What Do I Need to Get Started with Heart of Wisdom?

Begin by praying for wisdom. God will lead you. Those whom He calls, He equips. He knows what your children will face in the future, and He will give you what you need to educate them in the way they need to be educated.

Trust God for what you need. When we rely on Him, we are on our way to creating in ourselves and in our children what Moses termed a heart of wisdom (Psalm 90:12).

We recommend you purchase The Heart of Wisdom Teaching Approach and read it before making any purchases. You can purchase the Heart of Wisdom Teaching Approach Ebook and begin reading in minutes.

The books we recommend are listed by Year at the Amazon Homeschool Store

Heart of Wisdom 4 Year Plan (Repeated 3 X)

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Level 1 Knowledge (Grades K/1–3)

In a child’s earliest years, he is extremely curious and seeks as much information as he can possibly gather. This trend continues in a child’s formal education throughout the first few years. Children at this age inquire about everything around them-and it is amazing to see how much information they can actually retain. This stage is the first building block toward wisdom-introducing the “raw material” with which the child will later interact through understanding and practical application.

For children in kindergarten to grade three, days should consist of reading aloud, Bible memorization, copy work, oral narration, working on a Bible portfolio and timeline book, various art and crafts, phonics, math, and play. You will follow the four year plan by reading aloud daily from the Bible, history, science and story books.

The history and science unit studies are optional at this age. If you are teaching other children with unit studies, you can teach all the children together by watering down the material as needed. The focus of this stage should be the Bible and the three Rs (reading with a strong phonics base, writing, and math).

For Grades K-3 We Recommend:

  1. The Heart of Wisdom Teaching Approach by Robin Sampson (ebook)
  2. Free Heart of Wisdom Lesson Plans
  3. Chronological Bible: We recommend the Day by Day Kids Bible or The Jesus Storybook Bible
  4. Rose Book of Charts, Map, and Time Lines (see excerpts here)
  5. Bible story books
  6. The Three R’s by Dr. Ruth Beechick
  7. Phonics program (See more in the Language Arts section)
  8. Math program on your child’s grade level.
  9. Heart of Wisdom unit studies are optional for this age. They would need to be watered down. Start with Ancient History
  10. Access to a variety of read aloud books for K-3. Click to download 30 page PDF (use as library list)
  11. Heart of Wisdom Link Library lists link by themes in HOW 4 Year Plan
  12. Click to learn how to utilize more free videos and resources online
  13. Living books for history and science following the Four Year Plan. Children should have access to a variety of highly illustrated information books (plants, animals, how things work, how people live in various time periods, etc.).

As you teach Bible, history, and science, keep the four steps in mind:

Step 1. Begin by discussing what you are going to learn and relating it to something the child already knows about.

Step 2. Read aloud the text, and stop frequently to ask questions.

Step 3. Reinforce with an activity (copy work, illustration or other hands-on activity)

Step 4. Have them tell back what they have learned (narration) with you or another.

Sample Day with 5 and 7 Year-Old

Level 2 Understanding (Grades 4/5–8)

After the child has gathered rote knowledge (the basic facts), he may proceed to the second phase of learning, understanding. The basic idea behind the biblical word understanding is “division” or “discernment.”

During this phase, children begin to comprehend the meanings behind the things they learned in the knowledge phase. This can be done through definition (as Adam did when naming the animals), through comparison with other similar or dissimilar concepts, and through seeing the facts in the “big picture” or context of things. The learning of facts still plays a role, but these facts are seen as interconnected, in relationship to everything else that is learned.

In grades 5 through 8, the basic subjects that are studied remain the same, but the student begins to view them differently. It is not that the material becomes more complex, per se, but the student is able to approach that material in a different way, and knowledge and understanding begin to grow together toward the ultimate goal: wisdom.

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For Grades 4- 8 We Recommend:

  1. The Heart of Wisdom Teaching Approach by Robin Sampson (ebook)
  2. Free Heart of Wisdom Lesson Plans
  3. Chronological Bible
  4. Rose Book of Charts, Map, and Time Lines (see excerpts here)
  5. The Wisdom Unit Study (excerpt, ebook)
  6. You Can Teach Your Child Successfully Grades 4–8 by Ruth Beechick
  7. Heart of Wisdom unit studies. Start with Ancient History
  8. Heart of Wisdom Link Library lists link by themes in HOW 4 Year Plan
  9. Click to learn how to utilize more free videos and resources online
  10. Access to a variety of literature and biographies for grades 5-8.
  11. Living books for history and science following the Four Year Plan.
  12. Math program on grade level.
  13. Grammar and/or writing program (optional).
  14. Rosseta Stone or another foreign language program.

