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Issue #11, It's time to start thinking about conferences!

In this Issue:

  • From Laura's Desk: Thoughts about Homeschool Conferences
  • Homeschooling Tips and Ideas: Conference Links and Planning Guide
  • Book Recommendations: Books Waiting to be Read
  • New Product Announcements: Life of Fred Books
  • Our Favorite Recipes: Bruschetta Chicken
  • Used Curriculum Corner: More Math and Science Books
  • From Laura's Desk

    I don't know about you, but I can't believe that it's homeschooling conference time already. Even though I'm not quite ready to plan my next year yet, I am looking forward to attending a conference.

    My goal is to get to a conference every year because I find them to be a great way to get re-enthused about homeschooling. It's great to get together with some friends and head out for the day, or two, to hear some motivating speakers and check out any new curriculum that might be around. What's even more fun is to go to another city and make a short trip out of it!

    The one thing I think is crucial to a successful conference experience is to be organized. If you don't have a plan you risk wasting a lot of time and money. To help you with this, I've updated my conference links page and added a new page about how to plan for a homeschooling conference. I hope you find them both to be helpful. Just check out the next section for the links to the pages :)

    I hope that you have a great conference experience this year! If you've never gone to one before, it might be overwhelming at first, but don't worry, once you go home and sort through all of the information, you'll be very glad that you went.

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

    Homeschooling Tips and Ideas

    Here is the link to my Catholic Homeschooling Conferences page. At the bottom of that page you can link to the Conference Planning Page, or if you want, you can just click on this link to take you to that page.

    Book Reccomendations

    This section might change a little over the coming months. I was just informed by Amazon that, due to a bill that was passed in Illinois (where I am) they have to terminate my affiliate status with them. This, in turn, will cause me to not be able to pull up links or pictures of books that I might like to recommend to you. I can still tell you about good books, and I most certainly will, however, you will have to go search them out on your own :(.

    So this newsletter I thought I'd tell you about a few books that I'm reading and have waiting to read. We are just finishing up "Preparation for Total Consecration" by St. Louis Marie de Montfort. We love to do this consecration at this time of the year! If you've never followed St. Louis' consecration to Mary formula, I would highly recommend it.

    Another book I like to read every Lent is "The Pain of Christ and the Sorrow of God" by Gerald Vann. It is short but powerful. I plan on starting that next and having that carry me through Holy Week.

    My daughter recently received a book called "When God Writes Your Love Story" by Eric and Leslie Ludy. It is a Protestant book, but she thought it was very good so I am anxious to give that one a try, too.

    Seeing as how I'll be lucky to make it through those few books I've listed, I think I'll stop there. There never seems to be enough time to read, does there?

    New Product Announcements

    I'm going to mention Fred again here. As you are beginning to think about next school year, you might be thinking that you need to try something new in the math department.

    I would like to encourage you to consider the Life of Fred books. They are engaging, different, thorough and fun! If you happen to see them at a conference, stop and check them out and then come back here to order them! We always have free shipping on Fred books!

    If you'd like to check them out now, just click here!

    Our Favorite Recipes

    It's Lent, and like most good Catholics, we've given up desserts and candy - you know, anything that brings a smile to the face and delight to the tummy :)

    Also, for the past I don't know how many years, we've simplified our main meals and picked six that we serve for the whole of Lent. For example, this year our menu looks like this:

    Monday is Bruschetta Chicken
    Tuesday is homemade pizza
    Wednesday is french toast
    Thursday is BBQ pork
    Friday is bean tacos/quesadillas
    Saturday is cheeseburgers
    Sunday is our free day, so our menu varies

    Usually by the time Lent is over, we're ready to retire these recipes for a long time. All of these meals are pretty self-explanatory except for the Bruschetta Chicken. The original recipe I found for this called for boxed stuffing mix and since I don't like to use that, and I don't have the time to make it from scratch each week, we've modified the original recipe a bit to this:

    Bruschetta Chicken

    6-8 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
    2 cans of Italian-style diced tomatoes
    1/3 C Grated Parmesan cheese
    1 1/2 C shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
    1/2 C Romano Basil Vinaigrette salad dressing

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine the tomatoes, Parmesan cheese and 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese and set aside. Prepare the chicken breasts and place them in a baking dish. Pour the tomato mixture over the chicken and then pour the salad dressing on top of that. Bake for about 35 minutes. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup of mozzarella and bake for 5 more minutes or until chicken is done.

    It is simple, fast and it tastes good. Hope you enjoy it, too.

    Used Curriculum Corner

    Here are some of the used books that I currently have. 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!

    In the Math category, I have the Teachers' Guides for the following levels of Modern Curriculum Press: K, A, C, and D. These are all in great shape and will sell for $10 each.

    Some Science books that I have include:

  • Helping Your Child Learn Science is a handbook on how to teach easy science concepts to younger children. It is also in great shape and the price is $5.
  • Science and Living in God's World Grade 2 Teacher's Manual and Answer Key from Our Lady of Victory School. $3

    I have one English book set:

  • Voyages in English 4 There is the main text, the teacher's manual and key and the workbook, which has not been written in. I will not break the set apart, so the entire set will sell for $10
  • In the Spelling category, we have the following:

  • Spelling 5 for Young Catholics by Seton. $3
  • Spectrum Spelling Grade 5 Workbook that has not been written in. $5
  • MCP Spelling Workout Teacher's Edition for Level C, E and F. Each book is $5
  • MCP Word Study Teacher's Resource Guide for Level D and E. Each book is $8
  • All of the above books are in great condition!

    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!