Do you desire balance in your homeschooling day but are unsure of how to attain it? Are you bogged down in finding time to plan or by plans that are too overwhelming to get done in the day-to-day? Could your family benefit from more time spent focused on the Lord, as a means of finding greater joy through Him on your homeschool journey?
Hearts for Him Through Time: Creation to Christ was written with the busy homeschool mother and teacher in mind. This guide provides a year's worth of daily plans filled with enjoyable discussions, readings, activities, experiments, projects, and notebooking without all of the usual planning and preparation that these types of lessons usually require. Straight-forward daily plans are provided on each two-page spread. On the left side of the plans, a variety of short, systematic daily lessons and activities are designed to coordinate with the readings from living history "spines" in order to bring history to life. On the right side of the plans, poetry, math, science and all areas of language arts are scheduled for you, allowing you to do the subjects in any order. These plans require little or no preparation and use only materials you're likely to have on hand. This guide is geared for students ages 9-11 with extensions provided for 6th and 7th graders.
Hearts for Him Through Time: Creation to Christ features 35 units with complete daily plans. Each unit lasts for 4 days, providing the 5th day of each week for you to use as you wish. The 4 day plan can also be stretched to cover 5 days if needed. These plans are meant to save you time planning, so you can spend your time teaching and creating memories with your children. Activities are rotated daily, to help you cover many areas that might otherwise be neglected, without lengthening your school day. These plans are designed to provide an academic, balanced approach to learning, but more importantly to help you reach your children's hearts as well as their minds. Little preparation is required, and all of the skill areas are covered. Each day of plans is divided into the following 2 parts: "Learning Through History" and "Learning the Basics". Each segment of the plans is further designated as" Teacher Directed (T)", "Semi-Independent (S)", or "Independent (I)". Dividing the plans in this manner will help guide you in moving your children toward more independent work.
Lesson plans are written so you can customize the program to suit your family's needs. Resources contained in the Economy Package are considered necessary. The Economy Package includes your Teacher's Guide. Three different options in the Basic Package provide a choice of carefully selected living books to read aloud for the Storytime portion of the plans. Choose from among the following three Basic Package options: History Interest Set, Boy Interest Set, or Girl Interest Set. The Basic Package is highly recommended, unless you need to economize or are very short of time. Resources under the "Choices" heading include choices that must be made to complete the program. This is another area where you can easily customize your choices to best meet your child's needs. Resources in the Self-Study Extension Package are available to customize the program even further by providing age-appropriate history readings for older students that correspond well with the history portion of the plans.
The "Learning Through History" part of the program provides a deeper look at the ancient time period from creation to Christ told in story form. This year of study is meant to provide students with a Biblical overview of ancient history, as students journey through time toward the birth of Christ the promised Savior. Within the readings, students will learn about the Sumerians, the Hebrews, the Egyptians, the Phoenicians, the Assyrians, the Babylonians, the Persians, the Greeks, and the Romans. Biblical history is taken as authoritative, and the history of the other great ancient civilizations is also told, woven in and out of the Old Testament stories at the proper places in the narrative. An overview of ancient Greece and Rome and of Christ's life will wrap up the study of the ancient time period. The year ends with the reading of the gospels of Luke and John and the book of Acts to give a fuller picture of the life of Christ and the spread of the gospel. Students will be led to see that all of history belongs to God, and is actually "His" story. The areas listed below are linked with the history stories.
The other subjects not directly linked to the history study include math, science, part of language arts, and part of Bible. The additional subject areas listed below are scheduled or referenced in the guide on the right side of the daily plans.