New Beginnings on the Coffee Table

New books appeared on our coffee table over the weekend but I’m only now reporting online.    Our fall term has been underway for several weeks, but I delayed starting our Tapestry of Grace/ humanities studies so we could establish a steady routine with the basics of Math, Grammar, Logic and such.  Fortunately, it didn’t take long to (mostly) find our stride and the children were eager for Tapestry–it’s a favorite part of school for all of us.

After having journeyed through time clear up to the present day, here we are back at the beginning!  Over the next two weeks we’ll be studying creation through the disbursement at Babel.

We take a Creationist perspective on early times.  Many (but not all) of our resources reflect that.  We like to study other views in addition, so you’ll see a variety of perspective in our book basket.  Even among the Creationist titles, I don’t recommend all unreservedly.  Some are historic fiction/Biblical fiction; a worthy and fascinating genre, but one that requires a reader discretion.  (Because critical thinking and discernment are keys we want our children to develop, I think these books provide great discussion opportunities.

Some questions we encourage the children to ask when reading these historic/biblical fiction (or even biblical fantasy) accounts are:

  • What part of this is imagination?
  • What ideas are backed by reliable first hand sources?
  • What parts are opinion?
  • Do accounts from the first hand sources indicate that this guess could  accurate?
  • How do you imagine it happened?

In our homeschool, these are valuable discussions, but for some it’s a stumbling block, so I give a disclaimer.

The Bible included in our widgets below, but it is a primary text for this whole unit.  Mystery of History will be another “spine” that ties everything together as we move through these early times.  I use Story of the World for some eras of study, but I reach for Mystery of History for Ancients.

I’m excited about our read alouds.  We are reading through the Herein Is Love series from Shepherd Press.  It’s a “read aloud” friendly commentary for children.  I absolutely love the depth and breadth of it, the rich theology which shows Christ through the Pentateuch grace through the law, and even the author’s perspective on children.  It’s refreshing to find an author that writes respectfully to children and doesn’t dumb things down.  So many bore, insult and alienate them with lack of respect for them as thinking people.  This series doesn’t do that, and we are all loving it.

I can’t forget Gilgamesh!  I usually don’t like “children’s versions” but there are a few good ones–this retelling of the Gilgamesh epic is one such exception.

Below is a glimpse into our book basket (Click through if you are reading from an external feed to see the widgets):

Warning: A brainless blob is blogging and babbling:

I’m hitting “publish” without proofreading at 10:15 Pm after a midnighter last night.  Beware of sentence fragments, dangling participles and misplaced punctuation.  I realize this warning is at the end of the post and you will be warned only after the damage is done.


2 thoughts on “New Beginnings on the Coffee Table

  1. LOL at your warning 🙂 That Gilgamesh trilogy has been on my wish list for years now…one day I will break down and buy it…probably the day before someone offers it to me on PBS…

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