Our Unschooling into Apprenticeship Story
Both Isaac and I come from families who believed in institutionalized education. Both of us went through 19+ years of religious education at the "finest" schools and state schools available to us. Both our parents sacrificed a lot to pay the high price to send us to these schools (and we are still paying on school loans for that "education”), yet we are not currently using that "education" to "make a living."
Our parents hoped that with sacrificing and sending us to those schools was that we would never commit "apostasy" and leave the Seventh-day Adventists faith, but instead find everything we needed in that system. Well, what we didn’t find in that system was YHVH and the Truth, so when YHVH called us out –– we did leave, much to their pain (I get it and am truly sorry for them).
When we were separated out and given eyes to see –– we saw indoctrination, we saw the lies, the business it is and its false messiah and religion that we were taught for decades. Of course, the Ruach ha’Kodesh uses wherever we are to find us and move us toward repentance. I know that opportunities in that system were used to woo me to YHVH. There are a few things that I’m extremely thankful for from that experience. I learned to think, I meet my husband, Isaac through the church, I fell in love with Campmeeting (which is what I envision Sukkot being like now) and I became a camp girl through my experience at Camp MiVoden –– all these things through that “system.” But not everyone is a “black sheep” like I was — always challenging the “system” and looking for the Truth.
After we left that “system” it has been a SUPREME challenge to provide experiences and opportunities for our girls even remotely similar. Honestly, I have not been able to. But though it was hard and there was “guilt” to deal with, we were committed to raising our girls to KNOW and OBEY YHVH FIRST. I want them to have the inheritance that is promised through Ye’shua––there is no eternal inheritance through the SDA church!
When we took our girls out of public school (2nd and 4th grade) in approx. 2007 we thought long and hard about what YHVH wants our children to learn and be able to do. Quickly we took a different philosophy for raising children then most people do who bring their children home to homeschool. We didn't want to "play school." Neither did we want to "bring school home."
After searching the Scriptures we saw that most important to YHVH is that we raise them to learn, do and remember His ways. This isn't something you learn in ANY school. It's not something that you learn with 3 times a week Bible class or once a week during a church sermon. It’s something that takes being “set-apart” to soak in.
In my research, the Ruach ha'Kodesh led me to find the very cool “lapbook" idea from Heart of Wisdom which the content of them I based in the Feasts. But what gave me the MOST freedom as a mom was when the Ruach ha'Kodesh led us to discover UNSCHOOLING–– a philosophy as old as the hills that gives parents freedom from guilt, micro-managing and allows the child to learn what the child wants to learn –– when the child wants to learn it. Do they want to read? They will tell you when they are ready. When they are open to learning –– they will pick it up and learn it quickly –– because they WANT to! Just let the child BE a child! Let them explore their world all the way until they are an "adult." DUH! This freedom, joy and blessing has been all together stollen from parents and children with the modern education “system.” Of course, we also did research about which states laws would allow us to live this way. And trust me, we would have moved if our state hadn’t allowed this.
Unschooling doesn’t mean a free-for-all. It means that you don’t try to force Greek hellenized topics and thought processes that they will NEVER use later down the throats of our children. It was NEVER a free for all in our home. I love structure, so they did chores; they continued their ballet education, gymnastics and music classes. They read out loud to me. They did their Feast lap books. I challenged my girls constantly, but not in the same way that regular school does. Over all, the biggest structure in their life was not get ready for the school bus, but get ready for Shabbat or a Feast Day. They LIVED in Yah’s rhythm of Feast days –– over and over and over......
This is what Isaac and I did after pulling our girls out of public and then private school. We decided to teach them the most important things: how to obey YHVH and His rhythm, who their Elohim was, who they were (Israelites) and how to love. We left all the traditional school and "homeschool" ways behind. Link to Amazon.
This is the book that changed our view of "homeschool." Free at Last: The Sudbury Valley School
"Celebrate the New Moon (Yah's Months) with an Activity Book! Chocked full of things to learn, discuss, color and fill out." Toddlers to 10 years old. New Moon Activity Book
"Nearly 40 pages to color of many great stories of the Bible and also the commanded Biblical Feasts." Toddlers to 10 years old. Go Match Coloring Book.
"Elohim inspired, printable Activity Books for Beginners & Kids Ages 6-12." Bible Pathway Adventures.
Workbook consists of 10 multiple-choice tests (334 questions) that will help students know at a glance if they have (or are gaining) the Royal characteristics Ye'shua said His priests would have. Characteristics of a Melchziedek Priest.
Bible study resources, from posters to bible study's, and coloring pages. Age toddler to 10
The Chronological Gospels Bible
The Revelation Scroll explains the entire Book of the Revelation at a glance!
Description, (age 10 to high school)
by Tawnya Bulger (ages toddler to 10 years)
By Melody Meachum, (ages 10 years and up)
"All of the videos are short visual explanations that show how the Bible is a unified story that leads to (Yeshua) Jesus."
