What People Are Saying about Grammar of Grace…
Finding a curriculum that fit our biblical principals and fit that “one room school house” environment that we were looking for was a challenge to find. This curriculum checked all of our boxes. We love it because not only does it use the bible as its foundation, it’s something that I can use with my 6 year old all the way to my 14 year old. It’s also an amazing program to use as a true classical school or co-op. We actually use this entire program as a classical school and all of our families stay on the same page keeping all of us accountable to one another. The knowledge that my kids have gained from this program is unreal. I only wish we had it from the beginning!
Audrie F., homeschool mother of 6
I just LOVE this curriculum! My daughter teaches Grammar of Grace to my grandchildren so I have been able to observe first hand the results. These children excitedly quote Scripture, are learning Latin & Greek, are impressive readers AND writers, and (frankly) know more about history than I EVER learned! Having a Christian & Bible based curriculum is truly preparing these children for their futures as strong & motivated young adults who will KNOW how to defend their faith and be able to discern the truth from whatever the world throws at them!
Lynda O., Robyn’s mom
When I began homeschooling, I knew that the young years of my children were the most important for immersing them in the Word. But with the well-known “classical-style” curriculum whose Motto was “To Know God and To Make Him Known” that I was using, I quite often would find myself overwhelmed and disappointed that we were shortchanging God by not learning more about him and his word daily. I love the Lord because I got to know Him through His Word, I fear Him, respect Him and needed more of Him in our daily lives, and I couldn’t figure out how to consolidate our homeschool curriculum with the Scriptures and get enough of it, where I didn’t feel I was shortchanging myself and my children from God’s truths.
With tears of gratitude, I looked over the Grammar of Grace Curriculum for the first time… Every single subject resounded as an echo in my heart, mind and soul as I read over it and what it included. … I was nothing short of AMAZED! …
Yep! We have been using it for two consecutive cycles to date and couldn’t be more delighted with the outcome! The moment the Grammar of Grace curriculum was placed in my hand I was almost certain that it was coming from God; it only took a few glimpses to confirm this truth and then two cycles (schoolyears) later, the Lord allows me the blessing to testify to how everything in this curriculum harmonizes perfectly together to make this an almost complete biblically sound homeschool curriculum! Of course if I had the option to only choose one book, guide or curriculum in the entire world, to use in homeschooling my children, without a doubt it would be “The Holy Bible” however now I have a helpful, accurate and biblically sound guide (Grammar of Grace curriculum) as a secondary daily reference in homeschooling my children and I couldn’t be more grateful to the Lord for Grammar Of Grace and its writer Robyn van Eck and her family for their warm welcome into their life of faith in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior!! …
All I ask is that He will continue to bless our homeschool journey, families, communities and that he may continue to answer your prayers for guidance, patience and discipline every step of the way as you continue your homeschooling journey! Grace, love and peace in our Lord Jesus Christ be multiplied upon you and your family!
Christina V., small business owner and homeschool mother of 3
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I personally attended public schools all through my education and had no previous teaching experience or insight in this matter and therefore thought it humanly impossible for me to accomplish such a task! Not to mention the infinite never ending responsibilities that come along with being a self-employed, stay-at-home wife and mother!
I graduated from a two-year local community college and dropped out on my third semester at the University after several failed attempts at College Algebra. My struggle with Math started in high school. I tried seeking assistance from math tutors in the tutoring labs but the help they provided was not enough for me, I just automatically assumed that my struggle with this subject was far greater than the help anyone could provide me with. I felt like an intellectual failure! I loved school and always hoped to have continued my studies into the doctorate level but my struggle with math was real and overwhelmed me to the point that I allowed it to truncate my educational career.
As a child I did not grow up in a home that knew, feared or respected the Lord, quite the contrary, I grew up with a split family not in a physical sense, because my parents never separated, however my father worked overtime or even two jobs during some seasons to provide only economically to our family and for his personal pleasure, when he had an opportunity, while my mother juggled the remaining family, life skills and home responsibilities on her own. I have to acknowledge that deep down inside, I always felt thankful to that unknown God, to my father for his provision and to my mother for such a sacrificial love she managed to surround us children with in the midst of her daily struggles.
They both did the best they were able, considering they were not Christians in my early years. I now understand that although they had not yet become saved Christians in faith through Jesus Christ, He had already died for them and God’s infinite daily blessing and mercy was already working miracles in and through their lives, that I am still discovering today!!
