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The Teaching Home E-Mail Newsletter #77
Information, Inspiration, and Encouragement

May 18, 2004  /  Cindy Short and Sue Welch, editors
You are welcome to forward this newsletter in its entirety.

Your Last Four Assignments
     Assignment #1:  Record
     Assignment #2:  Evaluate
     Assignment #3:  Plan
     Assignment #4:  Celebrate
Recommended Resources
     Christian Liberty Academy School System (CLASS)
     The Bible In Living Sound
Sunnyside Up: Humorous Anecdote


     Whether you are finished with your school year, school
year round, or are continuing your studies this summer, these last
four assignments can give you and your children a sense of
accomplishment and encourage you to continue learning together
at home!

     We invite you to write to us and let us know how you end and
celebrate your school year so we can share your ideas with others.

     You are also invited to contribute to this newsletter by submitting
a note of encouragement to your fellow home educators, teaching
tip, recommended website, 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

     Please tell a friend about this free newsletter.  They will thank
you for it.

     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.

Editor's Note:  This is one of the oldest, largest, and most
respected suppliers of complete Christian home-school curriculum.
We can heartily recommend CLASS to you.

Christian Liberty Academy School System (CLASS)
     Since 1967 we have provided families like yours a flexible,
affordable partnership offering godly education and academic
excellence for K-12.  Our CLASS Plan includes books, teacher
manuals, tests, answer keys, grading services, report cards,
diploma, and transcript.

Your Last Four Assignments
     The four activities described below are all important parts
of finishing a school year.  Whether or not you were able to
accomplish all you had intended to, these steps will help you
benefit from what you did accomplish this year.

Assignment #1:  Record
     Set aside a day or more to do the necessary task of gathering,
filing, and recording schoolwork.  The rewards are that:
* You can find your records easily.
* Your children have meaningful memorabilia.
* You get more space for more books and materials.
* You might even be able to sell books you don't need anymore for
   some extra cash to (you guessed it) buy more books!
     Gather up all your schoolwork for the year, then sort and
dispose of everything appropriately (suggestions follow).

* Select samples of work for each child in each area of their
   studies to put in their permanent files.
* Send some samples to Grandma (with the clear understanding that
   she is free to toss them after enjoying them for a while).
* Give each child a certain amount of space in which to keep what
   he wants.
* Throw out the rest.

* Store some books for younger siblings.
* Shelve some books for reference
* Give some away (to a family who needs them, your support
   group's library, or a thrift store).
* Trade some with another family.
* Sell some at a local used curriculum sale, a garage sale, or
Laurelwood Publications

     You might need to keep a record or a portfolio of your
children's studies to comply with your state's laws or an
umbrella organization, as well as for your own benefit.  Choose
any or all of the following options.
__ Record the dates and students' names after they finish each
     concept on your scope and sequence chart or list of educational
__ Use your lesson plans as records, checking off and dating each
     objective as it is done.
__ Keep track of hours spent by subject if you are required to do
     so by your state law or wish to for your own information (e.g.,
     for a high school transcript).
__ Copy records of family projects, studies, field trips, etc.
     for each child's individual file as applicable.
__ Keep a journal for each day of a unit study, briefly listing
     books read or activities done.
__ List all books read by the family or individual students,
     including the title, author, and publisher.  (A brief
     description of contents and personal evaluation will make this
     list more valuable to you in the future.)
__ Place artwork and writing assignments in a notebook or file.
__ Take photos of art, craft, and science projects and activities
     such as plays, costumes, and field trips.
__ Place your records in a labeled box for the year or for each

* Create a yearbook by placing photos, sample work, and other
   memorabilia in a scrapbook.
* Tape record some of your family's answers to the evaluation
   questions below (especially the positive ones!) as a sound
   recording of your school year.

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Assignment #2:  Evaluate
     Use this checklist or make your own to see what went right
and what went wrong this year so that you can adjust for next
year.  This needs to be done now, while things are fresh in your
     You might want to discuss these items as a family and/or do
a private interview with each member to get a complete picture.
     Be sure to include your husband and each child for their
individual perspectives.  You will need to adapt the questions
for each one (e.g., Dad: Do you know what our children learned
this year?  What would you have liked them to learn that they did
not learn?).
     Please do not let this evaluation discourage you!  Rejoice and
thank the Lord for what went well and learn from weak areas
so that you do even better next year.


