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     "... So that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice ..."
     Genesis 18:19


The Father-Teen Connection

The teen years can be a challenging period for parents.

This past week, Scott Somerville joined Mike Farris on Home School Heartbeat to offer tips for dads on how to stay connected with their teen.

Read transcripts or listen to radio broadcasts online.

The topics of the five short, succinct sessions are:

Dad's Crucial Role.  Why a father's involvement in his teens' lives is so crucial.

The Teen Challenge.  Practical ways you can keep open the lines of communication with your teenager.

Tearing Down Barriers.  How dads can overcome barriers in their relationships with their teens.

Leading by Example.  How do we as fathers instill character qualities in our kids when we're struggling with these same qualities ourselves?

Staying Connected while Letting Go.  Guidelines for growing closer to our children, while at the same time gradually releasing them into adulthood.

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Seven Ways Dads
Affect Homeschooling

Alpha Omega Publications offers an online article full of practical encouragement for home-school fathers.

The article begins:

"When it comes to homeschooling, do you ever wonder what a father's role is supposed to be?

"As a homeschooling father, my initial response toward the responsibility of my children's education was simply to work hard at my job and be a good provider.

"However, as the years went by and our family developed a routine, I began to contribute more to each day's activities at home.

"Although I made plenty of mistakes along the way, I learned the tremendous importance of my active involvement as a homeschool dad.

"Here are seven wonderful ways fathers can affect their children's educational success . . ."

Read complete article online.

Creation Science Resources
for Your Vacations

From Answers in Genesis

If your vacation plans this summer include a trip to panoramic vistas, breathtaking waterfalls, or geological wonders, you will no doubt be told that science has "proven" that these amazing features developed over vast amounts of time.

What you aren't likely to hear is that this "proof" is merely an interpretation of the facts based on an anti-God philosophy.

But that doesn't mean you have to go unequipped.

Free Brochures.  Answers in Genesis wants you to get the full story behind these amazing parks and wonders before you pack up to go.

That's why we're making available free online these Wonders of Geology brochures on some of the most popular (and misconstrued) vacation attractions in North America, the United Kingdom, and Australia.

These brochures will show you the secular version of how these features formed, what the Bible teaches about these monuments to God's creative majesty and righteous judgment, and how the facts line up with what God's Word says.

Be sure to take these brochures along with you so that you and your family will have the complete story – and then use them to witness to others at these locations as well.

Simply download the free PDFs and print them out right now.  You can even print on both sides of the page for a brochure effect.

These two-page brochures are beautifully illustrated and clearly written.

They show that real science confirms the biblical account of creation, not the secular version of evolution and billions of years.

You can read these brochures online, print them, or purchase them individually or as a 10-pack set.  They include:

North America
• Niagara Falls
• Grand Canyon, Ariz.
• Petrified Forests, Yellowstone
• Mount St. Helens, Wash.
• Dinosaur Nat. M., Utah
• Devils Tower, Wyoming
• Caves: Ken.& N.M.

• White Cliffs of Dover, England
• Giant's Causeway, N. Ireland
• Uluru (Ayers Rock), Australia

Creation Science
Road Guides

The John Day Area
   of Central Oregon

Yellowstone National Park
   and Adjacent Areas

•  Museum Guide
•  Aquarium Guide
•  Zoo Guide

From Answers in Genesis

Don't go to the aquarium, museum, or zoo without these Bible-based teaching aids!

Museum Guide

Make your next visit to the natural history museum more than just entertaining – make it factual and fascinating too.

Rather than being perplexed about the continual "millions of years" stories, you'll be enlightened with a biblical perspective on such things as coal, diamonds, "apemen," whale "evolution," dinosaurs, the origin of life, and more.

Along with the true history behind more than 100 common museum exhibits, this Museum Guide includes beautiful pictures and teaches you how to understand natural history from a biblical perspective.

Spiral-bound. 232 pages. Info/Order.

Aquarium Guide

With aquariums around the world using God's amazing creatures to teach evolution, Christians need information that gives them biblical truth.

From the odd-shaped hammerhead shark and the powerful killer whale, to the colorful angelfish and the deadly lionfish, the Aquarium Guide covers more than 100 of God's sea creatures and gives information about their features, their design, and much more.

Spiral-bound. 220 pages. Info/Order.

Zoo Guide

Make your next visit to the zoo more than just fun – make it factual and fascinating too.

Featuring more than 100 animals, our Zoo Guide includes beautiful pictures and explores the amazing facts and design features that point to our awesome Creator.

Spiral-bound. 220 pages. Info/Order.

Zoos are tremendously educational and entertaining, and travel helps children learn about history, geography, culture, and nature.

America's Best Zoos: A Travel Guide for Fans & Families is co-authored by a Christian home-school dad.

