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     The Teaching Home E-Mail Newsletter #49
     Information, Inspiration, and Encouragement


     September 12, 2003 / Cindy Short and Sue Welch, editors



Table of Contents
Home-School Support Systems:
     The Lord Is Your First and Best Support
     Finding Support at Home
     Support from Other People
     Reading Books, Newsletters & Magazines
Recommended Resources
     Home Training Tools: Science Curriculum & Supplies
     Power-Glide Clearance Sale
     HomeSchool ID Cards
Sunny Side Up: Humorous Anecdote
Greetings,

     As you start this school year, be sure that all your support systems are in place. In this issue we discuss more than enough to get you through. Remember, "The joy of the Lord is your strength." Relax and have a good time learning with your children this year!

Cordially,
Pat, Sue, Heather, Holly, and Brian Welch
The Teaching Home is a 23-year-old, home-school family business.



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The Lord Is Your First and Best Support

     Others may let you down or fail to fulfill your needs, but not God. Go to Him first for the support you need.

"My soul, wait thou only upon God;
     for my expectation is from Him.
He only is my rock and my salvation:
     He is my defense;
I shall not be moved.

In God is my salvation and my glory:
     the rock of my strength,
     and my refuge, is in God.
Trust in him at all times; ye people,
     pour out your heart before him:
God is a refuge for us."
     (Psalms 62:5-8)

"I waited patiently for the LORD;
     and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.
Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust."
     (Psalms 40:1, 4a)
Why the Lord Is Your Best Support

1. He Is Always There 24/7.
     You don't have to wait for next month's support group meeting or until someone else is available to help you. You can call on Him at any time, day or night. His invitations and promises to you assure that you will never become a burden to Him.

     "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden,
          and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28)

     "I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." (Hebrews 13:5)

2. He Is All-Knowing and All-Wise.
     The Lord knows exactly what you are going through and how you feel. He knows precisely what your family needs, both now and in the future. He is willing to share this wisdom with you; all you have to do is ask.

"If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God,
     that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not;
     and it shall be given him.
But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering." (James 1:5-6a)

"For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched
     with the feeling of our infirmities;
but was in all points tempted like as we are,
     yet without sin.
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace,
     that we may obtain mercy,
     and find grace to help in time of need."
     (Hebrews 4:15-16)
3. He Is Loving and Kind.
     The Lord loves you and your family with unfathomable, pure, unfailing love.

     "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us,
          that we should be called the sons of God." (I John 3:1)

     "Casting all your care upon him;
          for he careth for you." (I Peter 5:7)

     He will give you what is best in His time and in His way.
This is where our trust in Him must be implicit.

     "But without faith it is impossible to please Him (God)."
          (Hebrews 11:6)

     "And we know that all things work together for good
          to them that love God." (Romans 8:28)

How To Avail Yourself of This Wonderful Support
     Sadly enough, we all too often fail to receive the gracious gifts of our Lord for various reasons. We get into the habit of trying to meet our own needs, forgetting to turn to the Lord. The physical world can seem more real to us than the unseen spiritual world. We can correct this misperception and find our Lord's aid and fellowship in the following ways:

1. Spend time daily in reading, studying, memorizing,
     and meditating on God's Word.

     Morning, noon, and night is not too much. You can have your private time with the Lord in the morning; read, study, or memorize Scripture in your school time or at the lunch table; and have family Bible reading in the evening at the table or before bed with Dad.
It is in His written revelation to us that we meet the Lord and He speaks to you.

"All scripture is given by inspiration of God,
     and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof,
     for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
That the man of God may be perfect,
     thoroughly furnished unto all good works."
     (II Timothy 3:16-17)
2. Fill your life with good Christian music.
     Music is a powerful influence in our lives. Both the words and the style of the old hymns of the faith carry a message that honors the Lord and reminds you of Him and His attributes.
     Although constant background music can be distracting and lose its impact, there are many times during the day that listening to or singing Christian songs can turn your thoughts to the Lord.
     You might want to lead your children in a chorus or hymn each time you read from God's Word.

