THE most important part of family life is the foundation that is laid.  We believe that it matters not
what a child learns if he does not first have a firm foundation based on the Word of God and Faith in Him. 
All the accumulated knowledge in the world will be foolishness if without first the wisdom of God.

Teaching Children At Home
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 And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them
when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way,
when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

Deuteronomy 11.19


One of the very best teaching / learning activities for our children of all ages has been doing a sort of "unit study" or a study of a specific topic and creating a folder collage, a lap book (Now a trademarked name: Lapbook)  or a unit scrapbook.  I got my first ideas at a homeschool convention many years ago and then I ordered Dinah Zike's Big Book of Books - now, this was before all the internet helps and even before she developed what are now known as Foldables or "3-D" graphic organizers.

Here is a very good basic description of how to make a topic scrapbook or "lap book" or a folder of mini-books, envelopes and pop-ups.Your own imagination is all you need when you see a few examples of how these mini books are created.

All you need, you probably already have in your hand.
File folders, plain white and coloured paper, lined paper, scissors, pens, crayons, markers and glue sticks.
Other embellishments are not necessary and may even hinder creativity if you have to wait to go and buy them!!

You can get started today making books of books. 
We've made books of events, states, and other unit studies.


Now, a "lap book" needn't be difficult or pertain to a specific basic subject study.  No, a "lap book" can be the vehicle to carry just about any bit of information you want to gather and display.  Again, your own imagination and exploration is the limit.  Look at what others are doing if your imagination is dull and needs a bit of sparking or jump-starting!
How about a
Madeline book?
And as you'll see from
The Runaway Bunny, each book is a springboard for studying other related topics!
Take a look at
these "lap books" and pocket books!
Here's an example of the Five-In-A-Row or FIAR story:
Gramma's Walk.

Now, if you need more information, ideas and incentives to jump on, here's the Tobin's Lab site and book.

Do you lack information regarding laws, organizations and materials on the history and founding of our country
We have a great page of helpful information, organizations and web-sites!  (click and see!)

Do you ever feel like you're wasting your time or that you've had a wasted day? Then here's a great article for you...  A Wasted Day?

Many years ago my husband told me that the very worst day of home schooling would be better than the very, very best day or any day of public schooling for our children.  I've thought of that many times over the years... especially on one of those days that didn't go quite as planned. 

Through the years we have had some ups and downs.  And now, looking back, the very good years outweigh any of difficult ones and the good days far surpass any of the not-so-good days.  Through them all, God has remained faithful and true.  He has provided for every thing that's been needed and had guided each step of the way.  We truly praise Him ófor any good has surely been His doing.

And now... more of the Best Home Schooling Sites on the Web


Teach Your Child To Read in 100 Easy Lessons

Rod and Staff Publishers
Our favourite "old fashioned" School materials
Every subject is covered and the content is always God honouring.

God's World

Elijah Company / Homeschool Market Place can help you make wise decisions about what to teach and when!  Online Store  Product Recommendations and materials for sale for each grade/age level  Homeschool Counsel  Articles for counsel and encouragement
Homeschool Travel
"Learn History Where It Happened"

Mantle Ministries
Richard "Little Bear" Wheeler



~ Doorposts ~
Products to help with child training, discipline and to help you memorize and apply Scripture in your family and around your home.

Plain Path Publishers
Conservative Christian Homeschool, Church and Christian School materials.
Booklets for young people and parents; plus, they offer materials  from other authors and publishers.

 These would be our first choices for wholesome materials for our boys & girls!
Vision Forum

 Keepers of the Faith  
have purchased many good books from this wonderful site, Jeff & Susan Zakula's family owned business/website. 
The quality and service have been very good. Here you will also find the complete integrated curriculum for the McGuffey Readers.They have a page of
Frequently Asked Questions regarding the McGuffey Readers and the English curriculum

This continues to be one of the best and most extensive resources we've ever encouraged families to
bookmark and revisit!  I think you'll agree, it's a great help!!
How about this!! Free Weekly Menus for busy cooks!  Subscribe here...

A Clean Home Unit Study
Developing a cleaning routine:
House Cleaning Motivation and Suggested Books:

Help Me Organize My Home   and   Where Do I Start??
Ready, Set Clean... from a Saver of Quite a Lot

Cooking With Children...


Children's Chores
The Heart and Mind of a Servant

ABC I Believe
Christian Homeschool Bible Study and More

A Real Mom's Home School
Maggie Hogan



Home School World
and Practical Homeschooling Magazine

HomeSchooling quick as a wink links

A Beka 


Alpha Omega


Beautiful Feet Books 


Bob Jones University Press


Christian Book Distributors


Christian Light Publications  540-434-0768
Elijah Company

Focus on the Family  800-232-6459
Godís World Book Club  800-951-2665
Home School Easy Records
Home School Legal Defense  540-338-5600
Homeschool Associates 800-882-2828
Homeschool Central  
HomeSchool Mom
Homeschooling on a Shoestring  

Homeschooling Today   
Keepers of the Faith  
Sonlight  303-730-6292
Teaching Home Magazine 503-253-9633
The Learning Company  800-716-8503
Timberdoodle  360-426-0672
Vision Forum

Some of the handiest tools we use in our schooling are...  "lap-sized" marker boards
The Markerboard People

Dry Erase Store
1611 North Grand River      PO Box 80560      Lansing, Michigan 48906  USA
Voice: 888 379-3727    Fax: 517 372-3009

 I decided to look in the "scratch 'n dent" section and ordered several from there.  The markers were priced in the 'case lot' of 30 and I chose the 'assorted' rather than one colour. There is a "map" board a blank "clock" board and a "story" board.

