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VOL. II, NO. 6
MAY 8, 2002
Table of Contents
What To Do If Your School Year Is Almost Done, But . . .
Using Large Print Books
Character Qualities Memory Verses
News & Issues in Home Education from HSLDA
Mother's Day Poem: "The Girl I Used To Be"
"Sunny Side Up," Humorous Anecdote
Customer Service & Reprint Information
What To Do If Your School Year Is Almost Done --
But Your Studies Are Not!
If you are like most home-school families, you are
nearing the end of your "school year."
If you are like most home-school families (AND
public school teachers!), you are NOT near enough
to the end of your books to reasonably finish them in time.
What NOT To Do
1. Do not panic.
2. Do not feel guilty.
3. Do not envy those who are "on schedule."
What To Do First
1. Talk to the Lord and your husband. Lay out the
situation and possible solutions, then listen to their
2. Relax, take a deep breath, and try some of these
suggestions. We offer you several suggestions that might
work for you or they might suggest even better solutions
for your unique situation.
1. Concentrate on the Basics.
The three Rs, Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic, are
basic skills. They are building block skills used in all
other subjects. These are also the skills that are usually
tested on standardized tests at the end of the year.
Other subjects are also important, even essential in
the long run, but they can be postponed for the short term
in the interest of solidifying basic skills.
2. Determine Level of Competence Needed.
__ Some information needs to be memorized (math facts;
phonics, spelling rules, and grammar rules); drill and
__ Some information needs to be presented and understood
(the overall timeline of history, principles of science,
structures of literature, etc.). This is your second
__ Some information your children need only to be
acquainted with as needed. It can be reviewed, restudied in
depth, or looked up later. When time is at a premium, spend
more of it on what must be learned most thoroughly now.
3. Save Some for Summer.
If you choose to concentrate on the basic subjects and
skills, you may want to save some other subjects to "finish"
during the summer.
For instance, you might take one or more days a week
during June to read and discuss history in a leisurely
fashion. Do the same during July for Science, and August for
music and art.
Summer would also be a good time to add unit studies,
field trips, supplemental reading, and software to enhance
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Teaching Tip: Using Large Print Books
Large print books are not just for the sight-impaired.
They are useful for:
1. Children whose interest, level of reading, and
understanding are above "childish" books, but who find it
hard to focus on small print.
2. Parents who read aloud and their child as he follows
along in the book -- a great way for him to improve his
Look in your library or library's catalog for large
print editions of classics and shorter novels.
Adapted from a tip by Patti B., Washington
Teaching Tip: Character Qualities Memory Verses
Teach Scripture verses which teach character qualities
that you want to build into your young child's life. You
can type the verse on a card and draw or paste a picture on
the other side to illustrate it.
Here is a list of possible verses. Very young children
may learn just part of the verse at first.
Be Careful - Psalm 91:11
Be Forgiving - Matthew 6:14
Be Friendly - Proverbs 17:17
Be Generous - Acts 20:35
Be Happy - Proverbs 15:13
Be Helpful - Galatians 6:10
Be Honest - Ephesians 4:25
Be Kind - Ephesians 4:32
Be Loving - I John 4:7
Be Obedient - Ephesians 6:1
Be Polite - Philippians 2:3-4
Be Thankful - Ephesians 5:20
Be a Worker - Ecclesiastes 9:10
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News & Issues in Home Education
by Chris Klicka
Home School Legal Defense Association
There is a move across the country to lower the
compulsory attendance laws to 3 years old. The NEA has
targeted several states for the coming year.
In Florida, we are still fighting a comprehensive
"government nanny" bill that would empower social workers
to intervene in families with newborns.
Let's face it. The government wants our children, and
they actually think they know best.
We urge you to check out the "Issues Library" at
http://www.hslda.org and review our mandatory kindergarten
memorandum and the other position papers. (International
news is also included on the HSLDA website.)
Progress is being made on the New York home school
bill. Please pray that this bill will be enacted this year.
Home schoolers in New York are yearning to break free from
the cumbersome regulations. Especially pray for Rich
Stauter, president of New York State LEAH, as he leads in
this crucial effort for freedom. See http://www.leah.org
for updated information.
For Mother's Day:
The Girl I Used To Be
This beautiful poem has been one of our readers'
She came tonight as I sat alone,
The girl I used to be . . .
And she gazed at me with her earnest eye
And questioned reproachfully:
Have you forgotten the many plans
And hopes that I had for you?
The great career, the splendid fame,
All the wonderful things to do?
Where is the mansion of stately height
With all of its gardens rare?
The silken robes that I dreamed for you
And the jewels in your hair?
And as she spoke, I was very sad
For I wanted her pleased with me . . .
This slender girl from the shadowy past,
The girl that I used to be.
So gently rising, I took her hand,
And guided her up the stair
Where peacefully sleeping, my babies lay
Innocent, sweet, and fair.
And I told her that these are my only gems,
and precious they are to me;
That silken robe is my motherhood
of costly simplicity.
And my mansion of stately height is love,
And the only career I know
Is serving each day in these sheltered walls
For the dear ones who come and go.
And as I spoke to my shadowy guest,
She smiled through her tears at me.
And I saw that the woman that I am now
pleased the girl that I used to be.
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Getting the Most Out of Home-School
Conventions, Conferences, and Book Fairs
In our last newsletter we ran an article, "Getting the
Most Out of Home-School Conventions, Conferences, and
Book Fairs." See http://www.TeachingHome.com/groups/resources/conv-helps.cfm.
One of our readers, Debbie Smith, sent us two
1. Have some cash on hand for certain purchases.
2. If you are attending for two days, look the first day
and then think and pray about the purchase you are
contemplating overnight before making the purchase.
Thank you, Debbie! We invite readers' comments and
Sunny Side Up: The Price of Motherhood
As we were driving down the highway, Riley asked if we
could go fishing in the pond off the highway. I told him I
thought we needed a fishing license.
Riley asked what a license was. I told him it was a
piece of paper you paid the state for that gave you
permission to do something. I told them that there are
different types of licenses -- fishing, hunting, driving --
that doctors have a license and that I had a nursing
Riley then asked how much a license would cost. I said
it depended on what it was for, but that I had paid $50 for
my nursing license.
Riley thought about that for a few minutes, then asked
in an astonished tone, "You have to pay $50 to feed the
Jensea C., Washington
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