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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.
U.N. Convention on
the Rights of the Child
Calls Needed to Oppose Ratification of U.N. Treaty
by Mike Smith, HSLDA President
The U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is a treaty which, if ever ratified by a two-thirds majority of the U.S. Senate (67 votes), would become the supreme law of the land and significantly affect our right to homeschool.
Therefore, we support the efforts of ParentalRights.org to gain commitments from 34 senators in order to prevent ratification from occurring.
We are very close to sending a clear message that this treaty will not be ratified by the U.S. Senate.
As of this writing, 31 senators have signed in support of S.R. 519, a resolution opposing ratification of the UNCRC.
See if your senators are co-sponsors of S. Res. 519. If not, please call the number provided and urge your senator to support the resolution or sign an equivalent statement in opposition to the CRC.
For additional information, view the online resource, "Why Co-sponsor SR 519."
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Some time ago I met a family with four kids while they were touring a small museum.
Having taught in the public school system, I immediately knew that there was something different about these kids.
They were quiet and respectful, but they were also curious and eager to learn. As they walked around to the various displays, people were drawn to them.
And then I figured it out.
"Your kids are homeschooled, aren't they?" I asked the parents.
"How did you know?" the mother asked.
How did I know? I'm not sure.
In the classes that I taught there might be one or two students out of 30 who showed such maturity and love of learning. And I didn't have much time to nurture that talent.
Much of my time was spent in classroom control and politics and dealing with the hundred odd things the teaching business demands in the course of a day.
It was a far cry from what I'd envisioned during teacher training.
The kids in the museum were a reminder of why I'd gone into teaching in the first place.
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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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Back-to-Homeschool Series, 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
• U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child
• Letter to the Editor
• Birch Court Books: Books on Curriculum, Methods
• Deeper Roots Publications: Bible Curriculum
• Candy 4WAY Phonics: Multisensory Cards
Are you getting ready for school to start, or thinking about what preparations you need to make?
In our Back-to-Homeschool Series, we will review some basics that you might use as reminders for yourself – or to help someone else start homeschooling.
How To Help Someone
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 to 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 Back-to-Homeschool 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 do a simple unit study, work on basic skills, and/or explore just one subject area of interest.
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 groundwork for a successful and enjoyable school year ahead!
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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:
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."
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.
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.
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."
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 www.nheri.org 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 www.hslda.org/laws. (For other countries see www.hslda.org/hs/international.)
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 www.hslda.org/orgs/default.asp.
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 http://hslda.org/a/2285898 and use discount group number 299142 for $20 off your membership fee.