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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Quinoa Pilaf

Quinoa Pilaf Ingredients: 4 cups water or vegetable broth 2 cups quinoa 1 cup broccoli diced 1 cup  cauliflower diced 1 cup carrots diced 1  onion, diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar (I use brand with the Mother) juice from one lemon 3 tbsp olive oil 1/2 cup sliced almonds 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese 2 Tb Mrs Dash ... 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 »