the SOW Curriculum?
What about the authors?
Why was the SOW Curriculum written?
What is the difference between the SOW Curriculum and other curriculums?
What is the
most unique feature about the SOW Curriculum?
Why is a curriculum focused on the Bible important?
Does the SOW
Curriculum teach a particular doctrine?
Reasons why people are
hesitant about using the SOW Curriculum?
Why are there no pictures or colors used in the SOW Curriculum?
Is the SOW Curriculum hard to use?
How are other subjects covered in this curriculum, if using the Bible as the main text?
When and how is American history and American government taught in
the SOW Curriculum?
Do I need
other resources to use the SOW Curriculum?
How can one
or two selected resources be used to teach all ages?
we find these resources?
do the resources cost per year?
How does the SOW Curriculum work for multilevel teaching?
How can the
SOW Curriculum be non-graded?
the SOW Curriculum suited for special needs children?
Other children in the family who start school later than the first
born-- will they enter the curriculum in whatever year we are using at the time or do we start over with year one?
How does the SOW Curriculum work?
Why are there only 24 lessons per year?
Is it necessary to formally teach children younger than 5
years of age?
What is so unique about the SOW Phonics program?
Can any version of the Bible be used?
What is the difference
between the NKJV or KJV and the other versions of the BIble?
What is the difference between each of the SOW
What does a
typical week look like for my family?
the SOW Curriculum encourage Co-oping?
Why does it take six years to finish the SOW Curriculum?
Do all six
years have to be completed?
What about high school?
Will the SOW Curriculum
give our children the education needed for college?
Why are math lessons not included in the SOW Curriculum?
What math curriculum do you think we should use?
How can I be sure my children are learning the basic skills in each
How much time is required weekly or daily in preparing and
teaching the SOW Curriculum in comparison to other types of curriculums?
What is the cost
for using the SOW Curriculum?
What is recommended for
the first year?
Do we offer special
How can we order the SOW
Can we examine the SOW
the policies concerning buying and selling used SOW materials?
It is a K-12th
curriculum designed for Christian parents to disciple their children
not just educate them. The goal is to know God, the method is
discipleship, the main text is the Bible for all the basic subjects
except math. Math is not included.
David Reece has a B.S. in Agricultural Mechanization from Louisiana
State University and a M.A. in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. Merle Reece has a B.S.
in Elementary and Special Education from Louisiana State
are the parents of five children: David Jr. (7-15-81), Benjamin
(3-22-83), Jonathan (10-5-87), Abigail (3-22-90), and Hannah (11-6-92).
accepted Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord in 1975 and have taught our
children at home since the birth of our first child in 1981.
Author for more specific information.
had a desire...
-To teach our children not only knowledge, but wisdom.
-To make disciples and teach them to observe all that He
-For our children to know the Lord Jesus Christ as their Creator,
Savior, and Lord.
-For each of our children to be complete in Christ making it
possible for them to serve God, their family, community,
and others to the
feel the SOW Curriculum accomplishes these objectives; because, it
places God first in every subject.
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we searched for homeschool resources to teach our children, we
found that most materials offered to homeschoolers were lacking in one
or more of these areas...
Not suitable for
teaching multi-level ages: Most curriculums are not designed for
parents to teach more than one child at different age levels. What
works with one child may not work with two, five, or more. The SOW
Curriculum emphasizes teaching and repeating basic skills that all
children need to know rather than memorizing limited and senseless
knowledge year after year.
Not economical for
a family budget: The cost to put together a curriculum that includes
a K-12th scope & sequence, daily step by step lesson plans for 10
subjects, a resource list, reasons and suggestions for homeschooling,
manual on how to disciple your children, testing & evaluating
suggestions, hints on training infants, toddlers, and children to
adulthood, how to check out, how to co-op, how to apprenticeship,
etc. would be enormous. We desire all family's who want to disciple
their children to do so, at an affordable price. This is why we
offer the SOW Curriculum at such a low price and make special
financing available to all who need it.
resources limit our children's learning ability: Texts are usually
biased and have limited "age appropriate" information about the
subject. We encourage the students to learn how to research using
many resources not limiting their God given abilities to explore and
Most curriculums require the teacher to plan and teach 10 different
subjects to all of the children. If you have 2 children, you are
planning and teaching 20 subjects a day. Even a trained teacher
could not perform this task.
Not easy to use:
Because most curriculums are designed to be teacher directed, this
requires you to be available all the time for all your children from
infancy to adulthood. We designed the SOW Curriculum so that
eventually once the student can read the Bible and follow written
instructions, he can be independent. The SOW is designed to be
easily used by a 10 year old child, as well as, an adult. Once the
child becomes an independent learner, the teacher is able to devote
more time teaching the younger ones to read.
Lack of Biblical
vision: Though many curriculums have well meaning visions and focus
for their users, we believe they are missing the most essential
focus---the Word of God. We believe that God is calling Christians
to homeschool their children not to educate them, but to disciple
them. Discipleship always includes education but education does not
necessarily include discipleship.
Non creative and
fun: Because the focus is usually on academics or knowledge,
creativity and the fun of learning is squeezed out. We believe it is
important that children experience things first hand by creating
with their mind and hands. This means taking time for field trips,
nature walks, art, music, hands on activities, and plenty of oral
oriented: Our goal is that each student know God by making him
complete in Christ through prayer, Bible Study, Scripture
memorization, walking in the Spirit, wisdom, living by faith,
stewardship of God's creation, etc. Though many curriculums excel
academically, most or none have a vision
unbiblical: Most Bible based curriculums approach the Bible by
teaching the comments and doctrines of others, making this type of
study unbiblical and not purely sound. The SOW Curriculum is
committed to teaching students inductive methods of reading,
outlining, character study, topical study, setting, word study, etc.
using Biblical resources. We desire that all students learn how to
digest the meat of the word, not just the milk.
No mastering of
the basic skills: Educators are no longer teaching basic skills to
our children, but a philosophy of life. During all the years in the
education system, we have forgotten or have not realized, that there
are only approximately 70 phonemes to learn to read, 25 English
skills, 15 spelling skills, 26 alphabets to write, and our knowledge
of earth, life, and physical science, geography, etc. are limited to
text book sizes. All these subjects should be interrelated focusing
on one purpose -- to know the Creator. Educators would have you
think that knowledge, not God, is eternal, all knowing, all
powerful, good, merciful, and kind.
progressive: The student should be able to progress at his own pace.
Each lesson in the SOW Curriculum encourages oral, drawn, and/ or
written communication, so that all children should be able to
perform and progress according to his God given abilities. This way
of learning does not require labels that either puff up a child or
make him feel inferior.
feel that the SOW Curriculum meets all the above criteria. Like Mary in
the Bible, who sat at the feet of Jesus when Martha was so busy serving
others, we, too, believe that there is a better way of learning.
is the most unique feature about the SOW Curriculum?
