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18 Reasons Homeschoolers Love Heart of Wisdom

We have completed several polls concerning the Heart of Wisdom teaching approach, and the results show the top reasons why homeschoolers choose Heart of Wisdom’s materials:

  1. Our Bible-first focus. Read our philosophy.
  2. We teach children to love to learn. Read about Charlotte Mason’s methods.
  3. We believe in focusing on children’s gifts and talents. Read about Delight-Directed Learning.
  4. We teach to all four learning styles in every lesson. Read about the Four-Step Lessons.
  5. Minimal preparation: most of the work has been done for you. HOW unit study lessons are ready to use with no more than a quick overview.
  6. HOW lessons are systematic, presenting history chronologically and science in the order of the days of Creation. View our Scope and Sequence.
  7. We believe in teaching the same way that teaching is outlined in God’s Word. Read about Ancient Greek vs. Biblical Education.
  8. We use real, living books, full of fascinating and colorful information which are chosen to inspire, educate, and entertain you and your children.
  9. It’s an excellent value. The more children you have the more you save.
  10. The Internet links save hours of time. See our new Link Library.
  11. Our lessons are oriented to a Christian worldview. See Four Questions Reveal Your Worldview.
  12. Our ancient history unit studies focus on the Hebrews (as opposed to other curricula which focus on the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans).
  13. Our literature focuses on the classics and biographies of godly men and women. View our definition of classics (free 31 page download)
  14. Godly character is taught through HOW units, especially in the Life Skills units.
  15. HOW lessons offer a wide variety of hands-on and writing activities.
  16. The Heart of Wisdom store offers  shopping convenience. See Homeschool-Books.com
  17. The HOW approach saves time; parents with children of several ages can teach most subjects to all of them together. See Teaching Multi-Ages.
  18. We offer lots of materials and free samples online to help you make a decision. Heart of Wisdom Free Book Excerpts

11 Reasons People May Not Choose Heart of Wisdom

Our main book, The Heart of Wisdom Teaching Approach, is a helpful guide examining what the Bible says about teaching and learning. It explains how to use a combination of several successful homeschool methods. It is intended to be used like a cookbook–adapted to your family’s needs no matter what curriculum you decide upon. You can download 60+ pages from this book here.

We also offer unit studies. To help you to make an informed decision, we offer this list (based on feedback we received from customer’s reasons for not choosing Heart of Wisdom).  It in no way is meant to imply that our unit studies are the only worthwhile choice.  Everyone must choose based on their individual family’s needs and situation.  We all go through different seasons of homeschooling and needs change. We pray this list is helpful

Someone may not want to use Heart of Wisdom materials if they:

  1. Want a non-religious program. All of our lessons are Bible-focused. Our goal is to see Christ in every lesson. There is no way to leave off part of a lesson and not see God in our studies. Our approach focuses on  Bible first daily. Read our Statement of Faith.
  2. Prefer self-teaching programs with minimal interaction. Heart of Wisdom is structured so parents  are involved (Parents often learn as much as the children).Read about the Four-Step Lessons. Parents spend the most time leading steps 1 and 2 and overseeing childrens’ activities in steps 3 and 4.
  3. Prefer a traditional classroom-type environment, with quizzes, tests and grading. Our approach is a structured unit study (4-Step Lessons) with options for different learning styles.
  4. Feel most comfortable by following a traditional scope and sequence. We recommend and encourage (whatever curriculum you use) to follow the Holy Spirit (see Scheduling by Faith) and the children’ delights. Read about Delight-Directed Learning.
  5. Want to study American history each year. We teach history chronologically beginning with Creation. Click to view our Scope and Sequence.
  6. Want to focus on the Greek classics of “Great Books.” We don’t. Read our definition of classics.
  7. Want to physically see materials before buying. I wish we could meet you at a curriculum fair but we are too busy writing. We provide hundreds of pages of free sample lessons online
  8. Want or need telephone support. Read what we offer instead.
  9. Prefer a workbook approach. Some of our lessons include links to work pages but this is not a workbook approach.
  10. Need lesson plans for grades K-3. Our approach is for grades K-12. We offer lessons for grades 4-12. For grades K-3 we recommend following the 4-Year Plan using the Charlotte Mason approach of reading aloud living books on history and science topics. Read about a Sample K-3  Day here.
  11. Need to know now what you will use in the future. We provide the Year One package with lessons. We give recommendations for Years Two, Three and Four recommendations as possible choices (there are many good programs available).  See recommendations for Years 2-4

Worried About Your Making Curriculum Decisions?

