A God Centered Homeschool is Seeing His Love in Action- Teaching What Matters Most


Teach Love

A Bible based homeschool is about much more than just what we are studying and what resources we are using. While we are transformed by being in the Word, our actions that take place as part of that transformation are teaching our children just as much.

Homeschooling as a family with God at the center is a way to teach our children so much about who God is and what His love looks like for us. There are some lessons that can be taught only through experience and seeing it in action. There are things that just aren’t meant to be taught in books…


Everyday we teach our children.

We teach sacrifice.

We teach patience.

We teach gentleness

We teach meekness.

We teach humility.

We teach selflessness.

We teach kindness.

We teach perseverance.

We teach diligence.

We teach forgiveness.

We teach mercy.

We teach respect.

Learning together as a family provides opportunities for many sweet moments, yet we all know there are many not-so- sweet-we-wish-we-could-forget-moments.  Yet God works through it all. He works in the good moments, and He grows us through the hard ones.

Our kids can see His love in action. When we serve daily, putting others needs above ourselves, we are showing selflessness. Daily we do those chores which seem so mundane, yet they are all part of the teaching- teaching to serve, and service is never luxurious. It is always sacrificial. When we put them first over ourselves, when we serve our families, they get a glimpse of Him. With each load of laundry, pile of dishes washed, school lesson taught…we are serving.

When we teach them to resolve disputes with each other, it shows God’s forgiveness. How can we not forgive our brothers when Jesus forgave all? Point to Him in every dispute and how He wants us to treat each other. When we handle conflicts with a meek and quiet spirit, rather than uncontrolled anger, it teaches self control and humility.

When our kids see us persevere through the trials, and do so with a cheerful heart, we teach them how to handle the curveballs that life can through us at anytime. It teaches them to rely on God through the trials and to cling to the only One who can sustain us.

When they see us love and respect our husbands it is teaching them a godly relationship-what a lesson for their future! Taking time to serve our spouse, respecting them, and our letting our daily interactions be loving are so important for them to see.

As you ponder these thoughts, are you feeling inadequate at the so many times you have failed to teach these things? I know I sure do. Often. Yet, there is the beauty of teaching the one most important lesson of all… His forgiveness and our repentance. We can show our children that we are never perfect, yet He gives us the chance to come to Him in our most humble imperfections to be renewed and restored and forgiven…

Yes, we are truly teaching so much about God through our actions..His love, His mercy, and His forgiveness.. Our homes are the classroom through which these lessons are learned…



A One Day Unit Study on SNOW!

Snow Unit Study

This is a post from a few years back that I wrote on Simply Living…for Him. We had a big snow, so I surprised the children by putting away our normal books and doing a one day unit study on SNOW! Enjoy…

We had a special unit study day today all about snow.  

Everything we did today revolved around snow!

Here is what we did:

*Read Bible verses pertaining to snow:


*Sang Chris Tomlin’s “Indescribable” for Worship time

*Learned new vocabulary words all having to do with snow

*Looked online at many interesting facts about snow and saw some amazing photos of snowflakes under the microscope.  This website is awesome! http://www.its.caltech.edu/~atomic/snowcrystals/

*Learned about the Great White Hurricane of 1888 which dumped up to 50 inches of snow in the New York City area.  We were fascinated at the pictures and stories we read about this storm.  There were snow drifts as high as 50 feet, and we read stories of people who were in the storm, walking over snowdrifts…they walked over tree tops!  The kids were so enthralled with this.

*Sang “Let it Snow”

*Learned about the Mpemba effect on water and freezing.  We did an experiment to see if hot water freezes faster than cold.  Ours didn’t, but we learned under certain conditions it can!

*Did math problems about snow…cost of snow removal and how much it would cost depending on various factors

*Made snowflakes for a craft,




Her snowflake says, “Jesus is as white as snow…”

…then they decorated their playhouse with the “snow”

*We talked about how each of us are unique like a snowflake, and God created snowflakes different just like us!

*We found the top ten snowiest cities in the U.S. for 2009-2010 on the map, as well as the states most likely to experience “thunder snow.”  We found that New York and Pennsylvania had the most cities in the top ten.

*Grace and Luke wrote stories about what would happen if we had a storm with three feet of snow.  John drew a picture.  I must admit, they both wrote great stories!

I really enjoyed doing a unit study and could see doing more this year.  I can see taking a whole week to study one area and why it would benefit the kids very much. I am glad we tried this method for the day.  The kids really enjoyed it, and so did I!

