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I have done homeschooling high school before. I was nervous, scared that I was going to screw it up. When I got the chance to review The High School Solution from The HomeScholar LLC, I jumped at this opportunity. I was ready to be prepared this time around!
What Is It
The High School Solution is an online program. There is a video training session with slides that go along with it. You could also download the audio or the slides, whatever works for you. You get lifetime access to this program so that you can use it with current and future children. Along with that, you will get four additional monthly trainings with resource packs.
With your online training program, you also get a notes page for those who love to take notes while they listen. You can listen on your computer or your smartphone. I found myself using my phone since I could move around while listening. You also get templates to help you plan out your high school years with your child.
What I Thought
I liked listening to Lee Binz talk about homeschooling high school. She gave me the confidence to know that I could do this again with the kids left in my home. The main thing I took away from the get-go was to plan for each child to go to college even if they don’t think they want to go. That wasn’t the only thing I learned, though; it was just the thing that stuck out the most.
Lee also talked about planning and what to focus on each year. High school is not a swing by the seat of your pants education, which is the scary part for us parents. Lee talks us through the individual subjects that need to be covered and how to plan the lessons out, how to keep records for high school, and even how to grade your children.
I really appreciated the way things were broken down by year, even beginning in middle school, to help plan for a successful time homeschooling high school. All the little tidbits of information on the templates and the help with grading are very helpful. I also like that there is information on how to give high school credits. All of this information is in one place and you won’t have to spend days searching online.
If you have a middle school child and plan to homeschool all the way to graduation, I highly recommend this resource from The HomeScholar LLC.
Make sure to check out all the reviews of all the different programs and resources available on The HomeScholar right here.
This year, 2020, is a new year for everyone when it comes to school for your children. There are so many different ifs when it comes to going back to school. A lot of parents are trying to decide between the risk of going back in person or doing distance learning. There are others who are feeling drawn to try homeschooling. While I don’t care what your choice is, I want to help those who are feeling called to homeschooling and are new to homeschooling this year.
One thing I want to point out, schooling from home and homeschooling are two different things. When you are schooling from home, you are following someone else’s choices for what your child to learn. When you are homeschooling, you take the time to research the different curriculum choices and decide what is best for each child in your house. Both of these require a parent to be there to help the child, but only homeschooling leaves the parent in full control of the education.
Home School Legal Defense Association
When it comes to homeschooling, I highly recommend you first go to Home School Legal Defense Association. This site will hold all the legal information that you need to know about homeschooling in your state. After I decided I was serious about homeschooling full time for the rest of my child’s education, I became a member of HSLDA. While I haven’t had to use their legal defense, I am glad that I have them in case I need them. Not only that, but I love the legal documents that I need right at the tips of my fingers to print and use as I need.
When it comes to homeschooling, you are in charge of your child’s curriculum. What will you pick? What are your ideas and your goals? These all come into play when looking at curriculum. There are so many choices out there, so be prepared to spend some time researching what you want to use.
There are many choices for online curriculum if that is what you pick for your child. We have loved using many different ones. Some have been full curriculums like Easy Peasy Homeschool and others are just certain subjects, like A+ Interactive Math. If your child is fine with online learning, you will want to check these and many others out!
Physical curriculum might be more expensive per child, but you have the books right in front of you and you don’t have to rely on the internet and multiple computers to get the daily lessons done. As much as I love the online curriculum, I have found that we love the physical curriculum so much more. We can be with each other and learning together. I have found that we love to use a combination of unit studies and Charlotte Mason style of homeschooling. We love learning altogether, so this helps.
Secular Vs Christian
The other when looking at curriculum is whether you want a secular or Christian curriculum. We love Christian curriculum like Gather Round Homeschool, but we have also had fun with a secular curriculum from Timberdoodle. Like I said above, there are many choices for homeschool curriculum, so you can find just what you are looking for!
When it comes to homeschooling, the planning is all up to you. Are you going to homeschool year-round? Will you follow the public school calendar? When do you want to take breaks? How many days a week do you want to school? This is all up to you. What is going to work for you, your kids, and your schedule?
