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The Family Goals Packet is a great resource for getting your homeschool off on the right foot. Inside you’ll find beautifully designed pages to cast vision and purpose for your homeschool. It is a 7-page PDF with a title page if you wanted to print and put in a 3-ring binder, 3 vision brainstorming pages you can write on, and 3 sample pages from my own homeschool vision. Use this packet once or every year to recast and update your family goals. This packet will be your guiding light and source of inspiration for your homeschool. Display the pages on the wall as a reminder of what you’re doing, why you’re doing it, and reminding you of what’s most important all throughout the school year.
This 7-lesson mini-course will guide you through the process of planning your homeschool curriculum, schedules, and routines for the whole school year for one or all of your children. You will learn how to view curriculum, what to plan, and how to organize it for maximum efficiency and flexibility.
Plan what you’re going to teach, how you’re going to teach, & when you will teach each subject. It includes planning pages for the week, year, & quarter plus pages for scheduling & routines checklist. THIS IS A PDF DOWNLOAD.
Elementary Reading 1 Online Course is for homeschool parents who want to learn how to teach young children (grades K-2) how to read. This covers all aspects of letter recognition, blending, segmenting, fluency, and early comprehension. You’ll have a big picture view of this subject and be able to adjust instruction with your child to meet their individual needs. You no longer have to guess how to help you child when they get stuck. You will have access to numerous teaching strategies that you can use that give you the confidence to teach reading successfully. Get yourself in a simple and straightforward routine every week or use the routines flexibly. Teaching reading will be fun and creative and help you develop habits in your child that get them reading, spelling, and writing.
This resource is 45-page pack for homeschool parents who want to learn how to teach young children (grades PK-2) how to read, spell, and write. There are 6 lessons, 2 pages of resource links that you may want to use, 15 worksheets, 18 handouts, and instructions on how to put it all together in a schedule or routine. It covers all aspects of letter recognition, phonics activities, blending, segmenting, fluency, early comprehension, spelling, grammar, and composition. You’ll have a big picture view of this subject and be able to adjust instruction with your child to meet their individual needs. You no longer have to guess how to help you child when they get stuck. You’ll have the basic training of a reading specialist. Get yourself in a simple and straightforward routine every week or use the routines flexibly. Teaching reading will be fun and creative. Your children will have those basic skills down and be better prepared for upper elementary and beyond.
This first writing course is a 6-week self-paced course for Christian homeschool parents to learn the basic skills of teaching writing. The course starts off with an introduction to the biblical foundations of writing where parents can learn and teach the principles that undergird the subject of writing. Letter formation, spelling words, and basic sentences will be studied in depth. Parents will also be equipped to set up routines that help children build mastery. You child can learn the disciplines of writing fluently and gain the confidence they need to write and communicate Gospel truth to their generation.
This packet has penmanship practice pages for every week in the school year. It shows you the progression children should go through from forming the letter a to writing sentences. You can make a copy of the exact page you need for the week. Use the same sheet for the whole week practicing a line or two every day, or make multiple copies of that page for daily practice. You can also reprint a particular page from a previous week if you find that you need to go back and practice. You will also find guidelines for penmanship and pages to practice the common 70 phonograms. This packet of PDF’s have over 85 pages and will last you 2-3 years and help your child build a solid foundation for writing intelligently, fluently and legibly. They will not only learn how letters are formed (where they begin and end), they will also learn the sounds of the letter, and know exactly where they go on the paper. Also included are different sized lines for progressive writing. Beginning students will have fat lined paper and gradually progress to regular sized lines. See product gallery for samples.
This writing course is a self-paced 5-week course for Christian homeschool parents to learn the basic skills of teaching informative writing. The course starts off with an introduction to the biblical foundations of writing where parents can learn and teach the principles that undergird the subject of writing. The basic paragraph and how to give a paragraph a unique style will be studied in depth. Parents will also be equipped to set up routines that help children build mastery. Even if your child doesn’t like writing, they can learn the disciplines of writing proficiently and gain the confidence they need to write and communicate Gospel truth to their generation. Lessons will take the parent about 5-6 hours to learn and prepare to teach.
Informative Writing Workshop is a 12-week online class for students ages 10-14 (grades 4-8) with the support of parents. This course is more than just a writing course. Beyond building proficient writing skills in basic paragraphs, it’s a writing course in the biblical worldview of writing and proper development of language and communication, which includes reading, listening, thinking, speaking, and writing. It’s a simple course that teaches basic skills that can be practiced and mastered over time. The lessons are not complicated and each skill taught builds upon the previous skill. There are no skipping lessons. Simply start with the first lesson and go at your own pace.
Narrative Writing Workshop is an 8-week online course for Christian homeschool students ages 10-16 to learn the biblical principles of writing, what narrative writing is, and how to write multi-dimensional stories. Parental supervision required. Topics include narrative introductions, settings, characters, plot, point of view, theme, and style. Students watch instructional video and complete weekly assignments that progress throughout the course.
