Therefore, since we
have so great a cloud of witnesses
let us also lay aside
every encumbrance and the sin which so easily
and let us run with
endurance the race that is set before us,
fixing our eyes on
Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith,
who for the joy set
before Him endured the cross, despising the
shame, and has sat down at the right hand of
the throne of God.
For consider Him who
has endured such hostility by sinners against
so that you will not grow
weary and lose heart.
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In This Issue
Plan a Strong Finish
for Your School Year
1. Put Spiritual Priorities
2. Set Realistic Academic
3. Streamline Your Home
4. Fill Your Home with Love and Joy
Phonics: Spelling, Reading, Vocabulary
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The end is near! The end of the
traditional school year, that is.
Does this statement fill you with dread,
guilt, and frustration, or a joyful
Whether or not you will be able to
accomplish all you had intended this year,
you can finish strong with just a little
reevaluation and planning.
If you are on schedule, don't stop
reading. You are sure to be able to use
these ideas to help someone else if you look
around a bit.
But what do you do if your school year is
almost done—but your studies are
What Not To Do
not panic, feel guilty, or envy those who are
on schedule. Maybe you aimed too high,
and far less than your dream is very
acceptable and adequate. Most
“professional” educators do not
finish all their lesson plans and books.
not try to cram everything that is left into
the last few weeks; that will only produce
unbearable stress, not the love of
What To Do
to the Lord and your husband. Lay out
the situation and possible solutions and ask
for guidance and help.
write out a “Let's Finish Strong”
plan for the next six weeks – or
whenever you plan to finish school.
Check your priorities and make any
necessary course corrections in order to
reach your most important goals.
Like the pioneers tossing out their heavy
furniture in order to cross the mountains,
eliminate everything that is not
essential. Just a few minutes, or a
couple of hours, of planning can help your
family make a strong and joyful finish!
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Put Spiritual Priorities First
Our family's relationships with the Lord
and each other are our most important
priorities. This is what Christian home
schooling is all about—so don't miss it
or push it to a back burner for anything
for wisdom and strength to love and train
your children for His glory.
for your child's early, but clearly
understood and meaningful, salvation.
that each one in your family will commit his
whole life to the Lord.
2. Read God's Word
Our highest priority is to teach our
children God's Word through regular and
thoughtful Bible reading and
which I am commanding
you today, shall be
You shall teach them
diligently to your sons.”
We can protect our families from error,
and counteract the worldly influences around
us, in no better way than by immersing our
families in God’s truth through
systematic reading and study of God’s
In only five minutes per day you can read
the entire New Testament through in a year,
or you can read the entire Bible in only 15
minutes per day. See various Bible
reading plans in Newsletter
3. Guide Spiritual Growth
Help your family grow spiritually in love
and dedication to the Lord by:
dedication and obedience to God.
God and speaking to Him in prayer.
relationships with the Lord and others.
This includes honoring and obeying parents,
and being loving, kind, and forgiving to all
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Set Realistic Academic Goals
Consider your academic goals and how best
to meet them. If you are on course,
If you need help, try these ideas.
1. Concentrate on the Basics.
the three basic skills of reading, writing,
and math your first priority until the end of
your school year.
history, science, and other subjects whenever
your basics are on schedule.
the scope and sequence charts provided online
Beka Books, Bob
Jones University Press, your state's
testing preview site to view what
material is suggested to be known by each
What Your (Kindergartner, 1st, 2nd, 3rd,
4th, 5th, or 6th
Grader) Needs to Know from Birch
2. Determine Level of Competence
Keeping in mind the relative importance of
various parts of the vast amount of knowledge
you have to teach will help you prioritize
your focus and schedule.
Remember that most information and skills
will be reviewed in future years, and decide
what level of competence is necessary now.
Your children need only a casual acquaintance
with many details presented in their
curriculum. Some of your study books can be
used for a family read-aloud time.
Other parts of your curriculum, such as
overall timelines of history and major
concepts of science and math, need to be
understood more thoroughly. A timeline
or chart would help visualize this.
Some detailed information needs to be
mastered. This includes the essentials
of any discipline, such as instant recall of
math facts and operations, and the rules of
phonics, spelling, and grammar.
For this mastery level, drill and
needed. Try the following:
computerized drill programs (in a game format
or straight facts) are useful for memory
offers free math facts and concepts software.
or buy study aids for learning and reviewing
key facts and information that needs to be
memorized such as flashcards (print 3-way
math cards online
or buy them from Birch
Court Books), checklists, outlines, and
out the audio resources carried by Sing 'n
Learn that help your children memorize
3. Review What You Have
Review is a powerful part of
learning. Reviews can be accomplished
in a series of short periods.
(bought or home made) are helpful for
reviewing factual information. Write
the word or information to be learned on one
side and the definition or explanation on the
quick review guides (bought or
home made), and posters also provide review
College offers study skill tips online.
4. Save Some Studies for
If you choose to concentrate on basic
skills at this time, you may want to postpone
other subjects to finish during the
summer. For instance, you might:
one or more days a week during June to read
and discuss history in a leisurely
fashion. Do the same during July for
science, and August for music and art.
might find that your family greatly enjoys
the more relaxed schedule, more time to
devote to the subject and related interests,
and the focus of concentrating on just one
subject at a time.
would also be a good time to add unit
studies, field trips, supplemental reading,
and software to enhance your studies or for a
child to pursue a personal interest.
5. Increase Efficiency.
Arrange your classes for the highest
efficiency and conserve time and effort with
these time-tested methods:
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.
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, e.g., each week
teach language arts on two days and math on
the other three days.
6. Rewrite Lesson Plans If
It might be best for you to rewrite your
simplified lesson plans for the balance of
the school year.
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Streamline Your Home Management
Make your home run smoothly with the least
amount of time and effort by eliminating
nonessentials and organizing your time,
space, and housework.
a monthly calendar updated with all your
family activities—in fact, you might
make a master calendar for the 6 weeks (or
will take you through to the end of your
schedule all your time—allow for
unexpected interruptions, down time, and
any out-of-home activities that you
can. Freeing up even one or two
evenings each week can really lower the
stress level in your home.
the habit of using your master calendar and
lesson plans to plan your weekly schedule the
weekend before the week begins, and your
daily schedule the night before. This
will give you a running start, identify
overbooking, and help you to be
prepared—making things go smoothly and
giving you a chance to accomplish your
2. Space and Things
The more “stuff” you
eliminate, the easier it will be to arrange
your belongings in an orderly way. This
also creates a more peaceful atmosphere in
boxes or large garbage bags labeled
“put away,” “give
away,” “sell,” and
“toss.” Try to put some
items in these each day and dispose of them
appropriately once a week.
daily chores (with the help of the whole
family!) of laundry, dishes, and pick up.
“The 3-Step Cleaning Solution for Busy
It suggests two daily cleaning bursts of 5-20
minutes each, a daily focus on one room for
10-15 minutes, and one weekly
meals simple, healthy, and on time.
Fill Your Home with Love and Joy
Enjoy the Lord and your family!
God's goal for us is to have a home filled
with love, joy, and peace, where each member
of the family relates to the others as He
together; chores are easier and more fun that
aside a “family night” each week.
Play board games, do puzzles, arts and
crafts, or bake together.
a walk together and talk along the
way—enjoy springtime out in nature!
or play musical instruments together.
some one-on-one time with each family member