Announcement!!

We are so excited to announce that we are making our books available on the Amazon Marketplace. Please pray for us as we work on getting all of our books listed. You will now be able to purchase SonLight Education Ministry books at a price that is very friendly to your pocketbook and you won’t need to mess with printing the large files.

Please… if you see any errors in any books, please give us a heads up so that we can try to edit them before they go to print. We always appreciate a second, third, or fourth pair of eyes!

You can now go to Amazon and search for “SonLight Education Ministry”. The books that are uploaded and ready for printing will have a “BUY NOW” button. It takes a few days to get the books to be live on Amazon, but we have already finished uploading the Family Bible Lesson books, all three years. We will begin to work on the Little Children’s Lessons and the Activity Books soon. The 2-8 Grade Lessons will follow after they are completed. So, keep checking back to Amazon to see what has been uploaded.

Please keep this work in your prayers. Kimberly has been willing to share her talents and her spare time to make this happen. We are so thankful for her help. We are putting the prices as low as we can to cover the cost of printing for you and still save you loads of money compared to if you printed from home or took the files to a printshop. That’s worth praising God about!

In the near future, as time allows, we will be updating the website. We will be reorganizing it to help you find the print books or the downloadable files, but this will be a large project and we ask for your patience and your prayers!

We pray this will be a blessing for many families!

What Is Mathematics? Projects

Many times we stick to our lessons and forget about the projects listed in the Teacher’s Section.  You can find lots of neat ways to learn mathematics by doing the projects, which is a more hands-on method of learning.  Here is an excerpt from Grades 2-8 / Lesson 1:  What Is Mathematics?

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  1.  What are the laws of love in your home?  Make a list.  Can you think of a new one your family may need?  Practice it, and especially this week.  (Example:  All family members will be respectful of other peoples’ things because they love them.)
  2. Do you see mathematics in nature?  Find examples on at least two days during your nature walks this week.  Use your backpack.  (Example: leaf pattern on a branch – spiral, alternating, parallel). Write the examples you find in Our Nature Study Book.  Make a parallel to your Bible story and use the character quality of love.    Use three examples 1) numbers, 2) quantities, and 3) measurements.
  3. Help the child think about Mathematics as he goes about his daily life.  (Examples: the time he eats each day, the number of people eating at each meal, etc.)  Have the child draw pictures of three laws of mathematics he experiences in his day (as relates to love and the Bible lesson).
  4. Together, as a family, save enough money to purchase the book Number in Scripture by Bullinger to add to the family’s library for a resource.
  5. Do a survey with adults and ask them the question, “What is Mathematics?”  Write down their answers.  What did you learn from them?

 

Mathematics Instructions

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  1.  Try to make mathematics more concrete and enjoyable by making story problems from your Bible lesson and nature lesson; use a blackboard and write a problem out (or a stick writing in the dirt), letting the student work out the answer, then let the child give the teacher and problem; or, as you are working at a project, make it into a mathematics problem, etc.  Help the student to see that mathematics is a simple part of life.
  2. Practice mental problems – where the child has to work out the answer in his head.
  3. Let the child work at whatever level he is capable of doing in the workbooks.

Excerpt from Grades 2-8 / Lesson 1:  What Is Mathematics? – Teacher Section

Reflect – Consider This:

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A lighted piece of paper laid flat on a piece of metal will go out, for the metal absorbs the heat and starves the flame: so does gold laid close to the soul cause the holy flame of love to God to shrink and die. The heart cannot embrace God and money; and, therefore, if it gives its affection and solicitude to the latter, it is guilty of idolatry. “Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry” (Colossians 3:5)

Excerpt from Grades 2-8 / Lesson 1: What Is Mathematics?

Motivation Monday

I love this encouragement. Such a good reminder!

The Adventist Home Educator

 

” Smile parents…Let the sunshine from a  loving, grateful heart light up the countenance.  Unbend from your iron dignity, adapt yourselves to the children’s needs, and make them love you.  You must win their affection, if you would impress religious truth upon their heart.”

