There is a reason my husband and I developed character curriculum, and that is because it is counterproductive to educate a fool, even dangerous. We found in raising our kids that making foolish decisions is something that doesn’t need to be taught. It comes naturally.
Making wise decisions, on the other hand, is a skill- the skill of applying wisdom to life’s situations. For this reason, when we saw character needs in our kid’s lives, we searched Scripture for an answer to it, hence our character curriculum from preschool through high school. Using Scripture to address those many character issues through the years resulted in practical studies in applying character to life. In other words, the curriculum we developed was in response to the character problems we saw in our kid’s lives and our own lives.
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I had 14 children and I’ve been homeschooling for more than 35 years- I’ve gone through some curriculum! Here are some things I’ve learned along the way about choosing curriculum.
#1- There isn’t one perfect curriculum that works for every child.
So you chose curriculum last year for your oldest and this year the next one is coming up, so they can just use what the oldest child used. Simple. Easy. Maybe…..
Each child is so unique. I found that sometimes a curriculum I used for many of kids with success brought extreme discouragement to a younger child. Kids think differently. Some are very logical. To them, the math’s and sciences make perfect sense, but oh, the English language…. Or, words come easy to one child. They can sit down and create an interesting story or letter, where another child can sit and look at the paper and stress over having to come up with just the right words to communicate what they want to say .
It’s okay that kids learn and think differently. It’s a temptation to get exasperated when your child learns differently from you. You think something makes perfect sense and is incredibly easy, but your child is overwhelmed by it.
Learn to step back and observe how he learns and how he thinks.
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Our garden is doing great this year. A few weeks ago we enjoyed our much-anticipated, first tomatoes of the season!
Here is an easy lunch I look forward to every summer: Tomatoes stuffed with egg salad, using eggs from our own chickens. Yum! Easy and good for you! (you could also fill them with tuna salad instead of the eggs)
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*First of all- let me clarify that this is a question we were asked. We’re not at all saying if you make a different decision in this matter, you are wrong. This is simply the position we chose to follow when our children were young.
A: In raising our kids we chose to be on the cautious side. I’m not sorry that we did. Now as the world seems to be on a slippery slide into depraved immorality, I think parents need to exercise even more caution to protect their children. That’s one of the functions of a parent! If we don’t do it, who will?
One of our jobs is to train our children to learn discernment. Discernment is learning how to distinguish right from wrong and using that sensitivity to make wise choices in life.
When our kids are young, we need to be the filter for them and make our decisions cautiously. We need to be careful not to put them in situations where they are faced with moral dilemmas and not have us there to guide them through.
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I have been asked often why we never had a TV during the years we raised our children.
For one thing, our backgrounds played a part in this decision. My husband grew up in a broken home where his mom had to work to earn the living. He says in many ways, he was raised by a TV set. His mom was just too busy, working to survive. He didn’t want his kids to be raised by the TV, too.
Finances were another reason. When we first got married we were very low on funds and for that reason, we just didn’t get a TV set. We learned to fill our time with other things and pretty soon we realized we didn’t miss having one.
Content was the biggest reason we chose not to have a television in our home. As time went by, when we would see even commercials at other’s houses or shows that were aired, we couldn’t believe how things were becoming corrupt so quickly. When I was a kid we watched Leave it to Beaver or Timmy and Lassie, maybe Bonanza on Sunday nights. Most shows made it clear that there was right and wrong. The good guys were rewarded and bad guys punished. But we began to see a big shift in this in the television world as new philosophies arose. Also you can’t control what comes across the TV screen. Even if you are fairly certain the show is “good”, the many commercials are filling your mind with untrue messages.
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“Boy, I wish…”
How many times do you find yourself thinking or saying this? It’s so natural to think life would be easier, better if only……”
The truth is, God has given us everything right now that we need to be content. Contentedness doesn’t depend on outward circumstances. Contentedness is a matter of the heart and is dependent on our trust in the Lord.
Philippians 4 tells us, “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
Truth is, we can’t do it on our own, but we can choose to let Christ do it through us. Or we can complain, wish, covet, make excuses and reap the result of making ourselves and those around us miserable.
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