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        The Teaching Home E-Mail Newsletter #63
        Information, Inspiration, and Encouragement

        January 16, 2004  /  Cindy Short and Sue Welch, editors

Table of Contents
Family Sketch
Research on Home Education
     The National Home Education Research Institute
     Basic Home-School Research Facts
     Helpful Publications
     Home Schooling Succeeds
          New Study Combats Socialization Myth
Notes from Our Readers
Links You Can Use
     Paper Crafts: Rare Animals of the World
     Paper Models
Recommended Resources
     Library and Educational Services: Adventures in Odyssey
     Bible In Living Sound
     Borenson and Associates: Hands-On Equations
Sunny Side Up: Humorous Anecdote


     In this issue we bring you a brief synopsis of the latest research
on home education -- which is all very encouraging!
     The home-school community is very fortunate to have the professional
services of Dr. Brian Ray, founder and president of The National
Home Education Research Institute.  We highly recommend his materials
and website, as will as donations to NHERI, a nonprofit organization
that benefits home educators in many ways.

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

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Family Sketch
     James and Joy Marie, Joshua, 19 (graduated); Justin, 18
(graduated); Judah, 16; Jennaya, 14; Jonathan, 11.  Our three
non-grads are still being home schooled.  We live in California
and have home schooled for 14 years.
     We believe that because each of our children is a sacred
trust given to us by God, it would be serious ungratefulness for
us to put them into an educational system that bans God's Word.
We also believe that God holds us accountable for our children's
life training.
     We have seen endless advantages from home schooling, such
as close family relationships and no teenage rebellion.  Everywhere
we go people love our children and say so over and over.  Many
families have decided to home school after seeing our family together.
     When we started home schooling a first-grader and three
preschoolers, I (Joy Marie) was in a wheelchair. I have home schooled
for all 14 years in constant pain and am now mostly bed-bound from
the pain in my back and left side.  God has made this possible through
His wisdom.
     I want to encourage other home schoolers not to let any
obstacles stand in their way.  Success in home schooling mainly
comes through wisdom, not physical strength.  If I can do it,
anyone who knows they are led by God can do it too.
     "If any man lack wisdom let him ask of God, who gives it
generously…" (James 1:5).
     Many mothers who are disabled, chronically ill, or in pain
are home schooling as I am.  "With God all things are possible."

Editor's Note:
     Joy Marie has contributed many excellent articles to The
Teaching Home for many years.  You may see a few of these at
or on her family's website at

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Research on Home Schooling
     God's charge for parents to teach and train their children
in His ways (Deuteronomy 6:4-9) is even more compelling than the
research that shows home education can produce both high academic
achievement and excellent social development.  However, research
is helpful for:
* Educating the public,  legislators, and public
   education personnel about home education.
* Answering critics.
* Alleviating the fears of genuinely concerned family and

The National Home Education Research Institute
     Founded by its president Dr. Brian D. Ray, Ph.D., NHERI
produces high-quality research on home-based education; serves as
a clearinghouse of research for the public, researchers,
homeschoolers, the media, and policy makers; and educates the
public concerning the findings of research on home education.

Basic Home-School Research Facts
    Highlights of home-education research include the following

Growth of Movement
* There were an estimated 1,700,000 to 2,100,000 children (grades
   K-12) home educated during 2002-2003 in the United States.
* Home schooling appears to still be the fastest-growing form of

* Homeschool students’ academic achievement, on average, was
   significantly above that of public-school students, scoring 15 to
   30 percentile points above the national average in reading,
   language, and math.
* For learning-disabled students, there are higher rates of
   academic engaged time in home schooling as well as greater
   academic gains.

Social Activity and Emotional Development
* The home educated have significantly lower problem behavior
   scores than do their conventional school agemates.
* The home educated have positive self-concepts.
* Many home-school students are regularly engaged in field trips,
   scouting, 4-H, and community volunteer work.
* Home-school parents are significantly more civically involved
   than are public school parents.

The Home Educated as Adults
     A study of adults who were home educated found that
* None were unemployed or on welfare.
* 94% said home education prepared them to be independent
* 79% said home education helped them interact with individuals
   from different levels of society.
* They strongly supported the home education method.

     These highlights were excerpted from a copyrighted sheet at
     To order multiple copies of this fact sheet, contact NHERI.

National Home Education Research Institute
PO Box 13939, Salem OR 97309
(503) 364-1490; fax (503) 364-2827

Helpful Publications
     NHERI, a non-profit research and educational organization,
also makes available for public purchase many print, audio, and
video productions such as the following.

   "Home Schooling
   on the Threshold" (booklet)
   A Synopsis of Dozens
   of Research Studies.

