Francis Schaffer, a well known theologian, said this, “What we believe is how we shall live.” Therefore, we will start this presentation by declaring what we believe to be truth…
- Every person’s purpose in life is to “glorify God” to know Him through Jesus Christ and to make Him known.
- Parents are ordained by God to disciple “teach and train” their children “in the way that they should go”.
- Discipleship is the Biblical method used to educate “teach and train” each student to be complete in Christ…Spiritually, mentally, emotionally, academically, physically, & socially.
- The Bible is “inspired by God and good for training & teaching” in every subject.
- The teacher/pastor/mentor/coach’s job is to support and help the parents in their task to disciple (Biblically educate) their children.
- Demonstrating God’s love to others is the disciple of Christ’s highest goal in all relationships.
Since we believe these statements to be truth, as disciples (students) of Christ, we are “eager, obligated, and not ashamed”, to seek and implement a Biblical plan to disciple (reach and train) our God given students (children).
The SOW Curriculum is designed to disciple any student. The following are the SOW Curriculum’s many unique characteristics…
- Biblical vision…The goal is to know God; the method is discipleship, and the main text is the Bible.
- Accredited Resources … The recommended resources meet national standards for grades K-12th…Bob Jones, ABeka, Rod & Staff, IEW, AIG, & more.
- Integrated subjects …There is a unique focus on the Bible in every subject (not history, literature, principle, or doctrine) creating a special bond between all the subjects… spelling correlates with writing…writing to English, etc..
- Discipleship approach… Each student is taught how to pray, study the Bible inductively from Genesis to Revelations, obey the Scriptures, be a good steward, defend the faith, walk in the Spirit not the flesh, share the gospel, serve others, make wise decisions, and more.
- Individually paced learning… This is achieved through personal schedules, step by step lessons, one on one instruction, check outs, & various skill level worksheets and charts.
- Nondenominational …Utilizing parental guidance, inductive skills, critical thinking, various sources, the Bible (any version) as the main text, assures a nonbiased education.
- Multi-level instruction …Whole concepts & various skills transcend grades, abilities, or ages. For example, the first week all of the students will read and outline Genesis 1, study the character of God, a topical study on creation, science is Theology (study of God), writing “Proving the Existence of God”, Elective- A Banner of God’s names, and penmanship, Hebrew/ Greek, English and spelling skills are learned using the key Scripture verse, Genesis 1:1.
- Mastery of whole concepts & various skills… The language arts (Bible) section includes outlining, word study, topical study, setting, character study, & application.There are 12 kinds of writing… biography, poetry, letter, comparison, journal, etc.. History, science, & geography are unit studies that alternate and require the student to complete timelines, projects, diagrams, observations, experiments, reports, biographies, maps, surveys, and various studies of cultures and their resources, governments, arts, religions, etc.
- All students inclusive… K-12th, special needs, and/or English second language students learn by skill & concept repetition, step by step lessons, utilizing oral, drawing, & writing to communicate, and wisdom application.
- Family oriented…Devotions, co-ops, home management, multi-level learning, and special elective activities such as camping, holiday traditions, etc. create family unity with purpose.
- Life skill training … Ministry (elderly, sick, etc.), vocation (volunteer work with a veterinarian, electrician, nurse, lawyer, etc.), life (cooking house maintenance, etc.), single/marriage mentoring (women/men’s discipleship groups, workshops, books, etc.) are encouraged.
- Biblical view…Wisdom achieved not just knowledge acquired because the Bible is the main text & inductive skills are used in order to draw out the truth in every subject.
- Testing & evaluating…Diagnostic and/or achievement tests, student progress reports, & subject evaluations of completed lessons keep the parent & government officials informed of the student’s progress.
- Personal & home management … Schedules, student progress report, Spiritual/Carnal traits, time management, & other charts train the student for excellence in all areas of Christian living.
- Comprehensive education…There are step by step lessons in all the major subjects such as Bible, Prayer, Penmanship/Memory, Creative Writing, Literature, English, Spelling, Speech, plus various Electives, such as music, art, etc.. Science is taught by topic, geography by each continent, & history in chronologoical order; exception… Math is not included.
- Inductive method… Analytical questions (who, what, when, where, how, why), research (finding answers using various sources), critical thinking (recall, sequencing, comprehension, etc.), communication (speaking, drawing, writing), and application (observation, interpretation, application) are used to draw out the truth in every subject.
