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- Apples of Gold for Teachers
by Vicki Caruana
Heartfelt devotionals focus on the core issues that teachers face, pointing them to God and helping them live out their beliefs in the classroom. Appropriate for private and public school teachers as well as those who homeschool, the inspirational, Scripture-based readings also include practical advice and application suggestions. Drawing on her experience in the classroom, her own homeschooling efforts, and her teaching of teachers, Vicki Caruana reminds readers of the meaning and relevance in their work.
- Called to Teach: An Introduction to the Ministry of Teaching
by William R. Yount
Written as a textbook for courses on teaching at the college and seminary level, Called to Teach actually reaches out to a much wider audience. Those considering a teaching career, homeschoolers and parents will gain valuable insight and knowledge from Yount's latest book.
- Case for Classical Christian Education, The
by Douglas Wilson
America's public schools are failing. Douglas Wilson lays much of the blame for this situation on the current idea that schools can educate in a moral vacuum. In this greatly expanded treatment of a topic he first dealt with in Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning, the author advocates a return to classical Christian education with its discipline, hard work, and recovery of the ancient division of learning geared to child development stages. Readers will see that education is not the world's savior--education itself needs to be saved.
- Education and the Founding Fathers
Few would dispute that the educational system in America today is in a state of crisis. Can we learn anything from the wisdom of earlier days and leaders? This program uncovers the views and assumptions of some of our greatest thinkers and political pioneers regarding the essentials of how education should be pursued in America.
- Excused Absence: Should Christian Kids Leave Public Schools?
by Douglas Wilson, Marvin Olasky
God calls Christian parents to raise their kids for Him, loving Him with all their heart, soul, strength, and mind. But does this divine calling require a distinctively Christian education? Should Christian parents send their kids to public schools as "salt" and "light" or should they take their kids out of public schools to form distinctively Christian schools and home schools dedicated to holding forth Christ as Lord of all? Because our kids belong to God, are we called to surround them with a biblical worldview from the time they get up to the time they go down, including the hours from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.?.
Excused Absence is a powerful book that points Christian parents to a better way to educate their children. It is sure to inspire and motivate the growing Christian schooling and home schooling movements for many years to come.
- Mommy, Teach Me!: Preparing Your Preschool Child for a Lifetime of Learning
by Barbara Curtis
The preschool years are by far the most valuable for building character and instilling a love of learning. Mommy, Teach Me! author Barbara Curtis, a Montessori teacher and mother of twelve, will help you tune into your child's developmental needs and show you how to turn every day at home into a learning adventure your child will never forget.
This user-friendly guide is filled with hands-on exercises that will release your child's independence, sense of order, concentration, self-control, and other basic skills-the kind of early experiences that will give your child a lifetime educational advantage.
For any parent, grandparent, or teacher seeking a better understanding of children and wishing to make the most of the preschool years-including memorable introductions to math, science, geography, fine arts, and spiritual life-Mommy, Teach Me! is the place to begin.
"Mommy, Teach Me! gives parents the tools to help them bring out the best in their child and the best in themselves. This book will help you discover your God-given abilities so that you can help your child better discover hers or his."-Drs. William and Martha Sears
Barbara Curtis has published more than 700 articles and eight books about education and parenthood. She also writes the internationally popular Mommy Life blog, is an AMI certified Montessori teacher, and leads workshops for mothers from all walks of life on reading and other learning topics. Barbara and her husband, Tripp, have twelve children and live in Waterford, Virginia.
- Paideia of God, The
by Douglas Wilson
And you fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord--Ephesians 6:4 In this passage, Paul requires Christian fathers to provide their children with a "paideia of the Lord," To the ancient world, the boundaries of paideia were much wider than taking the kids to church, having an occasional time of devotions in the home, or even providing the kids with a Christian curriculum.
In the ancient world, the a paideia was all-encompassing, and involved nothing less that the enculturation of the future citizen. He was enculturated when he was instructed in the classroom, but the process was also occurring when he walked along the streets of his city to and from school. The idea of paideia was central to the ancient, classical mind, and Paul's instructions here consequently had profound ramifications.
- Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning: An Approach to Distinctively Christian Education
Public education in America has run into hard times. Even many within the system admit that it is failing. While many factors contribute, Douglas Wilson lays much blame on the idea that education can take place in a moral vacuum. It is not possible for education to be nonreligious, deliberately excluding the basic questions about life. All education builds on the foundation of someone's worldview. Education deals with fundamental questions that require religious answers. Learning to read and write is simply the process of acquiring the tools to ask and answer such questions.
