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Principle Approach® Notebooking Notebooking is pretty popular among several homeschooling circles. If one researches it, they’ll learn of all sorts of ways that notebooking is implemented. In general, notebooking is often used to file worksheets or decorated notebook pages for note-taking. However, that’s not the case with this philosophy or method of education. Discover how Principle Approach® notebooking is different. The Many Joys of Principle Approach® Notebooks In our family, these are collections Read more about Principle Approach Notebooking[…]
An American Christian Education Years ago, when I had heard the term “an American Christian Education” I didn’t quite comprehend what it meant. However, I understand it now. And, it’s not what it’s often mistaken for. What an American Christian Education is Not To begin with, it is not an “elitist” mentality of “American Christians are better than other Christians.” Nor is it a mentality of “American Christians are better than other Americans.” To Read more about An American Christian Education[…]
Why Map Work is Important Did you grow up doing map work in school or your homeschool? I don’t recall doing any of it. Certainly, we learned geography and had some memory work for that subject. But, I don’t think we ever did map work. The more I’ve been teaching with the Principle Approach®, the more I’ve come to appreciate map work. In fact, I can say that I love it and count it as Read more about Why Map Work Is Important[…]
The Tutorial Spirit 🎙Principles in Practice Homeschool Podcast * Episode 31: The Tutorial Spirit * Takes just less than 25 minutes of your time. * Join Heather as she wraps up our Teaching Ten Series. In this podcast, she shares about: * ▪️The tutorial spirit of the Principle Approach® ▪️Leading every child into learning ▪️Why test, why assess? ▪️The Principle Approach® standard ▪️Teachers enter hearts by invitation only ▪️Purposeful assessment ▪️Focusing on the goal Read more about The Tutorial Spirit[…]
How to Teach Effectively Recently, I was asked if studying history with the Principle Approach® is too dry for children. Since I teach with it, my opinion is a resounding no, not at all. And, I believe that’s true when it comes to teaching one-on-one as well as in a homeschool co-op. But, I do think that there are ways on how to teach effectively. This is something that I’ve been growing in throughout my Read more about How to Teach Effectively[…]
How to Study History All across America, students in all grades crack open their history books and sit down to read. Most of the time, textbooks are used for the learning of history. And, depending upon who writes the textbook it may or may not have a Biblical worldview. Even so, it may or may not have a Providential view. While it’s important to read history with a Biblical worldview, it’s even more so with Read more about How to Study History[…]
Fault Lines by Voddie Bauchum (A Review) To begin with, I did receive an advanced digital copy of Fault Lines in exchange for an honest review. That said, I’ve recently been reading Fault Lines by Pastor Voddie Bauchum as a part of his review team. Well, the Critical Social Justice (aka: CSJ) narrative isn’t going away any time soon. In case you aren’t aware, there are branches that grow on this CSJ tree. And Critical Read more about Fault Lines by Voddie Bauchum[…]
God: The Master Artist When I first started learning and teaching with the Principle Approach®, the time eventually came when I needed to spread my wings and write my own lesson plans. It was actually quite nerve racking. As many do at this stage, I wrestled with whether or not to continue teaching my children with this philosophy and method. Why oh why couldn’t the Noah Plan® lessons continue onward through the rest of the Read more about God: The Master Artist[…]
Why should churches partner with Principle Approach® homeschoolers? Are you a pastor who is considering hosting a homeschool group in your church (or maybe a Christian school)? Are you hoping to help meet the need for Christian children to receive a Christian education in this way? You’re in the right place to learn about why churches should partner with Principle Approach® homeschoolers. Many pastors are keenly aware, as are many Christian parents, that many youth Read more about Why Churches Need to Partner with Principle Approach® Homeschoolers[…]
Christians Turn the World Upside Down “And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also;” Acts 17:6 (KJV) Who were these men? They were a group of Christians who spread the “good news” with Paul and Silas—a small group. In fact, it was a small enough group that the Jews went looking for Read more about Christians Turn the World Upside Down[…]
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[…]
Words Matter Our oldest daughter is writing a novel. Since she wants the story to make sense and come to life for her readers, she’s taking great care with the use of words. Rough draft after rough draft, she alters wording until she gets descriptions to picture match what she wants to convey. In some cases, she needs to define words to be certain she’s using them properly. And before too long, she’ll be ready Read more about Words Matter[…]
