LIFEPAC All in One Bible-Based Homeschool Curriculum

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Bible-Based All in One Homeschool Curriculum

Over the years we have tried so many different approaches to homeschooling. We have been somewhat eclectic and tried many different styles. One style that we haven’t used much is a traditional textbook approach. However, I am thrilled to share with you Lifepack from AOP Publishing today.

Next year my youngest will be in fourth grade and while we have always used a more Charlotte Mason approach, if anyone would do well with a traditional curriculum it will be him. He seems to thrive with workbooks. So we are giving it a try for geography from LIFEPAC!

What I love about this curriculum is that while traditional, you can choose just the subjects you need. Or if you prefer, you can grab the entire set and have everything DONE for you!

Bible-Based

LIFEPAC encourages critical thinking skills that promote and strengthen a student’s faith in Christ. Using the King James Version and biblical content you can be assured that it develops a Christian worldview. That is something very important to me and I know for many of you out there! The lessons are flexible and are available for K-12.

Affordable

Affordably priced, LIFEPAC is a homeschool curriculum at a fraction of the price of regular textbooks and workbooks. In addition, you can purchase only what you need, making it quite flexible for any budget.

Practical and Portable

The nice thing about LIFEPAC is that you can take it anywhere without having to lug around a ton of books. We received the Geography 4th grade set and there are multiple workbooks that make the complete set. So at any one time, we can grab the workbook we are in and take it on the go! No lugging a giant textbook around.

Inside the Curriculum

Each workbook is designed with mastery learning in mind, meaning you don’t move on until the concept is mastered. That is something  I have always appreciated in our homeschool. There is a schedule, quizzes, assignments, etc. all laid out for the student. It is very teacher friendly. LIFEPAC is not overwhelming and makes the whole process simple.

 

Visit LIFEPAC today for more info and to order your set!

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I Can’t Believe You Just Said That! Guest Post with Ginger Hubbard

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Today I am pleased to introduce to you a guest post from Ginger Hubbard, author of, I Can’t Believe You Just Said That!

Getting to the Heart of Anger in Children

With a society that puts so much emphasis on the feelings of children, their self-esteem and their freedom to express themselves, it would seem that children would not be so consumed with anger these days. However, we are witnessing more and more children with all sorts of anger-related problems, leaving parents to wonder how they lost control, what went wrong and why their children are so bitter, stubborn and rebellious. These feelings and behaviors are full-blown results of a seed of anger that was nurtured and allowed to grow rather than weeded out.

Anger that is left unchecked and not biblically handled matures and expresses itself more consistently, establishing a bondage that slowly enslaves its victim.

Parents are wise to evaluate whether or not they are modeling sinful anger through their own words and actions, consider ways they might be provoking their children to anger and learn to respond to angry children with a heart-oriented, biblical approach.

Parent Evaluation

Parents are often responsible for the habits of their children. Angry parents can lead to angry children. One way parents model anger is by scolding.

It was a cold day in February when my children asked if they could go outside to play. I gave them permission but instructed them to put on their coats and shoes first. My daughter Alex has always loved to play outside barefooted, so as she whizzed by, I confirmed my orders by repeating, “Don’t forget to put on your shoes.”

Twenty minutes later, as I was taking the trash outside, what should I find but Alex, running around on bare feet that had turned a bluish-purple color. To make matters even worse, she was sporting pants that were a little too long for her legs so without shoes, she was stepping on them. The results? Two holes in her brand new pants. To put it mildly, I was ticked. It may have been cold, but the heat building up in Momma could have warmed the whole neighborhood.

Alex had chosen to directly disobey me, but I, too, had a choice.

Option one: I could scold her by yelling, “Alex, I TOLD you to put your shoes on! Now your feet are HALF FROZEN and just LOOK at what you’ve done to your pants! YOUR DADDY works so hard to buy you these clothes, and THIS is how you show your appreciation! You just see how fast you can get your tail in your room! You are in major trouble young lady!”

Option two: I could biblically reprove her in love by gently saying, “Alex, Honey, I told you to put on your shoes before you went outside. Have you obeyed or disobeyed?” Then, after she acknowledges that she has disobeyed, I could say, “Well, Sweetheart, God says that children are to obey their parents, and I love you too much to allow you to disobey. You need to go to you room, and I’ll be there in a minute.”