There is no reason to worry! I can make one sincere promise. If you pray about your choices–God will lead you. Remember, You Have the Greatest Curriculum Available! You have the best manuscript existing for teaching and instruction! All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16). Is the Bible enough if you are teaching a doctor, attorney, accountant, architect, etc.? Do you want them to be a wise, righteous doctor, attorney, accountant, architect, etc.? The Bible is the only place you can find true wisdom and righteousness.

  1. Begin with God’s Word—build your foundation like the wise man who built his house upon a rock (Matthew 7:24).
  2. Pray for direction..
  3. Have faith God that will provide what you need.
  4. Wait on God—enjoy the journey!—be excited about what He has in store!

The key to understanding God’s plan for the journey is in knowing how He thinks. God doesn’t think the way we do, but we always try to relate to Him according to our way of thinking. He’d rather we understood the way He thinks so that we can enjoy fellowship with Him. Using Heart of Wisdom unit studies is just one option for following the four-year suggested course. God has a plan for each of us, and He will lead you to the resources you need. “This is why I tell you: do not be worried about the food and drink you need in order to stay alive, or about clothes for your body. After all isn’t life worth more than food? And isn’t the body worth more than clothes?… Can any of you live a bit longer by worrying about it?… And why worry about clothes? Look at how the wild flowers grow: they do not work or make clothes for themselves. But I tell you that not even King Solomon with all his wealth had clothes as beautiful as one of these flowers. It is God who clothes the wild grass – grass that is here today and gone tomorrow, burned up in the oven. Won’t be all the more sure to clothe you? What little faith you have!” [Matthew 6:25, 27-30]

The Heart of Wisdom Teaching Approach: Bible-Based Homeschooling

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The Heart of Wisdom Teaching Approach is for all homeschoolers who want to make the Bible the center of their school day. This giant 500+ page book provides you with the methods, program, and resources for a course of study where students spend half the school day studying God’s Word and the other half studying God’s world (academics). Students study history chronologically and science in the order of the days of Creation. This book will encourage, motivate you and instruct you, step by step, how to give your child a Bible-focused, comprehensive education from preschool through high school; one that will train him or her to read, to study, to understand, to love to learn and, most importantly, to desire and seek true wisdom. This approach can be used for all grade levels.

When homeschoolers are asked about this book, one word continues to come up over and over–Wow!

Read the excerpt today to see what all the wow is about.

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Comments

  1. Of all the books I have read on homeschooling this book is a 5 star! plus. I used Robin’s new book to introduce my son to the approach and also to help me to use the HOW Approach. I am writting my own lessons using the HOW approach as my son has hearing lost and I am deaf (oral/verbal), I also use hearing aids and have limited hearing. You will not be disappointed with the book.

    The book has really help me in improving the way I teach and also what I teach and how not to worry about when my son learns something. Just because He doesn’t learn something in 2nd grade, doesn’t mean he can’t do it in 3rd grade. Most schools here in Indiana teach the state history (required) in the 4th grade. I don’t have to do it in his 4 grade year, but can do it now or when he is in 5 or 6 or 7 th grades. As longs as he does do it. All I do is help him learn and let him learn at his pace and when he is ready for something, he does it with delight! Our homeschool experience is much better and most of all I am not burned out as I was last year. I am even experience much delight in our lessons and have learned a few things myself.

  2. It’s here! It’s here! Thank you Homeschool-Books and Robin! I’ve only gotten through the 8th chapter of the Ebook so far, but it’s the best book I’ve read so far, other than the Scriptures, of course.

  3. I am so very excited to get this book! I’ve had this continual feeling that there just wasn’t enough focus on the word or that it was just tacked on for a few minutes each morning. This book will help me accomplish the goal of Christ being the central focus of all we do in our homeschool and life. This is the first “how-to” that I will be able to pass to skeptical relatives and say, “Here is my philosphy on education”. Thank you, Robin, for putting into words what I have needed for so long!

  4. . I enjoyed reading the sample pages, but I am so looking forward to the book. I cannot wait for some encouragement–which I know I will find in this book. I have recently been thinking that homeschooling is getting too tough.

