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Summer Activities

Free Outdoor Performances

In the summer, many communities present free cultural events outdoors.

Check with your local newspaper for a list of free outdoor performances such as concerts, plays, historic reenactments, and zoo exhibits.

This is a great opportunity to introduce children to cultural events that would otherwise be too expensive or too long for them to sit through.

 •  Take sleeping bags or folding chairs to sit on and snacks that are not messy or complicated to serve.

 •  Introduce your children to the main plot and background of a play or opera before attending so they can follow it better and get more out of it.

 •  See synopses of Shakespeare's plays, plus a biography of William Shakespeare, a glossary of Shakespeare's language, and more.

 •  Read synopses of an extensive list of operas.

 •  See tips for How to Enjoy a Live Concert.

 •  You might want to have your older students write a report or review of the performance and record it for credit purposes.

Keep Learning a Little Each Day

These regularly repeated activities can help your child review or retain the skills learned during the past school year and even gain some new ones, giving him a big boost for the coming year.  Each of the following academic habits can be done in a few minutes per day.

The secret is to use the power of habit and tie short learning activities to other regularly scheduled events.  Small amounts done regularly add up to quite a bonus.

You can do each activity each day or alternate and do just one or two each day.

These are just a few examples.  The goal is to make it simple, fast, and fun.

1.  Reading

Encourage your child to read a variety of good books during a quiet time set aside each day for personal reading.

Read together as a family (see below).

2.  Writing

Ask your child to write a sentence, paragraph, or journal entry every day.

Have him write a brief report of something interesting he has learned which he could read to Dad at dinner.

For teaching tips on writing see Newsletters #36 and #37.

3.  Spelling and Vocabulary

Learn a vocabulary and/or spelling word each day.  You can use the same word for both or learn two different words.


Choose spelling words from your child's misspelled words or from the following:

 •  Lists in a spelling book you are using

 •  200 Most Commonly Used Words

 •  500 Most Commonly Used Words

 •  1,000 Most Commonly Used Words

 •  Most Often Misspelled Words (for older students) with a mnemonic help to remember each.

 •  See spelling teaching tips and a list of 100 most commonly used words in Newsletter #32.


Choose words from your reading or from the following lists for your older students:

 •   Vocabulary List from the SAT practice test.

 •   5000 Collegiate Words with Brief Definitions.

 •   See vocabulary teaching tips and a list of common prefixes and suffixes in Newsletter #21.

Learning Procedure

 •   Read the word, then pronounce and spell it together.

 •   Write it out and place it where everyone can see it.

 •   Define the word and use it in a sentence.

 •   Review the words often.

You can adapt this procedure to the learning of a foreign language or sign language.

4.  Basic Math Facts

Success and speed in mathematics depends on instant recall of the basic math facts and operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division).

Frequent repetition (drill) is the key to learning them thoroughly and retaining them.

 •   Buy or make standard math flash cards or download and print Triangular Math Facts Cards.

 •   Use the power of music (at home or in the car) by listening to Classical Music Math or Audio Memory Math.

You can also review last year's math by doing one problem from the workbook each day.

5.  Globe, Map, or Time-Line Study

Keep a globe, map, and time-line in a central location and do one of these activities.

 •   Have a 5- or 10-minute map search and check off a list of objectives (continents, oceans, countries, major cities, rivers, lakes, mountains; see Newsletter #146 or one of your textbooks).

 •   Locate times and places that you encounter in your reading, in the news, in missionary prayer letters, etc. or methodically work through a list of geographical or historical items from one of your school books.

 •   Do the above activity with a time-line and list of events or people.

6.  Bible Memory

 •   Take a minute or two before each meal to say a Bible memory verse together.

Olympic Games Freebies

See our 2012 Summer Olympics Pinterest Board for more items and information.

 •  My Country Book. Studying the different countries represented at the Olympics is a great way to teach the geography and cultures of the world. Knowledge Quest offers a free set of printables that includes Country Pages, 119 pages of full color Country and Flag Flashcards (this takes a while to download, so be patient), Olympic World Map, and Project Instructions.

