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                 Information, Inspiration, and Encouragement
    From a Distinctively Christian Perspective of Home Education
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Table of Contents
Creativity, Part 3: Facilitating Creativity
 •  Review of the Creative Process
 •  Supply Tools for Creativity
 •  Reserve Space for Work and Materials
 •  Provide Time To Be Creative
 •  Furnish Information and Instruction
 •  Use Activities, Toys, and Games
     To Stimulate Creativity
Recommended Resources
     The Teaching Home Back Issues
     "Keepers at Home" Annual Calendar/Planner
     Enlightened Democracy by Tara Ross
Sunnyside Up: Humorous Anecdote


     In this issue we continue our series on Creativity.

     You can facilitate creativity in your children by providing
time, tools, encouragement, examples, and inspiration.

     If you are looking for a gift that will spark creativity in
 your child, consider some of of the tools, supplies, games, and
instruction materials mentioned in this issue.

     Creative thinking processes and skills that you nurture in
your children can be used to:

 •  Solve problems, meet needs, or resolve conflicts
 •  Improve efficiency by saving time, money, materials, or
 •  Create, adapt, or improve tools and/or methods
 •  Find available resources to make a substitution for something
     you don't have
 •  Educate, persuade, or inspire people
 •  Produce arts and crafts that beautify our surroundings
 •  Honor and point others to the Creator

     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.


Review of the Creative Process
     While specifics vary with different situations, the
following steps may be involved in creative thought or activity.
The order of these steps may be rearranged.

1.  Identify a need, a goal, an opportunity, or a problem.
2.  Take inventory of what you already know
     or what others have tried.
3.  Develop new perspectives or approaches.
4.  Brainstorm for ideas.
5.  Use your intuition.
6.  Ask the Lord for insight and wisdom.

     Read the first two parts of our series on Creativity in our
newsletter archives.

Creativity, Part 1: Exploring Creativity
 •  What Is Creativity?
 •  Where and When Can We Use Creativity?
 •  The Creative Process
 •  How Should Creative Ideas Be Evaluated?
 •  What Are the Prerequisites of Creativity?

Creativity, Part 2:  Preparing for Creativity
 •  Lay a Firm Spiritual Foundation.
 •  Teach Your Child To Think.
 •  Give Your Child a Wide Range of Experiences.
 •  Cultivate Good Character Qualities in Your Children.
 •  Do You Have To Choose Between an Obedient or a Creative


Teaching Home Magazine
Back Issues

     Many home schoolers have found information, inspiration,
and support from the writers who have contributed to The
Teaching Home magazine over the last 23 years.  Fifty-one
Back Issues are offered for sale online.

     These back issue never go out of date.  They are relevant
and applicable to your needs today.

     In each issue an average of 58 home schoolers contribute:
 •  Practical how-to articles
 •  Encouraging letters
 •  Ready-to-use teaching tips

          "The Teaching Home has been a part of my
    continuing education since I started home schooling,
    and I have kept every issue.
         "I often go back to old issues to find creative,
    helpful hints or inspiration." Meredith C., Florida


Facilitating Creativity

Supply Tools for Creativity

     On a very practical level, we need to provide tools for
creative work.  Children need to be given free access to quality
tools corresponding to their age, responsibility, and abilities.

     When a special interest or ability is recognized, more
advanced or specialized tools may go a long way in providing
encouragement and help.

For All
 •  Instruction and pattern books.
 •  Many tools or musical instruments (such as a violin or
     guitar) are available in smaller sizes for young children.
 •  Provide materials generously, e.g., don't limit your child to
     only one piece of paper.
 •  Sources may include thrift store, garage sales, or discount
__ See suggested resources below.

 •  Papers and sketchbooks of various weights and colors
 •  Soft lead pencils, charcoal, erasers, calligraphy pens
 •  Crayons, colored pencils, chalk, markers
 •  Paints and brushes of various kinds and sizes
 •  Rubber stamps, ink, and accessories
 •  Scissors, glue, play dough, clay
__ How Great Thou Art: Art supplies and instruction materials.
__ Draw Write Now.

 •  Instruments ranging from a penny whistle to a piano
 •  Interesting music within the ability of your child to play
__ Piano for Life: DVD / Video Piano Lessons
__ Jean Welles' Guitar Video Courses
__ Music City

 •  Paper, journals, books, stationary supplies
 •  Special pens
 •  Tape recorder
 •  Software programs (including word processing)

 •  Dress-up clothes and props

 •  Cooking tools, supplies, recipes
 •  Gardening supplies and equipment
 •  Woodworking and leather working supplies and tools
 •  Sewing, needlework, weaving supplies
 •  Scientific tools or kits
__ Microscope Store: Teaching Compound Microscope

     Recycle milk cartons, paper towel tubes, and other "trash"
by using them for crafts and science experiments.
__ See ideas at:

Reserve Space for Work and Materials

     If your children have to wait for you to prepare a work area
and assemble all the materials, they will not initiate many
creative projects on their own.

 •  Store most of your materials in an area that is easily
     accessible to your children.

 •  Keep space available for working on creative projects --
     a desk, a workshop area, a plastic tablecloth over a table.

 •  To avoid surprises and messes, have your children ask
     permission before they use any messy art materials.

