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Homeschool Greek now on Kindle for $19.99

July 14th, 2019

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Homeschool Self-Study Greek: A Thorough Self-Teaching Grammar of Biblical Greek — $9.99

Homeschool Self-Study Greek: A Thorough Self-Teaching Grammar of Biblical Greek is like no other Biblical Greek grammar.

Not only is Homeschool Greek self-teaching, but it is thorough. Students, both young and old, can teach themselves Greek in homeschool, in private school, or as a preparation for seminary or college.

Features include:
1. For ages 13 through adult — unlike other grammars, this is designed for younger students.
2. Teaches English grammar before it introduces Greek grammar.
3. Self-teaching — you do not need a teacher; the text is your teacher; the text continually asks questions and confirms or corrects your answers.
4. Programmed — the text takes us through the normal trivium process of learning.
5. Extensive preprinted Vocabulary Drill Cards.
6. A Greek New Testament Reader which covers Matthew 5-7, including an English translation.
7. Audio pronunciation files for both the textbook and the reader.
8. Diagnostic tests to determine whether the material has been mastered, and if not, what material to restudy.

Volume One has 18 chapters divided into 95 lessons and 15 comprehensive tests. The material begins very easy, gradually increases in difficulty, and concludes with five challenging chapters. The last 10 chapters use Biblical expressions for examples and exercises. The student must memorize numerous Greek passages from the Proverbs and the New Testament. The text points out information which the student is required to enter in an orderly Greek notebook. After completing Volume One, the student should have a working knowledge of Greek nouns, pronouns, adjectives, and prepositions and some knowledge of the Greek verb system. Younger students will take up to two years to complete Volume One. Adult students may be able to complete it in a few months.

There are four components to Homeschool Self-Study Greek: A Thorough Self-teaching Grammar of Biblical Greek:

1. Homeschool Self-Study Greek: A Thorough Self-teaching Grammar of Biblical Greek Textbook
2. Homeschool Self-Study Greek: New Testament Reader
3. Homeschool Self-Study Greek: Diagnostic Tests
4. Homeschool Self-Study Greek: Vocabulary Drill Cards

Audio pronunciation files for both the textbook and the reader are found here.

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Homeschool Self-Study Greek: New Testament Reader, Matthew 5-7, Greek Text with English Inter-Phrasal Translation — $3.99

This Homeschool Self-Study Greek: New Testament Reader provides easy to use and profitable reading material for the beginning Greek student.

In this reader, the Greek text is divided into smaller units of thought (clauses, phrases, etc.), and an evenly flowing English translation is placed immediately below each smaller unit of the Greek text. An abbreviation which identifies the part of speech is placed before each Greek word. The same subscript is added to the corresponding word(s) in the English translation. In this way, anyone can easily determine which words in the English translation correspond to specific words in the Greek text, or vice versa. This produces both an evenly flowing English translation – like an inter-columnar translation – but also a direct word-for-word correspondence – like an interlinear translation – while all the parts of speech are identified in both Greek and English.

A guide to Greek syllable division is included in order to help the Greek student in the audible reading of the text.

An interpretive outline is inter-woven within the text in order to help the reader to follow the sense of what he is reading.

Though this Greek Reader is a stand-alone product, it was developed to be used along with Homeschool Self-Study Greek: A Thorough Self-teaching Grammar of Biblical Greek.

Audio pronunciation files for both the textbook and the reader are found here.

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Homeschool Self-Study Greek: Vocabulary Drill Cards — $3.99

Though these Greek Vocabulary Drill Cards are a stand-alone product, they were developed to be used along with Homeschool Self-Study Greek: A Thorough Self-teaching Grammar of Biblical Greek.

These Vocabulary Drill Cards cover all the Greek vocabulary introduced in Homeschool Self-Study Greek. Each card lists: 1) the Greek word’s formal lexical entry; 2) the category of inflection into which the word falls, or its part of speech; 3) Strong’s number for the word; 4) all of the forms of the word which you will need to know for this volume of Homeschool Self-Study Greek; 5) an English definition for the Greek word with a Bible verse illustrating that definition; and 6) English derivatives and other information.