A Glimpse Into Our Day

A Glimpse Into Our Day

This was written back in the fall on Simply Living…for Him. It’s another glimpse into our day…{although reading it I realize we have not been doing nearly as much “fun” stuff lately…life got busy…must work on that! 🙂

First we all took turns reading through our passage for the week, and reciting the memory verse. (Genesis 1:1.) We talked more about the Hebrew word “yom” in Genesis meaning “day”-a literal day (24 hours, which also brought us to review astronomy-why the 24 hour day, etc.) We discussed this word in detail and why we must believe God’s Word to be true. Without believing the first passage of Genesis 1, the rest of the Bible would mean nothing. Great discussion!

We read Chapter 8 from thAnswers Book 1, by Ken Ham.

We then focused on verses 1:26-27, and being made in God’s image. The littlest guy made a booklet that I printed out for him all about himself.  While he colored that, the older kids and I discussed how we were made in God’s image. We talked about being image bearers of Christ. More really good discussions.

We went around the room saying one thing about each person they loved, and then one thing they loved about themselves. We talked about how every single person was made in God’s image, and God loves all people, no matter who they are. Therefore, we treat all people accordingly.

Next we made fingerprints and colored a worksheet about being unique.

One on the most important things I want my children to know is that their identity is in Christ, their value in in Him, and their worth comes from Him alone.

We then sang “How Great Thou Art.”  We are memorizing the words. I love how this song starts at creation, then talks about Jesus’ death on the cross, and then culminates at then with Christ’s return. I tear up every time I sing it, and get goosebumps!

For fun we all sang Happy Dayjust love the excitement on their faces when we sang this one! {Click the link, it’s so fun!}

We talked about the historical timeline of creation. We remembered the American History we have been studying and I made sure everyone grasped the concept of time and where we are at now in our studies in history-the beginning of time. {even though God was always present}

Next we discussed our senses and how God made our senses to enjoy His creation. We explained them all to the preschooler. Then we did an experiment specifically on taste. With their eyes closed, I placed the following on their tongues: salt water, sugar water, lemon juice, coffee.

Before lunch we ended with a scavenger hunt. The preschooler had to find things of different colors, animals, bugs, etc.  The older kids did a Creation scavenger hunt. They called it a “Sketch-en-ger” hunt because I had them sketching in their notebooks each object they found.

Our “Sketch-enger” Hunt:


-Something created on Day 4

-Something created on Day 3

-Something created on Day 6

-Something created on day 5

-Something created on Day 2

– Something created on Day 1

– Something seed-bearing

(I put them out of order purposely to make sure they knew what was created each day)

 After lunch each child worked on their individual work: Math (we use Math-U-See), writing assignments, spelling words, copywork, reading, Spanish, and then they were able to explore on their own: legos, outdoors, computer time, drawing, painting, crafts, video making/editing, etc.)

{All spelling words, some reading assignments, writing assignments, copywork come directly from the passages in scripture that we are studying this week.}


And finally…some fun highlights of the day:


Crayola Window markers- one person outside, while one inside draws accessories on the other! Funny mustaches, eyeglasses, etc. SO much fun!






Preschool bean fun!



Practicing spelling words by jumping to each letter- especially helpful for the boy who can’t sit still!



Our Study Of Joseph


We have been studying Joseph for the past few weeks and it has been amazing.

Here is what we have done so far!

We have read through the Bible passage each day together. Everyone follows along in their Bible and looks for their spelling words of the week as we read. We discuss the passage while we read using the Life Application Study Bible.


Writing Prompts for this topic: 

  • Write about a dream you once had. What do you think it meant?
  • You are in Ancient Egypt. Write a letter home to tell me about it.

Here are some resources about Joseph and/or Ancient Egypt that we’ve been using:

You can read more about what we have learned by visting Simply Living…for Him, my other blog, where I wrote about some lessons we learned through this story.

And finally…here is the little on wearing his colorful coat that we made out of a brown grocery bag: 🙂




Writing Assignments in a Bible Based Homeschool


The Bible is a book of literature. In Ruth Beechick’s, A Biblical Home Education, she writes that it is unique in that you can’t categorize it as a certain genre. There are narratives, poetry, and metaphors. It is a supreme resource for teaching literature. As I wrote previously, we do a writing assignment each day. I have a different type of writing  assignment for each day of the week.

