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In This Issue:
Troubleshooting Your Back-to-School

1. Can't Seem To Get Started?
     Something always interferes with your home schooling.  You keep thinking you'll do better tomorrow, but . . .
 •   Five Solutions!

2. Can't Juggle Students and Preschoolers?
     Needs of your littlest ones are as important as education of your older ones, but you can't be everywhere at once.
 •   Six Solutions!

3. Can't Keep Up with the Housework?
     Both school and housework are important, but there don't seem to be enough hours in the day.
 •   Seven Solutions!


     A home-school Mom wrote:

     "We attempted to begin our home-school year and failed miserably. I've been broken up about it all week and am actually physically sick over it.

     "After checking out local schools and talking things over with my dear husband, I still believe home schooling is our best option. God has provided a friend to help us out. Just wanted to thank you for your encouragement."

     We trust that the practical suggestions in this newsletter will encourage you to take the next step in getting started — or enable you to help someone else that needs assistance or encouragement.

     May the Lord bless 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.

Troubleshooting Your Back-to-School

     The school year has just started, but some home schoolers are already feeling overwhelmed.
     Before you despair, read on for some practical ways to get off the starting line and regain your confidence.
     Bear in mind that everything doesn't need to fall into place at once just because it is September.  Most schools spend a while in review each year before studying new material, and they also have to take extra time to accommodate the many achievement levels of their students.
     Be encouraged — the efficiency of home schooling will allow you to catch up easily.


Reading Made Easy:
A Guide To Teach Your Child To Read
by Valerie Bendt

Complete Phonics Curriculum:
 • 108 lessons (30 minutes each, three days a week)
 • Christian content
 • Instructions and dialog to read to your child
 • Writing, drawing, and hands-on activities
Read more and see samples at

Also Available:  Unit Studies Made Easy, Making the Most of the Preschool Years, Frances Series Study Guide, Making Books and Puppets


Can't Seem To Get Started?

The Problem
     Something always "comes up" time after time that interferes with your home schooling.
     Either the day or the hour you wanted to start comes and goes with nothing happening.  You have multiple interruptions, and little or nothing is accomplished.
     You keep thinking you'll do better tomorrow, but you're beginning to feel like you're swimming upstream against a current stronger than you.

Five Solutions

1.  Get a Perspective
     Realize that's exactly what you're doing — swimming against the current!
     By choosing to teach your children at home from a Christian worldview, you are taking a stand against the spiritual darkness of the world today.
     Thousands of other Christian home-school families have faced and overcome the same struggles with the Lord's help!

2.  Arm Yourself
     As Christian soldiers, you can expect resistance, or even attacks, from your Enemy.  Prepare for spiritual combat as directed in Eph. 6:10-18:

Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
Put on the whole armor of God,
that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

 •   Make your quiet time with the Lord a priority as you read His Word and pray for your family's specific needs.
 •   Cast all your cares upon the Lord for He cares for you (I Peter 5:7).
 •   Ask the Lord for His promised wisdom (James 1:5).
 •   Count on the Lord's presence and help (Hebrews 13:5-6).

3.  Start — Slow and Steady
     Make plans to begin.  Set an easily attainable goal for your first day or week.
 •   Start with just one subject and introduce one new class into your schedule every few days over a week or two.
 •   Begin with Bible; then add the basics (3 Rs).
 •   Consider concentrating on fewer subjects at a time (e.g., study science for half a year and history the other half).
     See suggestions in Newsletter #48.

4.  Eliminate the Unnecessary
     Remove any activity of lesser importance that keeps getting in your way.  This may include eliminating good opportunities for extra activities in favor of the best use of your family's time and energy.

5.  Don't Give Up
     Persevere towards your goal, even when you get behind.  Return to your schedule after each interruption.  Do not waste time or energy crying over spilt milk!