Level 3 Wisdom (Grades 9-12)

The final phase, which generally takes place in grades 9 through 12, focuses on wisdom and its lifelong pursuit. The fundamental biblical idea behind wisdom is application of truth. Wisdom must first arise from the student’s relationship to God (The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom), but it is fed by the previous phases of knowledge and understanding through which the student has passed. Wisdom has been achieved, in the practical sense, when the student consistently makes choices that are pleasing to God and obediently follows God’s Word in every area of life.

True wisdom involves a right perspective, a way of looking at things and making decisions about those things that is based on the knowledge of God and the understanding of His will. It is possible for a person to be knowledgeable, even to have great understanding, but not be wise. Wisdom is the principal thing—we must teach our children its importance and then guide them to attain it throughout their lives.

For Grades 9-12 We Recommend:

  1. The Heart of Wisdom Teaching Approach by Robin Sampson (ebook)
  2. Free Heart of Wisdom Lesson Plans
  3. Homeschool High School book (college prep, trannscripts, etc)
  4. Chronological Bible
  5. Rose Book of Charts, Map, and Time Lines (see excerpts here)
  6. The Wisdom Unit Study (excerpt, ebook)
  7. Nuturing the Write Relationship
  8. Writers Inc
  9. Heart of Wisdom unit studies. Start with Ancient History
  10. Heart of Wisdom Link Library lists link by themes in HOW 4 Year Plan
  11. Click to learn how to utilize more free videos and resources online
  12. Access to a variety of classical literature and Christian biographies.
  13. Living books for history and science following the Four Year Plan.
  14. Math program on grade level.
  15. Grammar and/or writing program (optional).
  16. Rosseta Stone or another foreign language program.

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Heart of Wisdom Year 1: Key Recommendations

The reading assignment with pages numbers of these books are in the lessons

Free Heart of Wisdom Lesson Plans Sample Day by Day Lesson Plans for Week 1 (5p PDF)
A Chronological Bible
The Heart of Wisdom Teaching Approach (PB) or Excerpt (60+ pages)
The Heart of Wisdom Teaching Approach (Ebook) Excerpt (60+ pages)
Nurturing the Write Relationship (PB) or Excerpt (20 pages)
Nurturing the Write Relationship (Ebook) Excerpt (20 pages)
Writers Handbook Robin’s Review and Links to Student Samples
Rose Book of Bible Charts, Maps, and Time Lines Robin’s Review & SUPER Sample Pages
30 Days to Understanding the Bible (PB) Robin’s Review
Ancient History: Adam to Messiah (Ebook) Book Excerpt ( 42 pages!) Contents (5 pages)
Discover Jesus in Genesis (PB)
Adam and His Kin (PB)
Eyewitness Mesopotamia
Eyewitness Ancient Egypt (HB)
Our Father Abraham (PB)
Eyewitness Ancient Greece (HB)
Eyewitness Ancient Rome (HB)
Daily Life at the Time of Jesus (HB)
The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia (HB)
Wisdom Unit Study (PB)
Wisdom Unit Study (Ebook)
Walking Wisely (PB)
Creation Unit Study (Ebook) unit study Sample Lesson unit study Resource List unit study Objectives
Unlocking the Mysteries of Creation (HB)
Light Unit Study (Ebook) unit study Sample Lesson unit study Objectives
Eyewitness Light (HB)
God’s Lamp, Man’s Light: Mysteries of the Menorah (PB)
Energy Unit Study (Ebook)
Eyewitness Energy (HB) unit study Sample Lesson unit study Objectives
Eyewitness Electricity
Force and Motion
Properties of Matter (God’s Design)

11 comments

  1. This kind of information is what most internet readers are looking for because they are learning a lot from it… please keep working…

  2. I feel like we all need to start EVERYTHING with prayer!

  3. Cristy Van ARtsdalen

    Dear Robin,
    When will the Adam to Messiah 2010 Revision be available?
    Thank you,
    Cristy

  4. Theresa

    http://heartofwisdom.com/homeschoollinks/what-do-i-need-to-get-started/
    Link for read aloud books K-3 didn’t work. Is there another way to get this?
    Thanks.
    Theresa

  5. Tracey

    Also couldn’t get to the K-3 link, please let us know if there is another way to receive this resource. :)

    Thanks,
    Tracey.

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