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From HSLDA's Home School Heartbeat:
Socialization starts in the home.
That's the subject of Rachel Gathercole's
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Benefits of Homeschooling, which she
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The world of archeology is rocked by
evidence of King David's palace unearthed in
From aish.com: "The debunkers of
Jewish biblical history got some bad news
recently, when a spunky, dedicated
archaeologist began her latest dig.
"Dr. Eilat Mazar, world authority on
Jerusalem's past, has taken King David out of
the pages of the Bible and put him back into
"Mazar's latest excavation in the City of
David, in the southern shadow of the Temple
Mount, has shaken up the archaeological
world. For lying undisturbed for over
3,000 years is a massive building which Mazar
believes is King David's palace.
Mazar says, "I am a Jew and an Israeli,
and I feel great joy when the details on the
ground match the descriptions in the Bible.
"Today it's become fashionable to say
there was no David, no Solomon, no Temple, no
prophets. But suddenly the facts on the
ground are speaking, and those outspoken
voices are stammering."Read many interesting details, including
information about the "bulla," a clay disc,
inscribed in ancient Hebrew script, at aish.com.
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A Defense of Homeschooling
From Ray Comfort's
"Evolution has been proven despite what
your idiot homeschool 'textbooks' told you.
The only questions are about the
details." - Ryk
Ray Comfort's Answer
I have met many kids who have been
educated by their parents (using "idiot" home
school textbooks) and I have found that they
are consistently respectful, well-adjusted to
life, sociable with their peers, and
extremely knowledgeable. This is
because those that are educating them deeply
love them, and they have the ability to care
for them as individuals. Studies have
shown that children whose parents are
directly involved in their education are more
apt to excel in academics. In addition
to this, extended periods of time together
strengthen family relationships, not only
between the child and his parents, but also
with his siblings.
Granted, by not being educated by the
public system, their kids will miss out on
learning how to communicate using filthy
language. They will also miss out on
the use of illegal drugs. According to
a survey by the National Center on Addiction
and Substance Abuse at Columbia University,
"Millions of U.S. teens attend 'drug-infested
schools' where students routinely see drugs
used, sold or kept on schools grounds . . .
Thirty-one percent of high school students
– more than 4 million – see drug
dealing, illegal drug use or students high or
drunk at least once a week on their school
Home schooled kids will also miss out on
sexual promiscuity, contracting sexually
transmitted diseases (one in four U.S.
females has a sexually transmitted
disease), being bullied, and maybe being
shot to death (to date, there have been
shootings resulting in the deaths of students
in 76 different U.S. public schools).
According to the National Conference of State
Legislatures an incredible one in five kids
in public schools have seriously considered
suicide: "19.3 percent of high school
students have seriously considered killing
Back in 2007, nearly 6.2 million students
in the United States between the ages of 16
and 24 dropped out. According to ABC,
"A study this week from Strong American
Schools reports that 40 percent of seniors
still do not understand the math they were
taught in the eighth grade. And an
earlier study from Common Core found that
nearly a quarter cannot identify Adolph
Hitler, more than half cannot place the
American Civil War in the right century, and
a third do not know that the Bill of Rights
guarantees free speech.". The
American public school system is a failure.
Had home schoolers attended public school
they would have also been brainwashed by an
unproven theory about human origins, and
ended up believing that they are nothing but
an animal with no ultimate moral
accountability. Evolution doesn't
simply teach that we have a common ancestor
in primates. It seriously teaches that
we are primates, and if the result of
public schooling education is to reject God
and His gift of eternal life, the depth of
that tragedy will only be measured in the
light of eternity.
Sadly, millions of impressionable young
people have already been brainwashed into
believing that evolution is a proven fact,
and that all it lacks is "details." How
could any theory be proven when there are no
details to provide proof? The missing
link (the details) is still missing.
All evolution believers have is a blind faith
in what they have been taught by other
believers in the theory, and "evolution did
it" isn't good science. It's a
pseudo-science. And that's a
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Even Ignorance Is Free!
When our daughter, Trace, was in the 1st
grade, I asked her to complete the following
sentence: "The Statue of Liberty reminds
people all over the world that America is a
land of _____."
Tracy and her older brother, Jason, were
left in the schoolroom while I prepared
lunch. I overheard Tracy asking Jason
how to spell "dumb."
When I returned to the schoolroom, I
discovered that Tracy had filled the blank
with "free dumb"!
Submitted by Clifton and Edris Wilson,
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Spreading the Gospel
This story was posted on The Pocket
Testament League's website.
"I just headed a door-to-door evangelism
event with our church's college Bible study.
"With 11 people, we went to over 90 houses
and gave out approximately 70 copies of the
Gospel of John to those we talked with.
"One man was seeking and was excited to
get a copy to read and study. Several
others were also thankful and said they would
read the Gospel. One lady, a Christian,
was very excited and was going to send the
Gospel of John to her son serving aboard a
Navy ship in the gulf.
