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Since 1980 The Teaching Home has provided families information,
inspiration, and encouragement from a distinctively Christian perspective.

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

Upcoming Issues:
Christian Homeschool Foundations Series

The Teaching Home's (updated) Christian Homeschool Foundations Series will include:
 1.  Your Decision To Homeschool
 2.  Setting Goals
 3.  Choosing & Using Curriculum
 4.  Ready Your Home for School
 5.  Managing Your Time
 6.  Orientation Week
 7.  Establishing Spiritual Priorities





Selected Recent Issues
Archived Online

Newsletter #400
The Use of Our Summer Time.  General uses of your time, plus options for your summer schedule. Includes an Anti-Boredom Checklist!

Newsletter #401
Family Day Trips.  Day trips can do much to build family relationships and memories – plus provide enriching educational opportunities. Includes Creation Science Resources and Travel Freebies & Info.





Attention Dads

How Dads Can Help
with the Planning Process

Speaking on Home School Heartbeat, host Mike Farris, HSLDA Chairman and General Counsel, shared how dads can support their wife at the start of the new school year:

Homeschool dads are often the first to say that home- schooling is a team effort.  But without a vision for how this looks on a practical level, dads can quickly lose sight of this ideal.

Dads, one of the first things that we can do is to come alongside our wives as they prepare for the new school year.

To start with, set aside a planning session with your wife.

1.  Discuss your homeschooling plans for this year together – what worked last year?

2.  What goals should you set for the coming year?

3.  Think through each child's needs as well as your homeschooling program as a whole.

4.  Map out a schedule that will help you to achieve those goals.

As you take time to plan this with your wife, don't overlook how important it is for her for you to have a listening ear.

You can support your wife well by simply being an objective observer – listening to her concerns with openness, offering your own perspective, and together coming up with practical solutions to avoid future problems.

If the details threaten to drown out the big picture, be the first to remind your wife why you began homeschooling originally: because it's the best for your children.  – Mike Farris





Summer Learning

Learn About Soil Layers (Dirt!)

Learn about soil, how it helps plants grow, and just how amazing dirt really is.

Free Lesson, Project, and Printable Worksheet from Home Science Tools.



Free Foreign Language Program: Online or App

Your child can learn Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, or Italian with the Duolingo language program online or app.

PC Magazine awarded this app the Editors' Choice for Language Learning. It's ad-free and full of bite-sized lessons geared toward visual learners. Kids (and adults) win badges for words learned and other achievements.

Ages 6 & up. For Android, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch. https://www.duolingo.com



Practice Reading:
Read to Someone

Use your gift of reading to bless another.

 •  Find someone older to read to as Jo and Amy in Little Women read to their elderly aunt.

 •  Read to a child. One of a child's favorite things is to be read to – and it takes so little time and effort.

 •  If you are not able to read in person, tape record your reading and send it to your grandmother, a shut-in, or even your little cousin that lives across the country.

 •  Learn to read expressively and meaningfully:
·  Select something that is easy to read
·  Read at an appropriate pace
·  Group words in natural phrases
·  Enunciate words clearly
·  Use appropriate intonations
·  Try to sound like the person speaking in the story
·  Pre-read your selection while practicing these skills

 •  You can also read together in your own readers theater.  Read how to online.



Short Course

With concentrated daily effort, you can master a lot of material in a 4-week short course the last month of summer. Choose from:
 •  Finishing an unfinished subject
 •  Getting a head start on a future subject
 •  Selecting a topic of interest or an elective
 •  A unit study
 •  Working on basics mastery and/or review

"Every little bit helps!"





Star Gazing

Star Gaze with Your Family

"When I consider Your heavens,
the work of Your fingers,

The moon and the stars,
which You have ordained; . . .

O Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is Your name in all the earth!"  (Psalms 8:3, 9)

 •  Begin with a good daily or weekly skywatching guide or star map so that you know what to look for.

 •  Pick a good viewing spot: your back yard or out away from city lights.

The next meteor shower, the Perseids, peaks on August 10-3 according to earthsky.org

 •  View on a night without moonlight, so you can see meteors, the Milky Way, and more stars.

 •  Start with just your eyes to appreciate the expansive beauty of the entire night sky.

 •  Add a quality pair of binoculars. They are inexpensive, portable, provide a balance between magnification and light-gathering power, as well as enabling you to find your target better.

