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

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

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.

Bible Reading Schedule
Month 1: January

   Jan. 3
      __ Gen. 1-4
      __ Ps. 1
      __ Matt. 1

   Jan. 4
      __ Gen. 5-9
      __ Prov. 1:1-7
      __ Matt. 2

   Jan. 5
      __ Gen. 10-14
      __ Ps. 2
      __ Matt. 3

   Jan. 6
      __ Gen. 15-18
      __ Prov. 1:8-19
      __ Matt. 4

   Jan. 7
      __ Gen. 19-22
      __ Ps. 3
      __ Matt. 5:1-26

   Jan. 8
      __ Gen. 23-25
      __ Prov. 1:20-27
      __ Matt. 5:27-48

   Jan. 9:  Sunday

   Jan. 10
      __ Gen. 26-27
      __ Ps. 4
      __ Matt. 6

   Jan. 11
      __ Gen. 28-31
      __ Prov. 1:28-33
      __ Matt. 7

   Jan. 12
      __ Gen. 32-34
      __ Ps. 5
      __ Matt. 8

   Jan. 13
      __ Gen. 35-37
      __ Prov. 2:1-9
      __ Matt. 9

   Jan. 14
      __ Gen. 38-42
      __ Ps. 6
      __ Matt. 10

   Jan. 15
      __ Gen. 43-44
      __ Prov. 2:10-22
      __ Matt. 11

   Jan. 16:  Sunday

   Jan. 17
      __ Gen. 45-47
      __ Ps. 7
      __ Matt. 12:1-30

   Jan. 18
      __ Gen. 48-50
      __ Prov. 3:1-12
      __ Matt. 12:31-50

   Jan. 19
      __ Ex. 1-4
      __ Ps. 8
      __ Matt. 13:1-23

   Jan. 20
      __ Ex. 5-8
      __ Prov. 3:13-26
      __ Matt. 13:24-58

   Jan. 21
      __ Ex. 9-12
      __ Ps. 9
      __ Matt. 14
   Jan. 22
      __ Ex. 13-15
      __ Prov. 3:27-35
      __ Matt. 15

   Jan. 23:  Sunday

   Jan. 24
      __ Ex. 16-19
      __ Ps. 10
      __ Matt. 16

   Jan. 25
      __ Ex. 20-22
      __ Prov. 4:1-9
      __ Matt. 17

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

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

   Jan. 28
      __ Ex. 30-32
      __ Ps. 12
      __ Matt. 19

   Jan. 29
      __ Ex. 33-35
      __ Prov. 4:20-27
      __ Matt. 20

Jan. 30: Sunday

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In the Christmas Spirit

We had just watched our older son's Christmas program and were cleaning up afterwards with his younger siblings, Mark, 5, and Debra, 1.  When I didn't see Debra, I asked Mark to help me find her.

Mark came running back a few minutes later and said, "I have good news of great joy.  Debra is with Dad!"

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Peace with God

For it was the Father's (God) good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him (Jesus Christ),

and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself,

having made peace through the blood of His cross ...

And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds,

yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death,

in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach.

(Colossians 1:19-22)

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)

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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Immerse your family in God's truth through systematic reading and study of God's Word.

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•  Read 6 days a week
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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: Family Bible Study
•  Basic Christian Education: Bible Based Curriculum
•  Jackson Hole Bible College: 1-Year Bible College

New Year's Greetings,

As you start 2011, 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!


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     Pat, Sue, Heather, Holly, and Brian

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

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   you develop a comprehensive knowledge of God's Word.

Your Family Studies Together using one curriculum;
   students' notebook work reflects individual skill levels.

Principle Approach: Learn principles to guide your lives.
   Gain knowledge of God, His Word, and His ways.

Build Strong, Godly Character in you and your children.
   Apply God's word personally in every area of life.

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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:
     1. Recall facts
     2. Test comprehension with questions
     3. Expand understanding by paraphrasing
     4. 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 2011, 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.

 •  Buy The King James Bible in MP3 audio 2 CD set for only $14.95.  This recording can be legally copied for non-commercial use.  It is read at a slower pace, which would help children follow along in their Bibles.  Listen to a sample.

 •  Listen to the Bible online.  Choose from six English versions (plus Spanish and other languages) at

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

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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, BJU 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.

Free Online Resources

 •  Organized Home.  41 printable forms for your household notebook, home management binder or family planner.  Also calendar pages and other forms.

 •  January 2011 Planner.  22-pages of forms.

 •  Home Management Notebook.  Printable Forms.

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.

Read Post-Christmas Clean Up: Clutter Cutting Ideas for Year's End, including Get One, Toss Two; Mailing Box Challenge; Oosouji; Sort Before You Stow; White Elephants; and Toy Library.

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.

See Magic Minimum: a short list of essential household tasks.  It's a bottom-line list of chores and activities necessary to keep things running at a basic level.

 •  Keep meals simple, healthy, and on time.

See healthy recipes at

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