"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom;
     teaching and admonishing one another
     in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord."
     (Colossians 3:16)
3. Talk to the Lord frequently throughout the day.
     It might be hard to visualize the Lord beside you all day long, but if you engage in conversational prayer with Him throughout the day, you will be reminded of, and comforted by, His presence.



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Finding Support at Home

     Your family comprises a support group for you, your husband, and your children. Here is how you can give and receive support right at home.

1. Yourself
     God does not ask us to do more than we are able. It is up to us to make sure we don't load ourselves down with extra projects of our own devising that he did not intend.
     We must also be good stewards of the resources He has given us, including our own health. We are not free to indulge in excesses, but must eat, work, and rest in ways that preserve our ability to accomplish His purposes. We all know the basic rules:

* Maintain your own spiritual walk with the Lord.
* Eat healthy; drop extra pounds. Keep fruits, vegetables, and protein foods in the refrigerator for snacks rather than eating high-carbrohydrate, low-nutereint foods like chips and sweets.
* Drink enought water.
* Exercise regularly, but reasonably. A daily walk with your family promotes family unity as well as physical health.
* Deal with stress and problems God's way, don't let them build up.
* Take time to relax and enjoy your family.
* Get your full amount of sleep every night.

     You cannot get enough support from others to make up for a disregard of the laws of cause and effect that God has ordained.

2. Your Spouse
     Maintaining a loving relationship with your spouse will naturally be a great support to you. And remember, you are his support system too.
     While your spouse is your closest human support and should be kept aware of your thoughts and feelings, problems and struggles, he should not feel that he is solely responsible to "fix" everything. Let him know that you have other resources, and discuss options together with the confidence you gain from trusting the Lord.
     Of course it helps if your spouse is a believer and totally behind your efforts to home school. If not, the Lord says,

     "Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear." (I Peter 3:1-4)

     It might help to obtain a book such as one of the two below and show it to your husband to reassure him of the validity and benefits of home schooling.
     "Worldwide Guide to Homeschooling: Facts and Stats on the Benefits of Home School" by Dr. Brian Ray
http://www.nheri.org/content.php?menu=12&page_id=30
     "Home Schooling: The Right Choice" by Christopher J. Klicka
http://www.hslda.org/bookstore/items/choice.asp

     Your spouse may need some practical suggestions for ways to support you.
* Perhaps you only need 15 or 20 minutes at the end of each day to debrief each other and pray about any situations that have arisen.
* Agree on standards for your children's behavior and a system for their discipline.
* Plan times to relax together.

     "We need to pray for our husbands that they will be good leaders and sources of wisdom. And we need to ask for their input with a humble heart." Meredith Curtis

3. Your Family
     Home schoolers recognize the value of the family unit. Let it support you. Enlist the help and support of your children. Grandparents or other relatives may offer support as well.
     Your family will need help in knowing how to support you.
* You may need to tell your children, "I really love you and love teaching you, but I need a little extra help in keeping up with the chores. A word of encouragement or a hug would sure come in handy too!"
* Be sure you model support and encouragement in the way you interact with your family at all times.
* Family members can and should be each others' best friends and supporters. Talk to your children about helping each other in this way. A focus on the positive can replace problems.



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Support from Other People

1. Good Friends
     Just one faithful, sympathetic, and praying friend can offer a tremendous amount of support. This informal "support group" can meet on the phone whenever the need or opportunity arises or once a week at a specified time.
     Caution: Don't let this good friend take the place of the Lord or your spouse.
     When like-minded home-school families spend time together, they provide needed support and encouragement for the whole family.

     "As we spend time together, there is a sense that we are not alone. Others share our convictions and values. This has been such an encouragement to our family over the years!"
Meredith Curtis

2. Mentoring
     Veteran home educators should consider what they have to offer beginners. New home schoolers can look for veteran home educators to mentor them. A regular time together or an occasional phone call can make a big difference!
A local support group may be able to help you find a mentor.