 •  Learn about the differences in telescope features before selecting a telescope.

 •  Use a reclining chair or lie on a sleeping bag.

 •  Get lots more tips for becoming a stargazer and look for an observatory with public access in your area.

See Classical Astronomy's website for information, free newsletter signup, and a Christian homeschool astronomy curriculum, Signs & Seasons.



Study the Stars

If your children got interested in the stars from your family star gazing (above), they might want to do some further study.

 •  Free Homeschool Unit on Stars includes Bible, language arts, history, science, art, and music. Written for children who are preschool through third grade, but could be augmented with more studies (below) and extended through higher grades.

 •  Free online science Lessons and information from Home Science Tools:
·  Summer Stargazing
·  Astronomy: Sun, Stars, & Planets
·  Astronomy: Moon & Constellations

 •  Google Sky - introduction from How Things Work.





Family Fun

Play Outdoor Games Together

Teach your children (and play together) some of the games that you might have played when you were young.

See instructions, plus variations, for 24 traditional outdoor games or explore hundreds of games at gameskidsplay.net.

These games can provide hours of outdoor fun and exercise – the "old fashioned" way."



Take Tea Together

A tea is a special treat to prepare for your family and friends. It can be simple or elaborate, served as a lunch, an afternoon tea, or even a party.

 •  Start with a pot of tea!

 •  Use your nicest tablecloths, dishes, and fresh flowers.

 •  Make a variety of small tea sandwiches.

 •  Accompany with fresh fruit.

 •  Serve scones with whipped or clotted cream and jam.

 •  Finish with a selection of dainty desserts.

 •  See more recipes and ideas.

Read about how a homeschool mother started having tea with her sons – and the rewards they they shared.



Throw a Frisbee Together

A Frisbee (also called a flying disc) is something that your whole family can have fun throwing in your own backyard or a park.
 •  Always keep a Frisbee available in your car.
 •  Learn the basic throws and catches.
 •  Learn how to play the team sport Ultimate Frisbee.
 •  Find a Disc Golf course and learn how to play.





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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




Natural Illiteracy

One beautiful spring day, the children and I brought out all our schoolbooks and had school outside.

As our 6-year-old was doing bookwork, Bethany, 4, and Jonathan, 2, were exploring in the yard.

I knew I needed to do more nature studies when Bethany excitedly ran up to me and said, "Mommy, we found a blue Robin Hood egg that was cracked open—and the chicken got out!"

Submitted by Mrs. M., Missouri.

Send your humorous anecdote to publisher@teachinghome.com.





Peace with God

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 is separated from God by sin.

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Rom. 3:23)  For the wages of sin is death. (Rom. 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 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. (Eph. 2:8, 9)





God's Word

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


The Teaching Home's
Unique Bible Reading Schedule

Features include:
•  Start any month.
•  Read 6 days a week
   (allows for church on Sunday).
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Listen to the Bible Online.  Choose from six English versions (plus Spanish and other languages) at BibleGateway.com/Audio.





Evangelism

"Go into all the world and preach the gospel . . ." Mark 16:15

Revolutionize your vision and methods of evangelism by listening to, watching, or reading "Hell's Best Kept Secret" by Ray Comfort of Living Waters.


Training

 •  Basic & Intermediate Training Courses by Living Waters.

 •  The School of Biblical Evangelism (online). "Kirk Cameron and Ray Comfort have created a biblically sound course." Josh McDowell

 •  Free Evangelism Boot Camp and A Pocket Guide to Evangelism from Pocket Testament League.


Tracts

 •  Unusual and popular tracts from Living Waters.

 •  Gospels of John in 8 languages (attractive covers) with plan of salvation from Pocket Testament League.

 •  Witnessing Tools (tracts, booklets, etc.) from Answers in Genesis.

 •  200+ gospel tracts (including seasonal) from Good News Tracts.





Christian Music Online 24-7

Listen to beautiful traditional, sacred, and inspirational conservative Christian music (commercial free!) when you tune in to these online stations:

 •  Abiding Radio.  Choose from four stations: vocal, instrumental, kids, and seasonal (Christmas). Information for listening on many different devices.

 •  Old Christian Radio





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   Christian Homeschool
   Foundations Series


    Part 2

          “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.”


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 Christian Homeschool Foundations, Part 2 
 
Setting Goals for Your Homeschool
 
by Cindy Short and Sue Welch, co-editors
 

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!