To which response do you think she will be more receptive? Which one shows unconditional love and careful instruction? Which one will she learn from without being provoked to anger?

Scolding is an angry response that stirs anger into the hearts of children. We are told in Proverbs 15:1, “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” 

A wise parent will avoid scolding in order to model gentleness and self-control.

Parent-Provoked Anger

Paul warned parents to not provoke their children to anger in Ephesians 6:4, “Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” This verse contradicts those who would have us to believe that discipline leads a child to anger. Through Paul, we learn that in order to avoid provoking our children to anger we must bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. Part of this training and instructing involves loving, gentle and consistent biblical discipline. King Solomon, known as the wisest man on earth, confirmed, “A rod and a reprimand impart wisdom, but a child left undisciplined disgraces his mother” (Proverbs 29:15).

There are many other ways a parent might unintentionally provoke his/her child to anger such as: lack of marital harmony, maintaining a child-centered home, being inconsistent with discipline, being legalistic, not admitting or asking forgiveness when they are wrong or constantly finding fault. Parents do well to consider ways they could be provoking their children to anger.

Responding to Anger

Anger is a God-given emotion. It is not always sinful. The Bible does not say, “Do not become angry.” It says, “In your anger do not sin” (Ephesians 4:26). Anger becomes sinful when it dwells within the heart or outwardly attacks someone. It is important that children understand their anger and learn to express themselves without sinning. When your child demonstrates anger, consider the following three steps:

Ask your child heart-probing questions. Rather than simply asking, “Why are you so angry?” ask more thought-provoking questions such as, “What were you feeling when you hit your sister?” or “What happened that caused you to become angry?” These type questions help to move beyond behavior and words by getting to the heart of the matter.

Discuss an alternative to sinful anger. Help your child learn to demonstrate self-control while angry. You might ask, “Sweetheart, rather than hitting your sister, what would have been a better response?” You may have to make suggestions such as, “When your sister grabbed your toy without asking, perhaps you could have calmly asked her to return it. If she refused to respond to your appeal to do the right thing, you are welcome to come to me for intervention. Do you think this would have been a better and more self-controlled response?”

Have your child practice an alternative. Children learn by doing. When they put head knowledge into practice it becomes part of their lives. The training sticks better when they learn how to use it in a hands-on situation. Role-play the situation where your child demonstrated anger by re-enacting the whole scene, guiding both children in biblical resolution that leads to peace. Keep in mind, when children are learning to resolve conflict biblically by communicating with self-control, you may need to demonstrate appropriate words and tone of voice. It’s okay to have your children repeat your words in order for them to understand what self-controlled responses look and sound like.

When parents are willing to model self-control, resist provoking their children to anger and respond to anger with a heart-oriented approach, they are more likely to raise emotionally healthy children.

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Mid-Year Review of Apologia Marine Biology

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Junior Year Homeschool Science

We are midway through the year and I wanted to update you all on our Apologia Marine Biology High School Science course! We are using it for junior year, after having competed Biology and Chemistry for Freshman and Sophomore years.

We are still very pleased with this curriculum. As you all know, I love ALL Apologia products, and even though we have a partnership with the company, I’d be sharing about them anyway, because I love their products so very much!

Apologia Science courses are rigorous but they have really alleviated so much stress for me as the parent because I know that my daughter is being challenged and the coursework is preparing her for college-level work if she pursues college after high school.

Dissections

We have finally been able to get to some of the dissections. I must admit, I get kind of excited about the dissections! Ha! Really! I think they’re pretty cool. So far we have done the starfish and the clam. They were pretty stinky though, I must admit…but in odor, not in coursework! Ha!

My daughter did get a little grossed out in the starfish, and actually, I did too. Not sure why, because I had no problem with dissections in first year Bio. That frog was fascinating!

However, it is really cool to see how God has knit these creatures together down to the smallest detail. One thing I have learned through dissections is just how amazing God, our Creator is. We always talk about that as we are examining all the intricate details of these specimens.

Furthermore, the dissections are obviously a great way to do hands-on learning and you also have to chance to have your student fill out lab reports and such. Again, higher level prep work.

