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Information, Inspiration, and Encouragement
a Distinctively Christian Perspective of Home Education
Cindy Short and Sue Welch,
Table of Contents
Three Steps To Finish Your School Year
(with Checklists included)
• Step 1. Record
• Step 2. Evaluate
• Step 3. Celebrate
• Your State Home-School Convention
• Christian Liberty
• 7 Wonders Museum of Mount St. Helens
• The Teaching Home Back Issues
Sunnyside Up: Humorous Anecdote
As the end of your school year draws near, don't just fade
away, perhaps in discouragement over perceived failure to reach
all your goals.
If you are not finished with the studies you had planned to
do this school year, you are not alone! (Even most school
teachers do not finish all their plans.)
So do not panic, feel guilty, or envy those who did finish
Talk to the Lord and your husband and consider continuing
a few selected studies at a more relaxed pace during the summer.
We hope that you will be able to focus on the progress you
made this year and the many good times your family has had
Don't forget to thank the Lord for the opportunity and
freedom to home school, and for the guidance, wisdom, and
strength He provides.
May the Lord bless you and your family for
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The three steps described below are important for you to
take in finishing your school year.
Record Your Accomplishments
Set aside a day or more to do the necessary
gathering, filing, and recording the year's schoolwork. The
rewards are that:
• You can find your records easily.
• Your children have meaningful memorabilia.
• You get more space for more books and materials.
• You might even be able to sell books you don't need anymore
for some extra cash to (you guessed it) buy
Gather up all your schoolwork for the year,
then sort and
dispose of everything appropriately.
• Select samples of work for each child in each area of
studies to put in their permanent files.
• Send some samples to grandparents (with the clear
understanding that they are free to toss them after enjoying
them for awhile).
• Give each child a certain amount of space in which to
what he wants.
• Throw out the rest.
• Store some books for younger siblings.
• Shelve some books for reference.
• Give some away (to a family who needs them, your support
group's library, or a thrift store).
• Trade some with another family.
• Sell some at a local used curriculum sale.
You might need to keep a record or a portfolio
children's studies to comply with your state's laws or an
umbrella organization, as well as for your own benefit.
Choose any or all of the following options. Depending on
their ages, your children may be able to help you with some.
[_] Record the date and student's name after he finishes
concept on your scope and sequence chart or
• A Beka Scope
• The Typical
Courses of Study by World Book
and Testing by State
[_] Use lesson plans as records, checking off and dating
assignment or objective as it is done.
• See record keeping supplies at ATCO online.
[_] Keep track of hours spent by subject if you are required
do so by your state law or wish to for your own
information (e.g., for a high school transcript).
• Education PLUS carries
many resources on transcripts.
[_] Copy records of family projects, unit studies, field
etc. for each child's individual file as applicable.
[_] Keep a journal for each day of a unit study, briefly
books read or activities done.
[_] List all books read by the family or individual
including the title, author, and publisher. (A brief
description of contents and your personal evaluation will
make this list more valuable to you and your children in
[_] Place artwork and writing assignments in a notebook or
[_] Take photos of art, craft, and science projects and
activities such as plays, costumes, and field trips. You
can use a computer scanner or digital camera to create a
CD containing these photos as well as pages of school
work, compositions, etc.
[_] Put your records in a labeled box for the year or for each
Create a yearbook by placing photos, sample work, and other
memorabilia in a scrapbook.
• See Creative Memories' idea center.
Tape record some of your family's answers to the evaluation
questions below (especially the positive ones!) as a sound
recording of your school year.
Visiting Mount St. Helens this
Be Sure To Stop by
the 7 Wonders Museum!
Dedicated to creation science studies at Mount St.
Helens, the 7 Wonders
Museum offers online information,
displays, slide presentation, and a large number of Creation
books and videos. Drop by (call first) or schedule a group
tour or guided hike. 360-274-5737. 7wonders.nwcreation.net
Evaluate Your School Year
Use this checklist or make your own to see
what went right
and what went wrong this year so that you can adjust for next
This needs to be done now, while things are fresh in your
You might want to discuss these items as a
family and/or do
a private interview with each member to get a complete picture.
Be sure to include your husband and each child
individual perspectives. You will need to adapt the questions
for each one (e.g., Dad: Do you know what our children learned
this year? What would you have liked them to learn that they
Please do not let this evaluation discourage
and thank the Lord for what went well and learn from weak areas
so that you do even better next year.
