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As you set up various work areas in your
home, make sure they fit the needs of your
family members, or can be adjusted for each
This will help your children learn healthy
computer habits and develop good posture,
while preventing pain, strain, or future
Use a desk or table of the correct height to
allow for work in the neutral position,
forearms parallel to the floor with elbows
bent at a 90-110 angle.
Avoid rounded or curved seats that encourage
If necessary, adjust the chair height with a
cushion or pad on the seat to raise the
height of the child in relation to the work
surface or keyboard. Use a back
cushion, pillow or rolled-up towel for back
The child's knees should be positioned at an
approximate 90- to 120- degree angle.
If feet do not reach the floor with heels on
the floor, place a box or footstool under
The monitor should be directly in front of
the child, 18-28 inches from the eyes, at or
below the child's eye level.
The wrists should be straight when keying or
using the mouse, not angled up or down.
Purchase a clip
copy holder that mounts on the side of
your monitor, a small document
holder, or a copy
board for the computer which will allow
the child to look up at the work being typed
instead of down at the table.
Consider a small
sized keyboard for younger children.
Reduce eyestrain with adequate lighting, no
glare on the monitor screen (tip bottom edge slightly back), and frequent
breaks to look at a more distant
object. Blinking helps keep the eyes
• Eye Exercise: Palming
Learn to do this simple eye exercise to help reduce eyestrain.
1. Place your cupped hands over your closed eyes without touching your eyes.
2. Overlap fingers and rest on your forehead without putting pressure on your face.
3. Sit quietly for 1-2 minutes. The more relaxed you become, the blacker the darkness you will see with your eyes closed.
Because your child's muscles need adequate
hydration to avoid injury, encourage him to
drink an adequate amount of liquids (a little less than the average of eight 8-ounce glasses recommended for adults).
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Set a timer by the computer and have your
children take a stretch break every 15-20
for Computer Workstations with stretches
and eye exercises.
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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)
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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As the virtuous woman in Proverbs 31 who “looks well to the ways of her household,” we, too, want to follow the principle of I Corinthians 14:40, “Let all things be done decently and in order.”
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Homeschool Foundations Series, Part 4
Ready Your Home for School
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
• FergNus Services: "Jelly-Proof" Homeschooler's Journal
• Judah Bible Curriculum: Self-Evident Truths
• Birch Court Books: Teaching Aids for Parents
• Logos Language Institute: New Downloadable Formats
Can you imagine how much easier your life and home schooling would be if all the extra clutter were eliminated from your home and it were clean and organized?
Although organization imposes limits on your behavior, time, and belongings, it is an essential tool for achieving freedom, peace, and plenty.
Human nature tends to throw off constraints and to do what we feel like moment by moment. The result is chaos in the home environment.
However, household organization will bring many benefits to your family, including:
• A home that is a haven from the world for our families, friends, and guests.
• Fewer allergies, illnesses, and accidents due to a clean, safe environment.
• Possessions that are in good repair and easy to find when needed, saving the time, money, and stress of looking for things or buying duplicates of unfound items.
• Less need for extra storage space.
• A pleasant and efficient environment for work and study.
• The ability to practice hospitality and to open the door and say "Come on in!" to unexpected visitors.
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1. Clear Out and Clean Your Home
Declutter Your Home with the Four Box
Getting rid of unused items in your home and storing little-used ones out of the way will make things a whole lot easier for you all year long!
The “Four-Box Dejunking
Method” below is recommended by many
experts to help you identify and dispose of
four boxes and label them:
1) Throw Away
2) Give Away or Sell
4) Put Away
your home, room by room, and item by item.
a decision about each item you pick up and
place it in the correct box.
• Schedule time
before you stop working each day to
appropriately dispose of box contents.
Resources To Help You Get Your House in Order
#246. Read tips about how to:
• Plan decluttering strategies
• Find a place for everything
• Deal with clutter
• Keep clutter out of your home
The Organized Home. Many pages of free information about how to organize, declutter, simplify, and clean your home at organizedhome.com, including:
• Cutting clutter
• Getting organized
• Household notebook - instructions and free printables
The Fly Lady takes you by the hand and gently leads you step by baby step through her housecleaning and organizing program.
