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With the 4th of July coming up soon, it's
time to start thinking about how you can
reach out to the unsaved in your
Festivals are great locations for passing out
tracts, witnessing one-on-one, and setting up
People at festivals are enjoying themselves
and planning to stay a while. For this reason
they will usually take time to talk to
Most small towns have at least one fireworks
show and a parade; in some larger cities you
may be able to attend three or four fireworks
It's easy to pass out patriotic tracts
simply start walking through the crowd
saying, "Happy Independence Day," "God bless
America," or even "Help save America," as you
give them out.
If anyone seems particularly friendly, stop
and chat with him a little bit, and then take
him through the Gospel.
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In This Issue: Get a Great Start to Summer
1. Show Dad Your Love and
2. Keep Learning a Little Each
3. Be a Good Neighbor
4. Read Aloud Together
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Show Dad Your Love and Appreciation
Often the deepest feelings of our hearts are
not expressed in words. This applies
to spouses, parents, and children as well as
Help your family learn to communicate their
love and appreciation to each other by
writing frequent letters or notes to each
other. Father's Day is a good time to start!
Whether you buy a ready-made Father's Day
card or make your own, add a personal note or
enclose a letter that tells Dad exactly how
you appreciate and love him.
Be specific in telling Dad what you admire
about his character and actions, with
examples such as:
"I like the way you show interest in me and
what I do. When you ask me what I did
today, I feel that you care for me."
"It was great that you helped our neighbors
when their car wouldn't start! You are
a good example of loving others."
We are all apt to take Dad for granted.
The list below may help you realize how much
you have to say to him (even if every item
does not apply).
Things You Can Thank Dad for:
Supporting your family's home education
Being a good leader.
Seeking wisdom from the Lord.
Listening to the children and to Mom's
Praying with and for the family.
Spending one-on-one time with each one in the
Letting children help him work around the
Taking children with him on errands.
His smile, good humor, and encouragement.
Things a Wife Can Say to Her
1. Express your purpose to
follow the Lord and
to be a good wife to him.
2. Tell him of your love,
admiration (be specific).
3. Tell him that you want to
help your children
love and honor him.
4. Tell him that you are praying
for him and all
the issues that you know he faces.
5. Thank him for his
faithfulness to your
6. Tell him that you want to
keep your home in
order and thank him for his patience when
other priorities (like your children) prevent
that from happening.
You may have heard stories of people whose
dearest possession is a letter from a
departed parent or a note of
too-often-neglected thanks. You can be
sure that Dad will treasure your words of
love and appreciation!
Read practical suggestions on "How To Make
Every Day Father's Day" in Newsletter
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Keep Learning a Little Each Day
These regularly repeated activities can help
your child review or retain the skills
learned during the past school year and even
gain some new ones, giving
him a big boost for the coming year.
Each of the following academic habits can be
done in a few minutes per day.
The secret is to use the power of habit and
tie short learning activities to other
regularly scheduled events. Small
amounts done regularly add up to quite a bonus.
You can do each activity each day or
alternate and do just one or two each day.
These are just a few examples. The
goal is to make it simple, fast, and fun.
Encourage your child to read a variety of
good books during a quiet time set aside each
day for personal reading.
Read together as a family (see below).
Ask your child to write a sentence,
paragraph, or journal entry every day.
Have him write a brief report of something
interesting he has learned which he could
read to Father at dinner.
For teaching tips on writing see Newsletters
3. Spelling and Vocabulary
Learn a vocabulary and/or spelling word each
day. You can use the same word for both
or learn two different words.
Choose spelling words from your child's
misspelled words or from the
Lists in a spelling book you are using.
Most Commonly Used Words" (making up 65%
of written material)
Most Commonly Used Words.
Often Misspelled Words (for older
students) with a mnemonic help to remember
See spelling teaching tips and a list of 100
most commonly used words in Newsletter
Choose words from your reading or from the
following lists for your older students:
List from the SAT practice test.
Collegiate Words with Brief
See vocabulary teaching tips and a list of
common prefixes and suffixes in Newsletter
Read the word, then pronounce and spell it
Write it out and place it where everyone can
Define the word and use it in a sentence.
Review the words often.
You can adapt this procedure to the learning
of a foreign language or sign language.
4. Basic Math Facts
Success and speed in mathematics depends on
instant recall of the basic math facts and
(addition, subtraction, multiplication, and
Frequent repetition (drill) is the key to
learning them thoroughly and retaining them.
Buy or make standard math flash cards or
download and print Triangular
Math Facts Cards.
Use the power of music (at home or in the
car) by listening to Classical
Music Math or Audio
You can also review last year's math by doing
one problem from the workbook each day.
5. Globe, Map, or Time-Line Study
Keep a globe, map, and time-line in a central
location and do one of these activities.
Have a 5- or 10-minute map search and check
off a list of objectives (continents, oceans,
countries, major cities, rivers, lakes,
mountains; see Newsletter
#146 or one of your textbooks).
Locate times and places that you encounter in
your reading, in the news, in missionary
prayer letters, etc. or methodically work
through a list of geographical or historical
items from one of your school books.
Do the above activity with a time-line and
list of events or people.
6. Bible Memory
Take a minute or two before each meal to say
a Bible memory verse together.
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Be a Good Neighbor
As light in this dark world, our
first assignment (after our own family) is
the area nearest us — our
neighborhood! ("You shall be My
witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea
and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of
the earth." Acts 1:8)
How can you be a witness to your neighbors
and still protect your children from harmful
1. Schedule and limit playtime
with neighbors so
that everyone will know what to expect.
State this as an invitation to children and
their parents (e.g., "You are welcome to come
play from 2:00 to 4:00, Monday through Thursday.)
2. Discuss your house rules in
(e.g., no bad language or attitudes, be kind
and considerate to all). Appropriate
consequences might be time out or end of
3. Add some activities to your
play, such as old fashioned games like those
in the left-hand column, marbles,
or an art project.
4. Ask your neighbor if it is OK
to include her
child in your family's read-aloud time (Bible
or Christian stories) or light academic
studies (see above). She might
appreciate some help for her child in a
5. Supervise (by sight
and hearing) all
interaction between children so that you can
correct attitudes and maintain the standards
of your family.
6. Invite your neighbors to
dinner or maybe a
4th of July barbecue or picnic. Prepare
by praying for them, and being ready to share
the Gospel with them.
Your neighbors might ask about why you are
home schooling. This is an excellent
opportunity to share the Gospel.
You will probably have to go outside your
comfort zone to be a light in your community,
but that is, after all, why we are teaching
and training our children for the Lord.
7. You might also organize a
block party for
later in the summer and set up a neighborhood
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Read Aloud Together
Reading is a pleasurable summer activity with
many benefits. Reading aloud together
as a family makes it that much better!
Bible Reading. In just 5 minutes per
day your family can read the entire New
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Select a worthwhile book that will keep the
interest of all family members. If
your family has not read the all-time
greatest Christian classic, Pilgrim's
Progress, start with that or the "Little
House" series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, or an
exciting historical fiction book by G.A.
Henty, such as The Cat of
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Make this time relaxed and enjoyable, but
stop to explain or discuss items that come
Read with expression and at a slightly slower
Read together before or after a family
activity, such as a meal, Bible reading, or
Read at the table, sitting together on the
couch, or outside.
An alternative is to listen together (at home
or in the car) to an audio recording of good
literature, such as those from your local
library or Sing 'n