|From Home School Legal Defense
A longtime champion of homeschooling
rights around the globe, HSLDA Senior Counsel
and Director of State and International
Relations Christopher J. Klicka was called
home by his Lord on October 12, 2009, at age
48, following a 15-year battle with multiple
An attorney, spokesman, lobbyist, and
homeschooling husband and father, Chris is
survived by his wife, Tracy, and their seven
children, ages 11-21.
a video of Mike Smith, Mike Farris, and
Doug Phillips sharing memories of, and
appreciation for, Chris Klicka.
Chris giving his testimony on YouTube.
"I have fought the good fight,
I have finished the course,
I have kept the faith;
In the future there is laid
up for me
the crown of righteousness,
Which the Lord, the righteous
will award to me on that day;
And not only to me,
but also to all who have loved His
(II Timothy 4:7-8)
Colds and flu are caused by different
viruses, have different symptoms, and can
have greatly different effects on your
health. Read more at Centers
for Disease Control.
The Common Cold is caused by one of
more than 200 viruses and is called an upper
respiratory infection because it involves the
nose, throat, and surrounding air passages.
Symptoms may include watery eyes, runny
nose, sore throat, and cough. Most
colds do not include fever, chills or
substantial lung involvement.
Read more about symptoms, treatments, and
prevention of the common cold at mayoclinic.com.
The Flu is caused by the influenza
virus and infects the entire respiratory
tract – nose, throat, and lungs.
It can include fever, head and muscle aches,
exhaustion, and a cough that can become
A cold can last two or three weeks; most
people are better within seven to ten
days. On the other hand, without proper
care or attention, flu can lead to severe
illness and complications which can cause
permanent health damage.
Read more about symptoms, treatments, and
prevention of the flu at mayoclinic.com.
Prevention and care of both a cold or the
flu is similar, except that you need to be
more careful and aware of complications with
2009 H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu)
Many experts say the H1N1 virus does not
appear to be more dangerous than other flu
strains, but children have been catching it
more easily than seasonal flu.
Authorities urge parents to seek immediate
help if emergency warning signs
develop. In children, these are:
or troubled breathing
to wake up easily or interact
to the extent that the child does not want to
of symptoms, then a return to fever and worse
with a rash
Parents also should seek medical help if
flu symptoms develop in children most
vulnerable to flu complications: those
younger than 5 or with high-risk conditions,
including asthma and other lung problems;
cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and other
neurological diseases; heart, kidney, or
liver problems; and diabetes.
What You Can Do
To Stay Healthy
From the Centers for Disease Control
Stay informed. The CDC
website will be updated regularly as
information becomes available.
Influenza is thought to spread mainly
person-to-person through coughing or sneezing
of infected people.
Take everyday actions to stay healthy,
your nose and mouth with a tissue when you
cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in
the trash after you use it.
your hands often with soap and water,
especially after you cough or sneeze.
Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also
touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
Germs spread that way.
home if you get sick. CDC recommends
that you limit contact with others to keep
from infecting them.
Use any medication with caution.
Over-the-counter drugs, and even some natural
remedies, can have side effects or cause
single-symptom drugs such as cough
suppressants, pain relievers, or
antihistamines, rather than multisymptom
formulas or time-release capsules.
The FDA strongly encourages parents to avoid
cough and cold medicines for children age 4
and younger. A Mayo
Clinic specialist explains why –
and offers tips for treating your child's
cough syrup (only for children age 14 and
older) sparingly, as coughing is one of the
ways the body gets rid of mucus.
lozenges will help numb the throat and
open up nasal passages. Zinc lozenges
may also be helpful.
at the first sign of a scratchy throat with
1/4 - 1/2 tsp. of salt or 1 tablespoon of
vinegar dissolved in 8 oz. warm water.
Repeat several times a day.
drops or sprays should be used by adults
for no more than a few days because prolonged
use can cause chronic inflammation of mucous
membranes. Children shouldn't use
decongestant drops or sprays at all.
Instead use saline nasal drops to help
relieve nasal congestion.
any medicine carefully, following
directions as to amount (by age and weight)
and frequency. Just one overdose can
challenges the kidneys and acetaminophen the
Do not substitute
concentrated infant drops for children's
liquid; this can be fatal!
• Don't give
aspirin in any form to children 19 and
under due to the risk of contracting Reye's
• Don't insist
that your doctor prescribe antibiotics for a
cold or flu; they cannot kill viruses.
Is There Really a Best Way
To Blow Your Nose,
Sneeze, and Cough?
Yes! How you blow your nose,
sneeze, or cough can affect your own health
as well as others.
prepared with lots of sturdy tissues to
avoid getting mucus on your hands. Use
tissues once, then throw them away so germs
can't multiply in them.
