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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

The heavens are telling
    of the glory of God;

And their expanse is declaring
    the work of His hands.

Psalm 19:1

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Hurricane Ike
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You Can Help Home-School Families Who Suffered Loss

During Hurricane Ike, some home-school families lost curricula and, in some cases, books and educational materials collected over many years.

Two organizations are providing help and invite you to contribute.

Texas Home School Coalition

"First, we would encourage you to pray for these families," says Tim Lambert, THSC president.

THSC has established a Hurricane Ike Scholarship Fund for those who would like to contribute to help families in Texas replace home school curricula and educational materials.

When donating online, type "Ike" in the special instruction field or call (806) 744-4441.

Home School Foundation

In response to the devastation caused by recent hurricanes along the Gulf Coast and flooding in the Midwest, the Home School Foundation, a division of Home School Legal Defense Association, is seeking funds for its Emergency Response Program.

Contributions to this program will assist families with replacing lost or destroyed curriculum and meeting emergency needs.

If you know of homeschooling families who need assistance, please have them call 540-338-8688 or email

If you would like to make a gift to help these families, donate online or send your check, payable to Home School Foundation, memo - Hurricane, and mail to Home School Foundation, Box 1152, Purcellville VA 20134.

J. Michael Smith, HSLDA President, commented, "Long after the winds and rain have stopped, many families' lives will still be in upheaval.

"Please continue to pray for these families.  Our prayers and gifts can minister God's grace to them during their time of great need."

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The Writing Road to Reading

Recently, our daughters and I were making cards for Daddy.  Our 4-year-old watched while I wrote a few words, then proudly declared, "Mommy, I know how to write now."

I watched as she made some wave-like scribbles, and then I said, "That's really nice, Katie.  What does it say?"

Katie replied rather sadly, "I don't know.  I don't know how to read yet."

Submitted by P. H., Oregon

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Enjoy the Fall Season

1. Nature Walks
     •  Health Benefits
     •  Educational Benefits
     •  Relationship Benefits
     •  Spiritual Benefits

2. Decorate with Nature's Colors

3. Fall Crafts with Leaves

Recommended Resources
•  Beyond Phonics: Spelling, Reading and Vocabulary
•  Birch Court Books: Games and Activities
•  Steward Ship: Pilgrims Unit Study


Fall is a great time of year to enjoy the harvests, colorful changes, and wonders of God's world.

God has revealed Himself in nature. Appreciating and praising God for Himself and the wonders of the world He has created is an act of worship as shown over and over in the Psalms.

We hope that the ideas in this newsletter will help your family enjoy growing and learning together this fall.

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.

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1. Nature Walks

Schedule a regular daily walk together in your neighborhood or once a week in a nearby area of nature. As you establish and maintain this habit, you will realize many benefits as well as experiencing pure enjoyment.

A half-hour walk every day is ideal for most people. Other alternatives are to walk at least three times a week, for a longer or shorter time, or (as we have to do in rainy Oregon) whenever the weather is good enough.

 •  Check your library or the Internet to find parks and trails to explore.

Health Benefits

 •  Brisk walking is an excellent exercise for healthy bodies. Try to walk a mile in 20 minutes. However, you will still realize a benefit if you need to push a stroller along with you at a slower rate.

For more information, read about benefits and guidelines for walking in "Walking for Exercise and Pleasure" by The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

 •  Exercise reduces stress, and that can be a tremendous benefit to home educators and their families!

 •  Notice your children's posture and encourage them to stand and walk tall. You might need to have your child checked if he has an extreme stoop or looks lopsided.

Read about Scoliosis on Mayo Clinic's website.

 •  Also teach your children to breathe deeply as they walk.

 •  As the days get shorter, it is very beneficial to be in daylight and get some sun on your face.  This helps vitamin D production, can prevent depression, and aids in sleep. See information on Mayo Clinic's website.

Educational Benefits

 •  "Recess" provides a break in your studies so that your children will do better when they return.

 •  Observing nature firsthand can pique interest in science and other areas.

Find the section in your science book that teaches about leaves and/or read "Why Leaves Change Color," from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service:
     A simpler version for children
     More information for older students

 •  Separate colors in a fall leaf using Chromatography.

 •  Get a nature guide, and perhaps some binoculars, and learn the names of the plants, birds, and insects you see on your walk.

 •  Stop and sketch a close-up of a rock or leaf, or keep a nature diary, recording the changes in a particular tree each week.

Relationship Benefits

Walking along, removed from the scene of your daily life, you can get a different perspective and a unique opportunity to visit with your children in an informal setting.

Having this time to talk things through in a nonstressful time and place can greatly benefit your relationship with your child.

Really listen to your child; ask about his interests and what he is thinking about.

