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The Teaching Home E-Mail Newsletter #73
Information, Inspiration, and Encouragement
April 15, 2004 / Cindy Short and Sue Welch, editors
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Meet the Wall Family
Second Generation Home Schoolers from Australia
Getting the Most Out of Home-School
Conferences, and Book Fairs
Benefits of Attending / Who Should Go with
Registration / Preparation / The Day Before
Convention Manners / At the Convention
Exhibit Hall / Networking / Follow-Up
I Want To Be a Work at Home Mom
The Times and the Scriptures Curriculum
MemLok Bible Memory System
Unique benefits await you at your local, regional,
home-school convention, conference, or book fair. We urge
you to attend!
Conventions are going on this weekend in
Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Washington, and
Be sure to get the most out of any home-school
event with the
practical check-list in this issue.
You are invited to actively participate in
by submitting a note of encouragement to your fellow home
educators, a teaching tip, a recommended website, a family photo
and brief story, or humorous anecdote. We will send you a back
issue of your choice of The Teaching Home magazine as a thank you
for any submission that is published. (See the 51 back issues
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May the Lord bless you and your family for
Pat, Sue, Heather, Holly, and Brian Welch
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Meet the Wall Family
Hello, My name is Sarah Wall, and we
home school our five
children (ages 9, 8, 5, 3, and 2) in Australia.
My three brothers and I were home schooled
from grade 3, and
I loved it. We have chosen to home school all of our children.
Currently I'm schooling the three oldest. Our 5 year old has a
speech problem and is a bit trying. He wants to read so badly,
but he cannot pronounce the words properly.
I don't know how I could agree more with the
letter by Cara
H. in your newsletter #64 unless I had written it myself. ("It
takes commitment, not just to my husband, to my children, or to
home schooling, but most importantly to God Himself as Lord and
Master of my life. He is the only one who could make me organized
or patient, and He's still working on me!")
I must admit that when I started home
schooling, I thought it
would be a breeze as my mother didn't seem to be frayed around
the edges when she home schooled us. I will admit I was wrong,
it takes work. But with God's help, we will see this to the end.
I am praying for all the other home-school mothers, and with God's
help we will fight the battle and win.
God bless, The Wall Family
Getting the Most Out of Home-School
Conventions, Conferences, and Book Fairs
Find out exactly when your state convention
is by going to
The Teaching Home's website (link below). There you will see
date and city of the event and be able to link directly to the
state organization's website for complete information.
Check this list to see if your state's convention
This Weekend: CA,
KS, LA, ME, MN, WA, AB
April: GA, MD,
MA, NM, ON
IL, MI, MS, NC, PA, WV, WI, WY, NB, QC, Germany
CO, CT, ID, IA, MO, MT, NJ, NY, OH, OK, VA
AZ, CA, KY, SD.
NV, OR, TX
TN, TX, NZ
Benefits of Attending
The opportunities brought together in this
can renew and expand your vision for teaching and training your
children. Be encouraged, rejuvenated, inspired, motivated, and
better equipped to home school!
* Speakers can
broaden your horizons with new ideas, methods,
materials, and approaches as well as reminders of the
* Workshops give
you practical training in specific topics to make
your teaching more efficient.
* Exhibit Halls
enable you to examine, compare, and purchase
home-education products from many vendors in one place.
You can speak to authors or knowledgeable representatives
learn more, and you can usually save on shipping.
* Networking with
other like-minded home schoolers can offer
valuable friendship and support.
* Extras. Check
to see if any of the following are offered:
Used Curriculum Sale.
Teens' or Children's Programs.
Tapes of General Sessions and Workshops.
Luncheon or Meeting for Support Group Leaders.
Boxed Lunch or Snack Bar.
Special Hotel Room Rates.
Who Should Go with You
It is ideal for a husband and wife to go together to
share perspectives and focus on family goals and budget.
If it is not possible for your spouse to attend, a
friend can help you in much the same way.
* Hotel Room.
If you need to travel far, you might take a room
for overnight, to stow purchases, or to take a rest.
* Nursing Babies,
of course, stay with Mom.
* Young Children.
Children might not be allowed and will be
a distraction; either you will not be able to get all
you can out
of the convention, or you will not be able to give adequate
to your children.
* Teens and Older Children.
If programs are offered for them,
you may want to consider this option.
Check out these cost-cutting options:
* Preregister Early.
This can save you money that you can spend
on buying materials.
* Volunteer To Work.
A few hours or more can be a real help to
the organization sponsoring the event, and you might be
a reduced entrance fee and/or other benefits. You will
to know some great home schoolers while working with them.
* Join Organization.
By joining, you help support home-school
efforts in your area, plus you might receive discounts
convention fee and other benefits.
* Special Rates
for couples, grandparents, teens, children,
pastors, and other full-time ministers.
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Getting the Most Out of Home-School
The vast array of workshops and exhibit booths,
with a limited time to take it all in, can be overwhelming when
you walk into a convention unprepared.
On the other hand, if you go with a plan and
focus on your
purpose and priorities, you can spend your time and money
more wisely and get the most out of the convention.
