All posts tagged: History

what is biblical math? via lagarfias.com

Guest Post – Author Katherine Loop on Biblical Math

This week, we are featuring the unique resource, Revealing Arithmetic: Math Concepts from a Biblical Worldview. I get a lot of questions from homeschoolers about how to teach “literal math,” and even more confused responses when I excitedly discuss showing our children God’s hand in mathematics. Yet when I read Katherine’s resource, I found a lot of practical suggestions, biblical principles, and worthwhile activities to make the fundamental concepts of arithmetic applicable to my family’s daily life, yet easy to share in a homeschool setting. I couldn’t wait to share it with you (did you enter the giveaway?). But I couldn’t stop there. I asked Katherine if she could share just a sample of what she teaches in her book, to answer some common questions about teaching math from a biblical perspective. Teaching Math from a Biblical Perspective by Katherine Loop Math typically comes across as a subject filled with neutral-looking numbers and equations. Yet math, like science, history, and every other subject, can be approached from a distinctly biblical perspective. And when we approach …

two great history readers for your boys and girls

Review – New Books from Amy Puetz

The Books – Ten Girls from History  and Ten Great Adventurers From the author of Uncover Exciting History come two great resources that bring history to life. Ten Girls from History and Ten Great Adventurers presents heroes, role models, and pioneers to cherish and research. Both Ten Girls from History and Ten Great Adventurers contain the original 1915 book by Kate Dickinson, slightly edited by Amy Puetz for students ten and up. The women profiled in Ten Girls from History include Indian princess Cofachiqui, colonial heroine Madeleine De Vercheres, and Civil War spy Elizabeth Van Lew. The men of the Ten Great Adventurers include British pirate Sir Francis Drake, missionary adventurer David Livingston, and patriot John Paul Jones.  Each chapter profile is told as a story, telling the tale of the hero’s life in rich detail. Both books include a glossary to easily reference the bold vocabulary words within the stories. At the close of the book, a timeline helps the student understand when each person lived in relation to each other. Many chapters include …

How can you apply the Bible to every subject? via lagarfias.com

Q&A – Applying Every Subject

A couple of months ago, I answered common questions on the biblical Trivium method of homeschooling and presented a simple way to understand it. One of my friends left the following comment, quoting from my post: “Subjects are studied on a literal level and applied to how we live, behave, and believe today, making no subject a dead or boring subject.” I would really like to hear you expound on this a bit more. I haven’t been able to get the Bluedorn’s book yet, but have been intrigued by what you have shared. However, I must admit that I am a bit confused as to how the above statement is actually “walked out”. One of the criticisms of classical education is the dry, rote memorization in the early “grammar” stage. One of the main differences between humanist classical educators and biblical classicists is application of Scriptural truth throughout all three stages of learning. Indeed, every subject the child studies should conform to biblical truth and impact his life for eternity. 1. Bible This subject is …

TruthQuest history for #homeschool students, review by lagarfias.com

Review and Giveaway – TruthQuest History

The Review  – TruthQuest History At long last, I can stop searching for my ideal history curriculum. I’ve found it –  TruthQuest History by Michelle Miller. The tagline says it all: God initiates … People respond … History happens. And that’s what we see as we study God’s hand through time with the aide of this guide. TruthQuest History is not a textbook, and it’s not even a method. It is a true learning enabler for the entire family.  In each of the ten guides covering world history from creation to modern times, Michelle provides all we need to research and discuss God’s  plan for mankind. Each lesson of TruthQuest History is overviewed with a short, easy-to-understand synopsis. Michelle explains not only what is happening during this time and who is doing it, but why. And that is the real beauty of this resource. Armed with this understanding – this biblical worldview – before reading on each subject, children can clearly see God’s hand at work in history and man’s response in acceptance or rejection …

learn how to teach your children about Leonardo da Vinci from expert and homeschool author Catherine Jaime

Guest Post – Author Catherine Jaime on Leonardo da Vinci

This week, I am featuring resources by Catherine McGrew Jaime on Leonardo da Vinci.  My children and I have enjoyed these books immensely. We had already spent a little time studying art, and my oldest son and I had the privilege of seeing the only Leonardo work in the Americas, Ginervra de’ Benci, in person several years ago. What we never fully realized was the diversity of Leonardo’s achievements and interests. Our studies in Da Vinci: His Life and His Legacy, the Da Vinci Unit Study, the Da Vinci Student Book, and Leonardo of Florentine have impressed us with the diligence, hard work, creativity, and inquisitiveness of this artist, scientist, musician, and inventor. Author, homeschool mother, and Leonardo expert Catherine McGrew Jaime shares why home educating families should enjoy studying Leonardo da Vinci. A Leonardo da Vinci Home Education by Catherine McGrew Jaime After home educating my own children for almost 30 years, I am still always a bit surprised at what people do and do not study with their homeschooled students.  Not being much …