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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
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    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
    "overlearn" these.
         __ 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
    these subjects.

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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
    reading skills!
         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
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         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 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
    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
         One of our readers, Debbie Smith, sent us two
    additional tips:
    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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