    I am reminded by thinking of Moses that God called me to homeschool–not just until it got tough, but until he leads me down another path.

  5. Second that — love the samples! Actually, I’m very glad that more of the wisdom you have to share will soon be available. It isn’t easy to leave Egypt and go boldly into the Promised Land, but that is what the Lord would have for us, after all, what He told Joshua applies to us as well, “Be strong and of good courage … for I am with you!”
    Your work helps me to remember that truth.

  6. Thank you for your encouraging sample pages. It’s been really hard homeschooling my 5 children and I know the Lord has put it on my heart two years ago to do this and I haven’t been doing well with this. I have been using textbooks and the kids think its too hard and boring and dont want to do it.

    My dad gave me this book called”Things We Wish We’d Known” and I had it since Dec. but just read it a month ago.I I read your article in it and I loved it!

    I looked up your website on heart of wisdom and teared up because this is what I have been looking for.Praise the Lord! Now this is my answered prayer. This is perfect for all my children to enjoy and have fun.

  7. EVERY homeschool parent should read this book. I have been reading this very slowly. There is so much information my Bible is right next to me when I read this book. I was even reading some of it to my children. I know I will be reading this a second time.

    I would love for my children to read parts of it. This book will encourage anyone looking into homeschooling or people who have been homeschooling and need some encouragement. Don’t miss this book. It was well worth the wait. I have been reading this after my morning Bible reading before the children wake up. By doing this it is allowing me to stay focused on the Lord and giving me the motivation I need to teach and serve the Lord.

    This is the BEST book I have read in my 15 years of homeschooling. This book takes a hard (but is a good way) look at the way we need to teach our children. That we need to train them for the LORD not train them for the WORLD. Thank you, this book came at just the right time in my homeschooling journey. May God richly bless you and your family.

  8. Love the sample pages! Thank you, thank you for the much needed inspiration. I am in tears of relief that someone out there understands and supports God’s word in teaching. I have renewed hope for the coming years.
    My little girl is four, so will begin ‘education’ soon. I know now that God is answering my prayers for direction in our education efforts. In Christ. T. Smith

  9. I just purchased this book at a homeschool convention at the beginning of June. It is exactly the tool we need for our family right now! We’ve considered using HOW unit studies after falling in love with the biblical holidays guide.
    This book is encouraging me to design our units based on where we are right now and we look forward to using some of the HOW units along the way, too. Thanks so much for all you do to help each family find peace while learning together. Blessings on your ministry!

  10. This book is a must-read for Christian homeschool teachers. With dedicated prayer and insight, Robin Sampson has created a new approach to teaching that filters every subject through the Bible. The framework she provides at first seems complex, but after immersing yourself in it for a few days it becomes very clear and logical. I am so excited about this new school year and I am certain I will learn as much as my kids. That’s one of the best things about this approach.

    It is applicable to you as well as to your students. It allows lots of room for creativity with options for scrapbooking, drawing, writing and anything else that can be documented for a portfolio. Even instituting a portion of the suggestions made in this book will revitalize your Christian homeschool and alleviate burnout for you, the teacher.

  11. If I had to choose only one homeschooling book, HOWTA would be the one! Amazing, stupendous work by Robin Sampson! I can’t believe I’m so blessed to have found what I will use for the rest of my homeschool years this early on!

    I was homeschooled growing up, and worked in a homeschool bookstore. I’ve seen it all, and THIS is what it’s all about. The resource section alone is worth its weight in gold. I can’t possibly recommend it highly enough!!!

  12. I say WOW after reading HOW. I feel blessed to have stumbled across this book because for me it has been a prayer answered. I found it while looking for information on how to apply the Charlotte Mason teaching method. I withdrew my son from school and started home-schooling him with little warning and no planning.

    Although I knew this was the right decision it left me in a difficult position. I either had time to research how and what to teach him or to teach him but not both at the same time. The HOWTA has given me a frame on which to mount the canvas of our home-schooling. There are many great points about this method but there are two in particular which I love.

    The first is that is has such a sound biblical base – which is something which is so important to both myself and my son. This really shows through in all subjects.

    The other really wonderful thing is that I am inclined to go for a delight driven approach but sometimes lack confidence in this as it has no structure and is very difficult to plan round or collect resources for in advance.

