WHY WE EDUCATE� OUR CHILDREN AT HOME:

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge…� Prov. 1:7

…God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning.
Daniel 1:17

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.� Philippians 4:8

…that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God. Colossians 1:10

This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. John 5:18

“Nourish him with ideas which may bear fruit in his life” Charlotte Mason (1842-1923)

In our Gentle Wisdom Academy Homeschool we use an eclectic approach combining some of the methods of Charlotte Mason, Ruth Beechick, unit studies, relaxed, delight-directed, & many other methods I’ve picked up along the way. � In other words, we use whatever will work for us!� I constantly evaluate where we are and keep my ears and eyes open for anything that will enhance our learning adventure.

After many years of using only traditional boxed curriculums, I decided to put together a curriculum especially designed for my family which combined traditional and literature based lessons. It hasn’t been easy, but I believe I have achieved the right “mix” for my children. We’re always tweaking though. :-)
Living books, narration, copywork, and dictation are used in all subjects. � We also do picture study (art), music appreciation, nature study (science), Spanish and Latin. For more information check out the links below.

But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and
easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality,
and without hypocrisy.� James 3:17


TO BE TRULY EDUCATED

By Carolyn Caines

If I learn my ABCs, can read 600 words per minute, and can write with perfect penmanship, but have not been shown how to communicate with the Designer of all language. . . . . .I have not been educated.

If I can deliver an eloquent speech and persuade you with my stunning logic, but have not been instructed in God’s wisdom. . . . . .I have not been educated.

If I have read Shakespeare and John Locke and can discuss their writings with keen insight, but have not read the greatest of all books – the Bible – and have no knowledge of its personal importance . . . . . . .I have not been educated

If I have memorized addition facts, multiplication tables, and chemical formulas, but have never been disciplined to hide God’s Word in my heart . . . . . . I have not been educated.

If I can explain the law of gravity and Einstein’s theory of relativity, but have never been instructed in the unchangeable laws of the One Who orders our universe . . . . . . I have not been educated.

If I can classify animals by their family, genus and species, and can write a lengthy scientific paper that wins an award, but have not been introduced to the Maker’s purpose for all creation . . . . . .I have not been educated.

If I can recite the Gettysburg Address and the Preamble to the Constitution, but have not been informed of the hand of God in the history of our country . . . . ..I have not been educated.

If I can play the piano, the violin, six other instruments, and can write music that moves men to tears, but have not been taught to listen to the director of the universe and worship Him . . . .I have not been educated

If I can run cross-country races, star in basketball and do 100 push-ups without stopping, but have never been shown how to bend my spirit to do God’s will . . . . . .I have not been educated.

If I can identify a Picasso, describe the style of da Vinci, and even paint a portrait that earns an A+, but have not learned that all harmony and beauty comes from a relationship with God . . . . . . I have not been educated.

If I graduate with a perfect 4.0 and am accepted at the best university with a full scholarship, but have not been guided into a career of God’s choosing for me . . . . .I have not been educated.

If I become a good citizen, voting at each election and fighting for what is moral and right, but have not been told of the sinfulness of man and his hopelessness without Christ . . . . . I have not been educated.

However, if one day I see the Word as God sees it, and come to know Him, Whom to know is life eternal, and glorify God by fulfilling His purpose for me . . . . . .

I HAVE BEEN EDUCATED.