Composition, the HomeGrownKids way

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Originally posted in Jan, 2006

Writing Strands, Write with the Best, Institute of Excellence in Writing…do we need a text or curricula in order to instill a love of writing in our children? Do we need to use it every week, every year? Surely there’s an easier way?

A lot of homeschool curricula available turns writing into a totally separate, and sometimes scary, subject, where one is asked to write on topics such as, “My Summer Holiday” or “A Pencil”. (And I’m not kidding!) When I was in grade school, at the beginning of each new school year, I was supposed to turn in a paper titled, “My Summer Holidays”. Well, I couldn’t even remember or talk about something so broad and vast, let alone write about it. Consequently, I was often told that I ‘couldn’t’ write. Many years later, I have found that this simply isn’t true! I know that now but it has taken me years to realise that I love to write, when I have a topic that I’m interested in. I certainly do not want to burden my children with similar experiences. I write because I want to – I feel I have something to say (whether or not you agree with me, the point still stands eh?) A child has to want to write!…

Familiarity with Bible Terminology

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Biblical terminology, vocabulary or jargon: do your children know it? Do you consider it important for them to know? Why? Why not?

The Bible can be hard to understand. It can seem like a foreign language. In a sense, it is. If you were going to go and live in another country where English isn’t spoken would you try to learn the native language in an effort to understand the people, the culture? Well, the Bible can be likened to that too! Learning the language, the terminology, the use of literary style…It’s hard work. It takes study. It takes time, effort, patience and diligence. It won’t happen in 10 min a day, especially if that 10 minutes a day is spent reading someone else’s thoughts on that country or language. Naturally, you’d be much better off to spend time directly learning that language eh. So I’ve been thinking that I’d like my children to have a better grasp on the Bible and God’s plan and purpose than I did…so how am I going about that? (you can see our approach to Bible study here)

What methods are you using to teach your child to study the Bible?

I’m not talking about curriculum or a book but what methods are you teaching your children to use so that they can continue with a lifelong love and habit of studying God’s word?…

Updates: new downloadable freebies at Kerugma

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Just a quick note to let readers know that I have added a few more downloadable freebies to the Kerugma site. You can find them at Kerugma, in the Download area, under Bible Study Resources.

Activity Sheets used in steps 3 and 4.

Observation Sheet : narration prompt, writing prompt or research aide

Lesson template: for devising your own lesson plans- based on Kerugma Bible studies

Idea Bookmark : for use with Kerugma Bible study

Vocabulary Worksheets

Outline of Author : Standard sheet for students to use when completing an Author Outline

Chapter Summary Form: this form can be used as a worksheet or simply as narration style prompts.

Book Report: We use these forms as part of our record keeping system.

Book Synopsis: slightly different to a book report. We use this form as well.

Attendance Sheet : Adaptable for any year

Australia, from the beginning: our course of study while reading the book by Eve Pownall. It is only a ‘bare bones’ framework but provides room for more.

What is Labour Day : worksheet for students to complete.

Kitchen Duties: see my blog post for details

Feel free to leave a comment in you have enjoyed the downloads, or if there is anything in particular that you’d like to see.