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~ August 2017 ~

Dear Readers,

This summer sure went fast! But it's not over yet! August is "Family Fun Month" as well as "National Back-to-School Month." And what better way to finish up the summer than by spending some quality time together! As if you really needed an excuse to have fun as a family, right? But time flies and people lead busy lives. So take a break 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 everyone becomes preoccupied with school activities and projects!

Teri's Sig


Featured Article

Back to Homeschool

Itís 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 itís 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, and 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 donít 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: http://www.knowledgehouse.info/HomeschoolSupplyList.pdf

Book(s) of the Month

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.

Check out the special package Iíve put together for you - save over 50% on my exclusive Back-to-Homeschool set! These books will be a source of refreshing encouragement and practical motivation throughout your school year.

Easy Homeschooling Library

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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How to Write a Homeschool Mission Statement

How to Write a Homeschool Mission Statement

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 youíre 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)

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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 schoolsí Christian heritage and reflecting a strong biblical perspective.

For more information, please visit my Learning for Life page: http://www.knowledgehouse.info/learningforlife.html

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). http://www.famoushomeschoolers.net/bio_lewisclark.html

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 Wrightís birthday. http://www.famoushomeschoolers.net/bio_wrightbros.html

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

ALL SAINTS Movie

Affirm Films and Provident Films (Courageous, Fireproof) have teamed up once again to prove that faith-based movies donít have to be low budget, poorly acted, preachy or hokey.

Based on true events, ALL SAINTS is an inspirational story about salesman-turned-pastor Michael Spurlock (John Corbett), a small church congregation, and a group of Asian refugees. They risk everything to come together and plant seeds for a future that might just save them all.

ALL SAINTS is a story of faith, triumph, and healing. It reminds us that there is always hope, even when the odds seem overwhelmingly against us. I'm looking forward to this movie, especially after having just learned about the Karen people of Burma, thanks to an article in the August issue of Homeschooling Teen magazine.

Visit Homeschooling Teen to read more about the movie, watch a trailer, AND enter a giveaway for a chance to win 2 free movie tickets! Click here--->>>

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 Monday, September 4th this year.

Freebie of the Month

Voice of the Martyrs/Kids of Courage

Are you planning to do any cultural geography or religious studies this year? Voice of the Martyrs/Kids of Courage have all kinds of FREE resources for teaching children about many different countries and religions around the world from a Christian perspective. For instance, did you know that in Burma the government persecutes ethnic minority groups? Christianity is strong among some of those groups. This gives the government two reasons to persecute them. The VOM/KOC website has information about many different countries, as well has a Beliefs Navigator that compares various religions with biblical Christian beliefs. All in simple terms that are easy to understand. Click here for more info.

Quote of the Month

Rev. Spurlock: ďLet's keep them in our prayers and ask for God's help."

Atticus Spurlock: "Aren't you God's help?Ē ~All Saints movie

A Note From Teri...

On August 21, the U.S. will experience its first solar eclipse since 1979. (We'll only have to wait till 2024 for the next one.) The path of totality will stretch diagonally from Oregon to South Carolina. The rest of us will be able to see at least a partial eclipse. NASA will host a live stream of this astonomical event at: nasa.gov/eclipselive. For more information, activities, educational resources, and safe viewing tips, go to eclipse2017.nasa.gov.

Happy Homeschooling!

Teri's Sig

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