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The most unique feature about the SOW Curriculum is the vision for
discipleship and it's focus on the Bible. All other curriculums
seem to lack a vision for Christian discipleship. Jesus' last
command when He walked the earth was to make disciples. What does it
mean to disciple? This command could only include a focus on
teaching others how to walk with God through prayer and knowing the
Word of God.
focus on a particular topic, character trait, history timeline,
literature, doctrine, or an academic subject. The SOW Curriculum's
central focus is on the Word of God. It uses the Bible as the
main text for almost all the subjects.
say they are Bible based, but are much like commentaries of the
Bible telling the student what to think and know. The SOW Curriculum
is the only homeschooling curriculum we know of that teaches each
student-- skills on how to study the Bible, pray, and walk in the
Why is a
curriculum focused on the Bible important?
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We believe that
the Christian church is weak today, because Christians do not know
God. They do not know God, because they have not been discipled
properly. Most Christians have not read the Bible, much less,
studied it. The Bible says, "Without faith, it is impossible to
please God." and "Faith comes from hearing and hearing the
Word of God."
We also believe
that the focus of most of the educational material available for
our children 's education is not biblical, regardless if it is a
history time line, a character study, a literature classic, or any
other topical study. Though these are all creative ways to learn, we
as Christians need to remember why we are homeschooling. The purpose
should be to know God through His Son, Jesus Christ, the method
should be discipleship as set forth in Matthew 28:19-22, and the
main text for all the subjects should be the Bible.
placing the Word of God as the focus of our learning in every
subject creates a unique kind of education --giving purpose, unity,
peace, and results. We should train our children how to use
resources, methods, and skills to gain not only knowledge, but
the SOW Curriculum teach a particular doctrine?
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We have been very careful not to express any personal opinions. We
designed this curriculum, so that even our children can respectfully question our beliefs when in contradiction to God's
Word. The SOW Curriculum encourages the student to study the word of God relying on the Holy Spirit to interpret
and apply the scriptures
accurately. How we accomplish this
asking questions that make the student desire to know the truth. The student
then searches the scripture along with other resources using Bible study methods to formulate Biblical principles in
each subject. The truth is revealed in God's word, enlightened by the Holy Spirit who promises to lead all believers to the
The resources that we have
recommended to use with each subject as sources of information may be biased
or not accurately biblical. The parent, as the teacher, should be actively
involved to see there are no false assumptions being made because of
traditions of men, fear of the truth, or bad shepherds (I John 2:9). All
resources recommended may be substituted.
Why am I
hesitant about using the SOW Curriculum?
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Lack of vision:
Most homeschool parents lack a vision for educating their
children. They have no goals and become victims to every plan made
by man. When persecution comes or doubts arise, there is no reason
to stand firm. God has already given us in the Bible a vision for
educating our sons and daughters. It is called discipleship.
Discipleship unlike education, will include not only academic
learning but spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical growth.
Government, Society, and Family Disapproval: The
governmental system wants control over our children's education
because they lose money every time a child leaves the school system.
The agenda for educators is that our children have a world view, not
a Biblical one. Family members will not understand your
decision to place discipleship over educating your children.
Friends, even those in the Church, might be some of your strongest
Confused: A third reason
is that other homeschooling materials have stated to be Bible based,
only to be disappointed that these claims were not true. We, too,
have searched and have collected quite a large library of
resources claiming to be Bible centered but in fact are curriculums
focusing on literature, creation science, missions, character
traits, doctrines, portion of scripture, history, etc. The SOW
Curriculum is truly Bible centered.
Disappointments: The SOW
Curriculum will disappoint some. No one has written the perfect
curriculum or plan that will meet to your family's needs. Only God
has written the perfect curriculum--the Bible. We felt; that if, we
could utilize the Bible as the main text, follow the Biblical
mandate to disciple our children, copy the example of Jesus in
teaching His disciples--how to pray, walk in the Spirit, preach and
teach others the gospel, to care for His creation, etc.; then God
would do what He has promised to do--make our children wise, guide
them into all truth, protect them from the evil one, and give them a
future and a hope. Use the SOW Curriculum as a tool or framework to
accomplish your goals for your family; and, you will not be
Comfortable: Most people are comfortable with what they are
using. But being comfortable should never be a motive. The
plan, that you devised and should be implementing in your home,
should be God given and driven. Don't let the
responsibility of training and educating your children become over
whelming and paralyze you from doing what God has called you to do
as a Christian, parent, and teacher.
social opportunities, rewards, and recognition for our children: We
literally believe; that if, we "put God first, all things
shall be added." We also believe many of the programs that are
offered in the school systems promote self glorification. We
believe that Christians should seek to glorify God, not ourselves.
We feel that the school systems teach our children to be self
sufficient; when, they should be learning to depend on God. We
believe the schools systems teach our children individualism or the
"I am", instead of that, we are a body and we need each other. The
hardest things to give up were, what we called, the riches of
Egypt--all those titles, rewards and recognitions that the world
offers that give us a false sense of security and pride. Instead, we
encouraged our children not to compare themselves with others, but
by God's standards in His Word. When we do that, we all fall short.
When we recognize our weaknesses and sins, we should turn to God to
empower us and give us wisdom.
Stated goals vs real
goals: It is very wise to count the cost for every decision we make.
God warns us not to start building the house without counting the
cost, less others mock because of our double mindedness. God calls
us to narrow our choices as we walk with Him. Choosing to leave your
former religious believes for a relationship with Jesus Christ,
choosing to marry a Christian, choosing a type of job career that is
pleasing to the Father, choosing to homeschool, or choosing to
disciple your children, will make waves. Are your stated
goals, your real goals? Where and on what do you spend most of your
time and resources? What do you think and dream about?
Check motives: Check to
see, if your motives for educating your children are spiritually
pure and Biblically founded or are they tainted with worldly
reasons. God has told us not to be fearful, but have courage as we
take back the land (children) that the enemy (Satan) has stolen.
"Fear of God is the beginning of wisdom."
Why are there no colorful
pictures used in the SOW Curriculum?
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We chose to keep the
packaging of the SOW Curriculum very simple to cut down in material
costs. This is why we designed supplemental packets instead of
full binders each year. We tried very hard not to waste
your time and money on using color or any other extra expenses that
might add to the cost unnecessarily.
We purposefully left out
pictures. Pictures tend to distract the student and give him
conclusions to a problem or question that he was intended to
research and find out for himself. Drawing or visualizing what they
have learned is a learning process that the SOW Curriculum highly
encourages. If there are any drawings to be made, the students will
do them as part of the lessons.
Most of the resources,
we recommend for gathering facts and information for each lesson,
have colorful pictures
We have designed the SOW
Curriculum to be very teacher, parent, and student friendly. Given a
general scope & sequence, home management charts, goals, step by
step lessons for each subject, except math, K-5th worksheets and
6th-12th student edition, we believe the SOW Curriculum is the
easiest curriculum to use at home, church, or school.
