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The Teaching Home
Information, Inspiration, and Encouragement
Volume II, Number 11                                 Aug. 8, 2002
Table of Contents

  • Your Child's Health Assessments
  • Useful Links to Free Resources
  • Easy Speech Lessons for Teens!
  • "Who's Teaching Our Son" (Poem)
  • Sunny Side Up (Humorous Anecdote)

    Power-Glide Summer Sizzler Language Packages
         We've put together some hot, multiple-learner packages for affordable language learning, and now offer 2 cool ways to pay. Give your child a head start this school year.
    Click here for details.
    Your Child's Health Assessments
         Summer is a good time for home-school families to conduct health assessments for their children (that would otherwise be done for them in the public schools).
         Your child's health, hearing, and vision greatly affect his ability to learn, and an ounce of prevention truly is worth a pound (or more) of cure!

    General Fitness
         Measure and record your child's weight and height and chart his growth. Observe and note your child's overall appearance, activity, strength, balance, and flexibility.
    Schedule a check-up visit with your health care provider if you have any questions.

         All children develop communication skills at a different rate, but parents should pay attention to speech, language, and hearing milestones and take action if they suspect a problem.
         Sudden, excessive, or continued loud noises, including video games or loud music, especially with headphones, can permanently damage your child's hearing.
         Early identification of hearing problems may enable developing problems to be corrected by treatment that would be ineffective or less effective if delayed. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association recommends that hearing should be tested by age 5, and again at ages 6, 7, 8, 13, and 17, or at any time there is a question or concern regarding your child's hearing such as poor response to noise or voice, slow language or speech development, or abnormal sounding speech.

         Vision is a key factor in the learning process. Vision is more than clarity of seeing; it is the ability to visualize, understand and apply the information that comes through the eyes. Children with 20/20 sight may not have these abilities. Therefore, learning problems are often related to vision problems such as eye movement, eye teaming, and visual form perception problems.
         Information about children's vision development, basic vision skills needed for school work, and symptoms that may indicate your child has a vision or visual processing problem is supplied by the American Optometric Association and the Optometric Extension Program Foundation on the following websites:
         For information on various vision topics
    What is Behavioral Optometry?
         Protect your child's eyes with regular eye exams (every two years), sun glasses with UV protection, safety glasses to protect from hazards during work or sports. When reading or studying, make sure your child has proper lighting and good posture, takes breaks by refocusing on distant objects, and limits his total time of close work each day.
         Computer Vision Center helps you overcome and prevent vision problems related to computer use.

    Dental/Oral Health
         Helping your child develop good oral health habits should be a top priority. These include good nutrition, consistent cleaning, brushing, and flossing (by parent until child can do a good job, about 7 years old). Also include regular dental check-ups.

         Scoliosis is an abnormal side-to-side curvature of the spine. Severe scoliosis puts pressure on the heart, diminishes lung capacity, and limits physical activity. An annual screening for Scoliosis and Kyphosis (round back) during the bone-growing years can make the difference between a preventable condition and disability in adult years.
         You or your physician can perform a 30-second annual screening during these growing years. (See link below. Click on Resources; then "1 in Every 10 Have Scoliosis.") National Scoliosis Foundation

         Immunizations are controversial because of side effects that can and do occur. Explore both sides of the question: Centers for Disease Control
    National Vaccine Information Center

    Child Health Guide: Put Prevention into Practice
         This guide briefly explains preventative care for children, such as check-up visits, immunizations, and tests. Includes links to charts to print, fill out, and keep as records.
    Biblical Solutions to Family Problems
         Free monthly e-mail newsletter by Dr. S.M. Davis.
         Video, "Why Satan Wants Your Firstborn and What You Can Do About It," revised and updated with over 200 on-screen graphics. $11.50 plus shipping ($18 value).
    Useful Links to Free Resources
         Below is a follow-up to our last newsletter's listings of resources for free online books and study guides.
    If you missed the last issue, see

    Pink Monkey
         Although not from a Christian worldview, this is a G-rated, family-safe site offering:
         * 361 literature summaries and booknotes (252 from Pink Monkey and 109 from Barron's Booknotes).
         * Access to 1,800 literary classics in their digital library; searchable textbooks.
         * Core concepts on 15 school subjects (Not all the links work, but Pink Monkey is remodeling their site, and there are still tons of links and information!).
         * Standardized test preparation and practice tests.
         * Study tips and more.

