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News from Catholic Homeschooling Resources, Issue #026 - Summer Break but Gearing up for Fall
July 08, 2015

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Issue #26 - Summer Break but Gearing up for Fall

In this Issue:

  • From Laura's Desk:Time is flying by

  • Homeschooling Tips and Ideas: High School Module
  • Book Recommendations: "Rosaries Aren't Just for Teething" and "Still That Girl"
  • Product Recommendations: "A Plan for Joy" sale and Instagram announcement
  • Our Favorite Recipes:Simplify your summertime dinners
  • CHR Advertisers
  • From Laura's Desk

    Our school year ended at the end of May and I would say that it was a pretty good year. Everyone finished their required work (ok, almost everyone...there might have been one or two lessons that didn't get finished)and we moved right on into June. June was a busy month full of theater productions, camps and a retreat for me. Unfortunately, this made the month fly by and here we are into July. I hate when time flies by so fast that you feel like you aren't even getting anything done or doing anything relaxing to enjoy your break. I know that if I made a list, it would show that, in fact, the opposite is true, but still, it feels like we wake up and then it is bedtime. Can anyone else relate??

    I remember the years when I would have our next school year all planned out and books bought by May. Not anymore. Our local homeschool conference is at the end of July and, sadly, I will be missing it, which means I'm going to have to motivate myself to get planning for September. I have some ideas on what I want next year to look like, I just haven't purchased anything yet.

    If you are struggling with the thought of homeschooling high school, I have some resources that I know will help you out. Look for that information later in the newsletter. I'm also excited about some other things going on around here, so I hope you'll get excited with me.

    I hope that your summer is going along well and that you're feeling organized for the fall. Oh, and I also hope you're relaxing and enjoying the time off (if you take the summer off, that is!).

    P.S. I've decided, out of the necessity of busy schedules, to go quarterly with this newsletter. Thanks for taking the time to read it, and I'll see you again in a few months.

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

    Homeschooling Tips and Ideas

    I've spent some time over the past few months updating my website. I still have a bunch of sections to work through and then I get to make my site mobile friendly, so that should take up a lot of my summer free time.

    One of the first sections I wanted to revamp and add to was my high school section. Last fall we had a panel discussion at my house with over 30 women in attendance! Six moms gave talks about what their high schooling experience has been like and we recorded them. I'm happy to say that all of the talks are up on my website for you to listen to!

    I've also added the curriculum plan that I've put together for my high schoolers as well as a list of all of the books that I use. I've had so many moms ask me for this information that I'm happy that I can now provide it for anyone who is interested.

    I hope you'll check out this section and use it to help you make sense of what high school homeschooling can look like.
    High school panel discussions
    My High School Curriculum and Book List

    Book Reccomendations

    A few weeks ago I won an electronic copy of the book Rosaries Aren't Just for Teething. I was so excited because I really don't ever win anything. The book is a compilation of meditations on the 20 mysteries of the rosary, written by a variety of wonderful, Catholic moms. I had a chance to read through it on retreat and wrote a blog post about it here. If you would like to read some beautiful meditations as you pray the rosary, I can guarantee you this book has them. Some of them might even make you cry. I don't know if that is a selling point or not, but cry you might.

    Also, just a reminder that if your teens are driving you crazy with not having anything good to read, my daughter Rebecca's book is a great option for them.
    Still That Girl is about a 13 year old girl named Katarina who comes from a large, Catholic family. She has a great life until, one day, tragedy strikes her family and Katarina has to overcome it, as well as the crisis to her faith that accompanies it.

    The book has been well received by people from ages 9 thru 99; boys and girls alike. We would be so honored if you would consider supporting her in her endeavors. The good news is, you also get a good book to read at the same time.

    Product Recommendations

    It's that time of the year when the crunch is on for you to make your next school year even better than the last.

    Were there things you want to change to make this next year better? More organized? Less chaotic?

    Do you need a meal plan? A chore chart?

    Would you like to make more time for your spouse? Family?

    My book, A Plan for Joy In The Home, can help you with all of these things. I will be running my annual sale from August 1st through the 8th. Hard copies have free shipping and downloads will be offered for $14.95. I'm giving you guys a heads up so that you can be ready to get yourselves organized and bring more joy to your lives! I'll be sending out a reminder right before the big event!

    Also, if you're on Instagram, I've started an account for my book. You can find me at "aplanforjoy". I don't post photos too often, but when I do they are centered around one of the five main areas of my book: prayer, meals, school, chores and family/husband/personal time.

    I hope you'll look me up and follow along. I'd love to follow you on Instagram, too!

    Our Favorite Recipes

    Summertime is the time when I like to make things as easy as possible in the kitchen since there is so much going on and too much fun to be had.

    With that in mind, we do a lot of grilling, crock pot recipes and cold meals.

    We love to grill hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, pork chops and, on occasion, steak! Just add a salad, hot veggies, apple sauce or watermelon and you've got a hot, fast, nutritious dinner.

    Our favorite cold meal is chicken salad. It is so easy to make and take that it is our go-to meal when we are having a picnic or need to eat out on the run.

    Anything you can toss in a crock pot in the morning and have ready for you at dinner time is on my list of good things. It can be as simple as throwing in some chicken and vegies or salsa. Chicken is a great thing to throw in the crock pot because you don't have to brown it first. Other meats might take a little more prep work, but it is worth the time in the morning so that your afternoon is freed up.

    Do you want a summertime meal treat that's very easy on mom and is a hit with everyone? Try banana splits for dinner. Make them big, though, so that you're full for the evening!

    These are the ways that I simplify my summertime dinner schedule so that we can spend more time doing other things!

    Enjoy simplifying your summer dinner schedule!

    CHR Advertisers

    I would like to draw your attention to the wonderful Catholic owned companies who are advertising on my site. Please take a moment to check them out and patronize them. It is so important to support other Catholic, small business owners. I hope you'll join me in doing that.

    Also, if you have a product or Catholic company that you would like to advertise on this page, you can fill out the form on this page and I'll contact you with the information you need to get started. The price is just $10 per YEAR and the perks are many! You'll get your listing on that page for one whole year, as well as at least one promotion on my blog and facebook page and a link to this page in all the newsletters I send out.

    It is so important to support good, Catholic owned companies! This is one way to help get the word out about where to find them. Please share this with others you know who have a Catholic business or product to sell.

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    Until next time, may God Bless you abundantly!

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