Because the SOW
Curriculum's vision, method, and use of the Bible as the main text
is so different from the typical way most were taught to learn and
different from most curriculums, Christian or secular, there will
be, at first, a time of perseverance needed until the teacher and/or
student becomes familiar with how to use it.
You will need to reeducate yourself by reading
thoroughly through the material. These
differences will require you to gain wisdom on how to use it, and
then teach each of your students, beginning with the oldest, how to
use the SOW Curriculum until they master using the scope & sequence,
charts, and daily lessons in each subject.
Each lesson requires the
student to answer questions by researching selected resources and
the Bible, then to draw conclusions on their findings. These lessons
will require more time to complete at first; but, as the student
familiarizes himself with the program, you will notice a great
improvement in his thinking, research, writing, and communicating
& 6th-12th skill level worksheets
with their structured format are easy to use.
The attitudes and
capabilities of your family will determine how fast your household
will learn how to use the SOW Curriculum.
We compare using the SOW
Curriculum to learning how to ride a bike. There is a lot of
excitement on the day you decide to teach your child to ride a bike.
You steady the bike with the child securely on it and run, holding
it steady and firm. After a few turns of this, you decide it is time
for the child to go solo. At the correct time and place, you let go
of the bike and watch him speed by. Of course, the child falls, not
only once, but twice, maybe even more. It could go on like this for
a couple of days, in which the child may even have a couple of ugly
bruises and bumps. Why do you continue? Well, you see the value and
the good in the child learning how to ride his bike. It is deeming
the product or goal worthy, which drives you to do it, over and
over. So it is using the SOW Curriculum. We ask that you focus on
the goal relying on the Holy Spirit to give you wisdom, strength,
and perseverance to see the task through. What is the task? Your
cross or task to bear is to teach and train your children to know
God and care for His creation.
This is certain, that
the enemy, Satan, will attack those who choose to obey God's command
and disciple their children in the Word. But Christians are "not to
fear him who can hurt the body, but fear Him who can destroy the
soul." Remember to use God's Word as your defense against His
the academic subjects needed
covered in this curriculum, if using the Bible as the main text? Go
History, Geography, & Science will be studied
throughout the years in alternating units of study. A unit study
approach is used for each week's lesson in which a resource is
recommended such as BJU Earth Science text, a topic selected
such as "Stars", and activities are suggested such as ...reading
about stars, biography of an astronomist, report on stars, projects
and/ or experiments pertaining to stars, field trip related to
stars. In the Bible, history begins at creation and ends in
the Roman Empire. The SOW Curriculum continues "His Story" in a
chronological method covering all of history
from creation to
the year 2000. Science is taught
each year by units beginning with creation to
earth science, astronomy, botany, zoology, human anatomy, physical
and chemical science. In geography a different continent is
thoroughly studied every year using maps, graphs,
timelines, reports, etc..
With step by step lessons, English,
spelling, phonics, and writing skills are repeated over and over;
till, they are mastered.
literature is introduced to the student in which he is asked to
analyze according to a Biblical view.
is learned by using step by step inductive skills including...
reading and meditating, outlining, character study, word study,
topical study, setting, & comments.
Electives such as art, music, field trips, service, computer, etc.
are relevant and fun.
Each of these
subjects correlates with that week's specific
scripture making the study of each subject Biblical and Christ
centered. The SOW's scope & sequence thoroughly covers all the
basics and more of academic knowledge for K-12th grade students.
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history repeats itself. The Bible tells us to
learn from the past victories and failures of others. We
wanted our children to understand; they
areChristians, who happen to be Americans and to
understand HIS Story, in light of
all of history. To do this we concentrated our studies on World
History; which, the United States and other countries have played an
important role, but only in the last 200 years compared to 6000
years of history. World History is covered in all 6 years. Beginning
with creation till the year 2000. The
North American continent will be covered
extensively in the 6th volume including
government, history, economics, geography,
culture, etc. . Also there is an
extensive study of the student's home state.
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The SOW Curriculum
requires other resources. These resources are used as sources for
collecting and gathering information and facts. We recommend
selected resources for each subject to use with each lesson, such as
textbooks, concordance, dictionary, atlas, encyclopedia, Bible,
writing paper, literature, etc. However, you may substitute
any resource we recommend with your own selections. For example, the
SOW offers three types of Literature lessons-- poetry, short story,
and book. Specific poems, classics, magazines, biographies, etc. are
selected to do these lessons. Yet, you are still free to substitute
your own selections.
can one or two selected resources be used to teach all ages?
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The SOW Curriculum
is designed to teach students how to master skills, instead of just
learning rote material. Since texts are used as a source to find
information on a specific subject and not as an end or means to gain
knowledge, we encourage families to use the higher texts rather than
the lower ones.
You will find that
the lower texts water down information limiting the facts about a
subject. For example: A first grade science text will say that
a frog lives in a pond. Second grade--it is green, slimy, and wet.
Third grade-- it is an amphibian. Till finally in 12th grade biology
class, the student is given all the information about a frog. We
believe that the student should be given all the information about a
subject leaving the results to God. If a student is capable of
learning and understanding information about a frog at a college
level, why not let him?
The reading level
of magazines, newspapers and most text are at the 4th and 6th grade
level. If your child can read the Bible, then he should have no
difficulty reading any text on a K-12th level. Training your
child to comprehend the meat of the word instead of the milk, will
take time as he becomes accustomed to reading the material and you
faithfully ask questions to discern the facts or the author's
The SOW Curriculum
does not provide the recommended resources nor does it sell these
We encourage SOW
users to build a good library at home and purchase Christian texts
and other Christian materials first, because Christian materials are
rarely found in a public library.
materials and other resources we selected to be used with the SOW
can be purchased from educational vendors and publishers. We have
supplied the addresses, phone numbers,
and website of these in the SOW Curriculum. If there are any
problems contacting vendors and publishers, please call the SOW
office for an updated resource list or an equivalent resource.
Many resources can
be found -- free at public or private school warehouses,
homeschool book fairs, used by other homeschool families, or
consider borrowing it from a friend.
Resource List for information about
resources selected to use with the SOW Curriculum.
sources for resources are not available on the internet. Specific
sources including their addresses and phone numbers for each
recommended resource can be found in the SOW Teacher Edition.
much do the resources cost per year?
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Most of the
recommended resources such as the English handbook, earth science
text, etc. are used for all twelve years for each of your children;
so that, these are only one time investments. Other resources are
needed each year such as the literature selections.
After the initial
cost of one time investments such as the English handbook, Bible,
atlas, dictionary, and others, the cost of resources each year for
the 1st six years should be around $25.00 to $50.00. You will
use all the same resources the repeated
six years of SOW, also.
Many of the
resources can be found in the home or public library.
Compared to the
yearly cost of textbooks and resources in other curriculums on the
market today, the SOW Curriculum is very economical for a family
does the SOW Curriculum work for multilevel teaching?