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[…]
What to Know About Voting for the President I’m pretty sure most of us have felt like we’re at a crossroads when it comes to voting for a President. We hear several different things such as: “Vote by party.” Or we’ll hear: “Vote principle over party” (while wondering what that may exactly mean). And then there’s the most famous one: “Vote for the lesser of two evils.” It’s enough to make a person throw their Read more about What to Know About Voting for the President[…]
Are Christians the Losers in History? As I sit back and observe current events in America, I’m wrestling with some questions. Why are some Christians so hands-off with civics? How is it that Christians think voting is duty enough? Or that it’s nothing to bother with at all? Why is America in decline when God’s people are involved with outreach and community activities? Did Christians ever impact the culture? If so, what has derailed us Read more about Are Christians the Losers in History?[…]
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[…]
With all that is going on around us, there are some unexpected times ahead. For now, there are a lot of families making some major adjustments to their schedules—spending more time together at home. While other families are accustomed to homeschooling, there’s still a lot of unexpected things to adjust to—no homeschool activities and groups to attend. And the reports flying around about worries and rumors of worries are unsettling. And as always, our numero Read more about Turn Their Eyes Upon Jesus[…]
The Biblical Principle of Individuality: A College Paper As I’ve shared previously, our oldest daughter—a Principle Approach® homeschool graduate—is now attending Bradford Christian College (a Principle Approach® college). That said, she has graciously offered to share one of her papers from her Biblical Life Principles class. In this way, parents and high school students are able to get a glimpse of how these studies look through Bradford Christian College. Now, without further ado, her graded Read more about The Biblical Principle of Individuality: A College Paper[…]
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[…]
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[…]
10 Things About American Form of Government That You Need to Know American Form of Government—this is our fifth superhero. For the sake of brevity, we’ll sometimes refer to him as AFG. Look at how easy it is to remember this—the letters are in alphabetical order! I know some of you out there will love that about AFG! Now, you might suspect that his shirt has a symbol with AFG on it. And you might Read more about 10 Things About American Form of Government That You Need to Know[…]
Ten Things About Private Property That You Need to Know In our last Superheroes in American History series episode, we learned about Quality Character. And today, we meet our fourth superhero, the sidekick to Quality Character: Private Property. Admittedly, these two seem like odd companions. But as you learn more about Private Property, you’ll quickly catch on as to why they go everywhere together. John Locke was clued in to this relationship: “For men being Read more about Ten Things About Private Property That You Need to Know[…]
How to Teach Gratitude to Your Children According to Noah Webster: “To give children a good education in manners, arts and science, is important; to give them a religious education is indispensable; and an immense responsibility rests on parents and guardians who neglect these duties.” As parents, we have an immense responsibility to educate our children. No pressure, right? Among the many unique aspects of homeschooling, families are blessed to spend much of their time together. A time Read more about How to Teach Gratitude to Your Children[…]
What You May Not Know About Teaching a Biblical Worldview There’s nothing in the world like that moment when you hold your child for the first time and look into his or her eyes. A whole new person who never existed before is now in your care. The words you say, your actions… every decision you make will always be a part of shaping this individual. As Christian parents, it’s wise for us to consider Read more about What You May Not Know About Teaching a Biblical Worldview[…]
Using the The Noah Plan® First Grade curriculum in your homeschool? Excellent! You’ll appreciate having this handy list of essentials that you’ll need for it. In this way, you’re not surprised that you’ll need a few more books than the curriculum itself. While the curriculum lists what’s needed, it’s super helpful to know while you’re already making your purchase. While everything is listed, I’m sharing the books in bold that I found were enough for me in Read more about The Noah Plan® First Grade Essentials[…]
