Knowledge House Newsletter

Homeschool Information... Ideas... and Inspiration

~ July 2009 ~

Dear Readers,

Hope you are having a nice summer! We enjoyed unseasonably cool temperatures here in Arizona through much of last month. For example, at noon on my birthday it was only 87 degrees – usually it’s over 100 at that time! In fact, we almost beat the record for the coolest June... so much for global warming! ;) After having a pleasant reprieve at the end of Spring, the normal hot temperatures came with the first day of Summer. Time to enjoy cold desserts (HINT: it's National Ice Cream Month) and think cool thoughts of Christmas in July!

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Holidays & Special Days

Freebie(s) of the Month*

Citizens Rule Book
(Download this e-book edition of the Citizens Rule Book and see for yourself why the pocket-sized booklet has sold 3 million copies! Includes the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, Bill of Rights, and a Jury Handbook.)

Declaration of Independence
(Download a FREE copy of the Declaration of Independence. Read it with your family as part of your Independence Day celebration.)

American History Quiz (Test the kids - and yourself! You can also take it online at

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

Featured Article

What exciting adventures have you and your family been up to this summer? Last week- end we went on a walk through a cave. It's actually a 3/4–mile long tube formed by molten lava flowing underground. In some places the cave is only about 3 feet high, while in other spots the ceiling is 30 feet high and shaped like a subway tunnel. The cave has a temp. of about 40 degrees year-round, so it was a cool respite from the summer heat!

Cave Entrance | Inside the Tube | People Walking up Ahead

If your family likes exploring as we do, you will really enjoy the Jonathan Park Creation Adventure audio series from Vision Forum. They say their customers have asked one product question more than any other; that is: “When is the next Jonathan Park album coming out?” (I know we kept asking that!) Well, after thousands of hours in preparation and production, “Jonathan Park Volume VI: The Journey Never Taken” is expected to be in stock and ready to ship on July 10, 2009.

If you have the previous episodes of Jonathan Park, you will want to get this latest album to complete your collection. If you are not familiar with the series, read my review to learn more about it:

Quote of the Month

“A primary object should be the education of our youth in the science of government. In a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important? And what duty more pressing…than…communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country?” ~George Washington

Famous Homeschoolers

Akiane Kramarik

Homeschooled and self-taught in painting, 15-year-old Akiane Kramarik is an internationally recognized prodigy, selected as one of the twenty most accomplished visual artists in the world. (Each month I will highlight another famous homeschooler.)

Did you know...? Zac Sunderland, the homeschooled teen sailor, is almost home from his around-the-world voyage! Read updated story here

Verse of the Month

“If My people which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” ~II Chronicles 7:14

Reading Between the Lines

I suppose many of you are cutting back on your travels this summer just as we are, due to the economy and husbands being out of work like mine is. But when you think about it, a vacation is as much a state of mind as it is a place to go. The other day I pulled my old copy of Henry David Thoreau's Walden off the shelf and sat down with it. If you want to go on a "vacation of the mind," all you have to do is read that book. The message of living simply and economically is certainly a timely one, as are the environmental overtones. You can read the book like a nature journal, or delve into the author's ideas more deeply. Even though Thoreau is critical of society, he is hopefully optimistic. But it seems like people in general haven't learned much in the last 160 years! Read my complete review of the book at

Rent Faith-Friendly Movies Online at

Learning Links

  • The Birth of America (Fun facts about the American Revolution.)

  • Gettysburg (The Battle of Gettysburg was fought on July 1, 1863.)

  • Ice Cream (July is National Ice Cream Month - yum!)

  • Family Travel Tips

  • Summer Reading List

  • Play it Safe in the Sun

  • In the Good Old Summertime

  • My Products

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

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    Homeschool Patriot

    Little Brick Schoolhouse

    Homeschooling Teen

    Arizona Edventures

    A Note From Teri...

    I just updated my Homeschool Patriot site where you can find patriotic holidays, quotations, historic documents, resources, reviews, links, famous homeschooled patriots, Citizens Rule Books, e-books, unit studies, freebies, blog, and more. The page of freebies includes a little bit of everything from printable worksheets to a complete 17-page e-book.

    Happy Independence Day!

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