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There are two divisions in the SOW--
instructional readers or K-5th grade students are those children in
your family who are learning to read or can not read.
non-reader or instructional reader is dependent on the teacher for
instructions until he has learned to read. There are 30 reproducible
( K-5th) worksheets to be used by nonreaders or instructional
readers in your family. These work sheets are designed to correlate
with each lesson for every subject making it easier for the teacher
to know just what is required of each student. The student will be
able to easily label and draw his answers in the space provided.
After he has learned how to read using the phonics program, the
student should slowly be given more and more activities from the
Student Edition to do on his own, until he too has become an
independent student. See K-5th
Worksheets and K-5th Student Samples.
readers or 6th-12th grade students, are those children in your
family who can read the Bible and follow written instructions.
Giving a Student Edition to each of these students, makes it
possible for them to be independent. Each student should have his
own notebook which should include an individualized weekly and daily
schedule, complete step by step lessons in every subject except
math, stewardship charts, etc. The SOW Curriculum encourages the
student to master skills in every subject by asking specific
questions allowing the the student to think, providing interesting
and thorough resources for research, and training students to use
the Bible to find solutions to their questions. This type of
learning allows the student to gain wisdom instead of knowledge. The
ultimate independence of the older student allows the teacher more
time to spend with the non-readers or instructional readers. See
6th-12th Lessons and
6th -12th Student Samples.
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Learning about a
particular subject, at a specific child's level of understanding and
communicating takes place by teaching the student to creatively
think by asking specific questions, thoroughly researching for the
answers by providing good references and texts, and then
communicating his conclusions through one or more of these mediums
-- orally, drawn, or the written word.
student will orally describe a topic. Eventually, he will draw it.
Finally, he will be able to write about it.
The SOW Curriculum
uses texts and references only as a resource for gathering
information, thus allowing the Holy Spirit and the God given
abilities that God has given each child, to dictate how much
knowledge each student will retain.
Each lesson has
nonreader or instructional reader options with teacher directed
activities that correlate with the readers in your family for each
lesson or subject. This makes it possible to teach not only the same
subject, but the same lesson at the same time to all your students
no matter what age. For example, in history, the topic could be
Egypt--each student could be given a different subtitle such as
pyramids, pharaohs, topography, timeline, etc., or they can work on
these topics together as a family. Another example is studying the
subject of biology under the subtopic of anatomy. Each student can
be assigned a specific animal to report on and to dissect such as a
frog, worm, fish, etc.
Learning as a family allows the older or gifted student to help the
younger or weaker student. Individual progress is encouraged so less
competition and comparison.
Is the SOW
Curriculum work for special needs children?
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Yes, we believe the SOW Curriculum is a program for special needs
this kind of one on one relationship.
students require lots
of repetition to learn skills and to master them, instead of
continuous rote learning that they will soon forget.
The SOW Curriculum creates an interest in learning by
asking questions, utilizing the tools to find those answers, and
doing activities that apply principles to everyday
It also gives a central purpose or focus to the
student--God's Word which promises to enlighten the mind, is
pure everlasting, and full of truth and wisdom.
Each lesson is step by step so the student does not get lost
The instructional worksheets are excellent frameworks for
children who are not ready to read instructions or explain by
Each student is required to think, research, and communicate
his thoughts on the subject.
Lots of hands on activities makes this curriculum fun for the
whole family to use.
Each child in the family will progress at his own rate,
though they all will be studying the same subject.
Learning is done in a safe environment without
criticism and with no labels added to his person.
in the family, who start school later than the
first born-- will they enter the curriculum in whatever year,
we are using at the time or do we start over with year one?
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families that have more than one child or plan to have more than
one, you would start the SOW Curriculum with your first child in SOW
I. When the next sibling and each sibling after are capable of
listening and can communicate either verbally, or by drawing, or
written skills, they will enter the SOW
Curriculum in the same SOW year that the family is using at that
Because the SOW
is designed so that the students are mastering skills and not just
learning rote material, most basic information can be learned at any
reasonable age, if it is introduced to the
student in a way in which he can grasp the material and use the
or timing in which information is taught to a young child will not
affect his learning. When the student or students are older, then it
will be important for him to see the natural sequencing of history,
the Bible, and so on. This is why we recommend using the SOW twice
making it a 12 year curriculum.
Curriculum is non-graded or multileveled in all the subjects. This
means that the lessons are designed to teach as many students and
any student, regardless of age, at the same time. This makes it
easier for the teacher to teach and fun for the students to learn.
The SOW is
designed to teach each student inductive skills over and over until
they are mastered. These inductive skills are used to learn and
study specific topics in every basic subject. How?
The SOW asks
methodical questions on a specific topic in each subject and then
recommends resources to find the answer to those questions. Because
we do not use graded or watered down texts, the student
are given all the information available on
the subject he is studying. This allows the Holy Spirit and the God
given talents each student has been given to determine how much and
what he will learn. The Bible is always used as the main text
assuring truth in all subjects. Because the SOW
is Bible centered, all the subjects uniquely relate to one
another--spelling to geography, geography to creative writing , etc.
This is all done with a central purpose in mind --to know God and
walk with Him.
We have divided
the SOW Curriculum into 2 classes of learner...independent
students, those who can read the Bible and follow written
instructions and instructional students,
those who are can't read or in the process of learning.
Students are to
be trained to be independent students. When a student can read the
Bible and follow written instructions, he is given a
weekly schedule, scope & sequence & a specific
student edition to use. See
instructional students are to be teacher
directed, until they learn to read. There
are 30 or more reproducible worksheets
that correlate with the each subject that the teacher will use for
students classified as nonreaders or instructional readers ( K-5th).
See K-5th Worksheets.
communicate in one or all of these three ways --verbal words, drawn
pictures, or written words. Students are asked specific questions,
read resources and gather facts and
information, and then communicate
their conclusions through oral, drawn, or
written skills. Younger children will be teacher directed until they
become independent thinkers, researchers, and communicators
on their own.
The bulk of the
younger child's learning time is given to learning to read. The
reading or phonics program you choose is very important. The SOW
Curriculum includes a great reading or phonics program.
the SOW have testified that the parents have learned,
as well, from using the SOW. If truly
there is a curriculum to disciple Christians of all ages, we believe
the SOW accomplishes this. You may have to be a little bit more
creative in using the SOW within your family setting and patient for
your little one to grow in his skills before you see major results.
Why are there
only 24 lessons per year? Go
There are 24
lessons per year or per volume. These are designed to be done in 24
weeks are more.
We recommend schooling year round.
We have found that children lose almost all that they have
learned between the
long summer breaks. Even textbooks repeat last years materials for
at least 6-8 weeks
before learning new material. Also, the Bible says, "foolishness is
bound up in a child's heart". It is better to keep him occupied with sensible,
consistent, & balanced work, play, & rest.
We recommend 3 sessions of
10-12 weeks with a week off of SOW every
4-6 weeks to edit, catch up, field trips, vacation, visits to the doctor and
dentist, electives, etc.
