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Jack decided he wanted to build a house. Not just any house; he dreamed of a big, beautiful, luxury home. He wanted to build the most beautiful house in town. Jack carefully thought about the basic building materials, the lumber, the plumbing, roofing, the bricks, and even the nails. He made a list of building materials. Continued
Today, there is a surge of interest in the secular world to return to Greek classical education. “We need to return to the traditional literary culture, the classical standards of the past,” experts demand. Insistence on a “back to basics” of “reading, writing and arithmetic,” has again become popular. It is a desire to turn Continued
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. Continued
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. “Twaddle” refers to dumbed-down literature; material with an absence of meaning. “Living books” refers to books that are well written and engaging—they absorb the reader—the narrative and characters seem to come alive. Continued
Delight-directed learning, with a set plan like Heart of Wisdom unit studies, begins by allowing children to be a part of the planning process. During the planning phase, allow the student to participate in choosing the resources for that unit (fiction novel, colorful reference book, video, Internet site, interactive multi-media, etc.). It’s very possible that Continued
We have asked “What would Jesus do?” And, “How would Jesus teach?” Now let us ask “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 saw people’s needs as opportunities to minister. We need to ask God to help us learn to schedule by faith.Continued
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