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Thanksgiving Turkey Cookies – No Baking

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These cookies have been our family tradition for 25 years now. Making them is a special time the children look forward to every Thanksgiving. Giving them to neighbors and friends is just as fun. No Bake Turkey Cookies Ingredients Fudge Striped Cookies Chocolate bonbons (Christmas candy aisle at Walmart) Semi-sweet chocolatesCandy corn Directions Melt some of the semi-sweet chocolate in ... Read More »

Our Bible Timeline Wall

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We hung this Bible Timeline on the wall in our dining room (aka school room). Thenmarked the 12 Bible eras with index cards. Then I hung the Bible of the Bible Wall Chart- above the timeline and attached strings from to the Bible stories to show where the story can be found in the Bible. Read More »

Who Spends Time With Your Children?

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There is a powerful image on the back of the book The Child Influencers written in 1990. It is a reminder of how much time parents spend with children today and how much control the media has over our children. It is a shocking image to visualize how much time parents spent with children in  “Little House on the Prairie Days” with the 1990s. Imagine this ... Read More »

What the Bible Says About Education

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The Hebrew Education Model “What would Jesus do?” is a popular question today. We should also ask questions like: “How did Jesus teach?” “What kind of education did Jesus receive?” “What were Abraham and Sarah’s educational goals for their children?” “Would Jesus have been at the head of His class if He had attended the Academy of Plato?” “How was ... Read More »

How to Tell if Your Homeschool is Balanced: Academics and Bible

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Telling a home-schooling parent to teach with a Bible focus is easy. Accomplishing that goal? That’s entirely different. It’s so easy to get caught up in the Three Rs (Reading, wRiting, and aRithmetic) and leave out the Bible. We want our children to learn in a Christian setting, and we believe that these subjects are what they must learn. But what about ... Read More »

Animal School Parable

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  Once upon a time, the animals decided they must do something heroic to meet the problems of “A New World”. So they organized a school. They adopted an activity curriculum consisting of running, climbing, swimming, and flying. To make it easier to administer the curriculum all the animals took all the subjects. The duck was excellent in swimming, in ... Read More »

Things You Need to Know About Classical Education

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Note: Don’t miss the comments to this post. What is Classical Education? The classical book list entitled the “Great Books of the Western World” contains the writings of Plato, Sophocles, Aristotle, and other men who declared that the answers to life’s mysteries and problems are found in men and not in God (even the Koran is on the list). Our ... Read More »

God’s Wisdom vs. Man’s Wisdom

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There is a major protest against the public school system among Christians today, but it is leveled almost exclusively at moral problems. There is very little question of the meaning and importance of intelligence, but until we have defined education and its purpose and goals in biblical terms, we will not be able to aim for a higher education standard. ... Read More »

Free Delight Directed Homeschool Download

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Delight-directed study places students in charge of their own learning, helping them find something they want to accomplish. The delight-directed method uses natural curiosity to motivate the student. The student acquires basic concepts of learning (reading, reasoning, writing, researching, etc.) during the process of examining the topic of interest. Less control can lead to more learning. All children love to ... Read More »

Overcoming Homeschool Fears

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I receive many, many emails from nervous, anxious, frustrated mothers trying to make decisions about this year’s homeschool plans. Some are deciding to homeschool, some are deciding on teaching approaches, some are deciding on curriculum. The common thread is fear of making the wrong decision. God wants us to call out to Him in all decisions—especially homeschool decisions! Of course ... Read More »

Teaching with Movies: Middle Ages

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I created a Pinterest board list of movies about the Middle Ages.   Many of the videos are free online. Please read the disclaimer first. Remember not all movies are historically accurate. The ones that are historically accurate are noted so. The BBC did a good documentary series which is listed close to the top of the Pinterest board. Check it out. ... Read More »

Organize Your Homeschool with Trello Lists

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I am a list maker so I fell in love with Trello,  a free collaboration tool that organizes your project lists into boards. In one glance, Trello tells you what’s being worked on, who’s working on what, and where something is in a process. I use Trello to organize my work, hobbies, menu plans, and home life. Trello’s user interface features a ... Read More »

Free Bible Worksheets for Creating a Bible Portfolio

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A Bible portfolio is a chronological Bible timeline book  to store the student’s work as you read through the Bible each year. It will include writing assignments, coloring pages, artwork, small collections, letters, photos, brochures, maps, etc. The contents of your student’s Bible portfolio will vary depending on the age of each student. Younger children’s portfolio swill contain more drawings, coloring page ... Read More »

Most Important Homeschool Essential

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Homeschoolers sometimes get so wrapped up in academics, they forget the one needful thing. While we are teaching our children to study, research, and write, we need to remember that they are establishing and perfecting tools that they will one day use to God’s glory, depending on their unique individual talents. Jesus Explained the One Needful Thing Martha was very busy ... Read More »

Cut Your Homeschool Day in Half!

