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In This Issue
1.  Please Vote Today!
2.  Be Informed and Pray
3.  Math & Money Teaching Poem
4.  Math & Money Game


     This midterm election is very important!  We urge you to vote and encourage others to as well.

     We are blessed with the freedom to worship God, to spread the Gospel, and to teach our children at home in Godly ways.  However, these freedoms are in jeopardy at all times, and we must be constantly alert and do our part in defending and maintaining our current freedoms or they will gradually be taken away.

     We as Christians can impact our society and nation if we all make a concerted effort to cast informed votes guided by biblical truths. We should also seek to influence others to do the same.

     Gary Bauer of American Values cites the war over the culture as one of the important reasons to vote on Tuesday.  "We're just one Supreme Court vote away from overturning Roe and stopping the radical gay-rights movement's attempt to redefine marriage," Bauer said.  "If conservative Christians lose in the Senate tomorrow, it will be a disaster, and we may lose our last chance for the next 30 years to make progress."

Please Vote!
     On the ballot this year in many states are issues dealing with marriage, abortion, cloning, and gambling.  In states with these amendments (in fact in all states) it is important that your voice is heard.  Every single vote counts!

     As an American it is your right; as a Christian it is your responsibility.

     May the Lord bless your family for His glory.

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Be Informed and Pray

Be Informed
     John Adams said, "We electors have an important constitutional power placed in our hands: we have a check upon two branches of the legislature, as each branch has upon the other two; the power I mean of electing at stated periods, one branch, which branch has the power of electing another.
     "It becomes necessary to every subject then, to be in some degree a statesman: and to examine and judge for himself of the tendencies of political principles and measures."  (As quoted on Wallbuilders' website.)

For information see:
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on key issues.
 •  Family Research Council's State Voting Guides.

"I urge that entreaties and prayers,
    petitions and thanksgivings,
be made on behalf of all men,
    for kings and all who are in authority,
so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life
    In all godliness and dignity.

This is good and acceptable
    in the sight of God our Savior,
who desires all men to be saved
    and to come to the knowledge of the truth."
    (1 Timothy 2:1-3)

 •  Pray for the election of candidates who will honor and follow the Lord and lead this nation in His way.
 •  Pray that measures will be passed that honor the Lord.
 •  Pray that the election will be fair and free of fraud.

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Math & Money Teaching Poem
by Carrie De Francisco

“Smart” by Shel Silverstein

My dad gave me a one-dollar bill
    'Cause I'm his smartest son,
And I swapped it for two shiny quarters
    'Cause two is more than one!

And then I took the quarters
    And traded them to Lou for three dimes.
I guess he don't know
    That three is more than two!

Just then, along came old blind Bates
    And just 'cause he can't see
He gave me four nickels for my three dimes,
    And four is more than three!

And I took the nickels to Hiram Coombs
    Down at the seed-feed store,
And the fool gave me five pennies for them,
    And five is more than four!

And then I went and showed my dad,
    And he got red in the cheeks
And closed his eyes and shook his head —
    Too proud of me to speak!

Ask your child:
 •  Why do you think his father was speechless?
 •  Why do you think his father was red in the cheeks?

    With younger students, act out the poem with real money as you read it.  After each stanza, ask your child:
 •  How much money does he have?
 •  Is it more or less than what he had before?

     Copyright by Math FUNdamentals.  Reprinted by permission.  Visit their website to sign up for their free newsletter or to order the Math FUNdamentals series of books that uses games and everyday living to introduce and reinforce basic math skills.


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49 cards with 32 elements include atomic symbols and facts about the element.
•  Instructions for seven games.
•  Suitable for beginners through advanced students – ages 10 and up.
•  Designed by a Ph.D. Chemist.   Buy Atommate


Math & Money Game
"Egg"celent Money Game

     For this game, an egg carton is used as the game board and three coins (penny, nickel and dime) are used as markers.

     The numbers 0 through 9 are written in the bottom of the eggcups.  The two leftover cups have extra numbers 1 and 2 written in them.

     Players take turns placing a penny, a nickel, and a dime inside the cartoon, closing it, and shaking.  The box is opened to reveal which eggcup each of the coins has landed in.  Each coin will be multiplied by the number on the eggcup to calculate the amount that player has "earned" for his turn.

     For example, player A shakes the carton and the coins land in the eggcups marked 8, 7 and 1.  The penny landed in 8, the nickel in 7 and the dime in 1.  He then calculates the total amount: 8 times the penny is .08, 7 times the nickels is .35, and 1 times the dime is .10.  The total is .08 + .35 + .10 = .53.

     If the player calculates and reads the amount he earned correctly, he receives that score.  If he does not calculate or say the amount correctly, he earns no points.  After ten rounds, the player with the most money wins the game.

     To make the game more challenging, add quarters or more dimes and nickels to the egg cartoon so each player is calculating and reading larger amounts.

     Copyright by Math FUNdamentals.  Excerpted from Math FUNdamentals: Fun and Games by Carrie De Francisco.  Reprinted by permission.  Visit their website to sign up for their free newsletter or to order the Math FUNdamentals series of books that uses games and everyday living to introduce and reinforce basic math skills.


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