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They Know Not What They Sing
Our family enjoys learning beautiful hymns
and had been memorizing "Revive Us Again."
After a particularly tiring day, I was
preparing our seven children for bed when
from the girls' bedroom we heard this
cheerful, rousing chorus . . .
"Oohh, rewind us again . . ."
I looked toward heaven and pleaded with
the Lord to please consider ignoring that
Submitted by Ana H., Georgia.
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The Good News
of the Holidays
The spiritual significance of Christmas
and Easter is the
very essence of the Gospel – the Good
News of God's love
and gift of eternal life through faith in the
Christmas: The Incarnation of Jesus
Jesus is God's gift of love, celebrated at
"For God so loved the world, that He gave
His only begotten
Son, that whoever believes in Him should not
have eternal life" (John 3:16).
Easter: The Death and Resurrection of
The gospel includes four historical facts
Good Friday and Easter) concerning the
God-man Christ Jesus,
the object of saving faith.
"Now I make known to you, brethren, the
gospel, . . . that
Christ died for our sins according to the
that He was buried, and that He was raised on
the third day
according to the Scriptures, and that He
appeared to Cephas,
then to the twelve. After that He appeared to
more than five
hundred brethren at one time" (I Corinthians
1. He died for our sins.
The death of Jesus Christ in our place is
provision for man's sin. "For all have sinned
and fall short
of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). "Jesus,
because of the
suffering of death crowned with glory and
honor, so that by
the grace of God He might taste death for
2. He was buried.
The burial testified that His body was
really dead. "And
Joseph took the body . . . and laid it in his
own new tomb .
. . and he rolled a large stone against the
entrance of the
tomb" (Matthew 27:59-60).
3. He rose again on the third day.
"He (Jesus Christ) was delivered over to
death for our sins
and was raised to life for our justification"
4. He was seen by many witnesses.
The record that Jesus was seen by many
assures us that the
resurrection was genuine. "To these He also
Himself alive, after His suffering, by many
proofs" (Acts 1:3).
God's gift of forgiveness and eternal life
when you accept it as an undeserved gift by
faith as you
personally receive Jesus Christ as your
Savior and Lord.
"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
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord
Jesus Christ, who
according to His great mercy has caused us to
be born again
to a living hope through the resurrection of
from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is
imperishable and undefiled and will not fade
in heaven for you" (I Peter 1:3-4).
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In This Issue
Top 10 Tips for April 1st
10. How To Make Your House Clean
9. P.E. Can Work Out for
8. Hands-on History
7. Lazy Science
6. 999 Ways To Teach the
5. Free Math
4. Short Cut To Reading
3. How To Plan a Field
2. Easy Home Schooling
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10. How To Make Your House
We say that it's about time someone
figured this one out!
But be warned, this is not for the
faint-hearted. You have
to go all the way with this one—no half
First, you strip off all the flooring in
all your rooms and pour
concrete slabs with drain holes in the middle
of each room. (We
believe that you might be able to get
color-tinted concrete to go
with your decor.)
Install a heavy-duty fire sprinkler system
in all rooms and
ask your Hubby to connect a thingamajig that
you can use to add
detergent into the system.
Then, make sure that all surfaces are
that books and valuables are stored safely
off-site or in
Now, simply set a timer for the whole
thing to go off at
scheduled times (or when the noise gets to a
As an added bonus, if you can surprise
your family and catch
them before they run outside, you can get the
laundry and showers
done at the same time!
Sure hope you didn't get started on that
Actually, we have two great tips for an
• Remove clutter
with the four-box dejunking method that we
explained in detail in Newsletter
• Don't invite
the dirt inside in the first place.
Read Don Aslett's article about door
• Get "Speed
Clean Tips From Cleaning Pros" at organizedhome.com.
9. P.E. Can Work Out for You
And we really mean work! Have all
your children line up on a
starting line (easily drawn with chalk on
your new concrete
The idea is for them to run, skip, jump,
roll, or swing all
over the house until all the chores are
done. They may not stop
moving until everything is finished.
