Writing Assignments in a Bible Based Homeschool

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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

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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)

Joseph

  • 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

 

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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.

 

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Bible Based Homeschooling- What Does It Look Like?

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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.

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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}

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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.

So take a look around, discover the abundance of resources out there, and learn all the ways we can keep God at the center of our homeschools. If you have a resource or an idea to share please email me at karen@biblebasedhomeschooling.com


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Preschooling with Bible as Your Main Text

Incorporating my preschooler into our studies this fall has been loads of fun! We are using the Bible as our main textbook, and are currently studying the book of Genesis.  I have found so many amazing resources to help him jump right in and be a part of our learning each day.

Some things he has done or is doing with us:

  • Made  a minbook for Noah’s ark using this printable 
  • Learned about animal classification

 Playing a game using mega blocks to sort by color to explain classification

Sorting games with beans for more classification learning

 

 

  • We are using these fabulous letter coloring pages
  • We also use flash cards to jump to the letters I call out (sort of like Hullabaloo with our own twist!)

 

  • We’ve made a mini book about the days of Creation
  • Colored rainbow pictures when we talked about the Flood and God’s promise
  • The preschooler has joined in all of our video watching and read alouds
  • His older siblings read books to him about Adam and Eve, Creation, and Noah’s Ark
  • We’ve been reading lots of books about dinosaurs
  • Made a family tree when we learned about the family line from Adam to Noah

It’s been really rather simple and natural to include activities for all different age groups while studying Genesis. The preschooler has fit right in and I’m excited to have us all digging into the Bible together.