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The Teaching Home
Information, Inspiration, and Encouragement

Volume II, Number 12                                 Aug. 22, 2002

Table of Contents

  • Back-to-HOME-School Checklist (Part 1 of 4)
  •      1. Reaffirm Your Decision to Home School
  •      2. Determine Goals for Your Children
  •      3. Make Legal Arrangements
  •      4. Establish Child Training, Discipline
  • Useful Links
  • Sunny Side Up (Humorous Anecdote)


         Where did summer go? We enjoy taking a family walk together (visiting with each other along the way) in the cool of the evening and have noticed that the days are already getting shorter.

         We hope that you will enjoy God's wonderful outdoors with your family during these last few weeks of summer!

         You can get a head-start on your school year by spending a little time now to prepare and plan. We hope that our four-part Back-to-HOME-School Checklist will help you do just that.

    Pat, Sue, Heather, Holly, and Brian Welch

              Your magazine is not a one-time read-through
         for me. Even after several years of filing them, on
         numerous occasions I have retrieved articles to
         reread, sometimes to search for ideas and at other
         times to gain a fresh perspective. What a helpful
         resource, even years later!
              -- Louise L., Saskatchewan, Canada

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    Back-to-HOME-School Checklist
    Part 1 of 4 by Cindy Short and Sue Welch, editors

         Preparing for back-to-HOME-school involves much more than simply buying school clothes and supplies.

         Knowing why you are teaching your children at home will provide the conviction, confidence, and commitment that you will need to persevere during ups and downs.

         Setting goals for your family will give purpose and direction, as well as encouragement as you see your children grow in all areas of their lives.

    1. Reaffirm Your Decision to Home School

         Your decision to home school should be based on your determination of God's will for your family. This conviction will motivate all else you do.

         Seek the Lord through His Word and pray for His promised wisdom, guidance, and strength. Then agree as husband and wife on this important decision.

              When my husband and I have had to answer the
         "Why home school?" question, the answer has been
         quite simple: God put the conviction to home school
         so deeply in our hearts that to do anything else would
         be inconceivable.
              We see home schooling much the same as we see
         our marriage commitment. It is not based on how
         good we are at it or how happy it makes us. It is
         simply a commitment to obey the convictions God has
         placed in our hearts. If our conviction had come from
         some outside source, it could not keep us going in the
         hard times. -- Patricia D., California

         Consider the following reasons to home school (just a few of many). Then write yours in your own words; your list will be a rudder to keep you on course.

    Spiritual Training
         Consider your responsibility for your children before God; He commands you as parents to teach your children His Word, the most important thing they will learn.

         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.
              and shall talk of them when you sit in your house
              and when you walk by the way
              and when you rise up. -- Deuteronomy 6:4-7

         At home you can present all academic subjects from a biblical perspective and include spiritual training to give your children a true Christian worldview in all areas of life.

    Family & Social Interaction
         The home-school family can experience unity, closeness, and mutual enjoyment of one another as they spend time working together. Flexible scheduling can accommodate parents' work and vacation times and allow time for many activities.

         Social skills can be taught and practiced under the guidance of parents in groups of friends, families, and your local church.

              Home schooling has been a great blessing to us.
         When God calls you to something and you are
         obedient, the blessings are indescribable. That is
         why I sometimes find it difficult to express my
         feelings to people when they ask how it’s going.
         The joy and closeness we have discovered as a
         home-school family are things that you have to
         experience to understand.
              I am so thankful to God that we have a choice.
         And I am so thankful that His choice for our family
         is to learn at home. -- Debbie S., Texas

    Academic Welfare
         Educationally, the one-to-one tutorial method has always been a superior teaching method and has many advantages over a classroom where one teacher tries to meet the needs of many children at different learning levels.

         Because you know your children better than anyone else and have the deepest love and concern for them, each of your children can receive individual attention and have his unique needs met.

         Children develop confidence and independent thinking away from the peer pressure to conform and in the security of their own home. They also have time to explore new interests and to think.

         Dr. Brian Ray, president of the National Home Education Research Institute, reports that 20 years of research shows home educated students typically score 15 to 30 points above public-school students on standardized achievement tests.