(When you are out driving,
point out joggers running in place at stop
Have their course outlined before they
start. This is
similar to the "Run, Swim, Cycle" triathlon
races that athletic
people know about. Your course might
take them through their
bedrooms to make beds and gather dirty
clothes, then into the
laundry room, then on to care for the pets,
and then into the
kitchen and the bathrooms.
Of course you can make this experience
more meaningful and
get double school hours by having them chant
tables or spelling words as they go.
Why? you ask. Well, it just got a
little carried away,
that's all. Sometimes a good thing can
do that, you know.
But there are a few good principles hidden
in that extreme
• Alternate study
with activities such as chores or walks.
• Teach your
children to do chores and enjoy doing a job
well. Read "7 Ways To Teach Family
Responsibility through Chores" in Newsletter
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8. Hands-on History
This is something that your whole family
can really get into
if you build it large enough—a time
Just set the controls for the time and
place of your choice.
(Of course, the nearer the place and the more
recent the century,
the fewer number of times you will have to
hear, "Are we there yet?")
We hate to burst this lovely daydream, but
. . .
. . . We guess the hands-on part of
history study will need
to be confined to period costumes, food,
reenactments. Actually, that can be
more comfortable than time
travel—considering the modern
conveniences you would have to
leave behind, not to mention your own bed.
7. Lazy Science
Looking for a science project?
Well, here's a little
secret. You know those jokes about the
mold in the
refrigerator? Think about it.
Plan ahead by restraining yourself from
cleaning out your
refrigerator for several weeks (by actual
experience, months give
you a wider range of molds to study!).
Then get out all your old leftovers and
spread them out on
the table. Now call your children
around to examine the
containers with mold growth.
Ignore comments like, "Oh, no, are we
having this for dinner
again;" and do not be distracted by the child
in the corner
holding his nose and making funny noises.
Now start your study. What?
You don't know what comes next?
This just goes to prove that even if you
have a great
teaching opportunity and the willing children
to go with it, you
still need a lesson plan!
If home schoolers are going to be known
all through their
lives as those who grow their science
experiments in the
refrigerator, then we had better get that
lesson down pat!
You can study mold using a mold terrarium
making this up!) if you inadvertently cleaned
• See directions
and explanations for a mold terrarium.
• Read about the
scientific method at Home
6. 999 Ways To Teach Multiplication
There's only one real way to teach the
Yes, there are many ways to make this
essential endeavor more
interesting or understandable.
However, when you get right down
to it, the instant recall needed to succeed
(without pain and
frustration) in all math, can come only from
a sure and solid
neurological path developed by
repetition. (This is why memory
is the first stage of the classical system of
However, you can, and should, broaden
application of learning math facts in the
manipulatives (see below) to picture
• Discuss and
solve everyday problems that call for
• Drill facts in
related combinations of addition and
subtraction, or multiplication and
triangular math facts cards.
• Learn the
multiplication table to music. Order
"Classical Math to Classical Music" from Sing
• Reinforce with
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5. Free Math Manipulatives
This is one of those
why-didn't-I-think-of-that! ideas that
seem to stare one right in the face.
First, buy 100 tubes of toothpaste.
You might want to wait
until there is a sale on your favorite
toothpaste, or just buy
the cheapest kind you find.
Carefully squeeze all the paste into a
gallon jar. You might
need to go heavy on the dill pickles for
several weeks ahead of
time so that you can get the empty jar
free. Otherwise, buy the
kind of gallon jar with the spigot in the
bottom to make getting
the toothpaste out easier.
Now smooth out the empty toothpaste
tubes—and voila!—100 free math
The problem with this idea is that your
children will have
entirely too much fun preparing the
manipulatives and miss the
Seriously, manipulatives are a great way
to demonstrate math
concepts! You can use (almost) any
objects around the house.
However, manipulatives designed to teach math
do offer many
• Look for math
manipulatives at your home-school convention
or book fair this spring (see information in
this newsletter) or order from Cornerstone
4. Short Cut to Reading
Let's just get this over with
quickly. Teach only one sound
for each letter. Then grab any old
book you find lying around
(unless they are all boxed up in your storage
unit so that your
house can clean itself).
