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Free Book Excerpts & Homeschool Lessons

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We want to make sure you like our books before purchasing. We offer hundreds of pages of free homeschool lapbooks, worksheets, lesson plans, and other homeschool helps below. The Heart of Wisdom Teaching Approach  This book will instruct you, step by step, how to give your child a Bible-focused, comprehensive education from preschool through high school; one that will train ... Read More »

Creating a Personalized Spelling Notebook

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Each time you notice a misspelled word in a student’s written work, write the word on a list for the student. (Remember to add misspelled words that the spell-checker finds in work written using a word processor.) If the word is again misspelled in written work, the student must add it to his/her Spelling Notebook. Instruction on creating a traditional ... Read More »

Free 31 Biblical Virtues to Pray for your Children

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I found the beautiful prayer infographic at Keepingitpersonal.com.   Teri Johnson found these 31 virtues were written by Bob Hostetler   and published by NavPress and had her graphic artist create this terrific infographic. If you sign up at her site you will get this free infographic and 31 daily emails to remind you to pray for your children. This infographic also lead me ... Read More »

Charlotte Mason Living Book Plan & Freebies

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The Heart of Wisdom teaching approach is a four-year program consisting of several multi-level unit studies where each member of the family studies the same subject at the same time on their own individual level. This four-year rotation course gives each child three distinct exposures to each topic on their own level Read More »

Replacement Theology is Anti-Semitism

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The question of the role of the Jewish people in the end times is a hot topic between denominations. Replacement Theology teaches that the Church has replaced the Jewish people and is now the "new Israel." Those promoting this theory believe God rejected the Jewish people because of their rejection of Christ. This doctrine is embedded in many Christian denominations. Read More »

15 Moms Explain Homeschooling with Babies or Toddlers

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It has been a long time since I had toddlers in my house. This month I have my 4th daughter and one-year old granddaughter staying with us while I train my daughter to work for Heart of Wisdom. <<<—This is Scarlett at the library. Regina is 29 now but I vividly recall when she was a toddler, while I attempted to homeschool my ... Read More »

7 Simple Steps to Make a Lapbook

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See the FREE blue booklet printables at the bottom of this post. My boys and I made this Wright Brothers Lapbook. This is a  simple and easy lapbook we completed in a few hours. This tutorial will walk you step by step how to make an easy lapbook. The simplest lapbook includes one main image in the center and surrounded by ... Read More »

Free Printable Workbox Tags

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From the archives: We use the Workbox System by designed Sue Patrick to structure our school day. Homeschooling is so much easier I almost feel guilty. Our homeschool day flows without complaints.  If you are not familiar with the workbox system see the links at the bottom of this post. Our children absolutely love moving their workbox cards from  workbox to the ... Read More »

Teaching Hebraically, Teaching Biblically

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What does it mean to teach biblically? Hebraically? The entire Bible is a Hebrew book, not just the OT. The Hebrews have always placed God’s Word at the center of their education. Modern religious Jews (especially Hasidic Jews) continue to focus on God’s Word. The book The Chosen, by Chaim Potok, is an absorbing novel about two Jewish boys, Reuven and ... Read More »

Homeschool Infographic

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Great infographic on homeschooling! infographics are “graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present complex information quickly and clearly.”According to this studies visual information — when presented clearly — trumped textual information by tenfold, and 90 percent of all information we remember was based on visual impact. Share this to spread the word on homeschool benefits. Source: ... Read More »

Scrapbook to Learn: Faster & Easier than Lapbooking

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What’s faster than a lapbook, more fun than a book report, makes for super review and teaches computer skills while documenting learning? Digital Scrapbooking!   Digital Scrapbooking Overview Great for all ages and learning styles No mess! Digital scrapbooking is as much fun as lapbooking without all the scissors, glue, papers, and folders. Student retain information longer because they did something ... Read More »

List of Map Sites for Educators

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Historical Maps Old Maps Online Images of Early Maps on the Web Links arranged by world region David Rumsey Collection Thousands of Historical Maps and Atlas World: Historical Maps American Geographical Society – Digital Map Collection Ancient World Mapping Center – Maps for Students Antique Maps (University of Florida) Antiquity A-la-carte (Ancient World Mapping Center, University of North Carolina) Blaeu Atlas 1659 ... Read More »

Charlotte Mason Approach Tweaked & Free Printables

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Charlotte Mason was an educator in England during the nineteenth century, and her methods are currently experiencing a rebirth among American home schools. “Twaddle” and “living books” are terms coined by Mason. Download 8 x 10 printable Mason quotes at the bottom of this page. Tweaking Charlotte Mason Methods Robin Sampson, homeschool mother for 29 years and author of The Heart ... Read More »

