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For 31 Years The Teaching Home Has Been Providing Homeschool Families
Information, Inspiration, and Encouragement from a Distinctively Christian Perspective.

Co-Editors: Veteran Home-School Sisters, Sue Welch and Cindy Short

Summer Activities

Free Outdoor Performances

In the month of August, many communities present free cultural events outdoors.

Check with your local newspaper for a list of free outdoor performances such as concerts, plays, historic reenactments, and zoo exhibits.

This is a great opportunity to introduce children to cultural events that would otherwise be too expensive or too long for them to sit through.

 •  Take sleeping bags or folding chairs to sit on and snacks that are not messy or complicated to serve.

 •  Introduce your children to the main plot and background of a play or opera before attending so they can follow it better and get more out of it.

 •  See synopses of Shakespeare's plays, plus a biography of William Shakespeare, a glossary of Shakespeare's language, and more.

 •  Read synopses of an extensive list of operas.

 •  See tips for How to Enjoy a Live Concert.

 •  You might want to have your older students write a report or review of the performance and record it for credit purposes.

Star Gaze
with Your Family

Wonder together as a family at God's mighty universe!

"When I consider Your heavens,
the work of Your fingers,

The moon and the stars,
which You have ordained; . . .

O Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is Your name
in all the earth!"
(Psalms 8:3, 9)

 •  Begin with a good daily or weekly skywatching guide or star map so that you know what to look for.

 •  Pick a good viewing spot: your back yard or out away from city lights.

The next meteor shower, the Perseids, peaks on August 12 or 13.  "Unfortunately, the full moon will spoil 2011's Perseid display, obscuring all but the brighter meteors, during the shower's actual peak.  But you will see Perseids in the weeks leading up to the peak, too, if you have dark skies," according to

 •  View on a night without moonlight, so you can see meteors, the Milky Way, and more stars.

 •  Start with just your eyes to appreciate the expansive beauty of the entire night sky.

 •  Add a quality pair of binoculars. They are inexpensive, portable, provide a balance between magnification and light-gathering power, as well as enabling you to find your target better.

 •  Learn about the differences in telescope features before selecting a telescope.

 •  Use a reclining chair or lie on a sleeping bag.

 •  Get lots more tips for becoming a stargazer and look for an observatory with public access in your area.

If your family gets really interested in the stars, consider using a unit study based on astronomy.

See Classical Astronomy's website for information, free newsletter signup, and a Christian homeschool astronomy curriculum, Signs & Seasons.

Have Fun
Together Outside

Play Outdoor Games

See more than 100 outdoor games, summer games, and water games that you can play together with your family.

Make Bubbles

Buy extra large containers of bubble solution or make your own.

Bubble Solution Recipe

2 quarts distilled water

Slowly stir in:

6 oz. non-ultra Dawn, original scent (or 4.5 oz. ultra dish detergent)

1.5 tablespoons glycerin (use 3 tablespoons if using ultra detergent)

You can cut this recipe in half or double it.

 •  See more recipes, instructions, and explanations.

 •  You can blow bubbles through a wand or use various things to make bubbles.

 •  Learn all about the science of bubbles, e.g., bubbles do best when humidity is 30% or greater.

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Returning the Compliment

Our 3-year-old daughter often repeats back to me compliments that I give her.

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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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  Part 1

          “Homeschooling is a way of life in which
     the home is the center of life and learning.

          “Through home education, parents can
     experience in a unique way their responsibility
     to bring up their children in the nurture and
     admonition of the Lord.”

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 Christian Homeschool Foundations,  Part 1 

Your Decision To Homeschool

•  How To Help Someone Start Homeschooling
•  Steps in Making or Reaffirming Your Decision
•  Am I Qualified To Teach My Children?
•  Is Homeschooling Legal?


•  Free Outdoor Performances
•  Star Gaze with Your Family
•  Have Fun Together Outside

Recommended Resources

•  Christ-Centered Curriculum: Phonics and Math
•  The One Year Adventure Novel: Writing Curriculum
•  Living Books Curriculum: Charlotte Mason Education


In our Homeschool Foundations Series, we will consider some basics that you might use as reminders for yourself – or to help someone else start homeschooling.

How To Help Someone
Start Homeschooling

Look around at your church, support group, relatives, or neighbors.  Is there anyone who would appreciate a little help in considering or starting to homeschool?  Here are some ways you can help.

1.  Tell Your Story

Realistically give your convictions and reasons you homeschool, as well as your experience, both challenges and successes.

2.  Provide Information

Point your friend to various sources of information, including:

 •  Encourage your friends and support group to sign up to receive this Homeschool Foundations Series.

 •  The Teaching Home website offers hundreds of articles, including:
Frequently Asked Questions (also in Spanish)
Articles on Getting Started
Checklist for Starting a School Year
Back Issues of The Teaching Home Magazine

 •  Basic books on home education, such as:
Homeschooling: The Right Choice by C. Klicka
The Christian Homeschool by Gregg Harris

3.  Share an Experience

Schedule a day or a week of homeschooling together (call it a Day Camp or something fun!).  You could work on basic skills, explore just one subject area of interest and/or do a simple unit study, such as one of the Free Homeschool Unit Studies online.

A field trip on the last day would round out a good sampling of homeschool opportunities.

Of course the best way to help someone is to pray for them and be there to answer questions and give encouragement!

We trust that this newsletter will help you and/or a friend lay a good foundation for teaching your children at home!

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Your Decision To Homeschool

Steps in Making or Reaffirming Your Decision

Your decision to homeschool should be based on your determination of God's will for your family.

Reaffirming why you are teaching your children at home will provide the conviction, confidence, and commitment that you will need in order to persevere during difficult times.

