most important part of family life is the
foundation that is laid. We believe
that it matters not
what a child learns if he
does not first have a firm foundation
based on the Word of God and Faith in Him.
the accumulated knowledge
in the world will be foolishness if without
first the wisdom of God.
ye shall teach them your children, speaking of
when thou sittest in
thine house, and when thou walkest by the way,
when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
of the very best teaching / learning activities for our
children of all ages has been doing a sort of "unit
study" or a study of a specific topic and creating a
folder collage, a lap book (Now a trademarked name:
Lapbook) or a
unit scrapbook. I got my first ideas at a
homeschool convention many years ago and then I ordered
Dinah Zike's Big Book of Books - now, this was before
all the internet helps and even before she developed
what are now known as Foldables or "3-D" graphic
a very good
basic description of how to make a topic scrapbook or
"lap book" or a folder of
mini-books, envelopes and pop-ups.Your own imagination
is all you need when you see a few examples of how these
mini books are created.
All you need,
you probably already have in your hand.
File folders, plain white and coloured paper, lined
paper, scissors, pens, crayons, markers and glue sticks.
Other embellishments are not necessary and may even
hinder creativity if you have to wait to go and buy
You can get started today making books of books.
We've made books of events, states, and other unit
"lap book" needn't be difficult or pertain to a specific
basic subject study. No, a "lap book" can be the
vehicle to carry just about any bit of information you
want to gather and display. Again, your own
imagination and exploration is the limit. Look at
what others are doing if your imagination is dull and
needs a bit of sparking or jump-starting!
How about a
And as you'll see from
The Runaway Bunny,
each book is a springboard for studying other related
Take a look at
these "lap books" and pocket books!
Here's an example of the Five-In-A-Row or FIAR story:
you need more information, ideas and incentives to jump
on, here's the
Tobin's Lab site and book.
Do you lack information
regarding laws, organizations and materials
on the history and
founding of our country?
We have a great page of
helpful information, organizations and web-sites!
(click and see!)
Do you ever feel like you're wasting your time
or that you've had a wasted day?
Then here's a great article for you...
A Wasted Day?Many years ago my husband told me that the very
worst day of home schooling would be better than
the very, very best day or any day of public
schooling for our children. I've thought of
that many times over the years... especially on
one of those days that didn't go quite as
Through the years we have had some ups
and downs. And now, looking back, the very good
years outweigh any of difficult ones and the
good days far surpass any of the not-so-good
days. Through them all, God has remained
faithful and true. He has provided for every
thing that's been needed and had guided each
step of the way. We truly praise Him
ófor any good has
surely been His doing.
more of the Best Home Schooling Sites on the Web
Some of the
handiest tools we use in our schooling are... "lap-sized"
Dry Erase Store
1611 North Grand
River PO Box 80560 Lansing, Michigan 48906 USA
Voice: 888 379-3727 Fax: 517 372-3009
I decided to look in the "scratch 'n
dent" section and ordered several from there. The
markers were priced in the 'case lot' of 30 and I chose
the 'assorted' rather than one colour. There is a "map"
board a blank "clock" board and a "story" board.
I use a large white board in my
kitchen that I purchased at Costco (this one is really
neat... comes with thin black tape to mark off sections)
On the top, I have lined off a section for the date,
another section for the daily events and in another
section I have each child's name and their personal
chores for the day/week/month.
the Homeschool Mom website... I think you'll be
amazed at all the resources. You can download a
homeschool organizer, read articles, and more!
You can even shop at this site... plus, you can
also Subscribe to their newsletter!
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If you're using "Teach Your Child To
Read in 100 Easy Lessons"
then you might consider Marsha
worksheets she has produced for each lesson.
You can print out the worksheets each day or
several at a time. (More info on this site
down this page!)
Bonnie Terry Learning has basic skill books, reference
guides, and games designed by a learning disabilities
Materials are Standards Based, 1st - 12th grade levels.
Excellent Language Arts
Programs for all grades:
Daily Grammar is a
free service of Word Place, Inc.
A Day (no affiliation), which teaches you a
new word each day, Daily
Grammar sends you e-mail messages with a
grammar lesson five days of the week and a quiz
on the sixth day.
Here is a
program you can download and purchase online can
help you in the printing of handwriting sheets
and worksheets. You can choose different fonts
from manuscript to cursive writing and different
styles of worksheets.
Another very helpful tool for
learning or memorizing is a
"Learning Wrap-Up." You can take a
look at the great variety of
"Learning Wrap-Ups" by going to the
Our children have
been using them to learn piano facts
such as Keys, Notes, Signs, Symbols,
Rhythm, Basic Vocabulary, Chords,
and Intervals. There are "Learning
Wrap-Ups" for preschool through high
school, covering subjects such as
math, language, geography and more.
NEW! Learn at Home: A huge resource for Moms... home
educators & homemakers: http://www.homeschoolfunzone.com/
Study Web is a site
with over a thousand links to sites that
you can access for every subject in
Far Above Rubies and Blessed is the Man
by Lauren &
This is the program - curriculum is designed
to train young ladies to be the women the
LORD has designed them to be. It is based
on Proverbs 31.10-31. In addition to FAR,
they also offer the Blessed is the Man
All-Around Education You can look through
the site and you can write to them
directly! P.O. Box 11562 Montgomery, AL
"Everything on our site is an expression of
our mission: To rebuild Christian family
culture. At Vision Forum, we are unabashed
advocates for the historic, biblical ideal
for motherhood and fatherhood; we rejoice in
the revival of biblical education promoted
through the home school movement..."
Collection & The All-American Boy's
Adventure Catalog http://www.visionforum.org
We have had good success with several
children using materials from the Providence
Project using the skill building &
strengthening "learning vitamins" through
the CalcuLadders and AlphaBetters...
daily project drill sheets to
sharpen quick thinking and quick calculating
skills. Plus!! there are some wonderful
music resources available from them as
well! Please Visit
Sheets ~ Calendars ~ Charts and MORE:
This marvelous site has
been extremely helpful for many different
needs for children of all ages! There are
also maps (US and individual states) that
you can print and use for colouring or for
identifying state capitols, major cities,
rivers and other information. All the pages
print out well and are well done originals
by Marsha Rozalski:
you can order
a CD of the worksheets!
for information write:
to my surprise, I have stumbled upon a
site that has been very
informative---from the US Department of
Education, no less! (gasp!) I suggest
that you take a look---chew the meat and
spit out the bones!! There are some
very good suggestions here at:
are many things, tips, ideas that may help
and encourage you in your homeschooling.
Homeschool Magazines and Publications
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DIGEST will strengthen, encourage and
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4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is
5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God
with all thine heart, and with all thy
soul, and with all thy might.
6 And these words, which I command thee
this day, shall be in thine heart:
7 And thou shalt teach them diligently
unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine
house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when
thou risest up.
8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign
upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.
9 And thou shalt write them upon the
posts of thy house, and on thy gates.