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  1. Random question. I’ve been trying to get my hands on TATRAS for my two youngest children ages 4/5 who want to learn how to read. I’ve spoken with Mr. Rogers daughter, but haven’t heard back. I ordered it from a company only to find out they didn’t have it in stock and were unable to get it from Mr. Rogers who is now battling cancer and unable to keep up with putting orders together. Their website is down now too! I’m kicking it for not buying it when I could have but I wasn’t homeschooling at that time. Is there any chance that you or someone you know would be willing to sell their TATRAS copy?? Please let me know!! Thank you so much
    Rachael Wilson
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  2. Quinn! I love the way you have outlined things here! I am currently expecting our first and realized the other day that in two or three years I was going to be responsible for the education of little ones. I will be a third generation homeschooler and have planned to homeschool for years. I was feeling a bit overwhelmed, because it is a bit of a daunting task to plan for. Thank you for this article! It has really helped me put things in focus and start to formulate a plan of action!

    • Third generation!! That’s amazing! 🙂 Congratulations on your baby! I hope you’re feeling well enough! What an exciting time in your life to be planning for! May God bless your vision Kate!

  3. Loved it, but I must say no Fiction!?!?!?! I survived on fiction. It was the only thing that kept me going through my years at public school. At the very least CS Lewis. His representation of the afterlife brought me to tears when I was a child it was/is so beautiful. The Chronicles of Narnia are basically parables. Still I must advocate for fiction as it has helped me in so many ways and was my best friend for the longest time. I mean really, not even historical fiction? What about Gerald Lund? He is simply fantastic! Everything I’ve ever read of his I have adored. I am amazed you can even live without fiction to broaden your horizons and make you think of things you would have never even considered before. My favorites are transformation stories. What would it be like to swim with fish and fly with birds? How would it feel, how would you think, what would be the best part, and why would you want to come home again? So many fabulous descriptions. So many amazing ideas! Other worlds other peoples other abilities, what if, what if, what if? I suppose it is because I will forever be a dreamer, but to me, reading fiction is like stepping into another persons dream and becoming a character. It is what made me want to become an author myself. It is what gave me my college grade reading and comprehension levels when I was in elementary school too. By the way… https://lewispublishing.org/product/dreamscape/ That’s my book 🙂
    Ah… just looked at the clock… nearly 2am. I’m off to bed.

    • Granted I only did a Command+F search & re-read what I wrote under the “Literature” heading, but I can’t see where I said no “fiction.” Cause we read a LOT of fiction. Reading a wonderful Lamplighter to the kids right now called The Wide, Wide, World by Susan Warner & The Jungle Book too.

      I do see where I said no “fantasy.” Though I know they have sparked an interest in reading & the Word of God for countless people, I personally struggle with them for the reasons I mentioned and because I think that the personalities of some of my children would not do well with them. A few are extremely sensitive, easily frightened and a lot of the horror that comes with some of these types of stories would terrify them. Whereas when we’re dealing with talking birds & raccoons, for example, they can look to the reality of those creatures and know it’s make believe since they can see that animals don’t really talk. That’s not the case with the “creatures” (that aren’t creations of our Creator) so they’re left to flesh reality out in their minds.

      Because I have not read these books myself, am not interested in them, and haven’t the time to pre-read them for my older readers, we avoid them. With so much excellent literature outside of that genre, there is no shortage for us to choose from. It’s there for them to explore when they’re grown and if they turn out to love it, hopefully they’ll understand my motives and forgive me. 🙂 Take Care!

      • I really like how you clarified this point. I thought it sounded kind of stuffy, at first, but it does make sense. I have no experience with reading fantasy and do not want to pre-read them for my kids. My oldest son is extremely sensitive as well. He is 6 and still can be frightened by very mild excitement in stories or videos. I know my husband plane to read the fantasy books that his dad read with him when he was young so, until then, we will stick to fiction with talking animals and the like.

        • So glad that helped Amber! You have to do what’s best for YOUR individual children uniquely created by the Lord instead of what’s found on a booklist somewhere of what all homeschooled children MUST read by the time they’re X years old. So thankful for the freedom to do so. I applaud your husband’s involvement in the children’s education! So many dads leave that up to mama and aren’t involved. Good for him!

  4. I was homeschooled all of my life. This is a very wonderful idea. Love it. Sounds like a great method.

  5. Thank you for posting this!! I have been praying about what to use as our families choice curriculum. God showed me several months back in the wee hours of the morning that his word is sufficient. I have succumbed to fear and my own educational experiences and gone back to textbooks which makes everyone miserable. Christian families walking in this light are very hard to find and I appreciate your openness.

  6. Thank you! It wasn't easy to share and I have gotten some harsh, unkind comments about how my children will turn out as a result of this post. It's good to be mentally prepared for the criticism that will come from being so radically different. (Especially when it's for the glory of Jesus Christ.) But at the end of the day, I know it's the right way for my children to learn! Blessings! 😀

  7. Might I suggest that the Geneva Bible is even more appropriate than KJV? The reason is that Geneva is the original English-language Bible, pre-dating KJV. In fact, something like 80% of KJV is lifted verbatim from Geneva (though, of course Mr. Tyndale was not given due credit for his work). So if one wants true authenticity in the earliest English translation (though modern-language accurate translations are not "lesser" versions), the Geneva is the way to go. I've decided not to use KJV precisely because it's a plagiarized version of the Geneva.