"It was so exciting to get God's Word into
the hands of so many people in one night."
What a rewarding evening for this Bible
If you're shy about sharing your faith
one-on-one, consider joining with your
Christian friends or members of your church
to bring the Gospel to others. The
group experience will give you confidence in
your ministry of personal evangelism, and it
will encourage you as you watch the Gospel
being welcomed with excitement and gratitude.You can order a supply of Gospel of John
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In Christ, Michael W. Brickley
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"For God so loved the world, that
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In This Issue
20 Things To Do This Summer –
Outdoors with Your Family
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In this issue we suggest 20 activities
that your family can do together this summer
Whether you are working or playing, it
becomes special if the whole family does it
together. Wouldn't your children like
to do an art project, wash the car, or play a
game with Mom and Dad?
And just by taking an activity outside can
also give it a new perspective and enjoyment.
So try some of these activities to build
family memories and help bring your family
closer together this summer!
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1. Do a Nature Study Drawing
Going out-of-doors to draw a nature study
can be very inspiring.
your studies as simple as possible: one leaf,
one flower, one pine cone, one branch, etc.
by drawing each object lightly with a colored
pencil. Then squint your eyes to see
how many colors you see in the object.
those colored pencils in your hand as a
reminder, and then start placing a lot of
color into your drawing.
by Barry Stebbing, author of How
Great Thou Art instruction materials.
2. Do Art and Craft Projects
Summer provides more time for art and
craft projects. Take some projects
outdoors, especially the messy ones.
• Learn a
new art or craft.
a list of gifts you would like to make and
check them off as you go.
curriculum for art education including the
fundamentals of drawing, painting, color
theory, and art appreciation from How
Great Thou Art.
and crafts ideas from Crayola
using crayons, chalk, paper, scissors, glue,
colored pencils, water or acrylic paint,
finger paint, sidewalk chalk, clay, play
dough, markers, etc., plus lesson
and crafts projects and crafts
using materials found around the house.
your own play dough, molding clay, paste,
silly putty, and more.
3. Attend Free Outdoor Performances
Check with your local newspaper for a list
of free outdoor performances such as
concerts, plays, historic reenactments, and
This is a great opportunity to introduce
children to cultural events that would
otherwise be too expensive or too long for
them to sit through.
sleeping bags or folding chairs to sit on and
snacks that are not messy or complicated to
your children to the main plot and background
of a play or opera before attending so they
can follow it better and get more out of it.
4. Family Reading Time
Read a book or the Bible outside –
in your yard in the cool of the evening or on
an outing – as a family together.
5. Star Gaze with Your Family
Wonder together as a family at God's
"When I consider Your heavens, the work of
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)
with a good daily
or weekly skywatching guide or star map
so that you know what to look for.
a good viewing spot: your back yard or out
away from city lights.
The next meteor shower is the
Perseids on August 12. The
shower peaks early afternoon on the 12th, so
the morning of the 12th (midnight to dawn)
and late evening are the best times to watch
from the U.S.
on a night without moonlight, so you can see
meteors, the Milky Way, and more stars.
with just your eyes to appreciate the
expansive beauty of the entire night sky.
a quality pair of binoculars.
They are inexpensive, portable, provide a
balance between magnification and
light-gathering power, as well as enabling
you to find your target better.
about the differences in telescope
features before selecting a telescope.
a reclining chair or lie on a sleeping bag.
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.
Astronomy's website for information, free
newsletter signup, and a Christian homeschool
astronomy curriculum, Signs & Seasons.
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6. Take an Outing
Ask your family, "Where do we want to go
before summer is over?"
dates and put it on your calendar, or this
winter you may wonder why you didn't get to
the beach, park, mountains, etc. this summer!
your binoculars and field guides for bird,
flower, and plant identification, as well as
7. Backyard Camping
If you family isn't able to, or doesn't
enjoy camping in the "wilderness," set up
tents in your backyard – or sleep under
the stars (combine with star gazing).
If you want to go back to your own beds in
the middle of the night – no problem.
8. Harvest the Bounty
If possible, go to fields together for
you-pick produce (peaches are easy and fast
to pick); then freeze, make jam, or dry.
whole berries by spreading on trays in your
freezer. Transfer to airtight freezer bags
when frozen and remove air before
closing. (Placing the bag in water just
below the top of the bag, squeezes out air.)
Frozen berries are perfect to add in a
blender smoothie (1 cup milk or yogurt plus
one serving of frozen fruit) all year long!
jam (our family's favorite). Try
the low-sugar or honey recipes.
berries or fruit to use in cereal, trail mix,
Don't forget to savor plenty of these
delicious gifts from God, fresh, while they
9. Do Yard Work for Yourself or
One of the nicest things you and/or your
children can do to help neighbors or church
members who are elderly, busy, or physically
challenged, is to mow their lawns.
to Mow, Edge and Trim a Lawn" and view a
short video on "How
to Mow Like a Professional Landscaper."
to Keep Kids Safe from Lawn Mower
family or older child might also want to
start a lawn
care business (more
Be sure to use proper
protection if any spraying is done.
