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Collections are fun and educational!
The natural specimens that your child
gathers, identifies, studies, and displays
can be a summer or life-time hobby and can be
entered in a science, county, or state
Get information about collecting the
Check if picking flowers or foliage is
allowed on public or private property.
With the possible danger of bird flu and
other diseases, teach your children not to
pick up feathers.
Methods of Collecting
Collect specimens and use a field
Start with a field guide for your geographic
area, and then go looking for specimens
Use a camera with close-up lens to photograph
specimens without removing them from their
natural locations. A digital
lets you check your results and
retake a photo if necessary.
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Artifact Supports Truth of Old
A researcher at the British Museum has made a
world-class discovery that supports Old
Testament historical accounts as fact, says a
report from the Telegraph newspaper. Read
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Toss a small ball back and forth to a
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Good Morning! I am so happy to find The
Teaching Home once again. As I am planning
our fall homeschooling year I find myself
including our 16-month-old grandson into our
daily schedule. I am looking forward to the
back issues that I ordered coming in the
mail. (I passed all of my past issues on to
other new-to-homeschooling friends).
My all time favorite issue is the March/April
: Early Childhood Education. I have
used and shared that issue many times through
the years. (We have been homeschooling for 16
years.) I find myself needing a refresher
course on homeschooling with babies and
toddlers. Or maybe I just need to reread what
I already know and am continually sharing
with the young mothers I have found myself
mentoring through the years.
One thing I would like to recommend to
homeschooling moms is www.flylady.com
You may already be familiar with this website,
but if you are not, she does a wonderful job
of encouraging women to care for their
homes through daily reminders of tasks to
be done around the home. Doing dishes,
getting the laundry done, dinner, setting
routines, etc. She also has in her archives
Flying with Homeschoolers (great ideas on how
to make it all come together, home, school,
peaceful oasis for dad to come home to after
a long day at the office, etc.). Flylady will
be a blessing to anyone who chooses to follow
May God Bless You! – Tammie
Spreading the Good News
As I read through this latest newsletter,
can I offer a suggestion for the
"Spread the Good News" category? It is Operation
Summer is a great time for children to have
lemonade stands or other
ways to raise money to buy gifts for their
shoe boxes. They can buy the
gifts and pack their shoe boxes over the
summer and be prepared for
Collection Week - Nov 12-19, 2007. They can
write letters to the boys
and girls who will be receiving their shoe
box gift and take a picture
to be included with the letter.
I hope these suggestions help. My family is
passionate about OCC, and my 3 children (7,
4, and 2 years old) are already packing shoe
boxes this summer. – Denise
Ministry at County Fair
Dear Teaching Home Crew,
Thanks for your
newsletter. Our family enjoys great benefits
I was motivated to respond to your article
about entering the fair in
the current newsletter.
This year our family will be putting up a
booth at our county fair promoting Family
Read-Alouds. We plan to include a drawing
for a free book, and a brochure to hand out
which will list the benefits of reading
aloud, practical suggestions for getting
started, and resources for excellent
Depending on the response we get, we might
consider doing a similar project every
Warm regards, – The Akers Family
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In This Issue: More Summer Activities
1. Take Walks Together
2. Learn with Summer Short
3. Don't Miss Daily Devotions
4. Consider the Benefits
and Goals of Home Schooling
• Oxford Tutorial Service
• AVKO Multi-Sensory Language
• Reading Made Easy by
• NorthStar Academy and
In this issue we bring you more suggestions
to help you make your summer fun and productive!
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1. Take Walks Together
Benefit from Daily Walks
Walking out-of-doors with your children is a
wonderful daily habit with many benefits, such
as the following:
An invigorating change of pace, fresh
perspective, and stress reduction.
Health benefits include breathing deeply of
fresh, oxygen-rich air and getting
much-needed, absorbable vitamin D from the
sunlight (avoid the brightest time of the day).
An excellent form of low-impact exercise.
A walk is a great time to visit with and
teach your children in a more relaxed
atmosphere away from other
might discuss suggested topics or upcoming
events, or ask questions to draw out
your children's thinking.
Perform community service by occasionally
taking a heavy-duty trash bag and protective
gloves to clean up along the road or trail
where you are walking.
An opportunity to observe and appreciate
nature. You can notice and comment
on things in nature from time to time as you
walk along, or you can plan a nature walk
Plan a Nature Walk
By word and example, you can teach your
children to be aware of their surroundings
and see the beauty of God's creation all
around them. Following are some
Be Courteous and Safe
Wherever you go, be sure you know and observe
posted rules, common courtesy, and safety.
Stay on the paths; no loud talking or running
around other people; no picking plants or
removing wildlife; avoid poisonous plants or
snakes, etc. See safety pointers at www.fs.fed.us/safety.
What To Take Along
Be prepared to observe nature and make your
longer walks safe and comfortable by bringing:
Your curiosity. On the way, talk about
things you might see and raise questions
Snacks and water.
First aid kit.
Magnifying glass for a closer look at
details. A large size is handier for small
things like bugs.
Binoculars for long-distance items like
See information for selecting
and lower priced binoculars.
Camera to capture images of nature.
Plastic jar with mesh lid for insects.
Plastic bag to collect items such as small
rocks, shells, leaves, pine cones, or
Sketch book or small notebook for notes.