 •  Be willing to tolerate messes during craft times.

 •  Expect your children to help clean up afterwards.


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with the "Keepers at Home"
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     Keep all the facets of homemaking
and homeschooling together in one place.
 •  All you need in a day planner and more.
 •  Complete school planning and lesson plans.
Two sizes (8.5 x 11; 5.5 x 8.5) fit in most binders.
More useful tools for Mothers at


Facilitating Creativity

Provide Time To Be Creative

     We need to provide our children with time to develop their
creative abilities.  Your child's day or week can easily be
planned to include such time.  This is one of the many benefits
of home education.

     Creativity grows when children are given free time.  Even
the best trained and most experienced minds still need time to
think.  New ideas take time to nurture and perfect.

     Consider not arranging every moment of your children's day.
As long as chores and schoolwork are done, allow time for your
child to daydream or think of ways to fill his day.  This might
mean not immediately solving your child's problem of "I don't
have anything to do."

Control Time Robbers

     In your home-school household, you can eliminate or control
time robbers such as:

 •  Television, videos, movies
 •  Computer games, Internet surfing, instant messaging
 •  Too many toys or toys that leave no room for the imagination
 •  Excessive homework or busywork
 •  Too many extracurricular activities

Be Flexible

     Allow time to explore and investigate new ideas and areas
of interest.

     Do not let the push to complete a chapter, section, or
course of study cause you to discourage your children's
exploration of the side trails that daily cross their paths.

     Creative interest can be killed by the press of time or the
promise that "we will do it some other time."

Furnish Information and Instruction

Stock Your Library with a Variety of Books

     First, start with a good reference section of:
 •  Dictionaries: illustrated, children's, etc.
 •  Encyclopedic dictionary and/or encyclopedia set
 •  Bible study aids: Bible dictionary, concordance, etc.

     Then add books that will open up your child's world and
 •  Photo books of people, places, animals, plants
 •  How things work, cut-away views
 •  Maps, geography, peoples
 •  Illustrated history books
 •  Biographies of people you would like your child to emulate
 •  How-to books on any subject

     You can find a wide variety of books at thrift stores,
garage sales, library sales, and used bookstores.

     Online, you can search 13,000 booksellers around the world
that sell new, used, or out-of-print books at:

     Your library full of books will be there waiting for the
creative moment that might have been lost by the time you were
able to go to your public library.

     Books abound with ideas to inspire your children's minds!

Use the Internet

     Supervised research on the Internet puts virtually unlimited
information at your child's disposal.  Teaching him how to find
what he wants is an important life skill and an impetus to

Supply Instruction

     We can provide our children with instruction in the creative
fields that interest them.

     Instruction will not harm the "freedom" to create, but
rather enhance it.  You can't be free to compose beautiful
melodies if you do not know what a scale is, or be free to draw
beautiful pictures if your best efforts are still stick figures.


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Facilitating Creativity

Use Activities, Toys, and Games
To Stimulate Creativity

     Include some of these activities for your whole family on
a regular basis.  They will develop everyone's creativity and
thinking skills and keep parents' minds sharp and alert as well.

1.  Read a Wide Range of Good Books
 •  Read aloud together as a family.
 •  Provide your children with good reading material.
 •  Discuss what you read.  Ask questions on facts, inferences,
     comprehension, application, evaluation, and "what if . . ."

2.  Creative Toys and Play
     Multi-use toys that require imagination include:
 •  Costumes and hats for pretend play
 •  Puzzles
 •  Building materials: blocks, Legos, Fischertechnik, etc.
 •  Play house items: phones, cabinets, dishes, broom, etc.
 •  Dolls, stuffed animals, and puppets
__ "A Life of Faith" dolls.
__ Doorposts: Doll Kits & Toys
 •  Little toy people and props to act out stories
 •  Cars, trucks, construction equipment
 •  Cardboard and wooden boxes

3.  Thinking Games
     These activities will help your children develop logic and
deductive reasoning.
     These skills are necessary for the creative thinking used in
complex problems, especially in mathematics and science.
     Insight into relationships and interrelationships of
variables in problems can be built.
 •  Checkers, chess
 •  Master Mind, Clue, Stratego
 •  Scattergories, Taboo
 •  Brain teasers and thought questions
 •  Word or math games
__ Math Fundamentals.

Word Game:  "Same or Different?"
     Choose two objects that seem very different and ask, "How
are these things the same?"
     For example: a light bulb and a kitten.
 •  Both are warm and use energy.
 •  Both are fragile and easily damaged.
 •  Both are more nearly round than any other shape.
 •  Both bring light into our lives.
     As you can see, some answers are abstract concepts and some
are very concrete -- this is good creative thinking.


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Sunnyside Up:  Grown-Up Cheese
     After prayer, Josh, 4, looked down at his food and then up
at me with inquisitive eyes. "Mom, what's college?"
     I thought for a moment. "Well, Josh, it's like school. It's
a place of higher learning for older kids."
     Puzzled, he looked down at his plate again. "But, Mommy,
why do I have to eat college cheese?"
     Submitted by Connie L., Washington


God Loves You.
     Because we have been separated from God by sin, Jesus
Christ died in our place, then rose to life again.  If we trust
Him 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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