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The facts, truths, and principles revealed
in God's Word should form the basis for each
course of study.
The practical uses and applications of
acquired knowledge are also unique for
Mathematics reveals the consistency and
beauty of God's truth. It is used in
measurements of fair trade, in scientific
studies, and for producing all that is
necessary or helpful to mankind.
Accurate reading, writing, speaking, and
understanding of language is essential for
Through language we hear and proclaim
God's Word, we teach and learn from others,
we do business with each other, and we
maintain godly relationships.
God's standards for all we take in and
hold in our minds include truth, beauty, and
God created everything in six days about
six thousand years ago, and there was a
catastrophic worldwide flood in Noah's
time. These facts guide our
understanding of what we see in nature.
Our use of science must respect the
sanctity of human life and reflect good
stewardship of God's gifts as well as
compassion toward His creatures.
The Bible gives us the framework for all
of history, from the very beginning until the
prophesied end of the world.
God expects us to learn practical and
spiritual lessons from the study of past
events as well as see His hand in the affairs
Geography and Social Studies
The Bible tells us we are all sinners who
came from Adam through Noah, that God loves
us all, and that we as Christians are His
ambassadors of the gospel to the whole world.
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Be Teacher Certified?
Should Parents Be Certified
To Home School Their Children?
The current Costco Connection
magazine has a pro/con article on this
Writing as an expert in the field for the
negative answer to this question is J.
Michael Smith, president of Home School Legal
Smith is quoted as saying:
"The recent Court of Appeals decision in
California was a throw-back to the 1980s and
early '90s, when teacher certification was a
sacred cow in many states, and home schoolers
were regularly prosecuted for truancy.
"Since then, more than 30 states have
addressed home schooling, and not one
legislative body requires teacher
certification as a teacher qualification, and
most states impose no minimum education level
for home-school teachers.
"The main reason states have moved toward
home-school freedom is because research shows
that home schoolers on average score 20 to 30
percentile points above the national average
on standardized achievement tests.
"Research also demonstrates that
home-schooled children score higher on
college scholastic aptitude tests. These
results have been achieved despite the fact
that the overwhelming majority of these
students are taught by parents who are not
Smith concludes, "The bottom line is that
there is no evidence to support the
requirement for teacher certification in
either home schools or public schools."
Read Smith's entire article at the Costco
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He Failed To-Get-It
Despite our phonics lessons, our
8-year-old liked to study his spelling words
by breaking them down into smaller words he
When he had the word "together," he said,
"Oh, that's easy! It's three little words
I reminded him that the t and h were a
single phonogram and shouldn't be separated.
"It's still spelled the same," he assured
Imagine my surprise when I checked his
spelling test and found the word "togetshe"!
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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)
"For all have sinned and fall short of the
glory of God." (Romans 3:23) "For
the wages of sin is death." (Romans
"He (Jesus Christ) was delivered over to
death for our sins and was raised to life for
our justification." (Romans 4:25)
"But as many as received Him, to them He
gave the right to become children of God,
even to those who believe in His name."
"For by grace you have been saved through
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gift of God; not as a result of works, that
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A Back-to-Home-School Orientation Week can
help your school year off to a good
start! In this issue we offer 20
activities for you to consider.
Are You Really Ready To Start?
Make sure you are ready to start school.
It is better to start a couple of weeks later
than to try to start before you are prepared.
A. First, look at the
for Starting a School Year" and our last
(which are an amplified version of the
- Goals, Classes, and Curriculum
- Getting Your Home Ready for School
- Establishing Spiritual Priorities
- School-Year Calendar and Scheduling
B. Also consult your
Evaluation of last year's school year or take
a little time to fill
out the checklist now. Use this input
from your whole family to help you make plans
for this school year.
C. Above all, pray
together as a couple and as a family that the
Lord will give you His promised wisdom,
direction, and strength in all your plans and
activities as you start your new school year.
How To Use
These Orientation Week Suggestions
1. Select only those
activities that would help your family.
2. Try something new
and see if it works.
3. Involve Dad in
plans and events as much as possible.
4. Ask your children
to help you plan some of the activities.
5. Take as little or
as much time as you need for Orientation Week
- from one day to two weeks.
6. Schedule which
activities you will do on which days.
7. Invite another
family to join you for some activities.
8. Make this a
positive, upbeat time.
Send Us Your Suggestions
If your family has a tradition or activity
to start school, please share it with us!
May the Lord bless your family and the
coming school year for His glory.
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of Orientation Week
Orientation is "introductory instruction
concerning a new situation." Your
Orientation Week could accomplish some or all
of the following:
1. Give an official
start to your home school.
2. Start your year
with a balance of fun and informative
3. Introduce the
various studies and activities you plan for
the coming year.
4. Make your children
feel settled and informed before the academic
5. Stir curiosity and
provide motivation for learning specific
6. Inspire efforts to
7. Explain your
expectations and procedures to your children.
8. Provide a special
opportunity to discuss all aspects of your
family's life -- what you will be doing, why,
9. Establish your
home-school routine to smooth the way for
your child's enjoyment of his study
10. Stir your child's
excitement about the coming year.
20 Orientation Week Activities
a theme and Bible verse for
back-to-homeschool Orientation Week and/or
for your school year (e.g., "Study To Show
Yourself Approved unto God," II Timothy
you are going to do a unit study, you could
use its topic for your theme.
use your school motto or Family
Mission Statement and Bible verse (e.g.,
"As for me and my house, we will serve the
Lord," Joshua 24:15 or a variation of it,
such as "Preparing To Serve").