              We home schoolers simply need to remember
         why we decided to teach our children in the first
              I wanted to broaden our children’s horizons
         and do more in-depth study with field trips that
         public schools usually can’t afford. I wanted them
         to learn every subject from a biblical perspective,
         to make God a real part of every aspect of their
         lives, not just in Sunday school and at family
              Through our years of home schooling and using
         Christian curriculum, we are training children
         who have great Christian character and values.
         -- Name Withheld by request

    For More Information
         Reports on home education research plus many
         print, audio, and video productions ranging from basic
         bottom-line fact sheets about homeschooling to more
         technically sophisticated academic reports.

    Character Development
         Home schooling makes quality time available to train children in all areas in an integrated way apart from harmful influences outside the home.

              Home schooling started out to be about
         academics, but has turned out to be academics
         plus character, strong family relationships, and
         loving the Lord with all our hearts, minds, and
         souls. -- Luella B., Maryland


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    Back-to-HOME-School Checklist (continued)

    2. Determine Goals for Your Children.

         Taking time to think and pray about what you want to accomplish will give direction to your efforts and allow your children to achieve excellence in both education and character.

         Write out, or review, your long-range goals and philosophy (fundamental convictions) for your children's education and training. Include Bible verses and plan for both academic subjects and nonacademic areas such as character and life skills.

         Pray, study Scriptures, and discuss with your family what God wants for each person in each area of life: spiritual and moral, academic, social, practical life skills, and physical.

         Break down goals into objectives to be reached each year, quarter, month, or week, leaving details to be planned close to the time for implementation.

    For More Information
    1. Read "Setting Goals for Excellence" This online article
         tells you how to set and reach goals in several areas.
    2. Order the May/June 1997 Back Issue with a 12-page      Special Section on "Our Home-School Goals" at
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    3. Make Legal Arrangements.
         Make arrangements to comply with the law according to your conscience and recommendations of state organizations and/or Home School Legal Defense Association.

         Contact your state home-school organization to learn about your state's laws governing home education, how they are being interpreted, and how to comply.

         For legal defense and assistance, contact Home School Legal Defense Association. To qualify for membership, apply before you are contacted by any authorities regarding school attendance laws.

         It is important to obtain a copy of your state's law pertaining to home education. Many problems can be avoided by being accurately informed and by using tact and respect in dealing with school authorities. HSLDA offers a free summary and analysis of your state's home-school law on their website.

    For More Information
    1. See a list of State Organizations with links to their
         websites at
    2. Find information on your state's home-school law at
    3. Discover 10 Reasons to Join HSLDA at


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    Back-to-HOME-School Checklist (continued)

    4. Establish Child Training, Discipline,
         and Good Habits.

         A child who has been properly trained and disciplined will respect his parents and respond to their teaching.

         Parents who do not have their children's respect will have trouble getting their cooperation. Gaining their respect through proper relationships, discipline, training, and example should be the parents' top priority, whether or not they are home schooling. Home schooling can provide the incentive and optimum setting to accomplish this.

         Parents must consistently require children to behave according to established standards. Affirmation should follow obedience and cooperation; negative consequences are appropriate when a child disobeys or rebels.

         Regular habits can minimize stress, save time, and provide other benefits. These would include grooming and health; courteous behavior and speech (especially within the family!); following a daily schedule; concentration on studies; and initiative and thoroughness in chores.

         Get a head start on your school year by establishing these nonacademic portions of your program now, several weeks before academic studies begin.

         After a more relaxed summer schedule, you may need to re-establish regular bedtimes, chores, and daily family devotions with God's Word.

    For More Information
    1. Read "Child Training." This online article discusses
         training objectives and the training process.
    2. Order the Nov./Dec. 1999 Back Issue with a 13- page
         Special Section on "Family Relationships" at
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              I just finished reading the Nov./Dec. 1999 issue
         of The Teaching Home, and it was an answer to
         prayer! Thank you for this issue on Family
         Relationships. It encouraged me in areas that
         I already knew I wanted to implement.
              The most important area, however, was the
         specific outline of ideas and Bible verses that I
         actually carry out straight from the page.
              The articles gave me the biblical plan for our
         children’s relationships that I have been searching
         for. I plan to use the included Bible verses for our
         memory work, the ideas behind them for our
         devotions, and then follow up by admonishment
         with the verses when needed. -- Karen B., Virginia

    3. "What the Bible Says about Child Training" is an
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         When our son Daniel was 3, we taught him a short Scripture verse for each letter of the alphabet. He was learning the third verse, so I prompted him, "C . . ."
         No response.
         I continued, "Children . . ."
         His face brightened with recognition. "Children, pick up your toys," he replied confidently. -- Chris E., Mississippi

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