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[…]

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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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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[…]

Notebooks Vs. Workbooks: Which One Unlocks Biblical Scholarship?

It can be easy to give in to. Especially if you’re feeling tired, rushed, uninspired, or plain unorganized. Namely, it’s the average workbook that infiltrates all too many homeschools that I’m referring to. Even as a Principle Approach® mom, it happens to me. And each time I hand a worksheet to one of my children, I cringe inside. Because that worksheet is adding very little to our children’s learning. That is to say, at least Read more about Notebooks Vs. Workbooks: Which One Unlocks Biblical Scholarship?[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Word Study Wednesday- Define Worship

Worship Have I been worshiping God according to HIS will… …. or mine? This Word Study is inspired by the Pilgrims. The Pilgrims wanted to worship God freely. But isn’t that what they were doing in The Church of England? They could attend church. They could participate in traditions like Easter and Christmas. Wasn’t that free enough? Did they just have issues with being told how to worship or what? And if so… why? Studying Read more about Word Study Wednesday- Define Worship[…]

Word Study Wednesday- Define Reform

Since we are leading up to Reformation Day, I thought I’d do a word study on the word reform. What does it mean to reform? Webster’s 1828 Dictionary: REFORM’, v.t. [L. reformo; re and formo, to form.] 1. To change from worse to better; to amend; to correct; to restore to a former good state, or to bring from a bad to a good state; as, to reform a profligate man; to reform corrupt manners Read more about Word Study Wednesday- Define Reform[…]

Word Study Wednesday- Define Legacy

Legacy… What are you passing down to your children? What’s important to pass down to them? What type of inheritance do you want to leave? © Principled Academy    Websters 1828 Dictionary: LEG’ACY, [L. legatum, from lego, to send, to bequeath.]A bequest; a particular thing, or certain sum of money given by last will or testament.Good counsel is the best legacy a father can leave to his child. BEQUE’ATH, v.t. [Eng.quoth.] To give or leave Read more about Word Study Wednesday- Define Legacy[…]