Have your child sound out only the first
letter of each word
and then guess what the word is by the
context (the first word is
the hardest) or the illustrations (this will
go a lot faster with
Sorry! We have to confess that this
idea was stolen from a
public school before a child was removed and
taken home to be
Instead, here are two suggestions:
• Read a short,
but comprehensive, overview of
teaching your child to read with phonics in
• Order Valerie
Made Easy, a complete program for
teaching your child to read in one book, made
simple by being fully scripted—tells
you exactly what to say!
• For students of
any age, order Beyond
Phonics to master spelling, fluent
reading and vocabulary easily with word
pattern stories. One textbook covers
grade levels 1-12; remedial for all ages.
3. How To Plan a Field Trip
First, select a location that only allows
students above the
age of 21 (no, very mature 4-year-olds don't
qualify) to tour.
(This is because of their insurance policy,
you know.) This will
cut way down on your work.
Then pass around a sign-up list at your
support group meeting
and secretly tear it up and dispose of the
scraps when no one is
looking. This will save you no end of
frustration with no-shows.
Of course you need to call the locations
to make arrangements—find out where all
the rest rooms are along the tour route and
the times they are not being cleaned so that
you will know when
to schedule your tour.
As the day approaches, arrange to be out
of the house from
6:00 a.m. to around midnight the day before
the field trip (use
this time to get caught up with all those
When you get home, erase all messages
without listening to
them as they usually cancel themselves out
anyway: "Oh, hello,
what time is the trip?," "Oh, never
mind, Ruth Ann just called
and told me," "Please ignore my
previous two (or more) messages,
Johnny's finger got caught in the fire
sprinkler (he had just
read about a little Dutch boy . . . well, you
know), and we can't
go anyway. Sure hope this doesn't
cause any problems for you! We
really do appreciate your willingness to
organize this field
trip, etc., etc." (Aw, sweeter
sentiments were never heard!)
It doesn't really matter what you do after
this because it
will all be a blur afterwards anyway.
This really isn't the ideal way to plan
(or for that matter,
participate in!) a field trip.
Actually, you can pretty well run this tip
in reverse and
figure it out yourself.
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2. Easy Home Schooling
Oops! We didn't get very far on
It is true that nothing worthwhile is
easy. Besides that, if
we seek to train our children to love and
serve the Lord, we can
expect attacks on every hand by the enemy of
Home schooling isn't easy, but the Lord
has promised us His
wisdom, guidance, love, and strength.
"If God be for us, who can
be against us?" (Romans 8:31)
The theme of many of the letters from our
readers (found in
the back issues of The Teaching
Home) is "home schooling can be
hard, but it is very worthwhile!"
• Read some of
these letters online.
• Read "Why the
Lord Is Your Best Support" in Newsletter
1. How To Be a Perfect Homeschooler
and Do Everything Right, All the Time!
This is a no-brainer. You just
postpone your home schooling
until you get to heaven! The
advantages are obvious:
• You will have
plenty of time—all the time in the
• You, your
children, and even your spouse will be
• No chores,
cooking, diapers, errands, etc. to distract.
As you can readily see this will make
everything go, oh, so
much more smoothly!
This really isn't an "April Fool," as it
is the only way to
be the perfect home schooler.
But down here on earth there is no perfect
home schooler (not
that we have ever heard anyone claim to be
one). Everyone is
just afraid that there is such a thing, and
that they are not
None of the dear families pictured on the
covers of The
Teaching Home magazine believed they
were perfect. In fact, if
they had thought that they would be
considered "perfect," they
probably would not have consented to be
Of course we all see others at their best
and ourselves at
our worst. So if you are prone to
comparing yourself with
others, you are sure to come out last.
The other extreme is to find something bad
about others (who
seem to be doing so well), in order to prop
ourselves up and make
us feel better.
Let's all recognize that we don't have to
be perfect to be
the best we can be with the Lord's help, and
then rejoice in our
own and others' accomplishments.