Knowledge House Newsletter

Homeschool Information... Ideas... and Inspiration

June Holidays & Special Days - Click Here!

~ June 2017 ~

Dear Readers,

Well, summer is here and the spring semester is over...
Congratulations to all of the 2017 Homeschool Grads!

Another homeschool convention season is already upon us! Download a copy of How to Get the Most Out of a Homeschool Convention. This 14-page special report includes a handy checklist!

And of course, Father's Day is this Sunday, June 18. Happy Father's Day to all of the homeschool dads!

Teri's Sig

Featured Article

Homeschooling Duties Of Fathers

A father's primary goal as leader of the household is to provide for and protect his family, but fathers also have a God-ordained responsibility for the training of their children. Sadly, there is a huge gap in our culture of men who are actually willing to stand up and be the father that God has called them to be. The homeschool father should be involved as much as possible in his children's education. The more he actively participates, the more credibility homeschooling has in the eyes of his children, the less stressed mom will be, and the more likely it will be a long term experience. It's a real blessing to have a father who can spend time with his kids during the day. Even a father who works away from home can be their nightly homework checker or Bible teacher. A father may teach some other subjects as well, but most importantly, he must be supportive of his family’s homeschooling endeavor. Fathers should consider the following duties.

Principal (The principal may not do any teaching, but he is in charge to make sure the teachers teach, and he provides the help and support they need to do so.)

Pray for guidance and blessing.
Write down goals and a plan of action.
Make a schedule and see that it is followed.
Help select curriculum and plan lessons.
Talk to your children about what they are studying.
Review your children’s work; grade papers.
Assist with special projects (science experiments, etc.).
Go along on field trips.
Attend workshops and conferences with your wife.
Offer encouragement to your wife and motivation for your children.
Enforce the discipline of your children.
Take an active interest in politics and legislation that may affect home education.
Provide income for purchasing school supplies and materials.
Give your wife a break (bring home dinner; take the kids to the park).
Hand out the diploma or certificate of promotion at the end of the school year.

Spiritual Leader (As the spiritual head of the household, the father should be a good role model.)

Pray for your family and your homeschool.
Take the family to church regularly.
Bring God into everyday conversation.
Teach your children about God’s creations.
Teach your children about God’s historical works.
Teach your children the Ten Commandments.
Evangelize your children.
Take your children on "fishing trips" (witnessing).
Tune in to Christian music on the radio.
Lead the family in daily devotionals.
Encourage reciting Bible verses from memory.
Read the Bible aloud and study Biblical passages together.
Read Bible stories to children at bedtime.

Instructor (The father may be better at teaching certain subjects, such as one or more of the following examples.)

Physical Fitness/Sports.
Woodworking Shop/Auto Mechanics.
Science and/or Mathematics.
History, Government and/or Economics.
Logic and/or Critical Thinking.
Any other subject dad enjoys, majored in, or otherwise knows well.

Finally in all of these things remember Colossians 3:21 which says, “Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.” Similarly, Ephesians 6:4 states, “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”

Book of the Month

Citizens Rule Book

The 4th of July is coming up soon! Stock up now on Citizens Rule Books for handing out at Independence Day celebrations. The legacy of my late father-in-law, this pocket-sized book includes the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, plus quotes by our Founding Fathers and information for jurors. Only $1 each!

Famous Homeschoolers

Famous Homeschooling Fathers

In honor of Father’s Day, here is a list of famous (and semi-famous) homeschool dads, courtesy of

Todd Akin
U.S. Congressman (MO)
Todd was a founding member of the West County Christian Home Educators Association.

David Albert
speaker and author of And the Skylark Sings with Me

Amos Bronson Alcott
innovative teacher, father of Louisa May Alcott

Shaun Alexander
A former NFL Most Valuable Player and season touchdown record holder, he is now a passionate homeschool father who spends his days helping his children with math, Spanish, reading, Bible, and piano lessons.

Garth Brooks
country music singer

Kirk Cameron
actor and film producer

Michael Card
contemporary Christian songwriter

Duane G. Carey
NASA astronaut

Tom Cruise
the actor's children were all taught at home

Geoff Davis
U.S. Congressman (KY)

Michael P. Farris
Lawyer and Chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLSA). He is also the founding president and current Chancellor of Patrick Henry College. Education Week named him one of the "Top 100 Faces in Education of the 20th Century."

Michael Franzese
former New York mobster who has publicly renounced organized crime, became a devoted Christian, created a foundation for helping youth, and is a motivational speaker. For the last six years, Michael Franzese and his wife, Camille, have homeschooled their youngest daughter, Julia, who will be graduating in 2017.

Robert Frost
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet
“I still say the only education worth anything is self-education.”

