I had my eye on the Epi Kardia curriculum from the moment I heard of it. I was caught immediately by their name alone as it conveyed exactly the type of homeschooling theology in our home! Imagine my delight when I was offered a 1st grade set to review! We couldn’t wait for it to arrive! Epi Kardia is a “historically structured, literature-based curriculum using
Searching for geography curriculum has been a fruitless pursuit for me, so I dabbled in creating my own. We discussed earth being our home, looked at maps, and located places on the globe from our history and literature studies. That was enough, but I wanted to go more in depth. When I was introduced to A Child’s Geography, Explore His Earth by Ann Voskamp, I
This is the first dictionary of the American English language. Written by Noah Webster, considered the founding father of American Christian education, this dictionary is an important asset to any homeschool library. I refer to it in our studies daily and Mr. Webster’s definitions have spurred many rabbit trails and offered a lot of insight. The green pages in the front of the book are
History textbooks have a tendency to be boring, but I discovered a series of about American history to treasure. These books do not contain dry lists of dates or a simple retelling of events. Instead, they focus on the causes behind events: people and Providence. The Mighty Works of God consists of three volumes for the early elementary years. They are not listed by grade-level,
There were just a few more pages to turn when it happened. My voice froze and I felt the tears pushing. My son grinned knowingly, “Mom’s going to cry.” It doesn’t happen very often, but literature gets me the most often. And biographies. Biographies can be just too inspirational for me to maintain my composure. I picked up a copy of Louis Braille, The Boy
Curriculum collects on shelves in our living room and peaks from boxes in the shed. A glance in either place reveals more stuff than we can realistically use. I’m so thankful for the options, but options can paralyze. So how do I choose what to help me teach my children? How did these books end up in our possession instead of others? I search for
Growing up I read book after book. However, very few of the volumes I read are remembered or revisited. At the library I checked out whatever looked interesting: Nancy Drew mysteries, Grace Livingston Hill romance novels, or historical fiction. My random searches hid some amazing authors. Now I get to discover these imaginative writers with my children. After lunch I read aloud Brighty of the
After two year of homeschooling, I heard an idea I quickly embraced. In fact, I don’t know why it hadn’t been implemented already. Start each day with worship. We read the Bible. Math lessons were completed. Spelling done. But what about ideas wrapped in melody? I wanted words from the saints echoing in our soul. Our worship time varies greatly from new music to old.