Curriculum for the Christian Homeschool Family

We began our homeschool journey in the 1990s teaching K4 & K5. Finding a good selection of Christian curriculum in the US was no big task. Later on and back in Europe, while homeschooling our highschooler, the search for homeschool materials revealed to be more difficult. So we ended up ordering our books from American publishers again.

Choosing the curriculum for different grade levels and year after year can become a bit overwhelming. Should I order a complete package or pick and choose textbooks and workbooks? Would audio and video lessons be a good choice this year? Which one is the best publisher to order from?

If you are new to homeschooling do not pressure yourself while choosing the materials. There is no such thing as the perfect homeschool curriculum. Choose the one that, to your best knowledge, could work for your family. Then stick to it — at least during the first year.

Be flexible, though, in the way you are working through the material. Meaning, you might prefer to go at a slower or faster pace — depending on how fast or slow your child/ren is/are learning the contents of the lessons. I will talk more about that in future posts. Let’s get back to the curriculum for the Christian homeschool family.

How much Bible and doctrine do you want? This is an important question to ask before ordering from any homeschool publisher. You see, there can be major differences in teachings as there are textbook suppliers from different denominations. Also, books which contain Bible verses here and there have not necessarily been built on a biblical foundation.

There are some really fine materials and correspondence schools for homeschoolers out there, and I will review a couple of them here on my blog in the near future. So, please stay tuned.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day 2021

(Reblog — Original found at Abletoperform.com)

And whatever you do,
do it heartily,
as to the Lord and not to men,
knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance;
for you serve the Lord Christ.

Colossians 3:23-24

LORD Jesus, we praise You for You are the Creator of the heavens and the earth and everything in it. Forgive us, O God we pray, whenever we look at all the wrong places for answers. Enable us to worship and serve You and not any creature or dead thing. Help us to believe in the everlasting God who is above all above all powers and above all created things. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen.

People celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, in Ireland and all around the world. This is not just a day to wear green, but this is a holiday when we remember the Saint who has come from Britain to Ireland to bring the Gospel to the Irish people. Hallelujah!

Who was Saint Patrick?

To find out more about a person it is best to meet with and get to know the person. That is not always possible, of course, and then an autobiography is a great alternative. So why not read his story in his own words? It’s available to read online or to download at Christian Classics Ethereal Library —  The Confession of St. Patrick

If you and your children would rather read a story about him I would highly recommend this 7th-10th grade reader, published in 2010 and has been since updated (ISBN: 978-0-9822848-6-5) which is found at Christian Liberty Press — The Life and Legacy of Saint Patrick

You will also find an audiobook (of an earlier released version— 2005) of this reader Christianaudio.com — Saint Patrick: Pioneer Missionary to Ireland

No matter if you are reading his autobiography or a story about him, remember to keep this Saint at his right place.

Worship and serve God today.

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These Words

If I would ask you, “Which are your favorite verses of God’s Word?” what would you say? Would you mention one or more passages of the Bible? Which one/s?

If you would ask me about my favorite verses in the Bible I would quote a few that I memorized over the years. If you would, however, wask me about my favorite verses in regard to homeschooling then I would mention the following ones:

Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one!
You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.
You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.
You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.
You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Deuteronomy 6:4-9

Why? They serve as key points for the homeschool family. To the newcomer they will serve as a way of introduction and for the one who is practicing homeschooling they will serve as a reminder to stay on target.

The pastors of our former online church used to quote them every single Sunday right before the start of the sermon. And these words, which we have heard over and over and over again, got stuck in our thoughts and began to sink into our hearts and minds. We could have never imagined, ever, to not hear them quoted in church on a Sunday.

Repetition was and still is the key to learning. You will read more on that important subject from time to time. So please stay tuned.

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