 •  Summer Olympics 2012 Unit Study & Lapbook

 •  England Country Study Lapbook

 •  The Olympic Games: How They All Began. 56-page, illustrated e-book on the history and ancient context of the Olympics from the Biblical Archaeology Society.

 •  21-page sample of Amanda Bennett's Olympics 2012 Unit Study.

 •  Dozens of educational activities and lesson plans from teachervision.

 •  Coloring pages, printables, crafts, puzzles, and worksheets from activityvillage.

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"The Teaching Home has been a part of my continuing education since I started homeschooling, and I have kept every issue. I often go back to old issues to find creative, helpful hints or inspiration." - Meredith C., Florida

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UN Treaty Moves to Senate Floor – Keep Calling!

If this convention passes, the White House could begin pushing through an entire package of UN treaties that erode parental rights and undermine U.S. sovereignty.

We need you to keep the phones in D.C. busy until August 3.  Read more.

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Home School Legal Defense Association offers homeschooling families a low-cost method of obtaining quality legal defense that gives them the freedom to homeschool without having to face legal threats alone.

Use this link and discount group number 299142 for $20 off your membership fee.  (Be sure to enter the discount group number 299142 in the "Discount Group Code" area, not the "Coupon Code" area.)

Sunnyside Up

Added Protein

Our 6-year-old took great interest in finding out "what things are made of" after her science studies piqued her curiosity.  She would often ask questions such as, "What is hair made of?"  We answered that it was made of protein.

About this time our daughter began cooking lessons and was learning the importance of a balanced diet.  One morning at breakfast I asked if she would like me to peel the fuzzy hair off her peach.  "No, Mama," she answered, "I need the protein in my diet."

Submitted by Karen W., 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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     Part 1

Homeschooling is a way of life in which the home
is the center of life and learning.

Through home education, parents can experience
in a unique way their responsibility to bring up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

 Invite a Friend! 

Encourage your friends and support group to sign up to receive these free newsletters.

 Christian Homeschool Foundations,  Part 1 

Your Decision To Homeschool

•  How To Help Someone Start Homeschooling
•  Steps in Making or Reaffirming Your Decision
•  Am I Qualified To Teach My Children?
•  Is Homeschooling Legal?


•  Free Outdoor Performances
•  Keep Learning a Little Each Day
•  Olympic Games Freebies

 Recommended Resources 

•  Timberdoodle: Cool Circuits Spatial Reasoning Game
•  Basic Christian Education: Bible-Based Curriculum
•  Birch Court Books: Teaching Aids for Parents
•  State History: and Geography from a Christian Perspective


In our Homeschool Foundations Series, we will consider some basics that you might use as reminders for yourself – or to help someone else start homeschooling.

We trust that this newsletter will help you and/or a friend lay a good foundation for teaching your children at home!

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.

Cool Circuits – Fun and Challenging
Spatial Reasoning Game!

     Correctly complete the circuit and the board lights up and music plays.

     The perfect game for the child that is motivated to persevere in order to gain an auditory or visual reward.

     Fun!  The challenge to build circuits with the eight fluorescent puzzle pieces is just plain fun!

     Cool Circuits has 40 challenges (with instructions and solutions) from tutorial to shockingly hard. Ages 8+

     Timberdoodle Co.  provides only the best homeschool products and curriculum.  We specialize in hands-on learning and help you customize your curriculum to meet your child's unique needs.  /  1-800-478-0672

How To Help Someone
Start Homeschooling

Look around at your church, support group, relatives, or neighbors.  Is there anyone who would appreciate a little help in considering or starting to homeschool?  Here are some ways you can help.

1.  Tell Your Story

Realistically give your convictions and reasons you homeschool, as well as your experience, both challenges and successes.

2.  Provide Information

Point your friend to various sources of information, including:

 •  Encourage your friends and support group to sign up to receive this Homeschool Foundations Series.