Before you sit down and start planning out your lessons, you need to answer the previous questions. Once you have decided on the schedule you want to do, you can actually start the planning. Planning can happen in many ways. You can open and go and not even worry about planning. You can sit down and plan your whole year out in one weekend (I do NOT recommend this), or you can go somewhere in between.
My thoughts on planning:
I have done all ends of planning. I have spent money on a fancy planner and filled it all in ready to go for the year, only to have something happen and “getting behind”. This leads me to be stressed out and this rubbed off on the kids. The year was hard and not very fun. Open and go has also been done. This was a lot more fun for us, but I had no record of what we had done and I struggled at the end of the year to put something together for our records.
What I like to do now, I open and go at the beginning of the day. After we are done, I will sit down and write what each child did that day. This makes it simple for us to do what we can fit in for each day without feeling like we are falling behind. Now, this does not mean that I just don’t have any plan for the year, month, or week. I like to make goals for the year at the beginning of our year. At the beginning of each month, I will sit down and plan out the goals for the month. And I do this again for each week.
You need to find support while homeschooling. It can come from family, friends, or even online support. Not everyone is as lucky as I have been with the support of family and friends when we decided to homeschool. But even with that support, finding online support from other homeschool moms from across the country and the world has been a lifesaver! Sometimes there are just some things that your family and friends who do not homeschool will not understand, so finding the support from other homeschool moms is very much needed!
You can follow me on Facebook, MeWe, Instagram, or Parler for support and encouragement. But not only that, you will want to find other local support groups. I have found some within my state, with the curriculum I am using, and many other things. Make sure that if you plan on homeschooling, or are starting your journey, you look for support, not only from family and friends but also other homeschool moms and dads.
Not everyone is a Christian homeschooler, but for those who are, prayer is very important to homeschooling. Prayer is what lead me to homeschool. Prayer is what has kept me going. Make sure you take the time for yourself and with your bible and God. Don’t let homeschooling take over every aspect of your life. Yes, you may cover the bible with your children in your homeschool lessons, but you Mom and Dad, need to take the time to do your own quiet time in your own bible. This will give you the strength you need to get through the tough days that will come.
Don’t forget, along this journey, you are not alone! If you have questions or need some support or encouragement, reach out to me! I am here to help you! hopkinshomeschool (@) gmail (dot) com.
If you or any of your friends are starting on their homeschooling journey, please share this with them to help them get started on the right foot!
My kids love to play games. However, sometimes I am not able to always be right there to make sure they are playing it right. Brain Blox has made it easy for my kids to play chess with Fun Family Chess.
What Is It
Included with Fun Family Chess are a folding wooden chessboard, 32 wooden chess pieces in soft pouches, a full-color chess book, 2 reference cards, and a chess cube. I will tell you more about this cube in a minute.
There are two different ways to play this chess game. First, you can play it like normal chess, using the reference cards if you need help or guidance with how each piece moves. The second way is the Fun Family way. This is the way the kids played chess while I was busy with work one day.
Fun Family Chess uses a color-coded cube and the reference cards for playing the game. All you need to do is set up your pieces, roll the cube (which will show you which piece to move), and move the piece you rolled. It still requires you to look around the board, see what you have happening and move the correct piece to help you win, but it is simplified for those just learning to play.
How We Used It
We have played this game both ways in our house. Little Miss is just learning how to play Chess and the Fun Family way was the best way for her to play. This is also the way the kids played while I was busy. Ray Ray has played before and really likes to think, plan and plot, so it made sense to play it the original way with him.
Little Miss has not ever played chess before. She loves it but has never actually played the game. I could have sat down and spent a whole afternoon explaining the game and how it works, just for her to get bored. Instead, we had a wonderful time playing chess the Fun Family way! All she needed to do was roll the chess cube, look at her reference chart and move. And I wasn’t able to make any huge moves when it was my turn since I also rolled the cube to move.
With Ray Ray, he has always loved this game. He learned a few years back with my mom, so rolling the cube was not fun for him. However, the reference cards were his best friend. He thinks that these are sent from Chess heaven just to help him beat mom in the game of chess.
While we didn’t roll the cube, we did still enjoy a long game of chess that ended up with us down to just 3 pieces on the board and him putting me in checkmate. He says the reference card helped him do that because he could plan his moves without giving them away and asking me how each piece moved.
