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  • If this were a class on gardening, I would be talking about each of these steps to grow a successful garden.We may also consider how each of these steps will nurture and cultivate the heart. Read slide.
  • Recognize – make a proper selection of information.Record – clarify by highlighting and emphasizingRehearse – mental rehearsing or role play. Give your knowledge away. Visualize yourself in a teaching setting or writing a book about the material to share with others.Recall – bring the information to the forefront of your mind. Make is useful by recalling it.Reconstruct – write a one-paragraph summary of all learning. This learning process provides the foundation for our Course Road Maps on the Hearthstone Education Plan and also is used in the learning projects for Libety’s Hope.
  • Recognize – make a proper selection of information.Record – clarify by highlighting and emphasizingRehearse – mental rehearsing or role play. Give your knowledge away. Visualize yourself in a teaching setting or writing a book about the material to share with others.Recall – bring the information to the forefront of your mind. Make is useful by recalling it.Reconstruct – write a one-paragraph summary of all learning. This learning process provides the foundation for our Course Road Maps on the Hearthstone Education Plan and also is used in the learning projects for Libety’s Hope.
  • Now we come back to our original question. How do we instill the principles of liberty in the hearts of the rising generation? If we have been raised with a mind-centered approach to education, how do we transfer information from the mind to the heart?
  • Neil Flinders: Author of Teach the Children – An Agency Approach to Education, written in 1990.
  • Analogy to clarify and define the difference between the emotions and the heart . . .Read slideAgency is a key term in our approach to education. Agency is exercised when individuals employ their personal power to act and not be acted upon. I would submit that agency is more a matter of the heart than it is of the mind. Food for thought – When the heart has been weakened by neglect or wounded by abuse or trauma, the ability to act and not be acted upon is in jeopardy. True education must include strengthening the heart . . . Building a powerful engine.
  • 2nd Analogy: Shows the life-supporting functions of the heart to our character and disposition.Do we respond to life’s challenges with fear or faith? With blame or accountability? With commitment or capitulation?The answer to these questions will be found in the condition of our hearts.
  • Now that we have this understanding of the “heart”. What is the role of the mind?Read slide
  • These definitions are also found in Neil Flinders book: Teach the Children. Examples of might include: financial resources, leadership skills, teaching abilities, social skills, developed talents, influential personality traits. Examples of strength: In addition to the obvious physical strength and sporting abilities, it includes good health practices and nutrition.
  • When we divide our projects into these four categories, you will see a list something like this.
  • Hearthstone education plan

    1. 1. HEARTHSTONE EDUCATION PLAN Educating Hearts and Souls
    2. 2. The emotional bond between a mother and child makes her the most qualified to educate the heart. THE INFLUENCE OF MOTHERS
    3. 3. Find curriculum - This usually results in mother burn-out, especially if home schooling more than one child. TYPICAL FIRST STEP Math Science Language Arts History Spelling
    4. 4. What if there was a simpler way to homeschool?
    5. 5. What do I want my children to learn before they become adults? A DIFFERENT APPROACH
    6. 6. Do any of these objectives resonate with you? 1. Faith in God 2. Strong moral character 3. Leadership skills that may be used in their future homes and communities 4. Skills in self-reliance 5. Love of learning to propel them towards academic achievement in their chosen fields of study. WHAT DO I WANT MY CHILDREN TO LEARN?
    7. 7. Less busywork Fewer textbooks Fewer worksheets Trust in the Simple . . . More time to learn from real life, real events and real people. More creativity and ingenuity More faith in God LESS IS MORE
    8. 8. #1 Structured Time #2 The Garden Allegory ACCOMPLISH MORE . . . WITH 3 SIMPLE PRIORITIES #3 Well Rounded Education
    9. 9. Create a schedule with “structured school time” in your home. PRIORITY #1: STRUCTURED TIME
    10. 10. 1. Structure time – not content. Guard this time – do not allow for interruptions. 2. Be present and engage with children. Do not wash dishes, fold laundry, talk on phone, etc. 3. Keep it special 4. Keep it simple 5. Plan weekly objectives 5 RULES OF ENGAGEMENT* *From Mary Ann Johnson, The Home School Coach
    11. 11. Simple method for sharing powerful education principles Master Gardeners create a nurturing environment for seeds to grow to full maturity. Every seed contains all the genetic coding necessary to reach full potential. PRIORITY #2: GARDEN ALLEGORY
    12. 12. STRUCTURED TIME: THE VINEYARD Light and Water Cultivate, Nourish, Weed out Share Harvest
    13. 13. Multi-denominational Resources for Religion History includes: Family history State history National history World history LIGHT AND WATER: RELIGION AND HISTORY
    14. 14. • “Hook Dates” make it very easy to organize and compile historical events into the mind. HOOK DATE HISTORY • Each segment of history is organized into 10 Hook Dates including an important personality and event that connects to that time period.
