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For 29 Years The Teaching Home Has Been Providing Home-School Families
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2010 State Conventions

Unique benefits await you at your local, regional, or state home-school convention, conference, or book fair.

We urge you to attend!

Learn more about a major convention in your state by linking to the sponsoring organization's website below.

(Conventions that have already been held are not listed.)

Also find out how to get the most out of attending a home- school event in Newsletter #269.

States A-H
AL: May 14-15; AK: April 16-17;AZ: July 23-24;
AR: May 14-15; 20-22;
CA: April 30 - May 1; July 16-18;CO: June 17-19;CT: June 11-12; FL: May 27-29;GA: April 30-May 1

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States P-W
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SC: June 18-19;SD: May 7-8;TN: Various Dates by Region;TX: July 29-31; Plus Various Dates by Region;VA: June 10-12;WA: April 22-24;WA: August 6-7;WI: May 20-22;WV: May 21-22;WY: May 7-8

AB:  April 16-17; NB:  May 28-29;ON:  April 23-24; QC:  April 30 - May 1

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They Know Not What They Sing

Our family enjoys learning beautiful hymns and had been memorizing "Revive Us Again."

After a particularly tiring day, I was preparing our seven children for bed when from the girls' bedroom we heard this cheerful, rousing chorus . . . "Oohh, rewind us again . . ."

I looked toward heaven and pleaded with the Lord to please consider ignoring that request.

Submitted by Ana H., Georgia.

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The spiritual significance of Christmas and Easter is the very essence of the Gospel – the Good News of God's love and gift of eternal life through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Christmas: The Incarnation of Jesus Christ

Jesus is God's gift of love, celebrated at Christmas.

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life" (John 3:16).

Easter: The Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ

The gospel includes four historical facts (celebrated at Good Friday and Easter) concerning the God-man Christ Jesus, the object of saving faith.

"Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel, . . . that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time" (I Corinthians 15:1-6).

1. He died for our sins.

The death of Jesus Christ in our place is God's only provision for man's sin. "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). "Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone" (Hebrews 2:9).

2. He was buried.

The burial testified that His body was really dead. "And Joseph took the body . . . and laid it in his own new tomb . . . and he rolled a large stone against the entrance of the tomb" (Matthew 27:59-60).

3. He rose again on the third day.

"He (Jesus Christ) was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification" (Romans 4:25).

4. He was seen by many witnesses.

The record that Jesus was seen by many assures us that the resurrection was genuine. "To these He also presented Himself alive, after His suffering, by many convincing proofs" (Acts 1:3).

God's gift of forgiveness and eternal life is yours when you accept it as an undeserved gift by faith as you personally receive Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord.

"For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast" (Ephesians 2:8,9).

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you" (I Peter 1:3-4).

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In This Issue

Top 10 Tips for April 1st

10.  How To Make Your House Clean Itself
  9.  P.E. Can Work Out for You
  8.  Hands-on History
  7.  Lazy Science
  6.  999 Ways To Teach the Multiplication Tables
  5.  Free Math Manipulatives
  4.  Short Cut To Reading
  3.  How To Plan a Field Trip
  2.  Easy Home Schooling
  1.  How To Be the Perfect Home Schooler

Recommended Resources

   •  Basic Christian Education: Bible Based Curriculum
   •  Moody Publishers: It Starts at Home
   •  Logos Language Institute: Foreign Language Study
   •  Jackson Hole Bible College: 1-Year Bible College


These Top 10 Tips are especially selected for April 1st.  Please let us know how you like these tips.  We'd love to hear from 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.

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10.  How To Make Your House
       Clean Itself

We say that it's about time someone figured this one out!

But be warned, this is not for the faint-hearted.  You have to go all the way with this one—no half measures.

First, you strip off all the flooring in all your rooms and pour concrete slabs with drain holes in the middle of each room.  (We believe that you might be able to get color-tinted concrete to go with your decor.)

Install a heavy-duty fire sprinkler system in all rooms and ask your Hubby to connect a thingamajig that you can use to add detergent into the system.

Then, make sure that all surfaces are washable and/or that books and valuables are stored safely off-site or in water-proof containers.

Now, simply set a timer for the whole thing to go off at scheduled times (or when the noise gets to a certain level).

As an added bonus, if you can surprise your family and catch them before they run outside, you can get the laundry and showers done at the same time!

April Fools!

Sure hope you didn't get started on that project yet! Actually, we have two great tips for an easy-clean house.

•  Remove clutter with the four-box dejunking method that we explained in detail in Newsletter #128.

•  Don't invite the dirt inside in the first place.  Read Don Aslett's article about door mats.

•  Get "Speed Clean Tips From Cleaning Pros" at

9.  P.E. Can Work Out for You

And we really mean work!  Have all your children line up on a starting line (easily drawn with chalk on your new concrete floors).

The idea is for them to run, skip, jump, roll, or swing all over the house until all the chores are done.  They may not stop moving until everything is finished.  (When you are out driving, point out joggers running in place at stop lights.)

