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Science from a Christian Worldview…Priceless

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One of the benefits of homeschooling is the fact that you are able to control what is put into your child. Reinforcing Biblical truths into the very fabric of your homeschool curriculum, including science, is very powerful.

With every curriculum decision, you have a choice. Look at this information taken from Renewanation’s website below. They contrast a Christian and Secular Worldview.
Christian Worldview
▪ God exists. God is the center of all things.
▪ God created the world and all that is in it. One cannot fully understand the created without some understanding of the Creator.
▪ God created mankind in His image. Every person has intrinsic value and a divine purpose in life.
▪ All morality comes from the nature of God and is revealed to us in the Bible. The Bible is the absolute standard of right and wrong.
▪ God loves every person and cares deeply for humanity.
▪ Man is responsible and will be held accountable for himself and his stewardship of all God’s creation.
▪ God has given every person a never-dying soul that will one day stand before God and receive its just reward.
Secular Humanism Worldview
▪ God does not exist. Man is the center of all things.
▪ The universe and life came into existence through random chance. There is no designer.
▪ There is no ultimate purpose for man’s existence. We create our own destiny.
▪ Morality is relative and changes according to man’s needs and desires. There is no absolute standard of right and wrong.
▪ Human beings are on their own. Life is sustained by survival of the fittest. The strong live. The weak die.
▪ Man will not be held accountable by a higher power at the end of life.
▪ Death is simply the end of existence.

Which one do you choose? I am excited about trying Apologia’s Biology with their new DVD to accompany the textbook. Apologia has been voted the #1 Science curriculum in more forums than you can imagine. It has always been the clear leader in Christian Worldview Science curriculum. However, for my boys, just reading a textbook can be super boring. So, I am excited about their new DVD that will hopefully bring this awesome curriculum to life.

Here is a promo for the DVD.

I am working diligently to bring members of The Fervent Family curriculum discounts and also provide rewards for my family. So, if you decide to try Apologia, please use this link. Thanks!
http://shop.apologia.com/?ref=15706

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Happy Homeschooling

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I read an article this morning that reminded me of why I started this craze on curriculum.

This article was talking about how this frustrated homeschool mom could not get her child to sit still and often he would literally fall out of his chair. For me, I would find my son gazing out the window, looking through binoculars, and searching for deer. I could not turn away for a second or my student would escape. At the end of the day, when I would grade his papers, it was as if he hadn’t watched one single video. I know he did though, because I was there and I watched him as he sat at the computer for 5 or 6 hours and unfortunately retained NOTHING. So, when it was time for us to be finished, escape this wretched school, and have dinner, I would grade his worksheets and it was an absolute train wreck. He and I were frustrated, weary, and feeling like failures. This nifty program that I paid top dollar for, left me faced with trying to teach him all of these concepts so he could complete the worksheets and ultimately pass this grade. The worst part was knowing that the next day we would have to wake up and repeat the whole process. Other than being completely drained from the full day of nagging and me reminding him to pay attention, he seemed to be able to get the concepts when I would explain them. The days seemed to drag on and I was so frustrated that I would find myself threatening public school if he didn’t shape up.

We had been doing Abeka DVDs since my oldest was in Kindergarten. This curriculum worked well for my oldest and one of my other boys, but it clearly was not working for this one. My boys are good boys, of course I’m partial, but I realized that maybe this one son needed a different option.

I decided to go to my first and only homeschool show ever. I approached each exhibitor’s booth and quickly became his or her interrogator. I wanted to know EVERYTHING and I would not leave one stone unturned. With my husband and I both being college graduates, we were almost scared to change curriculum in the fear that our boys would not be prepared for college themselves. So, for me this quest to broaden our horizons was serious business. I learned so much that day, but the one thing that was a God moment for me was when I met this attorney dad who was manning a booth while someone else took a break. As he asked me questions, I explained my dilemma. He flat out rebuked me and said, “You are focusing on the curriculum too much! It sounds like you need to focus on the METHOD.” It was like a light bulb went off and I had clear direction.

From that moment forward, I have researched and scanned the whole gamut to try and find the best curriculum with the best method of delivery. My kids have been my official product testers and they are the final vote. The climate in our home is so wonderful now. All three of my sons LOVE their school. The one son who didn’t do well with Abeka is doing extremely well and is now doing more advanced work without a hitch. Things that they learn in school are often topics of discussion at the dinner table. I feel so confident about what they are learning and how they are retaining it.

The boys are learning from the book of Proverbs this year. In Proverbs 4:7 it says, “Wisdom is the principle thing, therefore get wisdom and with all thy getting get understanding.”

In all of my years of ‘getting’ info on curriculum, I have learned that all children are unique. They learn in different ways and their interests are different. As a homeschool mom, you have a unique opportunity to custom tailor your child’s education to help them flourish into what God wants them to be. Here’s to Happy Homeschooling!

Hooked on History

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Before we learned about Veritas Press’ self-paced history, we did not enjoy history at all and honestly we felt it was just a bunch of boring memorization about wars and dates. We simply did it because we felt it was a requirement, but my boys enjoyed it about as much as taking Robitussin, the infamous ‘red medicine’.

Now, history is my kid’s favorite subject, at least for the younger two who are still doing this particular curriculum. They all agreed that this should be the first course that I reviewed as it is the unquestionable leader. I have recommended this to more families than I can count, and I have never heard anything but praise from my friends.

First and foremost, let’s cover the basics:

  • It requires ZERO parental involvement. Everything is done online, including grading and record keeping. AMEN to that!

-If Internet protection is a concern, we highly recommend a program called Covenant Eyes.

  • Veritas uses highly engaging visual and audio resources to deliver the content of each lesson.  This dramatically increases comprehension and makes learning fun. It is so much fun, you will be telling your child that they cannot do any more history until they complete all of their other subjects!

-Do you remember all of those dates that you were required to memorize in school? Well, I sure don’t. My kids do though! This curriculum teaches the timeline in a sequential way through a song. My kids can still sing their songs from previous years. According to Medical Daily, scientists have proven that music is stored in a different part of the brain. Researchers have even seen patients who lose all of their memory except the songs they had memorized.

-They have interactive games and worksheets that build the student’s mastery and keep the student engaged.

-The ‘teacher’ may be the talking Great Sphinx or an actual person dressed up as a Grecian. It is completely over the top!

  • It covers all of history from a Christian worldview and in chronological order.
  • There are five different courses that will cover from the Old Testament to present.

The breakdown is as follows:

-Old Testament and Ancient Egypt

-New Testament, Greece and Rome

-Middle Ages, Renaissance and Reformation

-Explorers to 1815

-1815 to Present

  • They recommend you start this course in the 2nd grade and then finish it by the 6th grade. We were older when we first learned about this program, so we allowed our boys to do this course through the 8th grade. You could still complete the entire course if you started in the 4th grade and finished by 8th grade. If you start later than the fourth grade, then you can just pick and choose which time period you want to cover. I would not recommend it for high school, as it will not meet your state’s high school requirements. Although, my oldest son almost passed a practice Western Civilization CLEP exam after just taking one year of it in the 8th grade. LOL.

The best way, for you to experience this curriculum, is to click on this link below and watch a sample lesson. Make sure your kids join you as you watch it!

I do not know of any better tool out there to tie history to the Word of God in a method that is unmatched.

http://www.veritaspress.com/selfpaced/history.html