    15. 15. Main focus for Junior A age group (ages 0-8) Revisited each year as children progress • Relationship before scholarship • Family routines, standards and values • Children learn the difference between right and wrong; truth and error • Preserve the Joy of learning at this age • Discover the value of “Spark Stations” (Mary Ann Johnson) PREPARE THE SOIL
    16. 16. • Prepare the soil • Plant the seed • Nurture and Cultivate • Capture the Sunshine • Weeding • Harvest As students move into the Junior B and Senior classes they will learn to follow the full gardening cycle in their education • Principle and Value based learning • Carry the principle or value through the full cycle of seed planting to harvest THE GARDENING CYCLE
    17. 17. Soil Preparation Seed Selection Cultivate and Nourish Weed It Out Share the Harvest
    18. 18. The Garden Allegory The 5 R’s of Memory Retention THE LEARNING PROCESS – BY ANY NAME . . . Principle Defined Define objective Discovery Skill Practice Evaluate and discuss Serve, teach, and share Seed Selection Soil Preparation Cultivate and Nourish Weed it Out Share the Harvest Recognize Record Rehearse Recall Reconstruct
    19. 19. The Garden Allegory THE GARDEN ALLEGORY AND THE GREAT BRAIN PROJECT* The Great Brain Project Choose a Topic Build Questions Study Imagine, Create, Invent Share Your Project Seed Selection Soil Preparation Cultivate and Nourish Weed it Out Share the Harvest *The Great Brain Project was developed by Lynn Stoddard and explained in the book: Educating for Human Greatness
    20. 20. Moving principles from mind to heart Mind Heart An intellectual understanding of the principles of liberty will not be enough . . .
    21. 21. The blessings of life, liberty, and happiness can only be maintained by people who live with the fires of faith, the valor of virtue, and the power of patriotism burning in their hearts.
    22. 22. SCIENCE Discovering how and why God created the universe
    23. 23. 1st Day: Light and Physics 2nd Day: Water and Chemistry 3rd Day: Geology and Botany 4th Day: Astronomy 5th Day: Zoology and Biology 6th Day: Physiology and Biology CREATION SCIENCE • 3 year rotation based on the days of the creation • One semester of study will be dedicated to each day of the creation • Allows the family to work on science together
    24. 24. Participate in Science Labs and Field Trips Enjoy discovery with *“Spark Stations” Create a scrapbook to record their discoveries JUNIOR A (3-8) *Learn more about “Spark Stations” from Mary Ann Johnson at: http://home-school-coach.com/
    25. 25. Participate in Science Labs and Field Trips Create a textbook to teach others about each field of science Participate in a “Great Brain Project” in a chosen field of science Practice writing essays and research papers to include in their textbooks JUNIOR B AND SENIOR (8-18)
    27. 27. MATH God’s method of using patterns and numbers to create order in the universe.
    28. 28. Discover Heavenly Father’s favorite numbers and patterns Hands on math experiences with Spark Stations and Math games Application of math and geometry in everyday life and career choices Have fun with math! JUNIOR A (3-8)
    29. 29. Principle based learning – Practical application Students will carry a principle through the full garden cycle. From their experience, they will not only have a deeper understanding of math, but they will also learn to become self-governing JUNIOR B AND SENIOR (8-18)
    31. 31. LANGUAGE ARTS Academic Service Projects bring purpose to developing skills in language arts. Literature is based on the classics with the Bible as the foundation classic.
    32. 32. Relationship before scholarship: Parents bond with children with stories, music, nursery rhymes, read-a-loud books Develop a love for books and language Child’s readiness determines when reading and writing practice begins JUNIOR A (3-8)
    33. 33. Focus on Classics: Book discussions with parents, teachers and peers McGuffey Readers and Bible stories develop moral character and language skills simultaneously JUNIOR B AND SENIOR (8-18) Academic Service Projects: • Writing letters, essays, speeches, and research papers • Public speaking and recitations from memory • Creating word games • Developing good penmanship and cursive writing skills • Broaden communication with foreign language skills
    35. 35. Our Criteria: 1. We select resources that are compatible with the garden allegory method of teaching 2. We look for resources that teach faith, virtue and patriotism 3. Simplicity in presentation – allowing more creativity within the family CURRICULUM CHOICES AT HEARTHSTONE Class Road Maps: When 2 or more resources are recommended in one subject – we create a class road map to coordinate the lessons in a logical sequence
    36. 36. “And Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and man.” Luke 2: 52 Heart Might Mind Strength PRIORITY #3: WELL ROUNDED EDUCATION Four components of the soul as described in the Bible
    37. 37. “The heart constitutes the significant decision making center of the human personality; it manifests itself as character or disposition – prevailing tendency, dominating mood, or governing inclination . . . WHAT IS THE HEART?
