How to get started with homeschooling?

I. Is there a model for man to follow for True Education?

“The system of education instituted at the beginning of the world was to be a model for man throughout all aftertime. As an illustration of its principles a model school was established in Eden, the home of our first parents. The Garden of Eden was the schoolroom, nature was the lesson book, the Creator Himself was the instructor.”1


What is the schoolroom?

What are the lesson books?

Who was the Instructor?

How long will this system of education last?

II.  When to start using the above model?

“For the first eight or ten years of a child’s life the field or garden is the best schoolroom, the mother the best teacher, nature the best lesson book. Even when the child is old enough to attend school, his health should be regarded as of greater importance than a knowledge of books. He should be surrounded with the conditions most favorable to both physical and mental growth.”2

III. Does SonLight Education Ministry follow this model?

The Family Bible Lessons for the ages Birth to Eight years and the 2nd to 8th grade program, The Desire of All Nations program from SonLight Education Ministry follows the model of true education mentioned above.

IV. The Course for children from Birth to Eight is the Family Bible Lessons. Download and print the file for Year 1 Quarter 1 Family Bible Lessons, Children’s Activities Book for Year 1 Quarter 1, and if you have children under 4, The Little Children’s Bible Lessons Book.  You can get started at any time. There is a Bible Lesson, Memory Verse, Nature Lesson, Character Quality for all week with it broken up into a little research every day. A Quarter is 13 weeks so you stay in a Nature theme for 3 months.

Romans 1:20 “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, [even] his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:”

V. The Course for children nine to fifteen or 2nd to eighth grade called The Desire of All Nations program can be downloaded and printed.

Print the following to get started with the 2-8 grade program:
Lesson 1 of all the Academic subjects.
The Covenant Notebook
The Casket Coloring Book
Spelling From the Scriptures
The Bible Study Booklet

VI. The Training Course for the Parent called The Ten Principles of True Education should also be downloaded and printed. This is the training course to teach you how to teach using Christ’s methods of True Education. It is especially helpful when teaching the older child age nine and up.


VII. Physiology and Hygiene

“Upon fathers as well as mothers rests a responsibility for the child’s earlier as well as its later training, and for both parents the demand for careful and thorough preparation is most urgent. Before taking upon themselves the possibilities of fatherhood and motherhood, men and women should become acquainted with the laws of physical development—with physiology and hygiene, with the bearing of prenatal influences, with the laws of heredity, sanitation, dress, exercise, and the treatment of disease; they should also understand the laws of mental development and moral training….
Never will education accomplish all that it might and should accomplish until the importance of the parents’ work is fully recognized, and they receive a training for its sacred responsibilities.” 3


1. Child Guidance page 294.2

2. Child Guidance page 300.1

3. Child Guidance page 63, 64


This picture came with the blog and I decided to leave it just because I liked it.  Waters in the Bible represent many people… and Sunlight (SonLight) is touching many of them.  I love that analogy and I pray that we can help many of you as you search for true education encouragement.


Well, as you can see… the blog is new to our site.  We hope that we can use it to support you all as you are trying to learn how to use the SonLight Education Ministry materials or simply trying to understand True Education better.

Our prayer is that we can share glimpses of how SEM (SonLight Education Ministry) materials work.  That we can share your ideas of how you incorporate SEM into your homeschooling. That we can encourage you with True Education tidbits.  That we can share resources that work well with SEM.  That we can share events coming up that you might be encouraged to attend.

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May God be with you and your families as you seek to follow Him!

Warmly, ~Melissa