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The Teaching Home E-Mail Newsletter #41
Information, Inspiration, and Encouragement
July 11, 2003
Cindy Short and Sue Welch, editors
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Ther are so many fun and educational activities for your
family to enjoy together this summer. We have suggested a few,
and invite you to send us your ideas to share with our readers!
In all that we do, let us point our children to the Lord.
Pat, Sue, Heather, Holly, and Brian Welch
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In Newsletter #39 we mentioned some general suggestions for
summer study such as:
* Get a head start on next year's studies by doing one subject
* Shore up weak areas with a little extra practice.
* Explore new or favorite interests or add an elective.
* Go on lots of field trips.
* Read together and add an enriching, related study.
* Incorporate these daily learning habits:
Bible Reading and Memory
Basic Math Facts
Vocabulary, Spelling, and Writing
Globe, Map, and Time-Line Study
Reading Aloud Together
In this issue we present an assortment of ideas that we have
gathered from back issues of The Teaching Home. You can use
these ideas or modify them to fit your family.
Study the Stars.
"The heavens declare the glory of God" (Psalm 19:1).
Summer nights outside are ideal for this pursuit.
* Study the stars with just your eyes and a $10 star finder which
you can get in a bookstore. The star finder will tell you what
stars are visible from your latitude for each month and show you
which stars can been seen on any date at any hour.
* Lie out in your back yard or on a hill on your sleeping bags
while gazing at the stars.
* Chart the moon's full cycle on a calendar for one month.
* Use binoculars and graduate to a telescope when you understand
* Visit a planetarium, use software, or watch a video.
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Learn To Cook.
* Find and try out new nutritious and/or low-cost recipes that
will be fast and easy to make during the coming school year.
Include some cook-ahead-and-freeze recipes and some for your
* Buy, or check out from the library, a book on how to cook or
You might be surprised at all you can learn.
* Have everyone in your family take turns cooking a meal or
according to their ability.
* Plan an ethnic night each week or two and explore the different
foods and tastes of other cultures.
* Pick fruit and learn how to can, freeze, or dry it.
Enjoy and Learn about Nature.
"Great are the works of the Lord, they are studied by all who
delight in them" (Psalm 11:1).
* Take a microscope or magnifying glass to a park, on trips, or
just around your yard.
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* Buy a field guide book so that you can identify plant and
* Start a bird list and see how many different birds you can see
during the summer. Learn about them from your field guide or
from library books.
* Make a collection of something: shells, stones, pressed flowers
or leaves, etc. Then learn all you can about each specimen.
* Get a book and learn about survival when preparing for a
camping trip: how to make a fire, find directions, avoid
poisonous plants and animals, etc.
* Find a peaceful setting in nature and sit quietly together
taking in all the sounds, smells, and sights. Then read Psalm 19,
sing, and pray together, thanking God for His creation.
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Make Memories Together.
* Go out to breakfast or to a favorite spot together and discuss
what each family member would like to do this summer. Then try
to do one of the top picks for each person.
* Make a summer memory scrap book with dates, activities,
journaling, mementos, and photographs.
* Do active things together: walking, biking, or playing a sport.
"Let us do good to all men" (Gal. 6:10).
* Offer to care for neighbors' pets or plants while they are
gone. Make complete notes of the owners' wishes about how they
want things done, then follow instructions carefully.
* Offer to do yard work for an elderly neighbor or church member.
* Offer to babysit for a busy mother.
Do Easy School
* Play educational games, maybe outside or even in the park.
* Watch a video pertaining to some topic of interest or study.
* Meet with another family for a co-op learning day.
* Learn a new craft or skill together.
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Make Time for the Arts
* Dramatize a play or book or do a dramatic reading.
* Check your local newspaper for free concerts in the parks
during July and August.
* "Adopt" an artist or musician for the summer. Learn all you
can about his art or music by studying various sources such as
books, videos, tapes, and supervised searches on the Internet.
* Plan and produce a video or snapshot tour of your town or
surrounding area for yourself or for friends or relatives who
have never been there. Add an audio script including such things
as your choir, children's memory work, or noises in your backyard.
Make Your Own Iridescent Bubbles.
1 cup water
2 tablespoons liquid detergent
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon glycerin (available at drug counters)
Mix all ingredients.
* Make large wands out of wire coat hangers (put tape over the
end) and dip in a wide shallow dish such as a pizza pan or cookie
* You could also use any round ring such as a canning lid.
Wave a cheese grater for clusters of small bubbles.
More Summer Suggestions To Come . . .
These are some of the topics we will be discussing in future
issues for the next two months.
* Suggestions for traveling and field trips.
* Dejunking and organization.
* Getting a headstart and being ready for next year.
Send us your favorite summertime activity to share with our readers!
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Contributed by Sara B., Virginia Beach, Virginia
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