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The 2008
Perseid Meteor Shower

Mark your calendar: The 2008 Perseid meteor shower peaks on August 12th, and it should be a good show!

"The time to look is during the dark hours before dawn on Tuesday, August 12th," says Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office at the Marshall Space Flight Center.

"There should be plenty of meteors—perhaps one or two every minute."

See Science@NASA for more information.



Star Gazing

Wonder together as a family
at God's mighty universe!


"When I consider Your heavens,
   the work of Your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
   which You have ordained;
O Lord, our Lord,
   how majestic is Your name
in all the earth!"
   (Psalms 8:3, 9)

 •  Begin with a good daily or weekly skywatching guide or star map so that you know what to look for.

 •  Pick a good viewing spot: your back yard or out away from city lights.

 •  View on a night without moonlight, so you can see meteors, the Milky Way, and more stars.

 •  Start with just your eyes to appreciate the expansive beauty of the entire night sky.

 •  Add a quality pair of binoculars.  They are inexpensive, portable, and enable you to find your target better.

 •  Learn about the differences in telescope features before selecting a telescope.

 •  Use a reclining chair or lie on a sleeping bag.


Resources

 •  Sign up for a free e-mail newsletter from Classical Astronomy to help Christian homeschool families learn about the night sky.

 •  Get lots more tips for becoming a stargazer and look for an observatory with public access in your area.

 •  If your family gets really interested in the stars, consider using a unit study based on astronomy from Living Books Curriculum.

 •  See the many links to more information at Astronomy Education Resources and the U.S. Naval Observatory's Astronomical Applications Department.

 •  A free online program, Google Sky, lets users explore space and see photos of the precise star formation overhead based on their locale. Overlays outline constellations, illustrate phases of the moon, and show how the planets visible from Earth orbit over two months.

 •  You will also be intrigued and educated by Google's free online Earth program with satellite imagery, maps, terrain and 3-D buildings that put the world's geographic information at your fingertips.



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We play spelling games throughout the day, so I was not surprised when our son, 4, came up to me and said, "Mom, I know how to spell eight."

"OK," I said, "how do you spell eight?"

Proudly he announced, "T-U-V."

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These prayer bands serve as a reminder to pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters in China.



God Loves You.

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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Help Someone Start Home Schooling – Maybe Even Yourself!

 1.  Reaffirm Your Decision To Home School

 2.  Set Goals and Objectives

 3.  Set Up Class Arrangements for Highest Efficiency

 4.  Select and Assemble Your Curriculum

Recommended Resources

 •  Oxford Tutorials
 •  Logos Language
 •  Birch Court Books
 •  NorthStar Home School and Academy


Greetings,

Are you all ready for school to start?

In the next four issues, we will review some of the back-to-home-school basics that you might use as reminders for yourself — or to help someone else start home schooling.

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


Tell Your Story

Realistically give your convictions and reasons to homeschool, as well as your experience – both challenges and successes.


Provide Information

Point your friend to information.  The Teaching Home website offers hundreds of articles, including:

 •  The most frequently asked Questions & Answers
(also in Spanish).

 •  A series of articles on getting started.

 •  A checklist for starting a school year.


Give a Sample

Schedule a day or a week of home schooling 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 home-school opportunities.

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

We trust that this newsletter will help you and/or a friend lay a good groundwork for a successful and enjoyable school year ahead!


Cordially,

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.



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1. Reaffirm Your Decision
    To Home School

Your decision to home school should be based on your determination of God's will for your family.

Seek the Lord through His Word and pray for His promised wisdom, guidance, and strength. Then agree as husband and wife on this important decision.


Consider the Home-School Advantages

Teaching and training your children at home can provide the optimum opportunity for your children's spiritual training and character development as well as their social and academic welfare.

As you look at your mission statement and goals, you will see the many ways that home schooling is a good, if not the best, way to achieve them, including:

 •  Spiritual.  Bible training and Christian worldview for all subjects.

 •  Academic.  Individual tutoring, independent thinking, and proven results.

 •  Social.  Family unity and closeness, and guided social skills.

 •  Character Development.  Discipline, training, and good habits.

Remembering why you are teaching your children at home will provide the conviction, confidence, and commitment that you will need in order to persevere during difficult times.

