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Pray for Our President

"Therefore, I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men,

For kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.

For 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."

(I Timothy 2: 1-4)

•  Pray for President Bush that he will seek, know, and follow the Lord's will in leading our nation, and that he will be protected, and be strong physically and spiritually.

•  Pray regarding the upcoming elections, that God to raise up righteous leaders.

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Ordinals and Cardinals

Our little kindergarten boy is a big fan of baseball. The other day we were working on ordinal numbers (first, second, etc.). With his number line in front of him, he was to point to the number and call out the ordinal name.

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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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In This Issue:
Valentine's Day: February 14
Presidents' Day: February 18


Special days during this month provide interest and motivation for studying topics on history and love.  These also offer variety in your midwinter studies.

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Valentine's Day:
Time for a Talk about True Love and Purity

This Valentine's Day might be a good opportunity to talk to your children about the difference between real love between a man and a woman (e.g., unselfishly seeking the welfare of the other and committing to life-long marriage) and the world's use of the word "love."

Depending on the ages of your children, you might need to scale it down for all of them, and then have a more specific conversation with your older children.

Do not assume that Christian children, growing up in a godly Christian home, know about these issues. You need to come straight out and talk about them.

For instance, many or most will agree with the concept of keeping themselves pure until marriage, but what exactly does that mean to you? To them? And how is that ensured?

One of the most basic rules of conduct for you and your children is:

Never be alone with a member of the opposite sex unless you are married to him/her or he/she is part of your immediate family.

This rule was common for all decent people, Christians or not, in our country until relatively recently when the practice of dating became common. This rule:

•  Protects you and another from temptation too great to bear.

•  Protects you from abuse or harm.

•  Protects your reputation from false accusations.

•  Provides a good example so that others may enjoy the same protections.


"Not Even a Hint: Guarding Your Heart Against Lust" by Joshua Harris. Also "I Kissed Dating Goodbye" and "Boy Meets Girl" at

What Love Is Like

God tells us in I Corinthians 13:4-8 what love is like. Here are a few thoughts to stimulate your further consideration.

1.  Love is patient.

We are loving when we are willing to give up our time in consideration of someone else or to explain a math concept yet again.

2.  Love is kind.

Sometimes we need to stop and evaluate whether it is real kindness, or the easy way out, when we fail to lovingly confront a problem with a loved one or discipline our children.

3.  Love does not envy.

We might not recognize it as such when we envy another home schooler who apparently has it all together when we feel that we do not.

4.  Love does not brag.

It is sometimes a fine line between affirming the benefits of home schooling and bragging.

5.  Love is not arrogant.

This might be a temptation when we are standing up for our rights or what we think is right.

6.  Love does not act unbecomingly.

A test for this one might be: would we act and talk the same way to our family if a friend were present?

7.  Love does not seek his/her own.

Selflessness is a true badge of love. This is not the world's way, but God will reward us for it.

8.  Love is not easily provoked.

If we find ourselves taking everything the wrong way, it's time to realize that we need love "to cover a multitude of sins."

9.  Love thinks no evil.

Give others the benefit of the doubt and don't jump to the worst conclusion. Don't hold a grudge or remember past wrongs.

10.  Love does not rejoice in iniquity.

The failure of public education should make us sympathize with those harmed, not rejoice that the schools are so bad.

11.  Love rejoices in the truth.

We should be happy when justice is done.

12.  Love bears and endures all things.

Yes, life is hard, but love enables us to bear wrongs against us, even by those we love.

13.  Love believes and hopes all things.

Oh, the many mothers who have never given up on their families, but have prayed and believed, and hoped that they would follow the Lord!

How can we attain these wonderful characteristics of love?

The Holy Spirit produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self- control in the lives of those who abide in Him (Galatians 5:22, 23).

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Activities for Presidents' Day

Since 1971 Presidents' Day has been observed on the third Monday of February, honoring all past presidents of the United States of America.

Choose from the following activities for a one-day unit study.

1. Learn about Presidents' Day.

Presidents' Day with information on Washington and Lincoln at

Annie's Presidents' Day Page. Information, activities, and links at

2. Memorize the names of the 43 presidents.

Also study their major contributions, and learn to recognize their portraits.

3. Research the presidents of the United States.

See background information, election results, cabinet members, notable events, and points of interest for each of the presidents. You will find links to biographies, homes, monuments, documents, audio and video files, and other sites at

4. See a biographical sketch and portrait of each president at and

5. Compare and contrast the lives of Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin—born on the same day, but their lives had completely different effects! See

6. See speeches and documents of all the presidents at

7. Find lots of interesting information about our presidents at

8. Read the Christian testimony of Washington and Lincoln at and

9. Listen to the voices of 22 American presidents. at

10. Make a presidential timeline. (1789 to the present)

•  Alternate red, white, and blue strips of paper; each the length of a President's term (i.e., 1/2 inch per year = 9 ft. total).

•  Label your timeline with dates and presidents' names.

•  Add a small portrait (printed off the Internet or drawn) of each president. (See link above.)

•  Add major events in U.S. history. See

11. Draw or paint a portrait gallery of our past presidents. or some of the ones that you admire most.  See portraits at

12. Draw the presidential seal. See

13. Color portraits of the presidents.

•  Use crayons or colored pencils. See a page for each at

•  See many coloring techniques with crayons, markers, colored pencils, and paints at

14. Study the Poem "O Captain, My Captain."

This poem was written by Walt Whitman about the assassination of President Lincoln.

•  Recite or read the poem with appropriate expression.

•  Study the meaning of the poem. See poem and link to "poem explanation" at

15. Listen to, learn to play, or sing "Hail to the Chief" at

16. Visit the White House at

•  Tours and activities for younger and older children.


•  White House and Washington, D.C. information and activities at

•  Check your local library or video store for videos on the White House (by A&E).


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