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The Heart of Wisdom Teaching Approach

The Heart of Wisdom Teaching Approach

heart of wisdom teaching approachWhen homeschoolers are asked about this book one word continues to come up over and over–”Wow! 

The Heart of Wisdom Teaching Approach is for all homeschoolers that want to make the Bible the center of their school day. This giant provides you with the methods, program, and resources for a course of study where students spend half the school day studying God’s Word and the other half studying God’s world (academics). Students study history chronologically and science in the order of the days of creation. This book will encourage, motivate you and 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 all grade levels.

  • Is the Heart of Wisdom Approach For You?
  • Will This Approach Fit Your Family? Will it Encourage you?
  • Will it Help You Homeschool? Will it Make Your Life Easier?

We want to help you answer these questions.

We’re giving away this FREE 60+ page excerpt from our new 500 page book. Read over the materials and pray about it. God will lead you to the approach that will fit your family. We hope this material encourages you to lean on God and devote your homeschooling to Him. Read the excerpt today to see what all the Wow! is about.

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Heart of Wisdom Methods

Bible First Philosophy

The Bible is the center of education, and all subordinate studies should be brought into the circle of light radiating from thence. Academics play an important part, but they are secondary. Students spend half the school day studying God’s Word and the other half studying God’s world.

A Return to Biblical Education

The Bible outlines how we should teach our children. The Hebraic aim of education was ethical and religious. Study is a form of worship. The method of instruction in the home was oral, and learning was accomplished by practice. The Hebrew taught no distinction between sacred and secular areas of life. Every detail of life therefore, must be set aside and consecrated to the glory of God. (The opposite of today’s popular Greek approach).

Charlotte Mason’s Philosophy

Student’s should develop a love of learning by reading real books— classic literature—opposed to twaddle, or “dumbed down” literature. This method also incorporates narration: the assimilating of information and retelling (sorting, sequencing, selecting, connecting, rejecting, and classifying) and developing a “Nature Diary” (HOW calls it a Creation Portfolio).

Learning Styles
and 4Mat

These four steps are a cycle of instruction based on the Four Learning Styles developed by Dr. Bernice McCarthy. This system is an organized way to use the Charlotte Mason approach.

Integrated Unit Study

The “unit” or “theme” part refers to the idea of studying a topic as a whole instead of several “subjects.” A unit study takes a topic and “lives” with it for a period of time, integrating science, social studies, language arts, and fine arts as they apply.

Lifestyle of Learning

An approach outlined in Wisdom’s Way of Learning by Marilyn Howshall. The emphasis is on parents relying on the Holy Spirits leading to provide the needed resources so the children can develop expertise in their fields of interest. Howshall explains how using these simple and natural tools (with the emphasis on the process of learning rather than the product of learning) will allow your children to begin to develop their own lifestyle of learning.

Delight-Directed Learning

Students acquire basic concepts of learning (reading, reasoning, writing, researching, etc.) during the process of examining the topic they are interested in. Education ought to be about building learners’ abilities to do useful things.

Writing to Learn

Students think on paper—think to discover connections, describe processes, express emerging understandings, raise questions, and find answers encouraging higher-level thinking skills. This method forces the student to internalize—learning so they understand better and retain longer.

Homeschool Magazine Review

Robin Sampson has put together a jewel of a package. This approach is written to appeal to many different learning methods using Charlotte Mason’s philosophy of learning, her own Bible first philosophy, and the biblical Hebraic method of education. The creative way of melding Charlotte Mason and the four basic learning styles has produced a approach that is truly a conduit to life-long learning. Robin gently leads us to this place of light yet highly encourages delight-directed learning at the same time. When you ignite a spark of interest in your child, lay aside the schedule/timetable and watch them fly! Children who are learning by choice will retain and enjoy so much more than those who are forced to study topics of no interest to them. There are comprehensive helps on making timeline books and portfolios, all with lots of illustrations and examples. Robin has obviously spent time in prayer and more prayer while she prepared these studies. Her writings are thoughtful, insightful and joyful and have been a labor of love from her whole family, I’m quite sure! Enjoy the four-steps—Excite, Examine, Expand, and Excel! You may never go back to any other way of learning.–Heidi Shaw, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine

