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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Issue #10 August 1, 2000


Nurturing our children in the freedom of Christ
# 10, Aug 1, 2000
Sr. Editor & Publisher: Elissa Wahl
Assistant Editor: Teri Brown


1. Welcome from the Editor
2. 200+ Ideas for Summer Fun by Deborah Taylor-Hough
3. Educationalese by Jeanne Musfeldt
4. Foundation for Online Learning
5. Contest: share with us your kids wacky interests!!
6. Links: Creation Science for Kids
7. Math Help For Homeschoolers...iMath wants to encourage us in math!
8. Closing letter from the editor
9. Subscription Information
10.Reprint Information

1. Welcome from the editor

Hi all, hope this newsletter is received in the manner it was love and through God!!

Aren't our kids just amazing? We are so blessed to be able to see their growth, their brains inner workings, their love for God and us. I am just in a "praise God for His work" mood. Kids just seem to prove how mighty He is. They are MADE within us...come out as wonderful little creatures, and just keep growing. What a miracle and what inspiration.

How, without God, could these new lives ever be possible??? Sometimes I wonder how people could NOT believe in God as a creator of else could all these things that WORK, work? How could the trees have roots to sustain their lives? How could fish be able to breathe underwater? How can our bodies be so intricate, with blood running through them, waste leaving our bodies, milk being generated to feed new lives....the list just goes ON!!

You can look up creation, Creator in the Bible and see many verses, but do you know what struck me the most? The fact that Creation is always going on, anew in our lives...either through births or through OUR rebirths, accepting Jesus Christ as our own.
2 Corinthians 5: 17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

Keep reading.....below I will post some "new" creation links that can be explored with the children!

2. 200+ Ideas for Summer Fun
Deborah Taylor-Hough

Since we don't use the phrase "I'm bored!" in our home, we never hear our kids complaining about being bored during those long days at home during the summer months. But ... I have to admit that we're still an incredibly normal family. Even without the "b-word" in their vocabulary, there are still those times when my three children (ages 13, 10 and 5) just seem to be at a total loss for something constructive to do.

On one of those "I-can't-think-of-anything-to-do" days, I had my children sit down and make a list of everything they could do completely on their own without parental help. After they brainstormed about it for over an hour (which was a good anti-boredom activity itself), the kids had a list of about fifty activities. Surprisingly, they even included a few household chores like dusting and weeding! I decided to ask for input from some other moms, and now my children have a list of over two hundred ideas to beat summertime boredom, and the list just seems to keep growing.

Thanks to the suggestion of one mom, we've put each item on this list onto individual pieces of paper, placed the papers into a container,and when the children need inspiration for an activity, they draw two or three papers and then decide which idea they want to do, either as a group or individually. The mom who suggested pulling ideas out of a container told me she found this method more helpful than giving the kids a huge list of possibilities. By narrowing the choices down to just two or three, it was easier for the kids to pick out the one that sounded the best to them.

To read the 200 wonderful summer fun ideas, go to this link:

3. Educationalese
Jeanne Musfeldt

When people ask me how to unschool, one of the first things I say to them is to journal! Here is a list of some of the things my children have done recently, and what they are in educationalese.

playing in the dirt= earth science
playing scrabble=language arts
playing monopoly=math
going to the library=language arts
watching Discovery Channel= science
going to the beach=marine biology
playing card games=math
being punished= character training
cooking=math and reading
stamping=art, language arts, and citizenship
scrapbooking=art and family history
emailing friends=language arts
doodling= art and creative thinking
meal time= health, learning the food pyramid
running errands (grocery store, gas station)= math skills, life
skills, reading
playing tag= PE and social skills
taking care of baby sister/brother= child development
helping Dad change the oil=auto mechanics, life skills

So there you have it! Learning is all around us, in the day to day things we do together as a family. It is a very natural process and
great fun!

4. Foundation for Online Learning

You are invited to visit The Foundation for Online Learning at We are a fairly new organization created by home educators and we have had wonderful responses from people who have joined us. The best part of FOL is that there are absolutely no fees involved in taking our courses. The only cost to you is your time! The classes are free of charge.

Our organization is a safe cooperative learning environment on the web for folks who enjoy teaching children. The majority of the participants in these classes are home educators. We have a few teachers who are not home educators, but they willingly extend their abilities as teachers within our group. The idea is for a parent/teacher to choose a topic that they would like to teach, and then teach the course using the Internet method of their choice (i.e., BBS, Email, ListServ, Website, Chatrooms, etc.). We will help train and/or give guidance on how to effectively use these methods of teaching, but the teacher has the freedom to choose their own course topic and teaching method. We will give suggestions and mini-training courses for any teacher who would like to learn more about how to use the Internet to teach a course.

