In a day where students have little knowledge and therefore a lack of skill or useless knowledge and therefore a lack of skill, we need to prioritize curriculum within our homes that builds a solid foundation for developing skill sets. There are two areas which are the foundation for this: literacy and mathematics. Every useful skill pretty much comes out of these two fundamentals.

First and foremost, literacy is the foundation for understanding the Bible and its roadmap for life. Furthermore, the ability to digest written material gives one the ability to absorb information and categorize it accordingly, which includes tables, charts, diagrams, sketches, manuals, research, and linguistics. Devaluing or marginalizing literacy is very likely to diminish your child’s ability to compete in the market place where the ability to sift through information is essential, and it will decrease his or her ability to become immersed in God’s Word and historic Christian literature.

Mathematics is just as important, and the two intersect at many points. They ought to be seen as complimentary, for both mathematics and literacy feed on each other as knowledge and skill progress, whether basic grocery shopping or advanced accounting and engineering. It also goes without saying that math is the bedrock of financial stewardship. Developing even the most menial skill can bring forth great dividends if what money comes in is managed well so as to prevent unnecessary hemorrhaging on the way out. The family budget is more than just balancing the bank account; it is the complete streamlined allocation of time and hard assets in both the short and long term.

As stated before, mathematics and literacy are marriage partners. The stronger they are the mightier their effect on developing, cultivating, and maintaining useful skill sets becomes. The weaker they are the more turbulent the waters of life toss us about from paycheck to paycheck.

Therefore, I recommend that we scale back any secondary studies until a good foundation of literacy and mathematics are established. This may cost some perceived progress in the short term, but it’s long term gains will outweigh much needed work in the trenches of letters and numbers. There are numerous great primary and supplemental recourses available today to help you in your journey. We personally use the following as the foundation of our children’s studies because they have a deep emphasis in logic and critical thinking. Moreover, they are inexpensive in both the short and the long term as they are passed down from child to child. The book purchase links are suggestions; you may find better prices elsewhere.
McGuffey’s Reader (original 1836 version)
Harvey’s Grammar,

Spencerian Penmanship and workbook,
Ray’s Arithmetic

Blessings to you as you work hard at preparing your child to not only survive but thrive in this life full of challenges, hardships, and opportunities of tremendous success.