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Veterans Day honors all the men and women
who have served in the United States armed
services. (Memorial Day honors members of
the American military who died in service for
November 11 is the anniversary of the
armistice that ended World War I in 1918.
United States changed Armistice Day to
celebrates November 11 as Remembrance Day.
United Kingdom celebrates November 11 as
Teaching about Veterans Day
The Department of Veterans Affairs has
made a Free Teacher Resource Guide for
Veterans Day 2009 available
The student resources in this 33-page
guide includes World War II history, origins
of Veterans Day, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier,
America's wars, plus activities and coloring
pages for younger students.Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric K.
Shinseki, says in the introduction:
"America has a sacred trust to care for
those who defend her. From the warriors
who stormed the beaches at Normandy on D-Day
to the brave men and women returning from
Iraq and Afghanistan – our Veterans
share a legacy of service that upholds the
values upon which our Nation was founded:
service to a cause greater than self."
Activities for Veterans Day
Besides teaching your children the history
and significance of this holiday, consider
doing one of the following activities.
1. Thank someone in
your own extended family or church who has
served (or is serving) in the military.
2. Visit a veteran's
hospital or a veteran at a nursing home
– or invite a veteran from your church
to dinner. Listen to their story, ask
them questions, and thank them for serving.
3. "Adopt" and pray
for a veteran without a family nearby or a
young person currently serving in the armed
4. Encourage others to
pray throughout the year for our military and
those sacrificially serving. See
Veterans Day Call
to Prayer Kit.
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We Fight: World War II
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More Information & Activities
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Veterans Day Page with links to Army,
Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard.
Includes a study of the word "honor" and the
Armor of God, plus crafts.
Day Page (Canada).
of Veterans Affairs Official Veterans Day
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and War on the Officers' Christian
Am I a Soldier
of the Cross?
Am I a Soldier
of the Cross?
by Isaac Watts
Am I a soldier of the cross,
A follower of the Lamb,
And shall I fear to own His cause,
Or blush to speak His Name?
Must I be carried to the skies
On flowery beds of ease,
While others fought to win
And sailed through bloody
Are there no foes for me to face?
Must I not stem the flood?
Is this vile world a friend to grace,
To help me on to God?
Sure I must fight if I would reign;
Increase my courage, Lord.
I'll bear the toil, endure the pain,
Supported by Thy Word.
4-page Worksheet on this hymn by Beverly
Schmitt at lovetolearnplace.com.
Includes vocabulary, word pictures, writing
mechanics, comprehension questions, Scripture
references and discussion, information about
the author/poet, history, geography, and
a short biography of Isaac Watts, 1674-1748,
and a list of 518 hymns he wrote on the Cyberhymnal
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In This Issue
Overcoming Learning Obstacles
by Cindy Short and Sue Welch, editors,
with contributions from Joy Marie Dunlap and
1. Your Response
5. Pace or Depth
8. Various Other
Veterans Day: November 11
I a Soldier of the Cross?
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Sooner or later every child runs into a
roadblock on their road of learning. How
will you and your child react? How will you
know what the problem is? What can you do to
help your child?
You will find many practical suggestions
for overcoming learning obstacles in this
issue. We hope that you will find them
useful and that the Lord will bless you and
your family for His glory.
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1. Your Response to Obstacles
Your First and Most
When a problem arises, it is common for
immediate reactions to be anxiety,
frustration, or stress – for both you
and your child. Instead, follow these
three steps as your first response.
1. Don't Panic
In most cases there is no need for
excessive worry. It is normal for any
child to run across things he does not
understand right away. If you expect
this to happen from time to time, and know
what to do when it does happen, your home
school can be a less stressful experience for
you and your child.
If your child senses that you deem this a
major crisis, he may experience anxiety and a
sense of failure which could contribute to a
mental block against the subject in which he
is having difficulty.
2. Pray for Wisdom
God is there for us, waiting to show us
the way to handle our problems if we will
only ask and wait patiently on Him. He
promises to grant us wisdom if we ask it of
if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of
who gives to all generously and without
and it will be given to him." (James
3. Reassure Your Child
Pray with your child, asking the Lord to
help you teach, and to help him understand,
the problem material. Tell him that God
will certainly help you find a way to help
Teaching your child that, when facing
any problem, he should first call upon our
loving heavenly Father is an important
spiritual and life-skill lesson. The
opportunity to teach and model this lesson is
more important than the academic lesson.
Trusting the Lord can help both you and
your child to regain calmness and confidence.
Your prayer together will also let your
child know that you care about his
Identifying and Overcoming Obstacles
Be willing to take whatever time is
necessary to help your child over his
if it is in an area of basic skills such as
reading, writing, or math.
if it takes weeks.
You will be further ahead at the end of
the year if you stop to clear up an obstacle
and then go on, than if you continued to
struggle the entire time.
Starting at the Very
Readiness is more likely to be an issue
with children under the age of 9-12.
Identify the Problem
Ask yourself if your child is emotionally,
physically, and neurologically ready to learn
As an observant parent, you will know that
the answer is not necessarily based on what
other children are ready for at this age or
even what else this child is ready for.
Work on the Solution
might wait and try again in a few weeks or
readiness activities to prepare your child
for this new learning challenge.