- Support system…Access to experienced and degreed educator to train & teach, answer questions, give advice, etc. via blogs, email, phone consultations, workshops, co-ops, online classes, etc..
- Easy Implementation…The SOW is written so that 6th-12th graders can independently use the SOW in every subject by following a specific schedule, scope & sequence, & lessons with skill level worksheets in every subject. These unique aspects of the SOW, also, make it easy for teachers to teach the instructional grade levels, K-5th.
- Friendly Budget… There is no need to purchase multiple texts for each grade level per subject and student (12 years x 7 subjects = at least 84 texts to purchase). The SOW resources recommended for each lesson in most subjects are used by all the students regardless of age or grade and for multiple years … dictionary for spelling, English handbook, encyclopedia for geography, etc..
In conclusion, Jesus’ last words to His discipls were, “Go and make disciples teaching them all that I commanded…” When we became “Students Of the Word” by depending on God’s Spirit and focusing on His Word our way of thinking and living were changed. I remember teaching Matt 7, “Love your enemies, pray for those who despitefully use you, and bless those who curse you.” the traditional way… not literally but figuratively, my son who was 7 at the time. Corrected me, saying that it explained in Scriptures what Jesus meant… :to turn the other check when slapped and to give your coat when asked.”
We were and have been tested many times with this command. Example, neighbor’s drums and a neighborhood bike gang. It is not always easy to be a follower of Jesus but it promises great rewards, if we walk by faith in His Word and Spirit… “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, and self control.” Galatians Regardless of the choices our children, when they leave our home, or other families make, are we prepared to say, “As for me and my house, we choose the Lord.”
The SOW Curriculum consists of…
- SOW TE/RE & SE Editions: Volume I
- SOW TE & SE Editions: Volumes II-VI
- SOW Skill Level Worksheets…K-5th, 6th-12th, and Advanced.
- Various SOW Workshops …”Why Christians should Homeschool…the Vision!” “The Uniqueness of SOW”, & “How to SOW K-5th, 6th-12th, & Advanced”, “SOWing with Special Needs”, “Home Management”, “Planning and Implementing Goals”, etc.
For more information, contact Merle Reece… email@example.com and/or visit the SOW website… http://www.sowcurriculum.com/ .
Check out the SOW blog for interesting articles such as “How SOWing changed an autistic child’s life” … http://sowcurriculum.com/blog/?p=771
Since we began homeschooling our children, we have had the opportunity to meet and fellowship with hundreds of homeschoolers. We have noticed some common attitudes and interests among the movement as a whole. In general, we have observed there are two main forces motivating parents to homeschool. The two forces could be characterized by the terms reactionary and visionary.
The reactionary motive characterizes a family who is reacting against something negative which their child could be exposed to outside the home. This could be the violence, drugs, and immorality prevalent in schools today, the poor quality of education, the high cost of private school, or some other major concern. Many times it is a combination of these concerns. Whatever the cause, the result is the same–a strong conviction not to expose their child or family to negative influences. This reactionary posture has positioned them against something rather than for something.
The visionary motive is characterized by a family which is moving with a purpose. They sense a divine call from God to raise a godly heritage–one that is built on a foundation which cannot be moved, the word of God. Education is not a burden forced on them, but a stewardship entrusted to them by God.