Cookbook Analogy

The simplest way to understand the Heart of Wisdom teaching approach is to compare it to a cookbook of recipes. I have worked on several recipes for over fifteen years; I have altered the ingredients, measurements and methods for these recipes over the years, and finally came up with nourishing and satisfying results. You can use my recipes as outlined, or adapt them to your family’s preferences.

This cookbook not only provides the recipes but also explains the background of the ingredients and cooking methods to help you make the best use of them. A recipe consists of combining a number of individual ingredients that may not ordinarily be thought of being put together, resulting in new dish. The Heart of Wisdom teaching approach is a combination of several different methods and resources. A cookbook and a teaching approach are both resources which include many kinds of information—from ingredients and sources, to proportions, methods of mixture and preparation, to particular kinds and uses of utensils.

The Main Recipe: Daily Study of God’s Word

The main recipe is an outline for making God’s Word the primary focus of the school day. The chief ingredient is the Bible. This recipe provides step-by-step methods (chronological readings divided into four steps) of mixture and preparation, to particular kinds and uses of utensils (Bible study tools), but does not provide exact measurements. The recipe is more like a grandmother’s rough-guide cooking instruction, “a little bit of this, a pinch of that.” The purpose of this recipe is to serve as an inspiration to the parent/teacher by presenting a variety of teaching ideas.

Side Dish Recipes: Unit Studies Based on God’s World

The other recipes include instructions on how to study God’s world through history, science, and life skills unit studies. The Bible is the most important ingredient for each of these recipes as well. Using these recipes you will be able to teach the following subjects: Bible, history, science, geography, composition, agriculture, religion, government, economics, and many more. The methods of mixture and preparation include learning styles and the four-step cycle of instruction, and delight-directed studying, while using utensils such as living books and the Internet.

This book includes recipes for creating your own unit studies, and also gives you the options of saving time by using a prepared unit study. The Heart of Wisdom teaching approach includes a four-year plan, which is to be repeated three times for a 12-year plan. If you decide to use the Heart of Wisdom teaching approach, you can utilize Heart of Wisdom unit studies or create your own unit studies using and/or adapting the recipes provided.

Planning Your Meals

If you use these recipes, you will need to add side dishes of your choice (math, phonics, foreign language, and other electives), based on your preferences, to create a complete meal. Each student has a wide diversity of strengths, weaknesses, ambitions, and goals. I provide enough direction so you know what’s essential to keep the recipes from failing, but I also give you enough room to let you discover for yourself the best balance of ingredients for your family.

As you learn about this approach, remember that your family cannot thrive on menus, recipes, or analyses of the food—you must spend the time preparing the dishes that will feed your family. When you do this, as long as you don’t leave out the main ingredient “the Bible” your outcome will be a success.

This book begins by preparing the teacher to lean on God for direction. The first chapter compares Israel’s Exodus from Egypt with homeschoolers leaving public school. The author explains, just as many Egypt beliefs remained in Israelites various public education beliefs remain in homeschoolers. Therefore, a reexamination of education choices is needed to bring us into the Promise Land. You are encouraged to let God take charge of your child’s education –by seeking and leaning on Him!