    (You are invited to submit useful, noncommercial links.) ______________________________________________________
    Energize Yourself for Teaching This Fall
    with The Teaching Home Back Issues

         Would you like to launch into your teaching this fall revitalized and excited and find your teaching easier, more fun, and more enriching?
         May I suggest that you read through The Teaching Home Back Issues this summer.

         Discover the many benefits you will have at your disposal:

    * Solid foundational and practical how-tos for all areas of academic and character training.
    * Fresh, innovative, ready-to-use teaching tips, including some you can use for summer activities and learning.
    * Inspiration and encouragement for teaching and training your children.

         You can equip yourself for your calling as a parent/teacher and gain confidence as you plan and prepare to teach this fall.
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         I read it over and over.”

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    Easy Speech Lessons for Teens!
         Dr. Jeff Myers (himself an excellent communicator!) can take you and your teen by the hand and help you master speech-making. "Secrets of Great Communicators" is a simple, six-step coaching system using two videos and a manual. You will learn the skills to effectively communicate with confidence, whether you're an experienced or first-time speaker.
         Jeff reveals the secrets of the greatest communicators of all time, from biblical heroes to 20th Century political leaders. Step by step you'll discover valuable strategies and techniques that help make speaking in front of a group easy, natural, and fun.
         Inspired Leadership also offers a teacher's resource website, as well as free e-courses and "Live Your Gift" free e-zine which comes with the report, "10 Steps to Banishing Fear and Dread."
    Support Group Leaders,
    We Can Help You Help New Home-School Families

    For Starter Packets: Home-School Basics
         January/February 2001 "Home-School Basics" issue.
         Excellent for new home-school families.
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    For Inquirers: Q&A Reprint
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         questions concerning home schooling. Free.

    Dear Teaching Home,
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    Who's Teaching Our Son?
    by Toria Michelle

    Who's teaching our son?
         And will they be near,
         When his heart is bruised,
         And his eye holds a tear?
              Will they know what to say,
              When he's needing to know,
              That he's God's special child,
              Though the kids tease him so?

    Who's teaching our son?
         And what will they say,
         When the questions of life,
         Are asked them each day?
              Will they answer with truth,
              Or have they been sold a lie?
              Which will they impart,
              Upon our little guy?

    Who's teaching our son?
         A new stranger each year?
         Can they really be trusted,
         With this treasure so dear?
              So why do we feel,
              We must send him away?
              It's what we've been told,
              But . . . what does God say?

    Who's teaching our son?
         About love, faith, and hope?
         Who's training him up,
         In the way he should go?
              ABC, 123,
              All of these he'll command.
              But does he know Jesus;
              Solid ground will he stand?

    Who's teaching our son?
         The answer now clear.
         Each morn as we rise,
         Our dear boy we'll draw near!
              God's Word as our guide;
              His strength day by day;
              We'll teach our son,
              The truth and the way!

    Deuteronomy 6:4-7
    Hear, O Israel ! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one!
    You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart
         and with all your soul and with all your might.
    These words, which I am commanding you today,
         shall be on your heart.
    You shall teach them diligently to your sons
         and shall talk of them when you sit in your house
         and when you walk by the way
         and when you lie down
         and when you rise up.

    (You are invited to submit a letter or poem.)
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    Sunny Side Up: A Capital Idea
         While we were waiting for our food at a restaurant, I decided to quiz our children to pass the time.
         I asked, "What is the capital of Florida?"
         My 5-year-old replied, "Is it F?"
    -- Submitted by Laura Beck

    (You are invited to submit a humorous anecdote.)
    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 2:8, 9).
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