Author Archives: Tina Piper

Planning Your Homeschool Schedule

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“Just one more…” Do these words ever go through your mind when planning out your homeschool schedule for the upcoming year?  They do with mine! And I’m not referring to just one more year; I’m referring to just one more OPPORTUNITY. “I know we’ve already signed up for a few things, but my kids just can’t possibly miss this opportunity!” Before the year begins, everything seems to become the next “ultimate opportunity.”  I totally understand (and agree) that there are some phenomenal opportunities out there for our children.  The issue is that we somehow think we can, or need, to participate in each one. We stretch ourselves so thin that by the end of the year we’re like an over-stretched rubber band; it only takes a little extra tension and we snap.  I’ve seen this play out time and time again. Why do we do this to ourselves? For those of us who plan late, I’m familiar with the drill.  It actually starts at the end of the previous year.  The summer comes, we are ecstatic for a break.  We don’t want anything to do with books, co-ops, curriculum.  We simply want our long break.  Then, ever so slowly, the […]

Fibonacci Numbers and the Attributes of God

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Romans 1:19-20 says: “For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.”  In the midst of a world that mocks God, I am thankful that He has given us evidence to keep faith in Him.  In His Word, we are promised to see the attributes of God in His Creation.  Frankly, though, one of the most common excuses for not believing in God is “Well, I cannot see Him.”  Is that a good excuse?  Well, today we are going to take a look at how the attributes of God do play out in His creation, particularly that of His love of organization, in a scientific concept known as the Fibonacci numbers. You might think that the creation around us is rather random, but that is actually not correct.  There is a particular pattern in much of the creation around us.  The Fibonacci Numbers are a group of numbers arranged in a pattern that a man by the […]

Online History Lesson of Martin Luther

Time for an online history lesson! About a month ago, we recognized the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s nailing of the 95 Theses.  This was what kicked off the Protestant Reformation, an event which has effects reaching even unto this day.  History itself has always been a favorite pastime of mine, and I look forward to the day when a Luma Learn teacher teaches a class on it. Any experience out there teaching history? As a homeschooling student, I was able to pursue the subjects I was passionate about more deeply.  History was my favorite subject, and Martin Luther was one of my favorite history figures of all time.  But without further ado, I present:  Online History Lesson 1 — Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation The Beginnings of Martin Luther The beginnings of the life of Martin Luther were not as one might expect.  Martin Luther suffered greatly because of his merciless obsessive compulsive disorder, or OCD.  Martin Luther tried desperately to be righteous enough to appease God.  He hated the “righteousness of God” because he knew he could not obtain that status.  He made sure to punish himself for every wrong he did.  Being a devout Catholic, he spent […]