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Homeschool Self-Study Greek: Diagnostic Tests — $1.99

This booklet of Homeschool Self-Study Greek: Diagnostic Tests consists of fifteen tests which cover the eighteen chapters of the text. These tests help the student to evaluate whether he has sufficiently mastered the material. Each test question identifies the chapter and lesson where the material covered in the question can be found, so that he can restudy the relevant material. The answer for each question is found at the back of the booklet.

These diagnostic tests were developed to be used along with Homeschool Self-Study Greek: A Thorough Self-teaching Grammar of Biblical Greek.

If you prefer, you can buy the printed copy of all four components of Homeschool Greek here for $90.

Review of Homeschool Greek by Cathy Duffy

This is a self-contained Greek course for students ages thirteen and up. The Volume I course, “Mostly Nouns and Such,” consists of a 310-page, plastic comb-bound textbook, a 65-page Greek reader, vocabulary cards, and test booklet. It assumes that students are familiar with the symbols and sounds of the Greek alphabet. (A Greek Alphabetarion provides the necessary groundwork.) Students need not have prior instruction in English grammar, although it will certainly be helpful. See the rest of this review at Cathy Duffy’s web site.

 

Was Paul a classical Greek scholar?

June 22nd, 2019

Was Paul a classical Greek scholar?

[This is Appendix 3 from Ancient History from Primary Sources: A Literary Timeline by
Harvey and Laurie Bluedorn, 2003, revised 2019.]

[XT = eXegetical Translation, New Testament]

It is one thing to deal with classical Greek myths, and quite another to deal with myths about classical Greek. One such myth, which has had rather wide circulation, is the notion that Paul was a scholar of classical Greek literature and philosophy.

It is alleged that the Apostle Paul quoted several classical Greek authors, and this is presented as conclusive and irrefutable evidence of his classical scholarship. We will first examine the three quotations – real or alleged – which are presented as the primary examples for Paul’s scholarship.

Whence did he get the saying, ‘The Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, slow-bellies,’ but from a perusal of The Oracles of Epimenides, the Cretan Initiator? Or how would he have known this ‘For we are also his offspring,’ had he not been acquainted with The Phenomena of Aratus the astronomer? Again this sentence, ‘Evil communications corrupt good manners,’ is a sufficient proof that he was conversant with the tragedies of Euripides. —-Socrates Scholasticus, History of the Church, 3.16

Read the rest of the article in Appendix 3 of Ancient History from Primary Sources: A Literary Timeline

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My friend Jeri Sisson

June 3rd, 2019

My friend Jeri Sisson died this week. I’ve known her since the late 80’s — when we all were figuring out how to do this homeschooling thing here in Illinois. The Sissons were the first ones to work on connecting homeschooling families across the state and organize the first Illinois homeschool convention — the state-wide convention which continues to this day. She died on the first day of this year’s convention.

Hopeful was my nickname for her. She always had my back — always encouraged me, always pointed me to Christ. I could depend on her to do all those things as my friend. She was ever Hopeful and used by God to help others in their journey.

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The Pilgrims passing through the River of Death

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Hopeful also would endeavor to comfort him, saying, “Brother, I see the gate and men standing by it to receive us.” But Christian would answer, “‘Tis you, ’tis you they wait for; you have been Hopeful ever since I knew you.”

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Thus they got over.

 

Homeschooling in Tajikistan

June 3rd, 2019

Dear Laurie,

I have often thought about writing you and now I am finally getting around to it. We are settled quite nicely now in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, a city of about 500,000 people, most of whom are Tajiks. There is an 8% population of Russians here still. Many Russians left after the overthrow of the Soviet Union.

I am writing because I have missed getting your “Teaching the Trivium” magazine and I would like to have you send to my mother all of the issues that I have missed. After several months of moving around and disorder, we have finally gotten into a school routine again and it is such a blessing. Nathaniel (my son who is 12 now) is studying Russian every day with a Russian young woman who comes to our house. Nate is reading Russian already and building vocabulary everyday. His pronunciation is quite good, too. He was the one who really wanted to learn Russian so we let him put aside his Latin for awhile in order to devote more time to his Russian studies while we are here in this country where everyone speaks Russian. I noticed that Dorothy Sayers recommended Russian for those who objected to learning a dead language! Anyway, Nate is doing quite well and so we are encouraging him. We are going to start spending more time with Greek this next year and I am looking forward to that.

