June 30, 2008

Psalm 86:11-12

Teach me your way, O LORD,
and I will walk in your truth;
give me an undivided heart,
that I may fear your name.

I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart;
I will glorify your name forever.
-Psalm 86:11-12

June 29, 2008

A Christian Internet Code of Ethics

Note: I found this statement on another website and thought it was a very good reminder on keeping "first things first!"

As a Christian who is active on the internet, I hold myself to certain standards of conduct. They are:

  1. I guard my online relationships
  2. I am careful to visit websites that do not compromise my life in Christ
  3. I take care that my written communications reflect Christ in my life
  4. I guard my time to assure that my time online is kept in proper balance with the rest of my life and family time

June 14, 2008

Thoughts on Year 10

I have been thinking over our plans for next year for some time now. I was all set to use Ambleside Online's House of Education reading list for the next three years (Y9-11). I have most of these books on my shelf (a bonus) and could easily continue on using this program. I love Charlotte Mason's method for teaching great books and have been blessed to see great benefit from using it consistently in our home school. However, CM is an intense literature/reading based History curriculum. Students in PNEU or modern day CM home schools read A LOT of books. Textbooks are not used unless absolutely necessary and students spend a great deal of time reading and learning directly from the best authors. It is a great approach and I think one that prepares the student very well for college life.

We have enjoyed reading AO and have learned a lot from the books they suggest reading. My son has matured nicely and has developed a keen interest in worldviews and also in sharing his faith. I don't credit this to CM really, though I do believe the process of reading and letting the author's speak, has made some very difficult books more accessible to him. He has read some fairly "meaty" books and has been able to understand and process them. CM has been a good fit to us.

The Road Less Taken

So here we are on the start of our second year of high school and we are considering another path. We will probably always use CM, but we are now looking much more intently on choosing "the best curriculum" rather than simply a good one. This is not to say that CM isn't the best, because IMHO, it is one of the best ways to learn at home. It is more that we are looking towards the future and deciding on the "best" curriculum for our son. There is a big difference between using a good, all-around, curriculum and finding or creating a "customized" fit. The Lord has been strongly leading me to broaden my approach to teaching my son and to consider not only the near future (checking off the required subjects), but to prepare him to do His work. I have always known that God had a special plan for my son and have always been very keen on finding it out. I do not know the specifics, I just know that God does have a desire as to what my son studies and learns each year. I think we have hit the turning point and up to now, I had a bit more leeway in choosing what we were to do. Now, I feel more compelled to do exactly what He wants me to do and that will mean doing it His way, and not my way or the way a college may suggest.

Our Plans

Bible, History and Literature (3 credits)
Diana Waring, History Alive! - Ancient Civilizations
Some extra books from my own "great books" list
Writing - essays

Logic (1 credit)
Traditional Logic I and II by Martin Cothran

Foreign Language (1 credit)
Athenase Greek, Book 1

Science w/lab (1 credit)
Chemistry, A Beka

P.E. (1/2 credit)
Physical fitness and lifestyle wellness
Various activities, aerobics and other sports

Art/Music (1 credit)
LifePac Art, Alpha Omega
Music lessons, performance, and Hymn study
Amazing Grace by Kenneth Osbeck

Delight thyself also in the Lord...

Psalm 37:4
Delight thyself also in the Lord.

The teaching of these words must seem very surprising to those who are strangers to vital godliness, but to the sincere believer it is only the inculcation of a recognized truth. The life of the believer is here described as a delight in God, and we are thus certified of the great fact that true religion overflows with happiness and joy. Ungodly persons and mere professors never look upon religion as a joyful thing; to them it is service, duty, or necessity, but never pleasure or delight. If they attend to religion at all, it is either that they may gain thereby, or else because they dare not do otherwise. The thought of delight in religion is so strange to most men, that no two words in their language stand further apart than "holiness" and "delight." But believers who know Christ, understand that delight and faith are so blessedly united, that the gates of hell cannot prevail to separate them. They who love God with all their hearts, find that His ways are ways of pleasantness, and all His paths are peace. Such joys, such brimful delights, such overflowing blessednesses, do the saints discover in their Lord, that so far from serving Him from custom, they would follow Him though all the world cast out His name as evil We fear not God because of any compulsion; our faith is no fetter, our profession is no bondage, we are not dragged to holiness, nor driven to duty. No, our piety is our pleasure, our hope is our happiness, our duty is our delight. Delight and true religion are as allied as root and flower; as indivisible as truth and certainty; they are, in fact, two precious jewels glittering side by side in a setting of gold.

"'Tis when we taste Thy love,
Our joys divinely grow,
Unspeakable like those above,
And heaven begins below.".

~Charles Spurgeon