__  What did you like best about our home school this year?

__  What did you like least about our home school this year?

__  What did you learn?

__  What did you not learn that you would have liked to?


__  Were basic foundational skills of reading, language, and math
improved, mastered, reviewed, and practiced enough?

__   Were specific facts connected to "the big picture" of
overall knowledge through the use of a globe, maps, timelines,
charts, and related studies?

__  Did we use a variety of teaching methods and materials,
including textbooks, workbooks, unit studies, hands-on
activities, computer software, library or supervised Internet
research, field trips, oral and written reports, etc.?

__  Were thinking skills taught and encouraged by the types of
discussions we had (e.g., comprehension, knowledge, analysis,
synthesis, application, and evaluation).  See

__  Were educational resources available and their use encouraged
and modeled: reference books, videos, tapes, software, supervised
Internet use?

__  Was there enough good supplemental reading done as a family
or independently?

__  Were there time, resources, and encouragement available to
pursue individual interests?


__  Were Bible knowledge and Bible study skills increased?

__  Were Bible reading and memorization given at least as much
importance as academic studies?

__  Were subjects taught from a Christian worldview?

Character Development

__  Was character development an important part of our school
(e.g., honor and obedience to mother as the teacher and parent;
kindness to siblings; diligence; truthfulness; and attention to
details in studies?)

__  Was child discipline maintained in a simple, straightforward,
and kind manner?  Were the rules and consequences clear and
consistently carried out?

__  Were there enough positive motivations and negative

Life Skills

__  Were life skills included in your training and related to
academic subjects (budgeting, cooking, shopping, driving,
cleaning, organization, scheduling, repairs, maintaining a house,
yard, car, voting, finding information by phone, letter, or
supervised Internet use)?


__  Was the schedule realistic and easy to keep?  Too strict or
too lax?  Was doing schoolwork a regular, daily habit (along with
chores and personal grooming)?

__  Were the classes we did as a group interesting, and did they
allow each student to learn?

__  Did we have a good balance between group and independent

__  Was mother available for help when needed?  Was there a need
for alternative activities or procedures when she was

__  Did we care for our toddlers and babies in the best way for
them and for our studies?

__  Were our class settings appropriate and conducive to learning
(e.g., dining room table, couch, individual desks)?

__  Did we have enough, not enough, or too much independent
study?  Was there enough time, space, supervision, and help
available for these studies?

__  What got bogged down that could have gone more quickly?

__  Was there enough organization and planing for space,
materials, schedule, and chores?

__  Were there enough varied experiences or too many outside
activities?  Were our supplemental and outside activities worth
the time and effort?

__  Was the atmosphere of our home warm, loving, and supportive?

Bottom Line

__  What do you want to do the same or differently next year?

Assignment #3:  Plan

     Use your evaluation outcomes to make general, broad plans
for next year and for your summer studies.

Next Year
     Make quick notes beside certain answers on your evaluation
forms.  Then when you start your comprehensive planning for next
year, you will have this information to incorporate.  You can do
specific and detailed planning later; this is just to be sure you
include the valuable input from your evaluation.

Summer Studies
     Consider compensating for shortfalls from last year as well
as continuing enjoyable activities and methods that worked.
* Finish a subject.
* Add a subject (or a topic within a subject or a teaching
   method) you did not get to do last year.
* Pursue an interest that your child would like to study.
* Maintain or remediate basic skills through drill and practice.

Assignment #4:  Celebrate
     A celebration gives a nice closure to this section of your
studies and ends on a positive note which will help propel you
forward into your next scheduled studies or activities.

__  Plan an open house for neighbors, friends, or relatives.  This
can be very short and informal and can be combined with another
family if desired.
* Show displays of schoolwork and art.
* Give oral presentations.
* Present music or dramatic performances.
* Prepare a poster or mural that lists or depicts what was
   learned in each subject by each student.
* Serve dinner or refreshments.

__  Take an educational field trip or an outing just for fun with
your family or others.

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Sunnyside Up
     We were well into our second year of home schooling and
things were falling into a comfortable routine.  One day, our
5-year-old son, Samuel, asked to say the prayer.  Thrilled, I
said, "Sure!  Go ahead."
     Bowing his head, he started praying, "Dear Heavenly Father,
Please be with us today as we have our school."
     Wow!  He was repeating my prayer word for word!  That was,
until he got to this part, "Help us to learn the things that you
would have us to learn and to endure learning . . ."
     After that, I decided to add a little more variety to our
routine -- including my daily prayer.
     Submitted by Connie Ward, Iowa

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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