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From NASA. Earth is
entering a stream of dusty debris from Comet
Swift-Tuttle, the source of the annual
Perseid meteor shower. Although the
shower won't peak until August 11th and 12th,
the show is already getting underway.
Earth passes through the densest
part of the debris stream sometime on August
12th. Then, you could see dozens of
meteors per hour.
For sky watchers in North America,
the watch begins after nightfall on August
11th and continues until sunrise on the 12th.
Veteran observers suggest the
following strategy: Unfold a blanket on
a flat patch of ground. Lie down and
look up. Perseids can appear in any
part of the sky, their tails all pointing
back to the shower's radiant in the
constellation Perseus. Get away from
city lights if you can.
There is one light you cannot
escape on August 12th. The 55% gibbous
Moon will glare down from the constellation
Aries just next door to the shower's radiant
in Perseus. The Moon is beautiful, but
don't stare at it. Bright moonlight
ruins night vision, and it will wipe out any
faint Perseids in that part of the sky.
The Moon is least troublesome
during the early evening hours of August
11th. Around 9 to 11 p.m. local time
(your local time), both Perseus and the Moon
will be hanging low in the north. This
low profile reduces lunar glare while
positioning the shower's radiant for a nice
display of Earthgrazers.
"Earthgrazers are meteors that
approach from the horizon and skim the
atmosphere overhead like a stone skipping
across the surface of a pond," explains Bill
Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment
Office. "They are long, slow and
colorful – among the most beautiful of
meteors." He notes that an hour of
watching may net only a few of these at most,
but seeing even one can make the whole night
The Perseids are coming. Enjoy the
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After we had studied the pioneer period
and the westward movement, I had read a
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sisters-in-law, my 7-year-old son and
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Back-to-Home-School, Part 1
Help Someone Start Home Schooling
Maybe Even Yourself!
1. Reaffirm Your Decision To
2. Set Goals and Objectives
3. Set Up Class Arrangements
for Highest Efficiency
4. Select and Assemble Your
• Doorposts: Parenting
• Common Sense Press:
Language Arts; Science
• Birch Court Books:
• Basic Christian
Education: Bible Based Curriculum
Are you all ready for school to start?
In the next four issues, we will review
some of the back-to-home-school basics that
you might use as reminders for yourself
— or to help someone else start home
Look around at your church, support group,
relatives, or neighbors. Is there
anyone who would appreciate a little help in
considering or starting to home school?
Here are some ways you can help.
Tell Your Story
Realistically give your convictions and
reasons to homeschool, as well as your
experience – both challenges and
Point your friend to information.
The Teaching Home website offers
hundreds of articles, including:
most frequently asked Questions
(also in Spanish).
series of articles on getting
• A checklist
for starting a school year.
Give a Sample
Schedule a day or a week of home schooling
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 home-school
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
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Home is a home-school, family-run
business operated in our home since 1980.
1. Reaffirm Your Decision
The Bible Has the Answers!
Parenting charts from Doorposts will help
• Establish Biblical
• Encourage godly
• Be more
• Point your
children to God's
• Be more united as
and wife in
chart revolutionized our family almost over
night. Suddenly we could go to the
store – or anywhere for that matter
– and actually enjoy having our
children along. They thrived on the
Bible-based security and consistency ..."
– A satisfied
To Home School
Your decision to home school should be
based on your determination of God's will for
Seek the Lord through His Word and pray
for His promised wisdom, guidance, and
strength. Then agree as husband and
this important decision.
Consider the Home-School 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.
As you look at your mission statement and
goals, you will see the many ways that home
schooling is a good, if not the best, way to
achieve them, including:
Bible training and Christian worldview for
Individual tutoring, independent thinking,
and proven results.
Family unity and closeness, and guided
Development. Discipline, training,
and good habits.
Remembering 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.
These reasons will also help you explain
your home education choice to others,
including your children.
Many home-school families have found it
beneficial to write out their decision to
home school (this could be in your mission
statement) along with a list, or summary, of
the reasons why they have made that
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Avoid potential problems by making the
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2. Set Goals and Objectives
Goals help keep your family focused on
what is really important, rather than letting
the immediate or otherwise good opportunities
crowd out the best.
Your Family Mission Statement
Start with a family mission statement,
outlining your values, vision, and purpose
#80). This need not be a long, hard, or
complicated procedure. You can start with
God's mission statement for us (Love God and
others, Mark 12:29-31) and expand on
Setting Goals for Your Home School
Goals form the detailed plan that will
enable you to fulfill your mission statement
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You might start by asking, “When our
children leave our home to begin their own
families . . .”
• “What kind of people do we want
them to be?”
• “What values do we want them to
• “What knowledge do we want them
• “How do we want them to
Long-range goals for your children's
education and training might include the
• Knowledge of God and His Word
• Love and obedience to the Lord,
• Love for others resulting in
evangelism and service
• Character development and
• A Christian world view
• A solid foundation in the basics
• An excellent, well-rounded
• Confidence and independent
• Family unity
• Social skills, good manners
• Life skills: practical preparation
for adult life
Set Specific Objectives for Each
Now you can break down these general goals
into objectives for each child to reach in
the coming school year.
Take an inventory of each child's
knowledge, skills, aptitudes, interests,
learning style, and character in light of
your goals for him. You can do this in
Simply write a few notes from your everyday
observations of each child on a notebook
results from standardized tests.
Omega Publications' free online
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and sequence. Check off the skills or
knowledge that your child has attained.
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The specific objectives you set for each
child will take him towards the long-range
life goals you have set.
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3. Set Up Class Arrangements
Teaching several of your children together
with the same material at the same time can
be the most efficient use of your time and
There are many possible variations and
combinations of multilevel teaching
techniques that can work for any home-school
family. Consider the following.
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an older student who can work
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4. Select and Assemble
There truly is not only one right way to
home school or one best curriculum for
One of the advantages of home education is
its great flexibility. There are many
excellent educational methods and materials
from which each family can choose to meet
their needs and preferences.
Whatever your situation, there are
multiple solutions that can make home
schooling a blessing to your family.
How you use your curriculum can be as
important as which curriculum you
choose. A wonderful curriculum that
stays on your shelf will do your family no
good. On the other hand, a simple,
basic curriculum used conscientiously along
with reading, enriching experiences, and
normal daily living can produce an excellent
• Consider using
elements from a variety of approaches
including traditional textbooks, worktexts,
the classical approach, the principle
approach, unit studies, books, and life
experiences (see Newsletter
• Consider using
a variety of media to add interest and
motivation for all your children, and at the
same time enhance each child’s learning
according to his preferred learning style.
Include books, printed materials, videos and
DVDs, supervised Internet studies, computer
software, educational games, tools and
or borrow any materials needed in addition to
what you already have (see The Teaching
Do Not Be Overwhelmed
Don’t worry about making a
“huge mistake.” You can
give your children a good education with
practically any curriculum, and you will
learn what works for your family by
Do not become overwhelmed by the many
choices available to home educators.
Instead, approach them like a smorgasbord and
choose what looks good to meet the goals of
your family. Rely on the Lord’s
promised wisdom and strength.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him
ask of God,
who gives to all
generously and without reproach,
and it will be given to him.” (James
“Therefore let us draw near with
to the throne of
so that we may receive mercy
and find grace to
help in time of need.”
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