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Featured Mom:
Angela, Homeschool Mom & Curriculum Author

Today we are excited to share with you an interview Angela O'Dell who is in her 20th year of homeschooling. She and her husband have three graduates and are currently homeschooling their youngest child, 15 year old Katie Carolina.

Perhaps you recognize Angela's name. She is the author of Master Books' popular resources: Math Lessons for a Living Education, America's Story, and The World's Story. Her latest project, The World's Story 2: The Middle Ages, will be available mid August.

How has teaching your children a biblical worldview impacted your family so far?

It has been an unspeakable gift. My husband was raised in public school being indoctrinated in the secular, humanistic, evolutionist thinking that is held so dear by our postmodern culture. On the other hand, I was born and raised in a fundamentalist cult, and was reared being indoctrinated by an extremely skewed view of God, myself, and the world. Neither of us wanted to raise our children by emulating our own childhoods.

There is such healing power in the Word of God - both my husband and I have experienced profound mental, spiritual, and even physical healing through learning the TRUTH of who God truly is. The first time I encountered Master Books was more than a decade ago, when I discovered the Wonders of Creation series and bought all of them. We both give credit where credit is due - Master Books was instrumental in teaching us scientific facts from a Biblical worldview.

As God used His Word and Biblically sound curriculum to begin healing our warped worldviews, it transformed our lives and our parenting. I know that our own family legacy’s trajectory has been completely changed.

When did you decide to use Master Books resources in your homeschool?

I’ve had books from Master Books in our family library for more than a dozen years. I first discovered them at a Christian book store that carried homeschool curriculum. The first “curriculum” books I used were the Wonders of Creation series. That was the year I switched our science curriculum with Christian Worldview books. I had become convicted about using a science curriculum (sold by a Christian curriculum company) that used books with evolutionary content as the base. We have never looked back.

What is your favorite Master Books resource so far and why?

This is not a fair question - like asking me if I have a favorite child! If I had to choose one MB resource that has impacted me the most, I would have to say the World Religion and Cults set. This has been a wonderful resource for learning how to defend our faith. I also love the science from Master Books. I mentioned that I found Master Books through the Wonders of Creation books - those have remained a staple in our home. My youngest daughter has also enjoyed the God’s Design series in her upper elementary and junior high years. My kids have enjoyed every course (and we’ve done MANY) they have ever done from Master Books.

Tell us about your decision to become an author and work with Master Books.

This is a God story - there is no other explanation. He had the timing completely and precisely under control. I began writing with another publisher in late 2009. In March of 2015, I regained the rights to all of my manuscripts and began self publishing shortly afterwards.

Randy Pratt approached me in the summer of 2015 and I agreed to sign on with Master Books. I found out later that Randy’s wife, Kristen, had been using my books for several years and had recommended them to the acquisition team.

God had arranged that my books would be available for publishing at just the right time. This does not surprise me; they have been His books from the beginning. I am so humbled and honored to be working with such an amazing team of professionals. Truly, there are no words to express my gratitude. Soli Deo Gloria - to God Alone be the Glory.

Why did you choose to write math and history homeschool resources?

When I was homeschooling my three older children, I tried a large variety of curriculums - everything from huge literature based curriculums that broke the bank, to using textbooks as a “spine” and adding our choice of books. Nothing fit our needs well. I found myself tweaking and rewriting so much it was ridiculous and extremely stressful. I especially didn’t appreciate the lack of Biblical worldview and the need to edit on the fly. When my youngest was 5 years old and was joining the ranks of school-age children sitting around my dining room table, I realized that I was dreading the whole curriculum choosing circus.

I dug out all of my old history books (I have books published during George Washington’s presidency!) and notes from my Constitutional history classes and set to work. That was the birth of my written history series. As Master Books has repackaged each volume, the pictures, added content, and the teamwork required has turned each one into a beautiful masterpiece.

The math is rooted in curriculum that I designed for my eldest daughter. She struggled with numbers and did much better with shorter lessons, hands-on activities, and whole picture learning. I prefer teaching from a Biblical worldview, using the relational approach to every subject, including math. I wanted to create a math curriculum that would give the student a strong mathematical base, advanced critical and connecting thinking skills, nurture their love of learning, and turn their eyes to the God who created it all.

Which MB resources are you using for your 2018-2019 Homeschool?