Heart of Wisdom Unit Study Reviews

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Here are just a few of the comments we have received about Heart of Wisdom Unit Studies. Please feel free to add your own below. If you agree with a review–please share via Facebook or Pinterest. Thank you.     The Science Units are wonderful as well, tying it all together in the creation order. We are just beginning the Wisdom ... Read More »

25+ Ways Teaching with Legos Can Improve Your Homeschool

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Who doesn’t love legos? OK, except when your the mom picking them up for the bizillionth time or the one stopping on one barefoot, which is almost as painful as childbirth. (Here is a quick science lesson on Why Stepping on a Lego Hurts So Much.) When your children are dreading school walk in with a container of bright colored building blocks ... Read More »

10 Ways to Use Index Cards in Your Homeschool

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Index cards are  low-tech but super handy teaching tools. The cards are  small (3×5, 4×6, 5×8) and easy to carry around in your purse or pocket. Homeschool Index Card Uses 1. Bible Study Outlines Make key notes for a Bible book, chapter, story or Bible character. Download free printable Bible study cards here.  2. Timelines I made my first Index ... Read More »

Homeschool? What about Socialization?!

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The number one question people ask homeschoolers is “Aren’t you worried about socialization?  I had the cartoon above made a few years ago that illustrates my feelings. Yes, homeschool children should have friends. But not just random friends. Homeschoolers have the opportunity for selective socialization. Parents can guide their children to other Christian families with like-minded morals and values. Most homeschool ... Read More »

God Has a Plan for Your Homeschool

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I love teaching my children. I like reading to them, talking to them, asking questions, seeing things from their viewpoint, watching them discover. There was I time I didn’t love homeschooling–because I was swimming in fear and worry. But the years have passed and God has proven to me that He is sufficient and I can trust Him. I can ... Read More »

Top Ten Ways to Organize Your Homeschool

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Homeschool books, supplies, chore lists, scheduling workboxes, oh my! How do you keep it all organized? Here are a few DIY ideas. 1.  Tin Cans or Cups Cover tin cans to organize markers, pencils, and crayons. Use coffee cans, soup cans, paint cans, etc 2. Coffee Cans Use these free coffee can labels to group small supplies. 3. Free Teaching ... Read More »

50 Ways to Put Fun in Your Homeschooling

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Need a boost in your homeschool.? Are you struggling with feeling motivated to sit down and get to work? Twenty-nine years ago when I started homeschooling there were very few how-to books.  There certainly was no support nor Facebook, Pinterest or forums. Today we are blessed to be able to reach out for motivation. Here are 50 links to hands on motivating ... Read More »

10 Homeschool Video Tours

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Don’t you just love peeking into other people’s homeschool rooms for organizing ideas? I do.  I get excited by Ikea shelving. I am recouping from foot surgery—surrounded by a cluttered mess! I can’t wait until I can clean again (the older you get the more you enjoy clean and tidy). I thought I’d share the inspiration, so here are several video tours with ... Read More »

50 Reasons Homeschooled Kids Love Being Homeschooled

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Kris Bales on the Weird and Unsocialized! blog receives a lot of questions like “Do kids like to be homeschooled?” or “Why do kids like to be homeschooled?” So she asked folks on her Facebook page to ask their kids why they liked being homeschooled, and she put together the reasons in a list of 50. I’ll share reasons one though five here.  1. Sleeping in. It appears that the ... Read More »

Download Free Sample Lessons

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The Heart of Wisdom Teaching Approach  This book will instruct you, step by step, how to give your child a Bible-focused, comprehensive education from preschool through high school; one that will train him or her to read, to study, to understand, to love to learn and, most importantly, to desire and seek true wisdom. This approach can be used for ... Read More »

Homeschooling Outside the Textbooks

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Not all learning comes from a textbook. Much of what our children learn comes from watching us (scary huh?). Here is a collection of photos from the non-book learning-Charlotte Mason side of our homeschool. Homeschool Photos Because Pictures Speak Louder than Words You can’t look at these images and believe these children are missing out on anything in public school. Note all ... Read More »

Save Half Your Homeschool Time Teaching Multi-Ages

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If you are teaching three children each seven different subjects using textbooks and workbooks – that’s a WHOPPING twenty one subjects to prepare and teach. Unit studies are especially beneficial if you are teaching more then one child. Each child studies the topic at his level. This saves over half of your teaching and preparing time! A family with three children ... Read More »

The Dyslexic Advantage

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Dyslexia is a learning difference that occurs when the brain does not properly recognize and process certain symbols. Dyslexics establish a different pattern of connections and circuitry, creating a different kind of problem-solving apparatus. Dyslexia is very common. As many as 17 percent of U.S. schoolchildren may have dyslexia. It’s the most commonly identified learning issue.1 I am dyslexic, as are ... Read More »

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