I use a large white board in my kitchen that I purchased at Costco (this one is really neat... comes with thin black tape to mark off sections) On the top, I have lined off a section for the date, another section for the daily events and in another section I have each child's name and their personal chores for the day/week/month.

You'll love the Homeschool Mom website... I think you'll be amazed at all the resources.  You can download a homeschool organizer, read articles, and more! You can even shop at this site... plus, you can also Subscribe to their newsletter!  TheHomeSchool Mom Newsletter brings the best of the web for homeschoolers to your inbox. Get the best of educational websites, quality freebies, & great bargains every week.

If you're using "Teach Your Child To Read in 100 Easy Lessons"  then you might consider Marsha Rozalski's site: for worksheets she has produced for each lesson. 
You can print out the worksheets each day or several at a time.   (More info on this site down this page!)


Bonnie Terry Learning has basic skill books, reference guides, and games designed by a learning disabilities specialist.
Materials are Standards Based, 1st - 12th grade levels.

Language Arts

Excellent Language Arts Programs for all grades:

Daily Grammar is a free service of Word Place, Inc. 
Much like A Word A Day (no affiliation), which teaches you a new word each day, Daily Grammar sends you e-mail messages with a grammar lesson five days of the week and a quiz on the sixth day.

Here is a GREAT program you can download and purchase online can help you in the printing of handwriting sheets and worksheets.   You can choose different fonts from manuscript to cursive writing and different styles of worksheets.


Another very helpful tool for learning or memorizing is a "Learning Wrap-Up."  You can take a look at the great variety of "Learning Wrap-Ups" by going to the website:   Our children have been using them to learn piano facts such as Keys, Notes, Signs, Symbols, Rhythm, Basic Vocabulary, Chords, and Intervals.  There are "Learning Wrap-Ups" for preschool through high school, covering subjects such as math, language, geography and more.           

NEW! Learn at Home:   A huge resource for Moms... home educators & homemakers:


Study Web is a site with over a thousand links to sites that  you can access for every subject in homeschooling!

The original
Far Above Rubies and Blessed is the Man program by Lauren & Lynda Coats.
This is the program - curriculum is designed to train young ladies to be the women the LORD has designed them to be.  It is based on Proverbs 31.10-31.   In addition to FAR, they also offer the Blessed is the Man curriculum!

All-Around Education   You can look through the site and you can write to them directly!    P.O. Box 11562   Montgomery, AL 36111

Vision Forum Ministries: 

"Everything on our site is an expression of our mission: To rebuild Christian family culture. At Vision Forum, we are unabashed advocates for the historic, biblical ideal for motherhood and fatherhood; we rejoice in the revival of biblical education promoted through the home school movement..."   
The Beautiful Girlhood Collection  & The All-American Boy's Adventure Catalog

We have had good success with several children using materials from the Providence Project using the skill building & strengthening "learning vitamins" through the CalcuLadders and AlphaBetters... daily project drill sheets to sharpen quick thinking and quick calculating skills. Plus!! there are some wonderful music resources available from them as well!   Please Visit

GREAT!!!  Worksheets Unlimited 

Handwriting Sheets ~ Calendars ~ Charts and MORE:   This marvelous site has been extremely helpful for many different needs for children of all ages!  There are also maps (US and individual states) that you can print and use for colouring or for identifying state capitols, major cities, rivers and other information.  All the pages print out well and are well done originals by Marsha Rozalski:

you can order a CD of the worksheets!  
for information write:

Much to my surprise, I have stumbled upon a site that has been very informative---from the US Department of Education, no less!  (gasp!) I suggest that you take a look---chew the meat and spit out the bones!!  There are some very good suggestions here at:

There are many things, tips, ideas that may help and encourage you in your homeschooling.

Homeschool Magazines and Publications

The Old School House

Home School Digest
HOME SCHOOL DIGEST will strengthen, encourage and equip you in your journey of homeschooling, raising Godly children, and walking closer with Jesus Christ.


TEACH Magazine will calm your spirit and soothe your soul with lovely pages filled with edifying encouragement, inspiration, and practical ideas in a 44-page quarterly Christian magazine for moms. If you want to be the best mommy, wife, and homemaker you can possibly be, you will love TEACH!

The Teaching Home

Homeschooling Today
(under new management---We've referred you to ThePatriarch'sPath---
The McDonald's are the new owner/publishers of Homeschooling Today Magazine) 


Educators Publishing Service (Explode the Code)
Rainbow Resource Center  

Want some more links?!?!?  
Here you go!

Homeschool textbooks, material and support---A  full line of resources for K through 12th Grade.


Deuteronomy 6.4-9 
4  Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:
5  And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
6  And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
7  And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
8  And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as  frontlets between thine eyes.
9  And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.   © 1999ó2013   PO Box 2130 Snohomish, Washington 98291 USA
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