Table of Contents

Section One: Lessons from Exodus

Chapter 1. Our Homeschool Journey: Escape from Public School
Chapter 2. God Called You to be a Part of His Plan
Chapter 3. Focus on God, Not on Circumstances
Chapter 4. Only Be Strong and Very Courageous

Section Two: Rethinking EducationChapter 5. What Is Education? What Is Wisdom?
Chapter 6. A Brief History of Education
Chapter 7. Christian Versus Secular Worldviews
Chapter 8. Greek Versus Hebrew Worldviews
Chapter 9. The Hebrew Educational Model
Chapter 10. Why Christians Reject Hebrew Ways
Section Three: Heart of Wisdom Ingredients and MethodsChapter 11. Learning Styles and the Four-Step Process
Chapter 12. Delight-Directed Studies
Chapter 13. Unit Studies
Chapter 14. Charlotte Mason’s Educational Philosophies
Chapter 15. Writing to Learn
Chapter 16. Critical Thinking and Logic
Section Four: Heart of Wisdom InstructionsChapter 17. An Overview of the Plan
Chapter 18. God’s Word: Bible Study
Chapter 19. God’s World: Derived Studies
Chapter 20. Creating the Notebooks
Chapter 21. Scheduling by Faith
Section Five: ResourcesChapter 22. Creating and/or Purchasing Unit Studies
Chapter 23. Choosing and Using Resources
Chapter 24. Bible Resources
Chapter 25. History Resources by Year
Chapter 26. Science Resources by Year
Chapter 27. Life Skills Resources
Chapter 28. Classics by Age Level

The Ebooks and the bound books are almost the same. One is printed from your computer the other you get in the mail. The EBook is a book delivered and intended to be read electronically and printed from your computer. The Ebooks are in the Adobe Acrobat format (like the sample lessons above).

Ebook Benefits

  • Instant Access. Quick Adobe (PDF) download.
  • Use “search” and “find” functions to pinpoint the material you need more easily than in a print book.
  • Hyperlinked. You open the ebook in your browser and click your way to the section or chapter you need.
  • Printable
  • The eBook contains the same contents as the traditional book

Bound Book Benefits

  • You take it to your teaching area, support group meetings, the library, on vacation, your bed, in the bath tub, etc. (you can also do this if you print out the Ebook).
  • You can easily see the big picture: There is nothing like having the book in hand. You can see the whole book at once, flip though the pages, etc. (bookoholics understand). Some of us just have to have the book!

5 Star Reviews on Amazon
Paperback: 508 pages
Publisher: Heart of Wisdom Publishing (April 12, 2005)
ISBN-10: 0970181671
ISBN-13: 978-0970181671

