From a Mother's Knee to a Child's Heart
A Parent's Resource for Teaching and 
Nurturing a New Generation of Patriots 

Hearthstone Education Plan

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8-12 Years (Elementary)

Objectives:  When children are between the ages of 8-12, the capacity for logic emerges.  They learn to distinguish between themselves and others and they gain a sense of ownership for their own ideas.  A love of learning naturally develops and the time in the day devoted to learning will gradually increase.   When younger, children perceive authority  as other people.  At this age, they begin to view authority as a set of rules as well as people.  A sense of "sin" develops and they become capable of repentance and forgiveness.  The objectives for a 8-12 year old child include:  

  • Education of the heart with great children's literature, history stories, art, and music
  • Continue to develop the sense of identity and community with scripture and history stories, examples, and family work routines. 
  • Allow time for personal expression without negative feedback.
  • Provide for accountability by evaluating children's work and respond with "good job" or "do over" to encourage best effort.

What does a typical school day look like?

"Structured School Time" for Elementary Students

1st Hour
Stories from Scripture
 The Vineyard
 Final Hour
Stories from History
and Classic Literature

Structured school time begins with a group devotional and Stories from Scripture



Prayer (Invocation)

Pledge of Allegiance


Brief thought or recitation                by a student (optional)

Special musical  number                by a student (optional)

Religious Study:

Options include:

Stories from the Story Bible

When children acquire the necessary reading skills they should transition to adult scriptures (King James Version recommended)

Children's religious music


Use variety to improve teaching of religious subjects.  Some ideas include:

  • Object lessons
  • Music
  • Application Techniques
  • Discussions
  • Dioramas
  • Dramatizations
  • Drawing activities
  • Felt figures
  • Flannel boards
  • Games
  • Guest Speakers
  • Likening
  • Maps
  • Memorization
  • Panel Discussions
  • Paper stand-up figures
  • Pictures
  • Questions
  • Readers' Theaters
  • Role Play

Discover how the principles in the Garden Allegory will help you lead effective discussions. 

This time is set aside for personal study according to the age and development of the student.  Subjects include math, language arts, and science.  Parents choose resources for their children.  

Options include:

  • Create Educational Textbooks: This is a great way to preserve your student's work and share it with others. JuniorB students are encouraged to create textbooks in the areas of history and science.  Click here for more information.  

Math:  After children turn 8 years old they are ready to develop specific math skills and demonstrate their understanding of math principles.  The Kimber Academy math textbooks help students see how God uses numbers, shapes and patterns to bring order to the universe.  We encourage all children to complete the exercises in Heavenly Father's Favorite Numbers textbooks. Parents may choose the math curriculum best suited for their child.  

Click here for Math options

Science:  Senior  students continue to create their own science textbooks. They will have the opportunity to participate in field trips and science labs with their families on Monday and Friday. These experiences will inspire them to seek understanding at a deeper level as they create their textbooks during class time on Tuesday-Thursday.  Students are encouraged to use science reference books to help them add content to their textbooks.  Science courses will follow a three year rotation:

  • The Creation:  1st and 2nd Day (Light and Physics, Water and Chemistry)
  • The Creation:  3rd and 4th Day (Geology, Botany, Astronomy)
  • The Creation:  5th and 6th Day (Zoology, Physiology, Biology)

Click here to see science resources

Online Resource Options:  

  • Discovery K12:   Discovery K12 is a free online homeschool platform and curriculum for students from kindergarten through twelfth grade.  Classes offered include Language Arts, Reading/Literature, Math, Science, History/Social Studies, Visual/Performing Arts, and Physical Education.

  • Leadership Education Academy: Leadership Education Academy is an online school with weekly classes. Our interactive classes prepare your child (8-16 years old) for high school using engaging classics, amazing mentors and transformational projects. Choose one or two classes to supplement your educational plan or take several to create a full curriculum.


Structured school time ends with an hour segment for group study of the Stories from History and Classic LIterature

This includes a combination of great literature, history, poetry,art, and music. These combined elements provide the tools for a well-educated heart. 

This is followed by a closing devotional:

Closing Song

Closing prayer (Benediction)

Resources for teaching stories from history and great literature:  

Top Choice:  Well-Educated Heart by Marlene Peterson

This story guide is available as a free pdf download and will guide families through the Forgotten Classics Family Library which is available at Libraries of Hope.

Select resources for children 8-12.  This resource includes ideas for this segment of the day as well as movies for family viewing and books for independent reading. 

Additional options:

Art lessons from Layers of Learning. This site includes historical and seasonal art projects.

Geography lessons from Layers of Learning.  This site includes great ideas to include in the Countries of the World notebook. 

WonderMap:  Great resource provided as a download or CD Rom that allows you to customize maps according to the region you are studying.  Available from Bright Ideas Press.  Also available at Rainbow Resource at a discount.

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