Stuff You’ll See Here Soon

Okay, everyone, I’ve been getting asked when our Grammar curriculum will be done.

Which is understandable!

We really hoped we’d have it done now and ready for you to use, but some of the graphic/design end has gone much slower than we anticipated. Most of it has to do with making graphics of all those diagrams and answer keys. It’s not hard, but it’s slow… and slow, in a family our size, is really slow.

So this is what I’m going to do.

  1. I’m putting the grammar files all back online for you to use. (Not that there are that many.)
  2. Because we can’t use the incomplete ones at our house either, I will upload our own weekly plans as we do them.
  3. I am planning to do a “How to Teach Grammar from the Bible” webinar in August. This will help you do it on your own.

Visit the Language Arts page to access everything. I hope this helps you out!

 

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Spring 2012 Plans

We’ve removed the free, test versions of World History and Grammar today, so that we can finish them up and prepare them for sale. Thank you to all the test families who have been generously helping us with these projects!

We have quite a few other kinds of curriculum that will be in development and available for test in the future. Subscribe to our feed to get updates. :-)

~Anne

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We are behind schedule…

Okay, dear “test families,”

I wanted to let you know that I’m falling behind on my writing schedule.

Unless I hear from you that you need more soon, my plan is to work on the lesson plans in this order of priority:

  • World History 1
  • World History 2
  • World History 3
  • Grammar
  • World History 4

I appreciate all your help in getting this curriculum done. I’ve heard from some families that they’re also hoping for math, science, and writing plans. We’ll keep our noses to the grindstone here! :-)

~Anne

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How is Grammar going?

Dear Test Families,

For those of you who’ve started your new school year, I am curious how the grammar curriculum is working for your family. I am not going to upload Unit 3 yet, because a few people have expressed some concern over how quickly the curriculum is moving.

  • If others are concerned, I will add some lessons to Units 1 and 2, to give your children extra practice before moving on to new concepts.
  • However, if your children are ready to go on to Unit 3 (Lesson 26), let me know and I’ll upload it just the way we originally planned.

Is the grammar curriculum moving too quickly, too slowly, or just right for your children?

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If you have any other concerns you’d like to share, comment below or email me privately at anne@anneelliott.com.

Thanks to all of you! :-)

~Anne

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Downloads for History and Grammar now available

If you’d like to test out our World History or grammar curriculum this year, now is the time to download. You can access World History (Year 3, Middle Ages) here, and you can access Grammar here.

We’d appreciate your comments and suggestions in exchange for using these lesson plans free of charge.

Thank you and enjoy!
~Anne

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Test Families Needed – World History & Grammar

We are almost done with our world history and grammar curriculum. We need some test families to use our curriculum and give us some honest feedback.

We would not charge you anything at all! The only cost would be purchasing any required textbooks (and we’re trying to keep that as inexpensive as possible).

About Our Curriculum — Our goal is to produce curriculum that uses the Bible as its primary textbook. While other books are used as well, we depend on God’s Word to settle all questions. (If you don’t think the Bible is literally accurate in every way, you wouldn’t like our curriculum.) We use the King James Version, as well as other versions such as the NIV, ESV, and NKJV.

So what does a test family do?

  • Use the curriculum with your family. This curriculum is designed for 3rd grade and older.
  • Take an occasional survey online to let us know how it’s working for you.
  • Be honest with us. If you don’t like something, let us know right away so we can make it better.
  • Share a testimonial. If you DO like our curriculum, you’d help us a lot by sending us a testimonial we could use next year when we launch it to the public.

That’s all! If you’d be interested in being one of our test families for world history or grammar, just click the links at the top of this page.

~Anne

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Update on our curriculum…

I just wanted to let everyone know how our curriculum is coming along.

At the moment we’re almost done scheduling all the lessons for the third year of our world history curriculum, so we only have year 4 to go. We still have a bit of layout and design to do, to make it pretty. We also need to finish the high school component for history, as well as some of the notebooking ideas to go along with each week’s lessons.

We’ve also made good strides on Year 4 of our current Bible curriculum, which will be an overview of Bible doctrines. This topic will go really well with year 4 of our new history curriculum.