Heart of Wisdom Reviews

Author: Sharon
Of all the books I have read on homeschooling this book is a 5 star! plus.I used Robin’s new book to introduce my son to the approach and also to help me to use the HOW Approach. I am writting my own lessons using the HOW approach as my son has hearing lost and I am deaf (oral/verbal), I also use hearing aids and have limited hearing.You will not be disappointed with the book. The book has really help me in improving the way I teach and also what I teach and how not to worry about when my son learns something. Just because He doesn’t learn something in 2nd grade, doesn’t mean he can’t do it in 3rd grade. Most schools here in Indiana teach the state history (required) in the 4th grade. I don’t have to do it in his 4 grade year, but can do it now or when he is in 5 or 6 or 7th grades. As longs as he does do it.All I do is help him learn and let him learn at his pace and when he is ready for something, he does it with delight! Our homeschool experience is much better and most of all I am not burned out as I was last year. I am even experience much delight in our lessons and have learned a few things myself.
Author: Marty
It’s here! It’s here! Thank you Homeschool- Books and Robin! I’ve only gotten through the 8th chapter of the Ebook so far, but it’s the best book I’ve read so far, other than the Scriptures, of course.
Author: Caroline J.
I am so very excited to get this book! I’ve had this continual feeling that there just wasn’t enough focus on the word or that it was just tacked on for a few minutes each morning. This book will help me accomplish the goal of Christ being the central focus of all we do in our homeschool and life. This is the first “how-to” that I will be able to pass to skeptical relatives and say, “Here is my philosphy on education”. Thank you, Robin, for putting into words what I have needed for so long!
Author: TAMMI F.
I enjoyed reading the sample pages, but I am so looking forward to the book. I cannot wait for some encouragement–which I know I will find in this book. I have recently been thinkng that homeschooling is getting too tough. I am reminded by thinking of Moses that God called me to homeschool–not just until it got tough, but until he leads me down another path.
Author: Chris Gurzler
Second that — love the samples!
Actually, I’m very glad that more of the wisdom you have to share will soon be available. It isn’t easy to leave Egypt and go boldly into the Promised Land, but that is what the Lord would have for us, after all, what He told Joshua applies to us as well, “Be strong and of good courage … for I am with you!” Your work helps me to remember that truth.
Author: Michelle R.
Thank you for your encouraging sample pages. It’s been really hard homeschooling my 5 children and I know the Lord has put it on my heart two years ago to do this and I haven’t been doing well with this. I have been using textbooks and the kids think its too hard and boring and dont want to do it. My dad gave me this book called”Things we wish we’d known” and I had it since Dec. but just read it a month ago.I I read your article in it and I loved it! I looked up your website on heart of wisdom and teared up because this is what I have been looking for.Praise the Lord! Now this is my answered prayer. This is perfect for all my children to enjoy and have fun.
Author: Nancy G.
EVERY homeschool parent should read this book. I have been reading this very slowly. There is so much information my Bible is right next to me when I read this book. I was even reading some of it to my children. I know I will be reading this a second time. I would love for my children to read parts of it.This book will encourage anyone looking into homeschooling or people who have been homeschooling and need some encouragement. Don’t miss this book. It was well worth the wait. I have been reading this after my morning Bible reading before the children wake up. By doing this it is allowing me to stay focused on the Lord and giving me the motivation I need to teach and serve the Lord.This is the BEST book I have read in my 15 years of homeschooling. This book takes a hard (but is a good way) look at the way we need to teach our children. That we need to train them for the LORD not train them for the WORLD.Thank you, this book came at just the right time in my homeschooling journey. May God richly bless you and your family.
Author: Tonya Smith
Love the sample pages! Thank you, thank you for the much needed inspiration. I am in tears of relief that someone out there understands and supports God’s word in teaching. I have renewed hope for the coming years. My little girl is four, so will begin ‘education’ soon. I know now that God is answering my prayers for direction in our education efforts. In Christ. T. Smith
Author: Rebecca Innocenti (innocentifamily@juno.com)
I just purchased this book at a homeschool convention at the beginning of June. It is exactly the tool we need for our family right now!We’ve considered using HOW unit studies after falling in love with the biblical holidays guide. This book is encouraging me to design our units based on where we are right now and we look forward to using some of the HOW units along the way, too.Thanks so much for all you do to help each family find peace while learning together.Blessings on your ministry!
Author: Helen J. Marshall
This book is a must-read for Christian homeschool teachers. With dedicated prayer and insight, Robin Sampson has created a new approach to teaching that filters every subject through the Bible. The framework she provides at first seems complex, but after immersing yourself in it for a few days it becomes very clear and logical. I am so excited about this new school year and I am certain I will learn as much as my kids. That’s one of the best things about this approach. It is applicable to you as well as to your students. It allows lots of room for creativity with options for scrapbooking, drawing, writing and anything else that can be documented for a portfolio. Even instituting a portion of the suggestions made in this book will revitalize your Christian homeschool and alleviate burnout for you, the teacher.