My daughter also has been keeping up with a test every two weeks at the end of the module. The grade is not nearly as important to me as watching her improve her study skills and take notes throughout each module. She has become such a great note taker just through these high school classes alone. I am grateful for that.

I promise to share loads of pics here and on Instagram when we get to the shark dissection. You should the size of the shark that came with the kit!  It’s currently in my garage. 😉 I kid you not…it’s big! OK, it’s not Jaws, but still, for a homeschool dissection, it is pretty cool!

Stay tuned to see us in action with the shark within the next few months!

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Bible-Based Curriculum: Little Pilgrims Theology

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Little Pilgrims Theology

A Biblical Curriculum for a Firm Foundation

I am very excited to introduce to you all today this fabulous resource for the Christian homeschooling family. Little Pilgrims Theology is a stellar product for teaching your child the Christian faith.

“Little Pilgrims Theology is packed full of sound biblical doctrine, uncovering doctrinal treasures of faith. From the core matters of the gospel, to secondary aspects of the faith, Little Pilgrims Theology is loaded with the rightly-handled word of God. This equips young learners with sound theology and helps prepare their hearts and minds for the day when they will be forced to reckon with the schemes of the evil one as he works to deceive, even the elect for a time. The instruction that Little Pilgrims Theology offers serves to guard against these schemes of the devil so that they can confidently stand firm in the faith, and more readily identify unbiblical teaching.”

Watch this video that will give you an overview of the curriculum—>Little Pilgrims Theology

Little Pilgrims Theology is video based using worksheets, coloring pages, quizzes, and a lesson plan outline. There is printed curriculum, a website, and an app. It couldn’t be easier to use!

There are several different subjects right now to teach from, including:

Basics of Faith

ABC Theology

Church History

I can’t tell you enough how impressed I was upon receiving the curriculum and checking out the website and app. It is very user-friendly and very biblically sound. The lessons are thorough and give a firm foundation for teaching our children theology and the basics of Christian faith.

This is more than just a warm and fuzzy overview of the Bible. There is meat in here, which is something not always found in Bible teaching curriculum for children. Even though it is intended for kids, there is certainly a great deal of teaching that is beyond “just the basics.”

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For example, the Church History portion teaches the origin of the church persecution, the Great Awakening, and more. I love that it gives depth.

The Theology portion teaches on topics such as exegesis, atonement, Kinsmen Redeemer, and so much more. I love that it approaches big topics, yet keeps things simple enough for children. It truly is balanced.

The Basics of Faith discusses the Ten Commandments, sin, Holiness, and more. I am very impressed with each subject. 

This is a solid curriculum that I am thrilled to have and work through with my children. In fact, I want all of my children to work through it together, and I am thinking of going through it for our family Bible time. It truly can be used for a large span of ages and the recommended is grades 2-adult. 

I would encourage you to take a look around the site and explore what LPT has to offer. Their site gives an in depth of who they are exactly what is in the curriculum. 

In a time where our faith is often watered down, especially to children, it is refreshing to see a program that teaches a strong foundation of our Christian faith, and Little Pilgrims Theology does just that.

For more information, visit Little Pilgrims Theology- website and on facebook

 

 

 

BIG LIST of Christmas Homeschool Resources

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FREE Good Tidings ebook from Apologia- devotions, copywork, experiments, encouragement, and more!

Songs for the Waiting: Devotions Inspired by the Hymns of Advent 

FREE Christmas Notebooking Pages

God Gave Us Christmas

The Star of Bethlehem video 

Prophecies Fulfilled in Jesus

Christ’s First Coming: Prophecy

Jesus’ Birth in Bethlehem

Life of Christ/ Birth of Jesus

Blue Letter Bible Commentary, Luke

John Macarthur Sermon-Prophecy of Jesus

Nativity printables- prek

Pre K Letter “J” for Jesus

Answers in Genesis, Christmas Star

Answers in Genesis- The Christmas Town video

The Star of Bethlehem Video

The Nativity Story movie

Advent Conspiracy: Can Christmas Still Change the World?

Itsy Bitsy Christmas- By Max Lucado

Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas

In the Manger by Max Lucado

God is in the Manger (Bonhoeffer)

Unwrapping the Names of Jesus

The Dawning of Indestructible Joy: Daily Readings for Advent by John Piper

Tabitha’s Travels: A Family Story for Advent

Bartholomew’s Passage: A Family Story for Advent Kindle Edition

Ishtar’s Odyssey

Listen to my podcast for more about simple Christmas ideas!

