Enrichment Studies | Luke & Acts

Enrichment StudIES, Vol 1: Luke and Acts

“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works…”
Hebrews 10:24Hebrews 10:24
English: World English Bible - WEB

24 Let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good works,

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Thanks to all who encouraged me to put this together! I really enjoy curriculum development, and after helping put together a women’s Bible study for Genesis, I had hoped to continue on with the rest of the Pentateuch. But then I had another baby. So during this life stage, I will be content with trying out these Enrichment Studies. There aren’t any study questions, as this is mainly a self-study, where you get to do all the work and learn how to study Scripture on your own!

In this first volume, we will read and study the gospel narratives of Luke and Acts over a course of 11 weeks. My desire is that this book can be used to enrich our lives with Truth, goodness, and beauty. God’s Word is active and living. My prayer is that this book will help us, as Christian women, to practically develop skills, the passion to study the Bible on their own, and hide it in our hearts.

For goodness and beauty, we will take a few minutes each day to feast upon great literature that causes us to reflect on things that are good and beautiful works of art and music that stir us to praise Him. Since this is a self-study so you can put in as much time as you are able. It is designed to be concise and efficient, but if time allows you are welcome to meditate and reflect on all that we are studying.

Each week along with the Scripture reading from Luke or Acts there will also be memory work, copywork, readings from literature and church history, a hymn study, an art study, and an ongoing composer study. Throughout the study we will also be working on maps, timelines, a Commonplace Book, and developing the habit of “one-anothering”.

The Enrichment Studies: Vol 1, Luke & Acts  is currently available as a PDF which you can download for free. I want this study to be available to everyone so there is no charge, but if you feel would like to send a contribution, you can do so via PayPal or by clicking the button below.

Thank you so much for all your support! If you have gone through this study I would love to hear any feedback you may have. Please send me an e-mail or comment below!

Materials you will need:

  • Notebook or Journal
  • Pen or Pencil
  • Bible
  • A Gospel Primer for Christians: Learning to See the Glories of God’s Love by Milton Vincent (Amazon | Kindle | Free PDF)
  • The Pilgrim’s Progress: From This World to That Which Is to Come, Delivered Under the Similitude of a Dream by Paul Bunyan (Amazon | Kindle | Free PDF)
  • Trial and Triumph: Stories from Church History by Richard M. Hannula (Amazon | Kindle | Free PDF)
  • Handel’s Messiah (some options below)
    • by London Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir and George Frederic Handel (Amazon | iTunes | Free on YouTube)
    • by Polyphony, Britten Sinfonia & Stephen Layton and George Frederic Handel (Amazon | iTunes)
  • Access to Internet – to search for artwork, or to listen to Handel’s Messiah


  • Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds by Jen Wilkin
    (Amazon | Kindle)

Thank you again for encouragement and support in putting this together!







Recommended Resources:


  • The Words and Works of Jesus Christ: A Study of the Life of Christ by J. Dwight Pentecost (Amazon | Kindle)
  • “Read Scripture: Luke Ch. 1-9” by The Bible Project (YouTube)
  • “Read Scripture: Luke Ch. 10-24” by The Bible Project (YouTube)


  • “Read Scripture: Acts Ch. 1-12” by The Bible Project (YouTube)
  • “Read Scripture: Acts Ch. 13-28” by The Bible Project (YouTube)


  • Truth and Grace Memory Book, Book 1 by Tom Ascol (Amazon)

Hymn Study

George Frederic Handel

  • Handel at the Court of Kings by Opal Wheeler (Amazon)
  • “Hallelujah Handel” by Classical Kids (Amazon | iTunes)

