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Information, Inspiration, and Encouragement

Volume II, Number 10                                 July 23, 2002

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Table of Contents
  • Summer Reading
  • Add a Related Study to Your Reading
  • Useful Links to Free Resources
  • Conventions (U.S.A. & International)
  • Your Special-Needs Child
  • Let Me Guide a Little Child (Poem)
  • Sunny Side Up (Humorous Anecdote)
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Summer Reading
     Is there ever enough time to do all the reading you want to do with your family?
     A more relaxed summer schedule can provide extra time to engage in this pleasurable and educational pastime.

1. Read God's Word first of all!

2. Read to meet people from different cultures around the      world and from different ages. Find out how they lived
     and what they thought.

3. Read together as a family. You will
     then share common knowledge and experiences.

4. Read to younger children to develop their verbal skills
     and interest them in learning to read (or to read better).

5. Read large print books together so that your children
     can more easily take a turn reading.

6. Read aloud with expression and at a slightly slower pace.

7. Read together before or after a meal or your family's Bible
     reading. Read before bedtime or rest time. Set aside some
     time for each one to read by himself.

8. Read while you work or travel in the car by taking turns
     reading. Or listen to an audio tape.

9. Read at the table, sitting close together on the couch,
     outside, in nature, or with a flashlight under the stars.

10. Read together only as long as everyone is still
     interested. (This time may increase as you get into an
     exciting story!) You may need to provide quiet play for
     younger children as they listen.

11. Read instead of watching videos or TV or playing
     electronic games. Turn them all off for a while this
     summer -- for a month or a week, or for certain days
     each week.

12. Read a variety of books that are uplifting and contain
     worthy characters to emulate:

     Good literature and appropriate, unabridged classics.
(e.g., The Little Princess, Robinson Crusoe, Heidi, Laura Ingalls Wilder or Elsie series)

     Inspirational and Christian classics. (e.g., Pilgrim's Progress, In His Steps, books by Patricia St. John).
     Poetry. Find an old hymnal and read the words as poetry (as they truly are).

     Plays. Assign characters; double up if necessary.

     Christian and missionary biographies.

     Accurate historical fiction (e.g., books by G.A. Henty).

     Nonfiction on a subject of interest or a topic related to a book of fiction you are reading.

Add an Enriching, Related Study to your reading.
(See next article.)
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Add an Enriching, Related Study to Your Reading
     This is a good time to show your children that research and study can be fun.

1. Have a dictionary nearby to look up a word.

2. Find a location on a map or globe. Or have your child draw a map of how they envision the setting of a piece of fiction.

3. Locate the time period of a book on a timeline.

4. Research a topic or question raised in your reading (culture, food, clothing, part of world, religion, science, history, music, art, etc.).

5. Find 99 fun ways to give a book report in the March/April '94 back issue of The Teaching Home (includes writing, drama, art, crafts).

6. Ask questions that test your child's recall, understanding, and application of the materials being read.

7. Find out what the Bible says about certain actions or attitudes displayed in your book. See the March/April 1995 back issue of The Teaching Home for a list of 17 questions to ask in talking about the spiritual aspects of what is being read.

8. Analyze the worldview presented by the author.

9. Order a Christian study guide for a book and discuss it together. The list of books available is also a good recommendation. (Order the Sept./Oct. '98 Back Issue of The Teaching Home that contains a list of more than 200 books with Christian study guides.)

10. Use Christian textbooks to learn how to study literature and gain information on specific titles.

11. Use Cliff Notes. They enable you to analyze literary elements, characters, description, moods, setting, plots, and symbolism. (You can even order and download online.)

12. offers free online analysis for 78 classics and contemporary literature. Includes summary, character profiles, metaphor and theme analysis, quotes, biography, and some full texts.
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Useful Links to Free Resources

Encyclopedia Britannica. Free online Encyclopedia,
     dictionary and thesaurus.

Bartleby. Free online 70-volume Harvard Classics,
     Encyclopedia, dictionary, thesaurus, quotations, Gray's
     Anatomy, Strunk's Elements of Style, World Factbook.