At the appropriate time, you will be asked to submit a teacher bio form, giving general information about yourself. Next, you will fill out a teacher's registration form, giving general information about the course that you will be teaching. Those bios and courses will be posted on the FOL website. We run on a semester basis. Your commitment is made one semester at a time.

Each semester that you would like for your children to participate in the Foundation for Online Learning (FOL) courses, you MUST be willing to teach and complete a six week course on the subject of your choice. Teachers who do not fulfill the requirement of completing the class they are teaching will have their children removed from the classes in which they are registered. This is a balance we must keep to make it fair for everyone and to ensure fulfillment of commitments. Emergencies are always considered. By doing this, we hope to keep disappointments to a minimum. If you feel unsure about this type of commitment, you can consider co-teaching with someone, either from the list or a friend you would feel comfortable sharing this arrangement with. This will allow for more continuity for your class throughout the semester. It is a great way to get a feel for how this all works and have even more support between people. We have had several people do this and it has worked very well for them. Both teacher's children may take classes during the semester that they are co-teaching.

We keep teacher/parents and kids safety at a high priority. We have a personal reason as well as a public reason; our kids are taking these classes also! Therefore, any rude/demeaning remarks, profanity or anything similar toward anyone on this list is NOT PERMITTED! There are moderators who are actively watching this list and will handle any situations in a way that they deem appropriate. The moderators can remove anyone from this list and/or classes, without notice, if they do not follow the rules put in place by this organization.

The Foundation for Online Learning is open to all people. We are an INCLUSIVE group. All we ask is that our rules be followed. You are welcome to teach from a Christian perspective, or any other religious preference. However, if you will be teaching a class with a tendency toward a specific religion/philosophy you must state this in your class description at the time of teacher/class registrations.
Descriptions must be clear and concise for this purpose. By doing your part in keeping this very clear from the beginning, you will help prevent any misunderstandings.
If you would like more information you can follow the subscribing directions below. There is not any commitment for subscribing to the HS-FOL list to find out more about us. You can easily unsubscribe at any time.
To SUBSCRIBE to the HS-FOL mailing list, go to:
From this website you can follow the prompts to easily register.
If you are unsuccessful, please contact:
Teresa Downey at:
We look forward to hearing from you.

FOL Staff:
Teresa Downey:
Laura Shea:
Shirley Beck:
Linda Haycook:

5. Contest: Share your kids wacky interests!!

Write in and tell us some of your kids wacky interests and how you fuel the fire!! Be sure to include how they came to love these interesting topics!

Winner will be announced in September's edition of Seedling and will win a years subscription to HELM: Home Education Learning Magazine; a bimonthly print publication focusing on independent learning and self- directed education. Read more about HELM at:

6. Links: Creation Science for Kids

"A Is For Adam" ( ) Cute book with
coloring pages.

KID EXPLORERS: Family-friendly Entertainment and Education ( ) This offers all
sorts of cool things including the following:

The Great Dinosaur Mystery
( )

Jesus,Dinosaurs and More ( )

Reasons To Believe - Kids Space!
( )

Creation Kids Club ( )

And don't forget about our page on our Christian Unschooling site:
Creation Science - Homeschool Resources - Christian Unschooling ( )

7. Math help for homeschoolers

iMath has been working with math instructors to provide them with Internet tools, but I am wondering whether home school instructors need any Internet tools for delivering and managing their lessons and students.

At school students benefit from interaction with other students, how do home school students interact with others about math? What communities supporting math notation, computation and visualization can they participate in?

We have a made available a tool and service to facilitate individuals freely communicating, discussing, publishing and storing math. Soon this service will also provide free individual use of computation and visualization. Institutions affiliate or license iMath to deliver and manage their online courses. If there were some services that a home school instructor needed, we would be happy to provide these for free. Home school math instructors let me know whether there is something you would like us to make available for you.



Dr Stephen M. Hunt
Director Internet Math Consortium

8. Closing Letter

New to our website...a search engine!! We hope this will make it even more user sure to check the box for "this site" and then just type in a keyword, ex: ADD, takes you to the special needs page....biology, takes you to the science page...pretty neat!

Our publisher has told us that a November date was perhaps a bit premature, there are all sorts of "backstage" stuff that needs to be done.To that end, Teri and Elissa are doing all they can to expedite the process. As always, we will let you know whenever we know anything!

Elissa is in the process ( longgggg process) of updating the website. First on the list is the groups throughout the country. Please, if you have the time, head over to your state's page ( ) and see if your group(s) are listed and if the information is accurate. Drop a quick email to with any updates! This is a very important section, and we thank you for any time taken!!!

Next month we will have a topic...aging and death...please write in with any thoughts on the subjects, or how you have helped your children understand death. Other topics are still needed, we will hold all submissions for following issues!!! (hint hint hint)

Think that's about it for this time folks! Have a great month!

Until next time,
Be blessed you all!

Elissa Wahl
Teri Brown

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