God is calling every Christian parent to be not only reactionary, but visionary as they educate their children. It is true, that God uses reactionary situations to get our attention. However, once we see the problem, we also need to see the solution. God is not merely calling us away from something; He is calling us to something. God is more concerned that we see the great picture. Our calling as Christians is to know God and make Him known. He has already provided the method to accomplish this purpose. Jesus’ last words before He ascended into heaven were to all His disciples “make disciples”. As Christians and disciples of Christ, we need to be obedient to this great commission and make disciples of our children. “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20
We believe, Jesus Christ is the master of all teachers, so we should teach our children “to observe all things that He has commanded”. His commandments are found in the Word- the Bible. If we determine in our hearts to seek God’s purpose and method for educating our children, then we can be assured His desire is for them to be… “Students Of the Word.” “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing … if you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this is My Father glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be my disciples.” John 15.-5,7-8
The SOW (Student Of the Word) K-12th Curriculum is a practical tool that helps the visionary Christian parent reach the goal of raising disciples…a godly heritage unto the Lord. As we set out to develop a Bible centered curriculum that would disciple our children according to the Word of God, we knew there would be a cost involved with that decision. We chose what we considered to be a higher call than norm. In the New Testament, there was a cost when people chose to follow Christ. Many times it meant death or giving up worldly things in order to pursue God’s Kingdom. “And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life.” Matthew 19:29
Personally, we believed, we could not disciple our children fully, unless, we homeschooled … being actively involved in the setting of goals, implementing a plan, scheduling their time, demonstrating how to be a disciple of Christ, and overseeing all their activities and relationships. When we made the decision to homeschool, we stepped out in faith. If you decide to make disciples and not just educate your children by teaching them the Bible using a Bible-centered curriculum, then you have chosen to put studying God’s word above every other subject. This does not mean that the other subjects are discarded. However, it does mean that your first objective is to raise godly children in this world, regardless of their abilities, their choice of vocation, or single or married. “By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.” Hebrews 11:24-26. In fact, you will find that God gives His children, who obey Him, favor and blessing wherever they go.
In conclusion, we believe; God raises men up for His service. As Christians, our purpose is to glorify and serve God, not ourselves. As we commit our homes and families to the Lord and continue to sow God’s word into our children, we are confident God will give each of us wisdom and reward those who seek His kingdom first.“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:34.
Biblical principles about anger, I have learned and practicing…
1. “The anger of man does not accomplish the righteousness of God.” Nothing good comes out of anger. In fact it creates the opposite results; it is destructive.
2. Anger is sin (not God like but self indulgent) so when I do it, I need to confess to God and the offended that I have sinned. “if we confess our sins, he is faithful to forgive them and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
3. “A soft answer turns away wrath.” Practice giving calm, truthful replies to the situation or person. It is better to say nothing.
4. Leave the situation physically or mentally (closing your eyes or ears) and ask God for the power to overcome this sin and for wisdom in the situation. Do not return till ready to minister in peace (a calm place of mind)..
5. Isolate or separate the offenders and have them read, meditate, or memorize Scripture about anger. Ask yourself, ”What is God saying or want me to do?” Jesus went alone to the mountain top often; we need our mountain tops with God.
6. Let God fight your battles with prayer. By faith pray over the situation, person, etc. Do not worry or be anxious about anything but with thanksgiving let your request be known to God and the peace of God that surpasses all comprehension shall guard your heart and mind in Christ jesus.”
7. “A wise woman builds up her house.” Set boundaries or rules with consequences of actions for yourself and others such as …Do not talk or answer or give anything to a person who is whining, screaming, etc..
8. “Love, pray, and bless your enemies”. Find ways to “bless” do good towards the other person with what you say and do like hugs and kisses, or saying “God oves you;I love you”.
9. You and your loved ones do a personal study from the Bible on anger vs peace. Place Scripture around the house…bathroom mirrors, refrigerator door, car dashboard, etc.
10. “Choose life not death, good not evil, blessing not cursing”. “As for me and my house, we will choose to serve the Lord.”
Praying for us all to “walk in Spirit, truth , and love.”
While in the wilderness, do the essentials…
God put order in the camp by providing laws for the people to follow and the Tabernacle for them to walk with God (repent of sins and give thanks).
The kind or type of curriculum using is not important!
What is always important… your family goal, the plan to reach that goal, and the resources needed to accomplish the goal!
If our purpose is to glorify God anytime, anywhere then we should be accomplishing the same purpose that Jesus did when He was on earth…to know God and make Him known.
The next question is how do we do this. Some things are the same no matter what is going on in our lives… PRAYer, Bible study/meditation, walk by faith in the Spirit not the flesh, be good stewards, and to love/bless others. And of course we have to work to eat, keep a home to live in, and obey any government edicts as much as possible. Jesus had to do all these things as well.
I remember one of our wilderness times… we moved to Mississippi and it took us a year to clean the land cutting down trees and clearing trash, etc. Each day we helped with the building of our house but also the maintaining of our home which was an abandoned building on the site., and we also had to maintain our business to eat and pay taxes, etc.
But we made sure we kept the basics… meals, cleaning the home and ourselves, personal devotions and family devotions, and we would reward ourselves on Sundays for being faithful to the tasks that week by having an all day fellowship with other families on Sundays…meal, games, worship, Word, testimony, Lord’s supper, etc..
