This month I am joining the annual Virtual Curriculum Fair. This is a fun and helpful series hosted by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts and Minds and Chareen @ Every Bed of Roses. The VCF is a month-long weekly series where a group of homeschool bloggers are sharing what’s working for them! Stop by every Monday for the rest of January and browse these topics:
- Playing with Words: the Language Arts (this week’s post)
- Discovering Patterns: Mathematics, Logic, and Science
- Exploring Our World: Social Studies and more Science
- Seeking Beauty: the Arts and Everything that Brings Beauty to Our World
Two large pieces of our core curriculum are Bible Road Trip and Sound Words theology curriculum. During the Virtual Curriculum Fair I’ll be sharing how we use these and other pieces in our homeschool to teach various subjects using the Bible. I’ll also be sharing a list of other great Bible-based curriculum for you to consider!
I am excited to find out all the great ways homeschoolers around the world are doing school in real life. I hope you take the time to scroll to the bottom of this post and hop around to see what they have for you!
Bible-Based Language Arts
The Bible is a great resource for teaching language arts. You can use existing curriculum or put together unit studies that incorporate LA aspects using the Bible as your text. Children can learn about the different genres included in the Bible, phonics, poetry, narration, vocabulary, spelling, grammar, do copywork of scripture, dictation, hymn study, complete character studies, reading practice, reading comprehension, do notebooking and more!
Our Language Arts Program
Copywork is a regular part of our homeschool. My favorite use of copywork is scripture. What better way to practice excellence in handwriting, diligence and patience, while also ingraining God’s Word into our children’s hearts and minds?
We often use our Sound Words catechism curriculum copywork pages to write out scripture or theology statements, or write out the memory verses from Bible Road Trip. We also make use of the scripture and other copywork available with our Homeschool Copywork membership.
Reading, grammar, and spelling are also practiced daily with Bible Road Trip. The children hear a daily reading of the scripture passages associated with the lesson and my oldest (7) has begun trading off with me, stretching his reading muscles with Children’s Bibles and even a full text ESV Bible. My emerging reader (5) gets this kind of practice in simply by reading and writing in the copywork pages.
The notebooking pages in Bible Road Trip and Sound Words are a great way for my 7 year old to work on writing complete sentences, summarizing, creatively representing what he learned in drawings, and so on. As the kids get older, there will be plenty of opportunity for more advanced language arts practice!
Here are some other pieces we use in our homeschool:
- First Language Lessons by Jessie Wise
- Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons by Siegfried Engelmann
- Ambleside Online (free)
- Logic of English
More Bible-Based Language Arts Resources
Here are several more resources you can use in your Bible-based Language Arts program. Some of these are truly Bible-based, while others simply incorproate some Bible or present the subject with a biblical worldview.
Book: Words of Delight: A Literary Introduction to the Bible by Leland Ryken. He has several other interesting books you may want to consider, such as A Complete Literary Guide to the Bible.
- Bible-Based Homeschooling – One of my favorite sites for biblical homeschooling freebies, resources, and ideas. You can find an example of how to put together a Bible-centered homeschool on their sister site, Simply Living for Him, (I think of it as essentially a unit study) as well as find Language Arts and Literature resources.
- Spelling Lessons Using the Bible from Bible-Based Homeschooling
- Writing Assignments in a Bible-Based Homeschool from Bible-Based Homeschooling
- Brookdale House has a Bible-Based handwriting curriculum, catechism copywork, and more.
- Heart of Wisdom has a list of free Christian classical books for your literature studies.
- Students of the Word is a full Bible-centered homeschool curriculum strong in language arts
- A Reason for Handwriting curriculum uses scriptures and biblical themes.
- Queen Homeschooling has scripture copywork as well as Bible-based character and science curriculum.
- BJU has great Bible-based curriculum in several subjects, including language arts
- Abeka also has great curriculum, many of which incorporate the Bible.
Virtual Curriculum Fair!
Browse more fantastic posts for the Virtual Curriculum Fair each Monday in January!
- Building a Foundation of Words by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds
- Language Arts for 2015 by Chareen @ Every Bed of Roses
- Bible-Based Language Arts Resources by Tauna M @ Proverbial Homemaker
- Relaxed Homeschooling: Language Arts in the Early Elementary Years by Brittney @ Mom’s Heart
- Loving Books and Words by Sarah@Delivering Grace
- 5 Language Arts Resources We Love by Becky @ Milo & Oats
- Teaching Reading at Home: A Tale of 5 Readers by Kristen H. @ Sunrise to Sunset
- A More Simplistic Approach to 7th Grade Language Arts by Christy @ Unexpected Homeschool
- Language Arts Reading for Delight-Directed Learning by Susan @ The Every Day of Education
- How To: Spelling Dictation by Heather @ Only Passionate Curiosity
- The World of Words in our Homeschool by Joelle @ Homeschooling for His Glory
- Unschooling and Words, Words, Words by Nicole @ Schooling in the Sun
- Learning With Literature and Language Arts Resources by Leah @ As We Walk Along the Road
- Words and More Words! by Michele @ FamilyFaithandFridays
- Language Arts in Our Homeschool (2014 ñ 2015) by Laura O @ Day by Day in Our World
- Our curriculum choices ~ Language Arts by Renata @ Sunnyside Farm Fun
- The 2015 Virtual Curriculum Fair ~ Language Arts in Our Homeschool by Jennifer @ A Glimpse of Our Life
- Loaded Pistols: Virtual Curriculum Fair Playing with Words by Lisa @ Golden Grasses
- A Renewed Focus on Reading Aloud by Debra @Footprints in the Butter
- Language Arts in our Classical / Charlotte Mason Homeschool by Sharra @ The Homeschool Marm
- Logic of English Foundations: The Grand Prize Winner of Phonics by Chelli @ The Planted Trees
- A Sentence a Day Teaches Grammar the Fun Way by Amy A @ One Blessed Mamma
- Tackling Language Arts by Jacquelin @ A Stable Beginning
- Middle School Monday – Lightning Literature and Composition by Kym @ Homeschool Coffee Break
- The Great Grammar Discovery by Laura @ Four Little Penguins