When I was 8 years old, my beautiful and fragile mother was saved, baptized and became a christian at a local church we visited for several months, before we moved to another city in East Texas, where I lived the greater part of my childhood. However, the daily tasks and responsibilities of a stay-at-home mother and wife along with the lurking daily evils such as deception, sadness, unfulfillment & loneliness, just to name a few, overwhelmed her to a point of exhaustion that fueled her depression, and she therefore had no motivation or strength to continue to grow her faith in Jesus in order to live freely through his genuine love, infinite joy and unspeakable peace. (Thankfully! The Lord is so ever present at our side looking after us, each breath we take, using his faithful servants to bring us closer to Him and making only good come out of all the various situations that we encounter in life, whether we recognize this good in our life each moment in time or not.)
Twenty-two years later, after attending several sporadic Vacation Bible School programs, several other church services with my Mother and with a couple of friends in different seasons of my life, along with many other life-altering decisions and experiences, I finally surrendered my life to Jesus and allowed God to take over my life and His infinite grace to take me out of the darkness that I was living in and into His light as stated in 1 Peter 2:9, “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal Priesthood, an holy nation, a people set at liberty, that ye should show forth the virtues of him that hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” Through the sacrifice of His Son Jesus Christ, He filled my heart with his genuine love, my soul with His never-ending joy and my mind with His peace that surpasses all human understanding.
The Lord then asked me through His word in Deuteronomy chapter 6 to keep my children at home with me and to educate them myself. You would think this news came to me as a huge surprise. However at this moment it seemed quite familiar, as the Lord took me back in time to when I was in my teens… I had not yet married or had any children, but I had serious thoughts of definitely homeschooling my children in what seemed at that moment in time as a very distant future, even though I wasn’t sure at this point that I even wanted any children of my own. Of course, I just placed these thoughts in the back of my mind and never thought about them again. This reminds me of how God knows and cares for each one of us individually and already has a special purpose set out for our lives from the beginning! As the psalmist tells us in Psalm 139:16 Thine eyes did see me, when I was without form: for in thy book were all things written, which in continuance were fashioned, when there was none of them before.
As a self-employed family, stay-at-home wife and homeschool mother, I can now relate to my mother and father’s daily mental, physical and spiritual struggles and I can only thank God for their blessed presence during my life. I needed my parents just the way they were and just the way they continue to be in order that my faith and walk with the Lord will continue to grow and strengthen!
My heart leaps for joy and gratefulness as my Father in Heaven has blessed me with this moment and opportunity to finally sit down and review the Grammar of Grace Curriculum. Out of deep gratitude to the Lord and to the writer of this curriculum, Robyn van Eck, I have verbally visualized writing this testimonial review several times over the past 2 years since my family began using it in our home as our homeschool curriculum alongside with the Bible as our primary source for education in all subjects of life…
I realized soon after my initial conversion and walk with Jesus that the most important thing I could do for my children was raise them in the fear of the Lord which means that they should know His Word so that they could get to know Him, fear, love and respect Him for who He is, consequently being prepared and successful in life while receiving His protection and blessing every day of their lives. As 2 Timothy 3:16-17 tells us, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching the truth, rebuking error, correcting faults, and giving instruction for right living, so that the person who serves God may be fully qualified and equipped to do every kind of good deed.” As well as Joshua 1:8, “Let not this book of the Law depart out of thy mouth, but meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe and do according to all that is written therein: for then shalt thou make thy way prosperous, and then shalt thou have good success.”
Instructing my children in God’s ways as the Lord commanded would be an impossible task if I allowed my children to live 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, 15 years of their life outside of my home in the public school system. When would I have the time to apply Deuteronomy 6 to their lives?
Not to mention all the negative influences they would encounter in their life away from home since many parents don’t know, fear or respect the Lord in any way, form or fashion—consequently neither do their children. As 1 Corinthians 15:33 says, “Be not deceived: evil speakings corrupt good manners,” and, “He that walketh with the wise shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be afflicted,” Proverbs 13:20. How could I possibly have a chance to keep my children from loving and lusting over the things of this world if I was to send them out into the world to become a part of it, at such a young age? I also think of 1 John 2:15-17, “Love not this world, neither the things that are in this world. If any man love this world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in this world, (as the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life) is not of the Father, but is of this world. And this world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that fulfilleth the will of God, abideth ever.”
Without a doubt, we as parents have been given the greatest responsibility of all in instructing our children’s in His ways, every second of every day counts and every thought, word and action we take in this active role of guiding and instructing our children in His His path is essential!