We’ve been working on a phonics and spelling curriculum that uses some of Noah Webster’s teaching theories but incorporates Bible verses. It’s very thorough and easy to use.

We’re also almost done with a grammar and writing curriculum that has been much improved from our old one. It also uses Bible verses from both the KJV and the NIV in all the practice sentences. We’ve added a lot of explanation and teaching material for moms, plus charts to help the kids learn their stuff. This curriculum has a bit of layout and design yet to go on it.

Finally, we’re working on math drills and games, again based on solid biblical principles of math and using many “story problems” from Scripture. I have a lot left to do on this one, though.

So the end is in sight! We’re using all of it now in our own home, but I’m looking forward to the day when it’s all typed, and not written in penciled chicken-scratch in a notebook, like it is now.

Stay tuned!

~Anne

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The Purpose of Prophecy…

Here is a great quote by Christine Miller,

“The purpose of prophecy is not to give Christians a crystal ball into future events. Its purpose, once what is prophesied has clearly been seen to come to pass, is to produce the conviction that the God of the Bible is God, thus inspiring repentance, and faith.”

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Using the Book of Revelation to Teach History

There are many good history curriculum available to homeschoolers today. Why write another one? One reason is that we want to use the Bible as our primary textbook when homeschooling our children. We believe that the Bible is 100% accurate and was written by our Creator; therefore, it contains the most important information that our Creator wants us to know.

History is no exception. While the Bible’s account of history varies substantially from secular accounts, we believe that only the Bible’s record is accurate and true.

Many curriculum use the Bible to teach from Creation until the Roman Empire. The problem comes when we must then teach the rest of time, from the Roman Empire to modern times. There are so many things to teach our children that it becomes difficult to know which historical facts are the most important.

Several years ago, I was first introduced to a view of the book of Revelation called the “historicist” view, which simply means that the events foretold in the book would be revealed over the remaining periods of history, from the writing of the book by John until Jesus returns to set up His heavenly kingdom at the end of time.

I have always been taught a “futurist” view of Revelation, that all of the prophecies it contains will be fulfilled in a yet-future time.

I am not arguing one way or the other. I believe that God is big enough and wise enough to be able to do both. There are many examples of prophecies in the Old Testament that were fulfilled during the lifetime of the prophet and yet had another fulfillment that pointed to Jesus, the Messiah. (See, for instance, Isaiah 7:14 and Matthew 1:23.) In my mind, the book of Revelation could easily be interpreted from both an historical and a futurist viewpoint.

Isaac Newton, who was a staunch defender of the historicist view of Revelation, wrote the following:

“The folly of Interpreters has been, to fortel times and things by this Prophecy, as if God designed to make them Prophets. By this rashness they have not only exposed themselves, but brought the Prophecy also into centempt.” (Isaac Newton, Observations Upon the Prophecies of Daniel and the Apocalypse of St. John, p. 251. Read more here…)

When we see how God wrote down the history of the modern world in the book of Revelation, and how it has been fulfilled accurately and completely, all the way up until our current times, our faith in the providence and wisdom of God is greatly strengthened.

“As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried [proven]: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him” (Psalm 18:30, KJV).

“Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son’s name, if thou canst tell? Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar” (Proverbs 30:4-6, KJV).

One very nice feature of using Scripture to tell history is that, especially when Scripture is committed to memory, our children are provided with a mental timeline. They will be able to put all other historical and current events into their proper perspective, always seen from God’s viewpoint.

Our prayer is that, by telling all of history (from creation to modern times) from God’s perspective as written in the book of Revelation, we will cover the most important details, the things that God most wants our children to know and understand. We hope you’ll join us!

~Anne

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Sources of Free Books Online

This post is going to be a work in progress. I’m going to list the location of free books online, for those of us who are trying to save money. I’ll put the date next to each book as I add it. You can also find links to specific books on the right side of this blog, in the links sections.

  • After the Flood, by Bill Cooper (added 4/4/11)
  • Fire upon the Earth: The Story of the Christian Church (added 3/14/11) – can be borrowed from Open Library, using Adobe Digital Editions (free membership)

In addition, a huge collection of free ebooks is available at World History International (added 4/4/11).

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