The Principle Approach® Method in Art and Its Impact

Something exciting for us has happened on our journey! We received a highly unexpected letter in the mail. Our two-year-old daughter was congratulated on being selected to receive an award in a Visual Arts Competition. She has had the privilege of attending an award presentation on the opening night. This honor has us bubbling over with joy inside for her. All of us are deeply embracing God’s Principle of Individuality and how it’s seen even Read more about The Principle Approach® Method in Art and Its Impact[…]

See How Easily You Can Write Reason and Relate Questions

How are your lesson plans coming along for the school year? We’ve been following Molly and seeing how she has been productive with pulling together her Principle Approach® lessons. Recently, there was one little snag holding her back… how is she supposed to write Reason and Relate questions? What are these supposed to look like? Now Molly knows, and you too can see how easily you can write Reason and Relate questions for your lessons. Read more about See How Easily You Can Write Reason and Relate Questions[…]

How to Easily Pull Together Principle Approach® Lessons

With the excitement of the new school year around the corner, Molly is ready to have the best Bible Principles school year ever. Do you remember Molly? Well, she is ready to sit down and work on pulling together lessons for her family. How about you? If you do have the time and are ready to leap into preparing lessons, find out the simple framework that Molly is using to help her be ready. (Psst, Read more about How to Easily Pull Together Principle Approach® Lessons[…]

Poetry and the Principle Approach®

Somewhere along the line, regular poetry readings slipped away in our family. Recently, I felt the desire arise within to make time for this. Does poetry have a special place in your education and that of your children’s? Are you aware that a large percentage of the Bible is written in poetic form? It seems that there is something special about it that Yahweh has purposed. Won’t you explore the possibilities with me and what Read more about Poetry and the Principle Approach®[…]

When You’re At A Crossroads With the Noah Plan®, (4th-8th Grades)

My journey with the Noah Plan® curriculum has had it’s ups and downs. It took me a while to catch on to the method that it uses, to sort through how the curriculum guides and the K-3rd curriculum books work together and separately, and how the red books tie in to it all. Once that was all figured out, there was the element of time that I wrestled with. We’re talking about a series of Read more about When You’re At A Crossroads With the Noah Plan®, (4th-8th Grades)[…]

7 Reasons Why the Noah Plan® Curriculum Guides Save You Money and Peace of Mind in the Long Run

Homeschooling has the potential to be very expensive depending on one’s personal financial situation. Many people desire a Christian curriculum that is top notch, can be used from K-12, and that keeps Christ (Messiah Yeshua) at the center of it, but that doesn’t cost their life’s savings. Here are the 7 Reasons Why the Noah Plan® Curriculum Guides Save You Money and Peace of Mind in the Long Run   The curriculum guides for Literature, Read more about 7 Reasons Why the Noah Plan® Curriculum Guides Save You Money and Peace of Mind in the Long Run[…]

How I Manage to Teach With Little Ones

Several years into my Principle Approach® journey, I continue to be blessed with little ones. I admit that the challenge is real. I’ll have our books out for any given subject and my baby will want to nurse, or my toddler will need attention, or diapers need changing, a young child will suddenly find a reason to grab my attention, or any number of emergent tasks young-people-related may arise. So, how do I manage to Read more about How I Manage to Teach With Little Ones[…]

How to Understand the Approach to Bible Principles

When I first started receiving my Noah Plan® curriculum books and Noah Plan® Curriculum Guides and “red books,” I was so excited! While I was swimming in an ocean of books, waves would come. I was overwhelmed, I was sort of confused on some things, and I felt a bit tearfully defeated. Eventually, I braved up to make the call, and I was encouraged by talking with a gal at The Foundation for American Christian Education. The Read more about How to Understand the Approach to Bible Principles[…]

What No One Tells You About Classical Education: Part 2

There was a comment from a reader, Levi, in regards to my March blog post, What No One Tells You About Classical Education. In the comment, I’m challenged to consider seeing a Greek Classical Education in a different light than I do the Principle Approach® method of education. I needed to take time to consider the points made and to research before replying. If you’d like to read the full comment from this reader, visit Read more about What No One Tells You About Classical Education: Part 2[…]

The Principle Approach®- Delicious Classical Education!

