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For 30 Years The Teaching Home Has Been Providing Homeschool Families
Information, Inspiration, and Encouragement from a Distinctively Christian Perspective.

Co-Editors: Veteran Homeschool Sisters, Sue Welch and Cindy Short

Back-to-Homeschool Series

Check our Newsletter Archives to see our complete Back-to-Homeschool Series.

Use these as a handy reference when you need help in a specific area.

 Part 1 
Your Decision To Homeschool

Newsletter  #282

1. How To Help Someone Start Homeschooling

2. Steps in Making or Reaffirming Your Decision

3. Am I Qualified To Teach My Children?

4. Is Homeschooling Legal?

 Part 2 
Setting Goals
for Your Homeschool

Newsletter  #283

1. Start with Your Family Mission Statement – Don't worry; it's really simple and easy!

2. How To Set Useful Goals – Plus how and why to use your goals.

3. Setting Specific Goals and Objectives – Objectives are stepping stones to reach your goals!

 •  How Dads Can Help with the Planning Process

 Part 3 
7 Steps to Choosing Curriculum for Your Homeschool

Newsletter  #284

1. Start with Prayer, Your Family Mission Statement, and Goals

2. Assess Each Child

3. Learn about Different Methods and Materials

4. Consider Combining Methods and Materials

5. Decide Which of Your Children You Will Teach Together for Which Subjects

6. Look for Specific Materials with Features That Will Meet Your Needs

7. Choose and Buy Your Curriculum

 Part 4 
Ready Your Home for School

Newsletter  #285

1. Clear Out and Clean Your Home

2. Establish Daily Chores and Routines

3. Set Up Your School Space

4. Organize Your Home Library

 •  Ergonomic Considerations

 Part 5 
Orientation Week

Newsletter  #286

 •  20 Activities To Get Your Homeschool off to a Great Start!

 •  Our Readers Write: Family Traditions To Start the Homeschool Year

 •  10 Goals and Purposes of Orientation Week

 •  8 Ways To Use Our Orientation Week Suggestions

 •  "Why Do We Have To Learn This Stuff?"

 Part 6 
Managing Your Time

Newsletter  #287

1. Set Your School-Year Schedule

2. Plan Your Studies

3. Create Daily and Weekly Schedules

 •  Tips To Keep Your Schedule Moving Smoothly

 Part 7 
Putting First Things First – Establishing Spiritual Priorities

Newsletter  #288

1. Daily Devotions

2. Disciple, Train, Discipline, and Nurture Your Children

3. Bible Study and Memorization

4. Fellowship, Service, and Evangelism

 •  Your Own Spiritual Life

 •  Fathers, Set Spiritual Goals

 •  7 Guidelines for Child Training and Discipline

 •  Child Training Resources

 •  Family Nights

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Biblical Pasta

My husband ends each day by tucking the children into bed and telling them a Bible story.  He started in Genesis and is continuing through the Old Testament.

One night I overheard Daddy asking our children where he had left off the night before.

Four-year-old Shannon promptly answered, "Shadrach, Meshach, and Spaghetti-O's!"

Submitted by Christine G., Michigan.

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God's Plan
of Salvation

1.  God loves you.

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)

2.  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)

3.  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)

4.  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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 Back-to-Homeschool Series,  Part 8 

Your Back-to-School

1.  Can't Seem To Get Started?
Something always interferes with your homeschooling.  You keep thinking you'll do better tomorrow, but . . .
•  5 Solutions!

2.  Can't Juggle Students and Preschoolers?
Needs of your littlest ones are as important as education of your older ones, but you can't be everywhere at once.
•  6 Solutions!

3.  Can't Keep Up with the Housework?
Both school and housework are important, but there don't seem to be enough hours in the day.
•  7 Solutions!


•  Back-to-Homeschool Series Index and Links

 Recommended Resources 

•  Systematic Mathematics: DVD Curriculum
•  Raising Kids to Do Hard Things: Seminars


A home-school Mom wrote:

"We attempted to begin our home-school year and failed miserably.  I've been broken up about it all week and am actually physically sick over it.

"After checking out local schools and talking things over with my dear husband, I still believe home schooling is our best option.  God has provided a friend to help us out.  Just wanted to thank you for your encouragement."

The school year has just started, but some home schoolers are already feeling overwhelmed.

Before you despair, read on for some practical ways to get off the starting line and regain your confidence.

Bear in mind that everything doesn't need to fall into place right away.  Most schools spend a while in review each year before studying new material, and they also have to take extra time to accommodate the many achievement levels of their students.

Be encouraged – the efficiency of home schooling will allow you to catch up easily.

We trust that the practical suggestions in this newsletter will encourage you to take the next step in getting started – or enable you to help someone else that needs assistance or encouragement.

Be sure to check out Parts 1-7 of our Back-to- Homeschool Series in our newsletter archives at (see index in sidebar for specific areas of interest to you).

May the Lord bless your family and the coming school year for His glory.

The Pat Welch Family, Publishers
Pat, Sue, Heather, Holly, and Brian

The Teaching Home is a homeschool, family-run business operated in our home since 1980.

 The Problem 

You Can't Seem To Get Started

Something always "comes up" time after time that interferes with your home schooling.

Either the day or the hour you wanted to start comes and goes with nothing happening. You have multiple interruptions, and little or nothing is accomplished.

You keep thinking you'll do better tomorrow, but you're beginning to feel like you're swimming upstream against a current stronger than you.

 5 Solutions 

1.  Get a Perspective

Realize that's exactly what you're doing – swimming against the current!

By choosing to teach your children at home from a Christian worldview, you are taking a stand against the spiritual darkness of the world today.

Thousands of other Christian homeschool families have faced and overcome the same struggles with the Lord's help!

