Philosophy / Directional reading
I saw the Angel in the Marble by Chris Davies
Wisdoms Way of Learning a series of books by Marilyn Howshall
There is much on her website to glean from as well http://www.lifestyleoflearning.org
Heart of Wisdom http://www.heartofwisdom.com
I love their teaching methods. I have learnt a lot from these people. I have been challenged by HOW to see the Bible as a major part of our academic studies (this is additional to seeing our time with God as relational)
Educating the Whole Hearted Child by Sally Clarkson
Barb Smith was one of the authors I read online from the very beginning. She has changed in her journey too. She has some encouraging things in regards to highschool age students.
Charlotte Mason http://homemade.truepath.com/school.htm
Charlotte Mason is an educator from the 1800s and though I dont personally follow her method she has influenced my understanding of education and books in particular.
The book most appreciated along the lines of Charlotte Mason is Cindy Rushtons A Charlotte Mason Primer. It is easy to read, and most importantly to me, realistic. I could see myself achieving things.
For the Childrens Sake by Susan Schaeffer McCauley
Honey for a Childs Heart. Gladys Hunt
A Home start in Reading )
A Strong start in Language >
An Easy start in Arithmetic )
A set of books, great if starting with young children
Dr.Beechicks Homeschool Answer Book by Ruth Beechick a book in question and Answer form very easy to read. Answers a lot of questions
The Language Wars and other Writings for Homeschoolers by Ruth Beechick. One of the 3 major influences on how we approach writing.
Resources / Curriculum / Subject Matter
Writing: the influences on our approach to writing
- The Language Wars by Ruth Beechick
- Heart of Wisdom Teaching Method by Robin Sampson
- Notebooking by Cindy Rushton
- Writers Inc handbooks (my best resource for writing) http://www.thewritesource.com/INC.html My children have loved these writing manuals. I am using them to correct grammar in natural writing situations (as per HOW method)
Reading: (various options and choices we have made)
Reading Made Easy by Valerie Bendt http://www.valeriebendt.com/reading_made_easy.asp
LEM Phonics http://www.lem.org.au
Australian written phonics programme with Austrlian support. I don't use this programme any more but it taught me alot!
Math: Math-U-See http://www.mathusee.com
What Every Child Should know along the Way by Gail Martin
Available through http://www.gfi.org.au
I have used this book particularly for chore expectations and manners though it covers a lot more areas such as Devotional living, family identity, gifts and talents, biblical character traits, and personal safety.
Plants Grown Up and Polished Cornerstones both by Pam Forster from Doorposts. http://www.doorposts.net/
These two books (one for boys and one for girls) I use as a guide for various aspects of moral, character, and spiritual maturity. I dont follow them like a curriculum but find relevant areas to work on with my children.
Character First http://www.characterfirst.com.au
We use a range of materials from CF the school programme, the family book (Achieving True Success) and the book for Christians (Power for True Success)
Heart of Wisdom
Diana Warings History What in the World is going on here! We use this as the basis for our reading lists for History. We use some of the assignments in the curriculum but not the whole thing.
Heart of Wisdom History / Science Units
Apolgia http://www.highschoolscience.com/ (Highschool science)
http://jeanniefulbright.com/ (Primary school science)
Hands on science and math
Five in a Row a Literature based Unit study approach. We love this! We work on this f rom 5yo to 10ish (depending on the childs reading and research skills)
http://www.fiveinarow.com This website has a tremendous support base as well.
Before Five in a Row preschool thoughts and helps
Making the most of preschool years by Valerie Bendt http://www.valeriebendt.com/preschool_years.asp
All of these resources are now available from various Australian homeschooler suppliers.