It was a hard year, it took denying ourselves, doing the task faithfully, and walking in the Spirit.
We daily SOWed like this…we each had a notebook that we would write love letters to God praise, repent, ask, and yield. I chose a book of the Bible to study (BTW… I do this for holidays, summer time, etc.) like Proverbs or Romans, etc. In our notebooks each day we would choose (as a family or individually) a KSV and a summary (what=topic, who= character, events=how, setting=when & where, and the application= why) of each chapter. The little ones drew pictures and words. We would share for family devotions. Any flesh characteristics we would bring to repentance immediately giving consequences of actions. I also picked out a good Literature (SOW has lots of selections) book that we would read as a family together or go to the library and have them pick out a book each to read. You could check out great decoumnetaries to use for science, geography, & history to watch each night as a family. Saturday nite was game, movie, etc. with special meal, snacks, desserts. Those who earned it participated, those who did not, did extra chores. They will never act up again if they have to do that while everyone else is enjoying themselves. Keep tract of their flesh & spirit traits in their notebooks with marks, erase bad marks for repentance and being a blessing to the offender. Remember parents are the Moses in our family bringing them to the Promise Land. If you let them they will grumble & complain, and even want to stone you, and go back to Egypt. “Be of good courage and do not be afraid for God is with you where ever you go.” Joshua
Praying that God will give you and your family wisdom, peace, provision, healing, etc. !
May God Bless,
This is what I am learning form the book of John…
The author of the book of John was the Apostle John. He described himself 4 times as the “disciple whom Jesus loved”.
Why was John so confident that Jesus loved him?
John had walked intimately with Jesus for 3 years; the only disciple that was with Jesus throughout his ministry and witnessed Him … change water to wine, walk on water, feed the 5000, cast out demons, heal the blind and the sick, resurrect the dead, love the Samaritans, forgive prostitutes, rebuke the Pharisees, arrested in the Garden, die on the cross, and resurrect form the dead, and also hear Jesus …teach truth- “Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth”, “love your enemies”, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.”, etc..
Jesus’ love for John so impacted his life that he gave up his job as a fisherman to become a disciple of Christ, an out cast of Israel, persecuted by his own people, a criminal to the Roman government, a Bishop of Ephesus, and exiled to the Isle of Patmos. While there, he wrote the gospel of John and the letters John 1,2, & 3 and Revelations before his natural death in 98 AD.
“We love because God first loved us.”
As I went to sleep that night thinking on these things, I woke up and wrote this poem…
I am loved!
by Merle Reece
He is interested in all I think, say, and do. He listens attentively to all my past failures, preset troubles, and future dreams. I am loved!
He can tell what I am feeling by the expression on my face. When I am sad, He comforts me. When I am glad, He rejoices with me. I am loved!
I know I am important to Him because He is never too busy to make time for me. I am loved!
He gently corrects me when I am wrong and helps me find the truth in all things. I am loved!
No matter what I have done or said, He has never rejected or abandoned me. I am loved!
Nothing is too hard or difficult for Him to talk about. He answers all my questions patiently, gently, and truthfully. I am loved!
He does not mock, curse, slander, or speak crudely or rudely of anyone and especially me. I am loved!
I can trust Him to do what is best for me, because He serves me generously, gratefully, and sacrificially. I am loved!
He is not afraid to tell me the truth and is quick to forgive me when I am wrong. I am loved!
Though I have a lot of fears, doubts, and anger, He died for me anyway, so that I may live forever with Him. I am loved!
Have you ever met someone who truly loved you?
I have… His name is Jesus!
No matter what age, we had “quiet time” from 1-3pm in bed. For infants-4 that usually was a nap. The older ones could play a quiet game (no computer or cell phone) but a puzzle, Legos, draw, or read a book. No one could not talk or interact with anyone else. Breaking this rule meant an extra clean up duty. Why?… Time to read a book, devotional, prayer, nap, rest, think (a great luxury in today’s world). Everyone learned to be creative and to be by themselves not demanding attention from others.
Mom time…to make phone calls, plan, rest or nap, hobby (sew, etc.). I would recommend “quiet time” for any home…”So then let us pursue the things which make for peace” Romans 14:19
Hours spent learning a subject transfer into credits…the SOW is overly sufficient to meet the required needs for high school students, except in math, chemistry, and foreign languages (Hebrew/Greek introduction only).
