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For 29 Years The Teaching Home Has Been Providing Home-School Families
Information, Inspiration, and Encouragement from a Distinctively Christian Perspective.

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Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us,

let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us,

and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,

fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith,

who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself,

so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Hebrews 12:1-3

National Park Week

April 17-25: Entrance to all 392 National Parks Is Free!

Explore the stunning beauty found in your national parks and celebrate National Park Week.

Also, Saturday, April 24, is National Junior Ranger Day.  Children can take part in kid-friendly activities and earn their junior ranger patch.

Find a National Park near you.

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

States I-M
ID: June 3-5;IL: June 3-5;
IA: June 18-19; KS: April 16-17; KS: June 3-5; KY: June 24-26; LA: April 23-24; LA: National Black Home Educators: July 1-3;MD: April 16-17;MA: April 23-24;MI: May 14-15;MN: April 16-17;MS: May 14-15

States N-O
NH: May 28-29;NJ: May 14-15;NM: April 22-24;NY: Long Island: April 30-May 1; Upstate: June 3-5;
NC: May 27-29;OH: June 24-26;OK: Eastern: April 27-28; Central: April 30 - May 1;OR: June 25-26

States P-W
PA: May 7-8;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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Original Sin

I was very surprised to see how our studies on germs and cleanliness had impacted our 3-year-old son, Stephen.

During a Bible lesson it was Stephen's turn to explain how Adam and Eve disobeyed God. With full confidence he recounted the story, "Adam and Eve had to leave the garden because they ate the fruit without washing it."

Submitted by Tracey R., Pennsylvania.

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God's Plan
of Salvation

1.  God loves you.

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)

2.  Man was separated from God by sin.

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23) For the wages of sin is death. (Romans 6:23)

3.  The death of Jesus Christ in our place is God's only provision for man's sin.

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

4.  We must personally receive Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord.

But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name. (John 1:12)

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)

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In This Issue

Plan a Strong Finish
for Your School Year

     1.  Put Spiritual Priorities First
     2.  Set Realistic Academic Goals
     3.  Streamline Your Home Management
     4.  Fill Your Home with Love and Joy

Recommended Resources

   •  Beyond Phonics: Spelling, Reading, Vocabulary
   •  Cedarville Academy: Online College Classes
   •  Quick Stitches: Patterns for Modest Activewear


The end is near!  The end of the traditional school year, that is.

Does this statement fill you with dread, guilt, and frustration, or a joyful anticipation?

Whether or not you will be able to accomplish all you had intended this year, you can finish strong with just a little reevaluation and planning.

If you are on schedule, don't stop reading.  You are sure to be able to use these ideas to help someone else if you look around a bit.

But what do you do if your school year is almost done—but your studies are not?

What Not To Do

 •  Do not panic, feel guilty, or envy those who are on schedule.  Maybe you aimed too high, and far less than your dream is very acceptable and adequate.  Most “professional” educators do not finish all their lesson plans and books.

 •  Do not try to cram everything that is left into the last few weeks; that will only produce unbearable stress, not the love of learning.

What To Do

 •  Talk to the Lord and your husband.  Lay out the situation and possible solutions and ask for guidance and help.

 •  Then write out a “Let's Finish Strong” plan for the next six weeks – or whenever you plan to finish school.

Check your priorities and make any necessary course corrections in order to reach your most important goals.

Like the pioneers tossing out their heavy furniture in order to cross the mountains, eliminate everything that is not essential.  Just a few minutes, or a couple of hours, of planning can help your family make a strong and joyful finish!

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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EY We took the trolley down the alley to see the monkey ...
IR Birds chirped and squirrels stir in the firs ...
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Put Spiritual Priorities First

Our family's relationships with the Lord and each other are our most important priorities.  This is what Christian home schooling is all about—so don't miss it or push it to a back burner for anything else!

1.  Pray

 •  Pray for wisdom and strength to love and train your children for His glory.

 •  Pray for your child's early, but clearly understood and meaningful, salvation.

 •  Pray that each one in your family will commit his whole life to the Lord.

2.  Read God's Word

Our highest priority is to teach our children God's Word through regular and thoughtful Bible reading and memorization.

     “These words, which I am commanding
          you today, shall be on your heart.
     You shall teach them diligently to your sons.”
          Deuteronomy 6:6-7

We can protect our families from error, and counteract the worldly influences around us, in no better way than by immersing our families in God’s truth through systematic reading and study of God’s Word.

In only five minutes per day you can read the entire New Testament through in a year, or you can read the entire Bible in only 15 minutes per day.  See various Bible reading plans in Newsletter #265.

3.  Guide Spiritual Growth

Help your family grow spiritually in love and dedication to the Lord by:

 •  Loving dedication and obedience to God.

 •  Knowing God and speaking to Him in prayer.

 •  Christian fellowship.

 •  Ministry to others.

 •  Right relationships with the Lord and others.  This includes honoring and obeying parents, and being loving, kind, and forgiving to all family members.

Cedarville Academy

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•  Give you an early start to
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•  Allow you to work on your
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•  Provide you with quality academics
    taught from a biblical worldview

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251 N. Main St., Cedarville OH 45314

Set Realistic Academic Goals

Consider your academic goals and how best to meet them.  If you are on course, great!  If you need help, try these ideas.

