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For 29 Years The Teaching Home Has Been Providing Home-School Families
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Another Year Is Dawning

Another year is dawning,
    dear Father, let it be

In working or in waiting,
    another year with Thee.

Another year of progress,
    another year of praise,

Another year of proving
    Thy presence all the days.

Another year of mercies,
    of faithfulness and grace,

Another year of gladness
    in the shining of Thy face;

Another year of leaning
    upon Thy loving breast;

Another year of trusting,
    of quiet, happy rest.

Another year of service,
    of witness for Thy love,

Another year of training
    for holier work above.

Another year is dawning,
    dear Father, let it be

On earth, or else in Heaven,
    another year for Thee.

Words by Frances R. Havergal, 1874.  She wrote these words as a poem for her New Year's greeting cards.

- Begin Jan. 4 -

Bible Reading Schedule
Month 1: January

   Jan. 4
      __ Gen. 1-4
      __ Ps. 1
      __ Matt. 1

   Jan. 5
      __ Gen. 5-9
      __ Prov. 1:1-7
      __ Matt. 2

   Jan. 6
      __ Gen. 10-14
      __ Ps. 2
      __ Matt. 3

   Jan. 7
      __ Gen. 15-18
      __ Prov. 1:8-19
      __ Matt. 4

   Jan. 8
      __ Gen. 19-22
      __ Ps. 3
      __ Matt. 5:1-26

   Jan. 9
      __ Gen. 23-25
      __ Prov. 1:20-27
      __ Matt. 5:27-48

   Jan. 10:  Sunday

   Jan. 11
      __ Gen. 26-27
      __ Ps. 4
      __ Matt. 6

   Jan. 12
      __ Gen. 28-31
      __ Prov. 1:28-33
      __ Matt. 7

   Jan. 13
      __ Gen. 32-34
      __ Ps. 5
      __ Matt. 8

   Jan. 14
      __ Gen. 35-37
      __ Prov. 2:1-9
      __ Matt. 9

   Jan. 15
      __ Gen. 38-42
      __ Ps. 6
      __ Matt. 10

   Jan. 16
      __ Gen. 43-44
      __ Prov. 2:10-22
      __ Matt. 11

   Jan. 17:  Sunday

   Jan. 18
      __ Gen. 45-47
      __ Ps. 7
      __ Matt. 12:1-30

   Jan. 19
      __ Gen. 48-50
      __ Prov. 3:1-12
      __ Matt. 12:31-50

   Jan. 20
      __ Ex. 1-4
      __ Ps. 8
      __ Matt. 13:1-23

   Jan. 21
      __ Ex. 5-8
      __ Prov. 3:13-26
      __ Matt. 13:24-58

   Jan. 22
      __ Ex. 9-12
      __ Ps. 9
      __ Matt. 14
   Jan. 23
      __ Ex. 13-15
      __ Prov. 3:27-35
      __ Matt. 15

   Jan. 24:  Sunday

   Jan. 25
      __ Ex. 16-19
      __ Ps. 10
      __ Matt. 16

   Jan. 26
      __ Ex. 20-22
      __ Prov. 4:1-9
      __ Matt. 17

   Jan. 27
      __ Ex. 23-26
      __ Ps. 11
      __ Matt. 18:1-14

   Jan. 28
      __ Ex. 27-29
      __ Prov. 4:10-19
      __ Matt. 18:15-35

   Jan. 29
      __ Ex. 30-32
      __ Ps. 12
      __ Matt. 19

   Jan. 30
      __ Ex. 33-35
      __ Prov. 4:20-27
      __ Matt. 20

Jan. 31: Sunday

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Fudge Now, Pudge Later

Last year around Christmas, we had some fudge that I had made.  One evening after dinner, I conspiratorially whispered to our 2-year-old daughter, "Is that good fudge?" after I gave her a bit.

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For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

Man was separated from God by sin.

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)

For the wages of sin is death. (Romans 6:23)

The death of Jesus Christ in our place is God's only provision for man's sin.

He (Jesus Christ) was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. (Romans 4:25)

We must personally receive Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord.

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. (John 1:12)

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast. (Ephesians 2:8, 9)

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In This Issue
Rejuvenate Your Home School

   1.  Recommit to Your Highest Priority
   2.  Reassess Your Family's Goals
   3.  Reorganize Your Time and Home

Recommended Resources

   •  Judah Bible Curriculum: Year of the Bible
   •  Logos Language Institute: Foreign Language Study
   •  Basic Christian Education: Bible Based Curriculum

New Year's Greetings,

As you start 2010, you can rejuvenate your home school, giving it new life and energy!

Although we can start afresh each morning, the New Year inspires us to reassess our priorities and then make course corrections, plans, and schedules to aim for those goals.

Just a few changes can tremendously benefit your family.

May the Lord richly bless your family for His glory during this New Year!

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.

    The Year
    of the Bible

We often hear, "America is based on Biblical principles!"

     How is that?

     Just what are those principles?

     How can I learn them?

     How can I teach them to my kids from the Bible?

Begin Here – Video synopsis: God, Man and America

Make 2010 the Year of the Bible in your home school.

Begin today!

Judah Bible Curriculum

Box 122, Urbana IL 61803  /  217-344-5672

1.  Recommit to Your Highest Priority

Our highest priority is to teach our children God's Word.

"These words, which I am commanding you today,
     shall be on your heart.
You shall teach them diligently to your sons."
          Deuteronomy 6:6-7

"This Book of the Law
     shall not depart from your mouth,
     But you shall meditate on it day and night,
So that you may be careful to do according
     To all that is written in it;
For then you will make your way prosperous,
     And then you will have success."
          Joshua 1:8

We can protect our family from error and counteract the worldly influences around us in no better way than by immersing our family in God's truth through systematic reading and study of God's Word.