High School Writing is a 24-week online course for Christian homeschool students in high school. We will explore the biblical foundations of writing in each lesson, what the different types of writing are, and how to integrate biblical principles in your essays. Topics include the informative essay, the narrative essay, the persuasive essay, and many more types of writing. Students will need to be able to write a basic paragraph with minimal mistakes in grammar, structure, and coherency.
This a great resource for helping children visualize how God works through men and nation to forward the Gospel. You can print the 10 links, put them in sheet protectors, and hang them on your wall in your homeschool space and allow students to review it every time they study history. When studying a certain part of history, students will be able to place that event on this timeline and reflect how it has advanced the Gospel and God’s providence. The links on this timeline each highlight a key event that led to Christ. The Creation and Moses links foretell the coming of Christ. Paul spreads the Good News to the world. Wycliffe made the English Bible available to the common man. Columbus and the Pilgrims brought Christ to the New World. The Patriots and Pioneers took the principles of Christ to every aspect of life in their land. Even when studying ancient cultures, you can compare what you’re learning to the Gospel contribution of the early links. When I homeschooled, this timeline stood up on the wall every year and we referenced it all the time. Children learn to see God’s hand in history and are able to understand His story of liberty for the whole world!!
History Study – This resource is study of history the whole family can do together!!! There are 4 lessons with 10 different reading and writing assignments that dig deep into the text of Bradford’s history. You’ll be challenged to think deeply and reason with a Biblical mindset. Learn what led the Pilgrims to leave England and all the struggles they went through to come to America. You’ll be astounded by the trials they overcame and the faith that sustained them. Their example is a shining light in history of how they planted the seed of local self-government in America with the care and supervision of God. You’ll be inspired to live out the same kind of faith and courage in your life for the sake of the Gospel and God’s glory. Includes coloring pages for the younger kids but assignments can be adjusted to the reading and writing level of your children either by writing less or spreading it out to multiple days.
This is an online course for the whole family!!! There are 4 lessons with 12 short videos that can be watched in less than an hour and optional reading and writing assignments to extend the learning experience. Learn what led the Pilgrims to leave England and all the struggles they went through to come to America. You’ll be astounded by the trials they overcame and the faith that sustained them. Their example is a shining light in history of how they planted the seed of local self-government in America with the care and supervision of God. You’ll be inspired to live out the same kind of faith and courage in your life for the sake of the Gospel and God’s glory.
This 18-page packet is for studious upper elementary, middle, and high school students to do a literature study on a book of their choice, maybe even a short book of the Bible, like Jonah, perhaps select chapters from the story of Joseph, or a history book. It includes notebook pages that are done independently with parent help and guidance as a free flowing way for students to do an in-depth study of their novel or chapter book. The notebook pages guide students through an intentional study of the biblical purpose of literature (which can be spread out over several weeks); composing their own title page; studying the author background, vocabulary, setting, characters, plot, theme, style, and factual information; researching and analyzing key words; using a T-Chart to analyze internal/external characteristics, before/after, cause/effect, problem/solution, or compare/contrast; reasoning through the biblical principles from topics in the book; and writing a three-paragraph book review. This resource is great if you want to develop in your child strong comprehension skills, critical thinking skills, and a biblical reasoning skills. Older children will be able to do it more thoroughly than younger children, but it’s meant to be 85% complete to get the most benefit out of it. This packet can take up to 3 months or longer to complete (if you complete every page which is optional). This is a resource you can use every year as students grow in their ability to learn and study. Children will be able to share their knowledge of the book with others and gain confidence in their own scholarship abilities.
Literature Study ~ Paths of the Seas is a 10-week online course for Christian parents and kids ages 10-16 to learn who Matthew Maury is, how God used him, and why his work is so important. We will explore the excellence of biblical reasoning, the beauty of the English language, and the majesty of the ocean through the study of the classic children’s book Trail Blazer of the Seas by Jean Lee Latham. Gather your children twice a week as I lead you through the book and how to study it together.
Fractions for Kids is a 10-week self-paced course for Christian kids ages 10-16 to learn the biblical foundations of math, the straightforward methods for solving fraction problems, and the techniques to explain their work. Topics include converting, reducing, simplifying, adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing proper fractions, mixed numbers, and improper fractions. Simply start with the first lesson, practice each concept to mastery, and go at your own pace.
This 3-page resource is great for planning what you can do for your preschool kindergartener as I show you a sample of what can be accomplished. It covers every subject and what to buy for every subject such as Bible, phonics, reading, spelling, writing, history, geography, science, math, literature, listening, speaking, art, music, cooking, foreign language, library, PE, chores, nap/quiet time, technology, and health. It includes a list of links of resources you can buy and a sample schedule of activities in 10-20 minute time blocks. Pick and choose which ones interest you and plan your homeschool routines in an intentional way while also still being flexible. THIS IS A PDF DOWNLOAD.