History, Geography, and Science alternate…
- World Geography -7 continents, the Middle East region, your home country, and your home state for 3 weeks each … 10 X 15 days = 150 hrs.
*Also add hrs. that include the preparing and presenting of a geography project each year,
- World History taught by timeline (periods) such as Mesopotamia, Babylonian, etc.; also history taught 1 week in each continent study…30 x 5 = 150 hrs.
*Include preparation and presentation of history project each year.
Note… American History & Geography included in World History & Geography. Art, Literature, Religion, Government, Culture, etc. are taught every week in both Geography & History making this an extensive study.
- Science taught by topics…
- 21 x 5 =105 hrs. in Astronomy/Earth/Origin
- 36 x 5 = 180 hrs. Botany/Zoology/Human Anatomy/Health
- 20 X 5 = 100 hrs. Physical/Chemical
- No Chemistry
*Add hrs. for preparing and presenting experiment/project every year.
- Grammar= 144 hrs.
- Literature=144 hrs.
- Writing=144 hrs.
- Speech=144 hrs.
- Spelling/Vocabulary=144 hrs.
- Bible… over 700 hrs. in inductive study & history.
- The SOW has 144 hrs. of electives…music, family traditions, arts/crafts, home economics, community service, drama, field trips, etc…. See Electives.
- SOW teaches home management & time management skills daily… See Charts.
- SOW encourages sports (weekly) & PE (daily)…See PE.
- SOW endorses Biblical mentoring/apprenticeship in every area of life…vocation, ministry, life, marriage/single/family. See Apprenticeship.
- The SOW Co-op section has suggestions for weekly fellowship, sharing (speech), classes (hands on activities/labs for each subject), playing (alternate sports), outreaches, field trips, etc..
- End of the year SOW Graduations celebrate the student’s completion in each subject in which a scrapbook is exhibited, a project in each subject is prepared and presented, and a diploma/certificate given, pictures, invitations, and refreshments provided. Seniors are given special recognition.
- SOW recommend using the SOW Student Progress Report to record all resources, hours, grades, tests per subject.
- New…The SOW now has an Advanced Skill Level for advanced high school students (who have used the SOW for a year), Bible college equivalency, or adult discipleship which covers every book of the Bible; World & American History, Government, Geography, Art, Literature, Religion, etc.; all English, Vocabulary, Writing, Speech skills in 2 years.
Biblical discipleship is the focus of the SOW Curriculum. We believe God’s Word to be true and will invest our lives proving it …
2 Timothy 3:16,17 ”All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,
that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
*Contact Merle Reece for more information…1225-590-3444 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Though each age is important, this is a critical time in a young person’s life. The Bible warns us that Satan tempts us at an opportune moment; this is that moment. They are facing monumental mountains, giants, walls, etc…. body changes, testing of their faith, peer pressure, flesh desires at their peek, the lure of the world, contradictions that they observe in how we live and what we say, different Christian interpretations, and future decisions of vocation, married or single life, ministry, etc. weighing on their minds.
You will need to be united as a couple walking in the Spirit and in the Word using every weapon in Ephesians 6 available during this time.
*I will share what we did and what I would do differently…
The name of our home school was SOW Reece Academy of _____ (city, sate with address).We SOWed year round (breaks in December, April, August & holidays), 4 days a week (Co-ops- Fridays).
The high school student used a SOW weekly schedule, SOW daily accountability sheet, SOW skill level worksheets, recommended SOW resources, & SOW SE.
*Suggested SOW High school schedule..
- Breakfast (protein, grain, fruit, & dairy)
- Chores (personal hygiene, bedroom, kitchen duty, & house duty)
- SOW PRAY (Praise, Repent, Ask, & Yield) Letter
- SOW Bible Study (read, inductive, precept, survey & application)
- SOW English (parts of speech, punctuation & capitalization, sentence)
- SOW Writing -paragraph or essay (notes, outline, essay, dress up, edit)
- SOW Language Arts (Spelling/Vocabulary, Penmanship, Foreign Language, Memory)
- Lunch…protein, vege, fruit, grain
- Maths…Consumer, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II… Math not included.
