Introducing Bradford Christian College

Introducing Bradford Christian College Well, here we are! Two of our Principle Approach® homeschoolers are homeschool graduates. One is attending a brick and mortar Christian University while the other is attending an online college. And today I’m so thrilled to introduce to you the latter—Bradford Christian College. But we must start at the beginning, for all journey’s have a beginning. So, how did we even become a Principle Approach® family? Why does it matter if Read more about Introducing Bradford Christian College[…]

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The Self-Governed Child: The Hope of Our Nation

This guest post is by Gina Harden with Liberty Grows. The Self-Governed Child: The Hope of Our Nation   Every religion has its form of government. Judaism has the Mosaic law, a form of external government; Islam has Sharia law; and “Christianity astonished the world by establishing self-government in America.” Self-government is the government of God internally. James Madison said that we “rest all our political experiments on the capacity of mankind for self-government.” Many Read more about The Self-Governed Child: The Hope of Our Nation[…]

Saving America with the Principle Approach

Saving America with the Principle Approach® She’s super special to me. And even though she’s much older than I, it’s a blessing to know her. Or at least to know her through her past. Without doubt, she’s changing. And it’s concerning to me. By all means, to see her character suffering so is excruciatingly painful. On all sides, people think they know what the answer is. Yet, I question how the things many people say Read more about Saving America with the Principle Approach[…]

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Teaching Self-Government

Teaching Self-Government Teaching Self-Government is the second governmental principle we teach in a Biblical-Classical Education. In fact, it plays a highly important role in the formation of Christian character. And it’s taught throughout Scripture and is something we see our Forefathers and Founding Fathers value. Plus, it’s a part of Webster’s 1828 dictionary definition of education. As such, it’s a key study and training in a Biblical-Classical education.   Self-Government Consider the defining aspects of Read more about Teaching Self-Government[…]

Biblical-Classical Middle School Homeschool: The Principle Approach®

Biblical-Classical Middle School Homeschool: The Principle Approach® Homeschooling middle school? Welcome to our Biblical-Classical middle school resource: the Principle Approach® article! Homeschooling middle school students is amazing. Before we know it, they’ll be homeschooling high school. Therefore, we have precious little time between now and then in which to intentionally immerse our students in Bible Principles. But praise God that we have this time! A Biblical-Classical education is also known as a Principle Approach® education. Read more about Biblical-Classical Middle School Homeschool: The Principle Approach®[…]

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The Principle Approach®- How We Got a Biblical-Classical Education

The Principle Approach®- a Biblical-Classical Education There’s a plethora of classical programs and curricula on the homeschool market. And it’s super appealing to many homeschoolers. But what’s the difference between all of these options? In short, this article addresses Greek-Classical, Christian Classical, and Biblical-Classical. While the last two may sound like one and the same, they do differ from each other. As we take a quick jog through history, you’ll come to learn how we Read more about The Principle Approach®- How We Got a Biblical-Classical Education[…]

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Teaching Beyond a Biblical Worldview

Teaching Beyond a Biblical Worldview Does that title grab your attention? What do I mean by teaching beyond a Biblical worldview? After all, aren’t Bible Principles and a Biblical worldview one and the same? In short, no they aren’t the same thing. But as you can probably gather, there is definitely a relationship between the two. And I’m thrilled to be able to share with you about the differences and about a curriculum that teaches Read more about Teaching Beyond a Biblical Worldview[…]

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Embrace Your Home Mission as Christians

This guest post is by Carey Adams-Dudkovsky with The Foundation for American Christian Education. Embrace Your Home Mission as Christians In the very beginning of Teaching and Learning America’s Christian History: the Principle Approach,® Rosalie Slater outlines the three spheres of Constitutional liberty: The Christian Home The Christian Church The Christian School   What Has the Most Influence? Of the three, the Christian home has the most influence as the home heavily impacts the other two; Read more about Embrace Your Home Mission as Christians[…]

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Teaching Geography Lessons with Bible Principles

Teaching Geography Lessons with Bible Principles We have such an amazing opportunity set before us to open our children’s eyes to Bible Principles pertaining to Geography.  I know it sounds a bit abstract when I say that.  Because I’ve been there.  But listen, none of us have to walk this path alone.  If you don’t know how to go about teaching geography lessons with Bible Principles, keep reading.   Defining Geography One of the first Read more about Teaching Geography Lessons with Bible Principles[…]

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American Christian History: Self Government

This post contains affiliate links which means that, at no extra cost to you, I’ll earn a commission off of the purchase you make through it. American Christian History: Self Government Do you know the difference between Church History and American Christian History?  Many times these two history types confuse people.  But they’re not one and the same.  For Church History, as it implies, is the history of churches throughout the ages.  However, American Christian Read more about American Christian History: Self Government[…]

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The ABCs of Homeschooling with the Principle Approach® Method

When first starting to homeschool, I knew in the very depths of my heart Christ was to be the focal point of it. Alongside our children, I’d explain from the Bible why something was or wasn’t acceptable. And we’d talk about it. But there were still some key things that I didn’t yet know how to teach. That is, until I learned about the Principle Approach® method of education. Because of its beauty, I’m sharing Read more about The ABCs of Homeschooling with the Principle Approach® Method[…]

Why Christian Homeschooling Parents Need to Define Education

As a Christian homeschool mom, I have come to love many things about education. In fact, Word studies are just one of my favorite activities to do. And they’re an integral part of our Christian education in our homeschool. Because essentially they’re Bible studies for our homeschool subjects. In addition to digging deep into God’s Word, I enjoy pondering and seeing connections. Plus, they help with developing pictures of ideas in my mind. As a Read more about Why Christian Homeschooling Parents Need to Define Education[…]

What is a Delight Directed Homeschool with Bible Principles Like?

