A video from Shem Homeschool Academy. Addresses repentance and obedience. Discusses being a good example for our children.
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When I first started homeschooling my children, the curriculum I used (and still do use from time to time) was Alpha Omega Lifepacs. The system is easy to implement and manage. This curriculum does have a Christian base, however I have found that it is adaptable for my purposes. I am not messianic, but I still can use it because for the most part the focus is on the One God. Those who are messianic certainly would likely find it to be adaptable as well.
It is a series of worktexts for every subject from Bible (which I don't use) to Science, Language Arts, Biology and History. They are economical (about $5 per Lifepac) and you can see a sample of each one online. Alpha Omega Lifepacs are very popular among homeschooling families. Many of you who have contacted me and are new to home education, I have recommended this curriculum. I think it is a good starting point for your first year or two, especially if you are not yet comfortable with designing your own curriculum. What I found nice about the Lifepacs was that they were easy to work with; I could add on, enrich and supplement it without a hassle. View Alpha Omega Philosophy and Scope and Sequence.
Please be advised that I do not recommend use of the Alpha Omega Lifepacs for Mathematics. It is a bit mediocre in quality, on par with the average public school texts. For math you might want to try using Saxon Math, Singapore Math, Ray's Arithmetic or Math-U-See. These come highly recommended by many homeschooling families.
In the following video, you get to see the curriculum and its overall layout. You'll see all that is included. Grading and teaching helps are made simple as well with Lifepac Management materials, which are included with the Teacher's Manuals. The gentleman in the video offers some great advice for using this curriculum.
Many homeschooling families use the Saxon Math curriculum and are quite impressed with it. The lady in the following video gives a short review of the curriculum. Please be advised that it is not necessary to buy the early grade texts for grades 1-3. Have your young child learn their numbers (and how to write them as numbers and words), shapes, colors and basic math facts: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division using flash cards, worksheets and practice speed drills. For manipulatives, you can use pennies, beans, buttons and blocks for example. Once they have mastered their basics, they can start at Saxon Math 5/4 (4th grade level text). You will need the student text, solutions manual and the book of worksheets & tests. These can be purchased separately, or as a complete set. Do not buy direct from publisher; too expensive. Purchase these materials from Amazon.
This is an excellent teaching video done by Dr. Samori Camara of Kamali Academy. He provides some very good advise about getting started with homeschooling. He has an African-centered online curriculum focused on subjects like: African-American History until 1865, Mental Math, and Civil Rights and Black Power. He also has created an African-centered curriculum for elementary grades (PreK-grade 4) covering science, language, math and history. His courses, I think, are great for our children's extracurricular work. I highly recommend his book: "Education for Liberation: The Top 20 Questions and Answers for Black Homeschoolers"