I have also been having the same old problem I always have and that is trying to cover too much information each day and using too many workbooks. How do you keep things simple? Do you struggle with this? I just reread your suggested daily schedule and it looked so simple compared to what I try to do. I keep my kids on a rigid full schedule and I think I am burning them out! My son especially is feeling frustrated because of too much to do. I would like to simplify without compromising the kids’ education. I realize that I have a tendency to try to do too much and therefore take pleasure out of many subjects.

Thank you Laurie for your help. You have been such an encouragement to me. Your friend, Teresa

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Dear Teresa,

To think I’m getting an email from halfway around the globe. I picture you living in the mountains of Tibet in a tent made of skins eating milk curds and salted coffee.

I would think at this time in your life you would take full advantage of your living situation. Workbooks will always be there, but you will not always be in Tajikistan. I don’t have any idea what it is like living in a foreign country or how long you will be there, but there is probably an endless source of unit studies where you are. Here are some suggestions:

Take advantage of the language situation. If you can surround yourself with people who speak the language (whatever language you are learning) your children will learn inductively. It would be great if they could become bi-lingual. The process of learning another language, even inductively where you are not necessarily learning the grammar, builds and strengthens the mind. The Russian is great. If you are only going to be there a few years, I would consider dropping Latin and Greek temporarily to take advantage of the language around you.

You are living in field trip heaven. Travel and explore. History, geography, culture, food, art, textiles, history of religions, clothing, flora and fauna, learn local crafts.

And of course there are the service opportunities, which is why you are there in the first place.

If you are only going to be there a year, I might even be tempted to drop math if it interferes with and doesn’t leave you time for these things.

What is education? For some it is books and workbooks. For the few people who are given the opportunity to live in an exotic foreign country, it could be something entirely different. Write me again. Laurie

 

I am interested in classical education but am concerned about a few things

May 16th, 2019

Question: I am interested in classical education but am concerned about a few things. I have heard several speakers recommend books by secular authors. One classical educator even recommended reading Hitler’s Mein Kampf. There also seems to be a large focus on mythology. It seems everyone I know who teaches classically uses books or materials which have questionable material in them. My children are young, and although I want them to be well educated, I also want to protect them from questionable influences. Is there a way to teach classically without exposing children (or ourselves) to what God says is an abomination?

Answer: You are not alone in your concerns. We must distinguish the classical style of education from the classical humanist literature which is often associated with it. The classical humanists are not the source of all wisdom. Indeed, they are the source of much sophisticated folly. The only true source of wisdom is Scripture. It is true that the classical humanists have greatly affected the world we live in. It is also true that a certain knowledge of them can be useful. It is not true that an easy familiarity with them is necessarily good or desirable. A few people may be called to this degree of knowledge, just as a few people are called to special knowledge in other areas of learning. Sadly, some have sought such knowledge out of classical snobbery and parental peer pressure. This should never be our motivation.

The ancient historians, geographers, and biographers are the primary sources for what we know of ancient times. They are written from a secular point of view, which must be countered, and they contain occasional statements which many parents will not want their children exposed to, so we need to pre-read these in the same way that we might preview a movie. The ancient philosophers are clever men filled with many vain thoughts. Lest someone become entangled in one of their labyrinths of reasoning, we recommend that mature Christians be guided on a tour through the philosophers by someone who is well grounded in Christian thought. The ancient poets, satirists, tragedians, and comedians are, with few exceptions, filled with questionable and graphic content. To handle these, we must first put on our chore boots, and afterwards take a good shower. Generally speaking, they are better left alone.

Whatever we do, we must remember that the classical must always submit to the Christian. We must be prepared to take captive every category of knowledge including classical knowledge and make it serve our Lord Jesus (Second Corinthians 10:4,5). Remember, these things were originally written in order to propagate a non-Christian worldview. Unless we take appropriate counter measures, this is exactly what they will do.

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Review of Pilgrim’s Progress with 525 Illustrations Spanning 250 Years and Build Your Bundle Sale

May 16th, 2019

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Review of our book John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress Part One with 525 Illustrations Spanning 250 Years

“…As I browsed through one of my favorite stories, I found myself delighted. It seemed that Laurie Bluedorn gathered every picture painted of scenes in Pilgrim’s Progress. …

This copy is a true treasure, like nothing I’ve ever seen before. With 605 pages, you will feel like you are in an art museum devoted to John Bunyan. I was blown away by all the different styles of artwork in the book. I couldn’t stop browsing through the book….”

