“Teaching the Trivium” by Harvey Bluedorn
–How can you give your children the tools they need to teach themselves? Long ago students were first taught how to learn. Today, students are taught an encyclopedia of subjects trivia but they are not taught the basic skills of learning: to discover, to reason, and to apply. They are not taught the trivium. Can you homeschool in a classical style without compromising your Christian principles? Classical Education must be sifted through the critical screen of the Scriptures to be transformed into a Biblical model.
“Going Public” by David & Kelli Pritchard
—–“Greater is he who is in you than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). Taking this verse at face value provides the perfect opportunity to prove it in the educational setting of our children, say the authors of Going Public. By nurturing the life and power of Christ within them, students will be ready to stand against negative influences no matter the environment, even bringing light to a dark place. They will also benefit from many of the services that the often well-financed public school system has to offer.
* when you homeschool, does it change how we participate in/ view church-body life? (ie: do you still have a “need” for a Wed. night program at church, “fun” things like hayrides, etc. if your daily homeschool life is surrounded by Christian peers for your kids, good and fun events, etc.
* Think about: list 3 things/ day to accomplish and keep it at that! Don’t get overwhelmed. Set realistic goals.
* Go somewhere only ONE time/day. Don’t run the “suburban” ratrace. Minimize activities and distractions.
* What’s ONE thing EACH DAY that brings you JOY with your children?….what comes to mind?
Are you doing that? (taking a walk, baking with your kids, etc)
* where lies the discernment/wisdom in finding a balance in the “old ways” (old books, such as pre-1900’s, old times, such as farming or pioneer life— some things homeschool’ers tend to lean towards) and the”new innovations” or good ways society has changed (ie: less racism, technology advancements, TV as resource, etc).