 Sidebar 

   •  How Dads Can Help with the Planning Process
   by Mike Farris, HSLDA Chairman

   •  Summer Learning, Star Gazing, Family Fun
Freebies: science lesson & project, language app, and unit study.


 Recommended Resources 

   •  Easy Grammar Systems with Daily Grams
   •  Birch Court Books: How To Homeschool Books
   •  FergNus: Homeschooler's Journals - Lesson Plan Books


Greetings,

Goals help keep your family focused on what is really important, rather than letting the immediate or otherwise good opportunities crowd out the best.

We trust that this Homeschool Foundations Series will help you lay a good groundwork for a successful and enjoyable school year ahead!

Cordially,
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.



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Setting Goals for Your Homeschool

Goals help keep your family focused on what is really important, rather than letting the immediate or otherwise good opportunities crowd out the best.


1.  Start with Your Family Mission Statement

A family mission statement is a written declaration of your family's purpose in life.  It is a clear, simple, and succinct sentence or paragraph which a child can understand.

Your mission statement will then be applied to each area of your life and be implemented by your goals.

Your family's mission statement:

 •  Will reflect your values, what you want to be, and what you want to do.

 •  Will determine the use of your time, energy, and money.

 •  Is used to initiate, evaluate, and refine all of your life's activities.

 •  Is a declaration of what each member of your family will live by.

 •  Should include your spiritual values, the fundamental truths and foundational principles upon which you will build your lives.

 •  Will enable each member see himself as part of a team cooperating to achieve a God-given task.


You Can Do It

Just because a mission statement is so important and awesome sounding, doesn't mean that it needs to be an overwhelming task.

You, no doubt, already have a purpose that your family operates under. However, it is valuable to take it out, look at it, and put it in so many words.

Writing your family mission statement together as a family can be an exciting and unifying experience.  And the rewards are sure to become evident as together your family follows your planned path into the future.


Our God-Given Mission Statement

God created us for a purpose and has written a mission statement for us in His Word.  Jesus condensed this into one sentence when He said:

"You shall love the Lord your God
with all your heart, and with all your soul,
and with all your strength, and with all your mind;
and your neighbor as yourself."  (Luke 10:27)

Jesus added to this a specific command, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel." (Mark 16:15)

This, therefore, is a good place to start.  A very generic Christian mission statement could be worded as, "Our family will love and serve God and others, and spread the Gospel."

Joshua simply said, "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." (Josh. 24:15)


Fine-Tuning Your Wording

After you have agreed on the main points, refine your statement by working on the wording of the phrases or sentences you will use.

 •  The wording should be appealing, meaningful, and easy to remember.

 •  Be sure you have included your purpose, what you want to be and do.

 •  Include verbs to add dynamism and describe what action you will perform in living your purpose.

 •  Make your statement simple, clear, short, and understandable to the whole family.

 •  Be creative if you wish by making your statement into a motto (e.g., "Love and Service Above All"), a poem, an acrostic using the letters in your last name (e.g., Short: "Serve God, Help others, Obey authority, Reach the lost, Teach our children"), etc.


Using Your Mission Statement

Make your statement a permanent and practical part of your family's life:

 •  Type or write out your mission statement and the Scriptures you based it on.

 •  Post your mission statement where all can see and be reminded of it. This can be decorated and framed to show its importance to your family and visitors.

 •  Make laminated copies of various sizes for wallets, notebooks, bookmarks, placemats, etc.

 •  Have everyone memorize and review your statement and verses.

 •  Refer to your mission statement and the Scriptures on which it is based whenever opportunities to apply them occur in your everyday lives.



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2.  How To Set Useful Goals

With your mission statement in hand, you now can set goals.  These goals form the plan that will enable you to fulfill your mission statement.

For goals to be practical, they need to be:


1.  Specific and Measurable

 •  Describe in detail exactly what you want to accomplish.

 •  Use terms that can be clearly evaluated.

 •  Break down large goals into separate objectives.

 •  Set target dates for reaching each goal and objective.


2.  Obtainable

 •  Set goals that are realistic, yet challenging.

 •  Adopting goals that God has already set for us in His Word will ensure that His strength and wisdom are available to us as we strive to meet those goals.

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

"My grace is sufficient for you,
for My strength is made perfect in weakness."
(II Corinthians 12:9)


3.  Reviewed and Revised

Although your mission statement will always retain your basic values, vision, and purpose, you might want to fine tune it from time to time.

