As I wrap up this school year, I can look back only in awe of what God has done. Over last summer I had a nudging in my heart to use the Bible as our main textbook. What started out as an “experiment” for just a few months, turned into the most fruitful year we have had.
This year we covered the book of Genesis and got part of the way into Exodus. I have been looking back quite fondly over all that we learned. I can clearly see God’s hand in it all. He truly was the Master Teacher.
Every thing we learned in the Bible was so perfect for all that was going on in our lives at the time. It was a very difficult year, and God truly knew we would need His Word more than ever this year. I believe that is one of the many reasons I was drawn to using the Bible as our main text.
Anyone who knows my philosophy on homeschooling, knows that my goal is to seek God first and trust the academics to follow. So using the Bible as our main text, was surely a way to do that. We used the Bible to study every subject from History, to Science to spelling and writing. (Math was still separate.) We didn’t break up our learning into “blocks” for each subject- we just naturally learned so much of each subject as we went along. Some weeks were intensive in science (the Flood for example) and some weeks were focused on History, but in the end we learned so much. It made me realize that we do not have to break up subjects into blocks of time, but just let them be learnt naturally.
This was by far our best year, yet it was work intensive for me. I had to research everything and plan assignments ahead. That was definitely the hardest for me. (I am not good at planning ahead! 😉 I like to “wing it” sometimes) From September to December was all planned out last summer, but once December came and I knew we wanted to continue with the Bible as our main text, then I had to get to planning again. I would say that was the hardest part. Each week choosing our spelling words (a list for each child), planning preschool activities to go along with it, and to pick writing assignments, etc. was the most work. I also spent time researching supplements to our Bible time- articles, videos, books, etc.
I am praying over how to proceed for next year. I Will have a 7th grader, down to a Prek/k and I know their needs are chagning. I am hoping to at least keep Bible time together and then figure out how we can study the same time period together, yet the different ages will have different assignments, etc. I also will be using separate science curriculum for them for the first time. The 7th grader will have a separate curriculum from her brothers for the first time.
So lots of changes for next year, but also very exciting to know, full well, that as I have seen this year, when I sought Him first, he provided for every need. When I take my eyes off of Him, I sink. So our first few weeks of summer break, I will commit to prayer and seeking His Will before I make any decisions about next year. Getting as close to Him as possible, makes it easier to hear His voice and know where He is leading..
This year was such an amazing year in so many ways- while our worst year circumstantially and emotionally for our family- God truly did work all things for good. Praise Him!
*I will be writing an eBook this summer- Bible Based Homeschooling: One Family’s Journey with Using the Bible as Their Main Textbook for One Year. It will be all about what we did, how we did it, and lots of sample ideas. So keep an eye out!
Also, if you don’t have my 2 current ebooks, they are available for just $0.99 each.
Simply Homeschool: Having Less Clutter and More Joy in Your Homeschool
Called Home: Finding Joy in Letting God Lead Your Homeschool
If you are thinking of using the Bible as the foundation in your homeschool, I would highly recommend Ruth Beechick’s A Biblical Home Education. I will be re-reading it these next few weeks to help me focus again.