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Brainstorming a Homeschool Philosophy

This is a typical "brain-storming" session at our house.

Ladies, it’s late at night when I’m writing this, and I have simply got to get to bed. My eyes are heavy… I’m falling asleep… Seriously, I’m breaking my be-in-bed-by-ten-o’clock rule. 🙂 I didn’t have time to finish this blog post as I wanted to, but I’ll give you what I’ve got so far.

Homeschooling in a Modern Pantheon

The interior of the Pantheon in the 18th century, painted by Giovanni Paolo Panini. Courtesy of Wikipedia.

We’re deep into the history of Rome here in our homeschool, currently studying the ceasars before Nero, during the spread of the gospel and the lives of the apostles.

Homeschooling Goals – Unschooling

As I mentioned in an earlier post on homeschooling goals, many times we homeschoolers are guilty of being sluggish in our thinking, too quickly adopting goals as our own when we haven’t compared them against Scripture. Often we make goals by reading popular books or by “going with our gut,” even when God’s Word says that our hearts can very easily deceive us (Jeremiah 17:9).

Homeschooling Goals

If you’ve been thinking about homeschooling for any length of time, you’ve seen books and articles that recommend that you make goals for your children’s education. I remember when my oldest son was just a few years old. My husband and I heard this same advice, and we honestly had no idea what goals were worthy.

One Way to Teach Math?

Recently on my Facebook fan page, Hillary asked:

Does the Bible influence which math curriculum? That’s one I cannot figure out — which one to use or how the Bible can direct my choosing.

It’s a fair question! Last summer, I spoke at the HOTM Online Homeschooling Conference, making the bold statement that we should use the Bible as our primary textbook for all subjects.

Teaching History Is Not a Mystery

A few days ago, I had the privilege of presenting a workshop for Cindy Rushton’s Ultimate Homeschool Expo. My goal was to share ideas for using the Bible to choose homeschooling methods and curriculum. A friend online said,

Yes! Please talk about history!

The Law of the Learner

Today we’re going to continue our look at the two books, The Seven Laws of Teaching by John Milton Gregory, and The Seven Laws of the Teacher by Howard Hendricks.

The second “law” we’re going to consider is “The Law of the Learner.” Basically, this law states that the most important thing you must capture in your children, your “students,” is their interested attention.

The Seven Laws of the Teacher

When I was in high school, I had the privilege of taking a “how to teach” class from one of our school’s elementary teachers. I took the class because I was considering majoring in elementary education in college, so I wanted to see if I would like it or not.

Who’s In Charge (in Your Homeschool)?

This post is an excerpt from Anne’s book on how to organize and plan for a new homeschooling year.

God’s precious Spirit would never guide you down any path that contradicts what He has commanded in His Word. We know that the Bible says wives are to be in submission to their husbands “in everything” (Ephesians 5:22-24), which obviously must include the way we teach our children.

Christian Education in the Home

The following is a quote from the introduction to a wonderful book, Celebrate the Feasts of the Old Testament in Your Own Home or Church, by Martha Zimmerman. I thought it was very good…

“Hey, Mom! You’re right! Habakkuk is in the Bible.”

Sure that I was hearing things, I called back to our twelve-year-old son, “What did you say?” His response was a surprise.