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Since 1980 The Teaching Home has provided families information,
inspiration, and encouragement from a distinctively Christian perspective.

Co-Editors: Veteran Homeschool Sisters, Sue Welch and Cindy Short

"... So that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice ..."  Genesis 18:19

 Past Issues Archived Online 

Newsletter #370
End-of-School-Year Activities.  Includes an Evaluation Checklist.

Newsletter #393
10 Ways To Get the Most from Homeschool Events.  Includes list of 2014 State Conventions, dates, and links to more information.

Newsletter #398
Vocabulary / Basic Skills Series, Part 3.  25 Vocabulary-Building Activities for All Ages, plus many free online resources.

Newsletter #394
Word Analysis: Reading & Phonics, / Basic Skills Series, Part 2.  Skills to be mastered by every child and adult – whether or not they can already read.

Newsletter #392
Listening / Basic Skills Series, Part 1.  Includes: Advantages and Principles of Good Listening, plus 10 Listening Practice Activities. Applicable to both younger and older children.

Encouragement for Fathers

A Father's Role

Michael Farris, father of 10 homeschooled children and chairman of Home School Legal Defense Association, shares practical strategies for fathers.

Read transcripts or listen to these 2-minute radio broadcasts online.

   • Spiritual Leadership
   • Protection
   • Teaching and Housework
   • Older Children
   • Marriage and Citizenship

"Father's Role
in Homeschooling Is Crucial"

by Michael Farris.  Read this short online article offering ways a father can by involved in his family's homeschooling.

"A homeschooling mom has two major areas of responsibility: caring for a home and teaching academics to her children.  Her husband can pick tasks from either area and make his wife equally happy!"

Father's Day Activities
for Children

Here are a few ideas for your children to show their appreciation for Dad!

 •  Father's Day Fun is a free 23-page e-book with ideas for gifts, cards, and activities.

 •  Find notebooking pages in this 22-page free e-book.

 •  See Martha Stewart's website for Father's Day Gifts and Cards that you can make, as well as Father's Day Crafts for Kids with Clip Art and Templates.

 •  Send a Free e-card.

 •  Interview Dad and listen to stories from his childhood.  See A Family History Questionnaire.

 •  See our Pinterest Father's Day Page for many more ideas.

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1.  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)

2.  Man is separated from God by sin.

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Rom. 3:23)  For the wages of sin is death. (Rom. 6:23)

3.  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)

4.  We must personally receive Jesus Christ as 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. (Eph. 2:8, 9)

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 In This Issue 

How To Make Every Day
Father's Day

   •  11 Practical Suggestions!
by Cindy Short


   •  Encouragement for Fathers
   •  Father's Day Activities for Children

 Recommended Resources 

   •  Common Sense Press: Language Arts, Science


As a mother and wife, there is much you can (and should) do to contribute to the success, fulfillment, and happiness of your husband every day.

The suggestions listed in this issue are practical ways to honor the Lord and your husband.

     The wise woman builds her house.
          Proverbs 14:1

May the Lord richly bless your family for His glory.

The Pat Welch Family, Publishers
Pat, Sue, Heather, Holly, and Brian

The Teaching Home is a homeschool, family-run business operated in our home since 1980.

Easy-To-Use, Highly Effective Series –
Language Arts/Literature, Writing, and Science

 Learning Language Arts Through Literature 

This fully integrated language arts program for grades 1-12 teaches phonics, grammar, reading, writing mechanics, creative writing, spelling, vocabulary, and thinking skills.

     Teaching these skills in the context of literature and writing has been proven highly effective.
Plus students and teachers love it!
See more information & samples.


Creative writing course for Grade 4 through High School.
Self-directed programs, cover all the basics and forms of good writing for grades 4-10+.  Students approach writing with enthusiasm as they develop writing excellence through unique skill-building assignments.

The Wordsmith series is one of Cathy Duffy's 101 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum.
See more information, video & samples.

 The Great Science Adventures 

Ten books contain activities and basic content appropriate for grades K-8 – perfect for multilevel teaching!  These teaching tools bring excitement and creative illustrations to learning.
See more information & samples.

How To Make Every Day Father's Day

1.  Dedicate your own life to God.

     For the love of Christ controls us . . .
     That they who live,
          should no longer live for themselves,
     but for Him who died and rose again
          on their behalf.
               2 Corinthians 5:14, 15

 •  Willingly give up to Him all your desires, hopes, dreams, and expectations.

 •  Thankfully accept from Him your biblical roles and family relationships as well as any limitations and all circumstances of your life.

 •  Trust and obey the Lord in all things.

2.  Give yourself fully to your husband.

     The heart of her husband trusts in her, . . .
     She does him good
          and not evil all the days of her life.
               Proverbs 31:11, 12

 •  Love him unselfishly and unconditionally.

