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~ December 2011 ~

Dear Readers,

Happy December! Love is in the air at our house this holiday season, as my oldest son will be marrying his childhood sweetheart on January 15th. Peter and Leanne have known each other for 12 years, since he was 9 and she was 6. Having grown up together as best friends in the local homeschool group, they continued seeing each other after high school and then began seriously courting around this time last year. Needless to say, we've been pretty busy not only with Christmas but also wedding preparations. :)

By the way, I've been making a set of helpful household lists for the newlyweds, which I will share with you over the course of next year. You will be able to print out one per month for free, but I'll also offer an option to download them all at once for a nominal cost. You will have to wait until the next issue to see exactly what they all are, as I'm still working on them! ;)

Blessings to you and your family this Christmas and in the New Year!

Teri's Sig

Featured Article

Christmas Gifts for Homeschoolers

Do you need ideas for presents that combine fun and learning? This year, I'm focusing on educational computer games! Many are games that our family already owns and enjoys, or that we've researched and would consider buying. I'll be getting some of these for my kids!

Click Here: (it will actually take you to my son's site, where you can also find some games that are free to download or play online.) Be sure to check the system requirements, though, because his list contains both older and newer titles.

See also the previous years’ homeschool gift suggestions, all of which are still good!

2010 Homeschool Gift Guide
2009 Homeschool Gift Guide
2008 Homeschool Gift Guide
2007 Homeschool Gift Guide

If you need more ideas, you may also be interested in the following:

Homemade Gifts from the Heart
Educational Toys
Smart Software
Favorite Computer Games
Computer Game Reviews

P.S. You can still order stuff from Amazon through the end of this week to be delivered in time for Christmas.

Book of the Month

Easy Homeschooling Series

This wonderful set of books by a veteran homeschool mom will provide refreshing encouragement and practical motivation for the new year!

3 Books for $30 - plus FREE shipping!

1. Easy Homeschooling Techniques
2. Easy Homeschooling Curriculum
3. Easy Homeschooling Companion

Click here for detailed book descriptions!

Get ALL 3 BOOKS (valued at $57) for ONLY $30!*
OR purchase one or more individual titles - also on sale!

*And don't forget the FREE SHIPPING!

E-Books of the Month

nativity Story
The Nativity Story: with Nativity Activities An original 10-page rendition of The Nativity Story, KJV Scriptures from the Old and New Testaments, questions for personal study and family discussion, and a condensed version of The Nativity Story for use in Christmas cards or as handouts. Nativity Activities include: Nativity Quiz, Projects & Crafts, Nativity Vocabulary, Nativity Traditions, Host a Nativity Party, Nativity Music, Movies & Multimedia, Nativity Poetry, Nativity Word Search, Nativity Art, Nativity Word Scramble, Christmas Word Find, and more. Over 60 pages, only $4.95!

Gifts for all Occasions
Gifts for All Occasions is jam-packed with a wide variety of ideas for gift exchanges, hostess gifts, stocking stuffers, gift baskets, homemade gifts, gifts for the whole family, gifts for babies, gifts for him, gifts for her, gifts for children, gifts for teens, gifts for grandparents, gifts for hospital patients and nursing home residents, gifts for the person who has everything, sentimental gifts for loved ones, and more! 22 pages of gift ideas! Only $4.95!

Easy Money Gifts
Easy Money Gifts features more than 50 easy, unique, and fun ways of giving money that will surprise and delight the recipient – while saving you time and money! This 40-page e-book also contains money facts, quotes, verses, and other monetary information of interest to homeschoolers. Only $4.95!

Famous Homeschoolers

Wilson Bentley

I was pleased to see that the December 2011 edition of ACTS & FACTS, a publication of the Institute for Creation Research, includes an article titled "Snowflake Bentley: Man of Science, Man of God," by Jerry Bergman, Ph.D. It goes along great with my article on Wilson Bentley. Read my article here, then read the ICR article here.

P.S. Interested in ICR's ACTS & FACTS? This monthly news magazine contains articles and information dealing with creation, evolution, and related topics. Current and past issues can be read online, or you can sign up to receive a free subscription at

Reading Between the Lines

Usborne Books Make Great Gifts!
Homeschoolers like gifts that are both enjoyable and educational. This means books are the perfect presents! Usborne publishes high quality award-winning children’s books that make reading and learning fun. So instead of giving a plastic toy that’s eventually going to break, give the gift of knowledge that will last a lifetime! Usborne has baby board books, preschool books, puzzle and activity books, art and craft books, classic tales, read-alouds, internet-linked reference books, and many more – with over 1,500 titles to choose from, they have something for everyone! The only problem is deciding which ones to get! To make it easier for you, I've made a page of favorite Usborne books. These are books that any child will be happy to find under the Christmas tree, and which will keep them busy for hours. Click here for recommended titles, or go straight to my Usborne affiliate site.

* * * Click here for a chance to win $50 in free books! * * *

Learning Links

  • Family Holiday Ideas (For many families, Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the winter holiday season.)

  • Gingerbread Houses (A homemade gingerbread house makes an impressive centerpiece during the holidays.)

  • An Old-Fashioned Christmas (Celebrating family traditions is what makes families unique and bonds family members together.)

  • Merry Christmas & Happy New Year in Many Languages (Can You Guess the Languages? Translations provided.)

  • Merry Christmas (Jesus is the Reason for the Season... and Wise Men Still Seek Him.)

  • Christmas Carols (From the first angelic choir over Bethlehem, carols have rung joyously through the centuries.)

  • Let it Snow (Learn all about snow, as well as the Eskimo names for different kinds of snow.)

  • The Snowflake Man (Wilson A. Bentley, taught at home by his mother, had a unique hobby of studying snowflakes.)

  • The New Year (Here's our chance to start over, to do it right this time, to accomplish something that we want to finish.)

Freebie(s) of the Month

MY gifts to YOU!

The Candy Cane
Print this page, cut it in half, roll each half into a scroll, and attach to a large candy cane using a pretty ribbon. Makes a great stocking stuffer or Christmas party favor.

The Nativity Story
Print this page (double-sided) and make copies for inserting in Christmas cards, or give as handouts. This is an abridged version of my original 10-page story.

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

Quote of the Month

“Let us remember that the Christmas heart is a giving heart, a wide open heart that thinks of others first. The birth of the baby Jesus stands as the most significant event in all history, because it has meant the pouring into a sick world of the healing medicine of love which has transformed all manner of hearts for almost two thousand years... Underneath all the bulging bundles is this beating Christmas heart.” ~George Matthew Adams (1878-1962)

A Note From Teri...

As you look forward to Christmas and the New Year, I encourage you to plan on taking a break sometime during the busy holiday season to have the whole family spend some quality time together discussing goals, dreams, and the purpose of life. While you’re at it, why not write a homeschool mission statement! I created an easy-to-follow step-by-step guide that explains how. If you are a new homeschooler, the reasons for homeschooling your children are probably still fresh in your mind. This e-book will help you clarify those reasons and put your educational plan in writing to ensure that your homeschool starts out on a strong foundation and continues to function well into the future. If you have been homeschooling for a while, you may have noticed that the busyness of daily life seems to distract you from the principles that matter most. Your family can get back on track by preparing a homeschool mission statement to assist in guiding you from this day forward. "How to Write a Homeschool Mission Statement" is only $4.95 for 36 pages! View the contents and download your copy here:

Happy Homeschooling!

Teri's Sig

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