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Anna Heitkemper says
I found this site through St. Thomas Aquinas Academy, where my oldest is now enrolled (14, 8th or 9th grade, struggling learner). It has “full text voiceover”, so it will read the text to the student! It appears that feature is available for all levels, elem through high school.
We loved Sing Spell Read & Write curriculum for phonics and learning to read.
The Bible. It’s easy to get distracted (for me) with curriculums that I need to read to the kids. I decided to go right to the source.
In the earlier years, I have my kids read “The Child’s Story Bible” by Catherine Vos. They each have a timer and they know to keep a bookmark and read for 30 min. each morning. That’s it. My 7 year old has read through the whole book about 4 times. Now she is reading her Bible. She reads the Proverbs for the day (chapter of the date), then continues on reading where her other bookmark is in the New Testament for the 30 min.
My 15 year old son has been using the “Professor Grant Horner’s Bible Reading Plan” for a couple years now. He reads 10 chapters a day thoughout the bible. He knows ALOT.
I’ve tried to make this a habit that they will just feel it’s right to read their BIble in the morning before they start their day.
We all read together during the day and at night with my husband.
Hope this helps someone.
That is awesome, but getting my kids to read *anything* is still tricky, so prob starting w/ things we read together is best for now. What a great goal to work toward, though!
Get the Catherine Vos “Child’s story bible” to read aloud to them. Even older kids, well even I love it. A pastor’s wife spent practically her whole life (in the 40s I think) studying the Bible and writing it in story form so it is accurate but also leaves out the geneologies and some of the inappropriate things. It gives you a good overview of the Bible.
We have been on the GAPS diet since april and loving it.
CeAnne @ Sanctus Simplicitus says
I’m guessing by the comments (I’m new to your blog) that you are Catholic, so you would be wanting a Catholic curriculum. We use the basic Baltimore Cathecism, this year a bible story book that is out of print (we buy lots of used old books) called Bible Lessons by Newton Horan, and we follow the Church’s Liturgical Year celebrating all the Feasts/Fasts/ Seasons with different books and crafts and other traditions. By celebrating the Liturgical Year we don’t miss any basics of the Faith and its a living ‘curriculum’. At the site I host I share all the file folder games, Liturgical Calendar Bulletin board and printables that we use with our kids. They all are free for anyone to use. Maria Von Trapp’s book Around the Year with the Von Trapp Family is a wonderful place to start. Another out of print and very treasured book!
Anna Heitkemper says
We do CCD at church where they use Faith & Life Series (solid teaching here with good teachers). If we couldn’t do this curriculum at church, we’d do it at home. At home I use a lighter book, “Treasures of my Catholic Faith”. Its solid but more tying it together once you have the nuts & bolts. This year, I want us to get back into a morning prayer habit, which will be just a morning offering. I want to get the full “Butler’s Lives of the Saints” and do one every day. My oldest son and I are going to do an online class through LPH (www.lphrc.net) to learn how to pray the Compline or evening prayers. I really like the classes there, which cover a variety of history, geography and Church/Bible topics. They are online, geared towards grades 4-8, are graded, take about 30 minutes or so once a week, and are economical. I don’t currently subscribe, but if I were going to do daily Bible readings, I’d get the Magnificat and use that day’s readings.
I have used mother of divine grace and catholic heritage curriculum. I love them both but use a hodge podge of different things now. I will try to post my faces in ur different sections.
We start off with a morning offering and spontaneous personal prayers. We attend mass on Wednesday morning in addition to Sunday. We also go to children’s adoration on Fridays. Before bed, As a family, we pray one decade of the rosary Monday through Friday, the Magnificat or learn a new prayer on Saturday, and the divine mercy chaplet on Sunday. We add in bible reading most days. However, this year I would like to have them memorize verses.
Balancing the Blade is good for older students
Well, there is the “What We Believe” series. The author is a very handsome man. 😉
Here is a link to a wonderful Catholic homeschool mom blog.
Our Small Hours says
We use a strictly secular curriculum, but I’ve heard that the Sonlight curriculum is the best of both worlds. I think learning about spiritual things is an important part of home schooling our children, but I prefer to keep our education of the natural and supernatural separate for now.
I think that’s great, Kelly! We didn’t have a structured faith curriculum until we later switched from designing our own curriculum, using The Well Trained Mind (classical homeschooling at home) as a road map, to Sonlight. We used TWTM from elementary school until my daughter started 9th grade and my son 7th. We were moving to South Africa as missionaries and I knew the library system would be sorely lacking and wanted my kids to have a lot of good literature. Even though we moved back to the States the following year, we stuck with Sonlight because we really liked it. Sonlight includes Bible and spiritual growth material (books, and suggested Bible reading and memorization). Honestly, I’m not the most organized, disciplined homeschool mom, so we were really inconsistent with the structured Bible reading and didn’t do any memorization, but read most of the spiritual grown the bible oriented books. As they got older, I found myself replacing some of the Sonlight provided books with my own that I wanted them to read. For example, this year my son read Wild At Heart and A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, both of which ministered to him hugely. My daughter read Captivating her senior year, which really impacted her. None of those books were Sonlight. Also, I didn’t give them “credit” for those books, but included them in their transcripts (which don’t really need to be kept till high school, so don’t sweat it yet unless you really want to!) as an attached reading list under the category of “Spiritual and Personal Growth”.