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~ August 2013 ~

Dear Readers,

August is "National Back-to-School Month," but it's also known as "Family Fun Month" - and what better way to finish up the summer than by spending some quality family time together! As if you really needed an excuse to have fun as a family, right? But time flies and people with busy lives often do need a reminder to stop and rethink their priorities. So be sure to take time off during the month of August to watch movies, play games, go hiking and biking, have a picnic or campout, and enjoy some good old-fashioned family fun before school starts!

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Back to Homeschool

It’s that time of year to stock up on school stuff while everything is on sale! Even year-round homeschoolers will appreciate having a brand new set of supplies when moving up to the next grade. Get your kids involved in the planning process. Then go to the store as a family and let your children choose what they want from the wide variety of styles and themes that are available. This way they can express their individuality, and they will be more likely to enjoy using those items that they had a say in picking out.

Essential school supplies will vary depending on the type of curriculum and grade level. In general, however, if you have school-age children it’s a good idea to always have the following basic supplies on hand: dictionary, thesaurus, pencils, pencil sharpener, erasers, paperclips, stapler, scissors, clear adhesive tape, masking tape, computer, printer, ink cartridges, paper.

Preschool to elementary students will need: pencils, crayons, pencil and crayon sharpener, eraser, washable markers, safety scissors, white glue, glue stick, colored construction paper, drawing paper, notebooks, pocket folders, lined penmanship paper, math manipulatives, chalk, lunch tote (for field trips), and magazines with colorful pictures to cut out.

Middle to High School will need: pens, mechanical pencils, colored pencils, No. 2 pencils, fine-line markers, highlighters, ruler, scientific calculator, graph paper, three-ring binders, spiral notebooks (one for each subject), lined loose-leaf paper, pocket folders, composition book, journal, calendar, wristwatch, bookbag or backpack.

You might think your teenager has outgrown the crayons, markers, and other art and craft supplies, but older children still do research projects, science fair entries, book reports, skits and plays that require visual presentations. You don’t want to find out that your supply closet is empty the night before a project is due, so keep some poster board, construction paper, and colored markers in there just in case.

One more thing - In addition to checking your inventory, this is a good time of year to have the kids test all of their glue sticks, white glue, markers, etc. to make sure these items haven't dried out just in case they need to replaced. There's nothing worse than being in the middle of a project and finding out that something doesn't work!

A long time ago I made a checklist of basic homeschool supplies that our family found useful, which you might want to download, print out, and adapt for your own use:

Book of the Month

How to Write a Homeschool Mission Statement

How to Write a Homeschool Mission Statement

Well, a new school year is right around the corner! This is a perfect time to think ahead about how to make the most of those back-to-school days--especially if you homeschool.

The beginning of a school year is an exciting time of opening new curriculum, planning your upcoming schedule, etc. You want this to be your best year ever, right? So while you’re at it, why not write a homeschool mission statement!

How to Write a Homeschool Mission Statement is an easy-to-follow step-by-step guide that explains in practical terms how to create, utilize, and display a homeschool mission statement. It includes: Examples, Discussion Questions, Worksheets, Keyword List, Scriptures, Quotations, Mottoes, Things to Do, and more!

Download your copy of How to Write a Homeschool Mission Statement, a 36-page e-book for only $4.95! (WAS $8.50)

OR get this e-book FREE in my "Back-to-Homeschool" set!

Learning for Life

Learning for Life: Educational Words of Wisdom

Wish you had the perfect quote (or quotes) to provide support for your family's homeschool mission? Well, look no further! Educational quotations can be a source of inspiration throughout your homeschool journey. Learning for Life: Educational Words of Wisdom is the only book of quotations compiled specifically with homeschoolers in mind. In fact, you will be delighted to know how many famous people from the past to the present agree with your educational philosophy!

Learning for Life is a 420-page treasury of nearly 3,000 quotations by more than 1,000 people on teaching, learning, and the pursuit of knowledge. The quotes are categorized by subject, covering both traditional and nontraditional forms of education. Many of these quotations are from Christian sources, harkening back to our schools’ Christian heritage and reflecting a strong biblical perspective.

For more information, please visit my Learning for Life page:

Learning for Life is part of my "Back-to-Homeschool" sale!

Famous Homeschoolers

Did you know...? Two Pairs of Famous Homeschoolers Have August Birthdays!

William Clark and Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis & Clark Expedition were both born this month (August 1, 1770 and August 18, 1774, respectively).

Wilbur Wright was born on August 16, 1867, and his brother Orville was born on August 19, 1871. National Aviation Day is also celebrated on Orville Wright’s birthday.

Also, don't forget Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell in honor of National Inventors Month! Thomas Edison invented the electric light bulb as well as many other things. Alexander Graham Bell is most famous for inventing the telephone, but he was also a teacher of deaf people.

Reading Between the Lines

Philosophy Adventure™

DO YOU NEED to teach advanced writing and speaking skills to your homeschool teen?

DO YOU WANT to be equipped to discern the truth about the ungodly messages and false philosophies that bombard us every day?

DO YOU WONDER how you can possibly cover all of this academically as well as practically?

Philosophy Adventure™ is the perfect solution!

Philosophy Adventure™ is a program designed to help 6th-12th grade students cultivate and defend a biblical worldview by teaching them how to write skillfully, think critically, and speak articulately as they explore the history of philosophy and the impact of ideas.

Using the lives of the philosophers as a starting point, Philosophy Adventure™ covers a wide range of subjects: History & Geography, Vocabulary & Composition, Logic & Critical Thinking, Presentation & Persuasion, Apologetics & Worldview.

Meet the philosophers and anchor your learning to interesting stories, the cultural backdrop of each philosopher’s life, the School of Thought identified with each philosopher, how his ideas played out in his own life, and how his ideas ultimately impacted the world.

Philosophy Adventure™ is engaging, easy to use, and empowering!

Read my complete review: (Includes discount codes for up to 25% off! Hurry, this offer ends August 7, 2013.)

Learning Links

Summer Movies - Wind down the summer and celebrate Family Fun month with some popcorn, lemonade, and one or more of these movies. Some of them have summer themes and others just evoke the feeling of a summer adventure.

Meteors - The Perseid Meteor Shower peaks on August 12.

Meteorites - How to recognize a meteorite.

Lemonade - August 20 is Lemonade Day.

Monarch Butterflies - The Monarch Butterfly's fall migration begins around August 21.

National Parks - The National Park Service was established on August 25, 1916.

I Have a Dream - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave this famous speech on August 28, 1963.

Labor Day - Labor Day will be on September 2 this year.

Freebie of the Month

Here's a chance to win some free books and curriculum for the new school year! Enter this HUGE homeschool giveaway! (Click the image below to enter via the Rafflecopter widget.)

Quote of the Month

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” ~Thomas Edison

A Note From Teri...

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Learning for Life: Educational Words of Wisdom
Easy Homeschooling Techniques
Easy Homeschooling Curriculum
Easy Homeschooling Companion
How to Write a Homeschool Mission Statement

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Happy Homeschooling!

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