Read the rest of the review here.

We’re participating again this year in the Build Your Bundle Sale with two of our books — John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress Part One with 525 Illustrations Spanning 250 Years and Homeschool Self-Study Greek New Testament Reader, Matthew 5-7, Greek Text with English Inter-Phrasal Translation

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Both books are included in the Charlotte Mason Inspired Bundle. Products in this bundle include:

Sound Bites: 100 Women Composers Through the Ages from Enrichment Studies
A Night Sky Nature Study from Holistic Homeschooler
Travel God’s World Geography from Powerline Productions
John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress Part One from Trivium Pursuit
Charlotte Mason Kindergarten from A Humble Place
Writing Through Early Modern History: Level 1 Print Models from Brookdale House
Timeline Book of Historical Figures and Events from Tied 2 Teaching
Nature Worth Observing from Holistic Homeschooler
Butterfly Nature Study from Holistic Homeschooler
Girls of American History: Josefina from Girls of American History
Greek New Testament Reader from Trivium Pursuit
Early Christian Art from How Great Thou ART
Mystery of History Vol. lll, Quarters 1 & 2 from Mystery of History

The Build Your Bundle Sale lasts for 7 days and it all comes to a close on May 22nd.

 

Hans Bluedorn to give away 7 copies of the audiobook version of Archer and Zowie

May 13th, 2019

Hans Bluedorn is looking to give away seven copies of the audiobook version of Archer and Zowie to families in the US and UK. In exchange, he would like you to review the book on Audible. If you have kids in the 9-13 age range who like science fiction adventures, and audiobooks, send Hans Bluedorn a message at hansbluedorn@gmail.com. Let him know you are interested in a free copy. You will either need to sign up for an account with Audible or have previously purchased audiobooks on Audible or Amazon to apply.

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Grammy helping with this week’s Five In a Row

April 29th, 2019

What book is daughter Johannah rowing this week with the munchkins? Grammy wants to help.

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Albert by Donna Jo Napoli

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Water color painting lesson with Mom Johannah

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More books to read along with Albert

 

A diligent pupil in the College of Contentment

April 17th, 2019

by Charles H. Spurgeon

I have learned in whatever state I am, therewith to be content. Philippians 4:11

These words show us that contentment is not a natural propensity of man. Grumbling, discontent, and murmuring are as natural to man as weeds are to the soil. We need not sow thistles and weeds; they come up naturally enough, because they are indigenous to earth. Just so, we need not teach men to complain; they complain fast enough without any education.

“Ill weeds grow quickly.” But the precious things of the earth must be cultivated. If we would have wheat, we must plough and sow; if we want flowers, there must be the garden, and all the gardener’s care.

Now, contentment is one of the flowers of Heaven, and if we would have it, then it must be cultivated, as it will not grow in us by nature. It is the new nature alone which can produce contentment and even then we must be especially careful and watchful, that we maintain and cultivate the grace which God has sown in us.

Paul says, I have learned… to be content; as much as to say, that he did not know how at one time. It cost him some pains to attain to the mastery of that great truth. No doubt he sometimes thought he had learned, and then broke down. And when at last he had attained unto it, and could say, I have learned in whatever state I am, therewith to be content, he was an old, grey-headed man, upon the borders of the grave — a poor prisoner shut up in Nero’s dungeon at Rome.

We might well be willing to endure Paul’s infirmities, and share the cold dungeon with him if we too might by any means attain unto his high degree of contentment. Do not indulge the notion that you can learn contentment without discipline. It is not an ability that may be exercised naturally, but a grace to be acquired gradually. We know this from experience. Brother, hush that murmur, natural though it be and continue a diligent pupil in the College of Contentment.

 

Gallery — An Art Card Game

April 17th, 2019

Selling my art card game

Gallery: An Art Card Game

–A collection of 40 paintings/cards (10 artists: Carot, Copley, Cezanne, Cassatt, Cole, Degas, Renoir, Monet, Chardin, Rembrandt)
–B&I Gallery Specialties
–published 1985
–fair condition (was played with by my kids for many years)
–wonderful way to learn about art and artists
–Background Notes on artists included
–out of print/very hard to find
–$34 (free U.S. postage)

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Call 515-249-3611.

 

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