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The Oft-overlooked Biography
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Homeschool books to cover a variety of learning philosophies from Classical to Unschooling; from Sonlight, Beautiful Feet, Veritas, Konos, Usborne to A Beka, Bob Jones, Christian Liberty, Saxon--Textbooks, unit studies, reading books, teacher resources! Plus Wonderful Vintage Living Books!

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I recently read an inspiring article from the Bob Jones Home School Helper publication, entitled Using Biographies to Teach Principles. As homeschool moms, we know the value of good books. Many of us have used books to teach history, Biblical values, and Biblical character. Oftimes, the biography can be overlooked when choosing books we believe will interest our children. Add to that the responsibility of choosing just the right biography for your child. To help with decision there are three important categories of biographies to consider: popular biography, fictionalized or historical fiction biography, and critical biography.

A popular biography is usually based upon secondary sources and reads like a story. Much of what is written deals with a principle or characteristic from the character's life and contains little or no information that would be critical of the character. Younger children especially benefit from this type of biography because they are able to see precept teaching in real life situations without becoming confused over contradictory behavior.

The fictionalized biography tends to be everyone's favorite. It is based on historical figures with fictional characters, events, and dialogue added. This works well with intermediate and high school students who can understand that not everything that is written is fact. It helps place people and events together, but the author is at liberty as to how they represent the character.

Finally, there is the critical biography which tries to be comprehensive about a person, giving both the good and bad sides. This can be helpful for older children especially from a Christian worldview perspective. Knowing we are fallen creatures and even those who are saved still struggle with the old nature, it is easy to put into perspective that even our heroes had faults. However, it is also an encouragement to read how they repented and learned from their sins. Just as Peter once denied our Lord, he became the rock upon which the church was built. What an encouragement to older children as they struggle with their own temptations.

So visit my store and stock your library with lots of good reading material and be sure not to overlook the biography. It is such a powerful learning tool.