And let us not be weary in well doing:
for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
(Galatians 6:9)


Enlightened Democracy
by Tara Ross

     Understand the Constitution and the basic tenets that undergird America's republican democracy as you never have before and learn a little history along the way!
 •   Free Study Guide Also Available.


Can't Juggle Students and Preschoolers?

The Problem
     You truly believe the needs of your littlest ones are as important as the education of your older ones, but you can't be everywhere at once.

Six Solutions

1. Identify Your Children's Needs
 •   Identify each of your children's needs for your time and attention.
 •   Also identify which needs could be met by someone else (e.g., You must nurse the baby and hug the toddler frequently, but an older child could feed the toddler lunch or read him a story).
 •   Make sure no one is left without attention longer than he can reasonably be content.  A moment with you at the right time is worth more than several minutes when it's too late.

2.  Be Prepared
     Provide alternative activities for each child to do when you are needed by another child.
 •   Make a list of alternative activities and have supplies handy (e.g., a box of toys; learning games, puzzles, or coloring books; school assignments; or chores).

3.  Do More Things Together
 •   Your baby may be happy on your lap while you read history lessons to your older children and your toddler plays with Legos on the floor.
 •   Teach subjects like Bible, science, and history to all your children together.  Assign extra reading and work for your older children; explain more and supplement with picture books for your younger ones.  See Newsletter #44.

4.  Take Advantage of Naptimes
     Whether your little ones nap on schedule or not, be ready to drop everything and do phonics or math with your beginning students or needed one-on-one tutoring with your older students whenever this "prime time" occurs.

5.  Let Your Students Teach Each Other
     Your children can help each other. For example:
 •   An older child can drill flashcards with a younger child.
 •   A younger child can practice reading to an older child.
 •   An older child can help a younger child with math.

6.  Multitask
   Look for opportunities to teach your children concepts or discuss their studies while you are doing something else.
 •   Teach and practice math while cooking or cleaning.
 •   Practice reading signs when you go on errands.
 •   Talk about things on your walks or drives.
     These mini-lessons can either replace or accelerate regular lessons.  You will find that informal teaching at opportune moments accumulates into a respectable store of knowledge over time.


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Can't Keep Up with the Housework?

The Problem
     When you attempt to teach your children their lessons, you find your housework falling further and further behind.  You know both school and housework are important, but there don't seem to be enough hours in the day.

Seven Solutions

1.  Make Simple Meals
     Make simple, nutritious meals (e.g. stew in a crock pot or toasted cheese sandwiches and veggies) on school days and save your special menus for the weekend or for company.
 •   Teach your children to make one meal each week (even if it is the same one every time!).

2.  Cut Down on Laundry
     Are you washing clothes unnecessarily?
 •   Make sure your children don't throw clothes in the wash that are clean enough to wear again instead of hanging them up.

3.  De-Clutter
     Spend just 15 minutes each day, or longer once a week, to de-clutter.  Nothing makes your house easier to keep neat and clean.   See suggestions in Newsletter #42.

4.  Find Something New
     Look for some new tools, containers, or procedures that can save you valuable time.
     See suggestions at: The Organized Home, Fly Lady, and Don Aslett's Cleaning Center.

5.  Delegate!
     You might be amazed at how much your children can do (almost as well as you).  And the younger they are, the more excited they'll be about helping.
 •   Take time (out of schooltime if necessary) to train your children to do chores to your standards and on time.
 •   Read "7 Ways To Teach Responsibility through Chores" in Newsletter #45.

6.  Prevent Messes
     Train all family members to pick up after themselves, plus a little extra, whenever they leave a room.

7.  Schedule Time To Do Your Housework
 •   Set aside certain hours in your daily or weekly schedule for housework.  Accomplish what you can within that time, then move on to your next activity.  You can pick up where you left off next time "housework" is on your schedule.
 •   Follow the same scheduling procedure with schooltime, errands, free time, etc.  Otherwise one "priority" can eat up all your time, leaving no room for other important needs.


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