10 Things You Need to Know About Quality Character “The whole life of the Christian, from the beginning to the end, is a conflict with the world and the powers of darkness, a conflict within and without…” -Neander “Memorials of a Christian Life, ” 1852. For sure, our third superhero must be prepared to face the powers of darkness and the daily conflict resulting from it. Enter, Quality Character! Quality Character knows the importance of Read more about 10 Things You Need to Know About Quality Character[…]
Among all of the seven superheroes in American history, Self-Government packs a real punch. If there’s anything about this hero which you need to be aware, it’s this: a free people depends heavily upon him. Now that we have that out of the way, there’s something else of which you need to be aware. Self-Gov’t likes riddles of sorts. Yeah, he sounds like a real character. But there really isn’t any joking around with him. Read more about 10 Things About Self-Government That You Need to Know[…]
10 Things About Individuality You Need To Know Ah individuality… it seems to be getting drowned out in our society, doesn’t it? But you know something—it’s one of America’s real super heroes. In fact, it’s one of seven that we’ll be discussing in this series. If we want to remain a free people, we need to be counter-cultural by embracing and teaching God’s Principle of Individuality. For: “Everything in God’s universe is revelational of God’s Read more about 10 Things About Individuality You Need To Know[…]
How to Find the Right Christian Homeschool Curriculum for Your Family “Not another article on how to find the right homeschool curriculum! Seriously?!” Yes, and I hope you stick around for this one. As I have something fresh to say about it. And I think there are things for you to consider which you may not have heard before. So, please lend me your ears. Er… please lend me your eyes. Well, anyway, keep reading Read more about How to Find the Right Christian Homeschool Curriculum for Your Family[…]
7 Facts Everyone Should Know About Principles “It’s a matter of principle!”, one might declare. And some will stand faithfully with this individual. While others may look down their noses upon him or her. Or wave them off as ignorant. But what do we mean when we talk about principles? Additionally, what is the big deal about them? While there are plenty of talking points about them, here are seven facts everyone should know about Read more about 7 Facts Everyone Should Know About Principles[…]
The Ultimate Guide To Homeschool Conferences You know, I’ve been homeschooling long enough to have my first high school graduate. And last year was my first year attending a homeschool conference. (Tell me I’m not the only one who has put it off for years.) Mainly, I simply didn’t care to travel to a city which I don’t really care much for in order to attend one. But, that all changed when the conference changed Read more about The Ultimate Guide To Homeschool Conferences[…]
There’s a misunderstanding about what is taught in regards to American History when it comes to the Principle Approach®. As a mother who has been homeschooling with this philosophy and method for over a decade, I’m a witness to it. Whereas some individuals glance through materials to review it or they don’t utilize the approach entirely. Therefore, they walk away with a misunderstanding about it when it comes to History. As such, I strongly feel Read more about What Everyone Must Know About the Principle Approach®[…]
Notebooking Digital Photography with Bible Principles Digital Photography is an engaging and enjoyable subject for students to study. But how does one set up a notebook for this subject? Especially if one wants to teach it with Bible principles? Well, here’s one way to consider notebooking Digital Photography with Bible principles. Setting Up Tab Dividers Firstly, the main tab may be labeled as Digital Art. In essence, this is necessary if this isn’t the Read more about Notebooking Digital Photography with Bible Principles[…]
The Art of Nation Making and America When you were attending school or being homeschooled, you probably learned about different civilizations. And you probably learned about the history of them on a time line. If you’re homeschooling your children, they too are probably learning these things. But did you and are they learning the art of nation making and America? For certain, I hadn’t learned it. But I’m being mentored by Ben Gilmore of ACH Read more about The Art of Nation Making and America[…]
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[…]
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[…]
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® 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[…]
Notebook Pages for The Noah Plan® Kindergarten Curriculum I love that the Principle Approach® philosophy and method may be used with any Christian curriculum. Really, in order to apply it to other curricula one needs to use the 4R method. And to have the “big red books” that teach us our Christian Heritage and Constitution. However, thankfully there’s a curriculum which already utilizes it. Indeed there is one and it’s called the Noah Plan® Curriculum. Happily, there’s Read more about Notebook Pages for The Noah Plan® Kindergarten Curriculum[…]
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[…]