Launching your DiscipleShip Homeschool

Teaching your children at home is a sacred privilege to disciple your children or child. Discipleship means to impart heart knowledge, head knowledge, and life knowledge to your child to the best of your ability. The Sh’ma from Deuteronomy 6:4-7 declares: “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.[a] Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” This command is so powerful, that I’ve created paintings for home dedication and marriage gifts, because it’s such a powerful Scripture! (You can see them on Facebook, on Charleston Sunsets)

To start out, your child needs to know what you expect of them. So teaching them to care for others, manage their time, and manage, or, as the Bible says, steward their possessions is the foundation. It’s all about caring for and establishing the responsibility for chores, pets, and relationships in the family. You could spend a month or so just getting this down, having family meetings, using charts or other programs to help you to train your child in the daily schedule and tasks. You’re teaching them stewardship as the Bible teaches that everything we have been given belongs to God and we are supposed to take care of it. So whatever reminder helps your child to know what to do throughout the day is very important. They can help you to select stewardship materials or they can help to create your own, and talking about responsibilities and time management even with little ones in a very simple way is very empowering. The language, the concepts, the attitudes imparted in simple conversation and sharing, are actualizing and will equip your child to have the best life that they can. So all the training and communication and interaction that you’re giving is material that will enrich them. You need to decide what your goals and priorities in homeschooling/discipleship are. One of the most helpful tools towards this end, is a book called 102 top picks for Homeschool Curriculum by Kathy Duffy. The key to getting started is to find your style and approach to homeschooling, and the questionnaire at the beginning of the book will reveal your unique approach. The rest of the book recommends curriculum choices that will fit the approach that you choose.

The basic approaches are: institutional school at home, relaxed homeschooling, unit studies, and unschooling. YOUR HOMEWORK is to purchase the book PDF, and do the reading and questionnaire to find what’s your style and approach? This is really rewarding. Take your time, and include your husband, and your kids. You’ll have some rich conversations! See you next time! Part 2 The 4 approaches to Homeschooling.

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