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For 27 Years The Teaching Home Has Been Providing Families
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Taking Tea

Tea is a special treat to prepare for your family and friends. It can be simple or elaborate, served as a lunch, an afternoon tea, or even a end-of-summer party.

  • Start with a pot of tea!

  • Use your nicest tablecloths, dishes, and fresh flowers.

  • Make a variety of small tea sandwiches.

  • Accompany with fresh fruit.

  • Serve scones with whipped or clotted cream and jam.

  • Finish with a selection of dainty desserts.

  • See more recipes and ideas.

"Tea and Hospitality" is a home school unit study based on the topic of tea.


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Learn To Throw a Frisbee

A Frisbee (also called a flying disc) is something that anyone, old or young, can have fun throwing in their own backyard or a park.

  • Always keep a Frisbee available in your car.

  • Learn the basic throws and catches.

  • Learn how to play the team sport Ultimate Frisbee.

  • Find a Disc Golf course and learn how to play.

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Diet Shoes

I've been on a diet for what seems like all of my life. So my children have been exposed to "diet" food and "regular" food since they were young.

One summer morning, our 3-year-old came to our room with slippers on. He said, "Can I go outside?"

I said, "You have to get your regular shoes on first."

He hesitated a minute and looking down at his slippers he said, "Are these diet shoes?"

Submitted by Brenda W., West Virginia

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"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life." (John 3:16)

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Back to Home School, Part 3
1.  Buy Back-to-School Supplies
2.  Set Up Your School Space
3.  Organize Your Home Library
4.  Schedules: It's about Time

Recommended Resources
•  Christian Liberty Academy (K-12 Home School Program)
•  AVKO Multi-Sensory Language Arts
•  NorthStar Academy and NorthStar HomeSchool
•  How Great Thou Art (Christian Art Programs)


Here are a few more reminders for your preparations
to go back to home school.  These are taken from our "Checklist for Starting a School Year" — equally applicable for the first-time or veteran home educator!  You can see the complete list online.

May the Lord bless you and your family for His glory.

The Pat Welch Family, Publishers
Pat, Sue, Heather, Holly, and Brian

The Teaching Home is a home-school, family-run business operated in our home since 1980.

    Since 1967, the Christian Liberty Academy has provided families like yours with a flexible, affordable K-12 home school program that emphasizes godly education and academic excellence.
    Our CLASS Plan includes achievement testing, a complete and personally designed curriculum, teacher manuals/keys, grading and transcript services, as well as a recognized diploma.
    Visit today!

1. Buy Back-to-School Supplies

Part of the fun of starting a fresh new school year is the school supplies. These do not need to be many and expensive, but a few quality items will help things go more smoothly when you do start your classes.

Check to see if you have or need any of the following. Then assemble everything together (a place for everything) and you're ready to go.

•   Math flash cards

•   Up-to-date globe and maps of the world, U.S., etc.

•   Good, easy-to-use and/or children's dictionary; also Websters 1828 Dictionary or a one- or two-volume dictionary/encyclopedia

•   Quality rulers and compass from drafting or art store

•   Lined and art paper (check quality of bargain materials)

•   Looseleaf or spiral-bound notebooks with dividers

•   Sewn composition books

•   Manual pencil sharpener, mounted level on the wall

•   Good quality pencils, erasers, pens

•   Art supplies

•   Educational games (check in thrift stores)

AVKO (Audio, Visual, Kinesthetic, and Oral)
Offers a Multi-Sensory Approach
to Language Arts through Phonics
and Word Families.

 •    Individualized Keyboarding teaches reading and spelling skills as your child masters the keyboard.
 •    Let's Write Right teaches reading/spelling as the alphabet is learned.
 •    Sequential Spelling builds self-esteem.
 •    To Teach a Dyslexic is the readable and enjoyable autobiography of Don McCabe, a dyslexic who has become a widely recognized expert on dyslexia and head of AVKO.
     To try it before you buy it, or for information on dyslexia, visit our website. Complimentary samples and downloads. / 1-866-285-612

2. Set Up Your School Space

•   Determine what space you will use for school. This may vary from subject to subject or from child to child, but might include:

     - Kitchen table for math and writing.

