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                 Information, Inspiration, and Encouragement
    From a Distinctively Christian Perspective of Home Education
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Table of Contents

Where To Look for the Support You Need
To Home School This Year
     Look to the Lord as Your First and Best Support
     Look for Support at Home
     Look for Support from Other People
     We Want To Help You!
Recommended Resources
     Online Christian Worldview Course
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     "Journaling Toward Moral Excellence"
Sunnyside Up: Humorous Anecdote


     As you start this school year, you might feel like you can't
do it alone -- and you're probably right.  But the good news is
that you don't have to go it alone.
     In this issue we remind you that there is more than enough
support available to you to successfully see you through the year.
     "The joy of the Lord will be your strength."  Relax and have
a good time learning with your children this year!

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Where To Look for the Support You Need
To Home School This Year
     Don't try to tough it out all alone.  Line up your support
team now for smoother sailing; don't wait until it's too late.

Look to the Lord
as Your First and Best Support
     Others may let you down or fail to fulfill your needs, but
not God.  Go to Him first for the support you need.

     "My soul, wait thou only upon God;
          for my expectation is from Him.
     He only is my rock and my salvation:
          He is my defense;
     I shall not be moved.

     In God is my salvation and my glory:
          the rock of my strength,
          and my refuge, is in God.
     Trust in him at all times; ye people,
          pour out your heart before him:
     God is a refuge for us."
          (Psalms 62:5-8)

     "I waited patiently for the Lord;
          and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.
     Blessed is that man that maketh the Lord his trust."
          (Psalms 40:1, 4a)

1.  The Lord Is Always There 24/7.
     You don't have to wait for next month's support group
meeting or until someone else is available to help you.  You can
call on the Lord at any time, day or night.  His invitations and
promises to you assure that you will never become a burden to

     "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden,
          and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28)

     "I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." (Hebrews 13:5)

2.  The Lord Is All-Knowing and All-Wise.
     The Lord knows exactly what you are going through and how
you feel.  He knows precisely what your family needs, both now
and in the future.  He is willing to share this wisdom with you;
all you have to do is ask.

     "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God,
          that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not;
          and it shall be given him.
     But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering." (James 1:5-6a)

     "For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched
          with the feeling of our infirmities;
     but was in all points tempted like as we are,
          yet without sin.
     Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace,
          that we may obtain mercy,
          and find grace to help in time of need."
          (Hebrews 4:15-16)

3.  The Lord Is Loving and Kind.
     The Lord loves you and your family with unfathomable, pure,
and unfailing love.

     "Behold, what manner of love the Father
          hath bestowed upon us,
          that we should be called the sons of God." (I John 3:1)

     "Casting all your care upon him;
          for he careth for you." (I Peter 5:7)

     He will give you what is best in His time and in His way.
This is where our trust in Him must be implicit.

     "But without faith it is impossible to please Him (God)."
          (Hebrews 11:6)

     "And we know that all things work together for good
          to them that love God." (Romans 8:28)

How To Avail Yourself
of the Lord's Wonderful Support
     Sadly enough, we all too often fail to receive the gracious
gifts of our Lord for various reasons.
 •  We get into the habit of trying to meet our own needs,
     forgetting to turn to the Lord.
 •  The physical world can seem more real to us than the unseen
     spiritual world.
     We can correct this habit and misperception and find our
Lord's aid and fellowship in the following ways:

1.  Spend time daily in reading, studying, memorizing,
     and meditating on God's Word.
     Morning, noon, and night is not too much.
 •  Morning - Have your private time with the Lord.
 •  Noon - Read, study, or memorize Scripture in your school time
     or at the lunch table.
 •  Evening - Have family Bible reading at the table or before
     bed with Dad.
     It is in His written revelation to us that we meet the Lord
and He speaks to us.

     The law of the Lord is perfect,
          Restoring the soul;
     The testimony of the Lord is sure,
          Making wise the simple.
     The precepts of the Lord are right,
          Rejoicing the heart
     Psalms 19:7-8a

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started at any time and is divided into three readings each day
for six days per week.

2.  Fill your life with good Christian music.
     Music is a powerful influence in our lives.  Both the words
and the style of the old hymns of the faith carry a message that
honors the Lord and reminds you of Him and His attributes.
     Although constant background music can be distracting and
lose its impact, there are many times during the day that
listening to, or singing, Christian songs can turn your thoughts
to the Lord.
     You might want to lead your children in a chorus or hymn
each time you read from God's Word.

     "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom;
          teaching and admonishing one another
          in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
     singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord."
          (Colossians 3:16)

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3.  Talk to the Lord frequently throughout the day.
     It might be hard to visualize the Lord beside you all day
long, but if you engage in conversational prayer with Him
throughout the day, you will be reminded of, and comforted by,
His presence.

     Be anxious for nothing,
          but in everything by prayer and supplication
          with thanksgiving
     let your requests be made known to God.
          Philippians 4:6


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Look for Support at Home
     Your family comprises a support group for you, your husband,
and your children.  Here is how you can give and receive support
right at home.

1. Start with Yourself

Set Realistic Expectations
     God does not ask us to do more than we are able.  It is up
to us to make sure we don't load ourselves down with extra
projects of our own devising that he did not intend.
 •  Don't get carried away with extra-curricular activities; you
     need to be home to home school!
 •  If you are overwhelmed already, consider some of our
     suggestions for efficient school schedules in our
     Back-to-Home-School Checklist.
 •  Cut back and slow down until you can manage your goals.  It
     is better to do a little well and then add more back in as
     you can.

