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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 »

Seven Reasons Lapbooking Works

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Lap books are wonderful teaching tools that encourage creativity while motivating learning. A lap book consists of a file folder that contains various types of mini booklets with images and text.  The mini booklets contain bite-sized chunks of information about the different themes within the larger topic that the lap book covers. There are thousands of studies showing that the ... 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 »

Free Bible Matching Game

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I just found this neat Bible game at Teach them Diligently.net by Leslie Nunnery. Thank you Leslie. 4 Ways to Play Sort the pictures as Old Testament or New Testament stories. Match the pictures to the story descriptions. Match the pictures to the story descriptions AND Scripture passage. After matching, put the pictures in the correct sequence. Bible Stories Included: Old Testament- Adam and Eve ... Read More »

4-Step Bible Study

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The most important part of your school day is getting to God through prayer and Bible study. Are you skipping Bible time? Purpose to not touch a school book until you spend time in the Living Word! Organizing Your Bible Time There are four basic steps to the HOW approach. The amount of time for each step will vary from ... Read More »

Diligently Teach Them to Your Children

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The diligence commanded in Deuteronomy 6 involves a special marriage of the fruits of faithfulness and self-control. We need the self-control to be faithful to diligently teach our children God's ways. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children. (Deuteronomy 6:6-7). Read More »

Renewing Your Mind About Education

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As you were growing up and receiving an education, you were taught in certain ways, using systems and procedures that you eventually assumed to be the “correct way” to teach and evaluate students. Public schools teach using the curriculum of the state; that is, subjects that can be evaluated through national achievement testing. As a child, you might have been ... Read More »

My Biggest Homeschool Mistake

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Too many homeschoolers make the mistake I made in my first years homeschooling–setting aside Bible time for academics–putting trust in the wrong foundation! We can so easily get anxious about the academics that we miss wisdom. Education must contain more than facts, theories, and objectives. God’s written Word provides the principles and wisdom we need to live lives that are ... Read More »

Homeschool: One Needful Thing

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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. Homeschoolers sometimes get so wrapped up in academics they forget the one needful thing. Remember the story of Mary and Martha Martha was ... Read More »

Need to Get Organized? Check Out Homeschool Workboxes

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I recently started using homeschool workboxes for my boys based on the ideas in Sue Patrick's Workbox System. WOW! My children have stopped complaining about school and we are getting twice the amount of work accomplished. I love it. This exciting organization system structures your homeschool day in bite size chunks... Read More »

18 Reasons Homeschoolers Love Heart of Wisdom

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We have completed several polls concerning the Heart of Wisdom teaching approach, and the results show the top reasons why homeschoolers choose Heart of Wisdom’s materials: Our Bible-first focus. Read our philosophy. We teach children to love to learn. Read about Charlotte Mason’s methods. We believe in focusing on children’s gifts and talents. Read about Delight-Directed Learning. We teach to all four learning styles ... Read More »

50 States in 50 Days with Bunny Trails

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This year, our homeschool focus is 50 States in 50 days with Bunny Trails. All the links are now on Pinterest Follow Robin Sampson’s board Homeschool HOW Unit Study: US Geography 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 ... Read More »

Scrapbook to Learn

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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!   We had fun making this Ben Franklin page this morning.  More and more of our school time is watching documentaries then scrapbooking. Boys love it. You can get lower resolution images using Google image search. Scrapbook ... 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 »

Outlining a Bible Story or Chapter

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Outlining a book of the Bible or a Bible story  is an excellent way to get overview. To make an outline you can either group the outline by subject, or by paragraphs. Outlining teaches the precepts of Scripture in a clear and logical way. Bible Story Outline I. The Twelve Spies A. Spies to be Sent (Numbers 13:1-3) 1. Moses assigns one ... Read More »

Overcoming Homeschool Fears

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I receive many, many emails from nervous, anxious, frustrated mothers trying to make homeschool decisions. 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 God cares what you teach ... 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 »

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 »