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My newest school planning helpers

I just love going to my local used home school store. The woman that runs it is a walking home school catalog. Her knowledge of all the different curricula is staggering. And there is where I happen upon most of my home school loves. My newest favorite resources are these giant, yet unassuming books. They may not sound like a big deal, but they are–at least they should be. I am in love with all … read on, my friend…

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Book Review: Beyond Numbers

I bought this book a year or so ago and wanted to give a review of it. Actually it will be more of a “why I like this book” kind of post.  Beyond Numbers: A Practical Guide to Teaching Math Biblically by Katherine Loop is the most helpful introduction to teaching math with Biblical principles that I have come across. She packs a lot of food for thought into less than 100 pages, and as … read on, my friend…

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First day excitement–or the lack thereof (and cool math revelations!!)

We started back to school today. We go year-round and will finish up next July. My Princess S was terribly excited about the whole thing. Today we covered Bible, literature, math and English. We discussed scriptures and reasoned why we should study these subjects. Then we created cover pages for each subject. After a while of this Princess S (who is 5.5) was bored and wanted to do math. It reminded me of K with Princess … read on, my friend…

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Make your own math manipulatives

It’s fun and easy to make your own math manipulatives. There’s no need to invest lots of money in these fun math helps. You can whip lots of these up in an afternoon, mostly with stuff you have around the house, and it’s fun to get the whole family involved. (These items can keep preschoolers busy too!) Decide what you really need, not just what your math program says you need. Then get busy and … read on, my friend…

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Standards of Evaluation for Arithmetic Books

We use Ray’s Arithmetic at our house and I love it. We started with it (except for a little trial of Saxon a year ago), so dd doesn’t know anything else. I found a review of Ray’s that summed it up a lot better than I could. Even if you don’t use Ray’s there are still helpful things to know below. In James Rose’s A Guide to American Christian Education, James Kilkenny lists things to … read on, my friend…

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place value

I am planning my lessons for next week. This takes quite a bit of time, even for my young ones. But it is a total labor of love. So my arithmetic lesson this week is a wonderful example of why I love the Principle Approach so much. Princess G needs to work on her numeric place value to 1,000,000. She’s doing okay but we need to continue to reinforce it. I was studying the principles … read on, my friend…

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Rose’s Guide: elementary arithmetic

This is strictly my own interpretation of how to go through this section (which begins on p.231). It was authored by James Kilkenney. Rabbit trail here: James Kilkenney’s wife is named Barbara. My parents are James and Barbara. James Rose’s wife’s name is…you guessed it. Barbara. Three James and Barbaras. Kind of odd, no? I must say that I really enjoyed this section more that I thought I would. It’s really amazing how exciting a … read on, my friend…

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Biblical principles of mathematics

Mathematics is one of my favorite subjects to discover using the Biblical Principle Approach to education. It reveals God’s character and nature in such an understandable way. God uses the language of math to give us insight into who He is. Math is infinite. It is orderly. It is predictable. It is universal and unchangeable. It is so easy for me to see God’s image in math. One more thing I want to highlight. On … read on, my friend…

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Abigail and arithmetic

We are full steam ahead in our study of Abigail. As we go through the book we are gleaning principles and learning about colonial life and character. The principle we are highlighting is America’s Heritage of Christian Character. And she’s not short on godly character. What a wonderful example of godly womanhood! What I like about this book is that it starts with her childhood (in the first person) and Princess G can really relate … read on, my friend…

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