What We Thought
This game has all thumbs up from us! We love the quality of the materials and how simple it is to learn how to play chess. I love that there are two ways to play, for both levels of my chess players. Little Miss doesn’t have to be confused and frustrated while learning the basics of the game and Ray Ray doesn’t have to be bored while playing the beginner way.
Since getting this game, I have noticed my kids enjoying more time learning and playing this versus asking to have screen time. When asked if they want to play, they gladly turn screens off and jump into a fun and educational game of chess.
We are glad to have this game in our house. It is well-loved and will be for many years to come!
Check out what the other reviewers have to say about Fun Family Chess from Brain Blox right here:
My kids love books. This is no surprise! We have been reading books since they were babies. While they love reading books, sometimes reading to learn is not always as fun. We have had a chance to take a look at the digital copy of Wonders of Creation: Design in a Fallen World from MasterBooks. This book has helped us enjoy learning while reading!
What It Is
We had the digital copy of Wonders of Creation, but there is also a physical copy if you want to actually get your hands on this book!
Our digital copy has 218 pages from start to finish. There are 14 chapters in the book:
Table of Contents
1. Since the Creation of the World
2. Land Mammals
3. Sea Creatures
4. Birds and Flight
6. Stars and Planets
7. Starlight and Time
9. Mathematics and Beauty
12. A Changed World
13. The Six Days of Genesis
14. What Happened?
This book will not only talk about the perfect world that God created, but it ends with what went wrong. This is not a dark and terrible ending, rather we are walked through the fall that Adam and Eve created, and we are learning about the why’s that have come from this. The explanations have not only helped my kids understand the pain and suffering of the world, but it has also helped me understand it better!
How We Used It
Since this was not a textbook, there are no questions to be answered, besides our own, we used this as a book to read as we wanted. We started reading from the beginning but found ourselves jumping to the different categories that we were more interested in.
While we didn’t always use this for a textbook, I did decide that we would pull this out and read at least one section a week. This allowed us to talk about how everything was made perfectly the way that God had created it. It was the perfect break in our typical school and allowed us to still learn.
What We Thought Of It
We give this book thumbs up! We really enjoyed scrolling through and looking at the pictures. This leads to us reading about the different creations of the world and how they work. While reading about the Fall is not something we look forward to, this book was able to describe it in a great way for all of us to understand.
This is a book that my kids will be loving for years to come. I love knowing that my kids will be able to learn about creation with a strong biblical viewpoint. This will help them defend their faith and know that all was created just the way God wanted it to be.
If you are looking for a beautiful book full of great pictures and useful information, you will want to grab a copy of Wonders of Creation for yourself!
Learning how to study is an important skill for children to have, but just how do you help them learn how to study? We had the chance to get our hands on the Vitcus Study Skills System. After spending some time in the various books, all three of the older kids have learned more about the best way for them to study.
The first time we used this program, there was only one level. That level is the current Level 3. We loved using this and I was excited to see that they had added new levels to their already wonderful program. There are now 4 levels, from Level 1 (K-2/3) up to Level 4 (10/11 – college).
Moe Man was the one who had used Level 3 before. This is geared towards the middle school ages (5th – 10th-grade levels). One of the new levels is the college level (Level 4). I had Moe Man use this one this time. While he is not certain about what he is going to do after high school, this gave him good skills to have. I really liked that this book talks about the skills you need in college that are different from high school. The appendix is filled with a lot of great resources to enforce the lessons and really made Moe Man think more on the college level.
Another fun level is Level 2 (Grades 2/3 – 4/5). I picked Ray Ray to work on this one. He really loved learning about his learning styles. This was something that we had not talked about before. The same day that we started using this, Ray Ray was busy putting it to the test with his other work. We found less stress and more enjoyment out of school! I knew how to present things to him, and he knew how to do them for himself as well.
My biggest excitement came with Level 1 (Grades K- 2/3). This is the smallest book of them all, but it was just the right information for the younger ages! Little Miss was thrilled to be working on these short lessons, and while they are shorter than the other books, she grasped a lot of what they were getting across.