Today, we are going to find out the recipe for using the Principle Approach® in your homeschool. In the beginning years of my journey to grasp the Principle Approach® method of teaching and learning, it had been described to me with a school bus analogy. Well, I can’t relate to that very well… we don’t do school buses here, dontchya know. I can liken it much better to a cake. A chocolate cake. So, for Read more about The Principle Approach®- Delicious Classical Education![…]

2 Ways the Principle of Sabbath Rest Points to Yeshua

As a part of our personal growth in our faith journey, we’ve come to understand about how the principle of Sabbath rest points to Yeshua. Oh how beautiful it is! Scripture tells us that Yeshua said: “And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:”  Matthew 2:27 This statement is known as the “Great Sabbath Controversy.” What Yeshua was saying is that man wasn’t made to see how Read more about 2 Ways the Principle of Sabbath Rest Points to Yeshua[…]

Introducing Principled Academy’s Chrysalis Members’ Club!

Teaching Bible Principles in your homeschool has never been easier! Let us help you keep the Bible at the heart of education while allowing you to keep your family together during lessons. Or, if you choose to, work one-on-one with your children. We believe the whole Bible is the inspired written word of Yahweh. As such, your children will have a balance of learning about Jesus (Yeshua) as the only begotten Son of God and God’s Read more about Introducing Principled Academy’s Chrysalis Members’ Club![…]

What I Did When I Began Feeling Stuck

At first, excitement and joy overtook me. I knew in my core that this was the path that Yahweh was leading us on in our homeschooling journey. My friend from church had introduced me to the Principle Approach® method and the Noah Plan® Curriculum that implemented that method. With my young ones beside me, I listened after the service to every word she said. I didn’t fully comprehend all she was explaining, but the idea Read more about What I Did When I Began Feeling Stuck[…]

How To Plan It Out Right For Your Homeschool

It’s that time of year when many of us are beginning to wrap up the school year while simultaneously looking ahead to plan for the next school year. It can feel crazy to me… kind of like glazing over the summer months that we look so forward to… but it’s so essential for our family that we have a foundation and a frame. Once I begin constructing the foundation and framework for our Principled Academy, Read more about How To Plan It Out Right For Your Homeschool[…]

Why You Should Take Notes & Expect Your Children To Also

When I first started learning and teaching with the Principle Approach® method, my main source of lessons was the Noah Plan® curriculum. Since the lesson content using the method was already put together, I didn’t bother much with taking notes for myself. This was well and good in the beginning of my journey because I was in the baby step stages of figuring out this method and absorbing as much as I could. As I Read more about Why You Should Take Notes & Expect Your Children To Also[…]

How To Shape Your Thinking About Your Homeschool

Do you remember reading about Molly and how she struggled during the school year? What happened next with Molly after she developed a vision for her homeschool? Molly felt positive and a sense of accomplishment after going through simple steps to create a vision for her homeschool. However, she discovered that she still needed to shape her thinking about the future of her homeschool. Feeling that she was now on a solid path to help Read more about How To Shape Your Thinking About Your Homeschool[…]

Beatrix Potter Day!

In the Noah Plan® Kindergarten curriculum, we learn about Beatrix Potter in our literature studies. I love Peter Rabbit and Friends so this is always special for me to go through with our young children. Each time we go through this study and have our special literature day for it, we change it up a bit. One year we made a scrapbook page about Beatrix Potter and included little cut out illustrations in the public Read more about Beatrix Potter Day![…]

Free Principle Approach® Lesson: Foundations of Language

It’s Membership Monday! Have you been enjoying our free Principle Approach® video lessons? Remember that Principled Academy’s Caterpillar Club Members have full access to lessons with printable lesson content and 4R (Research, Reason, Relate, and Record) notebook pages. What is the foundation of language? How is language a tool for obtaining liberty? What is the basic principle? Research Do a word study Find out the Leading Idea Find out the Bible Principle Reason and Relate Read more about Free Principle Approach® Lesson: Foundations of Language[…]

The Noah Plan- Kindergarten Essentials

When considering what to purchase for our Kindergarten school year using The Noah Plan Curriculum, I wished that I had known in advance what essential books I needed. It wasn’t, however, until our curriculum arrived and I glanced through the lessons that I realized more books were needed than what I ordered from The Foundation for American Christian Education! **This post does contain an affiliate link.*** In the back of The Noah Plan Curriculum (p. Read more about The Noah Plan- Kindergarten Essentials[…]

The Noah Plan- Kindergarten Essentials: Heather’s List

Welcome back to my series of The Noah Plan Essentials. You may read my first post for The Noah Plan Kindergarten curriculum here. In addition to the essentials for Kindergarten found at my previous post, here is a list of other items which I found benefited our family in our first year using the Kindergarten curriculum: Free printable coloring pages for the period of history or maps that we were studying. A quick on-line search Read more about The Noah Plan- Kindergarten Essentials: Heather’s List[…]

How to Develop a Vision to Make Your Homeschool Productive

It started to feel like chaos. Molly sat down and questioned what had changed and why things weren’t going as smoothly as she had hoped. She had decided which books and curriculum that they’d use. She even used a planner to help her lay it all out before her eyes. But somehow, somewhere during the school year, things became a bit derailed. By the middle of the school year, their homeschool was shaping to be Read more about How to Develop a Vision to Make Your Homeschool Productive[…]

Notebooks Vs. Workbooks: Which Is Really Better?