 •  The Teaching Home website offers hundreds of articles, including:
Frequently Asked Questions (also in Spanish)
Articles on Getting Started
Checklist for Starting a School Year
Back Issues of The Teaching Home Magazine

 •  Basic books on home education, such as:
Homeschooling: The Right Choice by C. Klicka
The Christian Homeschool by Gregg Harris

3.  Share an Experience

Schedule a day or a week of homeschooling together (call it a Day Camp or something fun!).  You could work on basic skills, explore just one subject area of interest and/or do a simple unit study, such as one of the Free Homeschool Unit Studies online.

A field trip on the last day would round out a good sampling of homeschool opportunities.

Of course the best way to help someone is to pray for them and be there to answer questions and give encouragement!

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Your Decision To Homeschool

Steps in Making or Reaffirming Your Decision

Your decision to homeschool should be based on your determination of God's will for your family.

Reaffirming why you are teaching your children at home will provide the conviction, confidence, and commitment that you will need in order to persevere during difficult times.

Many homeschool families have found it beneficial to write out their decision to homeschool along with a list, or summary, of the reasons why they have made that decision.

These reasons for your decision will also help you explain your home education choice to others, including your children.

1. Seek the Lord through His Word and Prayer

Seek the Lord's will for your family through His Word and pray for His promised wisdom, guidance, and strength.  Make a daily quiet time with God top priority.

"If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God,
who gives to all men generously and without reproach,
and it will be given to him."  James 1:5-7

2. Agree as Husband and Wife

It is important to agree as husband and wife on this important decision.

Maintain good communication with your spouse at each step in your decision and homeschooling process.

One parent may do most of the research, planning, or teaching, but the other should be informed and involved in decision making.

3. Consider the Homeschool Advantages

Teaching and training your children at home can provide the optimum opportunity for your children's spiritual training and character development as well as their social and academic welfare, including:

A.  Spiritual

Teaching your children at home allows you to teach them God's Word and to teach all subjects from a distinctively Christian worldview.

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding."
     Prov. 9:10

The home can also provide a safer environment in which to protect your children from destructive influences such as various temptations, false teachings, negative peer pressure, and unsafe environments.

B.  Academic

Proven results of the individual tutoring done in home education include:

 •  Academic Excellence.  Each child can achieve his full educational potential.

 •  Independent Thinking.  Children develop confidence and independent thinking away from the peer pressure to conform and in the security of their own home.

 •  Life-long Love of Learning.  Children have time to explore individual interests.

C.  Social

Nurturing your children at home helps you build relationships with your children and show them how much you love them.

 •  Each child can receive individual attention and have his unique needs met.

 •  Children can gain respect for their parents as teachers.

 •  The family can experience unity, closeness, and mutual enjoyment of one another as they spend more time working together.

 •  You can help your children build lasting Christian friendships with people of all ages as they interact with church and family friends.

D.  Character Development

Christian character is as high – or higher – a priority as excellence in academics for Christian homeschool families.

When children remain with their parents, instead of being sent out of their home, more quality time is available to train and influence them in good habits, manners, and Christ-like character.

Homeschooling is a way of life in which the home is the center of life and learning.

Through home education, parents can experience in a unique way their responsibility to bring up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Teaching Aids for Parents –
for a Great Start to Your School Year!

 Click on links for more information and to order. 

What Your Child Needs to Know
Series give core knowledge for K;
grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

Homeschooler's Book of Lists. Book and CD set. 250+ lists; all grade levels. Includes websites, information, dates, formulas, checklists, and ideas to supplement any curriculum.

Ultimate Homeschool Planner by Debra Bell.  Many features guide you as your set up your homeschool for the year.

Ultimate Daily Planner for Students.
Ultimate Weekly Planner for Teens.

These two planners include many features and reference guides.

The Complete College without Compromise: Students Lower College Costs and Avoid Unnecessary Debt. Planning for your student's post-highschool years.

Birch Court Books
Free Media Mail Shipping with $20 Purchase  Free catalog.  800-655-1811
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Am I Qualified To Teach My Children?

"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart
and with all your soul and with all your might.

These words, which I am commanding you today,
shall be on your heart.

You shall teach them diligently to your sons
and shall talk of them when you sit in your house
and when you walk by the way and when you lie down
and when you rise up."  Deuteronomy 6:5-7

You have the most direct and long-term responsibility for your children before God, who commands parents to teach their children His Word, the most important thing they will learn.

