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    From a Distinctively Christian Perspective of Home Education
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Table of Contents
 •  Prayer Requests
The Constitution
 •  Constitution Week
 •  Comments on the Constitution by George W. Bush
 •  Studying the Constitution
 •  Government Series
 •  Biblical Principles: Basis for America's Laws
Recommended Resources
     Jean Welles Worship Guitar Class
     AVKO Multi-Sensory Language Arts
     Roots of Freedom: Constitution Day Package
     Enlightened Democracy by Tara Ross
     National Flag Foundation's Young Patriots Program
Sunnyside Up: Humorous Anecdote


     For the first time this fall, all schools that receive federal
assistance will be required by law to offer a "Constitution Day"
program commemorating the signing of the U.S. Constitution
on September 17, 1787.
     This Constitution and Citizenship Day provision was added
into the omnibus spending bill by Sen. Robert Byrd who said,
"One will not protect what one does not value. And one cannot
value what one does not understand."
     Although home-school families are not required to offer this
program, it is a good time to teach your children about our
nation's founding documents.

Please Help Us Spread the Word!
     We would appreciate help in getting the announcement below
to as many home-school families as possible.  Please forward it
by e-mail and/or print it in your home-school publication.  Thanks!

          The Teaching Home publishers plan to resume
     the publication of their print magazine, by the grace
     of God.  For complete information see

     May the Lord bless you and your family for His glory.

The Pat Welch Family, Publishers
Pat, Sue, Heather, Holly, and Brian
The Teaching Home is a home-school, family-run business
operated in our home since 1980.


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     Video courses offer a quick
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Prayer Requests

National Day of Prayer and Remembrance
for the Victims of Hurricane Katrina, September 16
     Hurricane Katrina was one of the worst natural disasters in
our Nation's history.  Please pray for those in need and for
those seeking to help them.
     Home School Foundation (a division of Home School Legal
Defense Association) has established a Hurricane Emergency
Response program to help home-school families who have suffered
great losses.  Report needs or make a donation at

Home-School Family Loses Six of Their Nine Children
     Six children of the Mark and Joyce Bryant family of Eggleston,
Virginia, died as the result of an explosion at the home where they
were visiting over the Labor Day weekend.
     The children ranged in age from 2-19 years old.  Two of their
other children were hospitalized in critical but stable condition.


AVKO (Audio, Visual, Kinesthetic, and Oral) Offers
a Multi-Sensory Approach to Language Arts
through Phonics and Word Families.

 •  Individualized Keyboarding teaches reading and spelling skills
     as your child masters the keyboard.
 •  Let's Write Right teaches reading/spelling as the alphabet is learned.
 •  Sequential Spelling builds self-esteem.  To try it before you buy
     it, or for information on dyslexia, visit


Citizenship Day, September 17
Constitution Week, September 17 - 23

     In remembrance of the signing of the Constitution and in
recognition of the Americans who strive to uphold the duties and
responsibilities of citizenship, the Congress has designated
September 17 as "Citizenship Day," and requested that the
President proclaim the week beginning September 17 and ending
September 23 of each year as "Constitution Week."

Resource: Constitution Day Pack
     Contains free DVD ("A More Perfect Union")  about the
Constitution, posters and storyboards, Constitution booklets, and
24 Freedom Gallery Images.  $29.95 (reg. $140).  Order item
#DVD174.  1-877-917-1787.

Comments on the Constitution
by George W. Bush
President of the United States of America

     The following are excepts from the President's past
Citizenship Day and Constitution Week Proclamation.

     Today, we marvel at the wisdom of the Framers who toiled
through a long summer of learned and contentious debates.
     Their work produced a document that upholds high ideals,
while answering the most practical questions of governance.  The
charter they crafted -- with its separate branches of Government,
enumerated powers, checks and balances, and later the specific
protections provided by our Bill of Rights -- guides our Nation
and inspires others around the world.

Twin Foundations
     As the delegates to the 1787 Constitutional Convention in
Philadelphia began working on what would become the United States
Constitution, they grasped that a great democracy must be built
on the twin foundations of
 •  National consent to a Federal Government and
 •  Respect for individual rights.

Balance of Powers
     In creating our Nation's Constitutional framework, the
Convention's delegates recognized the dangers inherent in
concentrating too much power in one person, branch, or
     They wisely crafted a Government that balanced the functions
and authority of a Federal system among three separate but equal
 •  The Executive,
 •  The Legislative,
 •  The Judicial.
     As a further check on central power, the Framers granted
citizens the right to vote, giving them the power to express
their political preferences peacefully and thereby to effect
change in the Government.
     The Convention delegates ratified the Constitution on
September 17, 1787, and submitted it to the States for approval.

Bill of Rights
     After much deliberation and discussion at the State level,
the following two concerns emerged from among those who feared
the Constitution's proposed centralization of Federal power:
 •  The threat of tyranny; and
 •  The loss of local control.
     To address these fears, our Founders amended the
Constitution by adding a Bill of Rights.
     These ten amendments provided a series of clear limits on
Federal power and a litany of protective rights to citizens.
     Today, our Nation celebrates the longest-lived written
Constitution in world history.