We recommend at
least 4 weeks for rest,
planning, & ministry activities in
the months of December, April, & August.
We consider all 360 days of the
year to be homeschooling days. We label these studies as electives
such as...business, social and home
economics, community service, etc.
Remember, the SOW Curriculum is
not just a curriculum for academic studies but a manual on how to
disciple your children, so we have worked out a schedule, we believe
is good for the family, not the government.
Note: All of the
above are suggestions. Your family may desire to do 32 lessons per year
or keep to a traditional school schedule. The SOW Curriculum works well
with any schedule your family desires.
necessary to formally teach children younger than 5 years of age?
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We believe most
children, 4 years of age and under, are not ready for formal
education. Their motor skills are clumsy and their attention span is
short. We feel it is important for parents to enjoy their children
at these ages and not become so anxious to get them into the world
of reading and writing too fast. Creating, exploring, and playing is
most often robbed from the child, if "school" is introduced too
It is vital
that you ask God to give you a vision for training and educating
your children before or when they are born. You and your husband
should write down your goals for your family and discuss them
yearly, if not more. These goals should be transferred to a
realistic yearly, monthly, weekly, and daily schedule. Keeping to a
schedule was as important to our family, when our children were
toddlers, as scheduling is today.
Our goals as
parents of young children should focus on teaching our children
--- to fall in love with God and obey His Word, to love their
parents and obey their Word as they would God's Word, and enjoy
learning about God's creation and how to be a good steward of it.
looked something like this...Breakfast,
Family Devotion, (Bible story, song, & prayer) outside play (swings,
sand box, club house, walk or ride tricycles around the
neighborhood, etc.), snack, learning center (play dough, paint,
puzzles, games, stamps, coloring, cut outs, etc.), inside play (legos,
kitchen, dress up, Play Mobile, toys, books, audio or video tapes,
etc.), clean up, lunch, Reading aloud, nap (2hrs.), learning center,
snack, inside play, clean up, outside play, supper, bath, (Listen to
Bible on tape and prayers). At least once a week , if not more, I
would take them to the park and meet another family or Dad after
work. Also regular trips to the library, selecting books and quietly
reading were part of the agenda.
creating, exploring with your children is important, especially at
these young ages. The responsibilities of each family member
increases as the children get older. Playtime, exploring, and
creating gets scarce as more and more "schooling" is required. So
read aloud, romp on the floor, play Candy Land, make puzzles, play
dolls and matchbox cars, cuddle with them, build sandcastles, visit
other families, plant a garden, go to the library, color, draw, and
take field trips (zoo, fire station, police station, bakery, grocery
Invest in good
educational toys, books, and equipment that will help you reach your
goals such as a play equipment, fence for the back yard, a baby gate
for the play room, and playpen for infants. Train your infants and
toddlers that there are boundaries. These boundaries should keep the
young child safe and happy, while you are busy teaching, cleaning,
resting, etc.. Have a central play room and get sturdy boxes for
storing toys and teach your children to pick up after each play
Remember you can never
redeem the time when your children are young, so enjoy the smacks,
cuddles, sillies, wiggles, and giggles, now.
Those younger than five
years old, let them observe and participate as much as possible in
your schooling or SOW activities.
What is so
unique about the SOW Phonics program?
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We believe the SOW
Curriculum has designed an excellent reading program that utilizes good
resources enabling the teacher and student to find instant success.
The SOW Phonics
is a holistic approach to learning how to read. Unlike most
programs in which the student 's spelling words are different from
the reading words and the writing words are different from the
reading and spelling words, the SOW Curriculum uses the same family
words to read, write, spell, and to do English and reading skills.
programs require the student to read library books to learn reading.
The SOW Curriculum utilizes Merrill Linguistic Readers which only
reinforce words that have already been learned or introduced giving
the student consistent success in oral and silent reading.
There are 7 readers.
workbooks teach the student to recognize and identify words in
context, comprehension skills, sequencing, matching, inferring,
critical thinking, etc.. All of these reading skills are essential
for successful reading. There are 7 skills texts.
There is a step
by step oral lesson in which the student decodes each family word.
It is during this session the student hears, sees, and blends
the sounds to make words.
While the student is
learning to read, the SOW Curriculum encourages the student to write
each word by tracing or copying the words using print, only. The
student should write the words exactly how he reads words in books.
Other types of writing such as italics, calligraphy, cursive etc.
should be taught after the student learns to read well.
Using each word in
context through drawing pictures or writing sentences is also part
of the program's success for reading.
There are four
step by step phonic lessons in the SOW Curriculum:
sounds: The student will learn consonants by matching capital
and small letters, placing them in alphabetical order,
identifying each letter's sound, writing all the letters, and
naming each letter using fun resources and activities.
sounds: One short vowel is introduced one at a time in an oral
lesson and using specific phonics worksheets to reinforce
learning. The student will learn other words in that word
family. Using wonderful readers and reading skill workbooks that
teach sequencing, comprehension, grammar, context, and
sentences, etc., the young student is able to read successfully
and easily on the first day. After the student has finished his
first reader and work text, he is able to be self taught because
of the simple and methodical way the material is introduced.
Only about 15 minutes a day of guidance and teaching is needed.
sounds: These sounds are introduced and learned the same way as
the short vowel sounds.
Phonics: For the older or mature student who needs drilling in
the sounds for better spelling and reading.
cost for all the Merrill Reading Program is about $250.00, but you
can purchase one reader and skill text at a time and sell the
readers, when you are finished.
NOTE: Disadvantage of using the Merrill Readers and skills text
is the difficulty in ordering the teacher editions (TE). You must
send proof along with your order of any TEs, that your home is
registered with the state. We recommend you do not purchase any TEs.
The lessons are very explanatory and easy to use without them.
Yes, your family
may use any Bible version with the SOW Curriculum.
The SOW Curriculum
recommends selected resources for each subject to be used as sources of
information and fact. Each of these resources can be substituted with
your own preferences or selected resources. Choosing your own resources
allows the parents to be in control over what the child is learning as
fact. Remember, the SOW Curriculum is designed to be nonbiased, but the
resources recommended may be biased according to publisher's view. We
have tried to select resources that were close to Biblical view.
What is the
difference between the NKJV or KJV and the other versions of the Bible? Go
We personally believe that the KJV of the Bible is superior because
of the Textus Receptus (the compilation of
Greek manuscripts used to translate the word of God into English).
We believe that the
best study of the Bible would require looking at the Greek manuscripts
for exegetical clarity. The word exegesis means to "draw out". It is
applied to the study of the scriptures to emphasize that Bible Doctrine
comes out of scripture. Therefore, it is very important that we
understand the importance of inerrancy in the scriptures. We believe
that God has delivered His word to man and has persevered it without
error. The large volume of new translations attempt to defy this
principle of inerrancy by demonstrating that there are many translations
and no absolute truth of God. Most all modern translations are based on
the Nestle-Aland Greek manuscripts. This collection contains many
manuscripts which the Textus Receptus rejected. They were rejected for
many good reasons. The KJV and the NKJV are based on the Textus Receptus.