    The HOWTA has given me the confidence that I lacked because it shows how to follow the delight driven path while being within a structure. And because it is a biblical structure I feel comfortable and secure using it. I have since purchased other items by Robin Sampson and was not disappointed and I plan to buy more as our home-school journey progresses.

  13. WOW! what a relief… THE SOLUTION is here. I am so relieved to have found this book. The most important key to a childs growth and success in this world is how to obtain and walk in wisdom. This book clearly defines what true wisdom is and where to find it as well as how to teach it. Robin Sampson has done and incredible job in answering all of a mom’s concerns about education today.

    I am overjoyed to have this book as a tool to guide me as I help my children discover their hearts of wisdom. Every parent should read this book.

  14. n her book, rich with biblical and historical references, Robin Sampson makes a solid case for putting God first in home education curriculum. Quite unlike many other books I’ve read, Mrs. Sampson consistently encourages her readers to have God direct their home education efforts not the state, friends, family, etc. After reading this book, I’ve lost those nasty “first time” home education jitters and feel confirmed in my calling to educate my child with a focus on training her in the way GOD would have her go.

    This is the second book I’ve purchased from Heart of Wisdom and I highly recommend this author. The first was the equally excellent “What your child needs to know when…” With God as our “principal”, I am confident that we are in good hands!

  15. WOW! I am sooo excited about using HOW this year. At the end of spring I began praying about what the Lrod would have me use for curr. this year. I was thoroughly researching the Veritas Press and HOW; after reading all I could about veritas and the HOW book, I have a firm conviction that the Lord wants us to use the HOW for our family from now on! I have throughly enjoyed all the knowledge and wisdom that I have gleened from reading Sections 1 and 2 about rethinking christian education. It has really been a blessing to be challenged to think about the methods by which we educate our children.

    I truly desire to pull away from the greek and secular worlviews of teaching and to embrace a more Hebriatic way of educating. There is so much to learn and I know that Robin Sampson has worked very hard to create such a through rescource; but I am very anxious to begin learning with my children all the things that I was not taught in my education; wisdom!!!!!!! A must read for any homeschool parent!!!!!!!!!

  16. While reading this book I kept telling myself, “This is what I wanted/hoped for when I started Homeschooling!”. I am so glad I have found it now. I love the 4 Mat system and Robin’s use of it in her unit studies. She goes into detail of how you can use her unit studies, make your own, or implement someone elses. It fits everyone’s needs who wants a biblical based education for their children.

    Even if you don’t want a biblical based education it goes in depth of how to create a unit study of an area where your child shows delight (good example of a horse study). If you are new to homeschooling it helps support your decision and gives resources for you to use that have taken veteran homeschoolers years to discover. It gives you the best of the best!

  17. This book is a gem! After homeschooling for six years I was needing a new focus. HOW is it! Unlike many books on the subject this is invaluable to both the new and the seasoned homeschool family. It energized us and gave the Biblical focus that we were searching for all along.

    Robin’s writing style helps explain her approach to unit studies as well as the Hebraic method in a conversational way. It makes you feel like your having tea with a friend! Her reasoning is solid and her explanations clear. This is a must read for those looking at unit studies for the first time, those needing a jolt of the Spirit in their lessons, or those just wanting a change. It’s definitely at DELIGHT!

 

 

 

7 comments

  1. Your site is really useful.
    Best regards.

    Jackie Chia

  2. Words cannot describe the ways in which HOW has enriched our home education, our Christian beliefs, and our lives in general.

  3. Amy R. Mucklestone

    If I had to choose only one homeschooling book, HOWTA would be the one! Amazing, stupendous work by Robin Sampson! I can’t believe I’m so blessed to have found what I will use for the rest of my homeschool years this early on! I was homeschooled growing up, and worked in a homeschool bookstore. I’ve seen it all, and THIS is what it’s all about. The resource section alone is worth its weight in gold. I can’t possibly recommend it highly enough!!!

  4. Tonya Smith

    Love the sample pages! Thank you, thank you for the much needed inspiration. I am in tears of relief that someone out there understands and supports God’s word in teaching. I have renewed hope for the coming years. My little girl is four, so will begin ‘education’ soon. I know now that God is answering my prayers for direction in our education efforts. In Christ. T. Smith

  5. Thanks for sharing this. God Bless.

  6. So thankful for you all at HOW, and pray the Lord blesses and keeps your ministry to us homeschooling families growing, as we grow and learn!

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