Hands down, one of the best choices we made was using Tapestry of Grace.
“George!” Martha shakes her husband awake in the middle of the night. “George. Sit up.”
George sleepily groans and peers at the clock. He slowly sits, wondering why his wife is waking him at 2am.
“Honey,” she whispers. “The Zarak’s house is on fire. See?”
“It is.” George tilts his head. “It’s just a little fire. Looks like it hasn’t made it out of the kitchen.”…. Continue reading
Literacy is vital for our children’s futures. It is vital for the future of the United States. I thought about giving you statistics, about pointing out all the things that are impacted by reading (or lack thereof). Then I thought, “Self, these wonderful people are reading a blog about Thinking Kids. These people believe in reading. These people believe in literacy.” Myself and I agreed there is no reason to address the joys of reading – at least not in this particular blog post. Rather, I thought I’d talk about how to create an atmosphere conducive to reading. Continue reading
Apparently, it is impossible to homeschool without thinking everyone else in the world should also. At least, that must be the perception. Most frequently, the answer that I homeschool is met with a blank stare. After that, the most common response I receive is a list of all the reasons my partner in conversation can not possibly ever (never, ever!) homeschool. Inevitably, I hear, “I just don’t have the patience for that.”
Oh, friend, if only you could see my heart! Continue reading
The four Big Thoughts for Little Thinkers books cover some very important issues for four to seven year olds. Mr. Allen explains The Trinity, The Gospel, The Scripture, and The Mission in concise, easy-to-understand language and adorable pictures. The books are the perfect size for little hands. I started using these when my youngest boys were 3 and 4. Not only did they love the books, they understood the concepts! (These are GREAT books to share with new Christian parents as well! I love using children’s materials to help mentor a new believer. What better way to help someone understand than to help them teach it to their children?)
Each page has a new, or expanded, idea regarding the topic. These ideas are rooted in Scripture. There are several Bible references for each thought, allowing the parent to confirm the truth behind the statements….. Continue reading