Author: Amy R. MucklestoneIf I had to choose only one homeschooling book, HOWTA would be the one! Amazing, stupendous work by Robin Sampson! I can’t believe I’m so blessed to have found what I will use for the rest of my homeschool years this early on! I was homeschooled growing up, and worked in a homeschool bookstore. I’ve seen it all, and THIS is what it’s all about. The resource section alone is worth its weight in gold. I can’t possibly recommend it highly enough!!!
Author: Unknown
I say WOW after reading HOW. I feel blessed to have stumbled across this book because for me it has been a prayer answered. I found it while looking for information on how to apply the Charlotte Mason teaching method.
I withdrew my son from school and started home-schooling him with little warning and no planning. Although I knew this was the right decision it left me in a difficult possition. I either had time to reaserch how and what to teach him or to teach him but not both at the same time.
The HOWTA has given me a frame on which to mount the canvas of our home-schooling. There are many great points about this method but there are two in particular which I love. The first is that is has such a sound biblical base – which is something which is so important to both myself and my son. This really shows through in all subjects. The other really wonderful thing is that I am inclined to go for a delight driven approach but sometimes lack confidence in this as it has no structure and is very difficult to plan round or collect resources for in advance. The HOWTA has given me the confidence that I lacked because it shows how to follow the delight driven path while being within a structure. And because it is a biblical structure I feel comfortable and secure using it. I have since purchased other items by Robin Sampson and was not disappointed and I plan to buy more as our home-school journey progresses.
Author: Randy Vandyke
WOW! what a relief… THE SOLUTION is here.
I am so relieved to have found this book. The most important key to a childs growth and success in this world is how to obtain and walk in wisdom. This book clearly defines what true wisdom is and where to find it as well as how to teach it. Robin Sampson has done and incredible job in answering all of a mom’s concerns about education today. I am overjoyed to have this book as a tool to guide me as I help my children discover their hearts of wisdom. Every parent should read this book.
Author: Kimberly A. Depaolo
In her book, rich with biblical and historical references, Robin Sampson makes a solid case for putting God first in home education curriculum. Quite unlike many other books I’ve read, Mrs. Sampson consistently encourages her readers to have God direct their home education efforts not the state, friends, family, etc. After reading this book, I’ve lost those nasty “first time” home education jitters and feel confirmed in my calling to educate my child with a focus on training her in the way GOD would have her go.This is the second book I’ve purchased from Heart of Wisdom and I highly recommend this author. The first was the equally excellent “What Your Child Needs to Know When…” With God as our “principal”, I am confident that we are in good hands!
Author: Stephani N. Whitaker
WOW! I am sooo excited about using HOW this year. At the end of spring I began praying about what the Lord would have me use for curr. this year. I was thoroughly researching the Veritas Press and HOW; after reading all I could about veritas and the HOW book, I have a firm conviction that the Lord wants us to use the HOW for our family from now on! I have throughly enjoyed all the knowledge and wisdom that I have gleaned from reading Sections 1 and 2 about rethinking christian education. It has really been a blessing to be challenged to think about the methods by which we educate our children. I truly desire to pull away from the Greek and secular worlviews of teaching and to embrace a more Hebraic way of educating. There is so much to learn and I know that Robin Sampson has worked very hard to create such a through resource; but I am very anxious to begin learning with my children all the things that I was not taught in my education; wisdom!!!!!!! A must read for any homeschool parent!!!!!!!!!
Author: P. Weed
While reading this book I kept telling myself, “This is what I wanted/hoped for when I started Homeschooling!”. I am so glad I have found it now. I love the 4 Mat system and Robin’s use of it in her unit studies. She goes into detail of how you can use her unit studies, make your own, or implement someone else’s. It fits everyone’s needs who wants a biblical based education for their children. Even if you don’t want a biblical based education it goes in depth of how to create a unit study of an area where your child shows delight (good example of a horse study). If you are new to homeschooling it helps support your decision and gives resources for you to use that have taken veteran homeschoolers years to discover. It gives you the best of the best!
Author: Stephanie F.
This book is a gem! After homeschooling for six years I was needing a new focus. HOW is it! Unlike many books on the subject this is invaluable to both the new and the seasoned homeschool family. It energized us and gave the Biblical focus that we were searching for all along. Robin’s writing style helps explain her approach to unit studies as well as the Hebraic method in a conversational way. It makes you feel like your having tea with a friend! Her reasoning is solid and her explanations clear. This is a must read for those looking at unit studies for the first time, those needing a jolt of the Spirit in their lessons, or those just wanting a change. It’s definitely at DELIGHT!




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