I also like to use the Interlinear English Bible produced by Hendrickson
Publishers--it is committed to the Textus Receptus. There are some
people who believe they should only use the KJV for study and teaching.
The KJV is an English translation of the Greek Textus Receptus. The
authority of the scripture is rested in the Greek and expressed in the
English. The English language is continually changing and translations
or exposition of the scripture must be accurate to the original Greek
text. It was during the "Dark Ages" that "Latin" became the excepted
version of the Bible. The Reformation was carried forward by men who
were committed to producing a Bible in the common vernacular language of
the English people. There were many attempts at this before the KJV
Bible was produced under the sanction of King James. The goal of the KJV
was to produce a Bible which was accurate to the original language which
would be easy for the common man to read. For a person to use the KJV,
he must be ready to study. For example, 2 The
3:9, "Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample
unto you to follow us." For years I would read the word ensample and
replace it with the word example. But the word ensample, which is
uncommon in modern American English, has a much greater description than
the word example. The word ensample, comes from the Greek word "tupos"
which means the figure formed by a blow or impression; a figure or
image. The application would mean that Paul desired to leave such a
lasting impression on the Thessalonians that they would provoked by his
life to follow in his obedience to Christ. This is just one example to
demonstrate that the translation must be true to the original Greek and
yet contemporary to the culture which it speaks. Many
translations are being written in these modern times
substituting words. We believe the best
translation for our family is the Greek Textus Receptus, not the
This is a small
explanation of our convictions on this important subject. We encourage
you to seek God for wisdom and clarity in your understanding of this
matter. We must always remember that God has spoken without error, but
He has not revealed all truth to us. We see through a mirror dimly and
He has purposefully left many matters a mystery. Even Jesus entrusted
Himself to the Father who had the authority to appoint who would sit on
His right and left hand, and who alone knew the time of His second
coming. God wants us to have the full assurance that His word is
trustworthy, because He is the Word. To put our faith in God's word is
to entrust ourselves to God and His faithfulness.
To study the Bible, our family uses
unmarked NKJV Bibles, but you can use the KJV or any
other version of the Bible, you prefer. Like a
commentary, we may read other versions for amplification of a text, but
we do not depend on their interpretation of the text.
Independent students should use an
unmarked Bible; because, these have no outlines or comments in the
Bible. This requires them to do their own
work. They will use other tools such as a
Bible Dictionary, Atlas, and commentaries, but at the proper times in
their studies. They are also trained to use the Strong's Concordance,
to find the Greek and Hebrew words and
handbooks, dictionaries and atlases should be used by the teacher for
research in vocabulary, topic and character studies. The Holy Spirit
promises to guide the believer to the truth of God's Word.
Check Romans 8:1 in
every translation and find the doctrinal differences in this passage of
is the difference between each of the SOW years or volumes?
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I does not mean grade 1, SOW II does not mean grade 2, SOW III does not
mean grade 3, and so on. Remember, the SOW Curriculum is a
non-graded curriculum. This means that SOW I is the edition or
volume to be used first by the whole family, regardless of age or
abilities. Then when SOW I is completed, the family completes SOW
II, and then SOW III, so on and so on, till all six years are completed.
To make it a twelve year curriculum, the family is to repeat the same
six years again. (What they have learned and how they have learned it
will not be the same at five years of age as when they repeat the SOW at
12 years of age. So there is no fear of boredom.)
the SOW Curriculum is designed best to be used together as a family,
after purchasing all six volumes, you may choose to use the volumes in
any order, with one or all of your students, or each student using a
does a typical week look like for my family?
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Instead of a lesson plan, each
student will follow a
recommended or individualized weekly schedule and a
recommended or individualized yearly scope &
sequence. The weekly schedule can be as detailed, as
needed noting resource used, page, etc.
does the SOW Curriculum encourage Co-oping?
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Curriculum strongly encourages co-oping with other families. This encourages
the student to do his best knowing he will have to share with others at the end of the week. Co-oping
with other families also strengthens their speech skills and knowledge in a particular subject area.
It is important for you and
your children not to isolate yourselves, but to fellowship with like
minded families for support, learning skills, sharing knowledge, prayer,
fellowship, etc. Your church, neighbors, friends, or family
may never meet to your family's specialized
needs as homeschoolers.
If there is not a co-op in
your area, in which family and discipleship is emphasized, then you may
want to pioneer a co-op in your area.
FLCM page for suggestions on co-oping.
Why does it take six years to
finish the SOW Curriculum?
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We wanted our family not just
to read the Bible, but study the Bible extensively using Bible study
methods and Bible resources. Also,
was to be taught as it related to the Creator and His written word. In
mapping out all that was required for a thorough education in Bible,
science, history, geography, etc., we calculated at least six years.
This would make it easy for a family to repeat the SOW Curriculum
every six years. Potentially, each student, if they started in
kindergarten, would go through the program twice, making the SOW
Curriculum a K-12 program.
could be completed every four years, if your
family scheduled 36 week lessons per year,
instead of 24.
SOW Curriculum is designed to be used for at least six years to cover
all the required basics of education except math,
physics, chemistry, & foreign language.
you have a older child, that has less than six
years left of homeschooling education, there are some options to
consider for using the SOW...
Extend the years
of homeschooling and use the SOW Curriculum in the apprenticeship
stage of your child's life. Personally, we made a decision to extend
our older child's homeschooling years beyond the normal number of
years required, so that he could complete the curriculum and then
continue into a more personalized program specifically designed for
him and his gifts.
Complete the study
within a four year period, instead of the
six, by continuing to homeschool all year round and complete more
than the 24 lessons required each year. Example
4 years of SOW by increasing 24 lessons per year to 36 lessons per
Create your own scope & sequence by selecting
specific SOW lessons
in each subject. For
example... create a 2 year plan by doing just one lesson in each of
the Old Testament & New Testament books, 1 year OT = 33 lessons, 2
year NT = 33 lessons (To do this all six volumes must be
purchased at one time.)
also recommend purchasing SOW I-VI,
but start with SOW IVB. This
volume is the beginning study of the New
Testament, in the book of Matthew.
Then continue until the student completes as many
volumes, as possible. Remember, the younger students will
continue using the other SOW volumes after
the older student or students have finished.
may purchase all 6 volumes, mixing and matching resources, subjects,
scope & sequences, topics, and scriptures as needed to fit your
sincerely believe the knowledge and wisdom a student will gain by using
and completing the curriculum would prepare him properly to serve God
allows the high school student to learn independently and
progressively through methodical
provides the high school student various resources, tools, and
skills for learning each subject to it's fullest.
teaches the high school student inductive skills... researching,
inductive and critical thinking, organizing, and clear,
the high school student focused by utilizing goals and schedules
stimulates the high school student to learn by asking questions.
produces Biblical view thinkers and doers because the Word of God is
the final authority in all subjects.
encourages diligence, faithfulness, and thoroughness through
challenges the student, so that he/she relies on the Holy Spirit, as
records progress of high school student using the progress report.
the SOW Curriculum give our children the education needed for college?
