Katie & Chavanne
Randy & Nanette Fontenot
Siberia, Russian missionaries
"Greetings from Kemerovo, Siberia! My daughters
have been using the SOW curriculum for the past 4 years. We have so
enjoyed using this curriculum. My husband, Randy, has gotten many
messages he has preached to the congregation from our daily devotional
time. It has been so special for all of us! We introduced the Bible part
of the curriculum into our drug rehab ministry. They loved it! I had
them drawing the pictures for the narrative outline (many of them have a
great talent!), and doing the topic and character studies. This really
began to help them study their Bibles. One of the leaders is especially
interested in teaching this, so this has been a great blessing for them.
They have been doing it at the rehab in a village about 2 hours away
from us. I hope to get it going with the rehab here in the city
-Kemerovo ! So, God is using the curriculum all over the world! Thank
you for all your sacrifice and all you have done for the kingdom of God!
God's greatest blessings to you and your family!"
Timothy, Matthew & Andrew
Peter & Janice DeMichele
"Last year I was
excited to find the curriculum I thought would be good for my son,
Timothy. When I sat down to review it with my husband, Pete, I
discovered that his plan for educating our children was different than
mine. His desire was for our children to learn the word of God and have
a strong faith in God. Well, I was stunned! I was excited that my
husband cared and had strong convictions for the direction our family
would take, but, now, I needed to do more research. What I had chosen
did not have a Biblical focus at all. A good friend who uses the
SOW Curriculum showed me the material. We like the fact that our family
studies all of the Bible. We feel strongly about the need to train
our children in God's Word and we believe that schooling is more than
just knowing the facts."
Rachael, Nathan, Jonathan, & Meredith
Lavon & Jessica Welch
We have been using
the SOW Curriculum for seven years. It has
unified our family because of our increased focus on the Word of God. The pressure of learning
the 'academics' usually crowded out Bible, prayer, and ministry; but the SOW Curriculum
has given our family the opportunity to disciple our children while meeting the required
educational standards in each subject. Our success in homeschooling lies in the fact that we
are in the Word of God continuously. "
Jemma, 10, Jordan, 8, Bethany, 5, Heidi, 3, Kimberley, 1 and
Hayden & Rhonda Gillie
Kyabram, Victoria, Australia.
"We appreciate the
flexibility and adaptability the SOW Curriculum provides. We, also,
appreciate the informal and profitable family time spent in our
devotions. Through quality time spent as a family, the SOW
Curriculum helps us see God's viewpoint and the Bible's relevancy and
absoluteness. This Bible centered curriculum makes our faith
in God central to our children's daily lives."
Candace, Theresa, & Bobby Joe
Gary & Michelle Cooper
St Anne, Illinois
Katie, Stephanie, & Kristen
Peggy & Tim Stoll
| Danielle, Stephen, Michael, Benjamin, Deborah, New Baby
Bill & Chris Robinson
"We believe the Bible is the beginning of all knowledge and
true wisdom. A thorough study of the Bible is what our children's education has
been missing. Not only do we have an intense desire to see more discipleship in our
own family, but also in the
body of Christ. Most people do know know how to study God's Word effectively.
Though many churches have wonderful teaching ministries, they fail to
teach Christian's how to study and interpret the Bible for themselves. We
feel that the SOW Curriculum does this. We are excited to share the
discipleship and Bible study aspects of the SOW Curriculum with others,
including non-homeschooling families."
Mahalia, Samuel, Sarah,
James & Michel McNamee
"We are home
schooling our children because God has given my husband and I a mandate to
feed our children from the Tree of Life. We felt this could only be done
at home in HIS WORD. SOW is the most awesome tool we have found to help us
do that. We are using the SOW because God said to use it. Though
I had already purchased everything I intended to use for homeschooling,
one day as I was browsing through the "Teaching Home" magazine.
