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The Teaching Home E-Mail Newsletter #73
Information, Inspiration, and Encouragement

April 15, 2004  /  Cindy Short and Sue Welch, editors
You are welcome to forward this newsletter in its entirety.

Meet the Wall Family
     Second Generation Home Schoolers from Australia
Getting the Most Out of Home-School Conventions,
Conferences, and Book Fairs
     Benefits of Attending / Who Should Go with You
     Registration / Preparation / The Day Before
     Convention Manners / At the Convention
     Exhibit Hall / Networking / Follow-Up
Recommended Resources
     I Want To Be a Work at Home Mom
     The Times and the Scriptures Curriculum
     MemLok Bible Memory System
     Beyond Phonics
Sunnyside Up: Humorous Anecdote


     Unique benefits await you at your local, regional, or state
home-school convention, conference, or book fair.  We urge
you to attend!

     Conventions are going on this weekend in California,
Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Washington, and

     Be sure to get the most out of any home-school event with the
practical check-list in this issue.

     You are invited to actively participate in this newsletter
by submitting a note of encouragement to your fellow home
educators, a teaching tip, a recommended website, a family photo
and brief story, or humorous anecdote.  We will send you a back
issue of your choice of The Teaching Home magazine as a thank you
for any submission that is published.  (See the 51 back issues still
available at

     May the Lord bless you and your family for His glory.

Pat, Sue, Heather, Holly, and Brian Welch
The Teaching Home is a 23-year-old, home-school family business.

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teaching tips.
          "The Teaching Home has been a part of my
    continuing education since I started home schooling,
    and I have kept every issue.
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    helpful hints or inspiration." Meredith C., Florida

Meet the Wall Family

      Hello, My name is Sarah Wall, and we home school our five
children (ages 9, 8, 5, 3, and 2) in Australia.
     My three brothers and I were home schooled from grade 3, and
I loved it.  We have chosen to home school all of our children.
Currently I'm schooling the three oldest. Our 5 year old has a
speech problem and is a bit trying.  He wants to read so badly,
but he cannot pronounce the words properly.
     I don't know how I could agree more with the letter by Cara
H. in your newsletter #64 unless I had written it myself.  ("It
takes commitment, not just to my husband, to my children, or to
home schooling, but most importantly to God Himself as Lord and
Master of my life. He is the only one who could make me organized
or patient, and He's still working on me!")
      I must admit that when I started home schooling, I thought it
would be a breeze as my mother didn't seem to be frayed around
the edges when she home schooled us.  I will admit I was wrong,
it takes work.  But with God's help, we will see this to the end.
I am praying for all the other home-school mothers, and with God's
help we will fight the battle and win.
     God bless, The Wall Family

Getting the Most Out of Home-School
Conventions, Conferences, and Book Fairs

     Find out exactly when your state convention is by going to
The Teaching Home's website (link below).  There you will see the
date and city of the event and be able to link directly to the
state organization's website for complete information.
     Check this list to see if your state's convention is coming
up soon.

This Weekend: CA, KS, LA, ME, MN, WA, AB
April: GA, MD, MA, NM, ON
May:  AR, IL, MI, MS, NC, PA, WV, WI, WY, NB, QC, Germany
June:  CA, CO, CT, ID, IA, MO, MT, NJ, NY, OH, OK, VA
July:  AL, AZ, CA, KY, SD.
August:  NV, OR, TX
September: England.
Various Dates: TN, TX, NZ

Benefits of Attending
     The opportunities brought together in this once-a-year event
can renew and expand your vision for teaching and training your
children.  Be encouraged, rejuvenated, inspired, motivated, and
better equipped to home school!
* Speakers can broaden your horizons with new ideas, methods,
   materials, and approaches as well as reminders of the basics.
* Workshops give you practical training in specific topics to make
   your teaching more efficient.
* Exhibit Halls enable you to examine, compare, and purchase
   home-education products from many vendors in one place.
   You can speak to authors or knowledgeable representatives to
   learn more, and you can usually save on shipping.
* Networking with other like-minded home schoolers can offer
   valuable friendship and support.
* Extras.  Check to see if any of the following are offered:
     Used Curriculum Sale.
     Teens' or Children's Programs.
     Tapes of General Sessions and Workshops.
     Luncheon or Meeting for Support Group Leaders.
     Graduation Ceremony.
     Boxed Lunch or Snack Bar.
     Special Hotel Room Rates.

