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Review — Principles of Mathematics: Biblical Worldview Curriculum

I love math. And actually, all of my children love math, too. I’ve been blessed with good math genes, apparently, and have hardly taught math to any of them their entire lives — they just get it, if that makes sense. So when it comes to math education in our house, it’s a simple plan. “Here’s your math book. Have half of the tests done before Christmas and the rest finished before summer break. Let me know if you have any questions.” There’s rarely any questions. But I have to tell you, I’ve never had a book to hand them that I just loved. We use Saxon math because it works for us, but it’s lacking one key component to their math education — a biblical worldview. Some homeschoolers like to scoff at that, claiming worldview doesn’t matter when we talk about math. But that’s just not true. We are all careful to give a science, history, literature, and logic education from a biblical worldview, but for some reason we tend to think that the very …

On Learning Styles

The Dominant Abstract Random person believes there is more to life than cold hard facts or endless details. People are more important than things, and life is too short to get caught up in conflict or uncomfortable situations. They often find themselves the peacemakers, sometimes at their own expense. It is difficult for ARs to work in situations where there is unhappiness or disharmony. For many ARs, it seems as though they are constantly having to smooth over rough words said by someone else, or apologize for the actions of a thoughtless colleague or family member. Cynthia Ulrich Tobias The Way They Learn: How to Discover and Teach to Your Child’s Strengths  (p. 46)  

not teaching latin? no problem! via lagarfias.com

No Latin? No Problem.

You can’t be a classical homeschooler and not teach dead languages. Or so it seems, the more one reads classical blogs, magazines, and advertisements. I have always disagreed. Not only because I don’t know a second language fluently, dead or alive. But something has always rubbed me the wrong way about the entire notion. My husband and I have discussed this at length, actually. Obviously, he is bilingual, and he is proof that learning another language – and culture – further broadens one’s outlook and opportunity. But he has never been a fan of dead languages, either. This is something we can agree on. See, to us, the language you choose to teach your children is more a philosophical and – dare I say it? – religious choice than a mere academic one. But I am very much in the minority here, particularly among classicists. Last night, however, while researching something else entirely, I ran across this quote which startled me. Eventually the Latin and Greek Churches became so identified with the Graeco-Roman world that within …