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Homeschooling with Faith: Reading the Christian Classics

When I began to mature in my Christian walk, I realized that reading the classics of Christian writing was an important part of that process. I read Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan and Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God by Jonathan Edwards because they were familiar titles that I’d heard of many times. From there I discovered A.W. Tozer, John Wesley, D.L. Moody, and Charles Spurgeon.  C.S. Lewis has become one of my favorite writers for all of his theological writing, not just the Narnia series.

 

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There are still so many things I want to read to examine my faith, deepen my knowledge, and enrich my spiritual walk with Jesus. The Bible is the first and best resource, of course, but I believe it’s important to read what these great theologians and devoted Christ-followers have said to edify believers.

I also believe it’s important to pass these things on to my children.  I was well into my adult life and married before I began to study these writings.  I hope to start my children with an earlier foundation of apologetics and intelligent discourse of the faith so they are more prepared than I was to wrestle with these issues in their lives and defend their beliefs. {Tweet This}

 

Have you read the Christian classics?  Have you studied them with your children?

 

 

Part of the 75+ ebooks and resources offered in the Christian Living Bundle include these great Christian classics by some of the names I mentioned above.  If you haven’t seen this bundle yet, you’ll want to check it out before midnight Nov. 10th when it expires.  There are devotionals, parenting, marriage, financial, and kids’ books included, all for one low price of $34.95.

 

 

 

Sara (36 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.


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3 of My Favorite Homeschool Things

I’m having so much fun reading about other homeschooling mom’s favorite things this month! I love our curricula so I feel no need to change anything (except maybe the reading – the program Lisa is using for her emerging reader looks really neat!), but it is fun to get a little virtual peek into a few homeschool classrooms.

This mom shares her favorite planner, history, and reading programs, including a completely FREE curriculum!

Here are a few of my own favorite homeschool things:

The Well-Planned Day Student Planner

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The Well Planned Day Student Planner is very thorough, compact, and so easy to use. Plus it’s really pretty, which is a huge bonus for my artsy fourth grader! My daughter absolutely loves writing in this planner and she has it double as a regular calendar as well. I will occasionally write her lessons in this planner for her and I have no need for a teacher planner because this one is enough for us.

(On a side note, even though I’m not using a teacher planner this year, I do use The Well Planned Day’s new blog planner and I absolutely love it! Planners are 15% off through Sept. 30.)

The Mystery of History

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I cannot recommend The Mystery of History highly enough. My kids LOVE this history program and they LOVE the audio lessons that are read by the author, Linda Hobar. This is a four-year chronological history program that starts at creation and goes to present day.

I love how Mrs. Hobar connects Biblical History with World History, especially in Volume I – (something that I didn’t even know was possible until I began homeschooling)! For example, did you know the first Olympic games happened just 16 years before Jonah was swallowed by the big fish? I learned that just from reading the table of contents from Volume I!

Depending on our schedules, some years we do several of the suggested activities and other years we just listen to the audio lessons and move on.

All in One Homeschool

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The All in One website is such a blessing to my family! We don’t use it for every subject (although we could!) but I do use it with my kindergartener to help her work on her reading skills, and we’ve recently started using it for music class as well (I plan to start All in One gym soon too!).

The site doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles but once we got the hang of it, we found that it’s really easy to use. It’s also very well thought-out and thorough, and the price (FREE) can’t be beat!

Well, those are three of my favorite homeschool things – what are some of your favorite homeschool things?

Davonne (11 Posts)

Davonne Parks is a married Christian homeschool mom who began teaching her children at home in 2009. She blogs about cultivating a heart for motherhood, as well as organization and simplicity, at DavonneParks.com. Davonne believes that some of life’s richest moments happen when we embrace the beauty of imperfection as we extend grace to ourselves and others. She’s written two eBooks, “101 Time-Saving Tips for Busy Moms” (free to her blog subscribers) and “28 Days to Timeliness: Tips and Confessions from a Semi-Reformed Late Person.”


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Encouraging a Reluctant Reader

 

Guest post by Melissa, aka Domestic Imp

@hsbapost Encouraging a Reluctant Reader
I love this quote.

As the mother of a reluctant reader, it makes my heart sing.

Tazzie, my nine year old, has flat out refused to read up until this year. Said he hated it, reading was boring, he wasn’t going to do it.

Nothing made me doubt my ability to homeschool more than his refusal to read.

I heard of other children his age reading lofty literature. Shakespeare for kids. Historical living books. Heck, my teen daughter, Diva was reading complex novels at the same age, rated at a high school level. My son refused to even consider Dr. Seuss. The stories in easy readers were boring. Complicating things further, each publisher has their own rating system, and some supposedly ‘easy’ leveled books had impossible to sound out words for the emerging reader.

I couldn’t figure out, for the life of me, what I was doing wrong. He had the skills, he knew his letters, phonics, he just refused to apply them.

Then, the light went on, in his interest in reading. And what did it? Well, it wasn’t a literary novel, that’s for certain. He wanted to read a comic book. Yes, a comic book. Calvin and Hobbes, to be specific.

So, that got him started. Then, thanks to the suggestion of friends, I found some other ‘boy’ slanted books. I say ‘boy’ slanted, because, for whatever reason, most of the easy readers I could find were either gender neutral, or leaning more towards girls.

But…The Fly Guy series? About a boy and his pet (talking) fly? That appealed to him. If something has bugs, bad guys, monsters, he’s all over that like a bad rash.

Wolf reads him Captain Underpants for bedtime. Another favourite.

Personally? I loathe Captain Underpants. I don’t ‘get’ that humour. At. All. Farts, snot, wedgies…not my gig at all.

But, it IS Tazzie’s.

So, I learned to adjust. I happily conceded. I filled library request after library request for series that friends suggested would appeal to a boy like Tazzie. There was the Fly Guy series, Dr. Roach series, and then throwing myself on the mercy of the local librarian for suggestions.

Tazzie is so excited, when it comes to the Fly Guy series, he will sit and happily read them to his baby brothers. The truly wonderful thing is that the Fly Guy series has built not only his interest, but his confidence in his reading skills. His regular school work reading is going so much smoother and easier, because it’s finally, completely, ‘clicked’ for him.

Well, I shouldn’t say, ‘completely’, as his reading is still a work in progress, but it IS in progress, rather than being completely at a standstill.

My only complaint is that we’ve finished the Fly Guy series. Somebody needs to chain that author to his desk, and not let him loose until he’s written at least another dozen. Or two dozen.

Heck, make it an even fifty.

Do you have a reluctant reader?  What have you done to encourage him or her?

Melissa Domestic ImpMelissa, aka Domestic Imp, hails from the Frozen North (Canada). Homeschooling mom to Diva, Tazzie, Princess, Boo and Cubby, and The Wife to Wolf.

Most days find her bouncing from one thing to the other around the house like a demented pinball, trying to keep chaos in some sort of check, and managing one armed in a two armed world.

She can be found blogging away at Not A Stepford Life http://notastepfordlife.blogspot.ca

On Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/notstepfordlife/

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/notastepfordlifeblog

On Twitter: @domesticimp1

 

Melissa 'Imp' (4 Posts)

Wife to Wolf, Mom to 5 Minions at home, figuring out living, homeschooling, one handed in a 2 handed world.


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