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The SOW Curriculum
is designed to give every student what is needed for life -- a basic
education and Christian discipleship.
After twelve years of completing the SOW Curriculum, we believe that
an (IEP) individual educational program
should be designed for each student. This plan should include
teaching the student skills for family or single life living,
Christian ministry, a vocation, and social
& community living. College, trade school, etc. may or may not be
included in that plan.
We encourage the
apprenticeship method, which means
learning under a master in the trade, skill, or career, your
student is gifted or shows interest in.
Make arrangements with a local Christian business or person,
that is Christian and well known for their
integrity and business practices and the quality of work and product.
SOW Curriculum suggests ideas for apprenticeship in the SOW
who have planned college as a further source of education for their
students, are encouraged to use the student progress report as a six
week report and/or a transcript, keep a portfolio of all the
student's best works, and take tests needed for college entrance.
Find out what the college your student is planning to attend
requires and add any necessary studies to the SOW.
Because the SOW
uses credited texts as resources, there is no fear that the student
is not being presented the basic skills and knowledge needed
to complete high school requirements. These
subjects should be added...all maths, foreign languages (SOW has
introductory Hebrew and Greek.), physics, and chemistry.
Those parents who wish their students to be tested and graded in
each subject may do so by using those test materials available from
each recommended resource's publisher such
as Bob Jones, Abeka, etc.
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an individual educational program or apprenticeship is
included in the SOW Curriculum.
Why are math lessons not
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Math lessons are not
included in the SOW Curriculum. We chose to concentrate our time,
energy, gifts, and resources into producing a curriculum suitable for
discipling our children in almost all the basic subjects, except math.
We hope to include math lessons in the future. There are some fine math
curriculums such as Saxon, Addison Wesley, Math U See, etc. If you use
the SOW, you will have to select your family's math curriculum.
Links for some math ideas.
curriculum do you think we should use?
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Our philosophy on
math is to use inexpensive wordbooks or texts that can be self taught
and checked by the student. For each lesson, use household materials
such as a box of pop cycle sticks to teach concepts. There are many good
math curriculums, but free public school texts are just as good. Visit
state educational warehouses or find vendors that sell used free or
inexpensive text books.
Links for some math ideas.
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are learning the basic skills in each subject?
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are given to find out if children are learning the basic skills in
each subject. Unfortunately most tests are basically designed to
compare your child with a standard of skills and knowledge that a
team of "educational experts" deemed important or conclusive for a
child of that age to know. These tests are called achievement tests
and are usually given in a group setting. The outcome of these tests
in no way show you any specific skills your child does or does not
know, but a percentile score comparing your childís results with
others of his age.
that Christians use a diagnostic test. These tests are usually
individually given to the child and test the child for basic skills
known or not known in each major subject. Testing this way, the
child can learn the skills and knowledge needed individually
progressing on his own time frame and unique capabilities with no
pressure of comparison
Curriculum recommends the Brigance Comprehensive Inventory of
Basic Skills for Pre- 9th grade. Just like its name, this test
is very comprehensive covering all the basic subjects in all grades
from preschool skills to 9th grade. It also evaluates each
individual child in every basic skill in each subject such as the
print or cursive writing of each letter, fractions in math,
punctuation and capitalization use, reading word recognition,
comprehension, and lots more. It not only analyzes student's
strength and weakness in a certain area but also gives the student a
grade level score for each subject. It is easy to use by all lay
persons. Designed like a flip chart so that the teacher sits at one
end while the student being tested sits at the opposite end. The
instructions are clearly written out. Scoring each child is easily
done by filling out a student record book as the test is given. This
record book can be used as evidence of your child's progress in
basic skills or used by the teacher to find strengths and weakness
in basic skills. The basic skills for each level are laid out so
simple so that it could be used as a scope & sequence to follow.
Another way to
informally test your child is to ask questions using the questions
at the end of each chapter or your own. Biographies, timelines,
experiments, and essays are all ways you can evaluate whether a
child knows and comprehends a subject that they have studied.
testing or grading is important to your family, we suggest you
purchase the testing materials that correspond to the resources the
SOW recommends using for each subject.
We believe that
God has given each of our children unique abilities that are
designed for Godís purpose in their life. Thus each child will
learn, retain, comprehend, and utilize material and information
differently. As parents we are to impress our children that they are
unique and perfect in Godís sight and for His special purposes. Even
those with disabilities, disfigurements, etc. are uniquely designed
for God and His glory. We are to help our children know God and
learn about His world using those unique abilities and then discover
what is that special purpose God has for them.
testing each child, to see if he can perform the task or knows the
information required, will give the teacher or parent the
information needed to either reteach or teach new skills and
material. But most testing is done to compare and label children. We
believe this type of testing is unbiblical.
Christians should compare themselves to Jesus. When we do that, we
see how holy He is and how unholy we are, thus causing us to repent
and turn to Him for wisdom, strength, and power. Comparing ourselves
to others ultimately produces both pride and false security or fear
Moses sent out the twelve spies into the
land of Canaan, ten came back with a report, that though the land
was filled with milk and honey as God had said, that there were
giants in the land and that it would be impossible to conquer the
land. Two of the spies reported the land was filled with milk and
honey and that though there were giants, that God had given them the
land. Joshua agreed and led the Israelites into Canaan and possessed
the land God had promised them.
systems, both private and government, coupled with psychology or
giving you false reports. We encourage Christian parents not to
listen to the false reports about your children, home, or marriages,
but to move forward confident that God has given you the strength,
wisdom, and power to conquer all the giants keeping you from
possessing all the inheritances and promises God has for His people.
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Video: Our second choice for least
preparation time for teaching all the subjects would be using the
video. All that is required is basically setting up the video. Keep
in mind, we are not against using videos as a tool to enhance
learning, but there exists some problems,
if it is used as the main source of education. The video, even more
that a classroom, is limited in it's power to educate properly.
Because the video addresses a prearranged specific scope & sequence
for each subject, it is unable to answer the student's personal
questions, explore individual ideas, nor does it have access to the
God given capabilities of each student that is needed to make
education a learning process.
Textbook: A textbook style curriculum
would be our next choice for least preparation time. Textbooks are
pretty much self explanatory, so that the student can learn on his
own most of the time. All that is required is a small amount of
reading from the text, answering the calculated questions by using
the limited resource of the text, and a weekly quiz to see how much
of the text has been retained for that week. Of course, it becomes
very costly and time consuming, if your family consists of more than
one of a different age. Also, children usually don't retain much,
learning is boring, and the subjects never relate to one another.