Who Should Go with You
*  Spouse.  It is ideal for a husband and wife to go together to
   share perspectives and focus on family goals and budget.
* Friend.  If it is not possible for your spouse to attend, a
   friend can help you in much the same way.
* Hotel Room.  If you need to travel far, you might take a room
   for overnight, to stow purchases, or to take a rest.
* Nursing Babies, of course, stay with Mom.
* Young Children.  Children might not be allowed and will be
   a distraction; either you will not be able to get all you can out
   of the convention, or you will not be able to give adequate care
   to your children.
* Teens and Older Children.  If programs are offered for them,
   you may want to consider this option.

     Check out these cost-cutting options:
* Preregister Early.  This can save you money that you can spend
   on buying materials.
* Volunteer To Work.  A few hours or more can be a real help to
   the organization sponsoring the event, and you might be rewarded by
   a reduced entrance fee and/or other benefits. You will also get
   to know some great home schoolers while working with them.
* Join Organization.  By joining, you help support home-school
   efforts in your area, plus you might receive discounts on your
   convention fee and other benefits.
* Special Rates for couples, grandparents, teens, children,
   pastors, and other full-time ministers.

(continued below)

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Getting the Most Out of Home-School Events (continued)

     The vast array of workshops and exhibit booths, combined
with a limited time to take it all in, can be overwhelming when
you walk into a convention unprepared.
     On the other hand, if you go with a plan and focus on your
purpose and priorities, you can spend your time and money
more wisely and get the most out of the convention.
* Pray for the Lord's promised wisdom in all your decisions.
* Your Spouse and you should discuss your educational goals,
   plans, and budget.
* Gather Information.  Obtain a convention schedule, list of
   exhibitors, and exhibit hall floor plan.
* Select and Prioritize speakers' sessions, workshops, and
   exhibitors you don't want to miss and conference tapes you
   might want to buy.  Make a list and/or mark your program and
   exhibit hall floor plan.
* Compare your agenda with that of your spouse or friend
   attending with you and see if you can each cover several
   different sessions and then share their content with each other.
* Research.  Check out publishers' and suppliers' catalogs (in
   print or online) to plan which materials you would like to
   examine. You can link to 100+ home-school suppliers at
* Shopping List.  Make a list of specific materials or the
   types of materials you will be looking for.
* Questions.  Make a list of questions to ask exhibitors,
   speakers, and/or other attendees.

The Day Before
     Make these last minute preparations.
* Family Needs.  Spend some special time with your children and
   husband.  Prepare meals and make provision to meet other needs
   while you are at the convention.  Confirm child care arrangements.
* Directions.  Make sure you know exactly how to get to the
   convention facility and what parking is available.
* Schedule.  Plan to leave in time to be early or on time.
* Pack  items you will take with you.
   Directions and/or map.
   Cash, checks, or debit card.
   Highlighter to mark your program.
   Canvas tote(s) for handouts and purchases.
   Steno pad and pens to take lots of notes.
   Return address mailing labels to use in filling out forms.
   Watch to keep track of time so you won't miss sessions.
   Comfortable walking shoes.
   Water, snack, and lunch, unless you have other plans.
* Sleep and Eat.  Get a good night's sleep and a good breakfast.

