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Homeschooling Outside the Textbooks

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

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

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

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 »

Diligently Teach Them to Your Children

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 »

My Biggest Homeschool Mistake

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 »

Need to Get Organized? Check Out Homeschool Workboxes

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

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 »

How to Recolor in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements

I was preparing to make a step by step tutorial on recoloring scrapbook elements (below) when I found a great video tutorial by Simply Tiffany Studios. Step by Step Recoloring in Photoshop 1. Open image in Photoshop. 2. With the element layer selected, click fx, then from fly out menu click COLOR OVERLAY.   4. Pick a color 5. Change blend ... 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 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

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

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 »

Five Thing You Must Know About Making Homeschool Decisions

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?

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

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

  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 »

Who Spends Time With Your Children?

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

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 »

Things You Need to Know About Classical Education

Note: Don’t miss the comments to this post. Long ago two swindlers came into the kingdom claiming to hold in their hands “the most beautiful and exquisite of cloth and material”. Even though their hands were empty yet and still they were able to make the entire kingdom “see” something that really wasn’t there in the first place. How was ... Read More »

Free Delight Directed Homeschool Download

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 »

Free Bible Worksheets for Creating a Bible Portfolio

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

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!

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 »

Heart of Wisdom Shops

You can shop for Heart of Wisdom publications and/or recommendations at any of the shops below. Homeschool-Books.com Amazon Homeschool Store  (Free shipping for Prime users) Digi Scrap Delights on Etsy Homeschool-Books.com Homeschool-Books.com is where you can find all Heart of Wisdom publications and some favorites from a few other companies including FREEBIES, Homeschool in the Woods and Messianic curriculum, Dr John Garr resources, ... Read More »

Our Homeschool Journey

We have homeschooled 29 years. Our roller coaster ride included many surprise twists and turns, suspenseful fears, excitement, mistakes, smiles, winding thrills, tears, proud moments, flying without wings, quitting threats, delights, twisting , twirling, laughter, crying, woozy, ups, and downs.

Twenty-Nine Years Homeschooling We have homeschooled for twenty-nine years. Our homeschool roller coaster ride included many surprise twists and turns, suspenseful fears, excitement, mistakes, smiles, winding thrills, tears, proud moments, flying without wings, quitting threats, delights, twisting , twirling, laughter, crying, woozy, ups, and downs.  We are blessed with eleven children and fourteen grandchildren (I gave birth to nine children, it’s a yours, mine and ours family). At the time of ... Read More »

Homeschool Direction: A Wisdom Parable

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

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 »

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