Have their course outlined before they start.  This is similar to the "Run, Swim, Cycle" triathlon races that athletic people know about.  Your course might take them through their bedrooms to make beds and gather dirty clothes, then into the laundry room, then on to care for the pets, and then into the kitchen and the bathrooms.

Of course you can make this experience more meaningful and get double school hours by having them chant their multiplication tables or spelling words as they go.

April Fools!

Why? you ask.  Well, it just got a little carried away, that's all.  Sometimes a good thing can do that, you know.

But there are a few good principles hidden in that extreme example.

•  Alternate study with activities such as chores or walks.

•  Teach your children to do chores and enjoy doing a job well.  Read "7 Ways To Teach Family Responsibility through Chores" in Newsletter #45.

It Starts at Home
A Practical Guide to Nurturing Lifelong Faith

     Reports state that over 50% of evangelical kids walk away from Christianity as adults.

     The authors of It Starts at Home provide a clear purpose, an effective strategy, and a simple plan to nurture a lifelong faith in children.

   • 120-day assessment, plan,
     and ideas included.

   • See sample pages.

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Pre-order now and book will be delivered in April.

Moody Publishers

8.  Hands-on History

This is something that your whole family can really get into if you build it large enough—a time machine!

Just set the controls for the time and place of your choice.  (Of course, the nearer the place and the more recent the century, the fewer number of times you will have to hear, "Are we there yet?")

April Fools!

We hate to burst this lovely daydream, but . . .

. . . We guess the hands-on part of history study will need to be confined to period costumes, food, reconstructions, and reenactments.  Actually, that can be more comfortable than time travel—considering the modern conveniences you would have to leave behind, not to mention your own bed.

7.  Lazy Science

Looking for a science project?  Well, here's a little secret.  You know those jokes about the mold in the refrigerator?  Think about it.

Plan ahead by restraining yourself from cleaning out your refrigerator for several weeks (by actual experience, months give you a wider range of molds to study!).

Then get out all your old leftovers and spread them out on the table.  Now call your children around to examine the containers with mold growth.

Ignore comments like, "Oh, no, are we having this for dinner again;" and do not be distracted by the child in the corner holding his nose and making funny noises.

Now start your study.  What?  You don't know what comes next?

April Fools!

This just goes to prove that even if you have a great teaching opportunity and the willing children to go with it, you still need a lesson plan!

If home schoolers are going to be known all through their lives as those who grow their science experiments in the refrigerator, then we had better get that lesson down pat!

You can study mold using a mold terrarium (we're not making this up!) if you inadvertently cleaned your refrigerator.

•  See directions and explanations for a mold terrarium.

•  Read about the scientific method at Home Science Tools.

6.  999 Ways To Teach Multiplication

April Fools!

There's only one real way to teach the multiplication tables—memorization.

Yes, there are many ways to make this essential endeavor more interesting or understandable.  However, when you get right down to it, the instant recall needed to succeed (without pain and frustration) in all math, can come only from a sure and solid neurological path developed by repetition.  (This is why memory is the first stage of the classical system of education.)

However, you can, and should, broaden understanding and application of learning math facts in the following ways:

•  Use manipulatives (see below) to picture concepts.

•  Discuss and solve everyday problems that call for knowledge of math facts.

•  Drill facts in related combinations of addition and subtraction, or multiplication and division.  Print or order triangular math facts cards.

•  Learn the multiplication table to music.  Order "Classical Math to Classical Music" from Sing 'n Learn.

•  Review consistently.

•  Reinforce with games.

Logos Language Institute is an evangelistic ministry which equips Christians to witness and minister in foreign languages.

     • Ideal for mission trips, homeschoolers
     • Over 20 languages to choose from
     • Self-study notebooks and cassettes/CDs
     • Low cost
, from $15-$23
     • Intro packets – use alone or with another program
     • Complete 6-level program in Spanish

     The Logos Method, developed by university professor
     Dr. Mike Thomas, is unique in its emphasis on:
     • Repetition
     • A simple, conversational approach
     • "Leveled learning" in small pieces
     • Reinforced by listening to native speakers
     • Integration of spiritual/biblical vocabulary

Logos Language Institute   1-800-445-6467

5.  Free Math Manipulatives

This is one of those why-didn't-I-think-of-that!  ideas that seem to stare one right in the face.

First, buy 100 tubes of toothpaste.  You might want to wait until there is a sale on your favorite toothpaste, or just buy the cheapest kind you find.

Carefully squeeze all the paste into a gallon jar.  You might need to go heavy on the dill pickles for several weeks ahead of time so that you can get the empty jar free.  Otherwise, buy the kind of gallon jar with the spigot in the bottom to make getting the toothpaste out easier.

Now smooth out the empty toothpaste tubes—and voila!—100 free math manipulatives!

April Fools!

The problem with this idea is that your children will have entirely too much fun preparing the manipulatives and miss the point altogether!

