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The Teaching Home
Information, Inspiration, and Encouragement
Volume II, Number 10
July 23, 2002
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Table of Contents
- Summer Reading
- Add a Related Study to Your Reading
- Useful Links to Free Resources
- Conventions (U.S.A. & International)
- Your Special-Needs Child
- Let Me Guide a Little Child (Poem)
- Sunny Side Up (Humorous Anecdote)
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Is there ever enough time to do all the reading you want to do with your family?
A more relaxed summer schedule can provide extra time to engage in this pleasurable and
1. Read God's Word first of all!
2. Read to meet people from different cultures around the
world and from different ages. Find out how they lived
and what they thought.
3. Read together as a family. You will
then share common knowledge and experiences.
4. Read to younger children to develop their verbal skills
and interest them in learning to read (or to read better).
5. Read large print books together so that your children
can more easily take a turn reading.
6. Read aloud with expression and at a slightly slower pace.
7. Read together before or after a meal or your family's Bible
reading. Read before bedtime or rest time. Set aside some
time for each one to read by himself.
8. Read while you work or travel in the car by taking turns
reading. Or listen to an audio tape.
9. Read at the table, sitting close together on the couch,
outside, in nature, or with a flashlight under the stars.
10. Read together only as long as everyone is still
interested. (This time may increase as you get into an
exciting story!) You may need to provide quiet play for
younger children as they listen.
11. Read instead of watching videos or TV or playing
electronic games. Turn them all off for a while this
summer -- for a month or a week, or for certain days
12. Read a variety of books that are uplifting and contain
worthy characters to emulate:
Good literature and appropriate, unabridged classics.
(e.g., The Little Princess, Robinson Crusoe, Heidi, Laura
Ingalls Wilder or Elsie series)
Inspirational and Christian classics. (e.g., Pilgrim's Progress, In His
Steps, books by Patricia St. John).
Poetry. Find an old hymnal and read the words as
poetry (as they truly are).
Plays. Assign characters; double up if necessary.
Christian and missionary biographies.
Accurate historical fiction (e.g., books by G.A. Henty).
Nonfiction on a subject of interest or a topic
related to a book of fiction you are reading.
Add an Enriching, Related Study to your reading.
(See next article.)
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Register for our Language Learning Competition.
Last year, we sent Anna Bellury and her parents to Paris,
France. Power-Glide offers adventure themed foreign
language courses for any age in six languages.
Add an Enriching, Related Study to Your
This is a good time to show your children that research
and study can be fun.
1. Have a dictionary nearby to look up a word.
2. Find a location on a map or globe. Or
have your child draw a map of how they envision
the setting of a piece of fiction.
3. Locate the time period of a book on a timeline.
4. Research a topic or question raised in your reading
(culture, food, clothing, part of world, religion,
science, history, music, art, etc.).
5. Find 99 fun ways to give a book report in the
March/April '94 back issue of The Teaching Home (includes
writing, drama, art, crafts).
6. Ask questions that test your child's
recall, understanding, and application of the
materials being read.
7. Find out what the Bible says about certain actions or
attitudes displayed in your book. See the March/April 1995
back issue of The Teaching Home for a list of 17 questions
to ask in talking about the spiritual aspects of what is
8. Analyze the worldview presented by the author.
9. Order a Christian study guide for a book
and discuss it together. The list of books available
is also a good recommendation. (Order the Sept./Oct. '98 Back Issue
of The Teaching Home that contains a list of more than
200 books with Christian study guides.)
10. Use Christian textbooks to learn how to study
literature and gain information on specific titles.
11. Use Cliff Notes. They enable you to analyze literary
elements, characters, description, moods, setting, plots,
and symbolism. (You can even order and download online.)
12. NovelGuide.com offers free online analysis for 78
classics and contemporary literature. Includes summary,
character profiles, metaphor and theme analysis, quotes,
biography, and some full texts.
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Useful Links to Free Resources
Encyclopedia Britannica. Free online Encyclopedia,
dictionary and thesaurus.
