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For 27 Years The Teaching Home Has Been Providing Families
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Cindy Short and Sue Welch, Co-Editors

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Prepare Now
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Tract Evangelism is an effective way to spread the Good News of God's love and offer of salvation to all.

Good News & Crossway offers 11 Halloween tracts for children (one in Spanish) using various Bible translations.  You can read the full text of each tract online.  Tracts usually ship within 2-3 business days.

White Ribbon Against
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The White Ribbon Against Pornography is intended to educate the public about the extent of the pornography problem and about what can legally be done to fight back against the flood tide of obscenity.

  • See a detailed list of activities an individual or group can do during WRAP Week and during the year at the Morality in Media website (select WRAP Campaign on the menu in the upper right-hand corner of the page).

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"Everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart." Matthew 5:28


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For 27 years, we at The Teaching Home have been providing information, inspiration, and encouragement to home educators from a distinctly Christian perspective.

This kind of support is more personal and warm than you might expect from just words on a page. It is actually real communication from the hearts of like-minded home schoolers who have been where you are, know what you need, and care enough about you to share with you in writing.

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How True It Is!

Our nighttime ritual consists of my husband reading to us (currently from the Little House books ), followed by a passage from the Bible.  We then have a song time let my one of the children and close our time with everyone praying.

On this particular night, it was 6-year-old Jonathan's turn to lead the singing.  Everyone was tired and yawning and some of us were sick.  It had not been an easy day.

Jonathan put it all in perspective and put a smile back on my face when, as we sang "Jesus Loves Me," he sang, "Little ones to Him belong, They are work but He is strong."

Submitted by Geri H., Oregon

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In this issue we bring you a topical index of selected issues in our E-mail Newsletter Archives for your convenience in finding the information you need.

Finding Information

In addition to using the topical index below, you can use Google's Advanced Search to find information in our Newsletter Archives.

1. Place your desired word or phrase in the "Exact Phrase" box.

2. Place "" in the "with all of the words" box.

For example, you might remember reading something about Wilberforce in one of our issues and want to read it again.  Using the method above, you will be able to link directly to issue #178, read that article, and follow links to more information.

Repeated and Updated Subjects

Since our E-mail Newsletter began in May, 2002, several topics have been readdressed and updated from time to time and new resources and Internet links have been added to them.  We have selected the most recently updated issues for our Topical Index.

Some of the early issues have excellent, in-depth information (e.g., our 15-Part Series on Basic Skills), but may have some broken or outdated links.  We plan to continually update these in order to provide a comprehensive database of information on home education.

Using the Information

Some of our readers print out our newsletters and place them in a notebook for reference.  You might want to use the categories listed below to help you organize and find information, or you might want to keep this newsletter issue for later reference.

You can copy and paste the articles that you want to keep into an e-mail or word processing program and print it.  This is especially helpful if you want to highlight sections or use parts as a checklist in covering material with your children.

Free E-Mail Newsletters vs. Print Magazines

When we were no longer able to publish The Teaching Home print magazine, due to financial difficulties, we were happy to find an alternative means of fulfilling our mission statement of providing home-schooling families with information, inspiration, and encouragement from a distinctively Christian perspective.

We would love to resume the publication of a print magazine and know that many of our former readers would prefer print to e-mail, but are not able to at this time.

However, we have found many unique benefits of the e-mail newsletters, including:

 •  The low cost, enabling us to provide them free to all.

 •  The expansion of information provided by links to online data and free resources.

 •  The timeliness of issues.

 •  The shorter and more focused topics presented in a succinct, bottom-line format that fit a busy schedule.

The amount of content in two months of weekly e-mail newsletters is almost the same as was carried in one issue of our bi-monthly print magazine — all at no subscription cost to you!

In fact, we have made available the equivalent of at least three years of magazine content in our online Newsletter Archives.


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The large selection and wide variety of quality resources that we present for your consideration is also intended to help you in your choice of educational materials — a big and important part of your home education.

