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For 29 Years The Teaching Home Has Been Providing Home-School Families
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Faith of Our
Founding Fathers

"Intelligence, patriotism, Christianity, and a firm reliance on Him, who has never yet forsaken this favored land,
are still competant to adjust ...
all our present difficulty."

Abraham Lincoln

You do well to wish to learn our arts and ways of life, and above all, the religion of Jesus Christ. These will make you a greater and happier people than you are.

George Washington,
from his speech to the Delaware Indian Chiefs on May 12, 1779

 •  Read more quotes from our Founding Fathers on Jesus, Christianity and the Bible at

 •  Listen to David Barton's interview with Moody Radio on the faith of our Presidents at

Help Your Family Stay Well with Hand Washing

Establish Hand Washing
Rules and Habits

The simplest and most effective thing that you can do to keep from getting sick yourself, or spreading your sickness to others, is to wash your hands well and often.

How To Wash

 •  Wet hands with warm water and ordinary soap.

 •  When you don't have access to soap and water, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.  Use of antibacterial soap can promote growth of more virulent germs and viruses.

 •  Teach your children to scrub all parts of their hands for 20 seconds (the time it takes to sing "Happy Birthday" twice)

 •  Dry hands well.  In a public restroom, turn off tap with a paper towel or back of wrist, and open door with a paper towel or a corner of clothing.

 •  See free online Age Appropriate Hand Washing Curriculum.

When To Wash

 •  Wash hands immediately upon returning home after being out in public or playing outside.

 •  Wash hands before preparing food, eating, or handling clean dishes.

 •  Wash after using the toilet, changing diapers, sneezing, coughing, blowing nose, and eating.

 •  Print hand washing poster.

Other Ways to Avoid
Spreading Germs

 •  Do not cough or sneeze into your hands. Print poster showing how to cough, sneeze, and wash hands.

 •  Do not put your fingers into your eyes, nose or mouth.

For Older Students

 •  Science: How soap works.

 •  History: Why handwashing is important.

See Newsletter #255 in our archives for more information on how to prevent and treat a cold or flu, including eight ways to continue learning while sick.

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All Mommies Have the Same Name

Five-year-old Joy, who was in kindergarten, had a friend over playing. While the friend's mom was talking to me, her daughter called for her by spelling, "M-O-M-M-Y."

Joy looked at her friend in surprise and said, "That's how you spell my mommy's name!"

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Peace with God

God loves you.

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

Man was separated from God by sin.

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)

For the wages of sin is death. (Romans 6:23)

The death of Jesus Christ in our place is God's only provision for man's sin.

He (Jesus Christ) was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. (Romans 4:25)

We must personally receive Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord.

But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name. (John 1:12)

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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In This Issue

Presidents Day

   •  Learning
   •  Activities

Black History Month

   •  Black Christian History
   •  Is There a Black "Race"?


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Special days during this month provide interest and motivation for studying topics on U.S. Presidents and Black History.  These topics also offer variety in your midwinter studies.

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Presidents Day – Learning

Presidents Day is observed on the third Monday of February.  Choose from the following activities for a one-day unit study.

1.  Is it Presidents Day or Washington's Birthday?

The third Monday in February is designated by Federal law as Washington's Birthday.

In 1971, President Nixon issued a proclamation declaring the holiday as Presidents Day, as it has become popularly known.  Presidents Day honors both George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, as well as all past presidents of the United States of America.  See more information at

2.  Consult Our Constitution.

Read about the Duties and Qualifications of the President as they are stated in The Constitution of the United States, Article II.  This online copy provides links to Amendments 20, 22, and 25 that change portions of Article II.

3.  The President's Job Description

The U.S. Government Printing Office offers a student-friendly, yet detailed, summary of U.S. presidential duties, including: Executive Branch, The President, Legislative Powers of the President, Requirements and Terms to become President, The President's Budget, The President's Cabinet, Order of Succession, and The Presidents of the United States (chart).  Ben's Guide:  Grades 3-5Grades 6-8Grades 9-12.

4.  Meet the Presidents.

See a photo of all 40 Presidents and read a biographical sketch of each.

5.  Do More Research.

See background information, election results, cabinet members, notable events, and points of interest for each of the presidents at the Internet Public Library.  You will find links to biographies, homes, monuments, documents, audio and video files, and other sites.

6.  In Their Own Words.

Read speeches and documents of all the presidents, including their Inaugural Addresses and State of the Union messages.

7.  Washington's and Lincoln's Testimonies.

•  See the overwhelming evidence that George Washington was a Christian at

•  Resources by D. James Kennedy:

"Was Lincoln A Christian?"  Free online video (13 minutes).  Also: complimentary booklet; CD; and DVD.

George Washington.  "The Faith of Washington" complimentary booklet;  "George Washington, The Christian" complimentary booklet;  "George Washington: Christian Or Deist?" complimentary booklet; CD, DVD.

