Tag Archives: Reasoning

Why teach from Biblical Principles?

It’s the way Jesus taught.The Pharisees didn’t like his approach much. They wanted facts, rules. He got to the heart of the matter. He was able to sum up the 10 commandments in two principles. His approach frustrates the flesh but gives life to the spirit. There are more examples of His teaching methods than I can list here but I recommend the book Teaching Techniques of Jesus by Herman Horne. It’s good to begin … read on, my friend…

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Gentle BPA

With all the trappings of Biblical Principle Approach–word studies, 4-Ring, notebooks, the Red Books, Rudiments, etc., you can easily get overwhelmed and frustrated. Your idea of home education is not caught up in books and all that research, but in being with your children, learning alongside them. There is a way to do both. Ease into the whole BPA mindset. It takes time and effort to reformulate your ideas of American Christian education, to get … read on, my friend…

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We have a winner!

And the Freedom & Simplicity on the R Road to Biblical Wisdom ebook goes to… TRICIA! Thanks to everyone for playing. I love giveaways and hope to have another one soon. Tricia let me know where to email your book!

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R Road book giveaway

I haven’t had a contest in a long time and I love this book, so I thought I would give away a copy to a fortunate reader. Lisa Hodgen’s new book Freedom & Simplicity on the R Road to Biblical Wisdom: A “How to” Guide to Biblical Learning in Home Education is one of new favorite books. I reviewed it at The Curriculum Choice so I won’t rehash it here. Just know that I think … read on, my friend…

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Reasoning with young children (part 3)

In the final part of this series I wanted to end with some practical application, because that’s what I enjoy. Imagine the classical music playing in the background as you gather your little chicks for a day of lessons. As you finish your opening prayer your little cherub-faced angel is looking up at you longingly for some words of inspiration. You pontificate as your child sits at your feet, enraptured by your wisdom. Yea, right. … read on, my friend…

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Reasoning with young children (part 2)

Another benefit of reasoning from God’s Word with young children is that it really takes the pressure off me. I have one job to do, and it is up to God and my child to do the rest. My job is simply that of planting seeds. I am to make sure my children have the rudiments, the seeds of every subject. It is not my job to freak out about how they will ever learn … read on, my friend…

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Reasoning with young children (part 1)

There is a philosophy of education that takes the perspective that reasoning is for older children. Younger children are to be filled with facts and enticed to learn with interesting topics and presentation. I don’t happen to agree. On the surface, this sounds reasonable enough. How on earth can you reason when you have nothing to reason with? You need a certain amount of knowledge to be able to reason, to think things through. So … read on, my friend…

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and another thing…

…about that game show bothers me. To see a grown man looking pitiful, not knowing the answer and hoping a kid does, just didn’t sit well with me. Grown-ups looking to children for answers isn’t my idea of good television. Or good family harmony. And this thing of having lots of facts at your fingertips. Einstein didn’t do that. Don’t keep in your head things you can easily look up. The goal is not to … read on, my friend…

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critical thinking

Last week I had some coveted down time and sat down with the remote (mistake #1).  As I flipped through the channels I came across the game show “Are you Smarter than a 5th Grader?” (mistake #2). I admit I really knew nothing about the show but it seemd cute and my third grade daughter thought we should check it out. As I listened to the questions from the pre-tween set, I found myself growing uneasy. Some … read on, my friend…

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