When I cam upon the page where there was a SOW ad, I heard in my spirit,
" This is the curriculum I (GOD) want you to use." We
believe SOW is an awesome tool to disciple our children and raise up godly
Jonathan, Timothy, Josiah, Peter, & Kirsten
Trevor & Carolyn Wallis
"We have been homeschooling for 10 years and
have used many different curriculums; but, this one meets our needs and
touches our heart's desire unlike any other. It is not just Bible
based but Bible centered. We are studying God's
Word and world in a systematic, chronological, and inductive way. The SOW
Curriculum is not just Bible based, it is Bible centered. It's easy
independent, student format allow the older students to work on their own.
This is very important when you have younger children that require direct
Rachel, Hailey, Caleb, & Amy
David & Nancy Scarbrough
"The SOW Curriculum is an answer to our prayer. It is
challenging, but not difficult to follow. The charts and suggestions for
organizing are very helpful. It has structure; yet, it can also be
flexible. After homeschooling for ten years, we can finally say we have
found the curriculum that teaches and disciples our children the way we
have wanted for so long."
Gena, Nate, & Leei
Mrs. Grace William
"Because each lesson in the SOW Curriculum is a
specific skill focused on the Bible, we are not being influenced by
denominational thinking, but allowing God to teach us the truth."
Nathaniel, Luke, & Amanda
Danny & Gail Ewing
"One of the main
reasons we have enjoyed the SOW Curriculum is because all the subjects (math not included)
are centered on the Word of God. This has helped us to apply the Word of God to our lives
in a very practical and living way. This was something we had been trying to achieve for
Melanie, Stephanie, Greg, & Emily
Beverly & John Rdzok
"We are so
excited about the SOW Curriculum. It has had a purifying effect on our
family as we study the Word of God. It also provides many opportunities to share about the Lord, when people, naturally curious, ask
about homeschooling. "
Callie, Andrew, Grace, Timothy, & Sarah
Patti & Eric
"Using the SOW Curriculum
has blessed our family; because, we have been able to center our education
around the Word of God."
Daniel, Brittany, Natalie, & Andrew
Michelle & David McGehee
"We love the SOW Curriculum!
We have finished all six years of the SOW Curriculum. God has revealed Himself, as we
studied His Word; and, we are seeing spiritual fruit in the lives
of our children."
Michael, Olivia, Victoria, Gabriel, John, Noah, Judah,
Stephen & Chrissi Stauffer
Maggie, Keeley, Rebecca
Gabby & Paul Knapp
Hannah, Caleb & Elizabeth
Jay & Katie Johnson
Jessica, Charlie, & Michael
Scott & Lee Pyles
Cameroon, Africa Missionaries
Michael, Olivia, Victoria, Gabriel, John, Noah, Judah,
Stephen & Chrissi Stauffer
Joseph is in his third year of SOW and
still loves it. (We
do three semesters a year rather than two so he can do six SOW years in
four). I think the value of something only becomes apparent with time.
Now that Joe has been using the curriculum for
some time, we can see the great benefits and value of SOW. Recently we
had a visit from a government inspector who gave Joe an excellent
report, far beyond what we could have expected. Joe loves SOW and would
not consider using anything else. He is drawing nearer to the Lord and
in his love and understanding of the Word each day. SOW is a blessing to
us, my wife Caroline teaches most. I prepare
Science/Geog/His. Joe does most things
himself, The English National Curriculum could never have inspired him
to write, think, study and express himself the way SOW has. It truly is
an anointed work.
Thank you for your obedience and diligence
in writing it and praise God for his anointing and leading.
Joshua, Nicholle, Chris, Heather, & Kaity
Rich & Mary MacKean
Last summer as I worked in our garden, God impressed on my
heart that our homeschool needed to be more God centered. I attempted to
write my own curriculum using the Bible as the main textbook. But it was a
lot of work along with my regular routine.
Frustrated, I was searching the web and punched in
Christian homeschool curriculum. There it was! The program that I had been
looking for SOW (Student OF the Word).
"This is our second week using the SOW and we LOVE it! My 8th grader feels
challenged and loves the work. My 3rd grader is really having fun also. I
have really noticed a change being In The Word for our schooling, attitudes
are better and all is calmer. This will be the only curriculum in our home
for the remainder of our children's education. I cannot thank you enough for
your hard work.
God Bless You and Your Precious Family!"