- SOW World and American History or Geography (Government, Map, Literature, Art , Report, Biography, Timeline, Missions, Military, Religion, Literature, Family Tree or Current News)
- SOW Science… Creation, Earth & Astronomy, Physical, Botany, Zoology, Human Anatomy (Report, Biography, Illustration, Biblical view, Timeline, Observations, Illustrations, Experiment/Project) Chemistry not included.
- Foreign Language…Sign Language, Latin, Spanish I, Spanish II, Hebrew/Greek… Not included in SOW except Hebrew/Greek introduction.
- SOW Check out…1/2 hr with each student to review schedule, check work completed, reteach, if needed, and introduce new concepts, check daily time sheet & give reward or consequences (teach principle of walking in the Spirit)
- Exercise…1/2 hr aerobics, conditioning, strengthening, etc. (bike, skates, walk, trampoline, or sport, etc.)
- Music…1/2 hr practice on instrument and/or sing
- Elective…(choose 2 or 3 once a week to practice & then do at co-op with other families.) … apologetics, drama, sports, band, choir, computer, art or other
- Supper…cooked protein, grain, veges, plain Greek yogurt w/fruit
- Chores… Kitchen & house cleaned
- SOW Family Devotion… 1/2 hr with family to worship w/ song & instrument, PRAY, SOW sharing, brief short story or bio, or Biblical discussion of hot (family issue) topic
- Family fun time (at least once a week)… watch TV/movie, play a game, read a book, inside or outside activity (puzzle, bikes, etc.)
- Blessing (5-10 minutes before bed)… massage feet, back, and hands) & prayer or song over person and talk about the day.
- Ministry Outreaches (once a month)-prayer & meals to sick & needy, visit elderly, Retreats, Christmas Caroling, Thanksgiving Feast, etc.
- Men / Women (13 and older) Discipleship Group – for Bible study, prayer, accountability, & life skill (men & women alternated every other week for 3 hrs.)
- TGIF (once a week except when having monthly outreach)…families met to share a meal, Bible study, talent or SOW lesson learned, fun activity (sport, game, movie, etc.), testimony, fellowship, gospel presentation, etc. ( families rotated hosting and leading)
- Family Co-op (once a week)- Parent led in which students shared or parents taught lab classes on any subject (Bible & Prayer, LA (writing, spelling, English, Speech), Science, History/Geo/, Electives (music, sports, foreign language, computer, art, drama, etc.). K-5th students were. K-5th had separate classes
*SOW recommended Resources for High school …
- Bible… SOW Bible study lessons
- 1. Holman Bible Handbook … http://www.amazon.com/
- 2. Holman-Bible-Handbook-David-Dockery/dp/1558193324/ref=pd_sim_b_20
- 3. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary … http://www.amazon.com/Holman-Illustrated-Dictionary-Archie-England/dp/0805428364/ref=pd_rhf_shvl_1
- 4. Rose Publishing Bible Charts, Maps, & Timeline … http://www.rose-publishing.com/productdetails.cfm?SKU=314x
- English Grammar… SOW English skills lessons
- 1. Easy Grammar Plus (Wanda C Phillips) http://www.easygrammar.com/egp.html
- 2. Rod & Staff English Handbook
- Spelling…SOW Spelling skill lessons
- 1. Webster Collegiate Dictionary
- Writing… SOW Creative Writing lessons
- 1. Writing Inc Handbook
- 2. Institute of Excellence in Writing skills
- Geography…..SOW lessons learned by continent each year
- 1. World Book Encyclopedia
- 2. Internet
- History … SOW lessons learned by chronological order
- 1. BJU World History, Literature, Government
- BJU American History, Literature, Government
- World Book Encyclopedia
- Science… SOW Science lessons learned by topic
1. Creation (Answers in Genesis & Unlocking the Mystery of Creation) & BJU Space and Earth Science
2. ABeka Biology (Botony, Zoology, Human Anatomy)
- BJU Physical Science
- Chemistry ( not included in SOW)
They also participated in Teenpact (a Christian government/citizen week long workshop with homework) for their senior year.
*Testing for high school students…
I regret that I did not test once a year my first 3 children. It created a fear in them that they would not be ready to go into the world and not knowing if they had learned what was being taught. I expected them to master everything that was done…so it was redone until it was A standards in every subject. For example wrong answers in math were redone. Editing was required in writing. We tested with ??? (I will get this name & info) ordered online for each grade level for a week in July. Before graduating, they either took the ACT or GED. *ACT preferred even if not going to college confirming to the government that they were qualified to enter college. Student was equipped to make choices, he felt God wanted him to do.
