He shall supply ALL our needs.
Why have I been so foolish? How did I miss this? I mean, what other book can we use that will equip our children for “…every good work…” if not the Word of God itself.
Prior to this we used our Bible, for devotional time, for prayer and character training throughout the week BUT we put it away once those times were done. I understood suddenly, that if we want our children to truly have His word in their heart, to have the mind of Christ we simply MUST use the Bible at home in all things, every moment of every day.
Think about it, when you read the book of Deuteronomy it has so many references to children and how we are to teach them. How did God teach Israel? How did Jesus teach His disciples? These are examples for us, as to how we are to instruct our children.
Having this truth shown so clearly to me, I determined that we were going to use the Bible as our primary material. Jesus at the center of it ALL.
It’s important for our children to be able to see how true His word is. It is all around us; we can see God in everything if we slow down and look. We see His creation, we see His love and power ~ We experience it when we seek Him in a deeper way and apply HIs word to our own lives. Because, as someone once said, “We may be the only Bible some people ever read.”
That said, here is how we homeschool IN the Bible.
We begin by reading the Bible, in order, from Genesis to Revelation. Our children are in the Bible Quiz program at our church, so this helps us to encourage them in memorizing scripture as we go along. It’s fun too to see, with the younger ones especially, the connection being made when we read a verse they know. Wth my oldest son, as we go along, I also instruct him as to how to use various materials for reference, such as
E-Sword, to research topics and go deeper into the Word. My younger ones really enjoy coloring and doing puzzles, which we get periodically from Calvary Curriculum and One Torah for All.2 Timothy 3:16-17 tells us, All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
Of course we also spend time praying together, for one another, for our day. This teaches and encourages them to communicate Jesus for themselves and begin to develop that relationship that each of us needs to have with our Heavenly Father. If you aren’t sure how to do this, there is a fabulous book I used in the beginning called, Let the Children Pray. Since I wasn’t born into this, I was so thankful to have this given to me by a dear Sister in our church. What a blessing it has been too!
Did you know that you can teach your child to read using the Bible? My five year old son is learning to read this way right now. We choose simple sections each day to read together, reinforcing letter recognition, phonics and basic reading skills. Since he has shown an interest in writing too he has a dry erase board we use. Each day he writes a scripture or two from the Bible (sometimes more when he is really engaged). For now we focus simply on letter formation and basic handwriting skills, but in time we will also begin to teach punctuation, spelling, and vocabulary. This fall my oldest son is going to begin copy work in the Bible from beginning to end as well.
How about foreign languages? Didn’t think we could teach that from the Bible did you? But consider, God created every one of these at Babel (Genesis 11), and originally the scriptures were not in our language. Consider trying out some Latin, Greek or Hebrew: encourage them to learn how to read and write in the original languages of the Word. We are beginning to do more of this but even if you just play around a bit now and then, our children can really gain a greater understanding of how languages work. Even the history of speech itself can be seen in the connections of one language to another.
Speaking of which – communication (speech, apologetics, debate) skills are crucial to our children. If even we wish to fulfill the command given in the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) we need to be able to compose our thoughts properly. My oldest son takes part in a regional speech and debate group where they help teach these skills in a fun and lightly competitive way. Each week they are required to develop a short presentation on various topics. This helps to build confidence while encouraging them to share their experiences and expertise with others.
It builds the faith our children too when they have a chance to go before others and share: What God is revealing to them and how it can be applied to our daily walk. Sometimes others disagree, and this invites the opportunity to search the scriptures together. What does the Bible say? Do you have the wisdom you need to defend the truth? This is also great character building for our kids!
For science, we absolutely adore Felice Gerwitz’s Creation Science series and Jeannie Fulbright’s Young Explorer series. I have to say I was never any good at science. To this day I love it, and I don’t. We need to make sure that the materials we choose prepare our children, from a biblical worldview, while also teaching critical thinking skills that are vitally needed.
As for history, first be sure that your children know well the history of God’s chosen people, Israel, as it is written in both the Old and New Testaments. Particularly the book of Acts gives great detail on the birth of the church. For older kids (and myself) you can learn much from reading writings of the early church fathers found on Livius and Moellerhaus. You can also encourage a further study of history with Mystery of History a very fun and hands on program all of my kids thoroughly enjoy. My oldest being very visual, we also like to use The Big Picture Bible Timeline Book.This is a simple way to show the portions of Scripture; when you put this time line together, they can see when each Bible event happened in relation to one another and how they all fit together to tell the greatest story ever.
Math. The least favorite subject right now of my oldest son.Right now we use GPA Love Learn for my younger son and Khan Academy with my oldest son for math. The most important thing for us right now is for them to have a basic understanding of numbers (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division). We recently were blessed with Life of Fred and are really enjoying this living math! Plus we do lots of cooking, money and time skills ~ As we read too we find plenty of opportunities for story problems within the Bible too we can use and study the application of ~ Our kids need to see how math applies to their daily life.
Geography is lots of fun for us thanks to the Easy Peasy All in One Homeschool program (free online). Created by a wonderful missionary, students can travel the world and learn all the locations, histories and physical geography of countries, names of capitals, famous landmarks, unique expressions of culture, and facts about the world around them. Students will learn to read maps and create their own. Students will share what they are learning by creating a variety of projects like brochures, commercials, and tours. We even include cultural literature and music – even foods. Since we have hosted a number of foreign exchange students through the years as well in our home, this really makes it come alive even more. We also like to use games like Seterra with my oldest son.
There is so much you can do and learn from the Word of God. When we seek Him in earnest, with a humble and eager heart, He can bless us (and our children too) with such wisdom. With His truth we are equipped for every good work. His Word is the schoolmaster, let us sit at His feet each day as he leads us ever deeper in our walk. His Word, hidden in our hearts, is powerful. It is the most important thing for them to learn. For these words, timeless and more precious than rubies, are what may keep them from sin and give them a joy unspeakable. For we truly are: a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light. (1 Peter 2:9)
Let us shine for Jesus in all we do!
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Jennifer is ….a homeschool mother. “Homeschooling means so much to me and is truly an extension of our life together…a mother of three wonderful, sweet and very busy, very loud children.” With kids ranging from 8 to newborn, it is busy in her home – its loud – kind of messy – and very crazy, but they live and love all they can! Jennifer is a born again believer, baptized in the precious name of Jesus Christ, and filled with His Holy Spirit. She believes in the power of His name – to heal, to cast out demons, to protect, to raise the dead to life and to save and sanctify all those He has chosen. She is striving to live a life as a meek and gentle spirit, learning to make a home, to have a content spirit, to serve joyfully as our Lord served and continues to serve. You can find Jennifer writing at A Peace of Mind, and she is also on Facebook, Twitter, G+ and Pinterest.
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