All of the books, except Level 1 have 10 simple lessons to go through. Level 1 only has 6 lessons, but it is for a younger crowd, so this makes sense. It is recommended to do to the 10 lessons over 5 days. We decided for Ray Ray and Moe Man to do one lesson a day for 10 days. This meant, instead of one hour a day, we would spend about 30 minutes a day working on this, which matched our current school style of short lessons.
There is a teacher book that you can get that goes for all the lessons, Level 1 and 2 come with a supplement to the teacher book that helps you tailor the lessons to the age of the child. Ray Ray loved being able to play games that brought the lesson to life for him.
But, back to Little Miss and the fun new Level 1 books! At the younger age, you are not really focusing a lot on actually studying versus getting the idea of studying. These 6 lessons are a little different from the rest. They are only about a page long. The pages do not have distractions on them, and they are straight to the point. There is more teaching to talk about and the short page to enforce what you tell them. These lessons talk about how they study, how they learn best, goals (the longest lesson, but the most important in my opinion), time management, skills on reading, and listening.
I loved that the goals lesson is the longest. Teaching younger children what goals are and how to achieve them will set them up for greater success in the future. They are taught about goals, by examples of things in their everyday life, not just school. After learning about goals in life, they are brought back to school and making goals for their classes.
I really enjoy the Victus Study Skills System. I was happy with it in the past and am thrilled with the new additions!
I am not the only one who used this program, click below to check out what the other reviewers thought of this!
I am still in shock that I have a senior in high school this year! Where did all these years go by? There is only one thing harder than grasping you have a senior, it is finding curriculum for them that they love to use.
Fitting Words Classical Rhetoric is a curriculum that will provide high school students and above with a full year’s credit of learning how to communicate by studying the great speeches and giving their own speeches as well.
We received the complete program that comes with the student text, student workbook, video course, exam pack, and answer key. These all complement each other and makes this course a great one, especially for Moe Man.
The student text is a hardcover text with about 400 pages. Each of the pages is clean and uncluttered. This makes it easier to read. There is also room on the edges of the pages for notes if your child likes to take notes, mine doesn’t, but I love to, so noticed this right away!
The workbook is a spiral bound book. There are plenty of well-spaced lines for writing answers to the questions asked for each exercise. Even my large writing son had no problem writing his answers on these spaces.
The video course is my favorite aspect of this program. Moe Man is great at reading, but sometimes he doesn’t remember what he read. We all have those moments when listening to someone read or explain the lesson brings things to light that we would not have noticed before hearing it.
This video course is 4 DVDs that go with each lesson in the textbook. It is recommended to watch the lecture of the lesson first and follow up with reading the lesson after. Not only that but at the end of each lesson, there is a lesson application video to watch. There is even a pre-exam video that walks you through what you need to know for each exam. All the videos helped to reinforce what your child needs to know for each lesson.
The exams packet has review sheets for each exam. They are not study guides, instead just a sheet with the things the student should be able to do and know before the exam. This allows your child to review in the way that is best for them. You will also find all the exams in this packet. The last thing you will see is the speech judging sheets. This is an excellent way for me to be able to judge each individual speech. It also allows the student to know what they will be graded on for each speech.
Finally, we have the answer key. It is just that, a softcover book full of all the answers for the worksheets in the textbook as well as the exams.
How We Used It
At the beginning of the answer key, you will find two optional schedules on how to use this curriculum. There is an option for one or two years.
Since this is Moe Man’s last year of school (Yikes!) we opted for the one year schedule. Using the one year schedule, we see what to do each week and day. The bonus, it is only 4 days per week! Moe Man was happy to see this!
I wrote up what needed to be done on Moe Man’s planner, and with this guide, I could easily do the whole first semester in just about half an hour. After that, he logs in to see what he needs to do and goes. It is strange not to have to help him throughout the day like I used to have to do, but I am glad that he is getting better at doing things on his own, and the videos really help take my place in discussing the main point!
The way the schedule is broken down, it is easy to complete all that is needed each day without the stress of too much to do. At first, Moe Man wasn’t sure about the videos. However, now on lesson 7, he is appreciating the videos to help him with the lessons! They are not long, only lasting about 10-20 minutes, but they are full of the main points and great examples of the topics the kids are learning about!