     "I remember, when I first started home schooling, looking with great admiration at anyone who had home schooled for three years. These women had so much experience and knew the ropes! I sat at their feet in awe, ate up every story they had to tell, and looked to them for advice.
     "I think perhaps the most helpful thing my experienced home-school friends did for me was to encourage me to relax and enjoy our children, to let them learn at their own pace, and to prioritize.
     "Those ladies took time from their busy schedules to encourage, inspire, and instruct me. I owe them a debt of gratitude.
     "It occurred to me that this is an area where 'freely you have received, freely give.'
     "I'd like to inspire those of you who are 'veteran' home schoolers to budget some time for mentoring those who are beginning." Michael and Alyce-Kay Garrett, California.

3. A Support Group
     Support Groups may consist of only two families, or they may be large and offer many functions and activities.
     Involvement with your local Christian home-school group can provide encouragement, fellowship, educational opportunities, field trips, academic training and information, solutions to your problems, and answers for your questions.

Cautions:
* Don't become overwhelmed by trying to participate in all the activities offered by your support group.
* Look for a group that will support your family's standards.

     "The thing that I appreciate the most about our support group is the fact that all of these wonderful people are brothers and sisters in the Lord. We all have the same dedication and commitment to raise up a godly generation that seeks the Lord."
Mrs. James D., Ohio

4. Your Local Church
     The fellowship and teaching of your local church provides important support for your spiritual life.
     An ideal home-school support group might also be formed within your church if fellow members are home schooling. It is an added blessing to have a pastor who encourages you in your home-school efforts.

     "And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching." (Hebrews 10:24-25)

     "For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For the body is not one member, but many. And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular." (I Corinthians 12:12, 14, 21, 27)



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Reading Books, Newsletters & Magazines

     Books and magazine articles written by and for Christian home schoolers offer invaluable support and encouragement. This kind of support is more personal and warm than you might expect from just words on a page. It is actually real communication from the hearts of like-minded home schoolers who have been where you are, know what you need, and care enough about you to share with you in writing.

This Newsletter
     We trust that you will find this newsletter informative and encouraging. Each issue is meaty enough that you might want to print it out and keep all your copies in a notebook. This will enable you to read the newsletters more thoroughly, mark certain parts, and refer back to them again.
     You will find our archive of past newsletters at
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Always-Relevant Teaching Home Back Issues
     Many home schoolers have found information, inspiration, and support from the writers who have contributed to The Teaching Home magazine over the last 23 years. Fifty-one back issues are offered online or by mail order.
     The information, inspiration, and encouragement packed into each back issue never goes out of date. They are always relevant, applicable to your needs today.
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     A reader in Indiana wrote, "I have subscribed for the past ten years. You have been my mainstay. When I first began home schooling, I had no support group, and your magazine gave me the encouragement and knowledge to continue. I have read countless letters from your readers who have said the same thing."

     In each issue an average of 58 home schoolers contribute practical how-to articles, encouraging letters, and ready-to-use teaching tips.

     "The Teaching Home has been a part of my continuing education since I started home schooling, and I have kept every issue.
     "I often go back to old issues to find creative, helpful hints or inspiration." Meredith C., Florida
Finding What You Need
     You can search by topic in our online store to find which of our 51 back issues contain articles on a subject you are looking for.
     If you already have a library of Teaching Home issues, you might want to use the topical index of our last 39 issues (1994-present) available online so you can quickly put your finger on the articles you need.
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Sunny Side Up: Hold That Thought
     Jenny, our 8th grader, had been studying hormonal changes in heath. As I orally quizzed her, I asked, "What is one reason for changing moods?"
     Our 8-year-old 3rd grader quickly piped up, "You'll get in big trouble if you don't!"
     Contributed by Danne Blanc, Japan
     You are also invited to submit your humorous anecdote.



God Loves You.
     Because we were separated from God by sin, Jesus Christ died in our place, then rose to life again. If we trust Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord, He will give us eternal life.
     "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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