Hello, and happy Saturday! I’m sorry I missed the MEGA list yesterday. This coming Monday is going to be a very exciting conversation with the Friendly Calvinist. His testimony is God glorifying, but make sure your have tissues handy! Most of our conversation revolves around social media, although he is the first guest we have ever had come prepared with their own Shenanigans, so there are going to be some laughs! Thats pretty much the only update I have for the podcast. So, let’s move on to homeschooling.
Kayliegh is officially entered into her first ever spelling bee! I’ve never seen her study so hard, although she already had a knack for spelling. We replaced our ordinary spelling lists with the lists we were given for the contest. It’s going to happen early in January, so she does have some catching up to do as far as memorization goes. The neat thing I wanted to mention about this spelling bee is that it was set up by an older Homeschooling student! There are adults over-seeing it, of course, but she has personally gone around town collecting prizes from local business. Once a week she hosts a live feed on FaceBook where the students are given a word from their list, which they are instructed to type next to their initials. Not only is this great practice for the words, but it’s also teaching typing! At the end of each live feed every child who participated is entered to win a small prize. Again, this was put together by someone half my age.
This was exciting on two levels, first, and most obvious, is that Kayliegh is participating with other homeschooling families. She’s getting the experience, she’s going to learn the benefit of hard work and study. Second, homeschoolers can do set up events, we’re not limited by keeping our children out of Public School. Not everyone has the ability, or even the option, to homeschool, no parent shaming here. But, for those of us that can, it helps to know what a wonderful world of opportunity there is when we are called home. That’s my only update for you today, but I do have a question. If you homeschool, or were homeschooled, did you do lessons all the way up until Christmas? As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved!
Today, dear ones, I’m excited to have the first few worksheets prepared in what will, Lord willing, be an entire homeschooling unit on apologetics. I’m using Pastor Jim’s three part series on trusting the Old Testament as a guide. This is just the beginning worksheets, with some definitions and scripture reading. I can’t wait to discuss these with Kayliegh, and I hope they’ll be a blessing to other believers as well.
The garden is doing well, the baby pumpkins we planted are thriving and the tomatoes are going crazy. Our dill, and basil have begun to seed which means they’re done for the season. But the rosemary and thyme are still producing so we’ll have plenty of that. The mint from the greenhouse next door has infiltrated, again, which means we will still have plenty of that as well. Kayliegh’s not interested in the garden now, so many of the plants have stopped producing. She I’m tending to them until the pumpkins come along, I have a feeling that will rekindle some attention.
So long as we’re using Pastor Jim’s Old Testament for lessons, here’s also a reviewed of a child’s book here. It looks like it would be very helpful, and edifying for young people. I’m going to continue to work on the apologetics lessons, please let me know if there is an area of homeschooling studies you’d like to do but are unable to find. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.
My eventual goal is to create some lessons for textual criticism with some for younger and older homeschoolers. As I was searching I could not find anything in the area. If you know of something please feel free to let me know. For today I wanted to share a couple great posts that highlight this topic.
We went on vacation for a week, so I left a note asking anyone who might want to partake in the fruit of our greenhouse to please water it while we gone. I’m not sure if my neighbors who kindly watered it were able to get much off our plants, all the broccoli and the lettuce have decided it’s time to seed. A gardener recently explained to me that they stop producing at this point, grow great big, and flower. The tomatoes look great though, and there’s new jalapeños that are almost ready. I hope this short post blesses you all. Lord willing, next Saturday I will have some lessons prepared. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.
Hello all, I hope this post finds you doing well! Below I’ve attached some lessons on the virgin birth, as apart of the essential doctrines series, and worksheets on Ignatius of Antioch. I’ve also linked to the extant letters from Ignatius in case anyone wants to add the reading to their lessons. I recommend Songs with Saplings to go alongside this lesson as the doctrinal worksheets include catechism questions, and SwS has adorable and instructive music to go with those questions. I hope these lessons will be a blessing, for homeschooling or Sunday school.
The garden has produced some more strawberries, and jalapeños, but the tomatoes are still pretty green. We added mini pumpkins, and they’ve already begun to flower! They’re really beautiful flowers, but they don’t last long before they turn into tiny green pumpkins. At this point, pulling weeds and watering them is the most exciting them that happens. Hopefully this stage of gardening will teach Kayleigh patience. It’s certainly teaching me!