When our daughters were ages 3 and 4 the Lord had already fully convicted my heart of homeschooling them and therefore while we prayed and waited on the Lord for guidance my husband and I decided to enlist our girls in a local private Christian Academy where they completed a full school year attending 3 days a week, while I physically returned to our small business to labor, in order to make some extra income to help pay for our girls’ tuition for this year.
A couple of years before in 2012 at the age of 30, I had surrendered my life to God! In His infinite grace, my Lord provided me with the confidence and assurance that although I was clueless on what, when, where, how and any other personal unknown challenges that would arise to challenge my faith in God for homeschooling, I decided to place all of my trust in God remembering that in my initial salvation experience I had already surrendered my whole being and life to Him and that without a doubt in my mind included my family, our business and anything else that became a part of our lives. I knew I was no longer living for myself but instead living for His holy will and recalled to mind the Words of Jesus Christ in Matthew 19:26, “And Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, with men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
I had no other choice in mind but to trust that He would make pass His promise to guide my family and I in EVERYTHING and this pending homeschool journey would not be an exception! He never ceases to amaze me! As we do serve an unspeakably good and amazing God and he does not take long to answer our heartfelt supplications when they go along with His holy will, “Yea, before they call, I will answer, and whiles they speak, I will hear.” (Isaiah 65:24)
The Lord eventually guided my family to a local homeschool community through some friends and customers that we met through our business. The Lord immersed me into what I call an initial colorful and varied homeschool experience crash course lasting 2 full cycles (school years) in this local homeschool community utilizing a so-called nationwide well-known and established “Classical Style” “Christian Curriculum.” Without a doubt this curriculum included very good qualities on the outside to the inexperienced eye. But later, God would lead me to understand that it was actually empty when it came to what my heart desired to teach my children. I was definitely overwhelmed but thankful and very confident in the Lord’s continued support and guidance through the entire process!
This community is also where we were blessed with meeting the van Eck family (including Robyn, who is the designer of Grammar of Grace). Ever since I met Mrs. van Eck in our homeschool community I held her in such high regard and immediately felt a very special unknown bond towards her and her family. As the short personal encounters progressed through the months during our weekly community days, I couldn’t help but to noticed her genuine love for God and His grace poured over her as she instructed her own children along with other children in her class as a volunteer tutor in our weekly homeschool community. In addition, I noticed with each personal encounter I had with her, that her faith, thoughts and ways of doing things were similar to mine and my regard toward her grew with time!
After two years into our homeschooling journey our entire community split, although I wasn’t sure exactly why, except that every families’ needs were changing. I decided to continue using our current purchased curriculum for the following school year while our family trusted and waited on the Lord’s guidance for our future homeschool decisions. I have to say I thought we were on the right track for a long term run with this well-known “classical-style” curriculum whose Motto was “To Know God and To Make Him Known”. I mean, what could we possibly be missing in our journey to a successful Christian-based homeschool endeavor with this type of Motto implemented? At this point in my walk with the Lord this Motto went along perfectly with my own convictions to know God and to make Him known to my family so that we could turn around and make Him known to the world as well!
After completing 3 cycles with this curriculum our daughters ages 5 and 6 had soaked up all the “good classical” information from this curriculum like sponges while mom instructed them and learned right alongside of them! In all the thankfulness I felt in my heart to the Lord for guiding me to this community and curriculum, I silently overlooked the fact that there was only a minor amount of Scripture and Biblically sound doctrine referenced in the entire curriculum! Since I had always felt all of the responsibility of teaching, guiding and instructing my family in the Lords’ ways, I didn’t want to be to critical of the fact that the curriculum we had been working on for 3 cycles was not living up to its Motto which was to “Know God and To Make Him Know”.
I did my best in working our daily curriculum, house chores, life skills through each week but ended up feeling miserable because I always felt that we didn’t dedicate as much time as I needed and wanted to in the Scriptures such as daily bible reading, devotional, memorizing and scripture catechism.
I knew that the young years of my children were the most important for immersing them in the Word. I quite often would find myself overwhelmed and disappointed that we were shortchanging God by not learning more about him and his word daily. I love the Lord because I got to know Him through His Word, I fear Him, respect Him and needed more of Him in our daily lives, and I couldn’t figure out how to consolidate our homeschool curriculum with the Scriptures and get enough of it, where I didn’t feel I was shortchanging myself and my children from God’s truths.
