How do you Illuminate? Bible and Copyworkstacey lane
I am a planner, and I always get excited about laying out the next school year. Now you have to know that I spend my summer (since I am not teaching) planning, gathering, and copying. Since I homeschool 4 children 1st to 10th grade and work part-time, things can get a little crazy during the school year. Not to mention we can easily be sidetracked for medical reasons.
Ideally, I like everyone to read the bible together first thing in the morning. Since I have older kids they take turns reading different verses. Now there are days where we can’t get together to read and then my kids will read quietly to themselves. My main goal is God is First in starting your day. Since we do bible studies with our church, I mainly want the kids to read what is assigned from Illuminations. If we are in a down week from other activities then we have more discussion about what they have read.
Now my kids know most of Team Illuminations, so when my teen-aged son came to me one morning and asked “Did you write the bible reading?” To which I replied “No, son. Why?” He then told me that all bible reading that week had to do with a prideful heart and thought I was trying to get my point across about an earlier conversation with him. I then explained to him that son, I think the Holy Spirit might be talking to you and you better go back and reread the verses and listen!
If you own Illuminations read the Introduction to Copywork in the Quick Start Guide. The copywork will come from either the bible, a MOH lesson, or the literature. Most weeks offer three selections to choose from. I spend my summer break putting together copywork notebooks. The copy work is the only ILM PDF you can copy and paste from. There are different websites that allow you to create worksheets. I copy and paste the section of copy work and then create worksheets. My kids really enjoy finding their copywork section in their school work, almost like an “I spy” game.
Here are some questions to consider about how you will “Illuminate.” Now don’t forget to pray about your answers, talk with your husband, and then take notes on your decisions!
Will we read bible together, will they read bible to themselves? Will we memorize some of the scripture we read? Do I want to add anything to the bible reading sections?
Will we do the copywork section? Do I want to make a copywork notebook? If making an entire year of copywork for many children sounds overwhelming, try making a quarter at a time, hire an older student to help, or lower the number of copywork sections you will complete. Remember, if you do one section a week that is 32 or 36 sections to create for the whole year. Also, if your student is older they can just copy from the lesson plans onto a sheet of notebook paper, not needing any worksheets.