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[…]

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)[…]

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[…]

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![…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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…[…]

Home School Conventions and Fairs

{Free printable materials for you to share!} Just last week I was blessed to have two dear friends share a Principle Approach booth at a local home school fair. This is an answered prayer and it was such a blessed time! My friend, Cindy, thought of going with a gardening theme and she did an amazing job pulling the tri-fold board together. I hope you are inspired by and enjoy the pics from what we Read more about Home School Conventions and Fairs[…]

Home School Conventions and Fairs

{Free printable materials for you to share!} Just last week I was blessed to have two dear friends share a Principle Approach booth at a local home school fair. This is an answered prayer and it was such a blessed time! My friend, Cindy, thought of going with a gardening theme and she did an amazing job pulling the tri-fold board together. I hope you are inspired by and enjoy the pics from what we Read more about Home School Conventions and Fairs[…]

You CAN do it! The Principle Approach Homeschool

Do you feel overwhelmed at the thought of furthering your own [re]education?  I know I did! After all, I’m a wife, a mother and I have a home to manage full-time! You know all about it because you live a busy and productive life, too. With all that our home-life ministries/careers call us to do, how can we possibly manage to further our own education (let alone re-educate ourselves)?! Well, today I have it impressed Read more about You CAN do it! The Principle Approach Homeschool[…]

You CAN do it! The Principle Approach Homeschool

Do you feel overwhelmed at the thought of furthering your own [re]education?  I know I did! After all, I’m a wife, a mother and I have a home to manage full-time! You know all about it because you live a busy and productive life, too. With all that our home-life ministries/careers call us to do, how can we possibly manage to further our own education (let alone re-educate ourselves)?! Well, today I have it impressed Read more about You CAN do it! The Principle Approach Homeschool[…]

Quarterly Keepsake!

Does your family get excited when they complete another quarter? Ours does… and we like to do a fun little something with each quarter that we finish. ©Principled Academy 2013 I also enjoy including a special insert for my children’s notebooks! Yes, we discuss things at our weekly family meeting and we meet quarterly to go over their book reports. But this is different! This is a special notebook-keepsake acknowledging that they have diligently applied Read more about Quarterly Keepsake![…]

Quarterly Keepsake!

Does your family get excited when they complete another quarter? Ours does… and we like to do a fun little something with each quarter that we finish. ©Principled Academy 2013 I also enjoy including a special insert for my children’s notebooks! Yes, we discuss things at our weekly family meeting and we meet quarterly to go over their book reports. But this is different! This is a special notebook-keepsake acknowledging that they have diligently applied Read more about Quarterly Keepsake![…]

Mother Goose Mystery- Book Review

We have already studied about Mother Goose this school year in our lessons, however, I have to share about my recent find… © Principled Academy Do you know this book exists? I had not a clue until I came across it during my great book hunt for our family library. First of all, I have to say that one tiny reason (outside of innumerable other tiny reasons) I am thankful to still have younger children Read more about Mother Goose Mystery- Book Review[…]

Mother Goose Mystery- Book Review

We have already studied about Mother Goose this school year in our lessons, however, I have to share about my recent find… © Principled Academy Do you know this book exists? I had not a clue until I came across it during my great book hunt for our family library. First of all, I have to say that one tiny reason (outside of innumerable other tiny reasons) I am thankful to still have younger children Read more about Mother Goose Mystery- Book Review[…]

Half-Year Review

It’s that time again for me to sit down with each of our children and positively review how things are going with their learning. These things are actually addressed on a weekly basis at our Sunday night family meetings. However, the quarterly overview gives them a broader picture about what they have each accomplished. © Principled Academy   I love the criteria offered in the Noah Plan curricula! It helps for the kids to have Read more about Half-Year Review[…]

Half-Year Review

It’s that time again for me to sit down with each of our children and positively review how things are going with their learning. These things are actually addressed on a weekly basis at our Sunday night family meetings. However, the quarterly overview gives them a broader picture about what they have each accomplished. © Principled Academy   I love the criteria offered in the Noah Plan curricula! It helps for the kids to have Read more about Half-Year Review[…]

The Darkest Nights- Expectant Light!

Truth. It begins with God Himself. These are the darkest nights of the year. We have learned that most logically, Christ was conceived around this time of year… around the Feast of Dedication. Mary was most likely just pregnant with the Light of this world… not giving birth to (Jesus) Yeshua. During the darkest of nights the pure and true light of the world… truth… was in the womb awaiting to be birthed nine months Read more about The Darkest Nights- Expectant Light![…]

The Darkest Nights- Expectant Light!

Truth. It begins with God Himself. These are the darkest nights of the year. We have learned that most logically, Christ was conceived around this time of year… around the Feast of Dedication. Mary was most likely just pregnant with the Light of this world… not giving birth to (Jesus) Yeshua. During the darkest of nights the pure and true light of the world… truth… was in the womb awaiting to be birthed nine months Read more about The Darkest Nights- Expectant Light![…]

Simple Hanukkah Party- Homeschool Co-op

When I say simple… I mean preparations for decor, games and snacks. By no means are the lessons to be found in this celebration simple. I can testify that the lessons cause personal deep reflection which leads to personal re-dedication and a preparation of my heart. I may share some of these personal thoughts soon. © Principled AcademyBalloons and a table runner were pretty much the only decorations for this year.It’s what we had time Read more about Simple Hanukkah Party- Homeschool Co-op[…]

Simple Hanukkah Party- Homeschool Co-op

When I say simple… I mean preparations for decor, games and snacks. By no means are the lessons to be found in this celebration simple. I can testify that the lessons cause personal deep reflection which leads to personal re-dedication and a preparation of my heart. I may share some of these personal thoughts soon. © Principled AcademyBalloons and a table runner were pretty much the only decorations for this year.It’s what we had time Read more about Simple Hanukkah Party- Homeschool Co-op[…]

The Gift of Reading

I have a secret project I am doing. If you promise not to say anything to my family, I’ll let you in on my little secret. 🙂  Okay. Here it goes… Our children love to read! They also love to learn! And… they all enjoy gifts! I am thankful that each of our readers know that reading is a gift. And to springboard off of that knowledge, I’m creating a family reading gift basket. My Read more about The Gift of Reading[…]

The Gift of Reading

I have a secret project I am doing. If you promise not to say anything to my family, I’ll let you in on my little secret. 🙂  Okay. Here it goes… Our children love to read! They also love to learn! And… they all enjoy gifts! I am thankful that each of our readers know that reading is a gift. And to springboard off of that knowledge, I’m creating a family reading gift basket. My Read more about The Gift of Reading[…]