David Guterson
educator and author of Snow Falling on Cedars

Tim Hawkins

Eric Jackson
whitewater paddler

Stephen Kendrick
pastor, movie producer (Facing the Giants, Fireproof, Courageous, War Room)

Robert E. Lee
Civil War General

Len Munsil
attorney, founding President of The Center for Arizona Policy (CAP), former gubernatorial candidate, and president of Arizona Christian University

Chuck Norris
actor, author, martial artist

Paul Overstreet
musician, songwriter

Andrew Peterson
Christian singer/songwriter and author

Brad Pitt
while married to Angelina Jolie, all 6 of their kids were homeschooled by tutors and nannies

Stewart Rhodes
Founder of Oath Keepers, a husband and father of five homeschooled children

Jim Ryun
Olympian runner, Kansas congressman

Rick Santorum
U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania; former presidential candidate

Mike Smith
lawyer and co-founder of Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA)

Will Smith
the actor and his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith homeschooled their kids, Willow and Jaden, due to their mother wanting them to “learn, not memorize”

Mark Spence
Christian speaker, Dean of The School of Biblical Evangelism

R.C. Sproul, Jr.
Reformed theologian, pastor, speaker, author of When You Rise Up: A Covenantal Approach to Homeschooling

Bob Tebow
father of Tim Tebow and founder of the Bob Tebow Evangelistic Association

Jimmy Wales
co-founder of Wikipedia
“Wales, whose wife Christine teaches their 5-year-old daughter Kira at home, says he is disappointed by the "factory nature" of American education: "There's something significantly broken about the whole concept of school." A longtime opponent of mandatory public school attendance, Wales says that part of the allure of Florida, where his Wikimedia Foundation is based, is its relatively laissez-faire attitude toward homeschoolers. This makes it easier for Wales and his wife to let Kira (a tiny genius in her father's eyes) follow her own interests and travel with her parents when Wales gives one of his many speeches abroad.”~Reason Magazine

Darrell Waltrip
NASCAR racer

Emeal "E.Z." Zwayne
Christian speaker, pastor, Executive Vice President of Living Waters

Reading Between the Lines

Lost in Translation

You know how some things are simply hard to put into words? Basically, languages that are not our own are often a lot better at expressing certain emotions or ideas. As a result, there are many concepts that cannot be properly identified or explained across cultures.

Linguists have spent countless years deconstructing languages, taking them apart letter by letter, and trying to figure out why there are so many things that cannot be translated into our own language. Often these foreign words provide insight into the cultures they came from.

Here are some examples:

  • Waldeinsamkeit - German word for the feeling of being alone in the woods. (Ralph Waldo Emerson even wrote a poem about it.)
  • Komorebi - Japanese word to express the way sunlight filters through the leaves of trees.
  • Mangata - Swedish word for the roadlike reflection of the moon on the water.
  • Iktsuarpok - Inuit word for the feeling of anticipation that leads you to keep looking outside to see if anyone is coming.
  • Jayus - Indonesian word for a joke told so poorly and so unfunny that one cannot help but laugh.
  • Panapo'o - Hawaiian word for the act of scratching your head to help you remember something you’ve forgotten.

Lost in Translation, by Ella Frances Sanders, brings to life more than 50 words that don’t have direct English translations with charming illustrations of their tender, poignant, and humorous definitions. These would be good words to learn how to say and spell, giving you new ways to express yourself… and maybe you’ll even recognize a feeling or two among them.

Learning Links

Family Travel Tips - How to make family travel more enjoyable for kids and parents alike.

Play it Safe in the Sun - June is Skin Cancer Awareness Month.

Summer Safety - June is National Safety Month.

The Story of Old Glory - Flag Day is June 14.

Father's Day - Read about the history and traditions of Father’s Day.

In the Good Old Summertime - June 20 is the first day of Summer!

Freebie of the Month

Here are some lists that will help with your summer travels!

Road Trip Log - This is what we use to keep track of our miles, times, and places wherever we go; then we save them in a family trip binder for future reference.

Camping Checklist - A vacation packing list that our family has used over the years, with space to add your own items.

Family Trip Plan - We start getting ready for our trip a week ahead of time, by following this list of things to do.

(PDF format requires Adobe Reader: click here for free download.)

Quote of the Month

“I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us. We are formed by the little scraps of wisdom.” ~Italian novelist Umberto Eco

A Note From Teri...

With Father's Day in mind, here is a book that fosters a meaningful conversation between father and child. What's Your Story?: Discover the Man Behind Your Dad encourages a dialogue that helps children (of any age!) learn more about dad — including questions about his upbringing, belief systems, and what stories he wants to share with their family’s future generations. The authors offer a carefully crafted path designed to cultivate the sharing of a dad’s life stories and world view. Makes a great gift for any father, or for a father to present to his child with the answers already written out. Order one today for Father's Day!

Happy Homeschooling!

Teri's Sig

P.S. Did you like this month's newsletter?

Copyright © 2017 by Teri Ann Berg Olsen, To subscribe to this free e-newsletter, send a blank e-mail to and follow the instructions in the confirmation e-mail that you will receive, or sign up on the web at To unsubscribe, send a blank e-mail to . Questions? E-mail .