Spiritual Benefits

God has revealed Himself in nature.  Appreciating and praising God for Himself and the wonders of the world He has created is an act of worship as shown over and over in the Psalms.

 •  Memorize and repeat verses about nature declaring the glory of God, such as Psalm 19.

 •  Discuss spiritual matters. "You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up" (Deuteronomy 6:7).

 •  Learn hymns about nature, such as "How Great Thou Art," "Fairest Lord Jesus," and "This Is My Father's World," and sing them together when (or after) viewing nature.

Games and Activities Enrich Your
Home School with Easy and Fun Learning!


Build Vocabulary.  Rummy Roots and More Rummy Roots card games. 42 Greek and Latin roots per deck.

Develop Thinking Skills.  Mind Benders Series. Books and CDs with fun activities. Improves all subject areas.

Improve Latin.  Latin Words Sticker Book.

Teach a Very Active Child.  How to Get Your Child off the Refrigerator and on to Learning. Ways to teach a child with a short attention span everything from reading to history.

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2. Decorate with Nature's Colors

Bring the bounties and warm, vibrant colors of nature into your home.  These decorations:

 •  Are free or inexpensive.

 •  Are appropriate from September through Thanksgiving, and most will last that long.

 •  Allow your children to participate in selecting and arranging items, many that can be collected on your walks.

 •  Help you teach artistic principles of floral arranging and design.

Items to Use

Variety in size, shape, and color contributes to an attractive arrangement.

 •  Leaves – individual (pressed or unpressed) or on small branches

 •  Pumpkins and Gourds – Those with hard skins last longest; you can also wash and wax them

 •  Chrysanthemums – potted or cut

 •  Indian Corn

 •  Ribbons

 •  Bowls, Baskets, and Cornucopias – buy in thrift stores

How To Use

Use any combination of the above items.

 •  Groupings.  Example: Set a pumpkin in the middle of a wreath of fall leaves.

 •  Wreaths or garlands.  Example: Twist branches of leaves into a wreath or drape above a window or door.

 •  Bouquets.  Example: Arrange a simple bouquet of leaves with other items grouped around the base of the vase.

 •  Under Table Coverings.  Example: Place pressed leaves under a clear acetate or sheer table covering.

Where to Place Them

 •  Outside in front of your home or on your doorstep.

Example: Hollow out a pumpkin, pierce three small holes in the bottom, and use as a container for potting a fall chrysanthemum or simply set a potted plant inside. These are wonderful for front step decorations, and a great alternative for families who do not carve pumpkins, but love their looks for fall.  (Submitted by Sarah of

 •  Centerpiece on your table or mantel. Example: Place an arrangement on a pedestal cake platter.

 •  As hangings. Example: Braid Indian corn and hang it on a door.

 •  Large baskets with branches of leaves can be placed on the floor.

November Is a Great Month for a
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Our Pilgrims Package includes 8 resources:
1. Study of...Pilgrims (teachers guide)
2. Stories of the Pilgrims (read aloud)
3. History Pockets
4. Daily Life in the Pilgrim Colony (nonfiction)
5. If You Sailed on the Mayflower (nonfiction)
6. The Story of the Pilgrims (colorbook)
7. Pilgrims Flapbook packet (art/activities)
8. First Thanksgiving (sticker picture book)

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     Week 2 - Pilgrims in Holland
     Week 3 - Pilgrims on Mayflower
     Week 4 - Pilgrims in New World

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3. Fall Crafts with Leaves

What is more abundant and beautiful in the fall than leaves?

 •  Collect a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors. Be sure the leaves are not dry and crumbly.

 •  Press your leaves between two pieces of waxed paper in a phone book or under a stack of books overnight.

Now you are ready to use your leaves in a variety of ways.

1.  Wreath.  Cut a circle out of a sturdy paper plate and glue overlapping leaves around the circle. Add a raffia or other type of bow.

2.  Rubbings.  Arrange leaves face down (the veins are more pronounced on the under side) and place a piece of paper on top. Use a crayon without paper and rub it sideways across the paper to reveal the leaves underneath. You can also use aluminum foil and rub over it with with the side of a pencil.

3.  Bookmarks.  Paste one or more smaller leaves on a bookmark-size (2" x 8") poster board. Write anything you want on the bookmark, e.g., someone's name, and then cover with clear contact paper. Punch a hole in the top and add a ribbon.

4.  Leaf Prints.  Decorate cards, gift bags or wrap, or T-shirts. Brush acrylic paint on the underside of a leaf and place where desired. Cover with a paper towel and gently roll a rolling pin over the top and remove leaf.

See instructions for a fall leaves shirt.

5.  Waxing.  Place an arrangement of leaves between sheets of waxed paper sandwiched between a couple of dishcloths and quickly run a hot iron over the top. The wax will be transferred onto the leaves giving them a shiny appearance.

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