--------------------- Evaluation Checklist ---------------------
[_] What did you like best about our home school this year?
[_] What did you like least about our home school this year?
[_] What did you learn?
[_] What did you not learn that you would have liked to?
[_] Were basic foundational skills of reading, language, and
math improved, mastered, reviewed, and practiced enough?
[_] Were specific facts connected to the big picture of overall
knowledge through the use of a globe, maps, timelines,
charts, and related information?
[_] Did we use a variety of teaching methods and materials,
(e.g., textbooks, workbooks, unit studies, hands-on
activities, computer software, library or supervised
Internet research, field trips, oral and written reports)?
[_] Were thinking skills taught and encouraged by the types of
discussions we had (e.g., comprehension, knowledge,
analysis, synthesis, application, and evaluation)?
• See Newsletters
23, 25-26, and 28-30.
[_] Were various educational resources available and their use
encouraged and modeled (e.g., reference books, videos,
tapes, educational games, software, and supervised
[_] Was there enough good supplemental reading done as a family
[_] Was there time, resources, and encouragement available to
pursue individual interests?
[_] Did your family read God's Word and pray together daily?
[_] Was Bible knowledge and Bible study skills increased?
[_] Were Bible reading and memorization given at least as much
importance as academic studies?
[_] Were subjects taught from a Christian worldview?
[_] Was character development an important part of our school
(e.g., honor and obedience to mother as the teacher and
parent; kindness to siblings; diligence; truthfulness; and
attention to details in studies)?
[_] Was child discipline maintained in a simple, straightforward,
and kind manner? Were the rules
and consequences clear and
consistently carried out?
[_] Were there enough positive motivations and negative
[_] Were life skills included in your training and related to
academic subjects (e.g., budgeting, cooking, shopping,
driving, cleaning, organizing, scheduling, repairing,
maintaining a house, yard, and car, voting, finding
information by phone, letter, or supervised Internet use)?
[_] Was the schedule realistic and easy to keep? Too strict or
too lax? Was doing schoolwork a regular, daily habit
(along with chores and personal grooming)?
[_] Did we have a good balance between group and independent
[_] Were the classes we did as a group interesting, and did they
allow each student to learn?
[_] Was mother available for help when needed? Was there a need
for alternative activities or procedures when she was
[_] Did we care for our toddlers and babies in the best way for
them and for our studies?
[_] Were the settings for our studies appropriate and conducive
to learning (e.g., dining room table, couch, individual desks)?
[_] Did we have enough, not enough, or too much independent
study? Was there enough time, space, supervision, and help
available for these studies?
[_] What got bogged down that could have gone more quickly?
[_] Was there enough organization and planning for space,
materials, schedule, and chores?
[_] Were there enough varied experiences or too many outside
activities? Were our supplemental and outside activities
worth the time and effort?
[_] Was the atmosphere of our home warm, loving, and supportive?
[_] What do you want to do the same or differently next year?
Use Your Evaluation To Plan Your Next Year
Use your evaluation outcomes to make general, broad plans
for next year and for your summer studies. You can do specific
and detailed planning later; this is just to be sure you include
the valuable input from this year's evaluation.
Make quick notes beside certain answers on your evaluation
forms. Then set dates for your comprehensive planning for next
year, allowing time to purchase and become familiar with any new
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Celebrate and Share
A celebration gives a nice closure to this
section of your
studies and ends the school year on a positive note which will
help propel you
forward into your next scheduled studies or
1. Praise the Lord!
As a family, thank the Lord for your
opportunity and freedom to home school, and for the guidance,
wisdom, and strength He provided this year.
2. Plan an Event
[_] Invite neighbors, friends, or relatives to an open house.
This can be combined with another family if
• Show displays
of schoolwork, projects, and art.
• Give oral, musical,
or dramatic presentations.
• Serve refreshments.
[_] Have a party, dinner, or picnic with another home-school
family or families.
[_] Take an educational field trip or an outing just for
with your family or others.
3. Find someone else that you can encourage and help.
Reach out to another family that is home schooling
considering home schooling. Point them to the Lord to find the
guidance, wisdom, and strength that they need. Offer moral
support and practical help.
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Sunnyside Up: Primary Vote
As I was on my way to vote in our state's primaries, I was
explaining to Caleb, who was almost 5, about the voting process
and the need to choose candidates who follow scriptural
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"Will you help me read my paper if I can't figure out the
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