Spend Time with the Lord Every Day!

Be sure your family's daily schedule includes daily time with the Lord.

 •  Set aside a time each day, perhaps while everyone is still at the breakfast or dinner table or before going to bed at night.

 •  Let God talk to you by reading His Word.  You can read through the Bible each year in just 15-20 minutes a day.

 •  Take a few minutes to discuss what you've read. Recall facts, test comprehension with questions, expand understanding by paraphrasing, and make applications.

 •  In addition to your Bible reading, include praying, singing hymns and spiritual songs, and memorizing Bible verses.

If you don't do anything else in 2010, bring your family together to meet with the Lord each day!

How To Read The Bible

You can read through the Bible in one year with your family by reading just 15 (or so) minutes a day.

When coming to your Bible reading:
 •  Pray for understanding.
 •  Be right with God and others.
 •  Be eager to hear God's Word.
 •  Be willing to do His will.

When reading your Bible:
 •  Seek for God in His Word.
 •  Note instructions to obey.
 •  Find and trust promises.
 •  Observe good (and bad) examples.

Bible Reading Tip

You can listen to an audio recording of the Scriptures while following along in your own Bible.  This is especially helpful to get through the names in the Old Testament and to keep the pace from getting bogged down.

The Teaching Home's Bible Reading Schedule

We have designed a unique Bible reading schedule with the following features:

 •  Start any month.

 •  Read 6 days a week (allows for church on Sunday).

 •  Read 4 weeks per month (24 days per month).

This gives you 4-7 days per month, counting the Sundays, to catch up and stay on schedule.  We have organized Bible readings into three columns to facilitate different reading options.

 •  Column 1:  Complete Bible (minus Psalms and Proverbs)

 •  Column 2:  Psalms and Proverbs

 •  Column 3:  Optional Second Reading of New Testament

These selections may be combined in different ways.  For example:

 •  You may want to do one or two family readings of Columns 1 and 2 and use Column 3 for private or school reading.

 •  Alternatively, if you have very young children, you may want to do Columns 2 and 3 for your family reading and Column 1 for your private reading.

Get The Teaching Home's complete Bible-reading schedule online. See the Bible reading schedule for January in the left-hand column.

Other Online Schedules

 •  Choose from five ways to read through the Bible: chronologically, historically, Old and New Testaments together, beginning to end, or blended, at Back to the Bible website.

 •  See five Bible reading plans in Over 50 Translations.  Start reading on the 1st or 15th of any month.  Special mobile edition.

 •  See unique schedules, including 31-day and 90-day plans at

"O how love I Thy law!
     It is my meditation all the day."
          Psalm 119:97

This Year Learn a Foreign Language . . .
and Learn to Share the Gospel in That Language!

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

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

Logos Language Institute   1-800-445-6467
Read Reviews by M. Pride, C. Duffy, plus testimonies.

2.  Reassess Your Family's Goals

Take a look at the big picture.

Check to see if you are doing the things that are most important to your family.

 •  Review (or write) your family's mission statement — a declaration of your family's purpose in a simple sentence or paragraph which even a child can understand.  See Newsletter #80.

Ask yourself, your spouse, each person of your family, and the Lord:

 •  What is working well?

 •  What needs to be changed or cut out?

 •  What needs to be added?

Consider your academic goals and how best to meet them.  If you are on course, great! If you need help, try these ideas.

Build a Solid Foundation in the Basics.

 •  Make the three basic skills of reading, writing, and math your first priority until the end of your school year.

 •  Add history, science, and other subjects whenever your basics are on schedule.

For reference, see the scope and sequence charts provided online by A Beka Books, Bob Jones University Press, World Book, or your state's testing preview site to view what material is suggested to be known by each grade level.

Arrange Your Classes for the Highest Efficiency.

 •  Conserve time and effort by teaching several of your children together in one class, e.g., history, science, Bible, literature, and electives.  Present the lessons with explanations that enable all your children to understand.

Alternate Subjects.

Instead of teaching all of your subjects every day, simplify your preparation and gain from your students' focus by teaching fewer, but longer, classes each day.  Examples:

 •  Each week teach language arts on two days and math on the other three days.

 •  Each week teach language arts and science on two days and math and history on the other three days.

 •  Study history two months, then science two months.

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3.  Reorganize Your Time and Home

You can organize your time, space, and housework to make your home run smoothly with the least amount of time and effort.

Manage Your Time.

Tools that work for you include:

 •  Monthly calendar for all family activities.

 •  Weekly calendar for plans and activities.

 •  Daily schedule – where the rubber meets the road!

 •  Lesson plan and record book to record your plans and check off what is done or to record unplanned learning.  See the Homeschooler's Journal by Ferg n' Us.

 •  Running master to-do list from which you assign items to your monthly, weekly, or daily lists.

 •  A planner that contains all of the above in one notebook.

Manage Your Space.

The more stuff you eliminate, the easier it will be to arrange your belongings in an orderly way.

 •  Keep boxes or large garbage bags labeled "give away," "sell," and "toss." Try to put some items in these each day and dispose of them once a week.

 •  Put away half of your children's toys at a time and rotate them from time to time.

Manage Your Household.

 •  Update your chore chart so everyone knows what to do and when to do it.  See Doorpost's Service Opportunities Chart.

 •  Maintain daily chores of laundry, dishes, and pick up.

 •  Keep meals simple, healthy, and on time.

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