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New Curriculum! Literature Studies For Children, by Sheri Plowman

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I was homeschooled from the fourth grade, all the way through high school.  I count myself extremely blessed to come up in a homeschooling community with some of the most creative people in the world.  One of them was Sheri Plowman.  Once upon a time I called her “Mrs. Plowman” and she was the mom of my friends.  She is still the mom of my friends, but she is now a dear friend of mine, too.  She’s a veteran homeschooler, who, although her children are grown, is still in the game.  She’s busy writing curriculum for others, helping homeschooling moms (such as myself) with our questions and challenges, and occasionally teaching amazing classes such as missions, science and nature studies.

We are so pleased to be offering some of her literature studies here in our store.  Take a minute, get to know Sheri a bit, and check out her books.  You will love her and her books as much as we do!

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I was homeschooled from the fourth grade, all the way through high school.  I count myself extremely blessed to come up in a homeschooling community with some of the most creative people in the world.  One of them was Sheri Plowman.  Once upon a time I called her “Mrs. Plowman” and she was the mom […]

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Stations of the Cross For Children

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We celebrate and observe most holidays as a group with our little homeschool co-op.  We have assigned a different holiday to each child.  That child plans the events for that day (special food, lesson, videos, crafts, etc.).  This gives them practical experience with lesson planning, teaching, and public speaking.  It also takes the burden of remembering and observing all the holidays off the shoulders of the moms!  (Can we get an “Amen” for that?!) Read More

Station 12

We celebrate and observe most holidays as a group with our little homeschool co-op.  We have assigned a different holiday to each child.  That child plans the events for that day (special food, lesson, videos, crafts, etc.).  This gives them practical experience with lesson planning, teaching, and public speaking.  It also takes the burden of […]

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10 Day Give: DAY SIX

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I just finished an evening of classic movies with my daughters.  What a treat! Read More

Film Critique

I just finished an evening of classic movies with my daughters.  What a treat!

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Kristina’s Classroom Redo

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As part of our August goals Daja and I set out to clean up our classrooms.  Most of you probably know we each homeschool our children and like the kitchen, the classroom is the heart of our home.  It has to function well.  That doesn’t mean it’s always neat and tidy, ’cause well that would mean we’re not actually living in them, but they have to be well thought out spaces for us to get some serious learning done.  Every once in awhile that means you have to seriously clean it out and start over. Read More

Classroom Redo

As part of our August goals Daja and I set out to clean up our classrooms.  Most of you probably know we each homeschool our children and like the kitchen, the classroom is the heart of our home.  It has to function well.  That doesn’t mean it’s always neat and tidy, ’cause well that would […]

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CURRICULUM SALE!! Limited time back-to-school special!

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Are you busy, busy, busy, starting the new school year?  Are you still in the planning stages? Read More

Sounds of Revival

Are you busy, busy, busy, starting the new school year?  Are you still in the planning stages?

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I Want To Homeschool….But, My Husband Thinks I’m Crazy

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Have you ever considered homeschooling, but….well, your husband (and maybe everyone else) thinks you’re just crazy?!?!?!

Well, today we are guest posting over at Cheeky Bums Blog on that very subject!

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Kristina’s daughters

Kristina shares candidly about how God planted in her heart the desire to homeschool, but that it took some prayer and convincing until she and her husband were on the same page.

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“I want to homeschool, but…my husband thinks I’m crazy!

I really have to laugh at that statement now.  You see I walked that journey with my husband.  I lived it.  It was one of only two times in our marriage that we have been on completely separate pages.

This is how it went.

I said, “I think we should homeschool.”

He said, “No.  I don’t think that’s a good idea.” 

And so we entered a six-month period of what I like to call ‘intense fellowship.'”

READ THE REST AT CHEEKY BUMS BLOG!

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Have you ever considered homeschooling, but….well, your husband (and maybe everyone else) thinks you’re just crazy?!?!?! Well, today we are guest posting over at Cheeky Bums Blog on that very subject! Kristina shares candidly about how God planted in her heart the desire to homeschool, but that it took some prayer and convincing until she […]

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Preparing Thinkers

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Film Critique For Kids

A few years ago I noticed something about my children.  They like movies. ALL MOVIES.  Seriously.  Especially if it’s animated or cleverly marketed to them.  We don’t even watch TV ordinarily and don’t have cable.  But somehow they would know about every new movie that came out.  They would say how much they wanted to see it, quote lines from it, name characters, etc.  And I was completely in the dark!  So they started pointing out billboards or ads at the grocery store that highlighted the movie.  Oh media is a tricky thing!  It slips in everywhere!!!

And so often we’d rent the DVD when it came out.  My husband and I would sit there in disbelief about how stupid or poorly written or unoriginal the film was.  Yet, when it was over the kids would say, “Can we watch it again?!”  *shaking my head*  Disappointing parenting moment every single time.

It was then that we started talking about how we could teach our children to be better consumers of media.  How could we help them to THINK about what they see and hear and not just swallow everything that is colorful, loud, musical or over-marketed?  You know, whether you feel you consume a lot of media or hardly any at all, the fact that you are reading this goes to show that we all consume more media than our parents and grandparents did!  We can try to protect our children from what we feel is vile–or just plain stupid.  After all, we keep them from junk food for their bodies, we want to keep them from junk food for their brains, too!  But they will not always be sitting right next to us where we can monitor everything they watch (or eat!).  Sometimes they will be at a friend’s house, Grandma’s house, school, youth group, or let’s face it, the grocery store!  The more my husband and I talked about these things the more we became aware that our children needed to develop their own filters.  And they needed a better foundation than the one they currently had.