Some posts to inspire you:

Praying Over Your Christmas Cards

Christmas Schooling

Simple Christmas Podcast Episode

Clutter-Free Christmas

Real Christmas

25 Days of Simple Christmas-A Simple Story

 

Resources I love! 
The Tale of Three Trees

Little House on the Prairie Christmas

Christmas Stories (Little House on the Prairie)

 

Christmas Schooling

Apologia FREE Resource—>Good Tidings- over 40 pages of encouragement, devotionals, copywork, art projects, sciences lessons—all FREE!! www.homeschool-101.com/goodtidings

 

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Early Bird Registration is Open! Join us for this life-changing and life-giving event. You will spend two days with other sisters in Christ, tired of what the world offers, and ready to live the life that HE offers.

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Fostering a Love for God’s Word

As many of you know, my rule for myself is to set no words before my eyes each day, until I have read the Bible. It was a life-changing and life-giving decision I made years ago that really transformed my days. Setting my mind on God before anything else each day is right where my mind needs to be.

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I have also been teaching my kids to do the same.

Training my children to have their own personal time with the Lord is so important and a lesson they will take with them long after they are out of my home. And Lord willing, one they will pass down to their children. (remember, we affect future generations!)

For my youngest boy, I bought The Action Bible for him for Christmas last year. As an emerging reader, the pages were engaging, and well…for boys…just perfect. Full of action.

I find that when we read our Bible together as a family each night, many of the stories are already alive in his mind. He will say to me, “Oh, I saw those pictures in my Bible.” (when he first got the Bible he wasn’t reading solely by himself yet.)

There is no greater gift than to give our children a love for His Word.

Personal Bible time is great. Talking about scripture all throughout the day. And then concluding with family Bible time at night. That is how we are giving our children the gift of His Word and hoping to foster a dependence on His Word. It is woven throughout our day, and we know that it is the foundation of our walk.

Bring conversations back to the Lord…Ask, “What does God’s Word say about this?” Those kinds of statements help us all refocus during difficult moments or just ordinary moments. It all goes back to Him.

Listen to my podcast episode on how I read my Bible first thing each day–>Podcast

31 Days of Praying for Your Homeschool FREE PRINTABLE

How We are Reading Through the Entire Bible as a Family

 

 

Homeschool Plans 2017-2018

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As we embark on our 12th year of homeschooling (after just trying it out for one year…raise your hand if that was you too?? 😉 ) I can’t help but feel a range of emotions…from excited to… how on earth?

Anyway, this year we will have an 11th, 9th, 7th, and 3rd grader. Which when I type that out makes me realize – TWO high schoolers, a middle schooler, and only one left in elementary. Wow!

Here are our “loose” plans for the year. The high schoolers plans are a bit more buttoned up because, well…high school. You kinda have to have a more rigid plan in place (even if it goes against my nature ;))

(UPDATED AS WE STARTED OUR YEAR!)

11th Grade

Sonlight 400 American Government- History and Literature only

We used Sonlight last year for history and literature. Originally, I said we would use “Sonlight, somewhat” and follow it loosely. But to our (pleasant) surprise, we really appreciated the schedule and followed it mostly. There were just a few books that I omitted, and because Sonlight is so reading intensive, I still felt the schedule was just fine.

We were given the entire set by a friend and it is the older edition. However, it will work just fine. She has also read some of the books already in the new edition and the older one, so we will omit those. Here are the books we are planning for history and literature so far:

A Separate Peace                              Jacob Have I Loved                             The Giver                                 The Godless Constitution

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn                   Shadow of the Almighty                       Bell Prater’s Boy                      Where the Broken Heart Still Beats

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn          My Antonia                                           Eternity in Their Hearts           Emancipating Slaves, Enslaving 

Best Short Stories of O. Henry             The Grapes of Wrath                           Moby Dick                                Free Men

Basic American Government               The Portable Poe                               Julie of the Wolves                    Never Before in History

Black Like Me                                       Up From Slavery                               Lies My Teacher Told Me

As you can see, it is a lot of books! There may be a few additions or subtractions, but these are what we have now. This will also include her English requirements- writing assignments are covered in this as well.

