Knowledge House Newsletter

Homeschool Information... Ideas... and Inspiration

~ April 2009 ~

Dear Readers,

As I'm writing this, I can hear birds chirping and doves cooing. Looking out the window, I see rabbits hopping around and our front yard is blooming with yellow marigolds, white daisies, and pink cactus blossoms. It may seem like a tranquil picture on the outside, but inside I'm just as frazzled as ever. This time I'm a week behind after being sick last week. I still haven't planted my garden yet. And every year we say we're going to get our taxes done early for once, but as usual we're just getting started on them now. Hopefully we will make enough headway in the next couple of days so we will be able to relax and enjoy this Easter Sunday.

Hey, as the old saying goes, "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!" I've gotten a lot of lemons this year... in more ways than one! While the grocery stores were selling them for 25 cents each, friends and relatives with lemon trees were eagerly giving us bushels full. A few weeks ago I counted more than 200 lemons in our possession - and that was after I gave away some that people had given to me! I don't like coffee, tea, or carbonated sodas - but I absolutely LOVE lemonade and could drink it all day long. (Which apparently I did because all of those lemons are already gone!) Since I can't seem to get enough lemons, I finally got my own lemon tree. It hasn't started producing yet, but the blossoms sure smell heavenly.

Wishing you all the joys of Spring as we celebrate Easter as a time for hope, renewal of spirit, rekindling of faith, and rejoicing in the triumph of the Lord.

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Holidays & Special Days

Freebie(s) of the Month*

Enjoy these free printables!

Resurrection Word Find
(This will keep the kids quietly occupied for a while. I gave it a try and found about 25 words myself.)

Resurrection Scripture Strips
(Cut these out and place them inside plastic eggs.)

Easter Scripture Strips
(Cut these out and place them inside plastic eggs.)

Bonus! Print out a Lost Sheep Maze from my Psalm 23 Unit Study. Buy the e-book and get more pages like this! Click here to download my Psalm 23 Unit Study.

(*Requires Adobe Reader: click here for free download.)

Featured Article(s)

Here is a poem in honor of Easter and National Poetry Month...

An Easter Carol

Spring bursts today,
For Christ is risen and all the earth's at play.
Flash forth, thou Sun,
The rain is over and gone, its work is done.
Winter is past,
Sweet Spring is come at last, is come at last.
Bud, Fig and Vine,
Bud, Olive, fat with fruit and oil and wine
Break forth this morn
In roses, thou but yesterday a Thorn.
Uplift thy head,
O pure white Lily through the winter dead.
Beside your dams
Leap and rejoice, you merry-making Lambs.
All Herds and Flocks
Rejoice, all beasts of thickets and of rocks.
Sing, creatures, sing,
Angels and Men and Birds and everything.
All notes of Doves
Fill all our world: this is the time of loves.

~By Christina Rossetti (1830-1894)

See my Easter article for Resurrection Day history, traditions, symbols and activities.

See my Playing with Poetry article for poetry examples, activities, and resources.

Quote of the Month

“Easter is the demonstration of God that life itself is essentially spiritual and timeless.” ~Charles M. Crowe

Famous Homeschoolers

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein was an influential 20th century theoretical physicist, and one of the most famous scientists of all time. His expressive face and “wild” hairstyle are instantly recognizable and have become part of pop culture, as portrayed in caricatures of mad scientists and absent-minded professors. Einstein’s association with great intelligence has made the name “Einstein” synonymous with genius, often in ironic expressions such as “Nice job, Einstein!” Like many creative geniuses throughout history, Einstein was largely self-educated. While it is common knowledge that Einstein had difficulty in school, and although technically he wasn’t actually homeschooled, Einstein self-taught himself in every sense, particularly in the field of mathematics. I've written a lengthy biography which you can read at See Also: Albert Einstein's Wit and Wisdom (Each month I will highlight another famous homeschooler.)

Verse of the Month

“For God so Loved the World that he gave His only begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” ~John 3:16

Reading Between the Lines

Drive Through History: American History Series

Did you know that Dave Stotts, the entertaining host of the award-winning Drive Thru History program, is making a complete 12-part American History series? The first two DVDs are available now! Read all about this new series here. (You can also read about the previous Drive Thru History series at this same link.)

Rent Faith-Friendly Movies Online at

Learning Links

  • Playing with Poetry (April is National Poetry Month.)
  • Thomas Jefferson (Thomas Jefferson was born on April 13, 1743.)
  • National Parks (April 18-26 is National Park Week.)
  • Dare to be Free...Don't Watch TV (April 20-26 is National TV Turnoff Week.)
  • Kindergarten Day (Friedrich Froebel, the founder of the first kindergarten, was born on April 21, 1782.)
  • My Products

    Learning for Life Gardening for Wildlife How to Write a Homeschool Mission Statement  Abraham Lincoln: The Boy, the Man Psalm 23 Ben Franklin's Proverbs Easy Money Gifts Citizens Rule Book
    My Websites

    Knowledge House

    Homeschool Patriot

    Little Brick Schoolhouse

    Homeschooling Teen

    Arizona Edventures

    A Note From Teri...

    April is National Garden Month and Earth Day, and it's a great time for getting outdoors and studying nature. This Spring why not create a wildlife habitat for birds, butterflies, and other creatures in your yard! My fully illustrated 28-page Gardening for Wildlife e-book will walk you through the process of creating a wildlife-friendly yard and garden step by step. This month it's still on sale for only $4.95! Click here for details.

    Happy Spring...
    Happy Easter...
    Happy Resurrection Day!

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