Unit Study: The unit or principle approach
(each subject is learned by focusing around a specific topic or
principle), depending on format, is the most time consuming in
teacher preparation. But, we consider it the most interesting way to
learn, because it requires lots of hands on activities with the
family. Most of these types of curriculums, though, demand that the
teacher (you) to do all the managing, preparing, teaching, thinking,
creating, and evaluating for all her students-- infant to adult.
Principle/Character study: This popular home school approach assumes
that by studying a principle or character the student will become a
disciple of Christ, but only accomplishes students who try to
fulfill the law.
Inductive Approach: This method is very effective
in drawing out the truth using analytical questions, researching for
answers, mastering skills & concepts, speaking, drawing, or writing
clear conclusions, and applying wisdom.
Curriculum does utilize all the approaches and tools mentioned
to make preparing and teaching more time efficient, as well as
economically feasible, educationally sound, creatively interesting,
and biblically correct. Remember, a good teacher will spend time
planning, preparing, teaching, and reevaluating, but with good tools
this job can be made easier. Whether you create your own or use the
SOW, a good curriculum will have integrated subjects that
relate to one another, daily lessons with step by step instructions
for teacher and students; yearly, monthly, weekly, and daily time
management charts for creating good stewards, repetitious methods
that concentrate on learning basic skills, use of good references
that are self explanatory, a plan for evaluating and testing each
student, and a thorough scope & sequence-- goals for educating your
children and a plan for meeting those goals.
What is the cost for using
the SOW Curriculum?
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We believe the SOW Curriculum is the most cost efficient homeschooling
SOW Resource Edition
& Teacher Edition Volume I
SOW Student Edition Volume
SOW Teacher Edition
SOW Student Edition
SOW Worksheets (Secure ebooks)
cost of the SOW Curriculum per family for the first year is $225-260.00.
For all 12 years of education, the SOW Curriculum will cost almost
$500.00 per family. (See
description for more details.)
Selected resources are not provided by the SOW Curriculum and must be
purchased separately. (For details on recommended
is recommended for the first year?
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Order the SOW Teacher Edition I & Resource Edition
I (set) and one
Student Edition I for each 6th-12th grade student.
The K-5th worksheets are included free with the purchase of SOW RE
& TE I.
next year your family should order SOW II, then next SOW III, till you
have finished all six years. Then repeat the six years again making the
SOW Curriculum a K-12th curriculum.
your family has older students, that will not
finish out the six years required, see question # 31
above for options.
about high school, see question # 32 above.
purchase SOW I-VI, you may start in any volume and use the SOW
Curriculum in any order, you choose. To fit your family's needs,
you may substitute, change, add, or subtract any subject, scope &
sequence, resource, lesson, topic, scripture, etc.
SOW Curriculum is a tool for families, who
choose to disciple their children, not just educate them.
Our desire is that every family disciple their children.
So, to provide these families
with financial needs, a means to
purchase and use the SOW Curriculum, we offer
ask that you send 40% of the subtotal for SOW
material purchased plus 10% shipping and handling of the subtotal to be
sent by money order with the SOW order form to
us as a down payment. After 30 days examination, if
you decide to keep the SOW, you
automatically agree to pay at least $25.00 per month till paid in full,
no interest. Please call or email us to ask for this
Sorry, we do not take orders over the phone or
email. You may purchase SOW materials by pay pal,
visa or mastercard, or mail in your order. If you use the mail, you
must send the total amount with your SOW order form
SOW CURRICULUM, P.O. Box
15672, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70895-5672.
Please make the check out to SOW Curriculum. If you
send it with a money order, it will be processed faster. We can process
your order, even faster, if you use paypal.
can we expect to receive the SOW material, when ordered?
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usually takes 3-5 days to receive your order by mail. We package
and send out orders within 7 days of
receiving your purchase order. There may be
some exceptions because of illness, vacation, etc. It
takes about 3-5 days for your order to arrive by priority mail. So
expect a mail in order to take at least 10-14 days for delivery. Send
money order with your purchase or order by paypal visa, or mastercard to
To examine the SOW Curriculum, you may contact ...
a SOW Representative in your state,
purchase the SOW Curriculum. It may be returned in good resell
condition within 30 days for a money back guarantee, less S &
free sample of the SOW Curriculum available on the internet.
Most libraries have internet for public us
may be returned in good resell condition within 30 days for a
money back guarantee, less S & H cost.
returned SOW materials must have a RMA
#. Please email us for an RMA #.
What are the
policies for selling and buying a used SOW Curriculum?
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we desire every family to disciple their children, not just educate
them, we are glad, when families are
able to sell and/or
buy the SOW Curriculum used.
we offer special financing, we have a special request
to ask those, who buy used SOW materials...Please ask the seller for
their name, purchase date and invoice # of SOW materials selling. Then
check with our home office to make sure the seller has paid for the SOW
Curriculum in full before purchasing it from them. For those, who have
bought used SOW materials, and would like to purchase more SOW materials
from us, we ask, that you send us the previous owners name, purchase
date, and invoice # with purchase order.
the SOW Curriculum, you must have these SOW I materials... TE & RE, SE
(6th-12th), & K-5th worksheets. If these or any other items are missing,
when purchased used, we will sell you the missing items at cost,
we desire to be good stewards and strive for excellence with the SOW
Curriculum materials, we are frequently updating our SOW materials. Our
most recent update is the SOW Resource Edition 2005. Updated SOW
materials are offered half price to those, who purchased the SOW
directly from us. All others must purchase updated SOW materials at full
Please contact us, if there
are any questions concerning used SOW materials.
See homeschool or
educational book sites to swap and/or buy or sale used SOW materials and
How is the SOW Curriculum
different from the traditional method of education?
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The goal of the SOW
Curriculum is to know God and gain wisdom,
where as in traditional education, the
goal is to gain knowledge
to secure a job.
SOW's method is discipleship, completing the whole man in
Christ, mentally, spiritually, & physically.
Traditional education requires the student to memorize
facts and skills to
achieve high test scores.
the SOW Curriculum, the Bible and other parental approved and
selected resources are sources
for information to gain
Biblical truth, unlike
government approved textbooks, that include ...humanism,
witchcraft, psychology, and other
non Biblical philosophies.
We believe educating
children is not as complicated as some would have you believe.
Instead of learning science, English, history, geography, and
math facts in small amounts scattered throughout
twelve years, we repeatedly teach all the
facts and the basic skills by using
research, reading, asking questions,
listening, critical thinking, and writing
to draw out the truth in each subject.
Whereas writing is the
chief way a student communicates his thoughts in the traditional
method, oral discussion, drawing, and writing are all emphasized in
the the SOW Curriculum.
instead of just knowledge,
is gained by utilizing and applying knowledge according to
God's purpose and plan, not man's. How do we
educate our children according to God's purpose and plan?... When
the Bible is the main text and source of truth for each subject.
main stream education, one subject never relates to another. But in
the SOW Curriculum, all the subjects integrate, so that spelling
relates to English, and English to creative writing, and so forth.
Since Scripture is the basis for each subject, each subject is
integrated and related.
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