My daughter is able to work independently at this age. Last year she had her schedule for each week and knew she had to complete it by the end of the week. Sometimes she would do more in a day if she knew that we had a busy week, but she always managed to stay on top of it. This was something that has come with maturity. Earlier on this kind of schedule would have overwhelmed her (and me!) but I find that at this stage of the game, it works just perfectly, and for that I am grateful. I think it is also good preparation for college work- she is learning to navigate independently and to take control of completing the tasks by given dates.

Algebra II- Mr. D’s Math (UPDATE: SO FAR, SO GOOD- ONE WEEK IN 😉 )

After many, many, many years (all of our homeschool years?) using Math U See, this year we are going to try something new. I have heard great things about Mr. D’s math and am going to try it for Algebra II. My daughter (and I) painfully struggled through Algebra I and truth be told, Algebra II scares me. 😉 So, this seemed like a good fit. I am actually having my son (9th grader) do it as well. He has completed Algebra I and rather than do Geometry next (which is what my daughter did) I will have him to do Algebra II this year. He excels in math and I am hoping if they do it together, he may be able to help her (and me! 😉 )

Foreign Language- Spanish 

We will continue using DuoLingo for Spanish

Lab Science- Marine Biology (Apologia)

I am very excited for this. First, because we are DONE with Chemistry! (it was brutal for us! ;)) But mostly because I adore Sheri Seligson and this is her brand new revised curriculum for this year. We also adore all things Apologia and are very excited to continue with their science courses. Follow along on Instagram and Insta-stories as I share our experience this year in real life!

Electives

Foundations- Dave Ramsey

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I am excited about this because I have heard great things!

Fine Arts- Drama, Choir, Voice, Dance, Music Theory, Performance Arts

We participate in a local homeschool program for all of these things. It is a huge blessing and the kids favorite day of the week!

 

 

 

 

9th Grade

History and Literature- Sonlight 100

My son is not nearly as avid of a reader as my daughter, so we are definitely tweaking his book list. We will use some of the scheduled books and also the writing assignments.

Algebra II- Mr. D’s Math

(see above description for 11th grade!)

Apologia Biology with Lab


Read my review of this curriculum here

Foreign Language-Spanish

Duolingo

Electives

Foundations in Finance with Dave Ramsey (see description above)

Cinema 4D

Graphic Design and Studio

Student Internship

My son is learning from my husband all things graphic design. He works with tutorials and is currently working on his own projects! This will count for school 🙂 He is also a student intern at a local art workshop studio.

An Excellent Spirit- Character Lessons from the Life of Daniel (Sandi Queen)

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7th Grade 

Math- Principles of Mathematics, Master Books

Again, we are trying something new. This particular son needs a change in math, and I am willing to make that change for something to help him. Update: So far we are really enjoying this! It is very different from what we are used to, but it is a good change.

Science- Applied Engineering  from Master Books

This is still in the air. We have loved Apologia, but again, this student learns a bit differently. Anyone have suggestions for a right-brained, hands-on learner? Update: This is a great fit for this particular son!

Language Arts/Writing/Reading

Writers in Residence from Apologia

This was a last minute change and we LOVE it so far. It is a great fit for him.

History/Literature

I am pulling books from Sonlight’s Core W list but will not follow the schedule. We will do these at our own pace:

The Bronze Bow

Adam of the Road

The Samurai’s Tale (he started it, but needed to switch to a different book as it seemed a bit difficult for him. Again, he is my struggling learner.)

The Trojan War

The Breadwinner

Number the Stars (His current read.)

Extras

An Excellent Spirit- Character Lessons from the Life of Daniel (Sandi Queen)

Created for Work

Foundations in Finance with Dave Ramsey (see description above)

Drama, Choir, Art (local homeschool program)

3rd Grade

Booklist taken from Sonlight Core B&C (read alouds and easy readers to start progressing as the year goes on)

Homer Price                            Window on the World

Charlott’es Web

Little Pear

George Mueller

Aesop’s Fables

Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Magic Treehouse Books

Language Arts

Sandi Queen Language Workbooks
Copywork
Dictation

Science

Lots of animal books plus working with our hobby farm animals. This boy has a huge interest in animal science, so that will be our studies for science! These resources will come from things we have plus the library!