At this time there was definitely something missing that I couldn’t figure out on my own. However, I continued to pray in supplication for the Lord to provide me with continued patience, discipline and guidance, and waited for Him as we moved on with our daily responsibilities. His help and guidance has always arrived on time!
With tears of gratitude, I looked over the Grammar of Grace Curriculum for the first time, when Mrs. van Eck was kind enough to share a copy with me to look over shortly, after she published and printed them for the first time. During this time my family and I were waiting on the Lord to guide us in our next season of our early homeschool journey since we had separated ourselves from the first home school community and were unsure of what was next.
As I read and looked over the Grammar Of Grace curriculum, every single subject resounded as an echo in my heart, mind and soul as I read over it and what it included: The First Section Titled BIBLE separated into 3 sections that included a BIBLE LESSON including scripture directly from the Bible, a BIBLE PASSAGE including scripture directly from the Bible and SCRIPTURE CATECHISM containing questions regarding sound biblical doctrine along with its corresponding answers which were actually scripture taken directly from the Bible! I was nothing short of AMAZED! There was already one complete Bible Section that includes three separate sections with a full load of simple Bible truths!
When I moved on to The Second Section Titled LANGUAGES: Including the LATIN, HEBREW, GREEK, and DUTCH Alphabets and various small bible verses for each corresponding language to learn and memorize, I began to CRY!!! Early in my walk with the Lord he convicted me of learning Hebrew and Greek, the two original languages used to write the Old and New Testaments in the Bible. The more I got to know the Lord through his Word, the more I wanted to know about Him and I knew that His Word was the KEY and even better if I could read it in its original language, I could get to know the Lord even better and along the way drastically reduce the confusions and probabilities of being deceived by any of the hundreds of Bible versions in circulation today! Although I have to admit that I didn’t entertain this conviction very long at all, however it became a very deep down desire of my heart; I just didn’t think it was a realistic accomplishment for me (remember, I already felt like a failure since grade school because of my struggle with Math) and there was no way I felt capable of learning a 3rd much less a 4th language (I speak English and Spanish) and then such old classical languages at that! The Latin and Dutch languages in this curriculum at this point seemed more like extra BONUSES to me and like a wonderful idea to learn up to four foreign languages, why NOT?!!!
I felt like the glory of God had come down to earth during this time!!! It literally had! I wasn’t only going to possibly guide in teaching my daughters Hebrew and Greek, I was going to have the opportunity to learn it with them!! And maybe even throw in Latin and Dutch!! I continued to bawl in delight with The Lord’s faithfulness towards me bringing to mind Psalm 37:4, “And delight thyself in the Lord, and he shall give thee thine heart’s desire.”
As I briefly read over the remaining subjects in the Grammar of Grace Curriculum I noticed the OTHER SUBJECTS section which included the following titles: BIBLE READING PLAN; PHONICS; COPYWORK; MOTHER’S READ ALOUD; ARITHMETIC & SCIENCE; MUSIC & ART. Although I had just recently finished 3 cycles of a different curriculum, I have to admit that I was somewhat overwhelmed with what all those subjects may look like live in a homeschool setting, because that seems like a lot more than I was used to; at this point I had not even started a phonics program for either of my two daughters! But I definitely felt at peace with the first subject title there, BIBLE READING PLAN; if I could make sure to always apply this one under Other Subjects, I wouldn’t feel guilty for leaving any of the other items listed here out if I wasn’t able to manage my time wisely under any given circumstances, in any particular given day or week!
In my progress as I briefly continued to review the Grammar of Grace curriculum, the next subject title read ENGLISH, and inside this box I noticed Classical Hymns and Poems from people such as Martin Luther, Charles Wesley and Isaac Watts just to name a few. In my search for the truth leading up to my salvation and then into strengthening my faith, my Lord led me to read and watch some videos about the stories of some of these blessed reformers who played an extremely important role in our church history through their determined and unbendable faith in our Lord Jesus Christ! My faithful Lord once again confirming to me during this time as to why I had such a strong bond with Mrs. van Eck and her family as I recalled to mind once again the scripture in Philippians 2:2,5, “Fulfill my joy, that ye be like minded, having the same love, being of one accord, and of one judgment, Let the same mind be in you that was even in Christ Jesus.” Wow!! I figured I couldn’t be anymore amazed!
But I wasn’t finished looking over it, with this curriculum I was not only looking forward to teaching my daughters biblical doctrine through the subjects of BIBLE, LANGUAGES & OTHER SUBJECTS but also in the ENGLISH Subject we would be studying and learning the poems and hymns of some of the most important historical characters in our early church history who played a major role in our church reformation by becoming martyrs for Christ in their God-given purpose for the Truth in Jesus Christ.