Maintain Your Health
     We must also be good stewards of the resources He has given
us, including our own health.  We are not free to indulge in
excesses, but must eat, work, and rest in ways that preserve our
ability to accomplish His purposes.  We all know the basic rules:

 •  Eat healthily; drop extra pounds.
 •  Drink enough water.
 •  Exercise regularly, but reasonably.  A daily walk with your
     family promotes family unity as well as physical health.
 •  Deal with stress and problems God's way, don't let them build up.
 •  Take time to relax and enjoy your family.
 •  Get your full amount of sleep every night.

     You cannot get enough support from others to make up for a
disregard of the laws of cause and effect that God has ordained.

2. Don't Overlook Your Spouse
     Maintaining a loving relationship with your spouse will
naturally be a great support to you.  And remember, you are his
support system too.
     While your spouse is your closest human support and should
be kept aware of your thoughts and feelings, problems and
struggles, he should not feel that he is solely responsible to
"fix" everything.  Let him know that you have other resources,
and discuss options together with the confidence you gain from
trusting the Lord.
     It might help to obtain a book and show it to your husband
to reassure him of the validity and benefits of home schooling.

 •  "Worldwide Guide to Homeschooling: Facts and Stats on the
     Benefits of Home School" by Dr. Brian Ray
 •  "Home Schooling: The Right Choice" by Christopher J. Klicka

     Your spouse may need some practical suggestions for ways to
support you.
 •  Perhaps you only need 15 or 20 minutes at the end of each
     day to debrief each other and pray about any situations that
     have arisen.
 •  Agree on standards for your children's behavior and a system
     for their consistent discipline.
 •  Plan times to relax together.

          "We need to pray for our husbands that they will be
     good leaders and sources of wisdom.  And we need to ask
      for their input with a humble heart."  -- Meredith Curtis

3. Look to Your Family
     Home schoolers recognize the value of the family unit. Let
it support you. Enlist the help and support of your children.
Grandparents or other relatives may offer support as well.
     Your family will need help in knowing how to support you.
 •  You may need to tell your children, "I really love you and
     love teaching you, but I need a little extra help in keeping
     up with the chores.  A word of encouragement or a hug would
     sure come in handy too!"
 •  Be sure you model support and encouragement in the way you
     interact with your family at all times.
 •  Family members can, and should, be each others' best friends
     and supporters.  Talk to your children about helping each
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Look for Support from Other People

1.  Look to Good Friends
     Just one faithful, sympathetic, and praying friend can offer
a tremendous amount of support.  This informal "support group"
can meet on the phone whenever the need or opportunity arises or
once a week at a specified time.
     Caution:  Don't let this good friend take the place of the
Lord or your spouse.
     When like-minded home-school families spend time together,
they provide needed support and encouragement for the whole

          "As we spend time together, there is a sense that
     we are not alone.  Others share our convictions and
     values.  This has been such an encouragement to our
     family over the years!" -- Meredith Curtis

2.  Consider Mentoring
     Veteran home educators should consider what they have to
offer beginners.  New home schoolers can look for veteran home
educators to mentor them.  A regular time together or an
occasional phone call can make a big difference!
     A local support group may be able to help you find a mentor.

          "I remember, when I first started home schooling,
     looking with great admiration at anyone who had home
     schooled for three years.  These women had so much
     experience and knew the ropes!  I sat at their feet in
     awe, ate up every story they had to tell, and looked to
     them for advice.
          "I think perhaps the most helpful thing my
     experienced home-school friends did for me was to
     encourage me to relax and enjoy our children, to let
     them learn at their own pace, and to prioritize.
          "Those ladies took time from their busy schedules
     to encourage, inspire, and instruct me.  I owe them a
     debt of gratitude.
          "It occurred to me that this is an area where
     'freely you have received, freely give.'
          "I'd like to inspire those of you who are
     'veteran' home schoolers to budget some time for
     mentoring those who are beginning."
     -- Michael and Alyce-Kay Garrett, California.

3.  Look to a Support Group
     Support Groups may consist of only two families, or they may
be large and offer many functions and activities.
     Involvement with your local Christian home-school group
can provide encouragement, fellowship, educational opportunities,
field trips, academic training and information, solutions to your
problems, and answers for your questions.

 •  Don't become overwhelmed by trying to participate in all the
     activities offered by your support group.
 •  Look for a group that will support your family's standards.

          "The thing that I appreciate the most about our
     support group is the fact that all of these wonderful
     people are brothers and sisters in the Lord.  We all
     have the same dedication and commitment to raise up
     a godly generation that seeks the Lord."
     -- Mrs. James D., Ohio

     To find a local support group in your area, go to our
website and link to the website of a state organization in your

4.  Look to Your Local Church
     The fellowship and teaching of your local church provides
important support for your spiritual life.
     An ideal home-school support group might also be formed
within your church if fellow members are home schooling. It is
an added blessing to have a pastor who encourages you in your
home-school efforts.

     "And let us consider one another
          to provoke unto love and to good works:
     Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together,
          as the manner of some is;
     but exhorting one another:
          and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching."
     (Hebrews 10:24-25)


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communication from the hearts of like-minded home schoolers who
have been where you are, know what you need, and care enough
about you to share with you in writing.

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Sunnyside Up: Strange Metamorphoses
     Nicholas, 4, was helping work outside while we talked about
God's wonderful creation. I came across a caterpillar and
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     Curious to see what he remembered, I asked Nick if he knew
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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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