It can be easy to give in to. Especially if you’re feeling tired, rushed, uninspired, or plain unorganized. Workbooks. Even as a Principle Approach® mom, I’ve done it. And each time I handed a worksheet to one of my children, I cringed inside. That prepared worksheet was adding very little to our child’s learning. At least in the direction I know that I desire for our children. On the surface, they may not seem much Read more about Notebooks Vs. Workbooks: Which Is Really Better?[…]

What No One Tells You About Classical Education

What do you do when the topic of classical education comes up among homeschooling families in conversation? I usually struggle with how to explain the difference between “this curriculum over here or that homeschool program over there” that use the Trivium in contrast to the Principle Approach® method. My list to share tends to be: My children develop a love of learning, We read classic literature, We study Scripture It’s the Hebraic way of learning… a Read more about What No One Tells You About Classical Education[…]

Epic Formula to Raising Bible Scholars

  Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines epic as, “…a poem… in an elevated style, some single action or series of actions and events, usually the achievements of some distinguished hero, and intended to form the morals and affect the mind with the love of virtue.” Would you consider yourself to be a hero? Most of us wouldn’t consider ourselves to be so. But… let’s take a look at Webster’s 1828 Dictionary definition of hero, “2. A great, illustrious Read more about Epic Formula to Raising Bible Scholars[…]

Types of Readers

Recently, I learned that there are three types of readers. Depending on which type you are will result in whether or not you successfully maneuver the red books, Teaching and Learning America’s Christian History and Christian History of the Constitution. Let me share with you: If a book is 100 pages or less, 60% of readers finish it. If a book is 200 pages or so, 20% of readers finish it. If a book is Read more about Types of Readers[…]

Free Principle Approach® Mathematics Lesson

Greetings! It’s the first Monday of the month and that means it’s Membership Monday! We have our first free lesson available for you: Mathematics, God, and History What is the significance of mathematics in History? What is the basic principle? Research Do a word study Find out the Leading Idea Find out the Bible Principle Reason and Relate What does Scripture say? Consider the events on the timeline of His Story Is mathematics a “created” Read more about Free Principle Approach® Mathematics Lesson[…]

On Western Thinking…

What does this have anything to do with the life of a Christian and education? What is western thinking any way? *West* indicates direction. West of where?… Asia!   To me, this is fascinating stuff! It helps explain ancient history and also many things about the Christian faith today (i.e. church history). Asia is the Continent of Origins… Have you considered that Asia is the Continent of Origins? I’m not in on the secret original Read more about On Western Thinking…[…]

5 Days of Homeschooling Essentials- God’s Providential Hand

Can you believe we only have one day left of this great series being hosted by the TOS Review Crew?! This week has flown by! If you’d like to catch up on my posts, click here for day 1 words, click here for day 2 curiosity, and click here for day 3 TLC Packets. Today’s essential for our personal homeschool is learning how to see God’s (Yahweh’s) Providential Hand. I hope you enjoy seeing what Read more about 5 Days of Homeschooling Essentials- God’s Providential Hand[…]

5 Days of Homeschooling Essentials- Curiosity

Welcome to day two of Homeschooling Essentials for our personal homeschool! If you missed day 1, you can read it by clicking here. Today, we are exploring the idea of curiosity in our homeschool. Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines curiosity, n. as: 1. A strong desire to see something novel, or to discover something unknown, either by research or inquiry; a desire to gratify the senses with a sight of what is new or unusual, or Read more about 5 Days of Homeschooling Essentials- Curiosity[…]

5 Days of Homeschooling Essentials- Words

I’m doing a mini-series this week on essentials for our homeschool. I hope you enjoy day 1 of this series. Maybe you’ll be able to relate to some of these! Encouraging Words Photo courtesy of Public Domain I find that at various times my children may feel discouraged. Maybe it’s that math problem that can ruin the day. Perhaps reading fluency isn’t happening as quickly as it did for a sibling- comparisons can damper a Read more about 5 Days of Homeschooling Essentials- Words[…]

When the *Great Pretend* Breaks Friendships… and More…

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Jesus our Messiah, I have been debating with myself about this post. Boy was I relieved when I read the post, About Santa, Seriously at the Common Room blog. I am so thankful that someone had the courage to post on this topic. The subject weighs heavily on my heart as our family has sadly been on the receiving end of a couple of broken friendships over Santa with the Read more about When the *Great Pretend* Breaks Friendships… and More…[…]

3D Nylon Sculptures: Friday Art Frenzy!

