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101 Great Things To Do This Summer!
Summer Newsletter Series / #71 – #80 in This Issue
See past issues.


     In this newsletter you will find ten more ideas for great things that your family can do this summer. The last five are important back-to-school preparations.

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     During this month of August, we will also send you approximately five e-mails each week, featuring homeschool resources.

     Have a wonderful summer with your family!

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Pat, Sue, Heather, Holly, and Brian

The Teaching Home is a home-school, family-run business operated in our home since 1980.

#71.  Have a Scavenger Hunt

     You can have a scavenger hunt with friends, or just your family.

1.   Divide into teams or play as individuals, depending on the number playing.

2.   Provide a list of items to find.
     Items can be randomly chosen or based on a theme, such as the following printable lists suggest (cross off items you don't want or add others):
Nature; another Nature; Sounds (tape record);
ABC Items (good for younger children);
Graveyard (information from tombstones);
Jigsaw Puzzle (find pieces and put them together);
"Find Me" (also good for a field trip).

3.   Set a time limit.

     The team that finds the most items by the end of the time limit, or that finds all of the items first, wins!

Suggested Rules
 •   For safety, children should not leave your own property unless with an adult (e.g., at a park).
 •   Don't follow the frequent scavenger-hunt practice of taking or borrowing items from others.
 •   Don't pick vegetation on public, or others', private property.

 •   Include some chores in a family scavenger hunt.
 •   Include items you have lost and need to find.
 •   Instead of collecting items, photograph or draw them.


72.  Help Your Children Start or Continue
Their Own Personal Devotions

     Teach your children how to have their own daily quiet time with God, following these principles.

 •   Read God's Word
     Choose a book of the Bible or a section such as the four Gospels and read some each day.

 •   Meditate
     Think about what you have read. Consider writing notes in a journal. You might look for attributes of God, instructions or good examples to follow, sins to avoid, etc.

 •   Apply
     Determine to do something about what you have read, such as share the truth with someone or change something in your life.

 •   Pray
     Thank the Lord for what He has done for you; ask God for forgiveness; ask Him for what you need and to show you what He wants you to do.

 •   Set aside a regular time each day (e.g., before breakfast).
 •   Choose a quiet location where you won't be interrupted.
 •   Keep your devotional materials all together, easy to find.
 •   Don't do your devotions in bed.

     Sharing with your children what you have learned in your own personal devotions will encourage them as well!


73.  Plan To Enter a Contest

     Participating in a contest can benefit your children by providing knowledge and skills, motivation for study, character training, confidence, practical life skills, and rewards.

     You can integrate contests into your curriculum by looking ahead, talking with your children about their interests, and then learning about and scheduling contests for next year.

     See Newsletter #135 for ways to use national contests in your studies and a list (with links to official websites) of more than 55 national contests in all academic areas. Also see Jean Wells Worship Guitar Class song writing contest.


74.  Take That Outing

     It's time to ask your family, "Where haven't we gone this summer that we wanted to go?" Before long the weather and school studies may make it less possible to go.

     Exception: If the weather holds, there are places that will be less crowded to visit after conventional school begins.

     However, if you don't plan now and put it on your calendar, you may wonder this winter why you didn't get to the beach, park, mountains, etc. this summer!

     Take your binoculars and field guides for bird, flower, and plant identification, as well as creation science guides.


75.  Establish Family Nights

     One of the best things you can do with your children to promote family unity is to have a "family night" each week. This can create a family tradition that will be remembered and cherished for years to come.

     Establish a time each week to enjoy one another's company as a family. It doesn't have to cost money or be very educational, just relaxing and fun.

 •   Choose activities such as walking or hiking, playing board games, doing puzzles, arts and crafts, or baking together, or simply reading aloud together.

 •   Set aside the same night each week and schedule other activities around it. Since most outside events are scheduled on weekends, you might want to choose a week night for your family night.

 •   Use this time only for positive activities, not to deal with problems.

 •   Plan a special meal and/or dessert.

 •   Consider letting each member of the family take a turn selecting a meal or activity.

     Start by planning a family night next week if you haven't already; your family will be glad you did!


76.    Make Legal Arrangements To Homeschool

     Avoid potential problems by making the following arrangements.

 •   Know your state's law.

 •   Contact your state home-school organization to learn how to comply with your state's law.

 •   Consider Joining Home School Legal Defense Association.


77.  Determine Your School Year Schedule

     Create a master calendar for the year that shows schooling days, vacations, start dates of major units, test dates, holidays, field trips, and events.

     Choose the traditional nine months with 5-day weeks and three month summer break or set up your own year-round schedule like one of the following samples:
 •   A four-day school week with three days off.
 •   Three, four, or six weeks of school, then one week off.
 •   Eight or ten weeks of school, then two weeks off.

     Remember to take into account the number of school days or hours, if any, that you are required to document according to your state law.


78.  Set up a Master Calendar

     Keep a large calendar near the phone, set rules for accepting invitations and scheduling appointments, and mark the following:

 •   Your home-school schedule (see above) including school days, test days, vacations, library days, field trips, and support group activities.

 •   All of your family's appointments, church and social activities, music lessons, etc.

 •   Birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, and special days.

 •   Weekly goals for a long-range project.

     This practice will greatly help your family's schedule to run smoothly!


79.  Create Daily and Weekly Schedules

     Use your family's daily and weekly schedules to incorporate your plans and goals. A time budget assures that urgent demands don't steal time from the important things you want and need to do.

 •   Establish regular times for family meals, going to bed and getting up, chores, quiet times, schoolwork, play, family devotions, errands, church meetings, and family times.

 •   Allow extra time to move from one activity to another. This will allow you to take care of personal needs, rest a bit, and have some leeway for the unexpected.

 •   Post a copy where all can see it.


80.  Plan Each Week in Advance

     Make a practice of setting aside a regular time each week to plan in advance for the next week.

 •   Set your weekly and daily goals.

 •   Do your lesson planning for schoolwork.

 •   Make lists of phone calls to be made, errands to be run, shopping to be done, details to be tended to.

 •   Evaluate anything that is bothering you and think how you can fix it.

 •   Coordinate your week with your husband.


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