2.  Arm Yourself

As Christian soldiers, you can expect resistance, or even attacks, from your Enemy.  Prepare for spiritual combat as directed in Eph. 6:10-18:

Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
Put on the whole armor of God,
that you may be able to stand
against the wiles of the devil.

 •  Make your quiet time with the Lord a priority as you read His Word and pray for your family's specific needs.

 •  Cast all your cares upon the Lord for He cares for you (I Peter 5:7).

 •  Ask the Lord for His promised wisdom (James 1:5).

 •  Count on the Lord's presence and help (Hebrews

3.  Start – Slow and Steady

Make plans to begin.  Set an easily-attainable goal for your first day or week.

 •  Start with just one subject and introduce one new class into your schedule every few days over a week or two.

 •  Begin with Bible; then add the basics (3 Rs).

 •  Consider concentrating on fewer subjects at a time (e.g., study science for half a year and history the other half).

 •  Take a month to do the 20 Orientation Week activities listed in our Newsletter #286.

4.  Eliminate the Unnecessary

Remove any activity of lesser importance that keeps getting in your way.

This may include eliminating good opportunities for extra activities in favor of the best use of your family's time and energy.

 •  Do not answer the phone during school time; turn the ringer off and use an answering machine.

 •  Sign up for the National Do Not Call Registry to block sales calls.

5.  Don't Give Up

Persevere towards your goal, even when you get behind.  Return to your schedule after each interruption.  Do not waste time or energy crying over spilt milk!

And let us not be weary in well doing:
for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
(Galatians 6:9)

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 The Problem 

You Can't Juggle Students
and Preschoolers

You truly believe the needs of your littlest ones are as important as the education of your older ones, but you can't be everywhere at once.

 6 Solutions 

1.  Identify Your Children's Needs

 •  Identify each of your children's needs for your time and attention.

 •  Also identify which needs could be met by someone else (e.g., You must nurse the baby and hug the toddler frequently, but an older child could feed the toddler lunch or read him a story).

 •  Make sure no one is left without attention longer than he can reasonably be content.  A moment with you at the right time is worth more than several minutes when it's too late.

2.  Be Prepared

Provide alternative activities for each child to do when you are needed by another child.

 •  Make a list of alternative activities and have supplies handy (e.g., a box of toys; learning games, puzzles, or coloring books; school assignments; music lessons practice; chores; or educational video and audio resources).

3.  Do More Things Together

 •  Your baby may be happy on your lap while you read history lessons to your older children and your toddler plays with Legos on the floor.

 •  Teach subjects like Bible, science, and history to all your children together.  Assign extra reading and work for your older children; explain more and supplement with picture books for your younger ones.

See suggestions in our Newsletter #284.

4.  Take Advantage of Naptimes

Whether your little ones nap on schedule or not, be ready to drop everything and do phonics or math with your beginning students or needed one-on-one tutoring with your older students whenever this prime time occurs.

5.  Let Your Students Teach Each Other

Your children can help each other. For example:

 •  An older child can drill flashcards with a younger child.

 •  A younger child can practice reading to an older child.

 •  An older child can help a younger child with math.

6.  Multitask

Look for opportunities to teach your children concepts or discuss their studies while you are doing something else.

 •  Teach and practice math while cooking or cleaning.

 •  Practice reading signs when you go on errands.

 •  Talk about things on your walks or drives.

 •  Listen to educational CDs in the car.

These mini-lessons can either replace or accelerate regular lessons.  You will find that informal teaching at opportune moments accumulates into a respectable store of knowledge over time.

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 The Problem 

You Can't Keep Up with the Housework

When you attempt to teach your children their lessons, you find your housework falling further and further behind.

You know both school and housework are important, but there don't seem to be enough hours in the day.

 7 Solutions 

1.  Make Simple Meals

Make simple, nutritious meals (e.g. stew in a crock pot or toasted cheese sandwiches and veggies) on school days and save your special menus for the weekend or for company.

 •  Teach your children to make one meal each week (even if it is the same one every time!).

(If you have a healthy, simple recipe that children can make, please send it to

2.  Cut Down on Laundry

Are you washing clothes unnecessarily?

 •  Make sure your children don't throw clothes in the wash that are clean enough to wear again instead of hanging them up.

3.  De-Clutter

Spend just 15 minutes each day, or longer once a week, to de-clutter.  Nothing makes your house easier to keep neat and clean.

 •  Set up four boxes and label them: Throw Away, Give Away or Sell, Storage, and Put Away.  Put things in the correct box during the week and dispose of them on Saturday.

See suggestions in Newsletter #285.

4.  Find Something New

Look for some new tools, containers, or procedures that can save you valuable time.

 •  See "Magic Minimum," a short list of essential household tasks at Organized Home.

 •  See practical and easy suggestions at Fly Lady.

5.  Delegate!

You might be amazed at how much your children can do (almost as well as you).  And the younger they are, the more excited they'll be about helping.

 •  Take time (out of schooltime if necessary) to train your children to do chores to your standards and on time.

 •  Use a chore chart on the refrigerator to make sure everyone knows what their duties are.  Checking off the jobs that are done provides motivation.

 •  Write out a 3x5 card for each chore with description, check points for completion, estimated time, and supplies needed.

6.  Prevent Messes

Train all family members to pick up after themselves, plus a little extra, whenever they leave a room.

7.  Schedule Time To Do Your Housework

Develop a time budget (schedule) will assure that urgent demands don't steal time from the important things you want and need to do.

 •  Schedule certain hours in your daily or weekly schedule for housework.  Accomplish what you can within that time, then move on to your next activity.  You can pick up where you left off next time housework is on your schedule.

 •  Consider going to a 4-day school week with 45 weeks of school, with 7 weeks of breaks interspersed wherever you wish.


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