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Presidents Day – Activities

8. Crafts and Activities.

 •  Annie's Presidents' Day Page.  Information, activities, and links at

 •  Many learning activities from

 •  More than 100 learning activities for Presidents' Day.

9.  Poetry.

"O Captain, My Captain" was written by Walt Whitman about the assassination of President Lincoln.

•  Recite or read the poem with appropriate expression.

•  Study the meaning of the poem.  See poem and link to "poem explanation" at

10.  Music.

 •  Listen to a "Hail to the Chief" the tune traditionally played by the United States Marine Band to announce the ceremonial entrance of the U.S. Commander-in-Chief – the President of the United States.

 •  Read the story of "Hail to the Chief."

11.  Visit the White House

 •  Take the Virtual White House Tour or listen to "The President's Own" US Marine Band as you take a virtual tour of White House conducted by John Philip Sousa at MarineBand.usmc.

 •  Learn how you can visit the White House in person.

See White House and Washington, D.C. information and activities at

 •  Check your local library or video store for videos on the White House (by A&E).

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February Is Black History Month

Historian Carter Woodson, the son of former slaves, chose the month of February as Black History Month (originally “Negro History Week”) because of the proximity of the birthdays of emancipator Abraham Lincoln (Feb. 12) and abolitionist Frederick Douglass (Feb. 14).

A Christian perspective of this topic, as well as what God and science say about the "races" is provided below.

Jesus prayed, “I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me . . . that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity.”  (John 17:20-23)

Black Christian History

Free Indeed: Heroes of Black Christian History contains an overview of black church history, including 13 biographical sketches of leading black Christians.  From Bob Jones University Press.

 • Free Indeed Novel
 • Classroom Ed. (grades 6-12)
 • Teacher's Resource Material (project ideas, illustrations for bulletin boards, unit test, etc.)
 • Visuals (color portraits).


A historian has commented, “One of the greatest miracles and movements in all Christian history is the acceptance of the Gospel by so many African-Americans.

“The slaves not only appropriated the faith that was culturally identified with the oppressor, but gave it enriched meaning and depth, not least through their music and worship.”

Also see spirituals at Cyber Hymnal.

Heroes of Black Christian History

"The history of black American church leaders resonates with faith and heroism.

"In addition to the challenges that normally confront heralds of the gospel, African American Christians also faced slavery and racial discrimination.

"Their deep love for Christ and their fellow believers and their passion for lost souls made them dauntless soldiers for the Lord, proclaiming the way of salvation and the equality of all men and women in God's sight."

(From description of Free Indeed, published by Bob Jones University Press.)

Read online article, "Through Many Trials and Snares," inspiring stories taken from Free Indeed (above).

Resources from WallBuilders

Read Articles online by David Barton, founder and president of WallBuilders, including:

 • "The Civil War: Honoring Courageous Soldiers"
 • "Black Patriots of the American Revolution"
 • "A History of Black Voting Rights"
 • "Black History Month: Honoring Godly Heroes"
 • "The Founding Fathers and Slavery"
 • "The Bible, Slavery, and America's Founders"
 • "Confronting Civil War Revisionism"

Setting the Record Straight: American History in Black & White by David Barton.  A unique view of the religious and moral heritage of African Americans that has been expertly intertwined with untold, yet significant, stories from our rich African American political history.  Book or video.

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Is There a Black "Race"?

(Information quoted and taken from The Revised & Expanded Answers Book by Don Batten, Ken Ham, Jonathan Sarfati, and Carl Wieland, chapter 18 online.)

According to God's Word, all humans on earth today are descended from Noah and his wife, his three sons and their wives, and before that from Adam and Eve.

All the factors for skin color were present in Adam and Eve.  The amount of the skin pigment melanin determines skin color, just as the amount of fat around the eye determines eye shape.

Modern genetics show how, following a break-up of a population (such as the Tower of Babel), variations in skin color, for example, can develop in only a few generations.

The biological differences between the “races” today are not very great.  In fact, the DNA of any two people in the world would typically differ by just 0.2 percent!  Of this, only 6 percent can be linked to racial categories; the rest is “within race” variation.

There is really only one race—the human race.  The Bible teaches us that God has “made of one blood all nations of men” (Acts 17:26).  Scripture distinguishes people by tribal or national groupings, not by skin color or physical appearance.

Racism Questions and Answers

Read dozens of articles on Answers in Genesis website, plus listen to several recorded seminar sessions by Ken Ham.  Topics include:
 • How have evolutionary ideas contributed to racism and violence?
 • Where did the human races come from?
 • What is the Bible's view on interracial marriage and racism?

How Did Different Skin Colors Come About?

Online article with understandable scientific discussion of genes and chromosomes.

 • What are the consequences of false beliefs about the origin of races?
 • Are black people the result of a curse on Ham?
 • Is interracial marriage biblical?


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