You know, I can’t think of the last time I posted a Friday Art Frenzy post. But it feels as though it has been eons! Pretty soon I’ll be setting up Linky for these posts. It has been a long time since I have given Art Linkies a try. I hope you all will be joining PrincipledAcademy.com with your art posts. They don’t have to be super grand and spectacular… although my opinion is that Read more about 3D Nylon Sculptures: Friday Art Frenzy![…]

Word Study Wednesday Star #wordstudywednesday

Stars. My friend Gina over at A Cherished Keeper did a lovely post about The Poetry of Astronomy. The poetry of astronomy. This is a lovely thought! I have wondered at and tied astronomy {all of creation really} and visual art together, but had not wondered at it poetically. It makes so much sense though as God spoke the world into existence.  Cool Daddy and I just watched a fascinating study on the Star of Read more about Word Study Wednesday Star #wordstudywednesday[…]

9 Scriptural Truths You Need to Know for Your Homeschool

Are you homeschooling with all that you can muster within you? Except that maybe you either can’t afford or manage the time for the extra art classes, the gymnastics, the fun drama classes, the ballet lessons, the volleyball teams, the football teams, the basketball teams, the piano/violin lessons, the debate club… and oh how that list can grow. Especially if you have multiple children!  Do you feel as though you are failing at providing your Read more about 9 Scriptural Truths You Need to Know for Your Homeschool[…]

I Know That I Can Be… White As Snow #wordstudywednesday

I cannot help but think of the Lord when I see snow. What a gift it is to us! What reminders it serves us! The past several days we have had a beautiful white, glittery carpet right outside our front door. It can cause people to be discontent with the inconvenience wintery weather brings. On the contrary, it may cause us to be calm and silent… like a blanketed landscape of sparkly white stillness… so that Read more about I Know That I Can Be… White As Snow #wordstudywednesday[…]

The Feast of Dedication- 2013 Reflections

In my last post about the Feast of Dedication, I mentioned that we didn’t yet have our own menorah. Cool Daddy learned of where we could purchase one, and so he did… right in the middle of this celebration. We were all delighted to have one to light before the 8 days ended!! As I share about our family’s journey with Biblical Feasts, please do not be offended by what we learn, ponder and share. Read more about The Feast of Dedication- 2013 Reflections[…]

Unity #wordstudywednesday

Dear Siblings in Jesus the Messiah, My heart wants to share with you about a sensitive topic to many. What is it that unifies Christians? Is it our chosen denomination? … or chosen non-denominational church?… or the traditions/ Holy Days we do or do not celebrate? Or is it the fact that Jesus Christ (Yeshuah in Hebrew) is the cornerstone of our faith? Original Photo Credit: Lisa Runnels publicdomainpictures.nethttp://www.publicdomainpictures.net/view-image.php?image=61800&picture=friendsI cropped it, added the artistic elements Read more about Unity #wordstudywednesday[…]

The Feast of Dedication- It’s in the Bible!

Did you grow up celebrating The Feast of Dedication? I didn’t and I grew up in a Christian home. My husband hadn’t either and was even less likely to as he grew up in a secular home. Or… was he less likely to? We, like many other Christians, are just now beginning to learn and celebrate this Biblically historical holiday. I had seen pictures of Menorahs around… here and there… when growing up. I never Read more about The Feast of Dedication- It’s in the Bible![…]

Thanksgiving Day: Crafts, Reading, Pondering, And A Special Announcement

As the air crispens and leaves rest on frosty floors, we are prepping for Thanksgiving Day. Yes, we are to give thanks in all things each and every day. However, that does not downplay this special historical day where we remember God’s Providential Hand, religious freedom, the Pilgrims and the Native Americans who helped them. It is a time of remembrance, to be thankful for the afore mentioned… to reflect on how these Providential events Read more about Thanksgiving Day: Crafts, Reading, Pondering, And A Special Announcement[…]

The Moment They Have Gone Away…

What is the most important thing to you for your children? Mine is that when all is said and done, when all the time I have been blessed with for having them by my side to raise and teach them, that the moment they have gone away from the nest, they will not turn away from the Lord. I have learned that being careful in what we choose to have set before our eyes and Read more about The Moment They Have Gone Away…[…]