Building from the
Some subjects, such as reading and math,
are building-block subjects. If your
child does not have a firm grasp of earlier
concepts, it can cause problems with all
Identify the Problem
To find out exactly where your child is
having trouble and if it is a result of
inadequate mastery of prerequisite knowledge
the problem or concept down into its smallest
your child separately on each area.
from the simplest step up to the most
time to observe your child's reasoning
Work on the Solution
Pick Up a Missing
Prerequisite. When you find the gap
in your child's knowledge, set aside your
scheduled curriculum and take time to master
the missing concept or skill. This will
often include items such as:
math facts and processes of addition,
subtraction, multiplication, and division.
of phonics sounds.
• Sentence structure
Review. Going back over
previously studied material can show you the
concepts your child did not understand
thoroughly, and can reinforce his skills as
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Looking Beneath the
Sometimes the obstacle may be a surprise
to us; something that our child has
misunderstood or failed to understand.
Identify the Problem
Talk to your child and ask him to explain
to you, the best he can, what problem he is
having and if there is anything that doesn't
make sense to him.
Work on the Solution
When you know what is bothering your
child, explain the concept(s) in new ways
until he really gets it.
"Recently our daughter could not
understand the concept of rounding money
values to the nearest dollar. I decided to
take time to elicit her perspective. She
told me that it didn't seem honest to her to
call $2.55 "three dollars."
"Realizing that she could not understand
why we would round a dollar amount, I showed
her how estimating the amount I spent while
shopping allowed me to stay within our
"She tackled rounding and estimation
enthusiastically after that. It was as if the
explanation had moved a gigantic boulder out
of her path." - Joy Marie Dunlap
5. Pace or Depth
Enough Time; Enough
Sometimes your curriculum or schedule goes
too quickly without enough practice or review
for your child to thoroughly understand and
master the material or concepts.
Other times, your curriculum might not
include enough depth. Your child might need
more information in order to truly understand
Provide More Time
down and take more time for each lesson.
cutting your lessons in half and mastering
smaller chunks of material each day.
• Schedule a
series of separate lessons to supplement the
one concept at a time until your child is
clear in his understanding.
Provide More Material
visuals such as globes, maps, timelines,
books, and videos.
experiments, demonstrations, and hands-on
out library books that simplify and
a different curriculum that teaches the
concepts more slowly and thoroughly.
concepts with your child.
Provide More Practice
flash cards and math manipulatives.
learning games of all kinds.
a reproducible worksheet course and make
multiple copies of worksheets for extra
your own activities or worksheets which
Is It a Factor?
There are two mistakes that can be made
when you consider discipline as a factor in
your child's learning problem.
• Assuming that
discipline is an issue when it isn't.
• Assuming that
discipline is not an issue when it is.
Identifying the Problem
your child outright refuses to try to work
through his problem, then overt rebellion is
your child finds all kinds of excuses why he
cannot work on his problem, then passive
rebellion may be at work.
your child is genuinely trying to work on his
problem with a good attitude toward you, then
discipline is probably not a part of the
Work on the Solution
If your child's problem is unwillingness
to submit to your instruction and obey you,
it is very important for you to work on and
resolve this issue.
Basic child discipline can be quite
together what God says about the parent/child
relationship so that your child knows that he
needs to obey the Lord by honoring and
clear instructions for your child to obey
along with your Scriptural, moral, or
practical reasons when appropriate.
lovingly consistent. Don't let your child's
temporary discomfort from negative
consequences prevent you from correcting him.
You are doing him a great favor by helping
him to obey the Lord. He will also gain the
good and long life promised to children who
honor and obey their parents (Ephesians
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Wind in the Sails
You might be able to help your child over
a learning obstacle with the right kind of
Our newsletters #93
listed and expounded on the following "15
Ways To Motivate Your Child To Learn":
1. Appeal to
3. Reveal the
Purpose of the Study
4. Set the Stage
5. Enable and
6. Capitalize on
8. Get Your
9. Know and Use
Your Child's Interests
10. Provide Variety
11. Be a Good Example
12. Maintain a Positive
14. Utilize Teamwork
15. Make Careful Use of
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#93 and Newsletter
#94 in our archives.
8. Various Other Problems . .
. . . and Suggested
If your child is having unexplained
problems, you might consider the following
his eyes checked to see if he needs glasses
or vision training.
a general health check-up.
good habits such as:
Regular and healthy meals and snacks.
Daily outdoor exercise, such as walking.
Adequate sleep and rest.
Enough water to keep hydrated.
Your child might do better if he is able
to concentrate with less distractions such as
noise, clutter, movements of other people, or
make sure your child has adequate light and a
comfortable place to sit and write.
it helps if you sit with, or near, him in
order to encourage him to keep working or
answer questions as they come up.
You might find that your child will do
better overall if you switch to a different
curriculum for all his subjects or just
selected subjects with which he is having
difficulty. Consider a program that
uses another primary method of delivery such
(with or without workbook)
(text combined with workbook)
• Computer Programs
Your child might profit from going back a
grade level in a subject that is giving him
constant problems. It is always better
to get a good foundation than to keep pushing
on with incomplete understanding.
Learn How To Learn
A short course in learning how to study
and learn might provide your child with the
resources to tackle many learning challenges
throughout his life.
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Consider presenting a difficult concept in
your child's preferred learning
style (auditory, visual, or kinesthetic)
or switch to a different one than has been
Perhaps Dad, an older sibling, or even an
extended family member could take a crack at
teaching an occasional tough concept or
Take a Breather
Sometimes a child may get so tied in knots
over a problem that your best solution is to
simply leave it alone for awhile and come
back to it later for a fresh start.