1.  Concentrate on the Basics.

 •  Make the three basic skills of reading, writing, and math your first priority until the end of your school year.

 •  Add history, science, and other subjects whenever your basics are on schedule.

 •  Use the scope and sequence charts provided online by A Beka Books, Bob Jones University Press, your state's testing preview site to view what material is suggested to be known by each grade level.

 •  Order What Your (Kindergartner, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th Grader) Needs to Know from Birch Court Books.

2.  Determine Level of Competence Needed.

Keeping in mind the relative importance of various parts of the vast amount of knowledge you have to teach will help you prioritize your focus and schedule.

Remember that most information and skills will be reviewed in future years, and decide what level of competence is necessary now.

 •  Acquaintance
Your children need only a casual acquaintance with many details presented in their curriculum. Some of your study books can be used for a family read-aloud time.

 •  Understanding
Other parts of your curriculum, such as overall timelines of history and major concepts of science and math, need to be understood more thoroughly.  A timeline or chart would help visualize this.

 •  Mastery
Some detailed information needs to be mastered.  This includes the essentials of any discipline, such as instant recall of math facts and operations, and the rules of phonics, spelling, and grammar.

For this mastery level, drill and memorization is needed.  Try the following:

 •  Good computerized drill programs (in a game format or straight facts) are useful for memory aids.  Softbasics offers free math facts and concepts software.

 •  Create or buy study aids for learning and reviewing key facts and information that needs to be memorized such as flashcards (print 3-way math cards online or buy them from Birch Court Books), checklists, outlines, and summaries.

 •  Check out the audio resources carried by Sing 'n Learn that help your children memorize and review basic information.

3.  Review What You Have Learned.

Review is a powerful part of learning.  Reviews can be accomplished in a series of short periods.

 •  Flashcards (bought or home made) are helpful for reviewing factual information.  Write the word or information to be learned on one side and the definition or explanation on the other.

 •  Laminated quick review guides (bought or home made), and posters also provide review aids.

 •  Rhodes College offers study skill tips online.

4.  Save Some Studies for Summer.

If you choose to concentrate on basic skills at this time, you may want to postpone other subjects to finish during the summer.  For instance, you might:

 •  Take one or more days a week during June to read and discuss history in a leisurely fashion.  Do the same during July for science, and August for music and art.

 •  You might find that your family greatly enjoys the more relaxed schedule, more time to devote to the subject and related interests, and the focus of concentrating on just one subject at a time.

 •  Summer would also be a good time to add unit studies, field trips, supplemental reading, and software to enhance your studies or for a child to pursue a personal interest.

5.  Increase Efficiency.

Arrange your classes for the highest efficiency and conserve time and effort with these time-tested methods:

 •  Teach several of your children together in one class, e.g., history, science, Bible, literature, and electives.  Present the lessons with explanations that enable all your children to understand.

 •  Instead of teaching all of your subjects every day, simplify your preparation and gain from your students' focus by teaching fewer, but longer, classes each day, e.g., each week teach language arts on two days and math on the other three days.

6.  Rewrite Lesson Plans If Necessary.

It might be best for you to rewrite your simplified lesson plans for the balance of the school year.

 •  Check off each item as your complete it.

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Streamline Your Home Management

Make your home run smoothly with the least amount of time and effort by eliminating nonessentials and organizing your time, space, and housework.

1.  Time

 •  Keep a monthly calendar updated with all your family activities—in fact, you might make a master calendar for the 6 weeks (or so) that will take you through to the end of your school year.

 •  Don't schedule all your time—allow for unexpected interruptions, down time, and catch-up time.

 •  Eliminate any out-of-home activities that you can.  Freeing up even one or two evenings each week can really lower the stress level in your home.

 •  Establish the habit of using your master calendar and lesson plans to plan your weekly schedule the weekend before the week begins, and your daily schedule the night before.  This will give you a running start, identify overbooking, and help you to be prepared—making things go smoothly and giving you a chance to accomplish your highest goals.

2.  Space and Things

The more “stuff” you eliminate, the easier it will be to arrange your belongings in an orderly way.  This also creates a more peaceful atmosphere in your home.

 •  Keep boxes or large garbage bags labeled “put away,” “give away,” “sell,” and “toss.”  Try to put some items in these each day and dispose of them appropriately once a week.

3.  Household

 •  Maintain daily chores (with the help of the whole family!) of laundry, dishes, and pick up.

 •  Read “The 3-Step Cleaning Solution for Busy Moms” online.  It suggests two daily cleaning bursts of 5-20 minutes each, a daily focus on one room for 10-15 minutes, and one weekly “clean-for-all.”

 •  Keep meals simple, healthy, and on time.  See slow-cooker recipes.

Fill Your Home with Love and Joy

Enjoy the Lord and your family!  God's goal for us is to have a home filled with love, joy, and peace, where each member of the family relates to the others as He intends.

 •  Work together; chores are easier and more fun that way!

 •  Read aloud together.

 •  Set aside a “family night” each week. Play board games, do puzzles, arts and crafts, or bake together.

 •  Take a walk together and talk along the way—enjoy springtime out in nature!

 •  Sing or play musical instruments together.

 •  Spend some one-on-one time with each family member each day.


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