It contains full reviews of the 60 best zoos in the USA, plus information about zoos, animals, and traveling.  See

Creation Science Museums
and Information Centers

KY/OH:  Creation Museum (Answers in Genesis), Petersburg, Ken. (seven miles from the Cincinnati Airport)

CA:  Creation and Earth History Museum, Santee

AR:  Museum of Earth History, Eureka Springs

FL:  A Key Encounter, Key West

FL:  Dinosaur Adventure Land, Pensacola

FL:  Creation Adventures Museum, Arcadia

GA:  The Gallery of Creation: A Museum of Natural History, Social Circle

OH:  Akron Fossils & Science Center, Akron

TN:  Wyatt Archaeological Museum, Cornersville

WA:  7 Wonders Museum of Mount St. Helens, Silverlake

Canada  Big Valley Creation Science Museum, Big Valley, Alberta

England  Genesis Expo, Portsmouth

Bible Museums

See a list of Bible Libraries, Museums and Special Collections.

TX:  Dunham Bible Museum (plus online tour), Houston

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In This Issue

The Use of Our Time

     1.  Time for God
     2.  Time for Work
     3.  Time for Learning
     4.  Time for Planning
     5.  Time for Leisure
     6.  Enough Time for Sleep

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In this issue we consider the use of our time.  We trust that these ideas will provide you:

1.  Options for the use of your time during the summer.

2.  Alternatives to the time spent by family members on the Internet (see "Family Time Eroding as Internet Use Soars").

3.  Guidelines for planning your fall school schedule.

Our Gift and Stewardship of Time

Time is a precious gift from God, a treasure for which we are accountable as stewards.

Through God's Word, we learn the Lord's will for the use of our time.

"Therefore be careful how you walk,
     not as unwise men but as wise,
making the most of your time,
     because the days are evil.
So then do not be foolish,
     but understand what the will of the Lord is."
          Ephesians 5:15-17

Although we are to make good use of our time, the Lord is not an unreasonable or hard taskmaster.

"Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden,
     and I will give you rest.
Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me,
     for I am gentle and humble in heart,
     and you will find rest for your souls.
For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."
          Matthew 11:28-30

Whatever you do, do it on purpose!

Time is a non-renewable resource – once spent, it is never again available to us.  We each spend our allotted "coins" of time each day.  For what are we exchanging our time?

If we do not plan the use of our time, we abdicate to the dictates of the moment-also known as letting the urgent overrule the important.

Planning offers a great sense of security in knowing that we are doing what we need and want to do.  A time budget (a.k.a. schedule) will enable you to reach your goals in serving the Lord, your family, and others.

(See practical ideas and free resources for planning below.)

  Options for Summer Time  

As with all things, balance in a schedule is crucial.  Your schedule will include a variety of activities, however, that balance may not be the same each day, week, month, or year.

Summer provides a change of routine with a variety of options for the use of our time.

In this issue we suggest general uses of your time and options for your summer schedule.

May your family enjoy this summer together!

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Spiritual Activities

Time for God

"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart
     and with all your soul and with all your might.

These words, which I am commanding you today,
     shall be on your heart.

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: 5-7

Our time with God and teaching His Word to our children is the most important use of our time each day and should have the highest priority in our schedules.

Spiritual activities include:

 •  Daily personal and family devotional time (prayer, systematic Bible reading, discussion, and study).

 •  Talking about the Lord and spiritual things with your children throughout the day.

 •  Helping your children memorize God's Word so that it will be available to influence them throughout their lives.

 •  Making personal application of Scripture to your children's lives.

 •  Leading your children to Christ in salvation when they are ready.

 •  Training your children in Christian living and character development through example, teaching, and discipline throughout each day – this takes time and should not be looked at as an interruption of your daily schedule.

 •  Attending church services.

  Options for Summer Time  

 1.  Don't let a busy summer schedule rob your family's time together with the Lord; this time will bear fruit in your children for life!

 2.  This is a good time to establish or brush up on child discipline.

 3.  Take time to identify and remove ungodly influences from your home.


Sharing the Good News of the Gospel

"And He said to them,
     'Go into all the world and preach the gospel
     to every creature.'"
          Mark 16:15

Fulfilling the Great Commission should be one of our goals in training our children to love and follow the Lord.  Sharing the good news of salvation is both a command and a privilege.

 •  Discuss ways your family can become involved in personal evangelism.

 •  Examine different careers, including Christian service, and encourage your children to consider how the Lord would have them serve Him.

 •  Witness to neighbors, friends, and relatives.

 •  Take tracts with you to give to those you come in contact with.

 •  Contribute to missions and encourage your missionaries.