A clean playlist with videos made for Messianic, Hebrew Roots, Melchizedek or Christian Youth. This safe play list is good for entertainment, but is also woven with light teaching about the Gospel. Enjoy music, stories and other videos from Royal Teens about the Feasts and life. 94 videos.
Hadassah loves these videos!
"Addressing 18 core considerations for laying a firm foundation for how you and your family celebrate the Feasts and Festivals of YHVH our Elohim."
What the true Messiah really needs from us so we can gain the Happily-Ever-After. This COURSE consists of a series multiple-choice quizzes (325+ questions in all) that look directly at what Ye'shua said was important.
"The Well Planned Day family homeschool planner was created with that juggling act in mind! Designed to keep everything in one place, Well Planned Day allows homeschooling moms to see weekly lesson plans, appointments, and menu plans at a glance. "
By Rebekah Garvin
"So, what does it look like for you and your daughter to walk with God? Enter into ten true stories, full of dialoge between Maggie and her parents as they explore what it looks like for one family to walk with their girls and God."
"A beautiful book to help Scattered Israel learn about the TRUE Chanukah (or Hanukkah) and celebrate the Feast of Dedication from a Melchizedek perspective."
"A beautiful book to help Scattered Israel learn about and celebrate YHVH Elohim's Feast of Trumpets (Yom Teruah) from a Melchizedek perspective."
This is a family-friendly Handbook to the Feasts!
The Melchizedek Handbook to the Feast of Shavuot. Learn how to celebrate this Feast!
KONOS teaches children academic subjects while kids are learning to practice biblical principles. The KONOS hands-on curriculum captures a child's interest through his senses. Konos
from Psalm 119
"Understand your Bible better while deepening your relationship with your Heavenly Abba (Father) and growing in love for His people Israel."
This proven method will have you reading the Hebrew Alphabet in 6 weeks or less. This book and workbook will have you reading it in 6 weeks. he Hebrew Alphabet can look intimidating, but this book will hae you reading it in 6 weeks. Writing Exercises for Block and Cursive Script (The Learn to Read Hebrew Set)
12 Hebrew words unpacked in a simple fun way. Applied to your life, these words will change your life and empower you to live as a Melchizedek priest for Yahshua!
An Effective Battle Prayer for the Youth of Yah's Kingdom. This book contains a war-room prayer for boys and young men within the Messianic, Hebrew Roots and New Melchizedek Covenant faiths. Inspired by the Daily Prayer by John Eldredge (Ransomed Heart Ministries) it is written as a step-by-step guide and model battle prayer for young male believers
Here is a recommendation guide for littles. You can go on Pinterest and search for several wonderful ideas. All you need is a notebook and nature. Have the child write or draw what they seen in nature today. Nature Journaling
Scripture-centered courses to help students stay curious with topics like astronomy. For more information and to register click here.
There is a journal for junior years, middle years, and highs school years.
Discover The Story again. The Story you were born into. The True Fairy Tale.
TM and Starlight Publishing have many small Bible Study tracts that would make great content to add to a homeschool curriculum.
"The Four Foundations of Lifelong Learning: Preparing Your Little Ones for School, by Anne Elliott (2012)
What should we teach our children before they turn five? What skills do preschool children need to master so that learning will be enjoyable and effective when they begin their formal schooling? If homeschooling, how can we ensure that we will be successful teaching our own children? (How can we even define “success”?)"
Features four volumes of world history for all ages. The Mystery of History is a “Chronological, Christian, Complete” World History curriculum for all ages. The Mystery of History
We all know the saying. If we don’t learn from the past, we’re condemned to repeat it. And yet today’s history books do an awful job. They teach kids about the past—not how to learn from it. Look around at our world. The problems we are facing are a byproduct of historical ignorance. It’s time we really helped children learn about history in a way that empowers them to apply its lessons to our lives today. That’s what the Tuttle Twins team is ready to do, with our first volume of stories about American history. America's History
This is what Isaac and I used to give the girls activities surrounding the Feasts. I love her lapbook idea and used it for the Feasts.
The Heart of Wisdom Teaching Approach is for all homeschoolers that want to make the Bible the center of their school day. This giant provides you with the methods, program, and resources for a course of study where students spend half the school day studying God's Word and the other half studying God's world (academics).
Hadassah's Blog with Bible verses for topical studies
For math and Language
Live your life by Yah's rhythm! This unique calendar is an interactive "fill-in-the-blank" experience that is full of beautiful pictures helping to inspire Melchizedek Israel to live in rhythm with Yahovah. This calendar will help you and your family live in the cycle of the Creator's Holy Days.
Astronomically and Agriculturally Corrected Biblical Hebrew Calendar. Aviv barley and sighted moon calender.
Our 2022 Sukkot is cancelled, but Pre-Registration is OPEN for 2023. Click to hold your spot at our fun, packed-with-goodness and well organized Melchizedek-minded Sukkot Campmeeting in the Fall of 2023 at Camp Perkins in Stanley, Idaho.
Hosted by TM.