    38. 38. The heart is the core, the innermost aspect of the person, the human being itself. It is subject to growth, development, and change as it is influenced by those choices. The heart is distinct from the mind. The two are different, but intimately interrelated, aspects of human nature. “As he thinketh in his heart so is he” (Proverbs 23:7) -Neil Flinders, Teach the Children WHAT IS THE HEART?
    39. 39. Our emotions merely serve as indicators to the condition of the heart, just as the instrument panel on the car serves as an indicator to the condition of the engine. THE HEART IS LIKE AN INTERNAL ENGINE . . . The heart empowers us to act on, think about and choose to respond to life’s experiences.
    40. 40. Just as our physical hearts pump life sustaining blood and nutrients to the physical body . . . THE HEART IS LIKE A VALUES PUMP . . . . . . Our internal heart pumps values and beliefs to the decision making center of our souls.
    41. 41. WHAT IS THE “MIND”? • The mind is man’s capacity to become aware of things as they are, as they have been, or as they will be. • The mind is subject to the management and leadership of the heart. • The mind as an instrument of the heart may select, categorize, classify, and store, but it does not choose in the sense that the heart makes choices. It is a collector but not a commander. Neil Flinders, Teach the Children
    42. 42. Might Might refers to the resources – both temporal and spiritual—that are legitimately accessible to a particular person. Strength Denotes the physical properties associated with an individual’s body that are instruments of power in a bodily sense. MIGHT AND STRENGTH ARE EXTENSIONS OF A FUNCTIONING MIND AND HEART. Neil Flinders, Teach the Children
    43. 43. A HEART AND SOUL EDUCATION Heart Mind Might Strength The Hearthstone Education Plan Liberty’s Hope
    44. 44. Liberty’s Hope A youth achievement program designed to develop the Heart, Might, Mind, and Strength of a growing child Ages 3-8 Ages 8-14 Ages 14+
    45. 45. Adds elective courses to the Hearthstone Education Plan Compatible with Quest Clubs (uniforms, badges and award pins available through Quest Clubs) Customized achievements to emphasize patriotism and “heart and soul” development LIBERTY’S HOPE
    46. 46. LIBERTY’S HOPE PROJECTS Heart • Values • Religion • Heritage • Hook Date History • Service • Leadership • Family Relations • Life skills Mind • Classics • Constitution and Government • Financial Literacy • Science • Math Might • Craftsmanship • Fabric Arts • Fine Arts • Performing Arts • Communication skills • Computer Technology • Foreign language Strength • Culinary Arts • Gardening • Healthy Living • Fitness and Recreation • Health Care • Whole foods nutrition
    47. 47. • A portfolio is a place where you can record assignments and test scores and track the progress of your child from year to year. • The student portfolio is an excellent medium for “mentor meetings” where you and your child can plan curriculum, choose books, and discuss their work and progress throughout the year. PORTFOLIOS AND PLANNERS By combining the portfolio with planning pages it can serve a dual purpose for tracking goals and assignments as well as progress and achievements.
    48. 48. Individual Planner Quarterly Goals (Heart, Might, Mind and Strength) 3 Month Calendar Weekly Compass Family Planner Year at a glance school calendar Monthly Family Education Plan Weekly Family Education Plan PORTFOLIOS AND PLANNERS
    49. 49. Section 3 : Elective Courses (5+ page dividers) Include achievements, projects, experiences in specific topics PORTFOLIO SECTIONS Section 1: (5 page dividers) • Planning Calendars • Evaluations • Experiences/Activities • RSLL Charts (Reading, Service, Leadership, and Life Skills) • Awards/Recognition Section 2: Core Courses (5 page dividers) • Religious Studies • Language Arts • Math • Science • History
    50. 50. HEARTHSTONE EDUCATION PLAN Planning for a “heart and soul” education hearthstoneplan.org