Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Subjects that Never Go Well

This week is backward week at works for me Wednesday which means I get to ask you a question!! I actually have two questions for you.

How do you teach your children the Bible? Do you use a program or just read from the Bible? If you read from the Bible how do you decide what to read?

My second question is for homeschooling families... How do you teach science and history to a large group of kids? My kids are 11-19 months. My oldest is advanced and my 8 year old and 4 year old have some special needs. I have tried many different science programs and have tossed hundreds of them out.

Please give me some ideas! Thanks so much!


Kerith said...

My daughter has really enjoyed the Picture Bible (a comic book version- she's almost 4) and the Mini and Maxi series of books (Over Buttonwood Bridge (The Muffin Family Picture Bible). The other book we're trying to read at bedtime (it's hard- we have a 2 year old and a 6 week old so things are kind of crazy around here!) is Leading Little Ones to God: A Child's Book of Bible Teachings.

Lainie said...

We love Sonlight! I use their Bible program as well as history to teach k-8th grade. I mainly use the materials geared toward the oldest two and supplement with a few things for the youngers. I'm always amazed at what the littles pick up!

Grateful for Grace said...

As far as Bible, honestly the thing that has ended up working the best is joining Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) and doing the school program. Four of my kids (ages 6,8, 11 and almost 13) get to go and we're all studying the same verses of the Bible. If you aren't into bringing your kids to places like that (which I completely understand... it woudldn't be my gig if we lived in a large city), then you could join and still print out the kids ones and have your kids do the lessons. Some great, great discussions!

Science- I just found something that works great. Apologia Elementary program. We were all doing it and yesterday I added the regular Apologia back to my 8th graders work. She's still doing the Elementary one with us, though because it's so good. You could really step it up with the 'older students' section in each lesson. I can not believe what we are learning.


Forever Neighbor said...

For bible I just found a workbook in their age groups, which has a worksheet and some bible verses that pertain to the page. I do that 3 days a week and then the other two I just read a chapter from one of the books we are reading. Right now we are reading Luke.
For science I am doing Cantering the Country which can be used with a variety age group.

spergerswoman said...

As a homeschooled child (I graduated in '97) I appreciated the fact that my mom realized she couldn't teach us science on the level we needed. We had an outside source (a WONDERFUL man who taught science in a public school for years, then private school & finally decided to tutor homeschool students) teach us science for our highschool years. It was a wonderful experience... hope that helps!

missy said...

I have a bible story book that is great I have had it for over 20 years and have taught all of my children out of it. Last year it was hit and miss One of my 2010 goals is to make it part of our daily routine

I do not homeschool

'Becca said...

The last section of my article on great chapter books to read to kids is about the Bible. I started reading it to my son when he was 3 1/2 and wanted to hear more of the story we had heard in church. :-) I've read stories he asks about ("Mama, where did the world come from?") and ones I think he would like. He watches some Christian kids' TV like "Dr. Wonder's Workshop" where they talk about Bible stories, so we sometimes read the story he saw on TV.

Anonymous said...

I highly recommend The Bible in Living Sound. It has been around for a long time - my siblings and I grew up listening to it (I'm 35). They are expensive but in my opinion well worth the investment. I saved a little from each of my husband's paychecks and ordered a set of CDs bit by bit. If you can't get all of them, get the Old Testament. If you can't get all of the OT, the CD book #'s 1-4 are excellent. Their website is When my sister went to Bible College, she was a lot more knowledgeable than many of the other students in her class. My daughter's Sunday School teacher pulled me aside and commented that it was quite impressive the amount of Bible she knew for being so young. My girl at 6 yrs old explained to me the relationship triangle of Asahel, Joab and Abner, which is not your more typical story about Moses or David. I LOVE these stories and am glad I have kids so that I have an excuse to listen to them again!

Anonymous said...

P.S. - Sorry for the lengthy post. I forgot to mention you may want to check eBay and see if the Bible in Living Sound is up for auction there.

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