     - Couches in living room for multi-age classes or reading.

     - Computer stations.

     - Desk for older child's independent study.

•   Also establish space where those not in school (preschoolers, husbands with a day off, etc.) can be free to enjoy themselves without disturbing students.

•   Set aside space for school and reference books, supplies, and records:

     - Use shelves, drawers, or sturdy plastic crates or boxes

     - Label clearly (with a child's name, subject, or item) so everyone knows where to return things

     - Ensure spaces are easily accessible and ample enough to add more items without crowding.

•   Find many innovative and practical ideas in "Storage Strategies for Homeschool Families."

NorthStar Academy
and NorthStar HomeSchool

Two options enable homeschool students to study at their own pace.
• NorthStar Academy is a teacher-led, nationally accredited, online school.
• NorthStar HomeSchool is a parent-led, homeschool and independent study program.   See NorthStar's website or the accompanying e-mail to learn more about these two programs!

3. Organize Your Home Library

Homeschoolers never have too many books; they just don't have enough bookshelves!

To organize your library, first go through all the books in your home and sort them:

•   Throw away any books that are not worth saving.

•   If you are keeping boxes of old workbooks that your children have done, consider removing the cover and a few sample pages from each one, then staple them together and file them.

•   Give away or sell duplicate books unless they are really great, hard-to-get books that you want to keep to loan out or save for your children's future libraries.

•   Check with friends who might want to trade curriculum.

•   Sell books in a yardsale or on the Internet on ABE Books or

•   Clean books as you go with safe methods that will help preserve them.

•   Store like books together in different places in your home.  Examples:

     - Children's personal reading books in their bedrooms.

     - Reference books in your library or family area.

     - Current school books all together by each child's grade.

     - Bibles and Bible study books.

     - Other like categories together.

•   You might want to safely store books that your children want to take with them when they start their own families.

When you have completed work on your library you should be able to find and use your books better!

Give Your Children
an Excellent Art Education
with How Great Thou Art

Choose from 14 curriculums that teach students of all ages the fundamentals of drawing, painting, color theory, and art appreciation. Written by Christian artist and art instructor Barry Stebbing.
    See quality supplies, art gallery, sample lessons, and class schedules at

4. Schedules: It's about Time

Determine Your School Year Schedule

Create a master calendar for the year that shows schooling days, vacations, start dates of major units, test dates, holidays, field trips, and events.

Choose the traditional nine months with 5-day weeks and three month summer break or set up your own year-round schedule like one of the following samples:

•   A four-day school week with three days off.

•   Three, four, or six weeks of school, then one week off.

•   Eight or ten weeks of school, then two weeks off.

Remember to take into account the number of school days or hours, if any, that you are required to document according to your state law.

Set up a Master Calendar

Keep a large calendar near the phone, set rules for accepting invitations and scheduling appointments, and mark the following:

•   Your home-school schedule (see above) including school days, test days, vacations, library days, field trips, and support group activities.

•   All of your family's appointments, church and social activities, music lessons, etc.

•   Birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, and special days.

•   Weekly goals for a long-range project.

This practice will greatly help your family's schedule to run smoothly!

Create Daily and Weekly Schedules

Use your family's daily and weekly schedules to incorporate your plans and goals. A time budget assures that urgent demands don't steal time from the important things you want and need to do.

•   Establish regular times for family meals, going to bed and getting up, chores, quiet times, schoolwork, play, family devotions, errands, church meetings, and family times.

•   Allow extra time to move from one activity to another. This will allow you to take care of personal needs, rest a bit, and have some leeway for the unexpected.

•   Post a copy where all can see it.

Plan Each Week in Advance

Make a practice of setting aside a regular time each week to plan in advance for the next week.

•   Set your weekly and daily goals.

•   Do your lesson planning for schoolwork.

•   Make lists of phone calls to be made, errands to be run, shopping to be done, details to be tended to.

•   Evaluate anything that is bothering you and think how you can fix it.

•   Coordinate your week with your husband.


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