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For 26 Years The Teaching Home Has Been Providing Families
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Cindy Short and Sue Welch, Co-Editors

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1. Take Family Photos

Create family memories by taking lots of photos to preserve and display! You can take:

  • Regular photos to show your family's growth.

  • Photos of ordinary, everyday settings and activities you will appreciate seeing in the future.

  • Photos of special occasions and friends.

Improve your photos by studying about the technical aspects and composition of photography.

  • Check out a library book on photography.

  • Explore Kodak's mega website with pages of illustrated tips and how-tos for beginners to advanced photographers, including "Top 10 Tips for Great Pictures," as well as illustrated articles on Canon's website and the top ten camera mistakes travelers make.

2. Preserve and Share
Your Print Photos

Gather, sort, and display your new and old print photos so that you can preserve them and share them with others.

  • Gather old photos from your relatives and select a few of each family or era; restore any important photos that are badly damaged.

  • Compile an album of family photos. Ask your older relatives to identify people and tell you stories about them that you can tape record or write down.

3. Use Free Online Programs
for Your Digital Photos

  • Microsoft Photo Story 3 for Windows XP. Create slideshows using your digital photos. You can touch-up, crop, or rotate pictures. Add special effects, soundtracks, and your own voice narration to your photo stories. Then, personalize them with titles and captions. Small file sizes make it easy to send your photo stories in an e-mail. Watch them on your TV, a computer, or a Windows Mobile-based portable device.

  • Picasa 2 is a free software download from Google that helps you locate and organize all the photos on your computer. You can edit and add effects to your photos and share them with others through e-mail, prints, and the web.

  • Smilebox. Put your electronic photos or videos into postcards, slideshows, or scrapbooks, add words and music, and then share them with others.

  • GIMP: High-Tech Photo Editing. This free image and photo editing program works like Adobe Photoshop. It takes some study to learn how to use it.

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  • In-depth information on all aspects of home education.

  • Practical ideas to use with your children.

  • Dozens of Internet links for more information!

Some of our subscribers have printed out past issues and filed them in a notebook for future reference!

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Sunnyside Up

The Bible on Line

As our 6-year-old son and I sat by the pool one hot summer day, I decided to spark some "critical thinking" in him by asking, "Did Adam and Eve have a bellybutton?"

Our son looked at me as if he were amazed that I would be so naive and said, "Of course not!"

Surprised by his quick response, I asked, "Why not?" and as serious as can be he responded, "Because they didn't have a biblical cord!"

Submitted by Dawna R., New Jersey

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Because we have been separated from God by sin, Jesus Christ died in our place, then rose to life again. If we trust Him as our Savior and Lord, He will forgive our sin and give us eternal life.

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life." (John 3:16)

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Back to Home School, Part 1
1.  Set Specific Objectives for Each Child
2.  Plan Multilevel Classes for Fall
3.  Gather Your Curriculum
4.  Help Someone Start Homeschooling

Recommended Resources
•  Oxford Tutorial Service
•  AVKO Multi-Sensory Language Arts
•  Birch Court Books
•  NorthStar Academy and NorthStar HomeSchool


     It's time to get ready to go back to home school.  We hope that you will look forward to this opportunity of teaching and training your children with anticipation — and that the suggestions and reminders in this and the next three issues will help and encourage you!

     May the Lord bless you and 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.

Study the Classics Online!
Weekly Tutorials with a Ph.D.
Classic Christian Worldview
College Prep for High School

Oxford Tutorials offers college preparation classes over the Internet in Latin, Great Books, Shakespeare, Classic Literature, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Logic, and Rhetoric.
• Follows a classical, Christian worldview and approach.
• Teaches the history of ideas which shaped our culture.

1. Set Specific Objectives for Each Child

After you have set and reviewed your long-range goals for your children's education and training in all areas of their lives (see last issue), you are ready to determine specific goals and objectives for each of your children for the coming school year.

For goals to be useful, they need to be:

•   Specific - what exactly are you aiming for?

•   Measurable - how much and when.

•   Obtainable - realistic, not overwhelming, yet challenging.

•   Reviewed and revised frequently.


•   Daniel/Language arts - Learn to read this year.

•   Jane/Life skills - Learn to make a main dish each month.

•   Ryan/Math - Learn times tables.

•   Kayla/Character - Be loving and helpful to little brother.

These specific goals will take your children towards the long-range life goals you have set for them (see last issue). See more complete information in newsletter #81.

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 learned.
 •    Sequential Spelling builds self-esteem.
 •    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.
     To try it before you buy it, or for information on dyslexia, visit our website. Complimentary samples and downloads. / 1-866-285-612

2. Plan Multilevel Classes for Fall

Teaching several of your children together with the same material at the same time can be the most efficient use of your time and effort. Consider the following:

Separate Classes

•   For basic skills such as reading, handwriting, and math during the early grades.

•   For a student who needs individual attention.

•   For an older student who can work independently.

Combined Classes

•   For history, science, literature, and Bible.

Present lessons in an amplified manner with explanations and extra resources that enable all children to understand.

Combined Classes and Subjects

•   For most of your subjects, using unit studies that integrate literature, history, science, Bible, and other subjects around a theme.

The Key to . . . Workbooks Series: Easy-to-understand math workbooks for mastery and practice your child can do on his own.

Create a Curriculum or Enhance
Your Own Packaged Curriculum.

Complete lines of Common Sense Press, Beautiful Feet Books, Draw-Write-Now, Key to... Workbooks, CalcuLadder, Learning Magnets, and much more!
    Free Media Mail shipping with online order of $20.

Free catalog: 800-655-1811 /

3. Gather Your Curriculum

It's time to gather your resources for the coming school year - right around the calendar corner!

•   Consider which classes will be taught to more than one of your children (see above), so you know what materials you need.

•   Consider using elements from a variety of approaches including traditional textbooks, worktexts, the classical approach, the principle approach, unit studies, books, and life experiences. See information in Newsletter #82.

•   Consider using a variety of media to add interest and motivation for all your children and at the same time enhance each child's learning according to his preferred learning style.

•   Include books, printed materials, videos and DVDs, supervised Internet studies, computer software, educational games, tools, and manipulatives.

•   Order, borrow, or buy any materials needed in addition to what you already have.

•   Collect supplemental materials for your family's library such as reference books, time lines, maps, globes, math manipulatives, educational games, and software.

NorthStar Academy
and NorthStar HomeSchool

Two options enable homeschool students to study at their own pace.
• NorthStar Academy is a teacher-led, nationally accredited, online school.
• NorthStar HomeSchool is a parent-led, homeschool and independent study program.

See NorthStar's website or the accompanying e-mail to learn more about these two programs!

4. Help Someone Start Homeschooling —
    Maybe Even Yourself!

Look around you at your church, support group, relatives, or neighbors. Is there anyone who would appreciate a little help in considering or starting to homeschool? Here are ways you can help.

Tell Your Story

Realistically give your convictions and reasons to homeschool and your experience - both challenges and successes.

Provide Information

Point your friend to information. The Teaching Home website offers the most frequently asked Questions & Answers, a series of articles on starting to homeschool, and a Checklist for starting a school year.

Give a Sample

Schedule a day or a week of homeschooling together (call it a Day Camp or something fun!). You could do a simple unit study, work on basic skills, and/or explore just one subject area of interest.

A field trip on the last day would round out a good sampling of homeschool opportunities.

Of course the best way to help someone is to pray for them and be there to answer questions and give encouragement!

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