Knowledge House Newsletter

Homeschool Information... Ideas... and Inspiration

~ September 2009 ~

** Second Anniversary Issue! **

Dear Readers,

Would you believe, I've been sending out this monthly e-newsletter for two years now! Thanks for being one of my loyal readers - after all, there would be no point in writing it without YOU there reading it! ;)

I'd like to express my gratitude to everyone who purchased something during my sale last month. I'm sorry to say that I didn't make enough to buy a new air conditioner/heat pump, but I'm still saving up so every little bit helps... as did your prayers, because it seemed like immediately after sending out my August newsletter we had an unexpected reprieve from the high temperatures. Now that we've made it through the worst of the hot summer, maybe we will be able to get a better heat pump deal in the off-season.

In celebration of my newsletter's anniversary, I've decided to continue my sale. Every one of my e-books is still marked down to only $4.95 – that’s a savings of up to 60%! My e-books range in length from 18 - 72 pages. For the cost of a mass-market paperback you can get some great unit studies, study guides, and other items of interest that are NOT available anywhere else.


P.S. I've also reduced my Learning for Life: Educational Words of Wisdom book by 25% just for this sale! Click here for details.

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Holidays & Special Days

Freebie(s) of the Month*

In honor of Constitution Week which is September 17-23, have your kids memorize the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution. I've put together a decorative copy of The Preamble, a memory activity, memorization tips, vocabulary, and Constitutional Quotations for Copywork (4 pages total). Click here to download and print:

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

Featured Article(s)

Back to Homeschool

Now that Labor Day is over, it’s officially back-to-school time for most students. Our local newspaper had a huge headline on the front page screaming “BACK IN SESSION” - as if that was the most important news in the world. Of course the article only referred to the public schools. Every year the coverage is the same - the kindergartners’ first day at school with the parents lamenting “it’s harder on us than it is on the kids” as they stand there watching their child get on the bus. (But I picture them going home and exclaiming "YESSS!" - my bad?) Then there is the typical statement from the school principal such as: “Educating today’s youth is an enormous undertaking that we as educators can’t do alone. Studies have shown that the involvement of parents has a direct effect on the performance of students.” They encourage parents to join the PTA but do they give even the slightest token nod to homeschoolers? Well, you know the answer to that is a big NO! Nevertheless, if teaching is a work of “Heart”... then Home Educators Are Real Teachers. GOD BLESS YOU for taking on the awesome responsibility of teaching your own children at home. YOU CAN DO IT! Click here for an extra printable just for you to frame or place in a binder cover as a reminder. ;)

Below is a collection of articles I’ve written over the years on the history of education: Education Through the Ages | Teachers and Teaching | The Noble Traditon of Tutoring This Old Schoolhouse | One-Room Schoolteachers | Famous Educators | Learning for Life

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American Vision

Quote of the Month

“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.” ~Patrick Henry

Famous Homeschoolers

Joan of Arc

In this issue we have a special biography in honor of "Women of Achievement" Month. Joan of Arc was the youngest person to ever command a national military force – a feat that is all the more remarkable considering she was a teenage girl! Read all about the fascinating story of Joan, who was taught at home by her mother, here:

Verse of the Month

“For lack of guidance a nation falls, but with a multitude of wise counselors there is victory.” ~Proverbs 11:14

Reading Between the Lines

Haircuts for Little Men, by Nancy Baetz.

Do you dread having to drag your young son to the barber shop? Is your schedule too hectic to plan ahead for haircut appointments? Do you have several kids in need of haircuts but don’t have time to spend a whole afternoon at the salon? Are you looking for ways to cut unnecessary expenses? Well, you’re in luck! “Haircuts For Little Men,” an e-book by homeschool mom and hairstylist Nancy Baetz, is a simple guide to cutting your son's hair at home. This 20-page step-by-step tutorial is fully illustrated with color photos. It includes many of the author’s personal tips and tricks, and it’s warmly written with a touch of humor. This book is a must-have for frugal moms with one or more boys. Haircutting is a skill that will save you a great deal of time, money, and stress! Click here to read my complete review.

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Learning Links

  • Patriot Day (September 11 - we will never forget.)

  • Grandparents Day (Remember your Grandparents on September 13.)

  • Constitution Day (Constitution Day is September 17. That whole week is designated as Constitution Week.)

  • Monarch Butterflies (The Monarch Butterfly's fall migration.)

  • Autumn Leaves (Activities and resources for learning about fall leaves.)

  • Autumn is for Apples (Learn a little bit about Johnny Appleseed - his birthday is September 26 - and try some yummy apple recipes.)

  • Pirates (September 19 is "Talk Like a Pirate Day.")

  • Etiquette & Ethics (September is Children's Good Manners Month.)

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    Learning for Life Gardening for Wildlife How to Write a Homeschool Mission Statement  Abraham Lincoln: The Boy, the Man Citizens Rule Book
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    A Note From Teri...

    September can be called a month of remembrance. Labor Day is set aside for remembering the important contributions of American workers. On September 11, people in workplaces around the world will remember where they were on that day of tragedy and sorrow, sacrifice and heroism. The first Sunday after Labor Day is a day to remember the wisdom and heritage of our grandparents as we observe National Grandparents Day. Constitution Week is a time for remembering the principles upon which our country was founded. The third Friday in September is POW-MIA Recognition Day, one of the least-known days of remembrance, but let's never forget the brave soldiers who didn't come home and are still unaccounted for. September is a time to remember what we did during the summer, and a time to remember where we want to go in the future. “But thou, O LORD, shall endure for ever; and thy remembrance unto all generations.” ~Psalm 102:12

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