Our children are a gift, given to us from the Lord to train for His service. When your children are preschoolers, it may be difficult to imagine them as adults. You are probably just looking forward to the day when they will put on matching clothes or keep their bedroom neat. But in reality, we only have our children in our home for a very short time. We only have a very small window of time to teach preschoolers a biblical worldview, so we must start young because it can be one of the most valuable and foundational beginnings to our homeschool journey.How do you teach preschoolers to think with a biblical worldview?
Every homeschool curriculum package has a lot of parts—some items are designed for students, like the textbooks and worktexts, but other items are designed for teachers or parents, like the answer keys and teacher’s editions. You might wonder if all those items are really necessary. You might especially wonder if that teacher’s edition is worth the expense. Can you homeschool without it? Maybe. But I really believe that a teacher’s edition will be one of the most important investments that you will make because it will make your job as a teacher so much easier and your child’s educational experience so much richer.
What exactly makes a teacher’s edition such a valuable tool for every homeschool mom? Here are some features of the BJU Press teacher’s editions and some ways that they will help you in your homeschool.Learn what a teacher’s edition has to offer
I started homeschooling when my oldest daughter was in the second grade. My family and I quickly fell in love with homeschooling. I loved being my daughter’s teacher because I always knew what she was learning, and I could see her progress first-hand. But my favorite part of homeschooling my daughter as an elementary student was being able to train her character along with her mind.
If your child is in elementary school, now is a great time to start homeschooling. But maybe you are a little unsure about how to do it. Below you’ll find a guide for homeschooling elementary school, just a few of the things that you need to know about homeschooling during these early years.[Read more…] about A Guide to Homeschooling Elementary School
My husband and I get excited every time we hear about or meet a new homeschool family. It’s fascinating to hear their stories. Some started their homeschool journey during the pandemic because they were concerned for their child’s health. Some were frustrated with the uncertainty and crazy scheduling that accompanied pandemic schooling. And some were alarmed when they got a good look at their child’s curriculum. Parents have a host of reasons for homeschooling. But, in my view, there are no bad reasons—any reason to homeschool is a good reason.
If you are new to homeschooling, the myriad of options may confuse you. Some curriculum publishers have designed their curriculum for Christian homeschoolers, but there are a growing number of secular homeschool curriculum options as well. Let’s take a look at the differences between these options so you can understand what might work best for your family.[Read more…] about Choosing Between Secular and Christian Homeschool Curriculum
My family loves homeschooling. In fact, we love it so much that when my youngest daughter turned three, she started asking to join in. Many families start homeschooling their preschoolers like we did. She would watch some of her siblings’ video lessons; she would scribble on pieces of paper and place them in the folder where we kept finished worktext pages; she would even pretend to take the weekly spelling test!
We knew that we didn’t want my daughter to start kindergarten when she was three—she wasn’t developmentally ready for that and it would have frustrated her. Plus we wanted her to have time to enjoy being a kid. But we realized that we could do preschool activities at home with her. We could dedicate some time each day to work on some school-readiness skills through guided play. She was happy to be “doing school” like her older sisters, and I enjoyed watching her grow through our time together.Keep reading to learn more about homeschooling preschoolers