A second reason for the failure of public schools, Wilson feels, is modern teaching methods. He argues for a return to a classical education, firm discipline, and the requirement of hard work.
Often educational reforms create new problems that must be solved down the road. This book presents alternatives that have proved workable in experience.
- Repairing The Ruins
by Douglas Wilson
Classical and Christian education is moving into high gear. This collection of essays from teachers and administrators extends the discussion beyond the basics. It not only delves deeper into foundational issues, it focuses on practice, providing concrete instruction for dayschool and homeschool teachers, administrators, parents, and students.
Divided into three major sections, the book first sets the framework of Christian worldview thinking. The second section develops the more practical side of the classical model, focusing on specific disciplines. The final section explains how to make this model work in this century.
- Seven Laws of Teaching, The
by John Milton Gregory
When "The Seven Laws of Teaching" was first published in 1884, Gregory called it "his offering on the altar of service to God and his fellowmen." In 1917, however, his "offering" was revised and theological references were excised from the work.
We now resubmit John Milton Gregory’s "offering" on the altar of service to God and men, hoping that brain power will continue to be developed for years to come.
- Seven Laws of the Learner, The: How to Teach Almost Anything to Practically Anyone
by Bruce H. Wilkinson
- Seven Tools For Cultivating Your Child's Potential
by Zan Tyler
Zan Tyler passionately believes that God has appointed the home as the place where true education takes place and where learning flourishes the best. She has interacted with thousands of parents who believe this, but many times they are not always sure where to start.
Now, Zan has written Seven Tools for Cultivating Your Child's Potential to help these parents. Zan presents seven biblical principles that parents can readily engage as they seek to raise successful children who love Christ. The underlying goal is to help mothers and fathers grasp hold of the power God has placed in their hands as parents to positively shape the lives and hearts of the next generation for Christ.
- Thomas Jefferson Education Home Companion, A
by Oliver DeMille; Rachel DeMille; Diann Jeppson
The principles taught in this Home Companion can be and are applied in public, charter, private and home schools with amazing success. This Home Companion reads, at times, like a letter from a friend, at times, like an entry in a journal of education of child development; and even, at times, like we're overhearing a conversation -- but in every case it is relevant, accessible, and empowering.
- Upgrade: 10 Secrets to the Best Education for Your Child
by Kevin Swanson
A seasoned education advocate who works with thousands of families each year, Kevin Swanson provides an expert’s framework for positive learning experiences in Upgrade. He teaches the importance of healthy parent-child relationships and having a biblical foundation, regardless of whether or not a child is homeschooled.
- Write These Laws on Your Children: Inside the World of Conservative Christian Homeschooling
by Robert Kunzman
Homeschooling is a large and growing phenomenon in American society—between 1999 and 2007 it grew at twelve times the rate of public school enrollments, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Current estimates suggest that about two million kids are homeschooled, but information about this booming population is terribly incomplete. Nearly a fourth of states don’t even require parents to notify authorities if they homeschool their children, much less offer any sort of verification that they are doing so.
Of all the diverse groups of homeschooling families in the United States, conservative Christians are the largest subset, and it is this group that most influences public perception of and rhetoric about this movement. In Write These Laws on Your Children, Robert Kunzman uses his unprecedented access to six conservative Christian homeschooling families to explore this elusive world, from the day-to-day lives of its adherents to its broader aspirations to transform American culture and politics. Drawing from hundreds of hours of interviews and observations of parents and children, their churches, movement leaders, and related activities, Kunzman offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into one of the fastest-growing education movements of the last twenty years.
With Kunzman we visit homeschoolers in urban Los Angeles, central Vermont, rural Tennessee, northwest Indiana, and central Oregon. The families we meet range in size from one child to ten, and include parents who are professional teachers with advanced degrees as well as those who never finished high school. Their reasons for homeschooling are as varied as their families, and Kunzman takes on the invaluable task of showing us what their homeschooling experiences look like firsthand, what their political and religious beliefs are, and what their kids learn. This extraordinary access allows us to see conservative Christian homeschooling families not only as part of a larger political phenomenon—which is how they’re usually discussed—but also as unique entities with fascinating stories to tell.
The growing popularity of homeschooling raises important questions about the value of ethical diversity, what it means to think for oneself, how we prepare our young people to be democratic citizens, and what role (if any) the state should have in the education of children. Beyond competing visions about the proper aims of education, Kunzman shows, lies a complicated relationship between faith, freedom, and citizenship.