10. Wash Your Car Together
Your family can wash your car, play in the
water, and cool down at the same time!
To Wash a Car" and "How
to Keep Your Car Clean and Orderly"
You might also volunteer to wash the cars
of neighbors or church members who are
elderly, busy, or physically challenged.
11. Volunteer for Community Clean Up
In most communities, organizations and
events bring people together to clean up
roads, rivers, beaches, etc.
with your local newspaper to find an
opportunity in your area.
safety measures when working along roads or
picking up potentially hazardous materials.
as a family or as a church or support group.
Ideal for Christian Home Schoolers
or Summer Mission Trips!
Logos Language Institute
is an evangelistic ministry which equips
to witness and minister in foreign
• Intro packets
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• Self-study books
and tapes or CDs
• Use alone or with
another language program
• 6-level program in Spanish
• Everyday and spiritual /
• Ideal for short-term
12. Play Outdoor Games
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outdoor games, summer games, and water
13. Make Bubbles
Buy extra large containers of bubble
solution or make your own.
Bubble Solution Recipe
2 quarts distilled water
Slowly stir in:
6 oz. non-ultra Dawn, original scent
(or 4.5 oz. ultra dish
1.5 tablespoons glycerin
(use 3 tablespoons if
using ultra detergent)
You can cut this recipe in half or double
can blow bubbles through a wand or use various
things to make bubbles.
all about the science
of bubbles, e.g., bubbles do best when
humidity is 30% or greater.
14. Throw a Frisbee
A Frisbee (also called a flying disc) is
something that your whole family can have fun
throwing in your own backyard or a park.
keep a Frisbee available in your car.
the basic throws
how to play the team sport Ultimate
Golf course and learn how to play.
15. Go on a Scavenger Hunt
into teams or partners.
a list of items to find.
Items can be randomly chosen or based on a
theme, such as the following printable lists
suggest (cross off items you don't want or
Items (good for younger children)
Puzzle (find pieces and put them
more hunts and suggestions.
a time limit.
The team that finds the most items by the end
of the time limit, or that finds all of the
items first, wins!
safety, children should not leave your own
property unless with an adult (e.g., in the
neighborhood or at a park).
follow the frequent scavenger-hunt practice
of taking or borrowing items from others.
pick vegetation on public, or others'
some chores in a family scavenger hunt.
items you have lost and need to find.
of collecting items, photograph, tape record,
or draw them.
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• Teaches history of ideas which shaped
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16. Eat Outdoors
Enjoy eating your regular meals in your
own yard on folding tables or blankets, as
well as special picnics in parks and places
of interest this summer.
• Simplify your
picnic menu to a few healthy finger foods
(e.g. sandwiches, fruit, water, and dessert).
a few items on hand for a spontaneous picnic
or stop by the deli for some ready-made
a checklist and a picnic basket or box
supplied and ready to go.
each child one task to get the picnic ready
7. Take Tea
A tea is a special treat to prepare for
your family and friends. It can be
simple or elaborate, served as a lunch, an afternoon
tea, or even a party. It is
especially nice to take tea outside on the
lawn in summertime.
with a pot of tea!
of your best tablecloths and dishes, use
something nice that is less likely to get
a variety of small tea
with fresh fruit.
with whipped or clotted cream and jam.
with a selection of dainty desserts.
and Hospitality" is a home school unit
study based on the topic of tea.
18. Make Ice Cream
Making homemade ice cream together is a
family memory shared by many generations.
an ice cream maker or use your
can include cream, milk, or yogurt; sugar or
plus flavorings and/or fresh, seasonal fruit.
ice cream recipes, many unusual
19. Have a Neighborhood BBQ or Picnic
A traditional summer neighborhood activity
is a block party.
people on your block with written
with a large yard may offer to host a BBQ or
potluck picnic, or you could go to a local
everyone bring food, paper plates, cups, and
plasticware, as well as folding tables and
chairs if needed.
• Visiting and
getting acquainted is the main objective, but
games (see above) help break the ice and
occupy children, as can churning homemade ice
Advantages of being acquainted with your
of persons and property as you look out for
each other. Exchange a (confidential) list of
names and phone numbers for use in
emergencies. You might even consider forming
opportunities (see below).
20. Backyard Evangelism
The opportunity to witness and be "salt"
and "light" in your community this summer
5-day club or starting an ongoing weekly
• Inviting a
family to a BBQ, dinner, or afternoon tea in
your backyard where you can talk about your
life and testimony in a conversational
a ladies or couples Bible
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