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How to Teach

How to Teach One would think that a parent wouldn’t have any apprehensions about his or her ability to teach his or her children. After all, most parents have a history of attending either a traditional school or a homeschool and graduating from one. But as with just about anything—for most individuals—something new can be intimidating. This can be especially the case when considering how the future of our nation rests heavily on the next Read more about How to Teach[…]

The Principle Approach in Brazil

The Principle Approach in Brazil Today, I have the blessed privilege of introducing my readers to Roberto Rinaldi. Of note, he’s President of the AECEP’s Administration Board in Brazil. It’s my hope that you will find encouragement! Seeing God’s Providential Hand actively involved in both America and other nations is refreshing! Praise Almighty God for what He is doing through individuals! Listen to the history of their form of government and the liberty that they Read more about The Principle Approach in Brazil[…]

The Noah Plan® Second Grade Essentials

Looking into The Noah Plan® Second Grade curriculum for your homeschool? That’s great! To help you be ready for the school year, here’s the list of  The Noah Plan® Second Grade essentials that you need. The list is at the back of The Noah Plan® curriculum (pp. 383-382), a list of books and publishers is given. But, it’s super helpful to know while you’re already making your purchase. While everything is listed, I’m sharing the books Read more about The Noah Plan® Second Grade Essentials[…]

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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How to Unite America

How to Unite America It sounds strange, doesn’t it? After all, aren’t we the United States of America? But we all know too well that we don’t quite own up to that union as much as we have in times past. Of course, some individuals will argue that. They’ll say that the shape America is taking is quite what they have in mind. Therefore, to them there’s quite a union indeed. And perhaps there is Read more about How to Unite America[…]

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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[…]

The Noah Plan

What is the Noah Plan? It’s an amazing gift to us from Noah Webster. I’m not kidding. While Noah Webster spent twenty-six years of his life compiling his 1828 Dictionary for our nation, it wasn’t his only contribution. In fact, he left more in his inheritance for Americans. Indeed yes, it’s our inheritance. But as with any inheritance, in order for us to have it, we have to claim it…   Noah Webster’s Intellectual Property Read more about The Noah Plan[…]

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The Principle Approach® and Greek Myths

The Principle Approach® and Greek Myths If you’re like me, at first you may not be sure where to take the topic of studying Greek Myths. In my educational background, home education makes up most of my formal education. And my parents didn’t ever teach us about Greek Myths. In fact, The Little Mermaid was off limits because of the false gods in the film. So, naturally my initial inclination is to also not teach Read more about The Principle Approach® and Greek Myths[…]

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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Teaching America’s Providential History

Teaching America’s Providential History Many Americans who are Christian are unaware of God’s Providence in regards to the history of our nation.  As such, there’s a concerning lack of parents and teachers teaching America’s Providential History. In order to help preserve our liberties, we need to be teaching our children our Providential History. And we need to do this from very young ages. In essence, we need to teach them about God’s plan to prepare Read more about Teaching America’s Providential History[…]

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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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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[…]

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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)[…]

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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[…]

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The Principle Approach®- Classical Education

The Principle Approach® is a Delicious Classical Education! In the beginning years of my journey to grasp the Principle Approach® method of teaching and learning, the description given to me was with the use a school bus analogy. Well, I can’t relate to that very well… we don’t do school buses here, dontchya know. However, I can liken it much better to a cake. Specifically, a chocolate cake. So, for better or for worse we Read more about The Principle Approach®- Classical Education[…]

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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. It’s the best Christian homeschool curriculum out there, by the way. 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 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[…]

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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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The Noah Plan® Kindergarten Essentials

The Noah Plan® Kindergarten Essentials Considering using the The Noah Plan® Kindergarten curriculum in your homeschool? How wonderful! You’ll appreciate knowing in advance what The Noah Plan® Kindergarten essentials you need. In this way, you’re not surprised that you’ll need a few more books than the curriculum itself. To be sure, in the back of The Noah Plan® curriculum (p. 295), a list of books and publishers is given. But, it’s super helpful to know while you’re already making Read more about The Noah Plan® Kindergarten Essentials[…]

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How to Develop a Vision to Make Your Homeschool Productive

It starts to feel like chaos. Molly sits down and questions what has changed and why things aren’t going as smoothly as she had hoped. Finally, she decides which books and curriculum that they’ll use. And she even uses a planner to help her lay it all out before her eyes. But somehow, somewhere during the school year, things become a bit derailed. By the middle of the school year, their homeschool is shaping to Read more about How to Develop a Vision to Make Your Homeschool Productive[…]

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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…[…]

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[…]

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