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Opening May 28!
Ken Ham, President/Chief Executive
Officer of Answers in Genesis, with one of
the dinosaur displays.
Answers in Genesis is opening a $27 million
revolutionary Creation Museum in northern
Kentucky, just two exits west of the
Cincinnati Airport, on May 28.
The Creation Museum is a one-of-a-kind,
high-tech museum, filled with animatronic
displays (e.g., moving dinosaurs), striking
videos, a state-of-the-art planetarium,
Special Effects Theater, and more.
The striking exhibits, designed by a former
Universal Studios exhibit director,
demonstrate to guests that the Bible is the
"true history book of the universe" as they
take a time journey through a visual
presentation of the "Seven C's of History"
according to Scripture: Creation, Corruption,
Catastrophe, Confusion, Christ, Cross, and
Throughout this family-friendly experience,
visitors will learn how to answer the attacks
on the Bible's authority in geology, biology,
anthropology, cosmology, etc. They will also
discover how science actually confirms
information on all aspects of home education. • Practical ideas to
use with your children. • Dozens of Internet
links for more information!
Some of our subscribers have printed out
past issues and filed them in a notebook for
Celebrating Memorial Day
Memorial Day (originally called Decoration
Day because graves were decorated with
flowers) is a day of remembrance for those
who have died in our nation's service.
of Veterans Affairs website to learn about
Ways To Observe Memorial Day
1. Pray (This is a Day of Prayer)
"On Memorial Day, Americans pause with solemn
gratitude and deep respect for all our fallen
service men and women who have given their
lives for our country and our freedom.
"Now, therefore, I, George W. Bush, President
of the United States of America, do hereby
proclaim Memorial Day, May 28, 2007, as a day
of prayer for permanent peace, and I
designate the hour beginning in each locality
at 11:00 a.m. of that day as a time to unite
"Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
May they prosper who love you."
"I urge that entreaties and prayers,
petitions and thanksgivings,
be made on behalf of all men,
For kings and all who are
in authority, So that we may lead a tranquil
and quiet life
In all godliness and dignity.
"This is good and acceptable
in the sight of God our Savior,
who desires all men to be saved
and to come to the knowledge
of the truth." (1 Timothy 2:1-3)
4. Offer aid to the widows, widowers,
and orphans of the fallen dead in your community.
The Teaching Home
Teaching Home Back Issues
Many home schoolers have found information,
support from the writers who have contributed
to The Teaching
Home magazine over the last 23 years.
Fifty-one back issues are
offered online or by mail order.
The information, inspiration, and
encouragement packed into
each back issue never goes out of date.
relevant and applicable to your needs today.
Special Section: Studying God's
Creation (13 pages) includes:
• Teaching Evolution To
• Unit Studies: Six Days
• The Branches of
• Studying God's Creation
• Learning About God and
Ourselves Through Creation
• Giving God the Glory as We
Study His Creation
• Keeping a Nature Notebook
• A Yard Full of Nature
• Exploring Creation with Young
• Plus more
Regular Features include:
• Our Readers Write (letters)
• Summer Unit Study
• Selecting a Microscope
• Observing the Stars
• Father's Role in Home
• Home-School Co-ops
• High-School Transcript Tips
"Amazing Paper Airplanes"
Created by a grandfather for his grandson!
Find folding instructions for 11 paper
airplanes, simple to complex designs, plus
information about real airplanes that the
paper model resembles. AmazingPaperAirplanes.com
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Three Steps To Finish Your School Year
(with Checklists Included)
Step 1. Record Step 2. Evaluate Step 3. Celebrate
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As the end of your school year draws near,
don't just fade away, perhaps in
discouragement over perceived failure to
reach all your goals.
If you are not finished with the studies you
had planned to do this school year, you are
not alone! (Even most school teachers do not
finish all their plans.)
So do not panic, feel guilty, or envy those
who did finish on schedule.
Talk to the Lord and your husband and
consider continuing a few selected studies at
a more relaxed pace during the summer.
We hope that you will be able to focus on the
progress you did make this year and the many
good times your family has had together.
Don't forget to thank the Lord for the
opportunity and freedom to home school, and
for the guidance, wisdom, and strength He
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Step 1: Record Your Accomplishments
Set aside a day or more to do the necessary
task of gathering, filing, and recording the
year's schoolwork. The rewards will be that:
• You can find your records
• Your children have
• You get more space for
more books and materials.
• You might even be able to
sell books you don't need anymore for some
extra cash to (you guessed it) buy more books!
Gather up all your schoolwork for the year,
then sort and dispose of everything
Schoolwork • Select samples of work
for each child in each area of their studies
to put in their permanent files.
• Send some samples to
grandparents (with the clear understanding
that they are free to toss them after
enjoying them for awhile).
• Give each child a certain
amount of space in which to keep what he
• Throw out the rest.
Books • Store some books for
• Shelve some books for
• Give some away (to a
family who needs them, your support group's
library, or a thrift store).
• Trade some with another
• Sell some at a local used
You might need to keep a record or a
portfolio of your children's studies to
comply with your state's laws or an umbrella
organization, as well as for your own benefit.
Choose any or all of the following options.
Depending on their ages, your children may be
able to help you with some.
Record the date
and student's name after he finishes
each concept on your scope and sequence chart
or list of educational goals.
