Why Shema Homeschooler?
Hear O'Israel: The LORD is our God; The Lord is one.
The Shema is a central prayer of the Jewish prayerbook. It is an affirmation and declaration of faith in one God. Often, it is the first section of scripture that children learn. When Super Hubby and I were expecting Son of Strength, I was having one of those, "Oh no! How are we going to do this?" moments of hormonal despair. Ever practical Super Hubby pulled out a little spiral notebook and titled the page, "Things They Must Know Before They Leave Our Home." Then we attempted to list out a few goals for this new season of life. Number one on the list was 'KNOW' God. We agreed that without the foundation of faith in the one true God as spoken of in Deuteronomy 6, our children would fall prey to the enemy and as any expectant parent can tell you there really is some kind of instinctive protection you have especially for your children. We knew that this knowledge would be the greatest protection we could give our child. The Shema really encompasses the most important lesson we would ever be responsible for teaching to our children. That list is well worn now; things have been added and deleted over the years as we all have grown. But the number one spot has stayed the same.
All of that leads to the homeschool tip for today. Be purposeful, it is not news to anyone that success is very dependent on planning. So plan. Set a course. Sit down with your own super hubby and search God's word, meditate, and pray. God has a plan for this remember. There should be a time when you decide who you want to be as a homeschool parent, homeschool family, and kids. Consider what steps need to be taken to get there. And don't be afraid to adjust it! When Son of Strength was younger he was sure he wanted to grow up and be a missionary, now he is quickly heading into the field of politics with a passion I have never seen in him before. Change can be good.
Next time, I will flesh this out a little more, I'll share with you some of the scriptures and goals Super Hubby uses to guide us.
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|I was a stubborn girl and resisted Christ's gift of salvation until 1991 when I accepted that I was a sinner in need of salvation. Six weeks later, I married my middle school sweetheart, Super Hubby. Diagnosed with infertility as a teenager, we were quite shocked to find that I didn't have the "stomach flu" in 1995. We now have a quiver of four. Our Son of Strength, 16, constantly amazes us as he prepares to launch out. Zealous One, 13, our only girl, is too much like me. The Son of Tenderness, 12, keeps us grounded in love for one another. And Bold One, 9, invigorates us with his youthful daring. In our 12 years of homeschooling, it seems we have tried every approach, so each year is slightly different from the rest. For the past two years we have used Ambleside Online, a Charlotte Mason curriculum as the basis of our school work. Our goal is to be deliberate parents and build a strong foundation for our children in God's ways first, and academic knowledge second. Our family is active in ministry at our local church home.|