Friday, July 31, 2015
Using the Bible as our Core for Home School
I am running late in home school planning this year, which is fine since God had me do a 180 in our studies for the upcoming year. I always pray about what He will have us do with our schooling for the year. Reviewing wonderful curriculum and books gives me such a vast amount of resources to use, and there is no way I can get through all of them to completion. I definitely want to share with you the ones that we are working with this coming year so you know that they were ones we really clicked with enough to keep going!
By doing a 180, God is having us use the Bible as our core this year. Typically we have the 6 subjects, and we still will.. but the Bible will infiltrate all of them. We are starting Old Testament and will be reading together each morning. I was so blessed to find a curriculum Bible Road Trip that is FREE.. yes, you read that right FREE. Now I loved it so incredibly much, and couldn't believe she would do all that work for free, so I chose the option to purchase the instant download for $20. Still an awesome deal. I don't feel versed enough in Old Testament History and this is going to be the spine for our studies.
It has an excellent set up and works for all ages. We will be using the Upper Grammar for the most part with my 2nd, 5th and 8th grader. Easing up on the 2nd grader with some of the writing projects. With my 11th grader we will use the Dialectic group as he that seemed to fit in better with our needs. I am printing out the notebooking pages as we go, which again are offered FREE!
Additional Books we got for supplementing the reading material
What the Bible Is All About Handbook for Kids: Bible Handbook for Kids
Reproducible Maps, Charts, Timelines and Illustrations
There is a heavy focus on missions in Bible Road Trip, which is one reason we loved it. We will be focusing on specific missionaries also as they may relate to the area of the world that we are studying. So the Bible is having us read the word, and understand how there are so many people groups who still need to hear about Jesus Christ. Our mission emphasis will try to go along with what is suggested in Bible Road Trip as well as adding other missionaries we have been wanting to learn about.Some excellent books we bought for Missions study were
Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide to Every Nation (Operation World Set)
Window on the World: When We Pray God Works
I already had a few books in my collection that will fit in great as well. I am sure as I continue to browse my shelves there will be more, but for today.. here are the ones I found.
Prayers That Changed History: From Christopher Columbus to Helen Keller, how God used 25 people to change the world
Missionary Stories With the Millers (Miller Family)
Tales of the Not Forgotten (Storyweaver)
Tales of the Defended Ones (Storyweaver)
We are going to be utilizing the missions emphasis and dive into some more Geography and country studies this year. Another program we used last year that I downloaded was Expedition Earth.
We will continue to use that for lapbooking some of the countries. And some of our other lapbook supplies will come from Homeschool Share. You must check out this site and search for a huge selection of FREE lapbooking supplies and other great studies. We use it every single year. I also have several books on maps both Bible times and now that will help us in both the Geography and History components.
To add to our History component of the Old Testament I bought Homeschool in the Woods Old Testament Activity Pak. This will give the younger kids some more hands on activities to reinforce what we are learning in the Word.
My older son, 11th grade needs something a bit more 'meaty' for history so we are going to be using Ancient Civilizations & The Bible along with the CD set. My second son used this series for one of his classes and really loved it. It is a great way to dig in a little deeper to Ancient History.
So there we have Bible, Geography, Mission Studies and History. Of course other of our basics will flow from this as well like Reading, Creative Writing, and Spelling.
It is so awesome to have the Bible as our core and to bring all of our other school from that. I am really excited about getting my plan all done. I love Homeschool Planet that I review earlier this year, and am feeling totally on the ball organized for the first time in like forever!
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