I started looking for a curriculum for my children.  I looked online and in bookstores.  I even asked my friends who have been through acting and film school.  I could find nothing that fit the bill.  Usually these concepts are not taught until high school or college.  As it usually works with us, when we can’t find what we want, we have to create it ourselves!

Thus, Film Critique For Kids was born.  It’s a curriculum designed for grade school students (but could certainly work through Junior High as well!) that teaches the fundamental elements of literary critique.  It is broken down into six sections.  In each section there is a family friendly film to view, a concept to learn (setting, theme, plot, conflict, etc.), and relevant assignments that guide the student into thinking about and dissecting the film, story, and message.  In addition, there are Scriptures to examine and a study in discernment.  We also include a few pages just for fun–activities that go along with the movie.

The films come from a variety of genres from animation to musicals to classics to current blockbusters, chosen with the express goal of broadening the child’s literary tastes and experiences.  No more writing off a film just because it’s black-and-white or doesn’t have a matching plush toy.

We tried out our book with our little co-op of four home school families.  It was a great success!  The children loved it.  They were stretched and learned to not just sit entertained, but to engage with media and think about each film from various perspectives.

Now that our children have been our guinea pigs, we are offering this curriculum for sale as an ebook!  It would be an excellent addition to your home school plans for next year–either with just your family or with a small group/co-op.  Also would be a fun Summer film series as well!  We had the best time last year projecting movies outdoors and watching with friends!

(Free sample chapter? Click here.)

Hugo under the stars.

Hugo under the stars.

 The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out.

Proverbs 18:15

Would you like a free sample chapter?  Click here.

Ready to purchase?  Click here for our Books and Resources Market.  It is currently available in ebook format, emailed directly to you as a PDF.

NOTE: Our curriculum is fully aligned with: our theology, our convictions about home education, and with what we think are the most important things to pass on to our children.  It is certainly NOT aligned with any Common Core Standards.

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A few years ago I noticed something about my children.  They like movies. ALL MOVIES.  Seriously.  Especially if it’s animated or cleverly marketed to them.  We don’t even watch TV ordinarily and don’t have cable.  But somehow they would know about every new movie that came out.  They would say how much they wanted to […]

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I Want To Homeschool, But….(Part 2!)

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We’re guest posting again over at Cheeky Bums Blog!  We’re tackling another one of your homeschooling questions!  This time it’s how in the world can we keep up with the homeschool and keep some semblance of order in the house.  Hey, we know the challenge!  The housekeeping doesn’t stop because the kids need to be taught about the civil war or need a spelling test!  And oh that laundry….the bane of my existence!  😉  With seven (soon to be eight!) kids creating an enormous amount of dishes, laundry and general messiness, how can we keep our heads above water?!

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We feel it’s really important to educate not only our children’s minds, but their hearts and their hands.  Meaning, that in addition to academic knowledge, our job as parents is to instill in our children a love for the Lord and a genuine affection for one another (hearts) and solid work ethic and life skills (hands).  Therefore, we see housework, yard work and helping one another maintain the house as every bit as important as Math, English, and Science.”  READ THE REST AT CHEEKY BUMS!

(And while you’re there, check out some other of their amazing posts on raising vintage kids in a modern world!  You’ll fall in love with them as we have!!!)

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We’re guest posting again over at Cheeky Bums Blog!  We’re tackling another one of your homeschooling questions!  This time it’s how in the world can we keep up with the homeschool and keep some semblance of order in the house.  Hey, we know the challenge!  The housekeeping doesn’t stop because the kids need to be […]

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I Want To Homeschool, But…

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We haven’t blogged much about homeschooling on The Provision Room.  But, we are both homeschooling mommies!  We love it.  It suits our lifestyle, philosophies and personalities.  However, we are different in so many ways and our homeschooling journeys reflect that.  And our love of building our home-centric lives grows each school year.

Our good friends over at the Cheeky Bums Blog are all about raising vintage kids in a modern world.  (Ask us how much we love that!)  And they have graciously asked us to guest post about our homeschooling experiences and advice.  The first installment of our posts is up.  (There are also so many other fantastic homeschooling posts there!)

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“I want to homeschool but, I have little ones!

At the time I’m writing this, I have a sixth grader, a fifth grader, a third grader, a second grader, a kindergartener, a four year old, a sixteen month old and will soon have a newborn.  An important place to start in figuring out how to undertake this, is to break off old educational paradigms.  We’ve been conditioned to think that learning happens best in age-segregated, homogeneous groups.  Our school systems are all set up that way.  But when you think about it, it’s unnatural.”

READ THE REST AT CHEEKY BUMS!!!!

Daja's class....er...I mean children

Daja’s class….er…I mean children

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We haven’t blogged much about homeschooling on The Provision Room.  But, we are both homeschooling mommies!  We love it.  It suits our lifestyle, philosophies and personalities.  However, we are different in so many ways and our homeschooling journeys reflect that.  And our love of building our home-centric lives grows each school year. Our good friends over at […]