Convention Manners
     Observe these guidelines to show consideration to everyone
involved at the convention.
* Convention Rules.  Follow the rules set out for the convention
   regarding food and beverage in exhibit hall (check if bottled
   water is OK), children, strollers, etc.
* Exhibitors.  Support the ones who help you. Do not take up an
   exhibitor's time in counseling and explaining his products and
   then go buy the same product from another exhibitor or from a
   discount supplier. Exhibitors help make the convention possible.
* Babies and Children.  Immediately remove a crying or
   disrupting child from a workshop or meeting.  Ask your child to
   give his chair to an adult if there is not enough seating.

At the Convention
     Once at the convention, follow your plan.
* Schedule.  If you have not already obtained and marked a
   schedule and exhibit hall floor plan, do this first.
* Breaks.  Take breaks to rest your feet, reassess your
 progress, and write notes while your impressions are fresh.
* Speakers.  Don't expect to agree with everything a speaker
   says.  Compare everything to God's Word; accept and use what you
   can and let the rest go.
* The Unexpected.  Allow some free time to take advantage of an
   unexpected opportunity.

(continued below)

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Getting the Most Out of Home-School Events (continued)

Exhibit Hall
* Work Your Plan.  Use your prioritized plan of booth visits
   and your shopping list to do your "must see" visits first, then
   go through the exhibit hall finding and learning more new things.
* Talk to vendors about their products' methods, goals, and
   philosophy, and how to use them. Use your list of questions.
* Purchases.  Use the parcel check or take your purchases
   to your room or car rather than carrying them around.
* Busy.  If the representatives are busy at a "must see" booth,
   go on and return later, or ask to be included in the discussion.
* Sleep on It.  If you are attending two days, gather
   information the first day, and then think and pray about your
   purchases before making them the next day.
* Also visit nonprofit and service organizations' booths to
   find out what they can offer you (e.g., your state organization).
* Give Feedback.  When appropriate, give a vendor a brief,
   clear, and focused comment about your needs, opinions, and
   experiences to help them produce better products and services.

* Meet and talk to other attendees; greet old friends and make
   new ones.
* Ask advice. Get feedback on ideas and products and
   share opinions and experiences. You may get your most valuable
   information and encouragement from another home-school mom.
* Offer to help someone.  Hold a baby and give a mother's arms
   a rest; find a new home schooler (it will be obvious) and give a
   word of encouragement; offer to help a speaker or exhibitor.
   Smile at everyone.

* Debriefing.  Have a debriefing discussion with your spouse
   or friend.  Discuss the ideas and products you encountered at
   the convention to help you sort through things, keeping some
   and discarding others, focusing on how to get the most out of
   your experience.
* Just Do It.  Return home with at least one new idea that will
   make a difference in your home school to put into practice.
   Look over all your notes while they are fresh, and narrow down
   all the wonderful things you would like to do to no more than six.
   Then prioritize your list and start on the first one the following week.
* Be Accountable.  Ask your husband or a friend to pray for you
   and keep you accountable to work on your goal.  The results may
   surprise and encourage you.
* Share the information you have gathered with your support
   group or someone who was not able to attend. Let them know if
   you would recommend that they plan to attend next year.
* Clean Up.  Sort literature you received into four categories:
   1) Take action. 2) Save for future reference or reading.
   3) Pass on to someone else. 4) Toss.
* Thank Yous!  Write a thank you note to those who put so much
   effort into putting on the convention, a speaker that ministered to
   you, or an exhibitor that took time to help you.

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Sunnyside Up
     You might be a home schooler if:
* You have books in every single room of your house.
* The fine art on your walls was done in finger paints.
* If you have a TV, the top is used for bookshelf space.
* Vacations are planned for their educational value.
* Instead of looking blank when asked what the Civil War was, your
   children have done a scale model of the battlefields and participated
   in re-enactments.
* You've lost count of how many times you've been asked, "How
   will they be socialized?"
* The 30-foot long hallway isn't long enough for your time line.
     Submitted by Susan Scott.  Can you add to this list?  Send your
submissions to us by return e-mail.

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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