I am honored and thrilled to announce Virtuous Foundations’ first give-away of my #1 favorite book for homeschoolers – Robin Sampson’s Heart of Wisdom Teaching Approach. This book is for all homeschoolers that want to make the Bible the center of their school day!
This book has totally transformed the way I teach. It’s changed my perspective on what’s really important. I have different priorities. Higher goals. I don’t feel pressure to perform for the state. Instead of the Bible part of our schooling being put on the back burner, it is now the focus of our day. This is such a blessing!
You know what the best part is? It’s caused an unquenchable thirst for reading God’s Word.
The foundation of the Heart of Wisdom philosophy is to give up man’s standards and lean on God for what He would have us teach our children. Matthew 6:33 is our focus, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
If I had to recommend just one book to a new homeschool mom, this would be it, hands-down. Robin shares how to use delight-directed studies, incorporates Charlotte Mason’s methods on education, and bases her lessons around a four-step process (excite, examine, expand, excel).
To quote, “History, science, and arts are filtered through divine truth. History is studied chronologically and science is studied in Creation order. All studies incorporate God’s Word. The unit studies incorporate language skills through writing assignments (narration, summaries, composition, etc.) and adding to unit portfolios and a time line book.”
Heart of Wisdom Methods
|A Return to Biblical Hebraic Education||The Bible outlines how we should teach our children. The Hebraic aim of education was ethical and religious. Study is a form of worship. The method of instruction in the home was oral, and learning was accomplished by practice. The Hebrew taught no distinction between sacred and secular areas of life. Every detail of life, therefore, must be set aside and consecrated to the glory of God (the opposite of today’s popular Greek approach). Click for more on Biblical education|
|Students should develop a love of learning by reading real books–”classic literature–as opposed to twaddle, or “dumbed down” literature. This method also incorporates narration: the assimilating of information (sorting, sequencing, selecting, connecting, rejecting, and classifying), and then retelling, and developing a “Nature Diary” (HOW calls it a Creation Portfolio). Click for more about Charlotte Mason’s methods.|
|The Four Steps is a unique way to meet the needs of structured, scheduled homeschoolers and unstructured and informal homeschoolers. Students need freedom and structure. The Four Steps organize and structure the approaches listed on this page that are normally unstructured at the same time promoting the freedom for students to learn the way that is best for them. The For Steps comprise a cycle of instruction based on the four main learning styles adapted from Bernice Macarthy’s 4Mat system. Click for more on the Four Steps.|
|The term “unit” (or “theme”) refers to the idea of studying a topic as a whole instead of several separate subjects. A unit study takes a topic and lives with it for a period of time, integrating science, social studies, language arts, and fine arts, as they apply.Click to learn about unit studies.|
|We emphasis parents relying on the Holy Spirit’s leading to provide the needed resources so the children can develop expertise in their individual fields of interest. We incorporate the Lifestyle of Learning approach outlined in Wisdom’s Way of Learning by Marilyn Howshall. Mrs. Hwshall explains how using these simple and natural tools (with the emphasis on the process of learning rather than the product of learning) will allow your children to begin to develop their own lifestyle of learning. Click for more on the Holy Sprit lead teaching.|
|Students acquire basic concepts of learning (reading, reasoning, writing, researching, etc.) during the process of examining the topic they are interested in. Education ought to be about building learners’ abilities to do useful things.Click for more on the Delight Directed approach|
|Students think on paper “to discover connections, describe processes, express emerging understandings, raise questions and find answers, encouraging higher-level thinking skills. This method forces the student to internalize learning so they understand better and retain longer. Click for more on writing to learn.|
|Students create scrapbooking pages and folders (lapbooks) as they work through the unit studies.Click here for more on Scrapbooking to Learn|
Although this teaching approach can be used with any curriculum, Robin makes it easy for us to do this because she also authored Adam to Messiah, a Bible-based history (this is perfect for Year 1 for those of us following the “classical” homeschool method) as well as the science focuses on Creation, Light, and Energy.
Even if you don’t use Robin’s curriculum, you will benefit from her book! Read Heart of Wisdom Approach: An Overview for more information on Robin Sampson’s book. Here is an excerpt:
I like to compare my book The Heart of Wisdom Teaching Approach to a cookbook of nutritious recipes.
I have worked on these recipes for over twenty years; I have altered the ingredients, measurements, and methods (avoiding poisonous ingredients) and finally came up with nourishing and satisfying results that work well for my family. You can use my recipes as outlined, or adapt them to your family’s preferences.
The most important thing is that you use nutritional ingredients.
This cookbook not only provides the recipes but also gives a detailed account of the background of the ingredients and cooking methods to help you make the best use of them.
What we’re giving away: One blessed winner will receive Robin Sampson’s Heart of Wisdom Teaching Approach ebook.
How to enter: Add a comment to this post telling us how you would use this book in your homeschool or why you want to win this book. Required Entry!
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Entries close Thursday, July 21st at midnight, and winner will be announced on Friday, July 22nd by noon.
Blessings to all who enter – I hope you are the winner!
|Lea Harris founded Virtuous Foundations in 2006. A homeschool graduate (high school), she now teaches her own children at home using various methods and curriculum. Some of her favorites are Heart of Wisdom, The Picture Smart Bible, Math U See, and Excellence in Writing.|
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