Copy records of
family projects, unit studies, field
trips, etc. for each child's individual file
Keep a journal
for each day of a unit study, briefly listing
books read or activities done.
List all books
read by the family or individual students,
including the title, author, and publisher.
(A brief description of contents and your
personal evaluation will make this list more
valuable to you and your children in the future.)
and writing assignments in a notebook or file.
Take photos of
art, craft, and science projects and
activities such as plays, costumes, and field
trips. You can use a computer scanner or
digital camera to create a CD containing
these photos as well as pages of school work,
Put your records
in a labeled box for the year or for each child.
Create a yearbook by placing photos, sample
work, and other memorabilia in a scrapbook. • See Creative Memories' idea
center. • Make a family photo album
albums! • Slides or digital photos
can be composed into a digital photo
album or put onto a CD and copied for
each of your children and other relatives.
Tape record some of your family's answers to
the evaluation questions below (especially
the positive ones!) as a sound recording of
your school year.
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Step 2: Evaluate Your School Year
Use this checklist or make your own to see
what went right and what went wrong this year
so that you can adjust for next year.
This needs to be done now, while things are
fresh in your mind!
You might want to discuss these items as a
family and/or do a private interview with
each member to get a complete picture.
Be sure to include your husband and each
child for their individual perspectives. You
will need to adapt the questions for each one
(e.g., Dad: Do you know what our children
learned this year? What would you have liked
them to learn that they did not learn?).
Please do not let this evaluation discourage
you! Rejoice and thank the Lord for what
went well and learn from weak areas so that
you do even better next year.
What did you like best
about our home school this year?
What did you like least
about our home school this year?
What did you learn?
What did you not learn
that you would have liked to?
Were basic foundational
skills of reading, language, and math
improved, mastered, reviewed, and practiced
Were specific facts
connected to the big picture of overall
knowledge through the use of a globe, maps,
timelines, charts, and related information?
Did we use a variety of
teaching methods and materials, (e.g.,
textbooks, workbooks, unit studies, hands-on
activities, computer software, library or
supervised Internet research, field trips,
oral and written reports)?
Were thinking skills
taught and encouraged by the types of
discussions we had (e.g., comprehension,
knowledge, analysis, synthesis, application,
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23, 25-26, and 28-30.
educational resources available and their use
encouraged and modeled (e.g., reference
books, videos, audio tapes, educational
games, software, and supervised Internet use)?
Was there enough good
supplemental reading done as a family or
Were there time,
resources, and encouragement available to
pursue individual interests?
Did your family read
God's Word and pray together daily?
Were Bible knowledge
and Bible study skills increased?
Were Bible reading and
memorization given at least as much
importance as academic studies?
Were subjects taught
from a Christian worldview?
development an important part of our school
(e.g., honor and obedience to mother and
father as teachers and parents; kindness to
siblings; diligence; truthfulness; and
attention to details in studies)?
Was child discipline
maintained in a simple, straightforward, and
kind manner? Were the rules and consequences
clear and consistently carried out?
Were there enough
positive motivations and negative consequences?
Were life skills
included in our training and related to
academic subjects (e.g., budgeting, cooking,
shopping, driving, cleaning, organizing,
scheduling, repairing, maintaining a house,
yard, and car, voting, finding information by
phone, letter, or supervised Internet use)?
Was the schedule
realistic and easy to keep? Too strict or
too lax? Was doing schoolwork a regular,
daily habit (along with chores and personal
Did we have a good
balance between group and independent study?
Were the classes we did
as a group interesting, and did they allow
each student to learn?
Was mother available
for individual help when needed? Was there a
need for alternative activities or procedures
when she was busy with another child?
Did we care for our
toddlers and babies in the best way for them
and for our studies?
Were the settings for
our studies appropriate and conducive to
learning (e.g., dining room table, couch,
Did we have enough, not
enough, or too much independent study? Were
there enough time, space, supervision, and
help available for these studies?
What got bogged down
that could have gone more quickly?
Were there enough
organization and planning for space,
materials, schedule, and chores?
Were there enough
varied experiences or too many outside
activities? Were our supplemental and
outside activities worth the time and effort?
Was the atmosphere of
our home warm, loving, and supportive?
What do you want to do
the same or differently next year?
Use Your Evaluation To Plan Your Next Year
Use your evaluation outcomes to make general,
broad plans for next year and for your summer
studies. You can do specific and detailed
planning later; this is just to be sure you
include the valuable input from this year's
Make quick notes beside certain answers on
your evaluation forms. Then set dates for
your comprehensive planning for next year,
allowing time to purchase and become familiar
with any new curriculum.
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Step 3: Celebrate and Share
A celebration gives a nice closure to this
section of your studies and ends the school
year on a positive note which will help
propel you forward into your next scheduled
studies or activities.
1. Praise the Lord!
As a family, thank the Lord for your family,
for the opportunity and freedom to home
school, and for the guidance, wisdom, and
strength He provided this year.
2. Plan an Event
• Invite neighbors,
friends, or relatives to an open house. This
can be combined with another family if
Show displays of schoolwork, projects, and
Give oral, musical, or dramatic
• Have a party, dinner, or
picnic with another home-school family or
• Take an educational field
trip or an outing just for fun with your
family or others.
3. Find someone else that you can
encourage and help.
Reach out to another family that is home
schooling or is considering home schooling.
Point them to the Lord to find the guidance,
wisdom, and strength that they need. Offer
moral support and practical help.