Your e-book on transcripts changed my life this year, and thus, the lives of my children! My oldest is in 8th grade and earlier this past school year, she thought she wanted to go to high school. I wasn't sure what to do for high school, so I was having trouble getting her excited over the idea of remaining homeschooled. I saw your book, ordered it in December, but did not get around to reading it until about February. That is when things started to change in two ways. I was able to share my excitement about your e-book with my oldest, especially your transcripts with Sonlight courses, as we have used Sonlight in the past and really liked it. We attended various homeschool meetings with co-ops to get high school ideas, and over the course of 4 months, we have decided to homeschool all 3 kids, the middle one coming to me out of the blue in March and asking if she could homeschool again (she had 1 year previously).
I especially like some advice you have given to stay with curriculum you have already successfully used. For us, that would be Sonlight. However, a few things have come up lately making me question that. Do you think I'd be compromising my own beliefs by using Sonlight for history/literature, even though it bothers me that, as a company, they won't take a stand on the old earth/young earth issue? Would you even recommend trying 3 separate Sonlight cores and work 4 hours a day?
~Lily in Idaho
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We are interested in Christian homeschooling materials which teach real science (biology included). We see no problem with theistic evolution. Is SonLight the only one which is accepting of this viewpoint?
I have homeschooled for 15 years, and I have really enjoyed Apologia. Some friends of mine really like Bob Jones. I don't remember if they teach theistic evolution, but all are solid science that teach from a Christian perspective. Lee talks about choosing science curriculum in this post: http://www.thehomescholar.com/blog/homeschool-science-choosing-curriculum/
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Today's production of novel medications requires a full knowlegde of molecular genetics. This includes understanding the molecular mechanisms of evolution. This science of molecular genetics is now a mature science, not some theoretical pipedream. Evolution deniers are at the same place today as those one hundred fifty years ago who said that heavier than air flight is obviously impossible. One can maintain any religious view one desires, but science will progress nonetheless.
It's not as daunting as you would think to do 3 Sonlight levels if you have a couple of kids in high school. I did it for 2 years and it was just fine. Like Lee, I didn't get a chance to interact with my high schoolers as much as I would have liked, but they've done just fine without me as they love the curriculum and are motivated to learn.
Hope that helps some,
"New Answers" is a series of three books published by Master Books, a young-earth publishing house. I am not crazy about the series, but that's because I disagree with a great deal of the theology in it. You can find the books here:
I grew up in a family and a church that believed in an old earth. I knew though in my heart that I did not come from a monkey! However mother was big in to archeology and chasing after Lucy. Today her denomination believes that the Bible was written by man so therefor it is flawed. Sigh! The entrance of evolution into our schools is where we can start to see the erosion of faith. Evolution gets kids to question their faith. Parents must step up and teach them true biblical new earth science. When you establish a firm foundation you will at the same time expose them to the flaws of evolutionary theory. I highly recommend Apologia Science and using the The New Answers Book 1 and Book 2 while you are working through High School Science. I am finishing Book 1 right now and we will be adding it with our Apologia Earth Science this year. We must teach them the truth, give them eyes to see the flaws and the back ground to defend. Therefor they aren't expecting Santa Claus, and know how to defend Jesus.
For what it's worth, I agree with Lee on this. I am a young-earther, but I love Sonlight. If my daughter were still at home, I would probably be using a lot of their material. In addition to what Lee said, I would add that in using some materials that disagree with your position, you are not compromising your values. Instead, you are teaching your children that there are good, solid Christians out there who have different views than you on a number of issues. It is important to teach this to children, because one distressing thing I see in Christendom is the view that if you disagree with me on a spiritual issue, you either don't believe the Bible or don't have a "Biblical worldview."
Please remember that Gleason Archer is an old-earth creationist, and C.S. Lewis was a theistic evolutionist. We cannot teach our children that people like these Christian luminaries don't believe the Bible or don't have a Biblical worldview!