Many homeschool families have found it beneficial to write out their decision to homeschool along with a list, or summary, of the reasons why they have made that decision.

These reasons for your decision will also help you explain your home education choice to others, including your children.

1. Seek the Lord through His Word and Prayer

Seek the Lord's will for your family through His Word and pray for His promised wisdom, guidance, and strength.  Make a daily quiet time with God top priority.

"If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God,
who gives to all men generously and without reproach,
and it will be given to him."  James 1:5-7

2. Agree as Husband and Wife

It is important to agree as husband and wife on this important decision.

Maintain good communication with your spouse at each step in your decision and homeschooling process.

One parent may do most of the research, planning, or teaching, but the other should be informed and involved in decision making.

3. Consider the Homeschool Advantages

Teaching and training your children at home can provide the optimum opportunity for your children's spiritual training and character development as well as their social and academic welfare, including:

A.  Spiritual

Teaching your children at home allows you to teach them God's Word and to teach all subjects from a distinctively Christian worldview.

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding."
     Prov. 9:10

The home can also provide a safer environment in which to protect your children from destructive influences such as various temptations, false teachings, negative peer pressure, and unsafe environments.

B.  Academic

Proven results of the individual tutoring done in home education include:

 •  Academic Excellence.  Each child can achieve his full educational potential.

 •  Independent Thinking.  Children develop confidence and independent thinking away from the peer pressure to conform and in the security of their own home.

 •  Life-long Love of Learning.  Children have time to explore individual interests.

C.  Social

Nurturing your children at home helps you build relationships with your children and show them how much you love them.

 •  Each child can receive individual attention and have his unique needs met.

 •  Children can gain respect for their parents as teachers.

 •  The family can experience unity, closeness, and mutual enjoyment of one another as they spend more time working together.

 •  You can help your children build lasting Christian friendships with people of all ages as they interact with church and family friends.

D.  Character Development

Christian character is as high – or higher – a priority as excellence in academics for Christian homeschool families.

When children remain with their parents, instead of being sent out of their home, more quality time is available to train and influence them in good habits, manners, and Christ-like character.

Homeschooling is a way of life in which the home is the center of life and learning.

Through home education, parents can experience in a unique way their responsibility to bring up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

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Am I Qualified To Teach My Children?

"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

You have the most direct and long-term responsibility for your children before God, who commands parents to teach their children His Word, the most important thing they will learn.

Parental and Tutorial Advantages

You know your children better than anyone else and have the deepest love and concern for them.

You do not need to know everything in order to teach.  Your example and enthusiasm in learning with your children will motivate and encourage them.

Dr. Brian Ray, president of the National Home Education Research Institute, says:

"The tutorial method of teaching has always been the superior method.  Home education epitomizes this method, providing essentials for success – a close student/teacher relationship, family-consistent values, motivation, flexibility, and individualization."

Research Findings

Dr. Ray has listed the following findings in regards to the academic performance of homeschool students:

 •  Home-educated students typically score 15 to 30 percentile points above public-school students on standardized academic achievement tests.

 •  Homeschool students score above average on achievement tests regardless of their parents' level of formal education or their family's household income.

 •  Whether homeschool parents were ever certified teachers, is not related to their children's academic achievement.

 •  Home-educated students typically score above average on the SAT and ACT tests that colleges consider for admissions.

 •  Homeschool students are increasingly being actively recruited by colleges.

Read the complete Research Facts on Homeschooling online.

National Home Education Research Institute

Dr. Brian Ray founded NHERI in 1990 and has compiled statistics from his own and others' research that has been used in court cases and legislatures worldwide to promote and defend homeschooling.

Check out the NHERI website at to see more information, sign up for their mailing list, order NHERI products, and make a tax-deductible donation.

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Is Homeschooling Legal?

Attorneys and homeschooling fathers J. Michael Smith, President, (left) and Michael P. Farris, Chairman, (below) founded Home School Legal Defense Association in 1983.

Their goal: to defend and advance the constitutional rights of parents to direct the education of their children and protect family freedoms.

Farris, HSLDA Chairman and General Counsel, says:

"Because the United States Constitution is the highest law of the land, homeschooling has always been legal in all 50 states.

"It has been a bit of a fight to get the various members of the education and social services establishment to accept that fact, but great progress has been made.

"Currently about two-thirds of the states have specific laws authorizing and regulating homeschooling.

"In the balance of the states, homeschoolers may legally operate as a small private school or provide 'equivalent instruction.'

"The details vary considerably from state to state and opinions about the law vary from district to district.

"What does not vary is HSLDA's commitment to the constitutional right to teach one's children at home."

Make Legal Arrangements To Homeschool

Avoid potential problems by making arrangements to comply with your state's law according to your conscience and recommendations of HSLDA and/or state organizations.

1.  Know Your State's Law

It is important to obtain a copy of your state's law pertaining to home education.  Many problems can be avoided by being accurately informed and by using tact and respect in dealing with school authorities.

HSLDA provides a summary of homeschool laws or regulations for all U.S. states and territories at  (For other countries see

2.  Contact Your State Homeschool Organization

State organizations can provide information concerning your state's laws governing home education, as well as information about state-wide events and publications, and local support groups.

HSLDA provides lists of state organizations at

3.  Consider joining HSLDA

Among the many benefits of HSLDA membership are:

 •  HSLDA protects your right to homeschool and defend your family.  A lawyer is on-call 24/7.

 •  HSLDA preserves homeschool freedom by promoting homeschooling and working at the federal level and with state homeschooling groups to get better laws and stop bad laws.

You can join HSLDA at and use discount group number 299142 for $20 off your membership fee.


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