I haven’t finalized our list yet, but I do know that I will have the Survey of Astronomy curriculum pack, The World’s Story 1, the Adam’s Chart, the Archaeology Book, Unwrapping the Pharaohs, and a couple of the Answers Books on our shelf for our 10th grade daughter.

Do you have any hidden talents you would like to share?

I had the privilege of spending most of my childhood years on a farm. I learned from a very early age how to ride and care for horses. I’ve even trained several unbroken horses to saddle and bridle.

For many years, I worked at my dad’s elbow learning whatever he was doing. From digging outhouses to changing spark plugs on a tractor, I learned his skills. My dad knew how to operate a 1941 Singer treadle machine, so I learned to sew when I was 11 years old and still love to fashion material into various and sundry garments although I now have a modern machine. My latest was my daughter’s wedding dress, which I designed to have a vintage flare to match her venue.

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Featured Mom:
Jessica, Homeschool Mom of Four

Meet Jessica. Today we are taking a little peek into her homeschooling life.

Jessica is wife to JD, homeschooling mom of 4, and a stepmother of 2. We are grateful for her work behind the scenes as a moderator of the Moms of Master Books Facebook community.

When she is not managing the many needs of her family and answering questions for us on Facebook, Jessica enjoys growing her relationships and being involved in ministry with her church, Omega Center International.

How long have you been homeschooling and what precipitated that decision?

We just began our third year of homeschooling. I was homeschooled from 5th grade through 12th grade and always planned to homeschool my children.

Due to several circumstances, we ended up sending our two oldest to private school. In August of 2016, we began preparing to move states. Instead of having the kids transfer schools, we decided to begin homeschooling. It was a bit overwhelming in the midst of a major move, my full-time, work from home job, and two other littles but we haven’t looked back since we made that jump!

How has teaching your children a biblical worldview impacted your family so far?

It’s so exciting to see my children untainted by the evolutionary thoughts that infiltrate society. We are very strict about the books and materials allowed in our home. If a show or book treats evolution as fact, we take it out of our house.

Children are so impressionable and they believe anything they are told. I want to be constantly putting truth in front of their eyes. Because of this, our children trust us completely and I want that trust to continue their whole lives. They have seen how what we are learning coincides with what God says – and it makes sense.

What ages are you teaching right now?

I have a 9 year old, 7 year old, 5 year old, & a 3 year old (no curriculum for him yet!)

How did you find out about Master Books?

I found out about Master Books by browsing the curriculum choices at Answers in Genesis. We were unhappy with the curriculum we were using at the time, but I was so overwhelmed with the options out there. I prayed and asked God to lead me to the right thing. I remembered AiG had some curriculum options on their site so I headed over to their website. While browsing, I realized I kept finding courses that looked so interesting and they were all by Master Books. I decided I should just head to the source and that’s how I discovered the wonderful world of MasterBooks.com.

What is your favorite MB resource so far and why?

This has to be the hardest question! Every Master Books product on our shelves has far exceeded my expectations. I feel like Israel Wayne’s book, Education: Does God Have an Opinion? has been so helpful in understanding what God says about the subject of educating our children. We don’t have to force our children into the box that society demands.

For my children, I am in love with all of the “fun” books that they choose to look through on their own (and they’re learning at the same time). They are currently loving the Legends & Lore set.

How is your husband involved in your homeschool?

I run all ideas by him and ask for his input, we set the budget together, he helps get the kids back “in line” on tough days, we read books and listen to parenting/homeschooling talks together.

If you picked one course for yourself, what would you pick?

Yikes! This is another tough question. I currently have Comparative Religions on the way to my house. After that, I’m very interested in Biblical Archaeology. I also want to go through Principles of Mathematics at some point because I really love Katherine Loop’s take on math and how it points us to God. I want a bit of a reset in my thinking about math.

Which resources are you using for your 2018-2019 Homeschool?

Our Master Books courses for the 2018-2019 school year include:

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Featured Mom:
Amanda, Homeschool Mom of Two

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Introducing Amanda and her homeschooling family. With the help of her husband, Amanda homeschools her seven year old son and nine year old daughter. She also works behind the scenes for Master Books welcoming new members to the Moms of Master Books Facebook community.

Amanda is a lover of books! She says, "The meme's about book addictions, spending all the money on books, smelling books... All the book jokes... Yeah those were written about me." Can you relate?

How long have you been homeschooling and what precipitated that decision?

My husband, Cody, and I made the decision before our first child was born that our children would not attend public school.

