This week is the beginning of a two week study block before we break for school holidays. (Though we “school” year round in a lifestyle way we enjoy a break at the same time our friends take school holidays) We’ve had a great week – a good balance of academic work, co-operative learning with other homeschoolers and generally keeping the home in order.
This week I have seen the value of being prepared for the next day the night before. I have spent a bit of time each night printing out our schedule, checking our lessons, printing off any worksheets etc that we need and editing my children’s written work. Being prepared has meant our mornings of academics have flowed a lot more smoothly.
I have also worked by a to-do list for our lessons instead of timeslots. I plan some independent activities for each of the children balanced with instruction times. This way when one child needs some specific tuition the others can go on with their independent activities.
There are constantly ways to improve what we do. If you have found something works for you why don’t you share it with other readers at my Top Tips session at the Homeschool Retreat. It is always encouraging to read when other mums find something that works in their family. It is easy to share – just type in a title, share your tip, you can share a photo if you would like (just follow the prompts), and submit your contribution! I’d love to hear from you.
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Character Notes for Mums
Virtue: Radiate integrity by making good choices in every situation (Character First Bulletin)
As I have studied the character trait of “Virtue” over the last few weeks I have been challenged with the idea of making good choices – in every situation.
Another definition says Virtue is: Moral excellence evident in my life as I consistently do what is right. (Character First, Education series)
Challenging! Moral excellence, evident, consistently!
A small flame can cast light across a large area. Likewise, one person’s daily decisions affect that person and impact others to a great extent.
How do my daily decisions impact my children? How I relate to my children, how I respond to circumstances, how I organize my day – every decision I make affects my children. My prayer is that my choices, my actions will impact my children that they too will want to walk in the way that is right.
Actions speak louder than words:
I can give all the lectures, all the illustrations and even dish out consequences and yet if I am not living to that standard myself all is lost! I must be a role model to my children. I must model for them, not perfection, but rather a person who has a heart to follow “What would Jesus do”, a person who is honest and admits failures, asks for forgiveness and doesn’t give up in trying again.
Compromise will crumble your integrity:
How our children like to push our buttons and play us off! They seem to delight in us changing our minds but the results are not the expected harmony of someone getting their own way – no, changing our minds as a parent more often than not creates havoc and bad attitudes. We need to be strong – let our yes be yes and our no be no. Stand by the standards that we want to live our life by and train our children to do the same.
Garbage in, Garbage out:
What do I fill my mind with – is it true, honourable, right, pure, lovely, of good repute, excellent and worthy of praise? (Phil 4:8) Do the books I read, the blogs I visit, the movies I watch, the people I talk to – do they fall into this category “of good repute”? This should be my standard
I need to find people who will sharpen me (Prov 27:17) and encourage me to be the Mum God intended me to be. As I fill my mind with what is true, that is what will come out in my life. Good stuff in, Good stuff out!
Our children are not going to make right choices and right actions all the time. We need to remember that it is a journey – it is about growth and change. We need to be training our children, guiding their steps, not expecting perfection and not expecting it now!
Remember that we too are learning to make the right choices and actions and though our moral development may be just a little stronger than our children’s we do need to grow together. We need to remember to be gracious to them just as the Lord is gracious to us!
Character of Virtue - We can’t do this on our own. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to guide us, help us and teach us. Never do we need the Holy Spirit more then when we have a choice to make. It is the little choices we make that our children will notice; are we always honest, do we pursue our responsibilities, was that reaction showing love? We need to listen to the still quiet voice of the Holy Spirit and allow Him to guide us in making the right choice, day in and day out.
Nothing has been added to my website over the last week, if you have some extra reading time, I encourage you to read Ellen Davis’ latest newsletter, It is a crime to Homeschool.
Note for Australians: We shouldn’t be complacent about the homeschooling situation happening in California – we need to take note, and be educated as to the real issues. We need to be aware of the stirrings in our own government for change and ensure that our rights aren’t eroded.
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Keep up with future additions with the Lifestyle Homeschool Blog throughout the week.
Until next week
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