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In This Issue
 •   The November 7 Elections
 •   7 Ways To Make Your Home School Run
      More Smoothly

 •   Help! I Don't Have My Curriculum Yet.
 •   Home Schooling Your Struggling Learner


     In this issue we offer your seven ways to make your home school run more smoothly. These are basic tools of the trade — not anything startlingly new — just reminders that will stand you in good stead!

     For instance, the advice to "get started and keep going" may sound over simplified and of no real use. However, sometimes we need just a little push to jump in and swim — not waiting to get everything perfect.

     So, jump right in and prepare to enjoy a wonderful year
of learning together with your family!

     May the Lord bless your family for His glory.

The Pat Welch Family, Publishers
Pat, Sue, Heather, Holly, and Brian

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

The November 7 Elections

     The elections are only a few weeks away. In many states important races and ballot measures will have a significant impact on issues important to Christian home educators. Find information below:

 •   Election updates for 17 states (AZ, CA, CO, FL, IL, IN, KS, MD, MI, MN, MO, MT, NV, OH, PA, TN, and WI; OR; and WA.

 •   Election 2006: Candidates & Information, plus register to vote.

 •   Voting Records and Congressional Directory.

Help to Register Voters
     This election will enable Americans to make decisions that will affect the direction of our country for years to come. But many Christians feel their vote does not count. In 2004, about 25 million evangelicals failed to vote. Now is the time to reverse the trend. There is still time to register many new voters. (Are your voting-age children registered?)

     Generation Joshua and the National Center for Home Education have designated September 10th and 17th as "National Voter Registration Sundays." Please consider joining this effort to help sign up new voters at your church.

     Focus on the Family is working with several state-based family policy councils to register voters. County coordinators and church coordinators are needed in eight states: PA, MD, MI, OH, NJ, MN, MT, and TN.


7 Ways To Make Your Home School
Run More Smoothly

1. Catch Up on Basic Preparation

     Organization is the key to a smooth-running and successful home-school experience.

 •   Organize your home by finding a place for everything and dealing with clutter. See Newsletter #128.

 •   Organize your home school by determining yearly goals, assembling your curriculum, and setting up your class arrangements and schedules. See Newsletter #129.


2. School Time, Interruptions, and Emergencies

 •   Set a daily starting time for your school work and stick to it.

 •   Limit away-from-home activities (other than Sunday) to one day a week, if possible.

 •   Do not answer the phone during study; use an answering machine or voice mail.

 •   Sign up for the "National Do Not Call Registry" for telemarketing. It's fast and simple to do online -- and it works!

 •   Find a workable solution for repeated avoidable interruptions.

 •   Accept uncontrollable or unavoidable interruptions and use them for learning opportunities.

 •   Prioritize your plans and devise an alternative plan for accomplishing the most important things on days when your time is limited by unexpected developments, emergencies, late starts, etc.


3. Simplify Meals

 •   Plan five or ten simple, healthy menus for school days (save special menus and cooking for non-school days).

 •   Serve meals at regular times.

 •   Cook and freeze meats for casseroles or stews for quick meal preparation later.

 •   Shop once each week for seven days of menus.

 •   Start dinner early, use a crockpot, or try once-a-month cooking.


4. Regular Weekly Planning

     After your year's planning and goals are done, arrange your weekly schedule to include plans for each upcoming week in detail.

 •   Make lists of phone calls to be made, errands to be run, details to be tended to, and a goal or two from your ongoing master to-do list.

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

 •   Coordinate your week with your husband.


5. School Planning

 •   Once a week, take an hour to plan the next week's lessons in detail.

 •   Consult plans you made for the year and month, adjust as necessary, and write out assignments with page numbers and any individual instructions for each student.

 •   Collect all the library books and other materials you will need for your lessons at least one week in advance.

 •   Each day, spend a few minutes the night before or in the morning looking over the plans for the day and gathering materials for the day's lessons.


6. Record Keeping

 •   Choose and use a record keeping system that meets your needs and/or your state requirements (e.g., a checked-off plan book, a journal, or a grade book).

 •   Have a routine for handling papers. Do they need to be filed for documentation, or a few saved for a yearbook and the rest tossed?


7. Get Started and Keep Going

 •   Be prepared to handle opposition or lack of immediate success through prayer, adjustment, and perseverance.

 •   Make adjustments as needed.

 •   Make a daily quiet time with God top priority.

 •   Pray for wisdom, guidance, and strength (Prov. 3:5-6).

 •   Enjoy this privilege of investing your life moment-by-moment in the lives of your children!


Help! I Don't Have My Curriculum Yet.

     If you have not ordered, received, or purchased curriculum for this school year yet, you can get started with these emergency resources.

 •   For the 3Rs you can use pencil and paper to write words or math facts for your child to read, copy, and learn.

 •   Purchase drill flashcards.

 •   You can buy inexpensive workbooks with answer keys at a local teacher's supply or learning store.

 •   For history, science, and literature, you can borrow books or videos from your public, church, or home-school library; then read and discuss them together.

 •   For geography, you can practice locating on maps or globes all the places you hear or read about each day.

 •   Add a geography research project using the Internet or library to learn more about unknown places (or to follow up interests related to your history, science, or literature studies).

 •   Play educational games. Many are available at thrift stores.

 •   Print free worksheets by grade and subject.

 •   Look through The Teaching Home's e-mail newsletter archive for free online resources to teach everything from the three R's to history, science, language, literature, and geography.


Home Schooling Your Struggling Learner

     Hundreds of families home school children whose special needs range from attention deficit disorder to severe multiple handicaps. Parents often find that by educating these children at home, they can offer them the individualized education, flexibility, encouragement, and support they need.

 •   For learning disabled children who function best with "real-life problems" rather than artificial worksheet tasks, home schooling may be ideal.

 •   For medically sensitive children, learning at home provides the opportunity for careful monitoring.

 •   For attention deficit children who function best with uniquely structured time and fewer distractions, home schooling usually proves to be the answer.

Membership in Home School Legal Defense Association
     HSLDA’s attorneys help families protect their right to home school their special needs children. HSLDA’s Special Needs Coordinators, Betty Statnick and Dianne Craft are available for consultation, and HSLDA supplies their members with a list of resources and names of professionals qualified to assist in testing and/or setting up a plan for teaching.

National Challenged Homeschoolers Associated Network
     Online and print resources to equip parents to raise their children with special needs or disabilities confidently.


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