For the past several weeks, I’ve shared ideas on the different approaches to homeschooling & how you can homeschool your child the best way. Today, I’d like to being to show how can we use a blend of these approaches to homeschooling to raise our children to be good Christian leaders?
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Let’s begin with the early ages of homeschooling.
Lay a Firm Foundation of Godly Character
With young kids, lay a firm foundation of Godly character. Spend more time at the ages of eight and under developing Godly character that will last a lifetime.
If you have an older child, perhaps a 13-year-old, and just now getting started, look to see if they have a firm foundation of Godly character? If they don’t have Godly character, start here. Consider taking a few months off homeschooling and work on Godly character.
If your kids don’t have a good work ethic, if they don’t persevere in what they do, if they don’t have integrity and dignity, then they’re not going to do well in independent studies as an older child. So, start here by building a firm foundation of Godly character which is necessary to be successful as adults.
I realize we all struggle with sin, but we’re discussing a rebellious child or someone who doesn’t follow through. They are totally lazy and all they want to do is sit in front of the TV or play video games. So, start with Godly character.
Create a Love of Learning
Next, I think we want to raise our kids to have a love of learning. We should center our homeschool on these two goals when our kids are twelve and under. I’ve discussed this more with other approaches. If you need a review, look back to the other approaches to Christian homeschooling blog posts. Here are some general guidelines from a few approaches.
To develop a love of learning using the classical method, memorize concepts with chants, songs and games. Your kids will enjoy learning when they are playing games and singing songs. Unit studies also develop a love of learning. In unit studies, Charlotte Mason and resource-rich environment, it’s easy to give your kids a real life purpose for learning.
With the Charlotte Mason approach, use living books to encourage a love of reading. Read a good book that captures your children’s interests. Have them narrate the story as described in the Charlotte Mason approach. These are a few examples from several approaches to create a love of learning at young ages.
Check back tomorrow for more on raising your kids to be leaders, instead of followers.
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