These reasons will also help you explain your home education choice to others, including your children.

Many home-school families have found it beneficial to write out their decision to home school (this could be in your mission statement) along with a list, or summary, of the reasons why they have made that decision.


Make Legal Arrangements To Home School

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.  (Use discount group number 299142 for $20 off your membership fee.)



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is an evangelistic ministry which equips Christians to witness and minister in foreign languages.

• Intro packets in 21 languages
• Low cost ($15-$23 each)
• Simple, conversational method
• Self-study books/tapes or CDs
• Use alone or with another language program
• 6-level program in Spanish
• Everyday and spiritual/biblical vocabulary
• Ideal for short-term missions, homeschool

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Read Reviews by M. Pride, C. Duffy, plus testimonies.



2. Set Goals and Objectives

Goals help keep your family focused on what is really important, rather than letting the immediate or otherwise good opportunities crowd out the best.


Your Family Mission Statement

Start with a family mission statement, outlining your values, vision, and purpose (see Newsletter #80). This need not be a long, hard, or complicated procedure. You can start with God's mission statement for us (Love God and others, Mark 12:29-31.) and expand on that.


Setting Goals for Your Home School

Goals form the detailed plan that will enable you to fulfill your mission statement (see Newsletter #81 for more information on goal setting).

You might start by asking, “When our children leave our home to begin their own families . . .”


• “What kind of people do we want them to be?”
• “What values do we want them to embrace?”
• “What knowledge do we want them to possess?”
• “How do we want them to behave?”

Long-range goals for your children's education and training might include the following.


Spiritual Goals
• Knowledge of God and His Word
• Salvation
• Love and obedience to the Lord, spiritual growth
• Love for others resulting in evangelism and service
• Character development and discipline

Academic Goals
• A Christian world view
• A solid foundation in the basics
• An excellent, well-rounded education
• Confidence and independent thinking

Social Goals
• Family unity
• Social skills, good manners
• Life skills: practical preparation for adult life

Set Specific Objectives for Each Child

Now you can break down these general goals into objectives for each child to reach in the coming school year.

Take an inventory of each child's knowledge, skills, aptitudes, interests, learning style, and character in light of your goals for him.  You can do this in several ways.

 •  Informally. Simply write a few notes from your everyday observations of each child on a notebook page.

 •  Testing. Use results from standardized tests.

 •  Alpha Omega Publications' free online diagnostic and placement tests.

 •  Scope and sequence. Check off the skills or knowledge that your child has attained.  Free online: A Beka Books, Bob Jones University Press, World Book, or your state's testing preview site.

The specific objectives you set for each child will take him towards the long-range life goals you have set.



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3. Set Up Class Arrangements
    for Highest Efficiency

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.

There are many possible variations and combinations of multilevel teaching techniques that can work for any home-school family. 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 geography, history, science, literature, and Bible.

 •  A large family, with a wide range of ages, could have two group classes, an older and a younger.

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.




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4. Select and Assemble
    Your Curriculum

There truly is not only one right way to home school or one best curriculum for everyone.

One of the advantages of home education is its great flexibility.  There are many excellent educational methods and materials from which each family can choose to meet their needs and preferences.

Whatever your situation, there are multiple solutions that can make home schooling a blessing to your family.

How you use your curriculum can be as important as which curriculum you choose.  A wonderful curriculum that stays on your shelf will do your family no good.  On the other hand, a simple, basic curriculum used conscientiously along with reading, enriching experiences, and normal daily living can produce an excellent education.

 •  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 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.

 •  Buy or borrow any materials needed in addition to what you already have (see The Teaching Home's Resource Directory.)


Do Not Be Overwhelmed

Don’t worry about making a “huge mistake.”  You can give your children a good education with practically any curriculum, and you will learn what works for your family by experience.

Do not become overwhelmed by the many choices available to home educators.  Instead, approach them like a smorgasbord and choose what looks good to meet the goals of your family and rely on the Lord’s promised wisdom and strength.


“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God,
     who gives to all generously and without reproach,
and it will be given to him.” (James 1:5-6a)

“Therefore let us draw near with confidence
     to the throne of grace,
so that we may receive mercy
     and find grace to help in time of need.”
(Hebrews 4:16)




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