  • Monday- Creative writing from a prompt I give them
  • Tuesday-(we are at a fine arts program and don’t usually do one, but if we do it is a “free” topic)
  • Wednesday- Letter writing
  • Thursday- Poetry
  • Friday- Free topic or report


Examples of writing assignments we have done with Genesis so far this year: Creation week:

  • Imagine you are in the garden of Eden. Describe what life is like? (all ages)
  • How would you explain to an atheist your belief that God created the earth in six literal days? (6th grader)
  • Write a poem about how you feel about being created special and unique by God. (2nd grader)
  • Report on an animal of your choice, highlighting the special characteristics that are unique showing how God created it. Include classification of the animal. (all ages)
  • Illustrate the six days of creation with a description of each day (all ages)
  • Write a poem praising God for His Creation

The Flood:

  • Imagine you are on the ark. Describe the conditions. (all ages)
  • Write a one-page essay on the evidence for a global flood (6th grader)
  • Describe what the Ark looked like (size, materials, etc.) (all ages)
  • Write a newspaper article about the occurrence of a worldwide flood! (4th and 6th grader)
  • Write a report about dinosaurs or fossils and their proof of a worldwide flood (4th and 6th grader)

Creation Vs. Evolution

  • Write an essay telling why creation is what you believe. Dispute evolution. (6th grader)
  • Write about an animal that defies evolution (all ages)


  • Describe what it looks like when you arrive in Egypt
  • Write a poem about the land of Egypt
  • Research ancient Egypt and report to the family about something that interests you from that time period
  • Write a play about Joseph and his brothers
  • Write a newspaper article regarding the loss of Joseph to his family
  • Write a story from Joseph’s perspective of what life was like after his brothers sold him
  • Write about a dream you once had. How might you interpret it?

No matter what passages in the Bible you are studying, there are ways to assign writing based on them, whether it be creative writing, poetry, narrative, or informational. Be creative, and get them writing!  Writing assignments based on our Bible passages have been not only fun, but a great way to put our skills to practical use. My daughter, who is an aspiring writer, came up with a really great idea this week for a series of kids books, based on what we have learned. I am encouraging her to write, write, write. She has been inspired by the materials, and now I will help her pursue it. I just love when learning becomes a passion!

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A Typical Day in our Bible Based Homeschool


typical Day

So many of you have written to me asking if I could share what we do on a daily basis. So I will do my best to address that in today’s post. Let me start by saying…there really is no “typical day.” Everyday is different. Yet we do have a general rhythm and flow to our day.

We begin at 9:00 with our Bible passage. This time is pretty consistent each day. We have been in the book of Genesis since September, and we have been reading anywhere from 1-3 chapters per week. Each morning at 9:00 we read the passage for the week together. I like reading it out loud everyday together for five days. Everyday it speaks more to us. Each child follows along in their Bible while I read, and sometimes we take turns reading.

Every week I choose spelling words for each child from the passage of the week, and I enter them into lists inSpelling City. While I am reading aloud, if they come across their spelling word, they say, “Stop!” and they then spell the word out loud.  I like that they see their words in context each day and it helps them to learn spelling and vocabulary of many words.

After reading the passage we will discuss it. Any given week I may have pulled together some resources in preparation, such as articles from Answers in Genesis, commentaries, or using my Life Application Study Bible. We may also point out various words or translations.

Then we will use additional resources depending on what we are studying. For instance we may pull out A Child’s Geography: Explore the Holy Land to learn about Ancient Israel or Egypt. We may use Google earth to “visit” some of the place we learned. We may watch some videos from Answers in Genesis (huge when we studies Creation) or we may watch a DVD about another topic.

We may also do some timeline plotting. For instance, one time we made a “human timeline” with the kids each representing different years to get a visual of the historical events. I like to remind them the order of things in history.

Some weeks are very history focused in our activities and some weeks may be very science focused. I don’t really break these things up into scheduled “times.” They are an outflow of what we are learning in our Bible passage. When we were in Noah’s Ark there was lots of science to learn. When we were learning about Joseph there was more history. It just depends on what the topics are for the week.

While doing all of this the preschooler may be involved as little or much as he wants. I will generally print out coloring pages for him that relate to the topic, or he may do more involved activities such as sorting and classifying objects (when we studied animal classification in Creation this was perfect for him.) Or he may work on learning his days of the week {tied into creation studies, etc.}

We usually are in the Bible for about two hours and then the children begin their “individual work.” This includes their math (Math U See) and language arts. Their spelling words are practiced on Spelling City, and copywork comes directly from the passage of the week. I also assign writing assignments based on the passage. Examples would be “Explain why you believe Creation over evolution” (for the olders) or “You live in ancient Israel. Describe your typical day.” The younger ones may just draw a picture of it.

