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                 Information, Inspiration, and Encouragement
    From a Distinctively Christian Perspective of Home Education
Cindy Short and Sue Welch, Co-Editors   /

Table of Contents

Enjoy the Fall Season
     Get Outside with Your Family
          1.  Health Benefits
          2.  Educational Benefits
          3.  Relationship Benefits
          4.  Spiritual Benefits
     Decorate with Nature's Colors
What To Do About Halloween
Recommended Resources
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Sunnyside Up: Humorous Anecdote


     Fall is a great time of year to enjoy the harvests, colorful
changes, and wonders of God's world.
     The world is preoccupied with themes of ghosts, witches,
death, fear, and horror at this time.  But we can turn our minds
to appreciating the bounty of the harvest God provides and the
beauty of Autumn in His creation.
     We hope that the ideas in this newsletter will help your family
enjoy growing and learning together this fall.
     May the Lord bless you and your family for His glory.

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Get Outside with Your Family
     Schedule a regular daily walk together in your neighborhood
or once a week in a nearby area of nature.  As you establish and
maintain this habit, you will realize many benefits as well as
experiencing pure enjoyment.
     A half-hour walk every day is ideal for most people.  Other
alternatives are to walk at least three times a week, for a
longer or shorter time, or (as we have to do in rainy Oregon)
whenever the weather is good enough.

1.  Health Benefits
 •  Brisk walking is an excellent exercise for healthy bodies.
     Try to walk a mile in 20 minutes.  However, you will still
     realize a benefit if you need to push a stroller along with you
     at a slower rate.

     For more information, read about benefits and guidelines for
walking in "Walking for Exercise and Pleasure" by The President's
Council on Physical Fitness and Sports at

 •  Exercise reduces stress, and that can be a tremendous benefit
     to home educators and their families!

 •  Notice your children's posture and encourage them to stand
     and walk tall.  You might need to have your child checked if
     he has an extreme stoop or looks lopsided.

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 •  Also teach your children to breathe deeply as they walk.

 •  As the days get shorter, it is very beneficial to be in
     daylight and get some sun on your face.  This helps vitamin D
     production, can prevent depression, and aids in sleep.


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Get Outside with Your Family (Continued)

2.  Educational Benefits
 •  "Recess" provides a break in your studies so that your
     children will do better when they return.

 •  Observing nature firsthand can pique interest in science
     and other areas.

     Find the section in your science book that teaches about leaves
     and/or read "Why Leaves Change Color," from the U.S.
     Department of Agriculture Forest Service.

     A simpler version for children:
     More information for older students:

     Leaf identification can also be learned:

 •  Get a nature guide, and perhaps some binoculars, and learn the
     names of the plants, birds, and insects you see on your walk.

 •  Stop and sketch a close-up of a rock or leaf, or keep a nature
     diary, recording the changes in a particular tree each week.


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Get Outside with Your Family (Continued)

3.  Relationship Benefits
     Walking along, removed from the scene of your daily life,
you can get a different perspective and a unique opportunity to
visit with your children in an informal setting.  Having this
time to talk things through in a nonstressful time and place can
greatly benefit your relationship with your child.

 •  Really listen to your child; ask about his interests and what
     he is thinking about.

4.  Spiritual Benefits
     God has revealed Himself in nature.  Appreciating and
praising God for Himself and the wonders of the world He has
created is an act of worship as shown over and over in the

 •  Memorize and repeat verses about nature declaring the glory
     of God, such as Psalm 19.

 •  Discuss spiritual matters.  "You shall teach them diligently
     to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your
     house and when you walk by the way and when you lie
     down and when you rise up" (Deuteronomy 6:7).

 •  Learn hymns about nature, such as "How Great Thou Art,"
     "Fairest Lord Jesus," and "This Is My Father's World," and
     sing them together when (or after) viewing nature.


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Decorate with Nature's Colors
     Bring the bounties and warm, vibrant colors of nature into
your home.  These decorations:
1.  Are free or inexpensive.
2.  Are appropriate from September through Thanksgiving, and
     most will last that long.
3.  Allow your children to participate in selecting and arranging
     items, many that can be collected on your walks.
4.  Help you teach artistic principles.

Items to Use
     Variety in size, shape, and color contributes to an attractive
1.  Leaves - individual (pressed or unpressed) or on small branches
2.  Pumpkins and Gourds - Those with hard skins last longest; you
     can also wash and wax them
3.  Chrysanthemums - potted or cut
4.  Indian Corn
5.  Ribbons
6.  Bowls, Baskets, and Cornucopias - buy in thrift stores

How To Use
     Use any combination of the above items.
1.  Groupings.  Example:  Set a pumpkin in the middle of a
     wreath of fall leaves.
2.  Wreaths or garlands.  Example:  Twist branches of leaves
     into a wreath or drape above a window or door.
3.  Bouquets.  Example:  Arrange a simple bouquet of leaves
     with other items grouped around the base of the vase.
4.  Under Table Coverings.  Example:  Place pressed leaves
     under a clear acetate or sheer table covering.

Where to Place Them
1.  Outside in front of your home or on your doorstep.
     Example:  Hollow out a pumpkin, pierce three small holes in
     the bottom, and use as a container for potting a fall
     chrysanthemum or simply set a potted plant inside.  These are
     wonderful for front step decorations, and a great alternative for
     families who do not carve pumpkins, but love their looks for
     fall.  (Submitted by Sarah of
2.  Centerpiece on your table or mantel.  Example:  Place an
     arrangement on a pedestal cake platter.
3.  As hangings.  Example:  Braid Indian corn and hang it on a door.
4.  Large baskets with branches of leaves can be placed on the
     floor.  See more ideas and illustrations at


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What To Do About Halloween
     Each year as the world begins to decorate for Halloween, we
can either ignore the holiday or respond to it in a way that will
edify our families and others while honoring the Lord.
     Since we have dealt thoroughly with these issues in past
newsletters, we will not do so again this year, but will refer you
to our Newsletter Archive instead.

What To Do About Halloween (Newsletter #16)
 •  Use To Teach Truth
 •  Responses: Alternatives and Evangelism
 •  Tract Evangelism:  Advantages of Tracts, How To Use Tracts,

Unit Study on the Protestant Reformation (Newsletter #53)
     October 31st is Reformation Day, commemorating that date in
1517 when protestant reformer Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses
to a door.
 •  Teaching Our Children the Whole Truth

Reform for Today (Newsletter #54)
 •  Church Reform through Bible Study
 •  Political Reform Today
 •  How Home Schooling Avoids the State Religion
 •  The Superiority of Evangelism over Political Action


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Sunnyside Up: Environmentally Safe
     Our daughters and I were preparing for a bike ride. As I was
helping them with their helmets, I noticed Valerie, 4, pulling up
weeds and stuffing them into a small hole in her plastic tricycle.
     "What'cha doin', Val?" I grinned.
     Valerie replied, "Well, Dad, before we go for a ride, I have
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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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