Educate & Celebrate:
Constitution Day, September 17
     Order your Constitution Day Package
today for only $29.95 (reg. $140).
Order item #DVD174.  1-877-917-1787


Studying the Constitution
     The Constitution of the United States is the foundation of
our American Government.  As the supreme law of the land, no law
may be passed that contradicts its principles, and no person or
government in the nation is exempt from following it.
 •  Read, study and discuss the Constitution with your students.
 •  Read the Constitution along with explanations at
 •  See Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Students at
 •  Compare the Bill of Rights and the Magna Carta at

The First Amendment
     The First Amendment to the Constitution does not include the
phrase "separation of church and state."  Nowhere does it suggest
that Christianity cannot be heard in the public square.
     The first act of the United States Congress was to authorize
the printing of 20,000 Bibles for the Indians.  Read more at

Judicial Interpretation of the Constitution
     The subject of constitutional interpretation is a valid and
practical concern today that will reach into many areas of our
life for years to come.  It is very much in the news with the
confirmation hearing for Supreme Court chief justice nominee John
     Two competing viewpoints have emerged:
1.  To follow the original intent of the Constitution
2.  To allow judges to interpret the Constitution as they will.

 •  Read "A Tale of Two Constitutions" by David Barton at
 •  Read more about the problems today in our judicial system
 •  Pray for the Lord's will in the appointments to the Supreme
 •  Read daily updates on the confirmation process at
 •  Volunteer to help out in Washington, D.C., this week by e-mailing

Naturalization Self Test
     Could your children (or you) pass the test to become a
citizen?  Included are such questions as:
 •  In what year was the Constitution written?
 •  What do we call a change to the Constitution?
 •  What is the Bill of Rights?
 •  Can the Constitution be changed?
     Test your knowledge of United States History and the
structure of our government on this easy-to-use online question
and answer interactive site.

The Federalist Papers Online

Civics Education Courses from HSLDA
     Including: Founding Fathers, Introduction to Constitutional
Law, The Federalist Papers, Declaration of Independence.


Enlightened Democracy
by Tara Ross
     Understand the Constitution and the
basic tenets that undergird America's
republican democracy as you never have
before!  Free Study Guide at:


Government Series
     The Teaching Home Newsletters #66-68 addressed the topic of
teaching about governments in general and the United States
government in particular.
     This series offers much practical information, Internet
links for further study, and application for Christians.  It
would make an excellent study for Constitution Week, Sept. 19-23.
     Following is an outline of what each issue contains.

Newsletter Issue #66: Introduction to Government
1.  What and How To Teach
2.  The Biblical Basis of Government
3.  Forms of Government

Newsletter #67: United States Government
1.  We are a Republic, not a Democracy
2.  The Constitution
3.  The Three Branches of Government; Checks and Balances
4.  Distribution of Government Powers
5.  How a Bill Becomes a Law
6.  Our Heritage of Freedom; Our Christian Heritage

Newsletter #68: Our Responsibilities in Government
1.  The Spiritual Aspect of Political Action
2.  Political Action
3.  Guidelines for Any Lobbying Effort


Fulfill Your Patriotic
Education Responsibility!
National Flag Foundation's Young Patriots
program. Assignments, exploration, learning
games. Unrevised, inspiring American history. Special homeschool pricing.


Biblical Principles: Basis for America's Laws
Excerpted and reprinted by permission from an article
by Charles and Cindy Meek, Faith Facts

     Christians believe that the Bible offers ultimate, objective,
and absolute truth.  There was a general consensus on this point
in America from the earliest settlers until only very recently.
   So it was natural for the early Americans to turn to the Bible
for guidance as to how to make civil law. This was the standard
for law beginning with the Mayflower Compact all the way through
the constitutions of all 50 states.

State Constitutions
    For example, the first state constitution was the Fundamental
Orders of Connecticut (1639). You may read this document at
     The framers of this document desired that every aspect of
it be based on the Bible. This document was a model for other
constitutions including the U.S. Constitution which followed it.
     (See other Preambles to State Constitutions at -- editors)

Rule of Law
     Another aspect of our system of government is that it is
based on the Rule of Law. This concept is a direct descendant
of Hebrew law and the Ten Commandments.
     Together with the concept of inalienable rights from God,
these concepts helped ensure a way of life that respected the
dignity of every individual.

The True Nature of Man
     Another important aspect of America's constitution is that
it has as its basis the distinctly Christian idea that man is
basically sinful.  Every one of our founding fathers understood
this truth.  The result was that the founders built into the
Constitution an elaborate system of checks and balances.
     This is evident in the horizontal plane of executive,
legislative, and judicial branches of government. It is also
evident in the vertical plane of federalism -- states' powers
versus federal powers.
     Some other systems are based on the idea that man is
basically good, or at least perfectible by law and education.
     But states based on these utopian ideas are always failures
and particularly repressive to their citizens. These governments
end up as police states and take away the rights of their citizens.
     See a chart of the influence of Biblical thought on America's
legal system at

Resources from American Vision
 •  "Did George Bush Lie About America Being Founded on Christian
     Principles?" by Gary DeMar
 •  American History and Government Articles Archive
 •  "America's Christian Heritage" by Gary DeMar

Resources from Wall Builders
 •  Online articles and excellent resources.
 •  Read the testimonies of Paine, Franklin, Washington,
     Hamilton, Jefferson, and Madison online at
 •  Read "Republic v. Democracy" by David Barton at

DVDs or Videos on Our Christian Heritage
 •  "America's Godly Heritage"
 •  "A Nation Adrift"


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Sunnyside Up: Too Much of a Good Thing
     In my first year of home schooling, I'm afraid I was a bit
over zealous about "hands-on" and using manipulatives.
     One morning our son, 5, was stuck on a subtraction problem.
I already had the counting rods and a set of multicolored paper
clips out to help him "visualize" the answer.  Sensing his
frustration, I dashed to the kitchen to grab the abacus.
     From the room already cluttered with manipulatives all over
the floor, I heard, "Mom, can't I pleeeeease just use my brain
     Submitted by Maureen S., Florida


God Loves You.
     Because we have been separated from God by sin, Jesus
Christ died in our place, then rose to life again.  If we trust
Him 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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