 •  At least once a year, evaluate your goals and your progress in reaching them.

 •  You can revise your goals if necessary.


How To Use Your Mission Statement and Goals

Your goals are the daily applications of your mission statement; you can make these valuable tools work for you in various ways:


1.  To Remind You of Your Goals

Write out your mission statement and goals and post them where your family can be reminded of them daily.

You might want to have more than one copy printed or done in calligraphy and framed to show the importance they have in your family's life.


2.  To Help You Decide What To Do

When decisions or disagreements arise concerning proposed actions or the use of family resources, refer to to your mission statement and goals.  This keeps your family focused on what is really important, rather than letting the immediate or otherwise good opportunities crowd out the best.

Of course, for a Christian family these should be in keeping with God's Word, which is the final authority for our faith and practice.


3.  To Help You Decide What To Do First

Prioritize your goals in importance and chronological order to help you make decisions.


4.  To Govern the Use of Your Time

Yearly, monthly, and weekly goals need to be translated into the activities on your daily schedule.  We cannot reach our goals if we do not set aside adequate time in which to work toward them.


The Importance of Small Goals

Small, daily goals can be reached by established routines, chores, and habits.  Their importance is crucial for two reasons.

First, these small steps are the only way to reach your long-term goals and fulfill your family mission statement.

You cannot climb a mountain without taking that first step, and then the next, and the next.  Likewise, your family's mission statement cannot be realized without translating it into:
     •  Specific goals
     •  Plans for reaching the goals
     •  Action

Second, seeing these practical, incremental steps as part of fulfilling your mission gives meaning to what might otherwise be considered the mundane or unimportant details of daily life.



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3.  Setting Goals and Objectives
   for Your Homeschool

Goals form the detailed plan that will enable you to fulfill your mission statement.

You might start by asking, "When our children leave our home to begin their own families . . ."

 •  What kind of people do you want them to be?

 •  What values do you want them to embrace?

 •  What knowledge do you want them to possess?

 •  How do you want them to behave?

Take time to think and pray about all aspects of your children's teaching and training and write out goals for each area.  This will give purpose and direction to your efforts and help ensure that your children will achieve excellence.

1.  Break these general goals down into objectives for each child to reach each year.

2.  Plan detailed objectives for each month or week close to the time for implementation.

3.  Discuss these objectives with each child, and explain how they fit into the big picture of his future.

4.  Revise goals and make them more specific as individual strengths or callings appear.

5.  Set an example by working toward your own personal goals and welcoming evaluation.

Long-range goals for your children's education and training might include the following.



 Spiritual Goals 

1.  Goal:  Knowledge of God and His Word

Consider your responsibility for your children before God; He commands you as parents to teach your children His Word, the most important thing they will ever learn.

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 6:4-7)


Objectives

 •  Read, teach, and discuss God's Word in many situations when you are together throughout the day.

 •  Systematically study God's Word together (e.g., in a formal Bible study curriculum) and help your children memorize and meditate on God's Word.


2.  Goal:  Salvation and Spiritual Growth

Your children's salvation is your first priority. (See ideas of how to Lead Your Child to Christ.)

Then follows spiritual growth through loving dedication and obedience to God, knowing and speaking to God in prayer, Christian fellowship, and ministry to others.


Objectives

 •  Make personal application of Scripture and guide your children's behavior through example, teaching, discipline, and training throughout each day.

 •  Teach your children that God's Word is the final authority for our faith and practice and teach them how to look up what God says about any given thing using Bible study tools such as a concordance.


3.  Goal:  Character Development

Ranking higher than academic training in importance to Christian families are character qualities, good manners, and discipline.


Objectives

 •  Train your children in these areas and minimize the harmful influences from outside your home.

 •  Model your own dedication to God, good character traits, disciplined habits, and enthusiasm for learning.

Continued: Thursday - Academic Goals; Friday - Social Goals.



 Academic Goals 

The reason Christians want their children to be well educated is so that they have the skills and knowledge to better serve God and others, as well as to appreciate and enjoy God and His creation.


4.  Goal:  A Christian World View

We want our children to view all they are learning, as well as all of life, in the light of Bible truth.  The facts, truths, and principles revealed in God's Word should form the basis for each course of study and the standard for evaluating its content.