Free Online Books
     Not all of these books can be recommended. Review of a book online may interest you in investing in a print copy.

The Baldwin Project. Classic children's literature.
The Best Children's (and young adult) Literature on the Net.
Christian Classics Ethereal Library. Books, hymns, audio.
The Internet Public Library. Links to 20,000 books.
The Online Books Page. 16,000 books.
Project Gutenberg. 3,000 e-texts.
Great Books. Texts and fully searchable concordances.
Classic Reader. 650 books, 900 short stories.
Compassion International
Teach your children about geography, writing, culture, and honoring God. See our website below to learn more about sponsoring a child through Compassion. You can view photos of children who are waiting for a sponsor and begin your sponsorship today.
Home-School Conventions
     Renew and expand your vision for teaching and training your children! Read "Getting the Most Out of Home-School Conventions, Conferences, and Book Fairs" at
     Below are listed home-school conventions coming up in the next few weeks. See more information on organizations at
     Oregon - August 23-24

     Tennessee, Chattanooga - July 26-27

     Texas, Plano - August 16-17

     Australia, Brisbane - August 10
     Australia, Townsville - August 13

     Mexico, Saltillo - August 9-10

     England, Derbyshire - August 30 - September 1

Excellent Helps for Your Support Group

For Starter Packets: Home-School Basics
     January/February 2001 "Home-School Basics" issue.
     Excellent for new home-school families.
     Box of 100/$35 plus shipping.
For Inquirers: Q&A Reprint
     2-page format. Answers most commonly asked
     questions concerning home schooling. Free.
Home Schooling Your Special-Needs Child
     Home School Legal Defense Association defines a special-needs child as one who is working two or more years behind grade level in his subjects, a child who has been receiving special education services, or a child with any other disability that greatly impacts his ability to learn.
     Many parents have found that they can offer one-on-one care and instruction in their own home that makes their child thrive. See the resources below for more information.

Home School Legal Defense Association
     HSLDA provides their members with the aid of an attorney, if needed, as well as a special needs coordinator. HSLDA also supplies their members with a list of resources and professionals qualified to assist in testing and/or setting up a plan for teaching.
     For steps you can take to protect your special needs home school, questions and answers for parents of special needs children, and a list of organizations and newsletters helpful to families home schooling special needs children, see

The Teaching Home
     The July/August 1994 Back Issue of The Teaching Home contains two "Special Sections" (28 total pages) on "Teaching Children with Special Needs" and "Learning Difficulties."
     Topics include normal development, signs of problems, basic approaches, general suggestions and teaching tips, setting goals, evaluation, and many more topics.
Let Me Guide a Little Child
Author Unknown

Dear Lord, I do not ask
     That Thou should give me some high work of Thine,
Some noble calling, or some wondrous task.
     Give me a little hand to hold in mine.

Give me a little child to point the way
     Over the strange, sweet path that leads to Thee;
Give me a little voice to teach to pray;
     Give me two shining eyes Thy face to see.

The only crown I ask, dear Lord, to wear
     Is this: that I may teach a little child.

I do not ask that I may ever stand
     Among the wise, the worthy, or the great;
I only ask that softly, hand in hand,
     My child and I may enter at the gate.

And Jesus called a little child unto Him,
     and set him in the midst of them,
And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted,
     and become as little children, ye shall not enter
     into the kingdom of heaven.
Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child,
     the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
And whoso shall receive one such little child in My name
     receiveth Me.
But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe
     in Me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged
     about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth
     of the sea. (Matthew 18: 2-6)

Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not,
     to come unto Me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
     (Matthew 19:14)
Sunny Side Up: A Fine Thing To Do!
     While eating supper at a fast food restaurant, our young
reader noticed something written on the side of his cup.
     "Do Not Litter," he read. "Mommy, what does litter mean?"
     "Litter means to throw garbage on the ground instead
of in a garbage can," I explained. "We don't do that, do we?"
"No-o-o-o," he answered solemnly, "Not unless we see
a sign that says FINE FOR LITTERING."
     -- Fran M., Kentucky.
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     "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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