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Order

Let all things be done decently and in order” (1 Corinthians 14:40).  God is a God of order and all things move under His divine direction.  We see an example of this in Ezekiel, chapter one.  At the very hub of the universe is God’s throne – all moves in an orderly fashion around His dwelling place.  Subjection and discipline mark the movements of the heavenly host, each one doing his appointed work.  Success can attend order and harmonious actions.

Order is heaven’s first law.”  As we copy the divine example, let us also have order in our homeschool.  Order begins by starting school at the appointed time.  Allow no interruptions to divert you from this most important task.  Phones can be unplugged (or put on an answering machine); friends can be encouraged to visit at other times in the day.

Have a place for everything,

and put everything in its place!

Order means to have a regular arrangement.  An arrangement in our time, person, place, and character.

  • Order of time to carry out what God requires of us – we need a clearly defined schedule that we keep to.  “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1).
  • Order of our person – always dressed, hair combed as if we are going to meet an important appointment.  Having a crisp freshness about us, with a smile on our faces as we begin our day of educating.
  • Order of our place – the home and the room we use for school has an order.  A cluttered place has a tendency to encourage a cluttered mind or a sloppy paper.  Provide a place for your school supplies – even if it is only a box arranged orderly under the corner of the table.  “For the Lord thy God walketh in the midst of thy camp, to deliver thee, and to give up thine enemies before thee; therefore shall thy camp be holy: that he see no unclean thing in thee, and turn away from thee” (Deuteronomy 23:14).
  • Order of our character – having spent your quiet time early that morning in Bible study and prayer you will be prepared to meet the many challenges of the day.  “The king’s daughter is all glorious within:  her clothing is of wrought gold” (Psalm 45:13).

Before God met with Israel on Mount Sinai to give them the law, the children of Israel were required to have clean clothing (Exodus 19:10).  The children of Israel were to do all within their power to cleanse themselves from inward and outward defilement.  It may be a struggle for us to come up to God’s high standard of inward and outward cleansing, but our human efforts United with God’s divine power will succeed.

An early start each day in our schedule is sometimes a problem because of lack of order and discipline.  Children many times have no rules as to when to go to bed and when to arise.  The birds of nature teach us when it is time to go to bed and when to arise.  When the precious habits of order are broken and time thus wasted in the early mornings, things are set out of course for the whole day.  Remember, God wills us to bring ourselves into order.  Let us go to bed early, and use the fresh hours of the morning to form habits of regularity and order.  We will improve in health, spirit, memory, and disposition.

“The king’s daughter is all glorious within: her clothing is of wrought gold.” Psalm 45:13

 

Excerpt from Ten Principles of True Education p. 4, 5.

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Do you have disorder in your home?  Take this week to think about ways you can improve order in your home and develop a plan to put it in order.

Still need help?  There are good resources for learning cleaning, order, etc.

A Virtuous Woman –  This is an SDA resource.  Melissa Ringstaff provides free printables for cleaning and organizing your home on her website.

Family Boot Camp – This is offered by one of SonLight’s counselors, Yolanda Pugh.  This has a more simple approach than some of the other plans offered, but sometimes simple is easier to accomplish.  I encourage you to check it out!

Fly Lady – is a cleaning/organizing program.  They have created a schedule for you, reminders, etc.  I’m not sure if it is all free anymore, as they have added apps and other resources, but I believe you can do the basics for free.  Just realize this is not an SDA resource and you may need to tweak the schedule accordingly to work around the Sabbath.  It is a highly intensive program, but it starts with Baby Steps and creating habits that maybe you missed growing up.  I have found this program helpful in simply learning how to clean and clean in a manner that I never learned growing up.

Life as a Mama– Cleaning schedules, free printables. This is not an SDA resource, so you will need to make changes to accommodate Sabbath on some things.  🙂

Have a resource that you enjoy?  Please share it below in the comments!

An Example

“And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon him.” Luke 2:40

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As a child, Jesus lived within the laws of mankind. “And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom and the grace of God was upon him.” He learned as children need to learn today. His mathematics study was taught through the practical duties of life. He learned mathematics through the things His own hands had in the beginning created in nature and the work he did in the carpenter’s shop. As He recreated things of wood (from trees He had created) with mathematical calculations, so He would recreate men who would cooperate with Him.

Excerpt from Grades 2-8 / Lesson 1: What Is Mathematics?