     This is the most comprehensive report on home school
research of its kind and the most current review of research on
a variety of topics related to home schooling.
     Examples of the topics addressed are history, population
growth, philosophy, pedagogical practices, academic
achievement of students, psychological and social development
of students, and success of the home educated in adulthood.
     Format: 8-1/2 x 11 inches, full-color, 24 pages, and
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   Nationwide study of home-school families and their children;
   academic achievement, demographics, etc.
* "Home-Based Education: The Informed Choice" (video)
   Video with research, statistics, charts, philosophy of
   education, history, and more.
* "Home Education: Is It Working?" (audio tape)
* "What Makes You Think You Can Teach Your Own?" (audio tape)
* "Home Educated and Now Adults: Their Community and Civic
   Involvement, Views About Homeschooling, and Other Traits."
   Newest nationwide study of “graduates” of homeschooling;
   family history, demographics, community service, occupations,
   reasons for homeschooling, attitudes toward homeschooling,
   satisfaction with life (for more information, see below)
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Home Schooling Succeeds
New Study Combats Socialization Myth
     "Homeschooling Grows Up," a study conducted by Dr. Brian Ray
of the National Home Education Research Institute and
commissioned by Home School Legal Defense Association, answers
homeschool skeptics who claim that home schooling leads to poor
     "Homeschool graduates are proving the critics wrong in every
arena," said Tom Washburne, Director of The National Center for
Home Education, a division of HSLDA.
     Every homeschool family has confronted the question "What
about your child's socialization?"  This study demonstrates that
concerns about socialization are unfounded.
     Home schoolers educated in the 1980's are coming of age and
taking their place in society.  In particular, the study found
that home schoolers are significantly more involved in their
communities than the average public school graduate.
     Over 71% of home schoolers participate in a voluntary,
church or neighborhood association compared with 37% of U.S.
     Over 76% of the home-school graduates, 18-24 years old,
voted in a national/state election the past five years compared
with just 29% of the public school graduates, 18-24 years old.
     "Home schoolers, typically identified as high academic
achievers, are doing well as adults in society," said Ray.
     To view a brief synopsis of the study, see:
     For more information and to order the full-length report with
all the data, findings, and Dr. Ray's interpretive comments, see:

Notes from Our Readers

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     Hello.  I am writing to say thank you for your newsletters!
Also, please change my e-mail address so that I can continue
receiving them.  Thanks so much!  Blessings, Laura and Manuel V.

      Please keep sending The Teaching Home to this new email
address.  We are continually blessed by the articles, etc.  Bless
you, Mark J.

     I want to thank you from the very bottom of my heart
for your dedication to this wonderful newsletter.  It so
graciously gives Christian families inspiration through
mindful Scripture as well as helpful hints for rearing our
children in a way that is pleasing in His sight.  Thank you!
Stephanie C.

Prayer Request
     We home school a 3rd and 1st grader and have a son, almost 3
years old, with mild to moderate cerebral palsy.  He's
cognitively fine and speaks well, but his limitations are mostly
with gross motor skills.  Please pray for our family, as we've
decided to home school him.  Please pray that we can get him all
the therapy he needs and still be able to teach him at home.
Thanks so much if you can put this in your newsletter.  Ken &
Nadia E.

Family Time Activities
     We call our family time "Quiet Time."  We all gather in the
living room for 30 minutes, and each person reads from their chosen
book.  The book has to be an enrichment-type book (encouraging,
inspirational, spiritual, Christian history or science, etc.)
Our youngest reads to me from his children's Bible, and then I
read something to him.  The time seems to spread a peace over our

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about home schooling, or an encouragement for others.

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Sunny Side Up: Truth in Labeling
     My friend Martha had been teaching her children about
molecules. She told them that everything has molecules in it, and
when a thing is cold, the molecules move slowly, but when it is
hot the molecules move quickly.
     Later when the children ran outside to play, their neighbor
offered them a popsicle. As they licked the treat, they told her
that these popsicles had molecules in them -- very slow molecules
because the popsicles were frozen.
     The lady was a bit shaken by the news and hastily assured
them that as far as she knew there were no molecules in the
popsicles. She then disappeared into the house. In a few minutes
she reappeared and stated flatly, "There are no molecules in
those popsicles. I read the list of ingredients three times!"
Submitted by Marilyn M., Ontario, Canada.
     You are also invited to submit your humorous anecdote.

God's Love for You
     A loving God is seeking a personal relationship with you and your
family through faith in Jesus Christ, His substitutionary death for
you, and His subsequent resurrection.
     "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten
Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have
eternal life" (John 3:16).

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