  8. Might I suggest that the Geneva Bible is even more appropriate than KJV? The reason is that Geneva is the original English-language Bible, pre-dating KJV. In fact, something like 80% of KJV is lifted verbatim from Geneva (though, of course Mr. Tyndale was not given due credit for his work). So if one wants true authenticity in the earliest English translation (though modern-language accurate translations are not “lesser” versions), the Geneva is the way to go. I’ve decided not to use KJV precisely because it’s a plagiarized version of the Geneva.

  9. Thank you so much for sharing your collection of resources and your thoughts. You are exactly what I have been looking for and hoping for 😀 We plan to start a bit of "school" this year then actual homeschooling next year, but I need that degree of flexibility that you show – also the cost-effectiveness! Really, you are a lifesaver.

  10. Thank you so much for sharing your collection of resources and your thoughts. You are exactly what I have been looking for and hoping for 😀 We plan to start a bit of "school" this year then actual homeschooling next year, but I need that degree of flexibility that you show – also the cost-effectiveness! Really, you are a lifesaver.

  11. I know this is an old post here but I always come back to this because it’s so helpful, and just what we’ve been envisioning for our homeschool. We recently read Teaching the Trivium, by the Bluedorns, and it was such a refreshing and helpful book… the best we’ve ever read regarding homeschooling!
    And by the way, I see someone already mentioned this same thing here a while back, but I desperately looking for TATRAS and can’t find it anywhere. If you or anyone else reading this happen to know of a source for it, even a used one, please let me know! Or, Quinn, do you happen to know of a phonics program that is similar to TATRAS? I’m so sad that I can’t get it.
    Thanks so much for this post again!
    Rebekah

    • I imagine you checked out their website, right? I thought it used to specifically say that you couldn’t get them anymore, but it doesn’t look like that right now. It has phone #’s & ordering info, etc… I hope you can find a copy! http://www.verticalphonics.com

      • I know, the website looks functional, doesn’t it? But I called the phone number and tried the email address, and no one responded to either. I emailed the Bluedorns (Teaching the Trivium) and found out that Frank Rogers passed away last year and it looks like his family has no plans to reissue the program. But in God’s kind providence, I was able to find a copy… I tried so hard I actually ended up with 2 copies! This looks like such a wonderful phonics program, it’s so sad to me that it is not available any more. I think so many people could benefit from it.
        Thank you so much for replying!

  12. Love that I stumbled upon this while searching Pinterest for ideas for implementing more bible in our days… beautiful. I've been feeling this way as well and my husband and I just had a chat about how God's word NEEDS to take a much more central role in our homeschool, not just act as one 'part' of our day, if that makes sense. Thanks. Cass The Unplugged Family

  13. It makes total sense Cassandra and is something we really need to work hard to guard against all the time. I struggle most with that during our school breaks when we're all scattered and busy. I'm thankful that because of this structure it's much less effortless during the greater part of the year to have opportunites to incorporate the Bible into our lives.

  14. It makes total sense Cassandra and is something we really need to work hard to guard against all the time. I struggle most with that during our school breaks when we're all scattered and busy. I'm thankful that because of this structure it's much less effortless during the greater part of the year to have opportunites to incorporate the Bible into our lives.

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  16. I know this is an old post- but I have just accidentally (maybe providentially(?!) stumbled on it and it's everything I've been wanting to do but too scared to do in our homeschool…. Even down to the no fantasy! I have not seen one other Christian CM home educator say this, yet I cannot reconcile my conscience to allow the magic, myths and legends (fairies, magic, Tolkien, Lewis, Harry Potter) that everyone else says is good and necessary to some degree- so I want to say thank you for sharing it all because it's like someone has finally given me permission to do it this way! I'm off to look at some more of your blog 🙂 gratefully yours, Jo in the UK x

  17. No one knows your children better than you do and if you're not comfortable reading those stories you absolutely shouldn't. For me I know most of my children are far too naive for those types of stories and I've learned to be ok with that even though it doesn't perfectly fit the CM mold. I'm so thankful that by having read this you're able to feel at ease with what your gut is telling you. Many blessings to you on you home education journey 🙂

  18. Just found this post. I'm planning on homeschooling my daughter when she's older and this is just what I was looking for! <3 There's just so much going on in schools now that contradict our faith and I want to insill the Christian values into her education. I had the basic idea and just didn't know how to put it all in order 🙂 Thank you so much for this, Elizabeth from North Carolina <3

  19. I too like someone else who commented just happen to stumble or rather was lead to this post through pinterest. I read it but did nothing further as I was looking for something a little more focused and planned out -curriculum wise. However, it has now been months since I came across this post and had not thought of it anymore until I was enjoing a Bible study by Elizabeth George call A Woman After God's OWn Heart. And in the study I was prompted to be a more devoted Bible teacher to my young ones, and was asked to think of ways I could be completely devoted to teaching them God's word. And this very post was the very first thing that came to me! It was like God had taken it and stored it up somewhere inside me so that when this day came- the day I would feel so lead to teach my children more of God's word- I would remember that months back I had seen this post and could recieve legitament and practical advice through it. I am very thankful to have been lead to it the first time and am even more thankful to have been lead to it a second time, and now I am not just going to skim it and pass on by, but take it and apply it to my home, and homeschool. Thank you for following God's precious words in Deut. 6:7 "And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shall talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up."
    God bless you an yours.

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