  Options for Summer Time  

Summer opportunities for evangelism include:

 1.  Street, or door-to-door, witnessing or canvassing for VBS

 2.  VBS or backyard Bible clubs

 3.  Summer camps or evangelism at a fair

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Constructive Use of Time

Time for Work

Work has been an important use of man's time from the beginning in the Garden of Eden.  Work was given to man, not as a punishment, before the fall.  One consequence of the fall was that work would be harder to do.

One of the best things we can teach our children is that work is not a punishment, and although it may be hard at times, it can also be fulfilling and rewarding.

"If anyone is not willing to work,
     then he is not to eat, either."
          2 Thessalonians 3:10

Whatever you do, do your work heartily,
     as for the Lord rather than for men.
          Colossians 3:23

Also teach your children that God commands us to work – and that we are to work like we are working for Him.

Resource.  Created For Work: Practical Insights for Young Men and Lessons in Responsibility for Boys, Levels 1 & 2 from Birch Creek Books.

Our work is not to be only for our own profit, but to enable us to help others.

"He must labor, performing with his own hands
     what is good,
so that he will have something to share
     with one who has need."
          Ephesians 4:28

Work can be:

 •  Done in or out of our home

 •  Full or part time

 •  For an employer for wages or salary, self-employed, or apprenticeship

 •  Multiple jobs (e.g., main employment plus part-time self-employed entrepreneurial)

 •  Paid or unpaid (volunteer/service to others)

Time for Others

Service to Others

"So then, while we have opportunity,
     let us do good to all people,
and especially to those who are
     of the household of the faith."
          Galatians 6:10

Service to others is an important part of our spiritual lives in obedience to God.  Our service:

 •  Helps provide for the needs of others

 •  Gets our attention off of ourselves and onto others

 •  Can make us thankful for God's blessings to us.

 •  Offers an opportunity to learn new skills and explore career possibilities.

Some opportunities to serve include your church, support group, rescue mission, retirement home, meals on wheels, crisis pregnancy center, animal shelter, etc.

Working together as a family ensures that your children are safe and that the family shares a unifying goal.

  Options for Summer Time  

 1.  You may have more time this summer to serve others (neighbors or church members who are elderly, busy, or physically challenged), as in visiting the sick, doing yard work, or cooking a meal.

 2.  The chores each of your family members do for the family as a whole can also be seen as service to others.

Daily Essentials

Home and Family Care

Much of our time is not open to discretionary use.  We demonstrate our love and care for our family each day as we supply their basic needs:

 •  A healthy diet
 •  Clean clothes
 •  Clean dishes
 •  Orderly and clean home
 •  Physical care and grooming of children

 •  Nurturing of children and husband (spending time together; giving attention and listening to; reading, walking, and talking together)

Other household duties include:

 •  Lawn care
 •  Financial management
 •  Household management (planning and scheduling)

As long as we have to keep up on these chores, we might as well find the fastest, easiest way to do it and be cheerful as we go!

Routines and habits furnish a foundation of peace for a home and family, and thus should not be resented or looked on as drudgery.

As mothers our joy can be in meeting the daily needs of our family.  We can encourage our family to experience the same joy by pitching in and sharing the work.

  Options for Summer Time  

Summer can give you time to do those things that don't fit into your regular school schedule, such as:

 1.  De-cluttering and thoroughly cleaning your home

 2.  Establishing and training your children to do new chores for the coming year

 3.  Updating your family's wardrobe

 4.  Reorganizing the use of space in your home

 5.  Cleaning out your library and books

 6.  Showing love to each family member every day in tangible ways such as a hug or words of thanks or affirmation

 7.  Planing special extended time alone with your whole family together; a Mom and girls and Dad and boys activity; and with each individual member

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Educational Activities

Time for Learning

As home educators, we realize that learning can take place at any time and any place.

 •  Formally (in class) or informally (teachable moments / discussions)

 •  By an instructor (Mom, Dad, or others) or self taught through research

 •  In a class or out in the world around us

 •  Academic or life skills

 •  The basics or electives

 •  For credit or just for the joy of learning

 •  Through an institution (in classes or distance learning) or on your own

  Options for Summer Time  

 •  Daily or Weekly Review

Just 5-10 minutes a day of review and practice of the basic skills of reading, writing, and math will prevent your children from forgetting all they know over the summer and needing extra time in the fall to catch up to where they left off in the spring.

Educational games can make this review more interesting.

 •  Learning with a Change of Pace

     Use different methods of learning
     Do a unit study with all your children together
     Read more than usual
     Follow one's own interests
     Do hands-on activities
     Learn life skills

 •  Credit for "Summer School"

You might assign school credit for some of the fun, practical activities and skills your children do and learn during the summer.

 •  A Head Start on Next Year

You can also get a head start on next year's lessons by doing one class with all your children for six weeks during the summer-perhaps a science class with experiments and field trips.