* Pray for the
Lord's promised wisdom in all your decisions.
* Your Spouse
and you should discuss your educational goals,
plans, and budget.
* Gather Information.
Obtain a convention schedule, list of
exhibitors, and exhibit hall floor plan.
* Select and Prioritize
speakers' sessions, workshops, and
exhibitors you don't want to miss and conference tapes
might want to buy. Make a list and/or mark your
exhibit hall floor plan.
* Compare your
agenda with that of your spouse or friend
attending with you and see if you can each cover several
different sessions and then share their content with each
Check out publishers' and suppliers' catalogs (in
print or online) to plan which materials you would like
examine. You can link to 100+ home-school suppliers at
* Shopping List.
Make a list of specific materials or the
types of materials you will be looking for.
Make a list of questions to ask exhibitors,
speakers, and/or other attendees.
The Day Before
Make these last minute preparations.
* Family Needs.
Spend some special time with your children and
husband. Prepare meals and make provision to meet
while you are at the convention. Confirm child care
Make sure you know exactly how to get to the
convention facility and what parking is available.
Plan to leave in time to be early or on time.
* Pack items
you will take with you.
Directions and/or map.
Cash, checks, or debit card.
Highlighter to mark your program.
Canvas tote(s) for handouts and purchases.
Steno pad and pens to take lots of notes.
Return address mailing labels to use in filling out forms.
Watch to keep track of time so you won't miss sessions.
Comfortable walking shoes.
Water, snack, and lunch, unless you have other plans.
* Sleep and Eat.
Get a good night's sleep and a good breakfast.
Observe these guidelines to show consideration
involved at the convention.
* Convention Rules.
Follow the rules set out for the convention
regarding food and beverage in exhibit hall (check if
water is OK), children, strollers, etc.
Support the ones who help you. Do not take up an
exhibitor's time in counseling and explaining his products
then go buy the same product from another exhibitor or
discount supplier. Exhibitors help make the convention
* Babies and Children.
Immediately remove a crying or
disrupting child from a workshop or meeting. Ask
your child to
give his chair to an adult if there is not enough seating.
At the Convention
Once at the convention, follow your plan.
If you have not already obtained and marked a
schedule and exhibit hall floor plan, do this first.
Take breaks to rest your feet, reassess your
progress, and write notes while your impressions are fresh.
Don't expect to agree with everything a speaker
says. Compare everything to God's Word; accept and
use what you
can and let the rest go.
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Getting the Most Out of Home-School
* Work Your Plan.
Use your prioritized plan of booth visits
and your shopping list to do your "must see" visits first,
go through the exhibit hall finding and learning more
* Talk to vendors
about their products' methods, goals, and
philosophy, and how to use them. Use your list of questions.
Use the parcel check or take your purchases
to your room or car rather than carrying them around.
If the representatives are busy at a "must see" booth,
go on and return later, or ask to be included in the discussion.
* Sleep on It.
If you are attending two days, gather
information the first day, and then think and pray about
purchases before making them the next day.
* Also visit nonprofit
and service organizations' booths to
find out what they can offer you (e.g., your state organization).
* Give Feedback.
When appropriate, give a vendor a brief,
clear, and focused comment about your needs, opinions,
experiences to help them produce better products and services.
* Meet and talk
to other attendees; greet old friends and make
* Ask advice.
Get feedback on ideas and products and
share opinions and experiences. You may get your most
information and encouragement from another home-school
* Offer to help someone.
Hold a baby and give a mother's arms
a rest; find a new home schooler (it will be obvious)
and give a
word of encouragement; offer to help a speaker or exhibitor.
Smile at everyone.
Have a debriefing discussion with your spouse
or friend. Discuss the ideas and products you encountered
the convention to help you sort through things, keeping
and discarding others, focusing on how to get the most
* Just Do It.
Return home with at least one new idea that will
make a difference in your home school to put into practice.
Look over all your notes while they are fresh, and narrow
all the wonderful things you would like to do to no more
Then prioritize your list and start on the first one the
* Be Accountable.
Ask your husband or a friend to pray for you
and keep you accountable to work on your goal. The
surprise and encourage you.
* Share the information
you have gathered with your support
group or someone who was not able to attend. Let them
you would recommend that they plan to attend next year.
* Clean Up.
Sort literature you received into four categories:
1) Take action. 2) Save for future reference or reading.
3) Pass on to someone else. 4) Toss.
* Thank Yous!
Write a thank you note to those who put so much
effort into putting on the convention, a speaker that
you, or an exhibitor that took time to help you.
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You might be a home schooler if:
* You have books in every single room of your house.
* The fine art on your walls was done in finger paints.
* If you have a TV, the top is used for bookshelf space.
* Vacations are planned for their educational value.
* Instead of looking blank when asked what the Civil War was, your
children have done a scale model of the battlefields and
* You've lost count of how many times you've been asked, "How
will they be socialized?"
* The 30-foot long hallway isn't long enough for your time line.
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to this list? Send your
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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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