Bartleby. Free online 70-volume Harvard Classics,
Encyclopedia, dictionary, thesaurus, quotations, Gray's
Anatomy, Strunk's Elements of Style, World Factbook.
Free Online Books
Not all of these books can be recommended. Review of a
book online may interest you in investing in a print copy.
The Baldwin Project. Classic children's literature.
The Best Children's (and young adult) Literature on the Net.
Christian Classics Ethereal Library. Books, hymns, audio.
The Internet Public Library. Links to 20,000 books.
The Online Books Page. 16,000 books.
Project Gutenberg. 3,000 e-texts.
Great Books. Texts and fully searchable concordances.
Classic Reader. 650 books, 900 short stories.
Teach your children about geography, writing, culture,
and honoring God. See our website below to learn more
about sponsoring a child through Compassion. You can
view photos of children who are waiting for a sponsor
and begin your sponsorship today.
Renew and expand your vision for teaching and
training your children! Read "Getting the Most Out
of Home-School Conventions, Conferences, and Book Fairs" at
Below are listed home-school conventions coming up
in the next few weeks. See more information on organizations at
Oregon - August 23-24
Tennessee, Chattanooga - July 26-27
Texas, Plano - August 16-17
Australia, Brisbane - August 10
Australia, Townsville - August 13
Mexico, Saltillo - August 9-10
England, Derbyshire - August 30 - September 1
Excellent Helps for Your Support Group
For Starter Packets: Home-School Basics
January/February 2001 "Home-School Basics" issue.
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Box of 100/$35 plus shipping.
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Home Schooling Your Special-Needs Child
Home School Legal Defense Association defines a
special-needs child as one who is working two or more years behind
grade level in his subjects, a child who has been receiving
special education services, or a child with any other
disability that greatly impacts his ability to learn.
Many parents have found that they can offer one-on-one
care and instruction in their own home that makes their
child thrive. See the resources below for more information.
Home School Legal Defense Association
HSLDA provides their members with the aid of an attorney, if needed, as well as a special needs
coordinator. HSLDA also supplies their members with a list of
resources and professionals qualified to assist in testing
and/or setting up a plan for teaching.
For steps you can take to protect your special needs home school, questions and answers for parents of special
needs children, and a list of organizations and newsletters
helpful to families home schooling special needs children, see
The Teaching Home
The July/August 1994 Back Issue of The Teaching
Home contains two "Special Sections" (28 total pages) on
"Teaching Children with Special Needs" and "Learning
Topics include normal development, signs of
problems, basic approaches, general suggestions and teaching tips,
setting goals, evaluation, and many more topics.
Let Me Guide a Little Child
Dear Lord, I do not ask
That Thou should give me some high work of Thine,
Some noble calling, or some wondrous task.
Give me a little hand to hold in mine.
Give me a little child to point the way
Over the strange, sweet path that leads to Thee;
Give me a little voice to teach to pray;
Give me two shining eyes Thy face to see.
The only crown I ask, dear Lord, to wear
Is this: that I may teach a little child.
I do not ask that I may ever stand
Among the wise, the worthy, or the great;
I only ask that softly, hand in hand,
My child and I may enter at the gate.
And Jesus called a little child unto Him,
and set him in the midst of them,
And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted,
and become as little children, ye shall not enter
into the kingdom of heaven.
Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child,
the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
And whoso shall receive one such little child in My name
But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe
in Me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged
about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth
of the sea. (Matthew 18: 2-6)
Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not,
to come unto Me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
Sunny Side Up: A Fine Thing To Do!
While eating supper at a fast food restaurant, our young
reader noticed something written on the side of his cup.
"Do Not Litter," he read. "Mommy, what does litter mean?"
"Litter means to throw garbage on the ground instead
of in a garbage can," I explained. "We don't do that, do we?"
"No-o-o-o," he answered solemnly, "Not unless we see
a sign that says FINE FOR LITTERING."
-- Fran M., Kentucky.
God Loves You.
Because we were separated from God by sin, Jesus Christ
died in our place, then rose to life again. If we trust Jesus
Christ as our Savior and Lord, He will give us eternal life.
"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
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