Once our daughter was born, we knew in our hearts that I was to stay home to raise and educate these precious gifts that God had entrusted to us.

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How has your husband's career as a public school teacher impacted the decision to homeschool?

I asked Cody to answer this question. He said "When it came time for schooling our daughter, I was already in my 10th year of teaching in the public school system. During this time, I became very convicted about my worldview and how it affected me and my family. During this course of fleshing out my beliefs, it became very apparent to me that the public school curriculum I was mandated to teach did not hold a biblical, or even neutral, worldview. We wanted to match the curriculum to our worldview and our children, not try to force our children to fit the curriculum."

How has teaching your children a biblical worldview impacted your family so far?

They see the world differently. Because of the biblical worldview woven all throughout our curriculum from Master Books, they are learning more about the character of God with in each subject studied. They see the Creator in everything. They are quick to correct books or television/movies that speak "millions of years."

What ages are you teaching right now?

My kids are 9 (and a half, as she is quick to point out, lol) and our son recently turned 7. They are in 4th and 2nd (ish) grades.

How did you find out about Master Books?

When our daughter was 4 and our son was 2, we attended the Teach Them Diligently conference in Dallas. God was so present that weekend, and the speakers and sessions spoke truth and life to us. We left feeling that we had found our calling, and our people. That was also our first introduction to Master Books.

What is your favorite MB resource so far and why?

We love both Math Lessons for a Living Education and America's Story. My daughter was struggling in both these subjects, she didn't enjoy them at all, and now she is thriving! Doing multiple lessons in one day, asking to read history for fun.

My son is into mythical creatures right now, so having the "Legends and Lore" books and being able to address some of the things that fascinate him from a biblical worldview has been fantastic for our family!

We genuinely love The 10 Minute Bible Journey. It's perfect for family devotions, and I appreciate that it brings up biblical accounts that aren't typically found in story Bibles for kids.

If you picked one course for yourself, what would you pick?

I bought the Biblical Archeology set for myself and cannot wait to dive in! My husband bought Intro to Biblical Greek and Comparative Religions.

Which resources are you using for your 2018-2019 Homeschool?

Our Master Books courses for the 2018-2019 school year include:

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Featured Mom:
Anna, Homeschool Mom of Two

Anna is currently homeschooling two elementary aged children. She also works behind the scenes for Master Books pinning our resources on our Pinterest page, serving as one of the moderators for the Moms of Master Books Facebook community, and answering the questions that come through the Master Books help desk.

When she is not homeschooling, taking care of her family, and working for Master Books, you can find her taking Taekwondo lessons with three other homeschool moms. She is currently a blue belt.

How long have you been homeschooling and what precipitated that decision?

We just completed our 4th year of homeschooling. We began researching home education when our oldest child was only 1 year of age. We felt the LORD leading us to use curriculum that glorifies HIM!

How has teaching your children a biblical worldview impacted your family so far?

I have personally grown in my faith by reading Master Books titles to my children and during my own reading time. I see my children being strengthened by learning about God’s creation and HIS design.

What is your favorite MB resource so far and why?

This is a trick question! We love them all! Our first Master Books favorite was Math Lessons for a Living Education. From there, we started buying some of the children’s dinosaur books. Dinosaurs by Design is my favorite dinosaur book! I personally grew after reading this book, and it established a strong foundation of God’s creation for my children. We had a fun time working through the Soil, Sea, and Sky Curriculum set. I honestly cannot pick a favorite book from that set. All three books are visually stunning and full of interesting facts. My most recent favorite is Evolution: The Grand Experiment. Talk about eye opening!

What ages are you teaching right now?

I really try not to get too boxed in by grade levels. I try to meet my children’s individual spiritual and academic needs. I also like to allow my children to choose a few courses based on interest. If my children were attending traditional school, they would be enrolled as a 1st grader and a 3rd grader.

How did you find out about Master Books?

I will be forever thankful to the mom who loaned me her Indoctrination DVD. She took the time to talk to me about Master Books, and I am so thankful I listened!

If you picked one course for yourself, what would you pick?

As I mentioned before, I am reading through Evolution: The Grand Experiment, and I highly recommend this book. I am looking forward to continuing with Living Fossils. I also have the Introduction to Biblical Greek course. I am hoping to begin it soon! There are so many great courses! This is another trick question!

Which resources are you using for your 2018-2019 Homeschool?

Our Master Books courses for the 2018-2019 school year include:

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Jun 14, 2018 2:22:22 PM

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