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The Teaching Home
Information, Inspiration, and Encouragement


Volume II, Number 9                                  June 27, 2002


     We hope that you will enjoy and profit from this newsletter. You are invited to send us your comments and suggestions on this and future editions.

May the Lord bless your family for His glory,
Pat, Sue, Heather, Holly, and Brian Welch

Table of Contents

  • Year-Round School Options
  • Summer School Options
  • Court Declares Pledge Unconstitutional
  • July 4th: Independence Day
  • Our Readers Write (Letter)
  • State Home-School Conventions
  • Sunny Side Up (Humorous Anecdote)


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    Year-Round School Options
         Most home-school families continue learning during the summer, either formally or informally. Many families have chosen a regular schedule of study throughout the entire year with variously timed breaks.

    Sample Schedules
    1. A four-day school week with three days off.
    2. Three, four, or six weeks of school, then one week off.
    3. Eight or ten weeks of school, then two weeks off.
         Depending on the number of school days required by your state's home-school law (if any), all these schedules would allow several weeks of vacation time each year.
         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.

    * Continuity of knowledge acquired and retention of basic skills.
    * More time to thoroughly cover a year's program and include enrichment activities.
    * Consistency of disciplined habits and productive use of time year-round.
    * More flexibility for other activities with a shorter school day or week.
    * A more relaxed, but steady, pace during the whole year that reduces stress for student and teacher.
    (Excerpted from the May/June 1998 Teaching Home.)

    How Great Thou Art Publications
    Art curriculum designed for the Home Schooled student.
    Since 1991, HGTA has instructed students of all ages in the fundamentals of drawing, painting, and color theory. Online catalog, art galleries, sample lessons and much more!
    Free Catalog: 800-982-DRAW (3729)

    Summer School Options
         The home-school lifestyle of learning in the context of everyday home life will ensure that your family will continue learning throughout the summer, whether you decide to adopt a year-round school schedule or not.
         You can take a very casual approach to your summer studies or make a class out of them. To create your own summer school course:
         * Do some research
         * Get material (some is available free off the web)
         * List your learning objectives
         * Assign levels of competence to be checked off.
         * Dive right in!
         For more information see article on course design at
         Here are some suggestions for you to choose from to make the most of your summer time and studies.

    1. Get a Head Start on Next Year.
         Select one subject, for instance history, and study it using your textbooks and/or a unit study with your whole family. Whatever method or combination of methods you choose, include related reading, activities, and field trips.
         You may be able to do this with just one hour a day or one day a week.
         With one less subject to study for next school year, you can have a more relaxed schedule. You may be able to have shorter days or an extra day off each week. This, plus the joy of learning together at a slower pace, could provide incentive for your family's learning all year.

    2. Shore Up Weak Areas.
         A little extra boost in a weak area during the summer can make the difference between being even further behind when school starts or experiencing a breakthrough in a hard subject.
         Math practice is especially important; keep up skills with just three problems a day.

    3. Explore New or Favorite Interests.
         Do you have a student that wants to explore a subject or area of interest more deeply than time allows during the school year? This is a good time to help your children learn how to learn more about their interests through supervised internet searches and/or library hunts.

    4. Add Electives.
         Summer is an ideal opportunity to spend more time in areas that may get crowded out by the basics during the regular school year.
         You may notice that many electives are named for the chores or activities that you will be doing anyway:
         * Home Ec.: cooking, sewing, home management, canning
         * Landscaping, gardening
         * Drawing, painting, calligraphy, scrapbooking, crafts
         * Music and art appreciation and practice
         * Foreign or sign language, logic, speech
         * Shop, woodworking, car maintenance and repairs
         * Home repairs or remodeling
         * P.E.: hiking, outdoor games with the family
         Enter a project in any of these areas in your local county fair.

    5. Go on Lots of Field Trips.
         Enjoy God's wonderful outdoors and visit educational sites -- with just your family or together with another family.

