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The Teaching Home E-Mail Newsletter #43
Information, Inspiration, and Encouragement
July 28, 2003 / Cindy Short and Sue Welch, editors
Table of Contents
Summer & Socialization
Family Day Trips, Destinations
Guests, Preparation, On the Road
At Your Destination, After the Trip
Christ-Centered Curriculum for Early Childhood
God and Government Series
Godís Design Science Books
Teaching Home Back Issues
Sunny Side Up: Humorous Anecdote
Did you try the "Four-Box Dejunking Method" or investigate
selling some of your items on eBay as suggested in our last
newsletter? If you missed that issue, you can find it online at:
In this issue we discuss a wonderful summer memory maker --
the family day trip. Even though it may mean some extra effort,
it is well worth it. We would never give up the time we have spent
with our children in this way!
A mother in Texas also shares what their family does about
socialization in the summer -- a dilemma that you might be facing
Finally, don't miss the article "How To Energize Yourself for
Teaching This Fall" at:
May the Lord bless and guide you as you enjoy family time
Pat, Sue, Heather, Holly, and Brian Welch
The Teaching Home is a 22-year-old, home-school family business.
Christ-Centered Curriculum for Early Childhood
This thoroughly Bible-based phonics and math
program offers your children high spiritual, moral, and
academic training. Pre-Kindergarten through 6th grade
curricula. Online articles by Doreen Claggett discuss
early childhood education and when to begin academic
Summer & Socialization
Will this summer's "socialization" reinforce or undo last
year's character training? Here is one family's solution.
We have pondered the question of socialization. How much
"socialization" should we allow, knowing I Corinthians 15:33:
"Do not be misled:
Bad company corrupts good character,"
and Proverbs 13:20:
"He who walks with the wise grows wise,
but a companion of fools suffers harm."
I don't want any harm to come to my children, nor do I wish
to watch negative social pressures at work in our own yard!
Our solution has been to limit our children's exposure to
other children and to closely supervise their playtime. In this
way, I can guide the play, correct attitudes as they arise, and
maintain the standards of our family.
Interestingly, the rules at our house have piqued the
curiosity of more than one parent and opened doors to share what
God's Word says about children and their training.
Many parents have been influenced by the popular psychology
of the day, and by contrast, what the Bible says is new and
refreshing. Better than that: it works!
We also enjoy inviting other families over for dinner and
games or supervised play for the children while the adults visit.
This is how we handle those relationships with others who
have different values and standards. Happily, at least two of
those families are now Christians!
You can be salt and light (Matthew 5:13-16) in your very own
neighborhood. Strive to reach God's standards in your life and
in your home, plant the seeds of God's Word, and pray for the
harvest. -- Melody G., Texas
Children need to be supervised while playing together as well
as when they are on the internet, and nothing is as effective as
hearing and seeing them yourself.
God and Government (a homeschool special)
Does God have a place in government?
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favorite for more than 20 years. These wonderfully
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Make the Most of Family Day Trips
Family day trips are a great alternative to an expensive or
too-long-away-from-work vacation. They can do much to bring the
family together with fun activities and at the same time home
educators can always find an interesting and enriching
educational angle for each trip.
Day trips usually should be a distance that would enable you to
spend at least twice as much time at your destination as
round-trip traveling time (e.g., the maximum might be 2 hours
each way in the car and 8 hours at your destination and/or stops
along the way).
Here are a few ideas that are especially suited for family
day trips during the summer. Some are free, some will take gas
money, and some may require an admission fee.
1. Natural attractions such as the beach, mountains, rivers,
water falls, lakes, hiking trails, and parks.
2. Museums, planetariums, aquariums, and zoos.
3. Historic sites, districts, buildings, and museums, as well as
4. Events such as ethnic festivals, state and county fairs.
Find suggestions and information for day trips by:
* Calling your chamber of commerce or visitors' center for a list,
information, and brochures on local and state attractions.
* Visiting these websites:
* Asking other families what day trips they have enjoyed and
getting information from them.
Is teaching science like wrestling a mountain lion?
Turn that lion into a kitty-cat with Godís Design
science books from R and D Educational Center!
* Hands-on activities.
* Minimal teacher preparation.
* Fun and easy.
* Teach grades 1-6 together.
* Christian worldview.
* Complete life science and earth science curriculums.
Family Day Trips (Continued)
Sometimes a family needs to spend time together, away from
the bustle of a busy life. At other times, taking someone with
you can be a ministry to them and make your trip more meaningful.
* Is there an older person in your family or church that cannot
get out much and would appreciate a short drive in the country?
* Would another family like to caravan with you on a trip?
* Read ahead about your destination. Check your library, online,
or other sources. Even a few paragraphs can pique interest and
* Get complete information on your destination, including hours,
admission, and directions.
* Do an hour-by-hour time line of your trip, figuring driving
time, rest stops, etc. Be sure you allow enough time, instead
of cramming too much into too little time, which is
counterproductive to an enjoyable time. If you allow extra time
for travel, you will be able to stop and explore interesting
things along the way.
* Pack everything you will need the night before, get a good
night's sleep, a healthy breakfast, and an early start.
* Take along a field guide to identify plants and animals you see.
On the Road
* You can begin your trip with a short devotional time in the
car as you start down the road. Start with prayer for your family
to have a safe trip, be a witness and testimony (take along
some tracts), have a good family time together, learn more about
nature or history, and praise the Lord for His world.
* Have someone read some Scripture or listen to the Bible on tape.
* Listen to and/or sing hymns or choruses.
* Allow some time for family visiting.
* You may want to listen to music or a book on tape as you travel.
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check your local library for books on tape.
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Family Day Trips (Continued)
At Your Destination
* Experience as much of the site as possible.
* Pick up any handouts or educational materials available.
Sometimes it is worthwhile to buy a book on the subject if
someone is especially interested. This could encourage reading
or other educational goals.
* Be sure you know what you may or may not remove from a nature
After the Trip
Follow-up activities are a valuable educational part of any
* You can do a report of your trip by using one of the 100+ ideas
for book reports or unit studies from our newsletter #26
These include activities in art, penmanship, written and oral
reports, speech, drama, writing, and poetry.
* Follow up any interest with more reading or research at the
* Keep an account of your trips to add to your children's school
* Make a scrap book with photos and information.
* Plan a return trip next year if your family enjoyed it this
year. Often children will enjoy repeated trips more because they
are comfortable with the surroundings, feel at home, and know
what to expect. Some summer events may become family
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Sunny Side Up: Of Dolphins and Seals
When Daddy comes home for lunch, our son and daughter both
enjoy filling him in on what they have learned during the
On this particular day, Elise, 7, had been studying American
history. When we were all seated for our noon meal, I asked if
she could name some of the symbols of the United States for
Daddy. She promptly replied, "The dolphin."
My husband and I stared at each other in confusion. When
she saw how puzzled we were, she tried to clarify for us and
said, "you know, that round thing."
After a few more seconds, it finally dawned on us that she
meant the Great Seal of the United States.
Contributed by Jane M. Los Alamos, N.M.
You are also invited to submit your humorous anecdote.
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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