BIBLEFor the last two years our main Bible study has been Kay Arthur's Discover 4 Yourself series. Schnickelfritz likes it because he's given permission to color in his Bible. I love it because I can see some really intelligent thinking going on in that little mind. Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis says one of the reasons kids leave the faith when they get to college is because they've only been fed a diet of Bible stories: Jonah and the Whale, David and Goliath, Zacchaeus the Wee Little Man. How can they defend their faiths when confronted by evolutionist science teachers or belligerent philosophy professors? When we studied Genesis, Schnickelfritz learned that Cain's wife must have been one of his sisters (the Bible says he lived for 930 years and had other sons and daughters). More impressive to me was our study of Daniel. Through inductive reasoning he was able to recognize the four-headed leopard in Daniel 7 and the four-horned goat in Daniel 8 were representing the same kingdom but the Little Horn in Dan 7 represented a different leader than the Small Horn in Dan 8. Before I started homeschooling, I'd have never thought a nine year old could grasp such difficult prophecy but I saw it happening before my eyes!.
So I love Bible, but is it my favorite? Better look at some more subjects first...
HISTORYI'll be honest and say this was my least favorite subject in school. Your typical textbook condenses a person's lifetime into a paragraph at best. It seemed like and endless list of facts to be memorized for a test: name, date, name, battle, general, name, date. After the test there was nothing about a list that would make me want to save it for future reference so I'd flush it all out to make room for the next chapter's test.
|A front row seat at the Battle of Wilson's Creek|
One of our favorite resources is Disney's Science of Imagineering DVD series. What could be better for a kid than using amusement park rides to demonstrate physics concepts. After Schnickelfritz and I went through them all I ended up using them to teach a co-op class last fall.We made electric circuits with food, transferred energy from basketballs to tennis balls, (and launched them way into the air), did our own version of jerking a tablecloth off without disturbing the place settings (Newton's first law of motion).
P.E.Okay this definitely wasn't my favorite subject as a student. I was one of the last ones picked for dodge ball or kickball...and don't even mention rope climbing, I couldn't make it five feet off the ground. But now we can pick our favorite activities and count it as PE time. Schnickelfritz and I both take karate. He's actually a purple belt and mine's yellow so he's been able to teach me for a change. Our other favorite thing is the monthly orienteering events in our neck of the woods. Of course I'm not really teaching here, just participating so let's continue our search for favorite subject that I teach.
We use math to play some of our favorite games...Muggins for example. My son has an interest in magic tricks and there are a lot that involve math to appear to read minds or manipulate the outcomes. (You can read more in my post It's Math-magical).
Well I'm not getting any closer to determining a favorite subject. I always thought learning was fun and I'm trying to get my son to feel the same way. Games, field trips, videos, living books, whatever it takes. If we're both enjoying what we're doing then it's one of our favorite subjects.
Of course you're encouraged to check out some other blogs from other Crew members who may not be as indecisive as I am.