The practical uses and applications of acquired knowledge are also unique for Christians.  (Read more about teaching each subject from a Christian worldview.)


Objectives

 •  Use Christian curriculum with a built-in Christian worldview in all subjects and/or interpret all educational materials in the light of God's Word.


5.  Goal:  A Solid Foundation in the Basics

Basic skills (reading, writing, math) must be thoroughly mastered and then retained through review so children can acquire, use, and communicate knowledge in other subjects.


Objectives

 •  Emphasize basic skills.

 •  Slow the pace or add more practice if necessary for a child to master a skill, rather than trying to build on a shaky foundation.

 •  Use excellent, time-tested methods (such as phonics to teach reading), as well as unique materials written especially for use in homeschooling.


6.  Goal:  An Excellent, Well-Rounded Education

The reason Christians want their children to be well educated is so that they have the skills and knowledge to better serve God and others, as well as to appreciate and enjoy God and His creation.


Objectives

 •  Provide your children with a variety of real life experiences that build the background knowledge for academic learning as your children accompany you throughout the day in many situations in real life.

 •  Give each of your children individual attention and meet his unique needs.

 •  Learn and accommodate your child's readiness to learn new concepts, his abilities or difficulties in various areas, his personal interests, and his tendencies to learn best by either sight, sound, touch, or movement.

 •  Show relationships or connections between facts in the same or different subject areas and in previously acquired knowledge to help your children understand and remember what they are taught.

 •  Make available a variety of educational resources and reference materials.

 •  Use your child's curiosity, needs, and interests to motivate learning, and you can stimulate new interests through reading, conversation, questions, and family activities.


7.  Goal:  Confidence and Independent Thinking

We want our children to have the courage, good sense, and strength of character to think and make decisions for themselves based on Scripture, truth, and logic, rather than follow the crowd and the latest trends.


Objectives

 •  Encourage your children to develop confidence and independent thinking away from the peer pressure to conform and in the security of their own home.

 •  Give your children time to explore new interests and to think.



 Social Goals 

8.  Goal:  Family Unity

God's goal for us is to have a home filled with love, joy, and peace where each member of the family relates to others as He intends.


Objectives

 •  Experience unity, closeness, and mutual enjoyment of one another as you spend time together working, studying, and playing.

 •  Take advantage of flexible scheduling to accommodate parents' work and vacation times and allow time for more family activities.

 •  Learn teamwork as each member of your family makes a contribution to the success of your homeschool.


9.  Goal:  Social Skills

Social skills will enable your children to show love to, and serve, others.  These skills include understanding others, communication, cooperation, managing conflict, leadership, and lovingly meeting the needs of others.


Objectives

 •  Practice social skills in the context of normal family life and under your guidance in groups of friends, families, and your local church.

 •  Avoid negative socialization by peer pressure to allow your child to develop confidence in interacting with people of all ages and stations.

"Do not be misled:
Bad company corrupts good character."
     (I Corinthians 15:33)


10.  Goal:  Life Skills: Practical Preparation for Adult Life

The skills needed to prepare your children for the practical responsibilities of everyday life include such things as financial skills, running a home, cooking, shopping, driving, repairs and maintenance, voting, researching information, and keeping one's body fit and healthy.


Objectives

 •  Give your children training and practice in these skills as they work with you throughout the day.

 •  When able, your children can take the responsibility for entire areas, thus rehearsing for adult life.


Set Specific Objectives for Each Child

After you have set and reviewed your long-range goals for your children's education and training in all areas of their lives, you are ready to determine specific goals and objectives for each of your children for the coming school year.

Break down goals into objectives to be reached this year, quarter, month, or week, leaving details to be planned closer to the time for implementation.

Take an inventory of each child's knowledge, skills, aptitudes, interests, learning style, and character in light of your goals for him.  You can do this in several ways.

 •  Informally.  Simply write a few notes from your everyday observations of each child on a notebook page.

 •  Testing.  Use results from standardized tests.

 •  Scope and sequence.  Check off the skills or knowledge that your child has attained. Free online: A Beka Books and BJU Press.


Examples:

 •  Daniel/Language arts - Learn to read this year.

 •  Jane/Life skills - Learn to make a main dish each month.

 •  Ryan/Math - Learn times tables.

 •  Kayla/Character - Be loving and helpful to little brother.

These specific goals will take your children towards the long-range life goals you have set for them.

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!






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