Sunday Readings

  • Alive in Him: How Being Embraced by the Love of Christ Changes Everything by Gloria Furman (Amazon | Kindle)
  • Being There: How to Love Those Who Are Hurting by Dave Furman (Amazon | Kindle)
  • By This Name by John Cross (Amazon | Kindle)
  • The Green Letters: Principles of Spiritual Growth by Miles J. Stanford (Amazon)
  • Messy Beautiful Friendship: Finding and Nurturing Deep and Lasting Relationships by Christine Hoover (Amazon | Kindle)
  • Missional Motherhood: The Everyday Ministry of Motherhood in the Grand Plan of God by Gloria Furman (Amazon | Kindle)
  • None Like Him: 10 Ways God Is Different from Us (and Why That’s a Good Thing by Jen Wilkin (Amazon | Kindle)
  • One-to-One Bible Reading by David Helm (Amazon | Kindle)
  • Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable Peace by Sarah Mackenzie (Amazon | Kindle)
  • Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full: Gospel Meditations for Busy Moms by Gloria Furman (Amazon | Kindle)
  • Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds by Jen Wilkin (Amazon | Kindle)


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Adventures in Homeschooling | Planning for Preschool, Pre-K, and Kindergarten

We are departing for Asia-Pacific in two months, and I’m narrowing down what our Family Education Plan will be for the next 4 years (Aug 2015 – June 2019). Quite the process, but I’m excited to try what we’ve planned. Along with that I’m trying to pick and choose what and how much to bring along with us – we only get 6 free pieces of luggage total. So what will we be doing academically between now and when we return in 2019? A lot of it is familiar to me as I my mom used a lot of the curriculum below when homeschooling my sister and I. I think the curriculum plan I’ve put together is mostly a mix between Charlotte Mason, Classical, and Montessori styles of education. Here we go!


Preschool Homeschool Curriculum

For preschool (ages 3-4) I am basically following Charlotte Mason’s methodology so I’ll focus on teaching about God, developing good habits, lots of outdoor and nature activities, as well as reading “living” books. I’m also hoping involve Montessori activities to develop motor skills, play, and discovery – Pinterest is great for ideas!

The Well-Trained MindSimply Charlotte Mason, and Ambleside Online have been tremendously helpful in my planning. I’m bringing books recommended from those sources, as well as a few from Sonlight P3/4, Before Five in a Row, and My Father’s World.

For Bible we’ll be using The Big Picture Storybook Bible and Truth & Grace Memory Book 1, and accompanying with songs from Songs for Saplings: God and Creation and __. I’ve also purchased Rod & Staff’s preschool activity workbooks, this Patternables book to use with pattern blocks, Lauri’s shape and color sorter, foam magnet letters, and I am hoping to find a copy of Get Ready for the Code.

For our nature walks it’ll be handy to have a magnifying glass, bug box, bug net, and binoculars; though we will only be bringing a magnifying glass along with us.

Pre-Kindergarten/Junior Kindergarten:

Pre-K Homeschool Curriculum

This is pretty similar to what I have planned for preschool, by using living books recommended by Ambleside, Well-Trained Mind, and Simply Charlotte Mason, along with books recommended from Sonlight’s P4/5 and My Father’s World’s Pre-K. For Bible we’ll be using The Lamb and continuing through the Truth & Grace Memory Book 1.

I have ordered Rod & Staff’s ABC Series and My Father’s World’s activity cards to use along with beads and patterns, counting bears, foam alphabet puzzles and lacing shapes (from the dollar store).

Kindergarten/Senior Kindergarten:
I’m hoping to start integrating Peace Hill Press’s curriculum for kindergarten. I have a list of living books, along with some books recommended from Sonlight’s K, My Father’s World’s K, Veritas Press, and Five in a Row. While I haven’t decided whether to use Saxon Math K or Singapore’s Earlybird Math, I’m excited to use Explore the Code and Lollipop Logic. For fun we’ll supplement math with Cuisenaire rods and the Cusienaire Alphabet Book and Lauri’s pegs and pegboard set.

I think we will be using the Zaner-Bloser K for writing and The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading along with a list of easy readers and Bob Books. I haven’t ordered anything from Peace Hill Press yet, as I’m hoping someone will come to visit us in two years and be able to bring these items along with them.

For Bible we will be reading The Jesus Storybook Bible. I’m also hoping to collect some field guides for the region of the world we will be living in to use on our nature walks, and to supplement the science books that Peace Hill recommends. Oh, and these art cards.

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Since the list was so long, I created a Google Document for it. You can access the list through this link.

Are you homeschooling or have plans to homeschool? Comment your education plan below! Have you used any of these books or curriculum? I’d love to hear about your experience, new ideas, and what you are doing, too!