I used the SOW Student Progress Report each year to keep tract of subjects completed and texts used.
*Mission Trip…. My desire was for each to go on a mission trip before graduating to minister in a poor nation or city. None of mine got to do this; a regret.
*Senior Scrapbook…Each year, we took a week to make yearbook/scrapbooks…editing papers, including pictures and notes, finishing whatever was not finished, etc. These are treasured as they grow older.
*Caution… There are 2 schools of thought…give the student absolute freedom and cloistering are 2 extremes. Personally this is what I would do … Parental involvement with training and teaching a priority…doing lots of purposeful activities so they are not bored and lonely. Instead of a job…I recommend volunteer service at hospital, animal shelter, homeless shelters, Sunday school, Red Cross, Habitat, etc. under Christian adult supervision for training in vocation/ministry for high school. The times, we allowed these freedoms, I regret. Allowing them to sleep overs, have computers (unsupervised & for research only), cell phones (30 minutes after tasks are finished to same sex friends or family, only, if any), cars, jobs, or dating (group no single, if any) during high school gave them independence too soon. Youth groups that foster dependence on the pastor and the above list are discouraged. Instead create your own family environments ….TGIF, Women/Men discipleship groups, Co-ops, Church.
Graduation…Each student was required to finish the SOW and all high school requirements. There was a planned special ceremony where the student sent out invitations to family and friends, gave a speech and/or shared talent, received a diploma, displayed a senior scrapbook with exhibit board, & cake & punch and/ or meal. Freeing our young adult to make decisions on their own should be granted after graduation of senior year. This was a special time when they were released to obey parents to honoring them as adults and were free to seek employment, vocation training or education, marriage, ministry, etc. After senior year, they were required to work outside the home (15 hrs if going to schools) to earn money for saving, giving, & spending, …a car, car insurance & gas were first purchases….goals during this time were earning good credit, training for a vocation, ministry, single/married life. Involvement is critical during this time and age. Staying at home, as a young adult, to save for a home of their own are good options. I will write more about this time for young adults after high school in another article.
The highest priority was their personal walk with God, that centered on PRAYer, Bible study, Christian fellowship, ministry, discipleship, and family.
SOW will help the Christian parent accomplish these goals.
Purchasing options for high school students…
- Purchase SOW TE/RE/SE I -VI & 6th-12th Skill level worksheets; complete SOW I-VI in 4 years by doing 36 lessons per year.
- Purchase SOW TE/RE/SE I-VI & 6th-12th Skill level worksheets; complete SOW I, then do SOW IV- VI to complete in 4 years some OT and all NT.
- Purchase SOW TE/RE/SE I-VI & new Advanced Skill level worksheets with 2 tear scope & sequence that includes all Bible, world & American history & geography, all sciences except Chemistry, Hebrew & Greek introductory, all spelling & English skills, & writing essays. (This level recommended for high school students who have SOWed 6th-12th for at least a semester (do this semester with IVB-the book of Matthew), then start advanced schedule. This is equivalent to 2 years of Bible college and should be used by students who have only 2 years and are self motivated
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“Does God Exist?”
Have you ever wondered where the first seeds of life came from and why do you exist? There are two views concerning these questions. The Atheist thinks – everything came from nature and a Theist believes that all creation was created by a Creator.
Law of Nature states everything has a cause or beginning. Though none of us were there in the beginning, we can observe everything has a design and a purpose. We cannot see the wind, but we can feel it and see the effects of it.The same is true with faith and love. Believing there is no cause or beginning is like a twin saying to his other twin in his mother’s womb, “There is no mother because I can not see mother.”.
The existence of nature and natural laws do not explain the cause or beginning of anything. Nature has never produced matter nor force or energy. For example, Liddle designed the rocket engine from matter using energy. Thinking nature produced itself is giving it characteristics of God…all knowing, all present, all powerful, etc. . It is like a snowman saying, “The snowflake made me!”. Isaac Newton, a scientist, who believed in a Creator, states this, “Gravity explains the motions of the planets, but it cannot explain who sets the planets in motion.”