Regular No. 2 pencil and/or good quality
colored pencils and a good eraser.
(See information about keeping a nature
notebook and doing nature art in Newsletter
field guides of birds, insects, mammals,
trees, plants, wildflowers, rocks, shells,
etc. Look for those that specialize in
species found in your state or region.
You can add variety to your nature walks and
learn more by trying some of the following:
Penny Walk. Flip a penny at each
corner, and turn right with heads and left
A to Z Walk. Look for an item in
every letter of the alphabet.
Rainbow Walk. Try to find items of every
color of the rainbow.
Find more ideas and print
Your family may find that they want to make a
serious hobby (at least for the
summer) of one of the following:
Start a bird list and see how many different
birds you can see during the summer.
Get lots of information: Free
Online Bird Guide for bird species
identifications and in-depth information,
including sounds, video, and distribution
Lab of Ornithology; National
Gather, study, and display insects or photos
of insects. Collections can be entered in
Get information: Beautiful photos and
information on many insects;
Tips on Insect Observation and
Collection, Introduction to Insects, and
Keeping a Bug Zoo.
See more information in the sidebar about
making a collection of something like shells,
stones, pressed flowers or leaves, etc.
learn all you can about each specimen.
AVKO (Audio, Visual,
Kinesthetic, and Oral)
Offers a Multi-Sensory Approach
to Language Arts through Phonics
and Word Families.
Individualized Keyboarding teaches
reading and spelling skills as your child
masters the keyboard.
Let's Write Right teaches
reading/spelling as the alphabet is
Sequential Spelling builds
To Teach a Dyslexic is the readable
and enjoyable autobiography of Don McCabe, a
dyslexic who has become a widely recognized
expert on dyslexia and head of AVKO.
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____________________________________________2. Learn with Summer Short Courses
Summer provides more time to spend in areas
of study that may get crowded out by the
basics during the regular school year.
Do you have a student that wants to explore a
subject or area of interest more deeply than
time allows during the school year?
a good time to help your children find out
how to learn more about their interests
through supervised Internet searches and/or
Your children can master a lot of material in
a 4-week short course this summer.
Finishing an unfinished subject.
Working on basics mastery and/or review.
Getting a head start on a future subject.
Selecting a topic of interest or an elective
such as music, art, or a foreign language.
A unit study, perhaps based on a book (Progeny
Press literature study
Frances series; classics).
Present oral reports or speech and drama
projects; do an art project together. See
"100+ Creative Book Reports and Unit Study
Activities" in Newsletter
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Making Most of the Preschool Years
____________________________________________3. Don't Miss Daily Devotions
Spend Time Together as a Family
with the Lord Every Day!
Be sure your family's summer schedule
includes daily time with the Lord. Family
Bible Time, or Devotions, do not need to be
long or complicated. Just do it!
Set aside a time each day, perhaps while
everyone is still at the breakfast or dinner
table or before going to bed at night.
Let God talk to you by reading His
can read through the Bible each year in only
about 15 minutes a day — and you can start
at any time (not only Jan. 1!). (See
Take a few minutes to discuss what you've
read. Recall facts, test comprehension by
paraphrasing, and make applications.
Pray, sing a song, or review a memory verse.
If you don't do anything else this summer,
bring your family together to meet with the
Lord each day!
Help Your Children with Their Personal
Teach your children how to have their own
daily quiet times with God, following these
Read God's Word
Choose a book of the Bible or a section such
as the four Gospels and read some each day.
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.
Determine to do something about what you have
read, such as share the truth with someone or
change something in your life.
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.,
Choose a quiet location where you won't be
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!
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learn more about these two programs!
____________________________________________4. Consider the Benefits
and Goals of Home Schooling
Whether you are reaffirming or reevaluating
your decision to educate your children at
home or are considering this option for the
first time, reviewing the unique benefits
of home education will provide the
conviction, confidence, and commitment that
you will need in order to persevere.
For a Christian, the decision to home school
should be based on a determination that this
is how you can best fulfill God's mandate to
teach and train your children.
Teaching and training your children at home
can provide the optimum environment for your
children's spiritual training and character
development as well as their social and
academic welfare. (Read more specifics
benefits of home schooling in Newsletter
It is easy to get caught up in the
nitty-gritty of homeschooling and lose sight
of what is most important.
One way to focus on your family's goals is to
question: When our children leave our
begin their own families:
What kind of people do we want them to be?
What values do we want them to embrace?
What knowledge and skills do we want them to
How do we want them to behave?
As you prayerfully consider all aspects of
your children's teaching and training, write
out a family mission statement and long-range
goals for your children. This will give
purpose, direction, and balance to your
efforts. (For more information on
your family mission statement and goals, see
#80 and #81.)
Your goals may include the
Spiritual: Know God's Word, come to
salvation, grow spiritually in faith and
obedience to God's Word, minister to others,
and spread the Gospel.
Character: Development of
love, integrity, responsibility, and joy;
manners; and discipline. (See more
information on character development in
#87 and #88.)
Social: Family unity and social skills.
Academic: A Christian worldview in all
a solid foundation in basic skills (reading,
writing, math), an excellent, well-rounded
education, and the ability to find
information and keep learning throughout life.
Life Skills: Practical preparation for
As you plan for the next school year, you can
use these life goals to schedule specific
goals and objectives for each of your children.
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