How do you teach your kids?(what curriculm do you use?) Part one: Teaching the BibleHome school
People ask me about what curriculum I use, and how I teach all my kids. To be honest, I have a hard time knowing what the right answer is to this question. One reason is I don’t use any one curriculum exclusively. Two, I don’t do school, like most people, even homeschoolers. Three, I am not preparing students for college or even the work force. I am teaching my children God’s Word and trusting HIM to prepare them for whatever future he has for them. So, when people ask me this question, I am not sure if I have a good answer for them. If they are asking just out of curiosity than I am happy to share, but if they are asking for advice, I may not be the best person to ask. If your goals are to have college bound students my method might not work for you.
That being said, I will try and give those friends an answer who want to know about what curriculum I use or have used.
NOTE: Any materials, blogs, websites, etc. recommended in this blog are written by humans. Therefore, they are not perfect. The only completely true, book out there is the BIBLE. The materials recommended throughout this post are well written by God fearing people doing the best they can to share God’s Truth. Please remember to weigh everything in scripture for yourself.
I will be answering the following questions over the next several weeks:
What is Bible Copying?
What do you use for Bible/History Study?
How do you hide God’s WORD in your students hearts, and how does dad get involved if he works away from home all day?
How do you teach your kids to read?
Do you teach math using the Bible?
How do you teach Biblical Science?
How do you teach grammar and writing?
How do you teach Godly Character?
What about literature?
Do you do extra curricular activities or other subjects?
Do you do unit studies?
For today I will try and tackle the Bible questions.
Let’s start with BIBLE. We teach Bible in everything we do, but we do use some curriculm and/or methods to do this. The first method we use is Bible Copying.
Here is how we do it in simplified steps:
We started copying at Genesis last year, but this year we skipped to Psalms, the older students actually copy a chapter from Psalms in the morning, and a chapter from Genesis in the afternoon. If you think the Old Testament will be hard for your student to copy and comprehend then start in an easier book, but once they start a book have them complete that book.
Step two: Draw a picture of chapter.
(currently I use these Notgrass Draw to Learn, but I am saving to buy Picture Smart Bible)
I am a history lover. I have lots of different history materials in our library. But what we use daily
is the materials written by my dear friend Anne Elliot. She is a gifted Bible/History teacher. I have learned so much from her.
These are her books that I currently use, I recommend these to anyone who wants a complete curriculum and doesn’t want to make their own lesson plans. Her materials are simple, easy, and Bible solid. You can use them with one student or a dozen students all at the same time. They rotate and give your child a solid foundation in God’s Word.
Another resource I am currently using is from Heart of Wisdom called Ancient History: Adam to Messiah. I just got it a few months ago, and am still reading and studying it myself, but plan to use it more as I go. I will talk more about Heart of Wisdom when I do the post on Unit Studies.
Sample of Joshua study guide.
These two issues are very important to us. First, we believe that God’s Word should be memorized and readily available to use in our everyday lives. Second, we believe that dad is the head of the home and that he should lead the home spiritually. This second issue has not always been easy for us, since Jeremy works all day at a job away from home. One thing that we had to give up to make this work is extra activities in the evenings. By not running around in the evenings we have time for dad to be involved in our lives at home. Another thing we do is put our kids to bed later. Since we don’t have to get up to catch a bus or anything, we stay up late with dad and get up later if needed.
How this Bible Time looks:
Everyone grabs their Bible, there Dad Bible study notebook, and their buddy and comes to the living room. Little, little ones get a hand held white board and expo marker (under 4).
Dad set’s up the white board in front of the living room.
Dad recites a verse from the passage he is teaching from, then we repeat the verse back. We do this several times. Until we all have it memorized. We then take turns saying the verse. Then we recite all the verse we have memorized from the passage we are studying, so far. Once we get to the verse of the day, dad continues to read the verses one line at a time, and we repeat the lines back to him until we have all said the complete passage.
Dad then writes the verse of the day on the white board and teaches on that one verse.
Then he draws a picture under the verse to help us remember the meaning of the verse.
We all copy the verse and the picture into our notebooks.
A few examples of passages we have studied: Isaiah 53, Matthew 5:1-12, and Ephesians 6:10-24.
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