Other than that, I don’t have much else to report. There’s only three games left of softball, but we found a baseball league for her age to play in the fall. This will be the first year she’s done that, and I’m excited to see what it will be like! The team of players she began with this summer had mostly never played, and it’s been amazing to watch them grow as a team together learning how to catch, throw, hit, and communicate. I’m very thankful that she’s been able to play and learn through this sport.
As she nears the end of the Little House on the Prairie books, we’re looking for something to replace it. Any and all recommendations are so very helpful! There hasn’t been much change, although Lord willing next week I’ll have a science related update. I hope you have all had a fruitful week. As always, beloved brethren, be good Bereans and study to show yourselves approved!
Hello, and happy Saturday, dear ones! I hope this post finds you all doing well. Below I’ve attached a small packet on Clement of Rome for any homeschooling families that want to go through the early church fathers in their lessons. I also included a link to Clement’s letter to Corinth if you’d like to pair these lessons with some amazing reading.
Now the exciting news! BiblicalBeginnings finally has a Facebook page. If you haven’t already found me on Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter, I’ll include the links to those accounts as well. My hope is to utilize all the social media platforms to encourage and edify the bride of Christ, and to share the Gospel with the lost and dying world.
I’ve also created a personal email for this blog, due to the insane amount of spam through my old email. I’m not sure how many important emails I miss on a daily basis between the thousands of adds and political articles that come through. So, if you’ve attempted to reach me in the past and were unsuccessful, please accept my heartfelt apology. Hopefully this year will be a more organized and productive year. This, as well as another announcement I can hopefully make by mid July, is in an attempt to redeemn the time! July is also going to be the month where Kayliegh’s science lessons become, well, explosive! So stay tuned for what will, prayerfully, be a safe and eventful month of learning. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.
Hello everyone! Today Kayliegh had her first softball game of the summer. It was a blast! I love these opportunities for her to learn team work and good sportsmanship. Also, the outfits are so adorable!
The garden is going good, we have several tomatoes growing now, so we had to reinforce the plants. I’d love for Kayliegh to learn how to harvest the seeds and plant them, hopefully we’ll be able to that. We got word, recently, that we’d be staying at this assignment for two contracts. This means we’ll be here until at least November. I’m not sure what plants are supposed to be grown that late in the season, but as soon as I research it I’ll update you all. We also added thyme, cilantro, and a mini pumpkin plant.
Other then that, not much has changed with her lessons. We are using a different YouTuber for art class now, so I’ll link to both the previous channel and the current channel below. I’m going to continue making worksheets to go along with church history and the essential doctrines. When they’re complete I’ll add them to this post. I hope these updates are encouraging to all the homeschooling families that follow my blog. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.
Happy Saturday, dear ones! I hope this post finds you all doing well. I have to start this post by telling you all about Kayliegh’s new favorite song, Fal$e Teachers by Shai Linne. I’ll link to this song below, it’s a rap of the theological issues of the prosperity gospel. Shai is apart of a group that was encouraged by reformed teachers like Sproul and McAurthor, and put the Biblical truths they learned into lyrics. I don’t actually enjoy listening to music, I prefer to listen to podcasts. However, this song is fantastic, even if you listen to a different genre of music. I hope it blesses you!
Since we’re going through Biblical history from Acts working out, I wanted to add some geographical lessons to bring a bigger, fuller picture to her mind. I found some really fun and educational worksheets which I’ll include at the bottom. My favorite is the mystery country, which lists facts about a place and asks what country it fits. I love giving her an idea of just how big our world is, and how many nations there are that need to be reached with the Gospel. I also hope to add foods, flags, and animals for each area of the map we discuss.
The garden is doing great, jalapeños are ready to be picked! The broccoli is now over two feet tall, I hope that’s normal. Kayliegh is learning how difficult it is to keep the weeds out, and why that’s so important. I think this has helped her see, also, that the grocery store isn’t magically stocked with fresh fruits and veggies, but from hard working farmers. It’s been such a blessing to watch her nuture things the way that plants need to be cared for. We’re also learning about simple machines, so I’ve also included some worksheets for that. I hope these are helpful for y’all, and that you have a great weekend. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.