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~ May 2017 ~

Happy May!

The 90th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee will air live from Washington D.C. on May 31 and June 1, 2017. Since 1925, youth across America have participated in school, local and regional bees with the singular hope of making it to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. This year, more than 11 million students participated in classroom and school bees before advancing to local bees coordinated by newspapers, community organizations, and universities in the area. The winners of these local bees travel to Washington, D.C., to take part in the National Finals. Each of these spellers started the journey to D.C. in the classroom with a study list and a dream. This year, 291 spellers are participating, including 15 homeschooled spellers! Read their profiles here.

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Featured Article

Axis Internship Opportunity

Do you know any college students or grads who are interested in collecting experiences instead of things, want to help younger generations find true freedom in Christ, and desire to build lifelong faith in God within themselves and others? If so, then the Axis Internship might be their next step.

What: 10-Month Internship

Responsibilities: Hone your skills by working on projects in your field that help build lifelong faith; occasionally travel and speak to students.

When: July 18, 2017-April 30, 2018

Where: Colorado Springs, CO

Deadline: May 15, 2017 (for the 2017-2018 School Year)

Below is a description of the internship and the website for the online application:

The Axis Team Member Internship is an unforgettable 10-month experience! Team Members may travel all over the United States and Canada (and possibly other countries!) as part of a team of four young adult speakers. They will speak at Christian middle and high schools, colleges, churches, and conferences about worldview topics, pop culture, intentional living, the influence of media, family discipleship, and so much more! We help students, teachers, families, and entire communities grow together and strengthen their faith in God. Team Members will grow immensely in their faith, build on valuable communication and leadership skills, visit new places, meet amazing people, and make lifelong friends. We are looking for committed followers of Jesus Christ, who are experienced in public speaking, have the ability and discipline to work on a team, and have an appetite for adventure. Applicants must have completed at least 2 years of college [60+ credit hours] or equivalent. For a detailed description of the internship and the online application visit Being on an Axis team is a fun, challenging, and life-changing experience. If you are a professional individual who has a high level of responsibility, is teachable and willing to learn, and is comfortable speaking to large groups, donít miss out on this unique opportunity.

For more information on Axis as a ministry, check out the website at

Book of the Month

Educational Words of Wisdom

Learning for Life

For Mother's Day, treat yourself to this treasury of classic and contemporary rhetorical gems that will inspire and encourage you! Learning for Life contains almost 3,000 quotes by more than 1,000 people on teaching, learning, and the pursuit of knowledge - as well as a whole chapter of quotations about ďMothers & Motherhood.Ē Quotes are categorized by subject, covering both traditional and nontraditional forms of education. Itís like a conversation across the ages, full of rhetorical gems and sage advice! (Includes Bible verses, index, appendix & biographical notes.) Order your copy today!

Famous Homeschoolers

Abigail Adams

This month, in honor of Mother's Day, I thought I'd feature a famous homeschool mom from history - Abigail Adams, wife of President John Adams and mother of John Quincy Adams. Self-taught herself at time when girls weren't very well educated, she was one of Americaís great homeschooling moms. Read about her life at

Reading Between the Lines

Is Genesis History?

When I first heard about the new IS GENESIS HISTORY? documentary, it was a topic Iím really interested in, so I watched the trailer. After seeing it, I was so excited because it was filmed at four of my favorite locations! (The Grand Canyon and Sedona, Arizona, as well as the lesser known SP Crater and Chino Valley, Arizona.)

I live in Arizona and have been to all these places many times, but I thought it would be neat to see SP Crater on the big screen. Itís the perfect iconic cinder cone that geology textbooks always include photos of, and that we only discovered by accident one day, since itís not as well known to the general public.

Anyway, I was looking forward to the special one-night theatrical event on February 23, 2017, but then I was sick with a terrible cough and couldnít go. I was extremely disappointed, and even though there were two encore showings in early March I still couldnít see it. So I was resolved that Iíd have to wait for the DVD, and was counting down the days to its release...

And finally the DVD is available! It's a must-have educational resource for Christians, not just because of the beautiful scenery but also the incredible wealth of information it contains about the reality of science and history as told in the Book of Genesis! Read a review of Is Genesis History? and buy a copy!-->>>

Learning Links

Mother's Day - It's YOUR day; you deserve it!

Etiquette and Ethics - May 9-13 is National Etiquette Week.

A Salute to Soldiers - May is Military Appreciation Month.

Physical Education - May is Physical Fitness & Sports Month.

Bikes and Bicycling - May is also National Bike Month!

Memorial Day - A special day to honor our fallen veterans.

Freebie of the Month

A Mother's Day gift just for you! For years I've been selling printable copies of my "Ode to a Homeschool Mom" poem for a nominal cost of $1.00 each on my website, but I'm offering it to my newsletter readers free of charge this month.

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P.S. Homeschool convention season is just around the corner! Download a copy of How to Get the Most Out of a Homeschool Convention. This 14-page special report includes a handy checklist!

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Quote of the Month

ďThe motherís heart is the child's schoolroom.Ē ~Henry Ward Beecher

A Note From Teri...

Wishing you an enjoyable Mother's Day weekend coming up!

Happy Homeschooling!

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