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Issue #484 Date: 5/16/2017
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Quick Tip from Christine Field

Three R's for Summer
By Christine Field

With the months of summer stretching ahead, how are you feeling, Mom?

As the kids unwind from a scheduled season to a more freely flowing one, these early days of freedom are intoxicating. Maybe you're all sleeping a little later. Perhaps a few extra TV shows are being watched.

And that's OK. Don't feel guilty for allowing everyone to have some time to breathe.

Summer is the time to focus on new three R's for Mom and the family:

Recoup: When the God of the universe created the world, He honored the rhythm of work and rest. Then we are instructed to similarly work hard, but then rest. Too often, we minimize that rest time and fill it with busy-ness. Taking some completely guilt-free down time is what your body, your mind and your heart require. Your kids need it too.

Review: In this time of rest, it's a good time to review how your year went. Take a survey of your family members to ask, "What worked well for you this year? What didn't work so well? What might we tweak for the year ahead?" You and your partner need to do the same review. Homeschooling works best when it works best for EVERYONE in the family.

Retool: Considering your conclusions based on your review, this is the time to plan how the new school year will be different. Maybe you'll join a co-op or change curriculum. Maybe you'll decide to teach some subjects together to all the children, like science and history. This is the time to make concrete plans for the next school year.

Are you ready, Mom? Clear your head and cherish your summer family life!

Today's Quick Tip was written by Christine Field, exploring the promises and perks, the potholes and pain along the journey of family life. Read more at

Did You Know...?

Celebrate the 17th Annual World Turtle Day!
Mark your calendars for next Tuesday, May 23rd, and celebrate the world's most popular reptile: the turtle! World Turtle Day was created in 2000 by the American Tortoise Rescue (ATR), a California-based organization founded in 1990 whose goal is to build awareness for the conservation and protection of these wonderful creatures and their habitats.

Did you know that there are approximately 300 species of turtles throughout the world? They fall into three groups: tortoises, terrapins, and sea turtles. Sea turtles can be found in all the world's oceans except the Arctic Ocean. The biggest turtle is the leatherback which can grow to eight feet long and weigh up to 2,000 lbs. Interestingly enough, the aptly-named leatherback is the only sea turtle that doesn't have a hard shell. Instead, a mosaic of bony plates is covered by a protective leathery skin. The smallest turtle is the southern speckled padloper of Southern Africa, which can be as little as four inches long and weigh only a few ounces.

Summer is a busy time for sea turtles. They have emerged from their winter hibernation and are busy scouting mates and prime nesting areas. In fact, some turtles travel thousands of miles just to lay eggs on the very beach where they were born. Female sea turtles need to mature for about 30 years before they return to land to nest at night and lay their eggs. When it's time, she'll haul herself onto the beach, find just the right spot, and using her hind flippers, dig a hole. She'll deposit her 150 to 200 eggs -- one by one -- and then cover the nest with sand before returning to the ocean. Incubation will take about two months, depending on the temperature of the sand. Temperature also plays a role in what gender the hatchlings will turn out to be. When the eggs hatch, the baby turtles dig their way out of the sand and head to the open water.

Unfortunately, the populations of land, freshwater and sea turtles are threatened because of some of the things that we humans do. So, celebrate these fascinating creatures, but also do your part to protect them and their habitats. How? Don't litter, and be sure to dispose of potentially harmful things like plastic bags, Styrofoam cups, motor oil and other environmentally hazardous materials properly. If you're heading to the sandy shores this summer, organize or participate in a beach clean-up. And be sure to stay clear of turtle nesting areas.

Here's one final turtle tip: If you see a turtle attempting to cross a busy road, pick it up and deliver it to safety. But be sure to point it in the same direction it was originally headed. According to the ATR, if you try to make it go the other way, the turtle will only turn right around again.

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GHSC California - Secure Your Spot!

Don’t miss the Homeschool Event of the Year: the California Homeschool Convention, June 15-17, 2017 at the Ontario Convention Center in Ontario, California!

  • Dozens of outstanding speakers
  • Hundreds of encouraging and equipping workshops
  • Huge curriculum exhibit hall (shopping-only registration available!)
  • Special Tracks (Parenting, Homeschool 101, etc.)
  • Discounted hotel accommodations, and so much more!

Register early for the best discounts. Bring your family and friends for a great time of fellowship and fun. Come to be encouraged, equipped, and educated with new and fresh ideas meant to make your homeschooling journey less stressful and more successful!

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