There are 5 speeches that Moe Man will give throughout this course, the first of which will come after lesson 13. I am looking forward to this because he has a hard time speaking in front of people. I have to decide and split up the speeches between us at home and a good friend of the family. I figure this will give Moe Man a different audience for different speeches, and it will give him a chance to be judged by more than one person.
What We Thought
We loved this curriculum. I loved the simplicity on my end, and Moe Man loved how he was able to do this on his own without my help. He loves being able to do his work on his time instead of mine, so having a curriculum that includes the videos to help him, has helped us both.
The suggested schedule is perfect for Moe Man, and it helps me. I am always one who loves a schedule that is done for me vs. me having to figure one out. One thing I did notice was that the Table of Contents was the same for both the workbook and the answer key. This isn’t a huge deal, but I kept wondering where the schedule was in the workbook, and couldn’t find it.
Finding a curriculum that focuses on the great speeches, like that of Martin Luther King Jr, Patrick Henry, or even Pericles, is hard to come by. But Fitting Words is just that. We love the style of teaching and the use of these and other great speeches to help us learn!
There were others reviewers who used this curriculum or the new Picta Dicta curriculum. Check out those reviews right here:
In our state, teaching health is a requirement for graduation. However, finding a health curriculum that is biblically based can be hard to find. I want to make sure to teach the topics needed, but I want my children to see them as God’s creation.
I was thrilled to see that Apologia Educational Ministries had recently come out with Exploring Creation with Health and Nutrition by Dr. Laura Chase for high school aged students. We had the chance to review theBasic Set.
What It Is
The basic set includes the hardcover textbook and one spiral-bound student notebook. Both of these are required to make the coursework. Also included with this set is access to the book extras on the website. You will find the password for the book title in the front of your textbook.
The book extras include the answers to the study guides and tests as well as many supplemental weblinks to visit to supplement each topic in the book. While these are not needed, it is fun to take a topic and explore it further.
At the beginning of the Student Notebook, you are given a suggested daily schedule. This is set up for a whole year doing something three days a week. You can also make this into a one-semester course by doing something every day instead of three days a week.
How We Used It
Moe Man has a full year to complete his senior courses. I figured that it would benefit him if we took the slower pace option over the faster. That means he has been working on this course on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. We could pick any three days during the week, but this was the easiest way for us to split it up.
Moe Man will read through the text, stopping as needed to work on the On Your Own (OYO) questions and projects. The projects don’t require much of anything. In the first module, Moe Man learned a lot about himself and his temperament. This is a huge thing for him! As we move forward, he will do things like checking on food storage to exercising daily.
After the end of the module, there is a study guide to go over the main points in the module. This is a great way for the kids to study before the test. With the Study Guide Solutions from the book extras, Moe Man was able to go through and make sure he had the right answers to study from. I let him correct these on his own so that he could get the right information in his head before the test.
At the end of each module, there is a test to see what has been retained by the student. The questions are very similar to the study guide, so if your child actually studies the study guide, the test will be easy for them! I usually don’t like tests for Moe Man, he tends to get stressed out over them, but these are easy to do, and he has no issue.
What We Thought Of It
I have always loved Apologia in our house. They create great products, and they are based on God’s creation. When it comes to science, this is a huge factor for me and picking a curriculum.
Moe Man has not used an Apologia product before but has always admired when the younger kids get them. He is thrilled that he has had the chance to use one finally. He loves the way the lessons are broken down. The OYO questions are easy to answer, but yet they challenge him to think a little more.
The tests are easy enough for him to understand, being one who stresses over tests. He is actually doing very good at these tests.
I really appreciate that the topics covered are all the topics that are needed for a high school health class, yet I don’t need to worry about proofreading the lessons to make sure they align with our beliefs. This makes me happy that Moe Man can work independently without me making changes on particular topics.
If you are looking for a health and nutrition curriculum for your high school students that has a strong biblical foundation, Exploring Creation with Health and Nutrition from Apologia is the curriculum that you want.
