Bible centered Education

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Bible centered Education

Postby angw8 » Sat Apr 07, 2007 2:56 pm

WE have made the Bible the centre of our homeschooling and can testify that it produces excellent results.
My children have been trained to do their own private Bible reading everyday from the time they could read fluently .
Prior to that ,I read to them everyday.
We have used the Bible for learning to read, for penmanship practise, for grammar, for history, comprehension and so on.

We read from the Bible as a family too in our morning and evening family worships .Great read aloud practise too because everyone takes turns.
For more about this read The Family That Prays Together in The Narrow Way[.

And we have found in our own experience that this method produces good test scores too.My girls were accepted into university at 15 .
Great for character too.
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Postby mdsmomct » Mon Apr 09, 2007 12:48 pm

That is wonderful to hear. I cannot think of a better "core" for your education than God's word. Now you and the children are reaping the reward!

My son is 2.5 and I try to read to him daily from the Bible but he seems to prefer other books still. I read Gladys Hunt's "Honey for child's heart" and she also encourages Bible reading daily and I completely agree with it, but how do I get him to listen?

How did you approach Bible reading when your children were this young?

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Postby angw8 » Mon Apr 09, 2007 1:40 pm

When mine were that young ,I approached it a little differently than when they were older.
I read to them when they were in bed every evening and they fell asleep on the Word of God.

During the day ,I did stick drawings to accompany my reading.The stick drawings held their interest.(The reason they were stick drawings is because that is the extent of my art ability.And they can be drawn fairly quicly .Anything that takes too long may cause the child to lose interest.A little blackboard can work for this ,a little whiteboard or a sheet of paper in your lap.)
I did the same passage for a week too.And I used any other helps I could (that were not too much effort on my part ).
Examples of these -clothes pegs (we hang up our washing ),little plastic animals ,hand actions .If there were numbers in the reading ,I used the child's hand to count them .

Let me assure you when you are reading everyday ,it isn't a preparation thing .I kept it very simple .And at that age, the day time reading was not long.The bedtime one often was though.At bedtime ,the child's main concern was that I stay .So didn't mind what I read.And it helped them go to sleep. Again even at night ,I frequently read the same passages.

Also I at that age I started memory verses.If your child can speak well ,you may want to consider these.
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Postby ScottHughes » Mon Apr 09, 2007 2:41 pm

What bible translation do you use? Aren't most bibles translated in an archaic vernacular, such as sixteenth century English?

I'm just curious.

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Postby angw8 » Mon Apr 09, 2007 2:53 pm

We do use the King James Version from the start.
My children had no problem with it because they have grown up with it.
Friends whose children didn't grow up with it ,said it took about 2 weeks to get used to it after consistent daily usage.

In spite of what many think ,the King James is not difficult.Just adjust to 'thees,thous and wilts'.
The archaic words are in the minority. :)
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Postby 4given » Mon Apr 09, 2007 8:46 pm

ScottHughes wrote: Aren't most bibles translated in an archaic vernacular, such as sixteenth century English?
I'm just curious.


Just curious, huh?
While it is true that the King James Version originated in the early seventeenth century, there are many translations that use more current language. I am not a fan of most of them, since many of them paraphrase large portions of text. The NASB (New American Standard Bible) is the most strictly translated bible in modern English. You may want to check it out. There is a New King James Version, as well. It replaces the thees, thous,etc. with more current language. If the KJV gives you trouble, maybe this would be up your alley. In our HS, the NASB is our primary source for bible study. However, we do refer to KJV quite frequently since it is more widely used to this day.

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Postby angw8 » Mon Apr 09, 2007 8:51 pm

The issue goes deeper than the language used.
I believe it is a matter of manuscripts that were translated from.

To my knowledge,the King James is the only version to have been translated from the Receptus Textus .
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Postby mdsmomct » Tue Apr 10, 2007 12:23 pm

Thank you for the advice. I will definitely use it. At night he does not like us to stay in his room so I will do more with it during the day. I was thinking we should be doing verses as he does speak very well and memorizes things quickly. Thanks again!

I grew up with the King James version and love it. But my dh insists we use the NIV since we are Catholic. I am planning on smuggling in a King James version for me and ds- I just like it better I guess since I grew up with it! :wink:

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Postby angw8 » Wed Apr 11, 2007 6:30 am

Something I neglected to mention that is in my opinion very important -I always prayed with the children prior to reading the Bible .
I prayed serious prayers too,asking God to use the reading of His word for the noursishment of the child/children.

We approach the Bible with reverence . Its not just another book.

And we often prayed again when we had ended our reading of the Bible,even if it is part of school time .

I encourage my children to pray as well at these times.
Its precious hearing young children praying "Please help us understand ...."

When reading to a young child I will read the original rendering and then if necessary give a paraphrase ,if the word if it is not part of the child's vocabulary. With familiarity this becomes necessary less and less.

Don't underestimate the value of Bible reading even to a young child.
God will bless your efforts.
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Postby clang100205 » Tue Aug 19, 2008 3:17 pm

Ang That is awesome. I am hopeing to do the same. We will also be using the KJV aka AV. My husband and I believe whole heartly to use the Bible for every aspect of life if we are to raise God fearing, God honoring children.
My husband and I also use the KJV only so that is why we are teaching them on this version. It is a 5th Grade reading level were most others are higher. Sometime we have to explain a word here or there but for the most part my Daughter understands it.

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Postby Jazzy » Wed Aug 20, 2008 5:32 am

What a wise suggestion, Ang!

My children and I have been doing daily lessons from Leading Little Ones to God, and then reading from the Bible. I let my oldest son (7) read and it is so precious to hear God's word coming from his mouth. We pray together after the lesson. I think I may add a nightly Bible reading time as well.

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Postby alexisminnis » Thu Aug 21, 2008 4:06 pm

Wow, what a blessing to hear! It must be beautiful to see your children picking up and reading the Word of God on their own! I pray that I can instill the value of reading the Word in my son also (right now he's only 21 months and so he's not reading yet) ;)
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Postby mommyto2gr8ones » Tue Dec 02, 2008 6:39 am

That sounds like an awesome curriculum to have!! I would really like to set my sights more to that way of doing school.
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Working hard on bible centered homeschooling

Postby judyh » Tue Apr 28, 2009 5:00 am

I am searching around for Christian homeschool curriculum and found someone recommending the SOW or Student of the Word. Has anyone use this before. I briefly went through the description and found it very difficult to understand. There aren't any pictures and i am thinking that my 2 kids will get bored very easily. So far, i am working hard to homeschool just using the Sunday school materials but i know its not enough.
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Postby kgianforti » Sat May 30, 2009 5:25 am

Our whole reason to homeschool is for a Bible based education. Our HS name is going to be The Narrow Gate Academy (Matt 7:14)!


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