What does homeschool curriculum look like when you’ve decided to quit homeschooling? Does it mean you take all of the books, pencils, papers, notebooks and throw them out of the window?
Or does it mean something else.
For me and our home, it does mean something else. It means taking time each and every day to place God first. It means Homeschooling for Eternity and having a Biblical perspective about life and homeschooling.
It means asking – does this benefit the eternal soul of my child rather than just getting a good job?
It’s the heart of our home. Not just having children who go to school to get good grades so they can get a college degree –> good paying job and then….. RETIRE.
Honestly, there are not many people I have met who find true joy in retirement. What most people (I know) discover is that they have finally reached that goal and – well, it’s like every other day.
But, when you look at a life that has been focused on seeking that purpose for which they were created in order to please God and go make disciples of all nations – their goal is NOT to retire, but to do what we were created to do.
Yep, it’s right there in Genesis: “The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” (Genesis 2:15)
So, we are seeking all things to glorify God first and foremost. We are learning and growing using the following:
(note, other than the Bible (which is the core of our home), these are resources we are using. They will not dictate our days, but will be used to grow our knowledge and wisdom for Christ.)
The Bible. We will begin each and everyday with individual time reading, meditating and praying. We will then spend time together as a family. Each month, we will select a different book in the Bible and we will read it twice every day together. We started doing this two months ago and it has been SUCH a blessing. We also use some really great apps to do word studies and identify the original Hebrew/Greek text. So, when I say this is most important in our home…I am very serious about that.
Hands On Learning
I have learned (especially over this past year) that I need to say YES to the things my children ask to do/make. Does that mean if they ask for a soda they get it? No. But, if they ask to – make a table, dress up like a character in a book, crochet while I read, sew with some leftover thread, read upside down or lying down on the couch, cook something from a cook book, go clean horse stalls – whatever it is, I need to make time to do that. This past year, we took time to do those things and I witnessed my children growing and learning. They weren’t rushed or hurried.
Art and Music have become important in our homes. So, this year, we will use A Simple Start in Chalk Pastels. My children have access to the eBook and our Art Cart is ready and available. Our music station with cds, piano and violins are prepared, along with our composer study. The sewing machine is out of the bag and ready to go. Last but not least, yarn, needles and the garage are well equipped for the many odds/ends our children desire to take an interest in.
We are starting with the Who Is God series from Apologia again. We have read all three books they currently have available and will begin back with the first book as we anxiously await the 4th book.
The entire family will use Mystery of History, We will also utilize the timeline and books from Illuminations by Bright Ideas Press in addition to The Annals of the World and Adams SynChronological Chart. I will continue my own education by reading The Antiquities of Flavius Josephus
WonderMaps by Bright Ideas Press and other Geography through Literature (Beautiful Feet Books)
My children are loving Apologia, Answers in Genesis and Media Angels Creation Science books. So, we will be using each of them. No, I”m not crazy. My children just love sitting and reading the books. We will use notebooking to reinforce our learning, and it’s another great way to learn about God and his creation.
All of our books have not arrived. We will be using Physics (oldest), Botany (Apologia and AIG) for middle and Solar system for little guy (AIG and Apologia ) for little guy. We will all work through the Media Angels books, as they are unit studies and I will take breaks from our other curriculum to enjoy those and add a little flavor to our year.
We will also use the Truth Seeker Series (which we have already started and LOVE) for some fun living books experience (this is also part of our language arts studies)
I am keeping Language Arts simple this year. Because we use notebooking, I don’t think this area needs to be heavy.
Webster’s 1828 Dictionary. I can’t say enough about this Dictionary – every home should have it!
Notebooking pages – this is where I print and make all of my notebooking pages. While I used to enjoy making my own, I just don’t have the time and I love the pages Debra has created here. You can download some free pages here - I know you will be blessed by them.
Typing (daily), French (when we can) and Latin – we are still working on Latin we began 2 years ago. We are taking it slow and steady – just not worried about this too terribly much (if at all).
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