Right now, you have the opportunity to grab a free Whole Health Activity e-Book from Apologia. Included in this book is not only some fun activities and articles on health but also a sample chapter of Exploring Health and Nutrition to see how this wonderful curriculum would work in your house!
Our primary goal as homeschoolers is to make sure our child is ready for graduation. I never thought in a million years that we would be homeschooling through the high school years, but someone else had bigger plans for us. Because of this, we had to start planning for Moe Man’s graduation, and Homeschool Diploma was there to help with our standard diploma issue that we were worried about!
What It Is
The standard diploma from Homeschool Diploma is just that, a high school diploma. We wanted something more for Moe Man, so we looked at the Personalized Diploma and we were not disappointed! Moe Man is my very shy child. He does not do anything extra if he doesn’t have to. Because of this, he asked that I not make him dress up in a cap and gown. Homeschool Diploma offers cap, gown, tassel, and diploma. They also have an 8th Grade Diploma option as well.
How We Used It
Dad and I sat down and went through all the options available to us for customizing Moe Man’s diploma. We wanted this to be meaningful and not just the same old thing that everyone else was getting.
The personalization started with what size diploma we wanted. There were three size options, but we went with the 6 x 8 size. We continued on and were taken on a step by step process to make this diploma the one we would be proud to hand over to Moe Man, and one that he would be proud to receive.
We were able to choose the wording we wanted for our diploma, and having the option to have our faith be a part of this diploma was wonderful! I just love looking at this and seeing Godly wisdom and faith in Jesus Christ on my son’s diploma!
What We Thought
Dad and I were very impressed when we received the diploma. It was mailed to us in a resealable bag that will keep it safe until we are ready to present it, as well as after it has been given to Moe Man. Everything that I had hoped for was given to us, and more. This diploma is of high quality and is very formal. I am very excited to officially present this to Moe Man next summer when he finishes up his last couple of courses.
Like I mentioned earlier, Moe Man is not big on huge events. He doesn’t like being the center of attention. We are not planning a large ceremony because of this. We will be planning a graduation party with our friends and family, and on that day, Dad and I will proudly hand over the signed diploma to our oldest son, and that will be the ceremony, just as Moe Man wants it!
We love our son’s high school diploma. It is all we could ask and hope for. The team at Homeschool Diploma made it easy to order, and the shipping was quick. I look forward to using them again as each one of our kids graduates high school. And I look forward to using the cap, gown, and tassel with at least one of children if they will let me!
Want to see some of the caps and gowns? Check out these other reviews from the crew:
This is a review post. I received this item in exchange for my honest review. Below you will find just that, my honest review.
Taking notes is not fun. Trying to teach your child to take notes is even less fun. But taking notes is a very important skill to have through high school and college. On top of this, most homeschool students are independent learners. Which means they do their own learning instead of listening to a teacher all day. Therefore, they may lack the understanding of how to take notes from auditory sources.
I had the chance to work with Moe Man on Teach Your Students How to Take Notes from Writing with Sharon Watson. This 7-week course is simple and easy to use. This is an eBook and upon ordering it, you will have access almost immediately! During the 7-week course, your child will build their skills while starting with a simple paragraph all the way up to listening to an essay and documentary.
This is a very simple open and go curriculum. It is not a computer course for your kids, in fact your child will not even be taking notes on the computer, they will be using the old-fashioned pen and paper method. Sharon did her research and found that by having your child take notes by hand will help them focus on what is important and remember what they hear.
I printed the whole eBook right away upon receiving this. I find it easier to have the papers in my hands and take notes on them myself as I teach! Each week I was able to open to that week’s page and see what I needed to know right away. The first section of each week is the objectives for the week. Following this is the teacher preparation. These two sections allow me to spend the time I need to prepare for the actual teaching of the lesson.
After the teacher prep, we jumped into the actual learning. Each week we built upon what we learned the previous week. Some weeks we had two exercises, other weeks, we had one longer lesson. With each lesson we have a handout to give to the students to help them with taking notes. I would read a selection to Moe Man, he would spend time listening to me and take notes, using the handouts to help him, and we would finish up with questions and answers. By using these questions, I was able to see if Moe Man had taken notes on the right things and would be able to answer these questions.