One of the many appeals of a Delight Directed homeschool is the nurturing of a child’s individuality. Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines individuality as a: “Separate or distinct existence.” Indeed, children are unique individuals. And our Heavenly Father has given each person interests, talents, and learning styles which add to their individuality. With this in mind, loving parents desire to nurture these areas of their children. And they desire to do this in a way that Read more about What is a Delight Directed Homeschool with Bible Principles Like?[…]

How to Teach Different Grades in Your Homeschool

How does homeschooling work when teaching different grades and ages? Once you learn how to write lesson plans for a top notch Christian education, teaching is fairly simple. And as you know your children best, you’re able to convey information to them in a way they’ll understand it. Because Biblical Principles apply to all ages and all people, adding them to your homeschool curriculum is rich and easy. And this is the case whatever you Read more about How to Teach Different Grades in Your Homeschool[…]

How to Write Lesson Plans for a Top Notch Christian Education

Is it time to begin thinking about what to teach in your homeschool next year? Regardless of what curriculum you choose, creating a lesson plan to include Bible Principles is refreshing. For the purposes of this article, we’re going to cover a basic lesson plan in this post based on the Noah Plan® curriculum overviews. Primarily, it’s because we use the Noah Plan® as a spine for our education. But as I mentioned earlier,  you Read more about How to Write Lesson Plans for a Top Notch Christian Education[…]

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Why It’s Okay to Celebrate Thanksgiving Day

Why It’s Okay to Celebrate the American Thanksgiving Day If you know about our Christian Heritage, you’ll already know that it’s okay to celebrate Thanksgiving  Day! Let’s keep our eyes on God’s Providential Hand and His timing in History (His Story)! There is much to be thankful for in memory of these people in our history and for God’s goodness!   As we’ve studied the Protestant Reformation and learned about the Pilgrim Separatists, we’ve come Read more about Why It’s Okay to Celebrate Thanksgiving Day[…]

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One Powerful Lesson I Learned By Going to the Ant

“With his divine alchemy, he [God] turns not only water into wine, but common things into radiant mysteries…” -George MacDonald I love this expression by George MacDonald! Our Heavenly Father turns common things into radiant mysteries. When you look at Yahweh’s handiwork in creation, do you still have that wonder and awe? You know, the kind that we witness with our children when they are so very new to the world? It’s the wide-eye surprise Read more about One Powerful Lesson I Learned By Going to the Ant[…]

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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[…]

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[…]

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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[…]

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What No One Tells You About Classical Education

What do you do when the topic of classical education comes up among Christian homeschool families? For me, I usually struggle with how to explain the difference between the Greek and Hebraic classical forms. While there are a few different classical education models out there, they don’t all teach with Bible Principles. And, for my readers, it’s groups who use the Principle Approach® method to look for. Because the Principle Approach® method is America’s historical Read more about What No One Tells You About Classical Education[…]

The Epic Formula to Raising Bible Scholars

As a Christian homeschool parent, one of the biggest blessings about homeschooling is the ability to raise Bible scholars. Firstly, I want my children to learn about both the context and about the culture of passages that they’re reading. Secondly, I want them to be able to organize information to help them understand what they’re reading. Thirdly, I want them to build their Bible vocabulary. And last but not least, I want them to be Read more about The Epic Formula to Raising Bible Scholars[…]

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…[…]

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![…]

Thanksgiving Day Printable {Word Art}- Our Christian Heritage

Happy November! One of my favorite days regarding a historical event is coming up… Thanksgiving Day! It’s not about turkey. It’s not about stuffing. It’s not about Macey’s Parade.  It’s about the Gospel moving westward. It’s about our Christian Heritage. It’s about God’s Providential Hand with the forming of this nation on Biblical Principles. It’s about… each word contained within this printable word art.  I’m aware that the contrary is often taught. BUT, I am Read more about Thanksgiving Day Printable {Word Art}- Our Christian Heritage[…]

A Kingdom #Alternative to Halloween #wordstudywednesday

First, let’s define the word alternative. Webster’s 1828 Dictionary: alternative, n. “That which may be chosen or omitted; a choice of two things, so that if one is taken, the other must be left. Thus, when two things offer a choice of one only, the two things are called alternatives. In strictness, then, the word cannot be applied to more than two things, and when one thing only is offered for a choice, it is Read more about A Kingdom #Alternative to Halloween #wordstudywednesday[…]

