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Show & Share – July 23

School supplies await the first day of class

Welcome to the July 23rd Edition of Show & Share. We look forward to enjoying what you have to share today. For Show & Share ideas and guidelines, read this post

More on Moore

Last week’s post on Delayed Academics mentioned the late Dr. Raymond Moore several times.  For those who are not aware, not only was Dr. Moore considered to be the father of the modern homeschooling movement, he and his wife Dorothy were also Seventh-day Adventist.   His homeschooling methodology is a practical application of the True Education principles taught in Spirit of Prophecy.

Ellen Dana from the Moore Academy was interviewed by in 2009 about the Moore Formula and delayed academics.   In addition  The Moore’s daughter , Kathy Kordenbrock, was also interviewed.   These podcasts are timeless and invaluable inspiration for both new and veteran homeschool families.  Listen and gain a clearer understanding of how delayed academics and the Moore Formula can be a blessing in your home.

Dorothy & Raymond Moore Homeschooling Series

The podcasts are also available on itunes – look for thatmom’s podcasts 93-100.

Motivation Monday


“From a child, Timothy knew the Scriptures; and this knowledge was a safeguard to him against the evil influences surrounding him, and the temptation to choose pleasure and selfish gratification before duty. Such a safeguard all our children need; and it should be a part of the work of parents and of Christ’s ambassadors to see that the children are properly instructed in the word of God.”

Gospel Workers 1892, pg 16

Thoughts on Delayed Academics

Green apple on booksWhat does delayed academics look like in a homeschool program?  How do families come to choose this important educational philosophy?   Here are four collected articles from around the web that begin to answer this question.

In On Waiting for Reading Readiness, a homeschooling mother shares how she grew into the understanding of waiting until her daughter was ready to read.

Another mother shares in Methods Monday: Delayed Academics what the concept looks like in her home with her children.

Dawnita explains in Delayed Academics how the first book she read on homeschooling introduced her to the idea of delayed academics.

The Moore Formula is the first introduction many homeschooling families have to delayed academics.  This summary article of the Moore Formula describes what homeschooling looks like when you put off formal instruction.

Motivation Monday

Father Kissing Son

” Let the children be patiently and kindly restrained from evil. This restraint, ministered with mercy and tenderness, exercised intelligently, will be a constant school for the children. There are different temperaments in the family, and it is often necessary to let patience have her perfect work.

Manuscript Releases Volume 15, pg 44

Our Most Important Homeschool Lessons

The  first textbook to be used for the education of our children is the Bible. Daily we are to use the Bible to lead our children to Christ. We are to begin with short, simple, easy to understand lessons.

“In these simple stories may be made plain the great principles of the law of God.” Education, 185.

Our goal is to direct to our children the commandments of God as standard for living, and to teach them to use the Bible as a guide for life. As we use the Bible to introduce our children to God, they will be introduced to His character and their own characters will be influenced as a result.

bibleHow should we teach our children? There is no reason for Bible study time to be dull and boring.  The pen of inspiration gives us guidance in creative ways to teach Bible lessons to our children.

“ The use of object lessons, blackboards, maps, and pictures, will be an aid in explaining these lessons, and fixing them in the memory. Parents and teachers should constantly seek for improved methods. The teaching of the Bible should have our freshest thought, our best methods, and our most earnest effort.” Education, 186.

That means that we should take some time to really think about teaching the Bible to our children.  Put some serious lesson planning effort into it!  What resources do you already have?  What could you do to make Bible study time more productive and interesting for your family?

Let us renew our commitment to consistently present to our children the most important lessons they will ever learn.

Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD.” Ps. 34:11

Motivation Monday

Mother and Son Reading Bible Together

“Parents should search the Scriptures with their children. They should become familiar with the lessons themselves; then they can assist their children in learning them. Every day some portion of time should be appropriated to the study of the lessons, not merely in learning to mechanically repeat the words, while the mind does not comprehend the meaning; but to go to the very foundation, and become familiar with what is brought out in the lesson. The indifference of the children, in very many cases, is chargeable to the parents. They are indifferent, and the children catch the same spirit. If parents show that they attach importance to the Sabbath school, by giving it respect and prominence, the children will generally copy their example.”

Counsels on Sabbath School Work – 53,54