    "Summer Activities & Studies"
    A 12-page Special Section in the May/June 1996 Back Issue of The Teaching Home is available at

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    Court Declares Pledge Unconstitutional
         In a shocking ruling, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled June 26th that the Pledge of Allegiance is unconstitutional and cannot be recited in school classrooms because of the phrase "under God." Read more at

    July 4th / Independence Day
    Suggested Activities and Links for Further Study

         * Obtain a copy of the Declaration of Independence (see links below) and read and study it carefully.
         * Pray for our national, state and local leaders.
         * Give praise and thanksgiving for the freedoms that we enjoy and the sacrifices that were made to ensure them.
         * Pray for the millions of believers who do not have the same freedoms and are persecuted for their faith.

    Independence Day Sermon (or Bible Study) Outline
    Our nation's freedom and our spiritual freedom, plus action points and complete copy of The Declaration of Independence.

    Free from K12: An American Patriotism Program
    Internet-based education lessons about the history and founding principles of the United States of America.
    Call (888) 968-7512 or sign up at

    Links of Interest
    Drafting of the Declaration of Independence.
    Includes what became of the 56 signers of the Declaration.
    Annie's Home Page: Bible study, many, many links.
    Freedom and Faith at Peggie's Place.
    Declaration of Independence, Constitution, Bill of Rights.

    Canada Day

    International Independence Days
    Selected National Holidays Around the World, 2002 and 2003
    The World Factbook. Information listed on all countries of the world includes history, geography, people, religions, government (including their Independence Day), Economy, and international relations.

    FREE -- to First 100 Registrations!
    Online Math Camp for Parents
         Parents and caregivers of K-4th grade kids are invited to Math Camp for Parents, an innovative online event hosted by classroom teachers. Engage in interactive discussions and find practical activities.

    Home-School Pioneer Paul Lindstrom
         Dr. Paul Lindstrom, home-school pioneer, founder and president of the Christian Liberty Academy School System (CLASS), went to be home with his Lord and Savior on May 22, 2002. Memorial page:

    Our Readers Write: Victory in Jesus
    Home schooling truly has become a way of life for our family. God used it to open our eyes to the fact that not only can the Christian family stand firm against the destructive trends of our times, but through it parents can prepare their children to embrace a Christian theology of victory.
         It was not until we had gone through the upheavals of three or four years of public school and its attacks on the values we taught our children, as well as another exhausting three years' participation in a private church school, that God brought us to the place where we could accept that we alone were responsible for the education of our children.
         Almost immediately we began to experience the benefits and blessings of teaching our 10- and 12-year old sons at home. Problem behavior could be dealt with immediately. Our family grew much closer and began to learn what teamwork was all about.
         Through the wonderful Christian curriculum, books, and periodicals we were exposed to, our eyes and hearts were being opened to the peace and blessings that result from "radical" obedience to God and the willingness to pay its costs. (And there were costs -- isolation, disapproval even from the Christian community, feelings of inadequacy, plain hard work, etc.)
         Life has become an adventure that we could never have anticipated only a few years ago! Purpose and direction are alive in our family; we finally have a battle plan. We have chosen a lifestyle that insists that we draw near to God and rely on Him. Our worldview has taken a new direction -- that of being overcomers through Jesus Christ.
         "These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world" John 16:33.

    Georgina R., British Columbia. Excerpted from the out-of- print August/September 1990 issue of The Teaching Home.

    State Home-School Conventions
         Renew and expand your vision for teaching and training your children!
         Read "Getting the Most Out of Home-School Conventions, Conferences, and Book Fairs" at
         Below are listed state conventions coming up in the next few weeks. See more events listed at

    Alabama - July 12-13
    California - July 12-14
    Kentucky - July 12-13

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    Sunny Side Up: Home, Home on the Range
         We were driving along a wooded stretch of highway when our 7-year-old shouted, "Look, Mommy! I just saw a deer!"
         He sat wide-eyed for a moment and then looked up with a serious expression. "At least I think it was a deer; maybe it was a cantaloupe." -- Gail M., Washington

    God loves you.
         Because we were separated from God by sin, Jesus Christ died in our place, then rose to life again. If we trust Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord, He will give us eternal life.
         “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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