I have to admit that by this time I was a little overwhelmed with this new Curriculum in my hand; not completely understanding how all these subjects would work together in a weekly live homeschool environment! But there was one thing I was certain about and that was that there was scripture in every subject this far, ALL OVER THE PLACE!!!! And this was exactly what led me to choose this curriculum without a doubt in my mind!! The Lord once again was guiding and confirming the desire of my heart, immediately turning into another one of God’s speedy and gracious answers to my prayers! I was definitely praising the Lord for Grammar of Grace and for the van Eck family in my life as I continually do so till this moment in time!
To wrap things up the remaining subjects were HISTORY & TIMELINE including the wonderful truths about “His Story”, beginning with the most accurate and true biblical doctrine starting with Creation in Genesis continuing with through Noah and the Flood, The Call of Abraham; Jesus Christ’s Birth & Crucifixion; our wonderful known world History with our American Founding Fathers and how their actions based on their true faith in Jesus Christ and the one and only true living and eternal God; was what our Father in Heaven so intricately used to bring our Country to become the most acclaimed and desired place to live in the entire world! George Washington, John Quincy Adams, Coolidge, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Samuel Rutherford, etc. just to name a few!!
THE HISTORICAL TIMELINE of course includes our complete History from the beginning of Creation, The Fall of Man, moving on through the Rise of Christendom, characters such as Patrick of Ireland, the Fall of Rome, Alfred the Great, Aztecs & Incas, The Ottoman Empire, The Hundred Years War, Gutenberg & the Printing Press, Christopher Columbus Discovering America, the Reformation Era, John Calvin in Geneva, the Pilgrims Sailing to America to name a few. The curriculum includes the pagan and secular characters and the roles each of them unwrapped in our world history so that our children can familiarize themselves with who they were, as God is in complete control of the world and reminds us in Proverbs 16:4, “The Lord hath made all things for his own sake: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.” As well as Romans 8 reminding us that we should know that God causes all things to work together for good.
To finalize the Grammar of Grace Home School curriculum review with a golden seal, included in the final pages is a yearly Bible READING PLAN AND A COPYWORK SECTION corresponding directly to the sections previously referred to and labeled OTHER SUBJECTS in the weekly learning and memorization syllabus. We could now apply the Bible Reading Plan to our daily family bible reading (read-aloud) plan since we hadn’t yet chosen one in particular to follow and we are to this date using the COPYWORK Section filled with bible scriptures as references for our daily cursive copy work journals!!
Yep! We have been using it for two consecutive Cycles to date and couldn’t be more delighted with the outcome! The moment the Grammar of Grace curriculum was placed in my hand I was almost certain that it was coming from God; it only took a few glimpses to confirm this truth and then two cycles (schoolyears) later, the Lord allows me the blessing to testify to how everything in this curriculum harmonizes perfectly together to make this an almost complete biblically sound homeschool curriculum! Of course if I had the option to only choose one book, guide or curriculum in the entire world, to use in homeschooling my children, without a doubt it would be “The Holy Bible” however now I have a helpful, accurate and biblically sound guide (Grammar of Grace curriculum) as a secondary daily reference in homeschooling my children and I couldn’t be more grateful to the Lord for Grammar Of Grace and its writer Robyn van Eck and her family for their warm welcome into their life of faith in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior!! After initially looking over the Grammar of Grace curriculum for the first time I finally was able to understand that the curriculum our family had been working on for the last 3 Cycles, although only biblically sound by its Motto “To Know God and To Make Him Known” and only very Classical in appearance, was miserably lacking on both terms “Classical” and “Biblical”.
The Lord has brought us this far in our homeschool journey and as previously stated, I couldn’t have done it without Him! Thank you Jesus!!! All I ask is that He will continue to bless our homeschool journey, families, communities and that he may continue to answer your prayers for guidance, patience and discipline every step of the way as you continue your homeschooling journey! Grace, love and peace in our Lord Jesus Christ be multiplied upon you and your family!
To the van Eck family (Grammar of Grace)
I can’t put into words how grateful and blessed my family and I feel for giving you all the blessing, courage, patience, grace and perseverance in allowing the Lord to work through you in designing Grammar of Grace, Thank you for seeking first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness in your life and through the Grammar of Grace Curriculum, surely as the Lord says in His Word, “the rest of your needs shall be ministered unto you.” Matthew 6:33