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How Much Time Do We Spend in One Unit? One Lesson?

There are several ways that you can schedule Heart of Wisdom unit studies.

Follow your student’s delight and allow them study topics of interest in depth.

Adjust your schedule to fit the needs of your family as the Lord leads.

Here is a sample of our Lesson Plans:

Heart of Wisdom Day by Day Lesson Plans for Week 1 (5p PDF)

Remember the goals:

  1. To learn and obey God’s Word.
  2. To develop a love of learning, and a lifestyle of learning.

History and Science Units

You can alternate science and history units: complete 1 history unit then 1 science unit or complete several history units then several science units or complete 1 science and 1 history lesson per day.

History Units

A typical school year is 180 days or 36 weeks. There are 206 lessons in Ancient History: Adam to Messiah. Using the one year schedule, students should complete 5 to 6 lessons a week or stay in each unit 3 to 7 weeks.

Ancient History: Adam to Messiah Schedule

Some homeschoolers are finding two years in Ancient History: Adam to Messiah gives a good foundation of Bible times.

Science Units

There are 97 lessons planned for Year 1 science . Using the one year 180 day schedule, students should complete2-3 lessons a week or stay in each unit 3 to 4 weeks.

You can easily get a good foundation in Creation Unit Study by completing one lesson per day (15 days or three weeks); There are enough resources and activities listed to spend one year studying a single unit or even several months on some of the lessons (if it is something that delights your child)

How Much Time in One Lesson?

On average one lesson can take 30 minutes to 2 hours or more. Each lesson  incorporates several subjects (Bible, research, writing, and learning skills). The time you spend on each lesson will depend on the level of your student(s), the resources and the activities you choose.

NEVER plan on using all the resources (many are listed to help you use what you may have on hand or to allow the child to go into depth when he finds something he is passionate about.)

TimeYou decide the pace

  1. Step One takes about 5-10 minutes to discuss the lesson.
  2. Step Two will take from 30 minutes to an hour researching and reading sections in the resources (longer if the student is extremely interested in the subject).
  3. Step Three will take 30 minutes to two hours to complete a project (or much less depending on chosen activity)
  4. Step Four will take up to an hour to correct and share work (or 5 to 10 minutes if only sharing).

Can I Complete More than One Lesson Per Day?

Absolutely. you can certainly complete several lessons in a day. For example our family completed four Ancient Greece Lessons ( funerals, weddings, drama and education) in one day. Some important lessons like understanding God’s covenant with Abraham might take two days study time. You can actually skip lessons (ask any public school teacher–they never finish a book in one year).

Be anxious for nothing, but in every-thing by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.

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.” Following God’s timing is developing your faith.

If we focus on teaching our children God’s Word he will take care of any other needs. Pray and seek God’s leading. There is no better way to plan —let Him take you through His book at His pace!

God’s yoke is easy, and His burden is light—let the Spirit direct your schooling. When we lean on Him, He will transform every area of our lives! (Mat 11:28–30.)

What’s Your Schedule? Add your comments below.


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  1. Kim Schwebach says:

    Dear Robin,

    I am sure you get the question many times, “How does this program educate my child to fit the needs when it comes to required standardized testing and/or college requirements.” I am currently trying to find an education based on Biblical principles but also realize that both my children will someday be going to College and need required transcripts and such. I would love your input as I have only been homeschooling for two years. Thanks so much.

  2. Pene says:

    I think the best thing to do is see what your state requires for high school credits and see how your classes can fit into them.
    And get a good tracker. I use Homeschool Tracker Plus, but there are a few others out there. This saves you so much time and it’s so easy to track grades and print a transcript.

    Some Colleges & Universities do look at transcripts. My oldest took classes at the Community College while in his Junior & Senior year in High School. He went to a Yeshiva 2 days a week for 8 years, which included Bible, Drama, Hebrew, Hebraic Dance, Shop, History of Israel, Leadership, and others. During his last two years of High School he was in his Bar Mitzvah class. When I asked for a transcript from the Yeshiva and Bar Mitzvah years, it help fill in the gaps of required classes for the State. Since the Yeshiva and Bar Mitzvah classes were not accredited they were just added to the High School transcript.

    This is a break down:
    Hebrew=Foreign Language
    Hebraic Dance=Phys Ed.
    History of Israel=World History
    Drama=Fine Arts
    Working on a Farm=Earth Science
    Bar Mitzvah classes=World History

    Colorado bare minimum.
    * Four credits in English language arts
    * Three credits in mathematics
    * Two credits in social studies
    * Two credits in science
    * 0.5 credits in physical education
    * 0.5 credits in fine arts
    Also the Constitution of the United States, reading, writing, speaking, math, history, civics, literature, and science which can be catogorized in the above requirements.
    Depending on the school district, they may required more.

    Hope this helps.

    Robin has an A2M breakdown here
    http://heartofwisdom.com/homeschoollinks/what-about-high-school-credits/

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