Each day we practice a different type of writing- Creative, Letter Writing, Poetry, and we have a “free writing” day. I also assign “reports” at times, which just entails picking out books from the library on a topic that interests the child and learning all they can about it and presenting it to the family.

After all of our work is finished, the kids usually go outside, do crafts, build circuits, work on the computer, or other interest led activities. Sometimes we just “veg” and watch movies 🙂

Our Bible based homeschool is just that- Bible based. It doesn’t mean every single thing we do is from the Bible, but it is definitely our foundation. We try to always point to God in all we learn, whether from the “plan” that week or not. After all, the best lessons we learn often weren’t planned.

I am flexible in our schedule as we try and stick to the flow, but I am open to life getting “in the way” at times. 

Bible based homeschooling is very natural, as we learn what God has created for us. He is the greatest teacher there is.




Bible Based Homeschooling- What Does It Look Like?



This is the first post in a series about just what does Bible Based Homeschooling look like. Today I will address why we are doing this and how we got here.

This past Spring I spoke at the ENOCH State Homeschool Convention (NJ.) While there I had the privilege of listening in on one of Mark Hamby’s talks. I love Lamplighter Publishing, and Mr. Hamby’s teaching was wonderful. Toward the end of his presentation, he made a comment that stuck with me well afterwards. He stated that if he could homeschool all over again, he would take a year  and take out all of the textbooks away and to just study the Bible. Perhaps at around the age of twelve. That statement played in my mind all summer.

As I thought about it, I didn’t think we would do exactly what he had stated, yet it made me think about being in the Word much more as a family. Really studying it. I thought about how could we NOT be transformed as a family if we were in the Word together everyday for hours at a time?

I prayed, I sought scripture, and I decided to take a leap of faith. I read Ruth Beechick’s, A Biblical Home Education and it confirmed even more what I wanted to do.

I decided to commit from September to December using the Bible as our main text. I spent a fair amount of time in the summer preparing for how we would do this (more on that to come in the next post.) Then with God as our leader, I set out to do it.

Now with several months under our belt, and no sign of changing things just yet,

I can tell you how this way of homeschooling has changed our family.


We are studying in depth the Bible as a family- we are not merely just reading Bible stories. We are digging in deep and learning so much together.

The Bible is full of history, geography, and science. It is a unique book of literature. It is full of wisdom. It truly is the greatest textbook. He has blessed us already in so many ways. I see how doing this is really a very natural way of learning. Much more natural than just breaking up subjects and teaching them at different blocks during the day. 

God has weaved together quite beautifully in our world all things-
and learning about them is also a natural weaving together of His creation and His story.


I enjoy that we are working through as a family, from the 4 year old up to the twelve year old. Each gleaning exactly what God intends for them at this time.

More importantly though, I will say that while we love learning all of those things, and while it is vitally important to learn each subject, the most exciting thing for me is what our studies are doing in our family. To all be sitting around the dining room table each morning and reading God’s Word together each day, discussing it, and analyzing it….it is almost hard to write in words how it excites me. The questions that the kids come up with-the discussions that arise-are all incredible. It has brought us closer together as a family.

And the lessons don’t stop at the dining room table. We find ourselves discussing things all throughout the day and evening-bringing up lessons we learned through God’s Word. It’s been simply beautiful.

I have seen Matthew 6:33 at work. We are seeking Him above all and He is providing for their academic needs. I see their learning exploding in all subjects, but most importantly we are getting closer to Him.

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness,
and all these things will be given to you as well.
Matthew 6:33

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Welcome to Bible Based Homeschooling {on a budget}

It’s here! The day I’ve been looking forward to!

Welcome to Bible Based Homeschooling {on a budget}

In the summer of 2012 I had the conviction to begin using the Bible as our main textbook in our homeschool. After spending many hours of prayer and research, I took a leap of faith and began our new school year steeped in God’s Word. We have been abundatly blessed by choosing to homeschool in this manner. Everything we do changes when we have the Word of God as our main focus.

At the same time we were facing a job loss and knew that we wouldn’t have tons of money to spend on resources. Thankfully in the world we live in these days, we have access to so many valuable budget friendly resources. I have found many ways to study the Bible and combine that with great supplements, all for very little cost.

In a day and age where homeschoolers can quickly lose sight of their goals, and the pressure to deliver high academics is abound, God sometimes loses His central place in our homeschool. It is my vision to use this site as a place where I can share great {budget friendly} resources, ideas on how to use the Bible as your foundation in homeschool, and to advertise deals that are helpful for a family looking to homeschool this way. In addition, I want to have a place where YOU the reader can share what your are doing. The community page is coming soon just for YOU.

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