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Tonight: Eclipse of the Moon
Star Gaze with Your Family
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|Tonight: August 28|
Eclipse of the Moon
A total eclipse of the Moon is visible
before or during dawn from the Central and
Western U.S. and Canada.
Easterners can watch the Moon sliding into
eclipse while dawn is brightening and the
Moon is dropping low in the west.
Details: partial eclipse begins at 3:51
a.m. CDT, total eclipse begins at 4:52,
totality ends at 6:23, and partial eclipse
ends at 7:24.
with Your Family|
Wonder together as a family at God's
"When I consider Your heavens, the work of
Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which
You have ordained; . . . O Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is Your name in all the earth!"
(Psalms 8:3, 9)
• Begin with a
good daily or weekly skywatching
guide or star map so that you know what
to look for.
• Pick a good
viewing spot: your back yard or out away from
• View on a
night without moonlight, so you can see
meteors, the Milky Way, and more stars.
• Start with
just your eyes to appreciate the expansive
beauty of the entire night sky.
• Add a quality
pair of binoculars. They are inexpensive,
portable, and enable you to find your target
• Learn about
the differences in telescope
features before selecting a telescope.
• Use a
reclining chair or lie on a sleeping bag.
• Get lots more
for becoming a stargazer and look for an observatory
with public access in your area.
• If your family
gets really interested in the stars, consider
using a unit study based on astronomy from Living
• See the many
links to more information at Astronomy
Education Resources and the U.S.
Naval Observatory's Astronomical Applications
• A new, free
online program, Google
Sky, lets users explore space and see
photos of the precise star formation overhead
based on their locale. Overlays outline
constellations, illustrate phases of the
moon, and show how the planets visible from
Earth orbit over two months.
You will also be intrigued and educated by
Google's free online Earth
program with satellite imagery, maps, terrain
and 3-D buildings that put the world's
geographic information at your fingertips.
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He May Suspect
a "Field Trip"!
One evening I decided to take my son to
see the overflowing Stillhouse Lake after our
area of Texas experienced critical flooding
from all of God's wonderful rain during the
months of June and July.
When I asked my son to hop in the car
because I was going to take him on a surprise
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Back to Home
School, Part 2
1. Establish Child Discipline
2. Set Up Daily Chores
3. Make Legal Arrangements To
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1. Establish Child Discipline
This back-to-home-school preparation will
be one that will make your sailing go much
Child discipline is not only one of your
most important tasks as a parent, but also
offers life-long benefits of peace and God's
blessings to you and your children. Child
discipline is an area where the father's
involvement is especially valuable.
God tells parents: "Chasten your son while
there is hope" (Prov. 19:18), and "Bring them
up in the training and admonition of the
Lord" (Eph. 6:4).
God's word to children is: "Obey your
parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor
your father and mother." (Eph 6:1-2)
Parents who do not have their children's
respect will have trouble getting their
cooperation and obedience. Gaining their
respect through proper relationships,
discipline, training, and example should be
the parents' top priority, whether or not
they are home schooling. Home schooling can
provide the incentive and optimum setting to
1. Get your child's
attention before giving him an instruction.
2. Your child should
meet your eyes and answer, "Yes,
3. Require instant,
4. Be consistent. Your
children must know you mean what you say.
5. Affirmation should
follow obedience; negative consequences are
appropriate when a child disobeys or rebels.
6. Make clear rules and
require your child to remember and obey them.
7. Use Scripture to
show your child the principles behind your
8. Lead your child to
salvation. Only after he is born again can
God's Spirit within produce true godly
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DVDs, and audio tapes by Dr.
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offers sound and practical helps in applying
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2. Set Up Daily Chores
This is another foundational
back-to-home-school preparation that will pay
dividends by making your home run smoothly
during school months.
Each member of the family can and should
have responsibilities that make a
contribution to the success of the whole
We can use chores as double duty -- to
keep our homes running efficiently and to
teach our children responsibility and life
Assign chores. A chore chart on the
refrigerator makes sure everyone knows what
their duties are, and checking off the jobs
that are done provides motivation.
For a simple list
of chores, read "Magic Minimum: Cleaning
Secret of Organized Families".
"Service Opportunities Chart" from Doorposts
will help you simplify chore assignments and
teach your children biblical principles of
Describe chores. Write out a 3x5 card
with the name of the chore, what it entails,
check points to tell if the job is completed,
the estimated time the job should take, and
what supplies to use.
Consider homemade, nontoxic, and low-cost
cleaning products. See recipes at www.OrganizedHome.com).
Also keep supplies close to the job, even
if that means two sets of supplies (e.g., for
the upstairs and downstairs bathrooms).
Take time to train your children how to do
each job to your standards and on time. Have
your child watch you do the job as you
explain it, then have him do the job while
you watch and offer confirmation or
• Read "Speed
Cleaning Tips from Cleaning Pros."
• Read "7
Ways To Teach Responsibility through Chores"
#45, "The Advantages of Habits" in Newsletter
#89, and "17 Ways To Form Good Habits" in
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3. Make Legal Arrangements To Homeschool
Avoid potential problems by making the
• Know your
home-school organization to learn how to
comply with your state's law.
joining Home School
Legal Defense Association.
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