God uniquely programmed the foods He made for us with a variety of nutrients that your body needs to flourish. Every day, scientists are discovering carcinogens and toxins that the Standard American Diet (SAD) releases into our bodies.
The more we learn about nutrition, we learn we should eat the way God planned. Recent research points in the direction of eating mostly “whole foods” *foods that are as close to their natural form as possible). Scientist are constantly finding a new trace-mineral or phytonutrient that decreases the chances of heart disease and cancer confirming the fruits and vegetables God created are indeed good for us.
Just as we need to choose God’s food over dangerous chemical enhanced foods we need to choose God’s wisdom over man’s knowledge in our homeschool.
I like to compare my book The Heart of Wisdom Teaching Approach to a cookbook of nutritious recipes.
I have worked on these recipes for over fifteen years; I have altered the ingredients, measurements, and methods (avoiding poisonous ingredients) and finally came up with nourishing and satisfying results that work well for my family. You can use my recipes as outlined, or adapt them to your family’s preferences.
The most important thing is that you use nutritional ingredients.
This cookbook not only provides the recipes but also gives a detailed account of the background of the ingredients and cooking methods to help you make the best use of them.
Section One: Lessons from Exodus
The first section of HOWTA (The Heart of Wisdom Teaching Approach) describes recipes and methods I tried that failed, and how I came to create the Heart of Wisdom recipes.
The main problem with all the previous recipes I tried had to do with the man made poisonous fear ingredient. Any recipe that includes fear will result in disaster.
I addresses the common fears of homeschoolers in this section by turning to the story of the Exodus, with the hope of preparing the hearts of homeschooling parents to wait and depend on God for all of their needs—and to be anxious for nothing.
Section 1 Chapters
- Our Homeschool Journey: Escape from Public School
- God Called You to be a Part of His Plan
- Focus on God, Not on Circumstances
- Only Be Strong and Very Courageous
Section Two: Rethinking Education
The second section explains the historical and cultural backgrounds of my recipes.
Here you will learn how it is necessary to sift the proper ingredients and methods by looking at other recipes that have been tried through history. This section includes the origins and development of our traditional educational methods, from ancient times until today, (including an explanation of Classical education) with an appeal to return to biblical methods.
Section 2 Chapters
- What Is Education? What Is Wisdom?
- A Brief History of Education
- Christian Versus Secular Worldviews
- Greek Versus Hebrew Worldviews
- The Hebrew Educational Model
- Why Christians Reject Hebrew Ways
Section Three: Heart of Wisdom Methods
Section Three includes comprehensive descriptions of the ingredients and preparation methods you’ll be using in the recipes. Here the most popular homeschool teaching philosophies and little-known methods are described.
Section 3 Chapters
- Learning Styles
- Four-Step Process
- Delight Directed Studies
- Charlotte Mason’s Educational Philosophies
- Writing to Learn
- Critical Thinking and Logic
Section Four: Heart of Wisdom Instructions
The fourth section contains the cooking directions—pulling it all together–how to decide on a meal plan, actually combine and prepare the ingredients, and then present the finished product to your students. In this section you will learn about the Heart of Wisdom four-year plan and philosophies for teaching each subject, as well as how to create your own unit studies.
Section 4 Chapters
- Overview of the Plan
- God’s Word: Bible Study
- God’s World: Unit Studies
- Creating the Notebooks
- Scheduling by Faith
Section Five: Resources (Nutritious Ingredients)
The fifth section includes book lists contained in the Heart of Wisdom four-year plan. This section explains the equipment that should be in every kitchen (books that should be in every homeschool library) and provides hundreds of books by grade level to teach the unit studies. Includes everything you need to teach Bible, literature, history, science, geography and more for twelve years (the four year plan three times).
William Thayer addressed the importance of making wise choices in Gaining Favor with God and Man. He begins by quoting Henry Ward Beecher, nineteenth-century author as saying,
”Books are the windows through which the soul looks out. A home without good books is like a room without windows. No man has a right to bring up his children without surrounding them with books, if he has the means to buy them. It is a wrong to his family. He cheats them. Children learn to read by being in the presence of books. The love of knowledge comes with reading and grows upon it, and the love of knowledge in a young mind is almost a warrant against the inferior excitement of passions and vices. But to select the books—that is the difficulty. Their number is legion.”
“Here is an opportunity to exercise judgment, wise discrimination, and criticism ,supplemented by all the good advice parents, guardians, and other friends can bestow. Under these circumstances the choice of books is not easy, but is one of the most important and difficult duties imposed upon the young or old. Yet it must be done, or reading will prove a curse.”
Our book selection should be based on Philippians 4:8: whatsoever is true, honest, just,pure, lovely, of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Section 5 Chapters
- Creating and/or Purchasing Unit Studies
- Choosing and Using Resources
- Bible Resources
- History Resources
- Science Resources
- Life Skills Resources
- Classics K-3
- Classics 4-8
- Classics 9-12