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Cindy Short and Sue Welch, Co-Editors
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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
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"First, we would encourage you to pray for
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In response to the devastation caused by
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Contributions to this program will assist
families with replacing lost or destroyed
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If you know of homeschooling families who
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If you would like to make a gift to help
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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."
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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
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"For God so loved the world, that He gave
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Enjoy the Fall Season
1. Nature Walks
2. Decorate with Nature's Colors
3. Fall Crafts with Leaves
• Beyond Phonics: Spelling,
Reading and Vocabulary
• Birch Court Books: Games and
• Steward Ship: Pilgrims Unit
Fall is a great time of year to enjoy the
harvests, colorful changes, and wonders of
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
We hope that the ideas in this newsletter
will help your family enjoy growing and
learning together this fall.
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Pat, Sue, Heather, Holly, and Brian
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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
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.
your library or the Internet to find parks
and trails to explore.
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
• Exercise reduces
stress, and that can be a tremendous benefit
to home educators and their families!
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
teach your children to breathe deeply as they
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
• "Recess" provides
a break in your studies so that your children
will do better when they return.
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:
simpler version for children
information for older students
• Separate colors
in a fall leaf using Chromatography.
a nature guide, and perhaps some binoculars,
and learn the names of the plants, birds, and
insects you see on your walk.
and sketch a close-up of a rock or leaf, or
keep a nature diary, recording the changes in
a particular tree each week.
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
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.
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).
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.
2. Decorate with Nature's Colors
Bring the bounties and warm, vibrant
colors of nature into your home. These
free or inexpensive.
appropriate from September through
Thanksgiving, and most will last that long.
your children to participate in selecting and
arranging items, many that can be collected
on your walks.
you teach artistic principles of floral
arranging and design.
Items to Use
Variety in size, shape, and color
contributes to an attractive arrangement.
– individual (pressed or unpressed) or
on small branches
• Pumpkins and
Gourds – Those with hard skins last
longest; you can also wash and wax them
– potted or cut
Baskets, and Cornucopias – buy in
How To Use
Use any combination of the above items.
Example: Set a pumpkin in the middle of a
wreath of fall leaves.
or garlands. Example: Twist branches
of leaves into a wreath or drape above a
window or door.
Example: Arrange a simple bouquet of leaves
with other items grouped around the base of
Table Coverings. Example: Place
pressed leaves under a clear acetate or sheer
Where to Place Them
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 VintageNeedleworks.com)
on your table or mantel. Example: Place an
arrangement on a pedestal cake platter.
hangings. Example: Braid Indian corn and
hang it on a door.
baskets with branches of leaves can be placed
on the floor.
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3. Fall Crafts with Leaves
What is more abundant and beautiful in the
fall than leaves?
a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors. Be
sure the leaves are not dry and crumbly.
your leaves between two pieces of waxed paper
in a phone book or under a stack of books
Now you are ready to use your leaves in a
variety of ways.
Cut a circle out of a sturdy paper plate and
glue overlapping leaves around the circle.
Add a raffia or other type of bow.
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
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.
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
See instructions for a fall
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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