Math

Math Lessons for a Living Education: Level 3, Grade 3, Master Books

Update: Loving this curriculum so far! We are so glad we switched!

Handwriting

Handwriting Without Tears Cursive

History

America’s Story (We are reading this together with the 7th grader)

Update: Loving this one too!

Extras

Art (local homeschool program)

Possibly 4H

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31 Days of Praying for Your Homeschool

Several years ago I had this free printable available, and it was also part of the appendix in my book, Called Home.

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Last year when I re-released the book, we updated this section without the actual verses. Because of my desire to have women in the Word on their own, we just included the verse reference so that you can look up the verses on your own and in the translation of your choice. There is space for you to write out the verses or how God is teaching you through that verse.

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31 Days Of Prayer for Your Homeschool

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Great Big, SUPER-DUPER, Deluxe List of Homeschool Favorites!

HOMESCHOOL RESOURCES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As we wind down this school year and look ahead to next year, I have some new favorites to add to our curriculum. I have put together a list below with lots of goodies I have shared over the years with some new favorites mixed in! We haven’t used every single one, but those I have listed have been recommended highly.

My high schooler used Sonlight 300 this year for 10th grade and we LOVED it. In the early years we felt it was a bit much and never tried again, but now has been a perfect time for us. She takes the weekly schedule and makes sure to complete by Friday (she doesn’t necessarily follow each day, but just completes the five days by Friday.) We only used History and Literature and did do some tweaking, but stuck mostly to the schedule.

So Sonlight has become a new favorite. 

Here is our BIG list of favorites and recommended resources with some newly updated additions as well!

Preschool/Kindergarten

A Is for Adam: The Gospel from Genesis (excellent resource!)

Big Thoughts for Little Thinkers: The Gospel

A Bible Alphabet

What’s in the Bible? Volume 1- In the Beginning

A Light for My Path: An ABC Book Based on Psalm 119

God Gave Us You

The Story for Little Ones

The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name

Answers in Genesis Preschool Curriculum

Leading Little Ones to God: A Child’s Book of Bible Teachings

Elementary

God Creates the World and Chooses a Family (Firmly Planted Family Study Guide)

Ten Girls Who Made A Difference (Lightkeepers)

Beautiful Girlhood: Revised by Karen Andreola

Apologia Who Am I Series

Making Brothers and Sisters Best Friends

The Donkey Who Carried a King

The Tale of Three Trees: A Traditional Folktale

Mountain Born
(one of my favorite read alouds- with Christian themes)

YWAM Books– our very favorite was George Mueller

Little Pilgrim’s Progress: From John Bunyan’s Classic

Answers in Genesis Pilgrim’s Progress Complete Curriculum

The Princess and the Kiss

Wild Thing (Winnie the Horse Gentler Book 1)

The Garden Wall: A Story of Love Based on I Corinthians 13

Imagination Station Series – Adventures in Odyssey –(historical fiction)

Little House on the Prairie 

The Gospel Story Bible: Discovering Jesus in the Old and New Testaments

The Hedge of Thorns (Rare Collector’s Series) or any Lamplighter books

The Mystery of History, Vol. 1: Creation to Resurrection (all ages)

The Story of the World

A Child’s History of the World

The Growly Books: Begin

In Grandma’s Attic (Grandma’s Attic Series)

Hinds’ Feet on High Places [Illustratred]

Rush Revere Series

The Children’s Illustrated Bible

God of Wonders

Metamorphosis: The Beauty and Design of Butterflies

America’s Providential History (Including Biblical Principles of Education, Government, Politics, Economics, and Family Life)

Genesis: Finding Our Roots

Hymns for a Kid’s Heart, Vol. 1

Making Brothers and Sisters Best Friends

Did Adam Have A Bellybutton?

 

Middle School

Sierra Jensen Collection (my daughter read through these several times!)

Secret Keeper Girl books

Through Peril and Sword (Soldiers of the General Book 1) (written by a teenage homeschooler!)

