to teach AND cook?
  • Read Aloud Review: "My Side of the Mountain" by Jean Craighead George
  • The Saintly Corner: A September Potpourri of Saints and a great craft blog to check out!
  • New Product Announcements: St. Ignatius Unit Study
  • Our Favorite Recipes: Pumpkin Muffins
  • Used Curriculum Corner: News about new used books!
  • From Laura's Desk

    Welcome to September, the month that traditionally is associated with a brand new school year. Since I don't school year round, this is a big time for all of us. For those of you who have been at it all year, it is just another cog in the wheel, isn't it?

    We have had a super busy summer around here. The older kids did a lot more traveling than we're used to doing and my husband and I have, for some reason, undertaken a lot of long term projects that are just getting going. Sometimes I wonder how we will fit school back into the equation. I know, though, that we just need to get started and to tell myself that certain hours are devoted to school alone. The rest will just have to fall into place.

    This past month we've all begun to take a wonderful nutritional supplement and the improvements in all of our health has been so good that I realize now how much ill-health, even if it is just slightly sub-optimal, impacts every aspect of our day. I'm looking forward to a better start to the year because I have much more energy and can think a lot clearer. The kids, too, have seen improvements!

    If you're interested in learning about what we've done, then drop me a note and I'd be happy to share with you!

    Homeschooling Tips and Ideas

    Yes, it is true, you still have to feed your family even though you've just spent the day schooling and trying to keep up with everything else!

    Sometimes dinner just seems like the straw that breaks the camels back, doesn't it? I think it is even worse when you don't have a plan for meal times.

    If you struggle in this area, I would encourage you to check out this page to get some thoughts and ideas on how planning out your meals ahead of time really saves you a lot of time, headaches and even money!

    Read Aloud Review

    My Side of the Mountain
    by Jean Craighead George

    Sam Gribley had grown up in the city of New York surrounded by tall buildings and the constant noise of people, cars and trains. It was all he had ever known, but he wanted more. He read books and magazines about the outdoors and wanted to be surrounded by tall trees and the noises of animals and the wind and water. So one day in early May, he ran away from his city life to start out on his own. He took only a ball of cord, a hatchet, a penknife, flint and steel and $40 - as well as a great determination to succeed.

    Sam hitchhiked and walked until he reached the Catskill Mountains where his family has an old abandoned farm. Upon finding the property, Sam dives headfirst into his new life. He doesn't know much, but what he doesn't know he learns from the few people he meets. An old man whose house he camps near on his way to the farm teaches him how to start a fire and cook over it. The librarian he meets when he ventures into the nearest town helps him to find books. Most of his knowledge though, comes from his own trial and error and his observances of the animals around him. Among his animal friends are Jesse Coon James, "Baron" Weasel and Frightful, a Peregrine falcon.

    Throughout the story, Sam grows in responsibility and the ability to care for himself by using the woods and fields around him. It's a great family story, with light adventure that still keeps interest and useful tips about wilderness survival thrown in.

    To check out more information on this book, or to order yourself a copy, you can go here to my amazon e-store. Help me keep this site going by purchasing items through my store. Thanks :)

    The Saintly Corner

    The month of September is so full of wonderful feast days that I thought I would spend some time pointing them out so that you don't miss them. I mean, this month alone has TWO feast days devoted to the Blessed Mother!

    September 8th - the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    September 15th - Our Lady of Sorrows

    Take some time to plan a little birthday celebration for the Blessed Mother. You could make a little Mary altar (even if it is just on your kitchen table and celebrate with some Marian hymns and treats!

    For the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, look into how to pray the Rosary of Our Lady of Sorrows and try it out with your family that day. It is a beautiful (and approved!) way to pray the rosary.

    The 14th brings the Exaltation of the Holy Cross and on the 21st is the feast of St. Matthew. Bring a little bit of Italy into your home and celebrate the feast of St. Pio on the 23rd.

    You can end the month with an archangel party devoted to St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael.

    I am not a very crafty person, so I appreciate the very talented people who spend time creating sites and blogs that tie in easy to do crafts with the liturgical year. One of my favorite sites is Catholic Icing. Check this great craft blog throughout the month for some fun ideas to help celebrate these important feast days!

    New Product Announcements

    This newsletter I am pleased to announce that my St. Ignatius Catholic Unit Study is ready! I am really looking forward to trying this out with my family for the first month or so of our school year.

    This unit study covers the time period of St. Ignatius' life, which fell during the Renaissance Era. In this study you will not only learn about St. Ignatius, but about other famous people and events that occurred during this Era. People like:

  • Leonardo Da Vinci
  • Hernan Cortes
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe
  • Martin Luther and the Reformation
  • I've included activities in geography, history, science, reading, writing and art to name a few.

    For more information or to order your copy just click here!

    If you'd like some general information about Catholic Unit Studies, just click here!

    If you'd like to keep up with all the latest info, you can always follow me on facebook!

    Our Favorite Recipes

    As we head toward fall and a new school year, here is a great pumpkin muffin recipe to start your day with. We always double the recipe.

    Pumpkin Muffins

    1 C canned pumpkin
    3/4 C oil
    1 C granulated sugar
    2 eggs, beaten

    Mix above ingredients in a bowl.

    In another bowl place:

    2 C flour
    1 tsp baking soda
    1 tsp cinnamon
    1/2 C raisins
    1/4 C walnuts

    Rinse raisins and walnuts in hot water, drain and add to flour.

    Combine all the ingredients; mix well and fill greased muffin tins 1/2 full. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, or a bit more if you like them less moist.

    Makes 12 large muffins

    Used Curriculum Corner

    I've just gotten some new used books to offer to you. There are quite a few to list, so while at first I thought I could include them all here, I realized that I just can't. Check the website for a page or two that I am hoping to dedicatd to USED BOOKS. Not sure when it will be up, but I'm sure you understand :)

    In the meantime, here are some items that I have in my own home that are used but still in good shape. If you are interested in purchasing them, you can contact me and we can arrange the shipping. The price I have listed is what they will sell for PLUS shipping charges. Of course, shipping will depend on how fast you want the items and where you live in relation to me. We can work all the details out through email. Hopefully this will be a win-win situation for both of us!

  • Easy Grammar: Grades 4 and 5 copyright 1996 - Used price $12 plus shipping. Other than a bit of a bent cover, this book is in very good condition. No writing inside.
  • Easy Grammar Plus Copyright 1995 - Used price $12 plus shipping. Same as above, very good condition.
  • Power Glide - Spanish Junior Adventure Pack: 4 books plus 9 audio CDs - Used price: $30 plus shipping
  • If you are interested in any of the above titles, just contact me with your name, email address and which book(s) you are interested in and we will arrange for shipping.

    Remember, you are purchasing used materials. To the best of my ability, I have fairly represented the above mentioned products. All sales are final.

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    Until next time, may God Bless you abundantly!