2. Annual Opening Ceremony
a planning meeting beforehand, gather ideas
your children want to include, and assign
each child a part.
your students for a prayer of dedication and
a song chosen for your school or for this
school year that reflects your theme or
3. Welcome by the School Principal
Dad make an official Welcome Speech after
dinner as everyone sits in the living room.
can tell his family how happy he is that each
one is part of his family and home school.
Then he can present and explain his vision
for the family and for this homeschool year.
#80 on how to write your family's mission
4. Review of Rules
out your family's rules and consistently
require immediate, cheerful obedience.
few principles can cover most rules (e.g.,
Honor the Lord, Respect and Obey Parents, Be
Kind to Siblings, do your work cheerfully).
the principles behind your rules from God's
Word so that your children understand that
they are obeying God, as well as you.
and explain appropriate consequences for each
broken rule and consistently apply them.
information about child training and
discipline in Newsletter
the biblically-based charts, such as the "If-Then
Chart," at Doorposts.
5. Reinforcement of Personal Habits
of these (brush teeth, practice the piano,
help with dinner) can be added to your chore
children are usually motivated by stickers or
stars to help them establish good habits.
about how to establish good habits in Newsletters
#89 and #90.
6. Tour of "Campus"
through your home with your children, showing
them the locations of study areas, reference
and school books, supplies, and free-play
sure there are properly labeled places for
all books and supplies.
7. Notebooks and Supplies
each child set up a notebook or section of a
notebook for each subject or unit. In it he
will keep his class syllabus (see #14 below),
assignments, notes, etc.
out supplies to your children with any
instructions for their use (e.g., messy art
supplies) and their storage locations.
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provides kids of all ages with an
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His legacy as a man of resolute Christian
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8. Information Technology
up, tape to computer, and discuss rules for
safe use of the Internet, including the
length of time your child can sit at the
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service is a good start, but is only the
first step in providing protection for your
guidelines for safe computer use. The
safest option is to keep Internet use in an
open area, often frequented by family
members, or be with your child when he is on
principles of how to
study: concentration, preview, reading,
note taking, review, drill of certain facts,
where to look up information in reference
books in your home library or on the
to your children the benefits of working
together, each doing his part on time and
going the second mile. Find and memorize
your children with your updated chore chart
(with or without allowance attached) or take
time to make one with your children. See
expectations of exactly how and when each
chore should be done.
"7 Ways To Teach Responsibility through
Chores" in Newsletter
10. List of Leadership Opportunities
one of your children to be Teacher's
Assistant for each of your classes. Your
assistant can be in charge of books,
supplies, special activities, supplementary
videos, etc. This will (hopefully) help you
and get your child more involved as
11. Issue a Spiritual Appeal
and Mom could prepare one or more devotional
times to share their goals for the spiritual
growth of the family. Examples:
Pensacola Christian College and Bob Jones
University conduct Evangelistic or Revival
Meetings as part of their Orientation Week.
handbook explains that their rules are
intended to help students by "promoting holy
living by removing as much as possible the
influences of worldliness and evil from a
student's life while he learns to walk in the
Spirit," so that the student may "develop in
his likeness and usefulness to Jesus Christ."
These are great goals for Christian
home-school families to adopt.
12. Personal Goals
goals and objectives, individually, with each
child and explain how each fits into the big
picture of his personal future.
each child what he thinks should be different
in his life at this time next year.
information on setting goals and objectives
13. Purpose, Goals, and Content of
an overview of what your children should
expect from each class.
the classes, discussing the purpose of the
class (how the information learned will be
used), the goals (what the student will
learn), and the content (outline of topics).
a list in the left column, of practical uses
and applications of knowledge in various
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14. Preliminary Class for Each Course
one of the year's courses each day during the
a written syllabus that includes a course
outline, book list, units/chapters,
supplementary materials, assignments, and
planned dates for units, tests, and
activities as well as methods of assessment.
you don't have all this information now,
write what you do have, especially for the
first unit, and leave space to add more
over your schedule (or take time to write out
your "time budget") and explain the times for
classes, meals, chores, family devotions, and
Lights Out (regular bedtimes).
copies of your schedule in several places
where all can see.
your Master Calendar and the procedure to
place an engagement on the calendar.
16. Professor's Time
out a list of activities for students to do
when you are giving another student
individual attention so that they can use
their time constructively and work
independently (e.g., older children can take
turns supervising young ones or big sister or
brother might do some of the tutoring).
older children their own lesson plan books
n' Us) so they can carry on with
assignments while you work with younger
your collections of educational audio and
video resources (such as those carried by Sing 'n
Learn) to be used for occupying students'
children practice their music (Piano
for Life and Jean
Welles Worship Guitar Class) or art (How
Great Thou Art).
a picture list of acceptable activities
younger children can do when they are waiting
for your help, such as puzzles, coloring,
17. Welcome Party
a dinner, a picnic, a special tea, a dessert
reception, a pizza party, or anything festive
that your family would enjoy together.
is a good event to share with another
18. Movie Night
a video that will both entertain your whole
family and stimulate interest in your
upcoming studies, e.g., history, science, or
the DVDs offered by Franklin
Springs Family Media that set forth a
vision for the fullness of a God-honoring
19. Photograph Session
photos of each child and your whole family
together, frame, and hang them.
matching T-shirts, with or without your
family's or school's name, motto, verse, or
logo. These are great for field trips and to
build team spirit!