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A family with three children using textbook methods might have one child study the Civil War another learning about Ancient Rome while another is studying the American Revolution in history. In Science one child may be studying plants, another the planets and another reptiles. In Bible one child may be studying Moses, another studying Joseph and another studying Paul. With ... Read More »

Fun Ways to Teach Math with Playing Cards

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Playing cards are easy and fun teacher helpers. They are cheap, require no scissors, baggies, game pieces or dice. Use regular cards (Ace to King) and make up fun math games. If your children are like mine they will enjoy the game much more and beg to play again if you avoid using the word “math.” All the games below ... Read More »

Homeschool: What People Think I Do / What I Really Do

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Note all the friends, social skills and no overalls in photos of our homeschool. Computer Skills Straw Shooting 101 (You thought we miss this important lesson because we don’t go to school! Wrong!) Home Economics Fractions Horse Back Riding (animal husbandry) http://heartofwisdom.com/blog/wp-admin/post.php?post=14573&action=edit#titlediv Tom Sawyer Unit Study (Literature) Civil Air Patrol (community service) Horse Driving (animal husbandry) Horse Driving (animal husbandry- the ... 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 »

Homeschool Planning: How Would Jesus Schedule?

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In previous posts I have asked you to rethink your beliefs about knowledge and education. Now I’m asking asking you to consider another paradigm shift—to rethink scheduling. How Would Jesus Schedule? Jesus had obvious long-term goals but He practiced daily as a responder. He prayed daily and allowed the needs of the people around Him to set His agenda. He ... Read More »

Homeschool Direction: A Wisdom Parable

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Once upon a time there was a village far away in a remote location, which had experienced a hard year of severe weather. A group of missionaries worried that the villagers’ crude huts would not be able to withstand the strong weather any longer. The missionaries wanted to help by taking supplies to the village, but there were no accessible ... Read More »

When Prayer Was Taken Out of School

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In 1962, the Court examined a simple twenty-two word prayer, first used to negate prayer in schools: “Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers, and our country.” This simple prayer, said by children, acknowledged God. Americans’ indifference allowed the removal of prayer from our schools. This is but ... Read More »

Effectively Deal with the Terrible Twos

Facts You MUST Understand if you are Ever Going to Effectively Deal with the Terrible Twos or Children Behavior Problems Behavior is driven by Emotion, NOT Logic. This is fundamental to everything, including understanding toddler behavior. Behavior, for any person of any age, is determined by their emotional state. People ACT from their emotions, and they later JUSTIFY their actions ... Read More »

Charlotte Mason Homeschooling

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The Heart of Wisdom teaching approach creates lesson plans using Charlotte Mason’s methods, and teaching to the four learning styles (the Four-Step Lessons). It’s a new, creative way to organize and utilize Charlotte Mason’s unique methods.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 ... Read More »

Steps to Organizing Your Home Library

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How to set up your library so that your reading flourishes. I got the idea of how to organize my home library from the book Little Guide To Your Well-Read Life. He first suggest diving books into unread (Library of Candidates) and read (Living Library), All our books are spread out through out the house on shelves in different rooms. ... Read More »

Amazing Reading Program! Children Reading at 2 Years-Old

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  The boy pictured can read an entire Level 1 book at 2 years and 4 months. Jim and Elena, proud parents of three wonderful children developed the  Children Learning Reading method. It is a simple, step-by-step program that will help parents teach their children to read  in about 15 minutes a day in just 12 weeks. Children as young as two or ... Read More »

300 Online Learning Games for Grades K-5

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Lets face it, children love to play games on the computer or Tablet. K5 Stars is a place you can be happy about your child’s time with an electronic device. With over 300 games to chose from you can zero in on your children’s weak areas or let them practice and get ahead while they are are having fun (and staying busy) ... Read More »

Free Printable Clip Chart Behavior System

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Here’s a great idea to start out the new school year! I was looking at a some behavior charts to help discourage grumbling during school work and chores. I found the Clip Chart Behavior Set up. I like it because it focuses on both positive and negative. It is designed for school use so I made one that is more ... Read More »

50 States in 50 Days with Bunny Trails

This year, our homeschool focus is 50 States in 50 days with Bunny Trails. All the links are now on Pinterest   Every day, we study a “State of the Day,”  then we branch off into a Delight Directed bunny trail. This was not my original plan for this year, it just developed (see evolution of this plan here).   Quick Summary: 1. ... Read More »