Besides a good use of your time, this can provide your children with an interesting activity and give you more time during your school year for breaks or a more leisurely schedule.


Time for Planning

Planning and scheduling does not mean that you will have to live according to an ultra-strict regimen.  This false fear can keep us from fulfilling God's purpose for our lives.

It does mean that we should consider and decide how we use our time – be master of it, rather than just let come what may and be subject to circumstances around us.

You need to make time to plan:

 •  A day or large block of time once a year for major, over all planning

 •  Several sessions during the summer for next school year's plans

 •  Weekly and daily plans

Planning and scheduling (making a time budget) helps you make good use of your time, do what you really want to do, and makes your life go more smoothly.

Steps included are explained further in Newsletters #80 and #81.  Also read online articles with practical suggestions: Time Management Skills.

 •  Purpose or mission statement

 •  Goals.  Personal Goal Setting. Find Direction; Live Your Life Your Way.

 •  Master to-do list.  To-Do Lists: The Key to Efficiency. Tackling the right tasks first – Prioritized To Do Lists.

 •  Master calendar

 •  Scheduling.   Planning to make the best use of your time - Effective Scheduling.

  Options for Summer Time  

 •  This is a great time to re-evaluate (see survey in Newsletter #243) and plan for next school year.

 •  Determine life, and next year's, goals

 •  Set up your master to-do list and calendar

 •  Schedule classes and activities that will help meet your goals

 •  Choose and purchase curriculum

 •  Plan class arrangements

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Time for Leisure

Relaxation and downtime are very important elements in our lives and time should be included in our schedule for:

 •  Relaxing, sitting, and visiting

 •  Playing

 •  Following individual interests or hobbies

 •  Doing something just for enjoyment

 •  Socializing (visiting with friends, attending or hosting social events)

 •  Physical activities (outdoor games, sports, walking, hiking, or exercising)

 •  Using a computer for leisure

 •  Reading for personal interest

Taking a break is important each day and each week throughout the year.

Change of Pace

A variety in our schedule, or a change of pace, differs from taking a break, in that something done for a change can still be productive and yet provide refreshment just because it is different.

Making the Summer Break Last All Year

You can divide up your summer break and spread it throughout the year by following some adaptation of one of these year-round school schedules.

 •  A four-day school week; three days off.

 •  Three to six weeks of school; one week off.

 •  Eight or ten weeks of school; two weeks off.

Vacation days can be spaced out evenly, reserved for holidays or family vacations, or taken all at once in the summer or whatever season is preferred.

  Options for Summer Time  

Summer affords more time for greater and more extended changes of pace.

There are so many things that can be done in summer better than at any other time of year, that we need to take advantage of them.

 •  Enjoy being out of doors
 •  Picnics, hikes, and drives
 •  Gardens and yards
 •  Exploring and learning about nature
 •  Field trips

Social Interaction

Time with Others

 •  Your Family

Time spent working, playing, learning, and worshiping together with your family brings you closer together and increases the opportunity for influence upon your children.

 •  Like-minded Families

Fellowship with like-minded, spiritual Christians for needed support and encouragement for the whole family.

 •  Teaching Social Skills

Teach your children social skills that include understanding others, communication, cooperation, managing conflict, leadership, and lovingly meeting the needs of others.

  Options for Summer Time  

 •  Summer allows more time to spend with others, especially outdoors.

Note:  Always be sure to keep your young children within your sight and hearing when they play with other children.  Do not hesitate to schedule and limit playtimes and enforce your family's rules of conduct.

 •  Go over the rules of good manners and practice with a tea party, formal family dinner, or dinner with invited guests.

Largest Percent of Our Time

Enough Time for Sleep

Adequate rest is essential for good health. It also helps your children to learn and behave better.

Although individuals vary in their need of sleep, the recommended amount of sleep for various age groups is as follows:

     Toddlers (1-3 years): 12-14 hours
     Preschoolers (3-5 years): 11-13 hours
     School-age children (5-12): 10-11 hours
     Adolescents: 9.5 hours
     Adults: 7-9 hours

Read "How Much Sleep Do We Really Need?" by the National Sleep Foundation.

  Options for Summer Time  

 •  Sleep is something that should remain constant throughout the year.

 •  Although your bed time and get-up time may vary, it is best and easiest to keep it nearly the same.

Closing Thoughts

As you consider the use of your time:

 •  Pray and ask for God's promised wisdom to guide you.

 •  Consult your husband (or wife) for his (or her) input and support.

 •  Teach your children how the use of their time can help others and please the Lord, and teach them Bible verses such as:

"Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God."
     1 Corinthians 10:31

"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might."
     Ecclesiastes 9:10

Our father had us say this verse out loud each time we sat down to practice the piano.  His teachings are a wonderful memory and heritage, as your instructions to your children will be also.


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