Adam and His Kin: The Lost History of Their Lives and Times

 

We Became Men: The Journey into Manhood

Foundlings (The Peleg Chronicles, book one)

The Chronicles of Narnia Complete 7-Book Collection with Bonus Book: Boxen

The Bronze Bow

Created for Work: Practical Insights for Young Men

The Hobbit

The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings (the Hobbit / the Fellowship of the Ring / the Two Towers 

A Family Guide to Narnia: Biblical Truths in C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia

Kingdom Series by Chuck Black

From Sea to Shining Sea: 1787-1837 (God’s Plan for America)

Making Brothers and Sisters Best Friends

Created for Work: Practical Insights for Young Men

High School

Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God’s Will

Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God

More Than a Carpenter

Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations

I Kissed Dating Goodbye

All C.S. Lewis Titles

How to Stay Christian in High School

Jesus Freaks: Martyrs: Stories of Those Who Stood for Jesus: The Ultimate Jesus Freaks

The City of God

The Chosen

And the Bride Wore White: Seven Secrets to Sexual Purity

Hinds’ Feet on High Places ( I love this book!)

Don’t All Religions Lead to God? (Tough Questions)

Perfectly Unique: Praising God from Head to Foot

True Love Project (True Love Project Series)

Answers Book for Teens Vol 2 (Answers Book (Master Books)

Devotions for the God Guy: A 365-Day Journey

The Story: Teen Edition: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People

Essential Guide to Public Speaking: Serving Your Audience with Faith, Skill, and Virtue

Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books

Life Application Study Bible NIV

High School Reading (newly updated!)

(these are our favorites from Literature/History and Bible Sonlight 300)

The Hiding Place

Know What You Believe

Know Why You Believe

Parallel Journeys

How to Ruin Your Life By 30

Walk to Two Moons

Children of the River

Mere Christianity

Screwtape Letters

Other Curriculum for all ages:

ApologiaHands down, best science for us. We have completed several in the elementary series, and this year my daughter is using the middle school level General Science course.  We enjoy the activities throughout each lesson, as well as the notebook activities. Apologia is a top-notch company that I respect immensely. They bring it home to God each lesson, and it is Bible-based.

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Polished CornerstonesThis is a very large book from Doorposts that my daughter has been using for a few years. It is worth the investment. It is essentially a Bible study and character curriculum with numerous topics and activities for each age level. There is also a boy version (Plants Grow Up) which we have not used yet.

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Math U SeeWe’ve been using Math U See for many years and my children all have done well with it.  I love that the DVD’s teach the lessons, and then I can help my child as needed. I also have high respect for Steve Demme, the writer of the curriculum, not just for his math books, but his heart for ministry and families.

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Language Lessons from Sandi QueenThese little gems are perfect for our family in teaching language. Each Charlotte Mason style workbook has short lessons that teach just enough without creating a ton of busywork. We have really enjoyed this series for all levels.

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A Child’s GeographyWritten by An Voskamp, these geography books are fascinating for the kids and for me 🙂 We’ve completed the first book in this series.

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Truthquest History Guide: American History for Young Students Volume 1Our family used this during our studies of American History, and I actually miss those years. Truth Quest provides a book list for each unit that exposed us to so many great pieces.

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Explode the Code– We’ve used all levels from pre-reading up to reading comprehension and my kids have always looked forward to these books. I was able to teach them all to read through these books alone in the early years.

We also LOVE Answers in Genesis and used many resources during our year that we used the Bible as our main text.
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Handwriting Without Tears Nothing helped my lefty, who-lea41XBAzK55bL._AC_US218_rns-differently- son better than this handwriting curriculum!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Favorites for Homeschool Moms

Educating the WholeHearted Child — by Clay and Sally Clarkson

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Oh, I am so thankful this gem came into my life. I had never even heard of it as a new homeschooling mom, but there it was on sale at CBD.com, so on a whim, I bought it. Best.purchase.ever. I have read that book practically once a year, marked it up, and recommended it to so many friends. It is a must have.

For the Children’s Sake: Foundations of Education for Home and School by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay

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A Charlotte Mason Companion: Personal Reflections on the Gentle Art of Learning

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A Biblical Home Education: Building Your Homeschool on the Foundation of God’s Word

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This book gave me the confidence to use the Bible as our main textbook last year. I am so grateful for the inspiration in this book, the wisdom, and the truth that pointed me to the most important things I wanted to teach in my homeschool.

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