Parental and Tutorial Advantages

You know your children better than anyone else and have the deepest love and concern for them.

You do not need to know everything in order to teach.  Your example and enthusiasm in learning with your children will motivate and encourage them.

Dr. Brian Ray, president of the National Home Education Research Institute, says:

"The tutorial method of teaching has always been the superior method.  Home education epitomizes this method, providing essentials for success – a close student/teacher relationship, family-consistent values, motivation, flexibility, and individualization."

Research Findings

Dr. Ray has listed the following findings in regards to the academic performance of homeschool students:

 •  Home-educated students typically score 15 to 30 percentile points above public-school students on standardized academic achievement tests.

 •  Homeschool students score above average on achievement tests regardless of their parents' level of formal education or their family's household income.

 •  Whether homeschool parents were ever certified teachers, is not related to their children's academic achievement.

 •  Home-educated students typically score above average on the SAT and ACT tests that colleges consider for admissions.

 •  Homeschool students are increasingly being actively recruited by colleges.

Read the complete Research Facts on Homeschooling online.

National Home Education Research Institute

Dr. Brian Ray founded NHERI in 1990 and has compiled statistics from his own and others' research that has been used in court cases and legislatures worldwide to promote and defend homeschooling.

Check out the NHERI website at to see more information, sign up for their mailing list, order NHERI products, and make a tax-deductible donation.

Teach Your State History & Geography
from a Christian Perspective

Separate Course Available for Each of the 50 States

Teach all your children together
all make a state history notebook.

• 30-lesson (6-week) course easily
  expands to a full year or more.

• Difficulty level is individually and
  easily adjusted (grades 3-12).

• Can be used with A Beka's
  My State Notebook.

• Funbook (activity book)
  for age 3 - grade 2.

• Also: Fifty States Under God - Includes all 50 States
• Plus: Geography of the Fifty States

State History by A Helping Hand
Box 39298, Indianapolis IN 46239  /  317-862-0948

Is Homeschooling Legal?

Attorneys and homeschooling fathers J. Michael Smith, President, (left) and Michael P. Farris, Chairman, (below) founded Home School Legal Defense Association in 1983.

Their goal: to defend and advance the constitutional rights of parents to direct the education of their children and protect family freedoms.

Farris, HSLDA Chairman and General Counsel, says:

"Because the United States Constitution is the highest law of the land, homeschooling has always been legal in all 50 states.

"It has been a bit of a fight to get the various members of the education and social services establishment to accept that fact, but great progress has been made.

"Currently about two-thirds of the states have specific laws authorizing and regulating homeschooling.

"In the balance of the states, homeschoolers may legally operate as a small private school or provide 'equivalent instruction.'

"The details vary considerably from state to state and opinions about the law vary from district to district.

"What does not vary is HSLDA's commitment to the constitutional right to teach one's children at home."

Make Legal Arrangements To Homeschool

Avoid potential problems by making arrangements to comply with your state's law according to your conscience and recommendations of HSLDA and/or state organizations.

1.  Know Your State's Law

It is important to obtain a copy of your state's law pertaining to home education.  Many problems can be avoided by being accurately informed and by using tact and respect in dealing with school authorities.

HSLDA provides a summary of homeschool laws or regulations for all U.S. states and territories at  (For other countries see

2.  Contact Your State Homeschool Organization

State organizations can provide information concerning your state's laws governing home education, as well as information about state-wide events and publications, and local support groups.

HSLDA provides lists of state organizations at

3.  Consider Joining HSLDA

Among the many benefits of HSLDA membership are:

 •  HSLDA protects your right to homeschool and defend your family.  A lawyer is on-call 24/7.

 •  HSLDA preserves homeschool freedom by promoting homeschooling and working at the federal level and with state homeschooling groups to get better laws and stop bad laws.

You can join HSLDA at and use discount group number 299142 for $20 off your membership fee.

HSLDA also provides practical tips and valuable resources for teaching your children – for new homeschoolers, high school, and struggling learners.

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