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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.
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).
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
• Lists in a spelling book you are using
• 200 Most Commonly Used Words
• 500 Most Commonly Used Words
Most Commonly Used Words
Often Misspelled Words (for older
students) with a mnemonic help to remember
• See spelling teaching tips and a list of 100
most commonly used words in Newsletter
Choose words from your reading or from the
following lists for your older students:
List from the SAT practice test.
Collegiate Words with Brief
• See vocabulary teaching tips and a list of
common prefixes and suffixes in Newsletter
• Read the word, then pronounce and spell it
• Write it out and place it where everyone can
• 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
(addition, subtraction, multiplication, and
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
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.
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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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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."
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1. God loves
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
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
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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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.
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
• 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!
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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.
How To Help Someone
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:
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."
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.
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.
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!
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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.
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."
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 www.nheri.org to see more information, sign up for their mailing list, order NHERI products, and make a tax-deductible donation.
Teach Your State History & Geography
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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 www.hslda.org/laws. (For other countries see www.hslda.org/hs/international.)
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 www.hslda.org/orgs/default.asp.
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 http://hslda.org/a/2285898 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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