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

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Spiritual / Family


New Year; Bible Reading, #175

Make the Lord the Center of Your Home School, #92

Mission Statement, Goals

Benefits of Home Schooling, #122

7 Steps to Choosing Curriculum, #82

Setting Goals, #81

Your Family Mission Statement, #80

Mothers, Fathers

The Godly Mother, #182

How To Make Every Day Father's Day, #8

Child Discipline and Training

Relationships with Your Children, #181

Responsibility and Success, #110

Life Skills, #85

Character Development: What To Teach, #87

Character Development: How To Help Your Children, #88

Habits: The Advantages of Habits, #89

Habits: 17 Ways To Form Good Habits, #90

How To Establish Child Training, Discipline, and Family Responsibilities; 7 Ways To Teach Responsibility through Chores, #45



Help for Your Home School

Your Support Sources, #192

Troubleshooting Your Home School, #168

Make Your Home School Run More Smoothly, #166

Ten Things I Wish I Had Known, #148

Top Ten Tips for April 1st (Humor), #149

Rejuvenate Your Home School, #144

Organizing Your Home School

Orientation Week, #190

Back to Home School, Part 1, #187

Back to Home School, Part 2, #188

Back to Home School, Part 3, #189

Getting Your House in Order, #84

Organization: A Key to a Peaceful Life, #46

Back-to-HOME-School, Part 1, #12

Back-to-HOME-School, Part 2, #13

Back-to-HOME-School, Part 3, #14

Back-to-HOME-School, Part 4, #15


Creativity: Exploring Creativity, #136

Creativity: Exploring Creativity, #137

Creativity: Facilitating Creativity, #141

Creativity: Guiding and Applying Creativity, #142


15 Ways To Motivate Your Child To Learn, Part 1, #93

15 Ways To Motivate Your Child To Learn, Part 2, #94

Unit Studies, How Tos

Unit Studies, Part 1: All About Unit Studies, #55

Unit Studies, Part 2: Unit Studies: Your Versatile Teaching Tool; 6 Steps To Planning Your Own Unit Study, #56


Learning Styles, #127

Learning Obstacles, #114

Research on Home Education, #107

Make National Contests a Learning Experience, #135

Getting the Most Out of Home-School Conventions, Conferences, and Book Fairs, #73

Finishing Your School Year

Achievement Tests, #179

Three Steps To Finish Your School Year, #183

How To Make a Strong Finish for Your School Year, #75

Finishing the Course: College at Home, #83


Subject Areas


The Basics: Reading, #97

Listening, #18

Word Analysis, #19

Vocabulary, #21

Reading Comprehension: Facts, #23

Reading Comprehension: Inferences; Literature-Based Unit Studies, #25

Reading Comprehension: Inferences; Using Study Guides for Literature; 100+ Creative Book Reports / Unit Study Activities, #26

Reading Comprehension: Analysis and Synthesis; Progression in Learning, #28

Reading Comprehension: Application; Bible Reading & Comprehension, #29

Reading Comprehension: Evaluation; Teaching Discernment Through Literature, #30

Writing, Penmanship, Grammar, and Spelling

The Basics: Writing, #98

Spelling, #32

Grammar, #34

Penmanship, #35

Writing, Part 1, #36

Writing, Part 2, #37


The Basics: Math, #99

Government / Political Action

US Constitution, #191

Government, Part 1, #66

Government, Part 2, United States Government, #67

Government, Part 3, Our Responsibilities, #68

Presidential Election Unit Study, Part 1, #69

Presidential Election Unit Study, Part 2, #70


Geography: People, #145

Physical Geography, #146

Teaching Geography, #147

Integrating Geography, #153

Geography Today and Tomorrow, #156

Science & Nature

Enjoy the Fall Season, #134

Creation Science, #118

Feeding Birds, #106

Gardening Part 1, #116

Gardening Part 2, #117

Spring into Nature, #115


Health Education: Colds & Flu, #176

Your Child's Health Assessments, #11


Computers, Part 1, Computers: Learn To Use, #58

Computers, Part 2, Computers: Use To Learn, #59

Computers, Part 3-A, The Internet, #61

Computers, Part 3-B, More on the Internet, #62




The Occult, #170

The Protestant Reformation: A Unit Study, #53

The Faithful Few, Supplement to#53

Reform for Today; What To Do About Halloween?, #54

Thanksgiving Unit Study

Teaching Your Children To Be Thankful, #172

Thanksgiving Activities, #173

Thanksgiving Bible Study, #138

Christmas Unit Study

Preparing for Christmas, #174

Christmas Devotionals, #143

Christmas Unit Study, #57

Easter Unit Study

5-Day Easter Unit Study, #180

Other Holidays

Black History Month, #177

February Holidays, #108

Valentine's Day (Love), #65

4th of July, #40

Summer Activities

New Summer Ideas 1-10, #157

Summer Ideas 11-20, #158

Summer Ideas 21-30, #159

Summer Ideas 31-40, #160

Summer Ideas 41-50, #161

Summer Ideas 51-60, #162

Summer Ideas 61-70, #163

Summer Ideas 71-80, #164

Summer School, #125

Summer Reading, #126

Summer Options, #79


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