Memorize Poetry: Toward the Love and Mastery of Language

In just a few minutes a day, and for almost no money, you can do one simple thing to provide your kids with an extraordinary home education: memorize poetry. Memory is a muscle that you strengthen with use, and there are so many possibilities for memory work that you may feel overwhelmed. We focus most of our memory efforts on learning Scripture and poetry by heart. Every Scripture verse your kids memorize bears within it, by the power of God, the possibility of a lifetime of fruit. I think memorizing poetry is one of the next best choices you can make. Poetry will form your kids into deep thinkers and excellent communicators.  It promises multiple benefits: developing powers of language, expression, and aesthetic appreciation in your kids. Poetry promises hours of enjoyment as well. Continue reading “Memorize Poetry: Toward the Love and Mastery of Language”

Multiply Time Using Intentional Conversations

Create space in your busy life to have intentional conversations with your children about their school work or the books they are reading.  Rather than endless chit chat about nothing, purposefully ask questions of your children. Taking just a few minutes each day while your hands are busy to engage your children’s minds will multiply your limited time as a homeschool mom. Continue reading “Multiply Time Using Intentional Conversations”

Books About Old Testament Times

If you plan to study history chronologically and to incorporate the Bible into your study of history, here are some books to read in addition to the Bible. I gave book recommendations for the study of Ancient Egypt in my posts 10 Picture Books About Ancient Egypt and Books About Ancient Egypt for Older Readers. The Bible itself is enough, but if you’re looking for books to use as literature selections or for a family read aloud, here are a couple ideas. Continue reading “Books About Old Testament Times”