"I see now that my fear of failure as a teacher has been
replaced by something far worse. My concentration on academics has drawn me
away from the God I love. It was fear that caused me to turn away from SOW
to more academics and character building programs. When I used the SOW, my
son was learning God's word. It was central to everything I taught. Now,
even though I use the Bible on occasions, it is no longer the main focus.
Teaching this way makes me feel very hollow inside. I am planning to use the
SOW again. I thank God for the SOW Curriculum and for sending us such
diligent workers for Christ's body." Waneece
"Sow is really great! We were looking for something to
supplement our curriculum, because I felt that we
were missing out on the Bible, even though our curriculums were Christian-based.
Then we found SOW and ended up switching totally. The difference is that SOW is
totally based on the Bible. Everyday we are reading the Bible, praying together,
praising God, and thinking and writing about the things of God. It starts in
Genesis and ends (eventually) in Revelation. We are still in Genesis, but we are
having the best time studying Creation in great detail, and seeing how
ridiculous and unscientific evolution really is. The extra resources that are
recommended are excellent -very informative and interesting for both my 13 and 6
year olds. My 13 year old and I are having great conversations like never
before. She especially loves SOW. I didn't know if she would switch very happily
as she was using the Far Above Rubies curriculum and liked it's emphasis on
Godly womanhood. But after "trying" SOW for one day, she was thrilled.
I love that we are studying the same things at the same time, and it also has
gotten us into having a more regular family devotion time, with each child
sharing something that they have been doing and learning in SOW. The daily
report of quality and attitude on each part of the day has been very helpful
with our 6-year-old. It helps to point out to us, and to him, areas that need
work, and areas that need prayer. Having these reports also gets my husband more
involved, because he reviews the reports individually with each child before
bed. If you have specific questions, please ask. I can't recommend this highly
enough! Every homeschooling family should be using SOW! One of the other nice
features is that it doesn't specifically teach "doctrine". It teaches
you to read God's Word, study it, pray for wisdom and let the Word reveal itself
to you. There is so much division between different "churches",
conservative, evangelical, Pentecostal, or charismatic. I don't even know all
the different labels. But this curriculum works regardless of your personal
beliefs. You are free to choose your own commentary and draw your own
conclusions based on your own study of the Word. The curriculum has also helped
our family to be scheduled and organized, which I never thought would happen.
"This will be our first year to use the SOW Curriculum.
We have been praying for God's leading all last year. My prayer was for God to:
1. Choose the curriculum He desired for our family.
2. Link us to other homeschool families of like vision.
Praise God, we believe He has done just that with the SOW
Curriculum. We belong to CHEF (Christian Home Educators Fellowship) of Baton
Rouge. Our president's family, Bobby & Sherry Arnold, have used SOW for 7
years. During last year Sherry would talk to us about discipling vs educating
our children. This spoke to my spirit, but I was nervous about changing to this
method of teaching. Would the children get a sound education? Would I be able to
be disciplined enough to use it effectively, etc? God has assured me that it is
only by His hand that His desire for our children can be accomplished. His word
says to seek His Kingdom first and His righteousness and He will add everything
Last Saturday, we attended an all day seminar at the Reece's
home and we were so blessed by the testimonies of families who had been using
the SOW. What struck me was that it was a family testimony in every case, not
just mom and the kids. Each testimony was of how God had brought the family
together and how each member had grown in relationship with the Lord and each
other. Yes, there were struggles, but God had made them overcomers. And when
high school was finished the children knew God and His Word and was seeking His
direction for their lives. I was so encouraged. I heard so many discussions last
year about ways to perform like the school system. But God has lead us away from
discussions like, 'how to have better test scores than the schools?' What is
important to God? He will cause our children to excel where He has gifted them
and is going to use them. But, to fulfill His purpose in their lives, our
children must know their Lord and Savior intimately, know who they are in
Christ, and be obedient to His leading and His Word. We can try to fulfill the
Great Commission by going into all the world, but fail if we don't disciple our