 •  Listen to him attentively when he speaks, dropping what you are doing if possible, and establishing eye contact.  Try to understand his unspoken desires and check your understanding with gentle questions.

 •  Do your best to carry out his wishes faithfully in every area.

 •  Meet his needs for food, clothing, intimacy, companionship, and spiritual fellowship without waiting to be asked.

 •  Speak the truth in love.  Express your true thoughts and feelings as well as personal or family needs with humility and kindness, rather than suppressing them in bitterness.

3.  Train your children to honor their father.

     And let the wife see to it
          that she respect her husband.
               Ephesians 5:33

     Honor your father and mother.
               Ephesians 6:2

 •  Speak of him respectfully and lovingly and require your children to do so as well.

 •  Represent him and his decisions in the best light.

 •  Teach your children that God leads the whole family through Father, so they can accept his direction, rules, and discipline as from the Lord.


Doorposts offers For This Is Right and Honor Your Father and Mother (for younger children).  Both books contain an evaluation of Scripture and practical applications of the Fifth Commandment, "Honor thy father and thy mother; that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee" (Exodus 20:12).  See free "Checklist for Sons and Daughters" and guidelines for parents.

4.  Maintain order in your home.

     She looks well to the ways of her household.
               Proverbs 31:27

 •  Organize and arrange the house, furnishings, schedule, meals, and chores so that your home life is convenient and comfortable for Dad when he is there.

 •  Supervise and discipline the children so that peace and quiet are the norm.

5.  Help your husband and children
     stay close.

     And he will restore the hearts of the fathers
          to their children,
     and the hearts of the children to their fathers.
               Malachi 4:6

 •  Keep Dad informed of your children's progress in all areas, as well as any needs you observe.

 •  Encourage your children to go to Dad for comfort and to share with him their joys.

 •  Teach your children how to make a respectful appeal to their father when they want or need material things, privileges, or changes to rules or decisions.

6.  Support your husband's
     spiritual life and leadership.

     Encourage one another day after day.
               Hebrews 3:13

 •  Preserve the times that are most convenient for him to lead daily Bible reading or family devotions, and prayer alone with you.  Make sure you and your children are ready and present on time every day, whether or not he is.

 •  Prepare for church (baths, clothes, meals, etc.) the day before and get everyone to bed and up again early so that peace instead of clamor characterizes your Sundays.

 •  Be ready and willing to offer hospitality to like minded Christians for spiritual fellowship and mutual encouragement.

 •  If your husband does not choose to participate in these things, be careful not to push or offend him, but continue them faithfully with his permission and make him feel welcome to join you and/or take leadership whenever he chooses.

7.  Pray for your husband.

     With all prayer and petition pray at all times.
               Ephesians 6:18

 •  Pray for him alone, with your children, and when the whole family is together.

 •  Ask that God bless him, lead him, strengthen him, and comfort him.  (Do not use your prayer as a chance to preach at him about what he should do.)

8.  Apologize for your sins
     and shortcomings.

     Do not let the sun go down on your anger.
               Ephesians 4:26

 •  Be quick to repent and confess when you have sinned against your husband (e.g., anger, disrespect, negligence).

 •  Express sorrow and humility even if your fault seems relatively small.

 •  Ask him to forgive you and to tell you if he sees you going in that direction again.

 •  Freely admit you could be wrong when he disagrees with you or remembers things differently.

9.  Have a forgiving spirit
     when your husband is not at his best.

     A gentle answer turns away wrath.
          Proverbs 15:1

 •  Be understanding of his stress and frustration; try to alleviate these if you can.

 •  Give your hurt feelings to God; reject the temptation to be bitter.

 •  Answer softly and slowly; respond with genuine kindness to his anger.

 •  Take his concerns seriously and act on them.

10.  Fill your husband's life
       with pleasant surprises.

     It is more blessed to give than to receive.
               Acts 20:35

 •  Write out loving and appreciative notes or encouraging (not rebuking) Scriptures and place them in lunches, on his mirror or pillow, in his pocket or wallet.

 •  Make his favorite meals or desserts often.

 •  Give him a foot or back massage when he is tired or achy.

 •  Offer to do small errands for him, in or out of the home.

 •  Watch for and buy small gifts he would appreciate throughout the year, not just for his birthday or Father's Day.

 •  Read and pass on to him articles or books in his areas of interest.

 •  Encourage your children to write thank you notes, draw pictures, and make gifts for Daddy.

 •  Make Dad's homecomings welcoming.  Smile!

11.  Express appreciation for your husband.

     So then let us pursue . . .
          the building up of one another.
               Romans 14:19

 •  Say thank you often for big things like working to support the family and for little things like taking out the garbage.

 •  Tell him what you like about him; find the positive aspects of all his characteristics.

 •  Thank God for him and praise him to your children and others.

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