The best explanation of how and why all things were created is God, an all powerful, all knowing, all present, eternal, personal being. I believe; this formula definitely describes the cause or beginning … designer/creator + (matter + force/energy) = creation. Creation is God’s best evidence for His existence. For example, man was created unique…”in God’s image” to worship & intimately fellowship with Him and to care for all of creation that God provided. There truly is a “Circle of Life” that gives everything purpose and meaning. Since everything is uniquely and purposefully designed and created, there has to be a Designer and Creator.
King David in, Psalms 139 :13-14 declared this about His Creator, “You formed my inward parts; you covered me in my mother’s womb.I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, my soul knows very well…”. I believe; God exists! Do you?
When I volunteered to tutor an autistic child a year ago, he was only seven years old but already a pack of dynamite. He certainly fit the characteristics defined as autism plus more… extreme narcissism, short attention span, unable to socialize, no eye contact, always demanding attention, selective focus, hyper, did not react well to change or large crowds, violent, and hated authority. No one could tolerate being around him except his mother, therefore he was lonely, bored, angry, frustrated, and suicidal frequently saying he hated himself and wanted to die.
There was no room for him at the private school and the public school system quickly placed him on medication which subdued some of his behavior but did not cure him. The parents were of mixed religions so they had chosen not to give him any religious training so he had no fear of God nor did he know the love of God. The first day, I tutored him, he was like an animal … restless, uncontrollable, not teachable, screaming I hate you and crawling on the floor threatening to run away. I prayed throughout the whole session, “Lord give me compassion and wisdom to reach this child the love of God”.
God had already convinced me through His Word and His Spirit what this child needed… to be a disciple of Christ, and what I needed to do…to disciple him in Christ. I chose to keep my focus on God’s command…”Seek first the kingdom of God and ALL things shall be added.” My desire was for this child to see and understand God’s love for him, the difference between good and evil, and that he had a choice to walk in either but with consequences, one for blessing the other for destruction. I was going to do this using the SOW Curriculum, an unconventional but comprehensive program for K-12th subjects. The SOW vision is to know God, the SOW method …discipleship, and the SOW text…the Word of God, the Bible. It included…
- SOW Scope & Sequence… specific schedule of Bible readings, key Scriptures, topics, characters, etc.
- SOW Charts…schedule, spiritual & carnal, reward & consequence, student progress report, etc. .
We met every week for two hours for a year and half. Starting in Genesis, we read or watched free online Bible videos of men and women, who chose to walk with or without God. And followed up by using these K-3rd SOW skill level worksheets to draw or simply write one word, phrase or sentence answers to questions…
- SOW outline …recall major events in sequence.
- SOW Character study … recall facts, traits, choices and the consequences of each.
- SOW Topical study…recall who, what, when, where, how, & why of the main theme.
- SOW Setting…label a map of the region and the travels of the main character.
- SOW Word study…define the key word or topic.
- SOW Prayer letter…write a letter praising, repenting, asking, or yielding to God.
I recorded the student’s behavior, participation, completed work, and attitude by noting the spiritual or carnal traits of each, such as grateful vs ungrateful, obedient vs disobedient, respectful vs rebellious, lazy vs diligence, etc. using the student progress report. By noting the difference between spiritual and carnal traits, the student was learning how to walk with a loving, forgiving, merciful, but just & holy God and the Biblical principle of “SOWing & Reaping”.
We would culminate the lesson by role playing good/wise and bad/foolish choices and their consequences receiving either a reward…praise, stickers, free time, $1 treat, etc. or discipline…rebuke, extra chore, time out, etc.. Teaching repentance-turning from bad choices to do good choices was also taught and practiced.
We recently finished our last session for this year. The dramatic change is evident to all. He has a healthy fear of God and authority believing that they are for his good and not his harm and a desire to please them. He can sit and listen attentively, answer in complete sentences with eye contact, express wise thoughts about a subject, wait for gratification, does well in a classroom or crowded environment, produces better grades, and exhibits understanding of Spiritual things such as a loving and holy God, good vs evil, repentance, walking in the Spirit verses the flesh, sowing & reaping, etc. .
By faith, I relied on God’s Word to change a life! God is faithful and His Word is true… 2 Timothy 3:16 ”All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching the truth, rebuking error, correcting faults, and giving instruction for right living, 17 so that the person who serves God may be fully qualified and equipped to do every kind of good deed.”