own children. Someone said this (and it struck a chord with me) "Knowledge
changes, but Wisdom endures." I want my children to be filled with God's
Now don't get me wrong, the materials and resources
recommended by the Reece's are high quality materials academically. Pray about
what God would have you to do. God bless you and your family." Darlene
"I thank the Lord for His Son, Jesus Christ,
for our family, for the Reeces, and for SOW! I love this Bible centered
curriculum! This week we are going through lesson # 9 (Genesis
18-20). I've started a list of eye openers. We didn't know that Adam was
still alive when Methuselah was born or that Methuselah was Noah's
grandfather or that Noah had 3 sons. There are still dragon lizards on
the Island of Komodo, Ham was the father of the Canaanites, or that
Nimrod built the tower of Babel ... My list could go on and on. And I was a
"missionary kid"! I even purchased another copy of Unlocking the Mysteries of Creation
for our public library. I am really looking forward to our 2nd year of
"Four years ago I started using the
SOW, but I became so burned out with home school. Recently, through the leading
of the Lord, I met someone using the SOW. She refreshed my memory about the
curriculum. So, I pulled out all of my stuff from 4 years ago and I realized how
much I had done using the SOW. We started using the language arts part of Sow
again a few months ago. It was easy to jump back into it. Well, school is now
fun again. The boys love it and we have had the best time starting each day with
our SOW bible lessons. I am so thankful!! I have also shared some of the
information with our Children's Sunday School Program. They are searching for a
new curriculum that is bible based. My second grader wrote his prayer letter and
thanked God for his brother. At the bottom of the page, he drew a picture of his
brother. It was amazing. It looked just like him. It encouraged him so much that
he drew two more pictures of people that he knew. It was so neat because he
struggles in school but he loves to draw. I thought, how neat, that the Lord
would use this curriculum to show him his talents. He also won third place in
his Awana Bible quiz contest last night. So again, thank you to you and your
family. I am so thankful for SOW. I am putting the word first again in our
school days and lives." Sincerely, Liz
"AWESOME! The SOW Curriculum exceeded my expectations! SOW is so simple.
Everything flows so smoothly. I bought the books recommended to use
with Year I Scope & Sequence. Now I have no lesson prep. Just open and
Thanks so much!"
"SOW Curriculum meets more than my expectations! I enjoyed the SOW Seminar. I found the topic, character, and vocabulary lessons well
laid out. I feel better about my
children's education than I ever had in the past 10 years. They have learned how
to think, analyze, and apply information. Their favorite lesson is
the Bible outline. Thank you for your faithfulness!"
"We have six children. Ever since we started the SOW Curriculum, we have seen
God working wonders in our family. At first the oldest children had bad
attitudes and whined but their behaviors are a lot better now. The word of
God is doing a work in their lives. We thank God for helping me find a
curriculum that is truly centered on Him. We thank God for the time,
research, and work that you all have put into making this curriculum. We
thank God for what we are learning and how we are growing in the Lord.
Thank you and may God bless your entire family!"
Mark & Terri
"My daughter, Katie and I attended the SOW Seminar at your beautiful home in
Tylertown. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU to you and your entire
family, for your wonderful and gracious hospitality and fellowship. It was a
fun, entertaining, uplifting, educational, and a Christian experience. You
have a wonderful family and I feel blessed to have had the chance to have
met you all. I am new to home education and I am also a new Christian. I am
still at awe at how God has answered all my prayers. However nothing has
answered my prayers like SOW. Your curriculum is exactly what I have been
looking for and more. It brings together everything I wanted to do in our
homeschool as well as organizing my life-that was something extra! Thank you!"
"We are so excited to have finally found a curriculum which truly has, as its
premise, the power and wisdom of the Word of God and the ability of the Holy
Spirit to lead our children into understanding. We had our 7 year old at a
private Christian school last year but felt as you do, that we should
disciple her. There has been an immediate change in our lives since we have
started using the SOW Curriculum. The kids haven't asked to watch TV!! They
would much rather do the curriculum lessons with us. We can see that the SOW
Curriculum will open our hearts and home more readily to the Lord's
work. Thank you so much for following God's call."
"What a blessing! The SOW Curriculum gave me the confidence I needed to
homeschool. It was difficult for me at first because I lacked discipline.