A Kingdom #Alternative to Halloween #wordstudywednesday

First, let’s define the word alternative. Webster’s 1828 Dictionary: alternative, n. “That which may be chosen or omitted; a choice of two things, so that if one is taken, the other must be left. Thus, when two things offer a choice of one only, the two things are called alternatives. In strictness, then, the word cannot be applied to more than two things, and when one thing only is offered for a choice, it is Read more about A Kingdom #Alternative to Halloween #wordstudywednesday[…]

Grace #wordstudywednesday

Grace. Have I fully understood what this means? As I research about this, my mind is being renewed! The Hebrew and Greek texts clear up suppositions which are commonly made and taught. Are you ready to challenge what you may think and understand? I find I may not always be ready, but I want to have a teachable spirit to the truth’s of Yahweh’s word so I try to set myself aside and learn at Read more about Grace #wordstudywednesday[…]

Grace #wordstudywednesday

Grace. Have I fully understood what this means? As I research about this, my mind is being renewed! The Hebrew and Greek texts clear up suppositions which are commonly made and taught. Are you ready to challenge what you may think and understand? I find I may not always be ready, but I want to have a teachable spirit to the truth’s of Yahweh’s word so I try to set myself aside and learn at Read more about Grace #wordstudywednesday[…]

Pillar #wordstudywednesday

Pillars. Do you know that they have more significance than just a pretty addition to architecture? My son created this piece when he was 7 years old.I absolutely love his artistic vision!!!(Chalk pastel and oil pastel.) We studied about Pillars for an art lesson quite a while back in our homescool co-op. The Word Study for our lesson on pillars taught me some things I hadn’t previously given much thought. Webster’s 1828 Dictionary: PIL’LAR, n. Read more about Pillar #wordstudywednesday[…]

Feed #wordstudywednesday

Do you find your food budget is getting tighter? Or do you know some people who do? The Lord has been teaching us something beautiful this summer… and while it wasn’t in *Heather’s* plans… it’s richer… it’s better… and I pray you are blessed by it as well…. Our children discovered this treasure of a robin’s nest as we were picking berries. And it reminded me of that Bible verse. So, I thought it fitting Read more about Feed #wordstudywednesday[…]

Privacy #wordstudywednesday

I was talking with a gal just the other day about privacy. She said, “It’s all gone. It doesn’t exist.” And I think she is right… to a degree. But we can work toward changing that if we show that we care enough about each other and choose to show respect for each other. There is a popular post going around titled: Parents, Do You Think Before You Post? “Every day parents use social media Read more about Privacy #wordstudywednesday[…]

Liberty #wordstudywednesday

There it was! It was sitting on a shelf… unique among common dishes in the thrift store! A picture of liberty; we could hear the horse stampeding, we could see the gentle glow of lights shining through windows, we could hear the hurried rustling of people rousing from their sleep, and we could hear the shout of Paul Revere, “The British are coming! The British are coming!!” My children found it and we were all Read more about Liberty #wordstudywednesday[…]

Cup #wordstudywednesday

(click to enlarge) Do you enjoy sipping tea?  There are so many pretty cups to sip from. Tea cups are special. Each set we own in our family has been a special gift. In life, we are given many pretty cups of blessings and favors by our Lord to enjoy. The loveliest of all being the gift of Salvation through Jesus Christ. To me, this is the most valued *cup* of my life… and I Read more about Cup #wordstudywednesday[…]

The Principle Approach- Line Upon Line

Have you wondered how to expand Bible Principles in your child’s education? What exactly does that look like? Are you having a difficult time grasping The Principle Approach® method of teaching and learning? Then this video may be key to helping you understand! This video shows how the Principle Approach® is a Classical Biblical education; using the “line upon line” model of education according to Isaiah 28:9, 10.  I hope this video helps you and Read more about The Principle Approach- Line Upon Line[…]

Lamb #wordstudywednesday

(click to enlarge) I was amazed when I learned that God has a calendar with appointed times (appointments) on it. I had not looked at it that way before. It makes sense though and it is proven throughout all of Scripture (in context). All of history is His Story and is on His timeline. That isn’t a new thought to many of us. A timeline pertains to time. Time relates to seconds, minutes, hours, days, Read more about Lamb #wordstudywednesday[…]

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[…]

How to be a Teacher and a Mentor

How often do you allow yourself to *veer* off your lesson plans to follow the Holy Spirit’s leading? Remember, God (YHVH) does not use a curriculum with us in life; He leads us with His Word and His Holy Spirit. Will we be teachable and set a teachable example for our children? It’s what the Principle Approach® method of teaching and learning is about… being led by the Holy Spirit.  What does He want you Read more about How to be a Teacher and a Mentor[…]

Purim Party! ~Homeschool Co-op

While we are not Jewish, we find that Purim is a cause for Christians to celebrate too! Providentially, God chose Jesus Christ to be born through the Jewish line. The prophets foretold of a coming Savior but as time passed an enemy of the Jews rose up. Haman’s plot, if successful, would have killed all of the Jews. If that happened, how would we have Jesus Christ our Savior?!! God was working behind the scenes Read more about Purim Party! ~Homeschool Co-op[…]