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• Sidetracked Home Executives videos, products and
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• Demo videos
• Book, Clutter's Last Stand: It's Time To De-junk
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Do a Thorough Cleaning
A thorough house cleaning from attic to
basement may be easier to do during summer
might want to set aside a week, or a full or
partial day each week, for cleaning until it
you clean, continue using the 4-box method of
getting rid of clutter.
professional cleaning products and notes on
how to use them at Don Aslett’s Cleanreport.com.
each room and and deal with each and every
item, nook, and cranny. See a
week-by-week, room-by-room cleaning
as a team. Assign each member of your
family a chore (some may want to specialize)
and see how much more you can do by working
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• YouTube video: The Three Philosophies of Government
2. Establish Daily Chores
This is another foundational block that will pay dividends by making your home run smoothly, especially through the school months.
Each member of the family can and should
have responsibilities that make a
contribution to the success of the whole
When you can, schedule chores so that the
whole family is actually working together at
the same time. This is not only
extremely encouraging to each one, but it
also provides a good example of your attitude
towards work and your diligence in doing a
Teaching Life Skills
We can use chores as double duty –
to keep our homes running efficiently and to
teach our children responsibility and life
Your children's training and practice in
various life skills will grow as they work
with you. When able, children may take
responsibility for entire areas, thus
rehearsing for adult life.
Assign chores. A chore chart on the
refrigerator makes sure everyone knows what
their duties are, and checking off the jobs
that are done provides motivation.
For a simple list
of chores, read "Magic Minimum: Cleaning
Secret of Organized Families."
Opportunities Chart" from Doorposts will
help you simplify chore assignments and teach
your children biblical principles of
Describe chores. Write out a 3x5
the name of the chore, what it entails, check
points to tell if the job is completed, the
estimated time the job should take, and what
supplies to use.
Consider homemade, nontoxic, and low-cost
cleaning products. See recipes at www.OrganizedHome.com.
Also keep supplies close to the job, even
if that means two sets of supplies (e.g., for
the upstairs and downstairs bathrooms).
Take time to train your children how to do
each job to your standards and on time.
your child watch you do the job as you
explain it, then have him do the job while
you watch and offer confirmation or
Read these online articles for more information and tips.
Cleaning Tips from Cleaning Pros."
• "7 Ways To Teach Responsibility through Chores" in Newsletter #45
• "The Advantages of Habits" in Newsletter #89
• "17 Ways To Form Good Habits" in Newsletter #90.
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Success with Unit Studies by Valerie Bendt. The five R's of Unit Studies: Research, Reading, Writing, Recording, and Reporting. For veteran and new homeschoolers. $7
3. Set Up Your School Space
For Study and School Work
Determine what space you will use for
school. This may vary from subject to
subject or from child to child, but might
table for math and writing.
in living room for multi-age classes or
for older child's independent study. (See suggestions for setting up an office for your teen that sends a message that study is serious business.
• Computer stations.
The safest option is to keep Internet use in
an open area, often frequented by family
members, or be with your child when he is on
See "Ergonomic Considerations" in the
sidebar at left.
For Others in the Home
Also establish space where those not in
school (preschoolers, husbands with a day
off, etc.) can be free to enjoy themselves
without disturbing students.
For Storage of School Supplies
Set aside space for school books,
reference books, supplies, and records:
shelves, drawers, or sturdy plastic crates or
clearly (with a child's name, subject, or
item) so everyone knows where to return
spaces are easily accessible and ample enough
to add more items without crowding.
Find many innovative and practical ideas
Strategies for Homeschool Families."
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4. Organize Your Home Library
Homeschoolers never have too many books;
they just don't have enough bookshelves!
To organize your library, first go through
all the books in your home and sort them:
away any books that are not worth saving or giving away.
of keeping boxes of old workbooks that your
children have done, consider removing the
cover and a few sample pages from each one,
then staple them together and file them.
away or sell duplicate books unless they are
really great, hard-to-get books that you want
to keep to loan out or save for your
children’s future libraries.
with friends who might want to trade
books in a yardsale or on the Internet on ABE
Books or Amazon.com.
books as you go with safe
methods that will help preserve them, e.g. turn books upside down so the dust won't sift between the pages before vacuuming or using a duster.
like books together in different places in
your home. Examples:
- Children’s personal reading books in
- Reference books in your library or family
- Current school books together by each
- Bibles and Bible study books
- Other like categories together
might want to safely
store books that your children want to
take with them when they start their own
When you have completed work on your
library you should be able to find and use
your books better!