But the more I used the curriculum the more I loved it and knew it was the
right curriculum for us. This entire curriculum is so thorough and well
thought out. I feel secure using it because it is rooted in God's word. My
children's knowledge and love of God's word has increased very much. Their
prayer life continues to amaze me. They love writing the prayer
Thank you for making it affordable!"
"We enjoyed meeting your family. The SOW Conference was great! It was very
helpful and informative plus spiritually uplifting. We have also begun teaching our 8th grade daughter, as well. We
took her out of her Christian school because during her PE class, the
teacher allowed the 8th graders to watch an R rated movie. She had been asking us to homeschool her ever since she thumbed
through the SOW Student Edition and saw all the great activities we would be
doing at home. We were a little nervous and apprehensive about homeschooling all of our
children but God has truly given us a peace. We haven't doubted once that
this is His will for our family. The blessing has been watching God work in
my children's lives. God bless you and your family as you continue to seek Him."
Kathy & Randy
"We wanted to share with you how successful we have been in the first few
months of the curriculum. Since you warned us that there might be some
behavior problems at first. You will be pleased to know that our kids
thoroughly enjoy the high structure and accountability that it generates. It
has made family devotions much easier and the lessons flow VERY smoothly."
Paul & Melissa
Jonathan, Joel, Joseph, Laura, & Jeremy
Robert and Jayne Withall
"We are really delighted with the SOW Curriculum. It
is the sort of curriculum that we have looked for over several years. I love
how it brings my husband into a more prominent role in our home school. He
now has much more input into what the children are learning than he ever did
before. I am also finding it much easier teaching all of the children the
same subjects at one time, rather than being pulled in three or four
directions at once. The greatest asset by far though is that we are studying
God's Word together while the children are learning all of the necessary
skills they need to prepare them for adult life.
I really do believe that this curriculum was an
inspiration from God because of the flexibility in it which allows each
family to use it in their own unique way. My children love to draw, so they
are enjoying all the opportunities this curriculum gives them. The amount of
writing required has been a challenge to my 10 year old (Jonathan) and my 8
year old (Joel). Their ability to express themselves has just blossomed so
much. Our 6-year-old (Joseph) is learning so much by drawing pictures and
writing verses or simple captions to go with them for each subject we do
together. We also have a 3 year old (Laura) and a 1 year old (Jeremy) whom I
look forward to having involved with our learning in the future."
Ali, Austin, Jake, Jessica, & Jordan
Bobby & Sherry Arnold
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
"We are in our 10th year of homeschooling and for
six years we have been blessed by the SOW Curriculum. We are starting over
in Genesis this year. We believe our children have grown in wisdom beyond
their years as we have feasted on the Word of God as our daily food.
The SOW Curriculum is really a manual on how to have a
godly home built on the Rock of the Lord Jesus Christ and His Word as the
foundation of our lives. It builds family unity and a love for God and His
Word as you inductively study entire books of the Bible from Genesis through
Revelation. It's wonderful to see how all the academic subjects relate to
God and His Word. It's a great tool for Dad to use to be the spiritual
leader of his home.
The SOW allows us to teach multi-levels academically
as well as how to pray, walk in Godly character traits, memorize scripture,
organize household chores, implement stewardship skills, read about great
heroes of the faith, learn about "His Story" and how it all
relates to Jesus. There are powerful creative writing assignments relating
the Old Testament to the New Testament.
Our favorite part has been the SOW co-ops we do weekly
with other families - such as literature, geography, science, and the
monthly events such as camping trips, Fall Harvest Fair, family worship and
Bible Studies, reenacting the Passover or the Tabernacle. All these fun
family events deepen our fellowship with other homeschool families.
The yearly notebooks that the children create have
become treasured scrapbooks of all that the Lord has taught our family - The
Lord is really our Teacher! Mom and Dad learn as much or more than the
children do as we all become Students of the Word!
The grass withers and the flowers fade' - or you could
say, 'Science withers and History fades, but the Word of God abides
forever!' The help and support we have received from the SOW is not only
priceless, but eternal!"
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