• Don't blow
your nose too hard or squeeze it while
blowing; blocked pressure can force
infectious drainage into your ears and
sinuses. Instead, press one finger over
one nostril and blow gently through the open
nostril; repeat on the opposite side.
coughing or sneezing, turn away from
other people. If you don't have a
tissue, cough or sneeze into your arm or
elbow rather than your bare hands.
• Don't hold
back a sneeze or it can spray germs into
your sinuses and ears.
wash your hands after blowing your nose,
sneezing, or coughing!
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In This Issue
in the Cold and Flu Season
5 Ways To Avoid Infection
9 Ways To Enhance Your Immune System
8 Ways To Continue Learning while
• Is It a Cold or the Flu?
• What about Swine Flu?
• What about Medications?
• Is There Really a Best Way
To Blow Your Nose, Sneeze, and
• Valerie Bendt Books:
Reading Made Easy
• Logos Language
Institute: Foreign Language
• Basic Christian
Education: Bible-Based Curriculum
• Victoria L. Stankus:
What is Communion?
While there's no cure for the common cold
or the flu, some simple guidelines can help
your family be as healthy as possible this
winter and also prevent more serious
As home educators, we can use this
teaching opportunity for our immediate health
and welfare, as well as general health
Of course, prevention is the best policy,
so you will want to teach your children how
to avoid exposure to germs and maintain a
strong immune system.
There are also many things that you can
teach your family to do to make them more
comfortable while they are sick and help them
to get well sooner.
Disclaimer: The information
in this newsletter is not intended as a
substitute for professional medical advice or
treatment – but we do hope it will help
your family stay well and get well faster
during the cold and flu season!
The Pat Welch Family, Publishers
Pat, Sue, Heather, Holly, and Brian
Home is a home-school, family-run
business operated in our home since 1980.
To Avoid Infection
1. Teach Your Children about Germs
Teach about germs and how they are
transfered by air, fluids, and blood.
Use a textbook, an encyclopedia, or the
activities and lesson plans.
plans for grades Pre-K through 6.
Older Students: Infectious
Disease Workshop contains extensive
information and learning activities.
2. Don't Share Infectious Agents
Children are adept at picking up and
spreading germs. Teach them how to
avoid this at all times, but especially when
someone in your home is ill or you are out in
public where many unknown and very harmful
skin abrasions and cuts.
touch the face, especially eyes, nose, and
ill, it is courteous to avoid contact with
others so that you don't spread your cold or
flu, even if it means missing something you
really want to do.
Also, when you are ill and your immune
system is weakened, it is easier for you to
pick up another, and perhaps worse, illness
if you are exposed to crowds and others who
3. Establish Hand Washing Rules and
The simplest and most effective thing that
you can do to keep from getting sick
yourself, or spreading your sickness to
others, is to wash your hands well and
How To Wash
hands with warm water and ordinary soap.
you don't have access to soap and water, use
non-alcohol baby wipes or alcohol-based hand
use antibacterial soap. It can promote
growth of more virulent germs and viruses.
your children to scrub all parts of their
hands for 20 seconds. Teach them a hand-washing
song that lasts that long to sing.
hands well. In a public restroom, turn
off tap with a paper towel or back of wrist,
and open door with a paper towel or a corner
When To Wash
hands immediately upon returning home after
being out in public or playing outside.
hands before preparing food, eating, or
handling clean dishes.
after using the toilet, changing diapers,
sneezing, coughing, blowing nose, and
and/or print poster
showing how to cough, sneeze, and wash hands;
Handwashing Is Important.
4. Practice Good Hygiene
It is important to practice good hygiene
principles and routines at all times, as you
or others may be contagious a day before
symptoms of illness are evident.
Explain to your children that, although
they may not see germs, they are present and
can make them sick. Connect hygiene to
illness by reminding them of the last time
they were ill. The memory may be
powerful enough to convince them of the
importance of hygiene.
share drinking and eating utensils, food that
has been handled or partially eaten by
others, or toothbrushes.
someone in your family is sick, don't even
share books, games, and toys.
teeth and tongue, and rinse your toothbrush
in mouthwash or vinegar between brushings to
toilet lid before flushing so germs cannot
spray toothbrushes or other surfaces.
dirty clothing or linens into the laundry
right away and wash them with regular
5. Clean Your Home
Clean your home regularly, and more often
when colds and flu are going around.
carefully with a solution of bleach
reduce exposure to dust, smoke, and other
chemical irritants (such as cleaning
compounds) in your home.
windows and bring fresh air into your home
occasionally, even in winter.
Don't Just Learn a Foreign Language
Learn Words Used To Share the Gospel!