This was a very simple course. I was shocked as to how simple it was. However, each week, I noticed Moe Man was getting more and more questions correct. Even with the passages becoming longer, and the notes more tedious on his part, he was still getting them right. This was proof that the simple things I was telling him and the simple handouts I was giving him was just the right amount to help him, not to mention avoiding the computer and using the pen and paper.
Are you worried about your child’s ability to work on taking notes while listening to someone speak? Do you want to give them another skill that will help them as they further their education? If you want that, you will want to check out Teach Your Students How to Take Notes for Writing with Sharon Watson! I am glad that we did!
What is even better? Sharon decided to put this eBook on SALE!! From now until November 17th you can get 20% off your order of Teach Your Child How to Take Noteswith the code TEACHNOTES20. Don’t miss out on this awesome deal!
Having “that conversation” with my kids has always been on the end of my list. First, I am not ready for them to be old enough to have this talk, and second I just don’t know what to say sometimes. Feeling this way, I was happy to see Sex by Design from Abby Ludvigson and know that I would have help for this important topic.
Sex by Design is not a sex education course. What it is, is a curriculum for both boys and girls that teaches God’s design for sex and how to live that in their daily life. With this curriculum we had physical Parent and Teen Editions of Sex by Design. We also received access to the videos online that go along with the books.
There are 7 topics that are covered in Sex by Design:
Plan Ahead: Living Pure in a Sex-Saturated Culture
Counting the Cost: Every Decision Has a Price Tag
Dating: Doing Relationships God’s Way
Sex: God’s Purpose and Plan
Modesty: God Cares What I Wear
Pornography: Its Deception & Steps to Get Out or Stay Out
Secondary Virginity: Running Back to God
Each of these topics have 3 different levels to learning them. The first level is all about discussing what we have just learned after watching the video. This section also includes a film outline for the kids to fill in as they watch the video.
We spent time working on this section right after the video. I loved the Discuss it section. This allowed us to open doors to conversation. We didn’t do all of them, rather we picked the ones that we needed in our home. Abby includes a lot of extra resources that you can download on her website. She put little notes on the side of the pages of what resources to use.
The second level, The Bible: Your Sword in the Battle, This section is a Bible Study to help bring what you learned from the video, notes and discussions into your heart. We start off with Abby says, this gives the main point of the topic. After this, she follows with The Bible says, here is where we see the Bible verses that also relate to the topic. This shows the kids that God does have a plan and purpose.
The final level is the level where your child is going to take what they learn and make it their own. This level is based on The 1st Peter Principle. Here is where your child will prepare, rehearse and share what they have learned.
We have not completed this curriculum yet. But that is ok because Abby wants us to take this at our own pace. There is no schedule on how long to take for any of this. You go at the pace that works for you and your child. I took the time to watch all the videos before even introducing them to Moe Man. This slowed our start down, but boy did I love those videos.
Each video is filmed in front of a group of real kids. Abby speaks to them and us as real people. She has a great voice and is very serious, but fun at the same time. We are drawn to her as she talks. She makes us want to listen to her.
We spent time with the first video and the notes to go with it. After that, we spent a few days with the discussion questions. It was nice to space this out over the week. This allowed for continued thinking on the topic. After we had finished the first level, we did the second level, the Bible Study. I have Moe Man take his time with this, coming and going, reading and re-reading it over the next week. Finally, we spent the final week working on the third level. I really wanted Moe Man to focus on this part. I wanted to cement into him what he had just learned and how to use this in his day to day life.
As well as using the parent and student books, we took advantage of the extra resources that Abby made available to us. This helped us to dig deeper and apply it to everyday situations.
We really love this curriculum, even the teenage boy. He doesn’t feel embarrassed talking about what he is learning and it makes sense to him. Things that he used to wonder about are being answered in a gentle way using the Bible to guide us. Knowing that Abby was a 33-year-old virgin waiting for her husband, made it easier to relate to her. She knew the struggles, she had walked the walk while talking the talk.
If you have teens in your house, you should be doing this curriculum with them. It doesn’t matter if you homeschool or not, if you want your child to grow up knowing and practicing purity, this the curriculum to use!