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News from Catholic Homeschooling Resources, Issue #022 - Planning for the New Year
April 29, 2014

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Issue #22 - A Long-in-coming Update

In this Issue:

  • From Laura's Desk: Reviewing and Planning

  • Homeschooling Tips and Ideas: Looping
  • Book Recommendations: "Something Other Than God"
  • Product Announcements: Reminders
  • Our Favorite Recipes: Yummy Pizza
  • CHR Advertisers
  • From Laura's Desk

    It really is hard to believe that it has been nine months since I've sent out a newsletter. My apologies to those of you who have signed up and never received one!

    The past nine months have been a learning experience for this veteran homeschooler. Isn't it amazing how there is always so much more that God wants you to learn? In the fall, two of the older girls started at the local community college, with a third starting this past January. In addition, they all are working (which is a good thing!).

    Needless to say, this has been quite an adjustment period for all of us. Trying to juggle the four I still have at home, their school work and their extra activities, as well as making sure the other three have a ride to school/work and also a way home, has been exhausting. Who says it gets easier the older they get?

    As this school year winds down, I'm taking some time to evaluate how it went and what I need to change in order to make next year even better. Do you do that? If not, I would encourage you to look back over your school year and make some notes. What did you like? What didn't you like? What did your kids like/not like? Then, before you buy any curriculum for next year, see where you need to tweak things and then plan accordingly.

    No two years are EVER the same, so taking some time now to review and plan will help make your next school year even better.

    If you need help with organizing your life so that next school year gets off to a good start, don't forget to check out my book A Plan for Joy in the Home!

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

    Homeschooling Tips and Ideas

    Whenever I come across an idea that gets me thinking and itching to put it into place, I like to share it. A while back I began reading Sarah Mackenzie's blog Amongst Lovely Things. She's been doing a great series about teaching from a state of rest and I'd recommend you go read it!

    One of the posts was about looping. This refers to scheduling things, such as subjects in school or household chores, into a revolving loop instead of assigning them certain days or times. She does a great job of explaining it, so I'll just let her do it for you!

    It has gotten me thinking, though, about how I can work that into our schedule next year. I haven't figured it out yet, mainly because I haven't had time to try, but I'm looking forward to pondering it and playing around with some scenarios.

    That's what this time of year is for, folks! Reading, researching, pondering...all ways to make your homeschooling better and your life a little bit more peaceful!

    I'd love to hear from you if you've ever tried looping subjects. Did it work? Do you see any pitfalls? Drop me a line at Laura@catholic-homeschooling-resources.com.

    Book Reccomendations

    So how's this for a book rec? I'm recommending a book to you that I haven't even read yet. Heck, I don't even have my copy yet! I am, however, so convinced that this is going to be an awesome book that I'm willing to go out on a limb and recommend it to you. The book is called Something Other Than God by Jennifer Fulwiler.

    This book has been 5 years in the making and is written by an amazing homeschooling mom of six children. Here's the synopsis off of Amazon:

    "Jennifer Fulwiler told herself she was happy. Why wouldn't she be? She made good money as a programmer at a hot tech start-up, had just married a guy with a stack of Ivy League degrees, and lived in a twenty-first-floor condo where she could sip sauvignon blanc while watching the sun set behind the hills of Austin.

    Raised in a happy, atheist home, Jennifer had the freedom to think for herself and play by her own rules. Yet a creeping darkness followed her all of her life. Finally, one winter night, it drove her to the edge of her balcony, making her ask once and for all why anything mattered. At that moment everything she knew and believed was shattered.

    Asking the unflinching questions about life and death, good and evil, led Jennifer to Christianity, the religion she had reviled since she was an awkward, sceptical child growing up in the Bible Belt. Mortified by this turn of events, she hid her quest from everyone except her husband, concealing religious books in opaque bags as if they were porn and locking herself in public bathroom stalls to read the Bible.

    Just when Jennifer had a profound epiphany that gave her the courage to convert, she was diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition-and the only treatment was directly at odds with the doctrines of her new-found faith. Something Other Than God is a poignant, profound and often funny tale of one woman who set out to find the meaning of life and discovered that true happiness sometimes requires losing it all."

    I know you're intrigued now, aren't you? If you click on the link and purchase it through Amazon, I'll even get a few pennies for my effort! Thanks so much, and I hope my copy comes soon so I can start reading it!

    Product Announcements

    I'd just like to remind you that I still have a few Life of Fred math books to sell so that I can sell out my remaining stock. If you wouldn't mind taking a look at what I have left and then consider purchasing them from me so that I can be done, I would be very grateful!!

    Here is the link to my general math page. You can click on any of the three Life of Fred links at the bottom of this page to see what books are available, as well as find out what information is contained in each book.

    Also, a reminder for those of you who feel the need to be more organized with your time and your day, please check out my workbook, A Plan for Joy in the Home that was written to help you specifically with managing your schedule.

    Thank you for your support!

    Our Favorite Recipes

    I am so excited that we finally have an alternative to our usual cheese or sausage pizza. We always make our pizza from scratch because, let's face it, it's just too expensive to order our pizza for 9 and we just aren't fans of any of the frozen brands. Last Fall, my husband and I went to a restaurant and he ordered a Mediterranean pizza which was out of this world. Here's how we've been making it:

    Pizza crust:
    2 1/4 tsp yeast
    1 cup warm water
    2 1/2 cups flour
    2 tsp olive oil
    1 tsp sugar (can be left out)
    1 tsp salt

    Combine yeast and warm water and stir until dissolved. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Let dough rest 5 minutes then roll it out to size and shape you need on a greased pan. Bake it at 450 degrees for 15 minutes, or until golden.

    When it is done, rub olive oil over the hot crust and then sprinkle with dried oregano. Next layer the following ingredients:

    diced artichoke hearts (from a can)
    diced tomatoes
    wilted fresh spinach (heat oil in pan, put spinach leaves and cook until they wilt)
    chopped fresh garlic
    crumbled feta cheese
    mozzarella cheese

    Put it back in the oven at 350 degrees and bake until cheese is melted, about 10-15 minutes. Enjoy this quick, easy and yummy pizza.

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    Until next time, may God Bless you abundantly!

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