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Wanda and I had a clear vision and calling that our three children were to make a difference in their generation by walking mighty in Spirit.
Hopefully, they would then train their children to make a difference in their generation. We believed that would only happen if we took the time and made the sacrifice to educate our children at home.
Homeschooling does not happen just because parents keep their children at home, buy curriculum, and hold classes. They must be very intentional, purposeful, diligent and disciplined. Make no mistake. It is hard work. When done right, it requires planning, preparation, and team work. But, it is so rewarding!
Did I say you must be very intentional and purposeful?
The shotgun approach to home education is not as effective. Wanda and I had a vision. We had a calling. We also wanted to be very specific.
Time was set each July and August for planning and evaluation for the coming school year.
Evaluations were made each quarter, along with the report cards, to make certain we were staying on target.
A spread sheet was created for each child evaluating their character development and spiritual formation, as well as their academic progress.
Annual goals were set for each child in those areas.
These goals were broke down into quarterly objectives and the curriculum was planned and prepared for presentation accordingly.
It was a basic premise, if they were to make a difference in their generation and walk mighty in Spirit, they must have a biblical world view.
The curriculum selected reinforced a biblical world view but we needed to teach the concepts for living a biblical world view 24-7. Each quarter the subjects were connected to a particular set of biblical principles that reflected a biblical world view.
Practical lessons were presented to help them grasp the concepts and make application. Basic personal convictions were cultivated in the heart of each child regarding the Holy Bible, their bodies and godly behavior.
The Bible lessons and character development classes were designed to train them to love the Word of God and to love the ways of God.
It is important for children to learn how to view life and the events of their day from God’s perspective.
That is true wisdom.
They must also be trained in the skill of applying the principles and the precepts of God’s Word to daily life. That begins with the fear the Lord and learning the consequences of violating His commands and His ways.
These were not just taught in the classroom.
As we read the Box Car Children, Little House on the Prairie, Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, connections were made to the character lessons.
The consequence of sinful behavior was discussed and application was made to biblical world view.
Table talk during dinner discussed events of their day; who they played with; events that happened were talked about.
As they shared stories about their friends and friend’s families illustrations were drawn that revealed consequences of good and bad behavior.
How to live godly character in an ungodly world was shared.