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To Enhance Your Immune System
Your own body's immune system is the best
way to both stay well and get well!
You are what you eat, and a good,
well-balanced diet is essential to building a
healthy immune system and to providing
sources of energy and nutrition for optimal
growth and development.
a variety of whole, fresh or frozen fruits
and vegetables. Five or more servings a
day are recommended. Try to include an
apple each day.
much as your budget allows, buy natural,
organic food, such as meat, eggs, and dairy
fats are also necessary (e.g., cold-pressed,
organic canola or olive oil, walnuts,
peanuts, and natural peanut butter).
Refrigerate all these items; they oxidize at
bad fats, such as hydrogenated oils, white
flour, and sugar, which can depress the
When You Are Sick
more foods high in vitamins, like citrus
fruits, tomatoes, broccoli, and carrots.
chicken soup, which contains an amino acid
that thins mucus and breaks up
congestion. Also, the steam from the
soup (or from hot tea) helps open up air
good-quality vitamins every day to ensure
that you are getting adequate amounts of
vitamins and minerals.
• Consider taking
one 500 mg capsule of vitamin C twice or more
a day when you are sick. Rarely, too
much can cause diarrhea and gastric
discomfort. If you experience these,
simply reduce amount and/or take with
to eight 8-ounce glasses per day are
recommended for the average person (or
one-half ounce per pound of body weight).
• Drinking hot
beverages helps open up nasal passages and
reduces congestion. Add honey to herbal
tea, plain hot water, or diluted lemon
Adequate rest is essential for our bodies
to repair our immune systems, as well as to
keep our bodies functioning well.
adults require 7-8 hours of sleep every
night; teens 9-11, and children 10-12.
Much Sleep Do We Really Need?" by the
National Sleep Foundation.
When You Are Sick
sleep or rest is an effective treatment.
an extra pillow under your head to help
congested sinus or nasal passages drain.
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To Enhance Your Immune System
Taking a Daily Constitutional
A daily walk taken for the benefit of
one's constitution (health) used to be called
a daily constitutional. A daily walk
with your family can provide many needed
health benefits such as the following:
Regular exercise improves circulation,
combats many health problems by strengthening
the immune system, and can reduce the
occurrence of colds and flu.
a hat and scarf to stay warm when
outside. Getting chilled compromises
your immune system.
you cannot walk outdoors, exercise on a mini-trampoline
either indoors or outside on your
Sunshine is one of nature's healing
agents, providing Vitamin D and killing
7. Fresh Air
Clean, oxygen-rich air enhances your
ability to fight disease.
deeply of fresh, outdoor air comes naturally
8. Avoid Stress
Stress and worry affect the chemistry and
function of every body system, and can weaken
your immune system.
Meeting the basic needs of your family can
make the difference between a stressful and a
pleasant home atmosphere. (We can all
attest to that!)
• Maintain a
neat and clean environment by picking up
clutter and keeping up with laundry and
dishes. Remember that God gave mothers
more than two arms, but some of them are
attached to your children! Teach and
simple, healthy meals (e.g., crockpot
stews) and serve at regular times before
everyone is starving.
• Schedule realistically
by limiting activities outside your home,
allowing extra time between activities,
planning ahead, and being prepared the night
9. A Calm and Happy Attitude
The opposite of stress is a calm and happy
composure, which helps your health as well as
being a great gift to your family.
humor in your outlook, read a funny book, or
watch a funny movie when you are sick.
"A merry heart doeth good
like a medicine."
in the Lord.
"Casting all your care
upon him; for he careth for you."
(I Peter 5:7)
New Children's Book about Communion
Explaining the act of Communion to children
can sometimes be a difficult task.
What is Communion? written by
Victoria L. Stankus can help make that task
easier. Based on a an Evangelical
Protestant view, the book includes:
• What communion is
• How communion is taken
• Why we take communion
• Who Jesus is
• Why He came to earth
• Why He sacrificed
for our sins
• The meaning of the
• Simple steps for
in Jesus as Savior
Uses simple illustrations, easy words, and
appropriate Biblical references. A
great tool for parents and teachers to read
to (or with) their children and discuss along
To Continue Learning while Sick
If teacher and/or students are sick, relax
and do some easy learning.
educational videos, or turn any video into a
learning experience by looking up or talking
about things in the story such as location
(geography), time period (history), subject
matter, character development, and Biblical
2. Play an
educational board game.
3. Read aloud
or listen to story
lessons about germs and good health habits.
5. Review flash
cards or fact sheets.
6. Catch up on
7. Listen to
8. Tell your
about your childhood – record them
These and other relaxed activities can
provide unique learning opportunities and
reassure you that your down time is not a
total loss educationally.
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