Seriously, manipulatives are a great way to demonstrate math concepts!  You can use (almost) any objects around the house.  However, manipulatives designed to teach math do offer many advantages.

•  Look for math manipulatives at your home-school convention or book fair this spring (see information in this newsletter) or order from Cornerstone Curriculum.

4.  Short Cut to Reading

Let's just get this over with quickly.  Teach only one sound for each letter.  Then grab any old book you find lying around (unless they are all boxed up in your storage unit so that your house can clean itself).

Have your child sound out only the first letter of each word and then guess what the word is by the context (the first word is the hardest) or the illustrations (this will go a lot faster with picture books).

April Fools!

Sorry!  We have to confess that this idea was stolen from a public school before a child was removed and taken home to be home schooled.

Instead, here are two suggestions:

•  Read a short, but comprehensive, overview of teaching your child to read with phonics in Newsletter #19.

•  Order Valerie Bendt's Reading Made Easy, a complete program for teaching your child to read in one book, made simple by being fully scripted—tells you exactly what to say!

•  For students of any age, order Beyond Phonics to master spelling, fluent reading and vocabulary easily with word pattern stories.  One textbook covers grade levels 1-12; remedial for all ages.

3.  How To Plan a Field Trip

First, select a location that only allows students above the age of 21 (no, very mature 4-year-olds don't qualify) to tour.  (This is because of their insurance policy, you know.)  This will cut way down on your work.

Then pass around a sign-up list at your support group meeting and secretly tear it up and dispose of the scraps when no one is looking.  This will save you no end of frustration with no-shows.

Of course you need to call the locations to make arrangements—find out where all the rest rooms are along the tour route and the times they are not being cleaned so that you will know when to schedule your tour.

As the day approaches, arrange to be out of the house from 6:00 a.m. to around midnight the day before the field trip (use this time to get caught up with all those pesky errands!).

When you get home, erase all messages without listening to them as they usually cancel themselves out anyway:  "Oh, hello, what time is the trip?,"  "Oh, never mind, Ruth Ann just called and told me,"  "Please ignore my previous two (or more) messages, Johnny's finger got caught in the fire sprinkler (he had just read about a little Dutch boy . . . well, you know), and we can't go anyway.  Sure hope this doesn't cause any problems for you!  We really do appreciate your willingness to organize this field trip, etc., etc."  (Aw, sweeter sentiments were never heard!)

It doesn't really matter what you do after this because it will all be a blur afterwards anyway.

April Fools!

This really isn't the ideal way to plan (or for that matter, participate in!) a field trip.

Actually, you can pretty well run this tip in reverse and figure it out yourself.

•  See lots of tips, forms to print out, and links to more information online.

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    Courses are taught in a modular, "single-subject-in- sequence" format which enables Bible scholars from around the nation to participate in bringing the highest quality education to our students.

•  Outdoor Activities and Field Trips; Backpacking in the
    Windriver Mts.; Field Excursions to Yellowstone, Mt. St.
    Helens, Grand Canyon, and other sites

Join other home-school graduates
and enjoy being part of a small student body.

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For more information see
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Recommend by Ken Ham, Answers in Genesis

2.  Easy Home Schooling

April Fools!

Oops!  We didn't get very far on that one.

It is true that nothing worthwhile is easy.  Besides that, if we seek to train our children to love and serve the Lord, we can expect attacks on every hand by the enemy of our souls!

Home schooling isn't easy, but the Lord has promised us His wisdom, guidance, love, and strength.  "If God be for us, who can be against us?"  (Romans 8:31)

The theme of many of the letters from our readers (found in the back issues of The Teaching Home) is "home schooling can be hard, but it is very worthwhile!"

•  Read some of these letters online.

•  Read "Why the Lord Is Your Best Support" in Newsletter #49.

1.  How To Be a Perfect Homeschooler
and Do Everything Right, All the Time!

This is a no-brainer.  You just postpone your home schooling until you get to heaven!  The advantages are obvious:

•  You will have plenty of time—all the time in the world.

•  You, your children, and even your spouse will be perfect.

•  No chores, cooking, diapers, errands, etc. to distract.

As you can readily see this will make everything go, oh, so much more smoothly!

April Fools!

This really isn't an "April Fool," as it is the only way to be the perfect home schooler.

But down here on earth there is no perfect home schooler (not that we have ever heard anyone claim to be one).  Everyone is just afraid that there is such a thing, and that they are not one.

None of the dear families pictured on the covers of The Teaching Home magazine believed they were perfect.  In fact, if they had thought that they would be considered "perfect," they probably would not have consented to be photographed!

Of course we all see others at their best and ourselves at our worst.  So if you are prone to comparing yourself with others, you are sure to come out last.

The other extreme is to find something bad about others (who seem to be doing so well), in order to prop ourselves up and make us feel better.

Let's all recognize that we don't have to be perfect to be the best we can be with the Lord's help, and then rejoice in our own and others' accomplishments.


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