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For 27 Years The Teaching Home Has Been Providing Families
Information, Inspiration, and Encouragement from a Distinctively Christian Perspective.
Cindy Short and Sue Welch, Co-Editors

Homeschoolers Win Landmark Case

A Great Victory for California Homeschoolers

by J. Michael Smith,
Home School Legal Defense Association President

On August 8, in a unanimous decision, the California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District reversed its earlier ruling which would have required homeschoolers to be certified teachers in order to homeschool in California. Instead the Court ruled that "California statutes permit home schooling as a species of private school education."

"It is unusual for an appellate court to grant a petition for rehearing as this court did in March," said HSLDA Chairman Mike Farris, "but it is truly remarkable for a court to completely reverse its own earlier opinion. We thank you for your prayers and give God the glory for this great victory."

The freedom to homeschool is a precious gift from God. But keeping it free requires vigilance and perseverance. We must continue to work together diligently to preserve this precious freedom in California and elsewhere.

See more information on HSLDA's website.

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Cultural Differences

Our 6-year-old nephew, David, who is home schooled in the Philippines, was telling our son about "the biggest number in the world."

Our 10-year-old niece, who is home schooled in Spain, overheard the conversation and informed David that there is no such thing – numbers go on forever.

Fully aware of the concept of cultural differences, David exclaimed, "Well, maybe there isn't a biggest number in Spain, but there is in the Philippines!"

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Because we have been separated from God by sin, Jesus Christ died in our place, then rose to life again. If we trust Him as our Savior and Lord, He will forgive our sin and give us eternal life.

"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 2 of 4

Ready Your Home for School

 1.  Clear Out and Clean Your Home

 2.  Establish Daily Chores and Routines

 3.  Set Up Your School Space

 4.  Organize Your Home Library

Recommended Resources

 •  Christian Liberty Academy School System
 •  Foundation for American Christian Education
 •  Doorposts: Character Training
 •  Hewitt's Lightning Literature & Composition


As you prepare to go back to home school, we hope that you will look forward to this opportunity of teaching and training your children with anticipation!

If you missed our last issue, you can view it in our online archives.  Newsletter #217 covered reaffirming your decision to home school, setting goals, arranging classes for highest efficiency, and selecting your curriculum.

All the topics in our Back-to-Home-School 4-part series are amplified from our Checklist for Starting a School Year.  We hope that these suggestions and reminders will help and encourage you!

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.

Christian Liberty Academy School System

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     Since 1967 we have provided families like yours with a flexible, affordable program offering Godly education and academic excellence for K-12.

     Our CLASS Plan includes books, teacher manuals, tests, answer keys, grading services, report cards, diploma, and transcript.

     See our CLASS and Family Plan Comparison Chart.  Both plans provide curriculum best fitted for your child based on achievement test scores and other academic information, as well as a math email helpline, and an algebra tutorial, at no extra cost.

CLASS Homeschools

1. Clear Out and Clean Your Home

Dejunk Your Home with the Four Box Method

What can you do this summer to make things a whole lot easier for you all year long? Dejunk your house!

The “Four-Box Dejunking Method” below is recommended by many experts to help you identify and dispose of clutter.

 •  Get four boxes and label them:
1)  Throw Away
2)  Give Away or Sell
3)  Storage
4)  Put Away

 •  Clear your home, room by room, and item by item.

 •  Make a decision about each item you pick up and place it in the correct box.

 •  Schedule time before you stop working each day to appropriately dispose of box contents.

In Newsletter #128, read more about becoming motivated to get your house in order, planning your decluttering strategies, finding a place for everything, and learning how to keep clutter out of your home.

See "Yard Sale Tips: How To Organize a Garage Sale."

Do a Thorough Cleaning

A thorough house cleaning from attic to basement may be easier to do during summer break.

 •  You might want to set aside a week, or a full or partial day each week, for cleaning until it is done.

 •  As you clean, continue using the 4-box method of getting rid of clutter.

 •  Find professional cleaning products and notes on how to use them at Don Aslett’s

 •  Clean each room and and deal with each and every item, nook, and cranny.  See a week-by-week, room-by-room cleaning plan.

 •  Clean as a team.  Assign each member of your family a chore (some may want to specialize) and see how much more you can do by working together.

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2. Establish Daily Chores
    and Routines

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 family.

We can use chores as double duty – to keep our homes running efficiently and to teach our children responsibility and life skills.


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 work.


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.

Cleaning Supplies

Consider homemade, nontoxic, and low-cost cleaning products.  See recipes at

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 correction.


 •  Read "Speed Cleaning Tips from Cleaning Pros."

 •  Read "7 Ways To Teach Responsibility through Chores" in Newsletter #45, "The Advantages of Habits" in Newsletter #89, and "17 Ways To Form Good Habits" in Newsletter #90.

Character Training at It's Best!

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     Find practical and innovative resources to help you raise up godly children who love and obey His Word.

     Topics include  • character  • discipline  • Bible study  • family worship  • chores  • sibling relations  • wives and husbands  • and more.

     We offer charts, books, unit studies, check lists, toys, and crafts.

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3. 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 books, 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."

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     Full-length novels, plays, essays, autobiographies, short stories, and poems are used to teach analytical reading and composition skills.

     Eleven High School Courses include American, British,
British Christian, Medieval, Shakespeare, Speech, and World Literature.

     Courses can be purchased as packs with all the required books, or the guides can be purchased alone.
Junior High Courses are available for grades 7 and 8.

Hewitt Homeschooling Resources
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4. 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.

 •  Instead of 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
- Reference books in your library or family area
- Current school books together by each child’s
- 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!


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