Teach Them Diligently Blog https://teachthemdiligently.net/blog by Leslie Nunnery Wed, 16 Jan 2019 10:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 6 Ways to Inspire Reluctant Writers https://teachthemdiligently.net/blog/2019/01/6-ways-to-inspire-reluctant-writers/ https://teachthemdiligently.net/blog/2019/01/6-ways-to-inspire-reluctant-writers/#respond Wed, 16 Jan 2019 10:00:00 +0000 https://teachthemdiligently.net/blog/?p=6989 For many homeschooling parents and students, writing is a difficult and dreaded subject. “If you and your child are reluctant writers, there are ways to foster this skill. 

Read  quality books aloud.
Reading aloud early and often is the best way I know to instill a love of words in your child. This daily habit is  the first step to inspire reluctant writers. There is just something about a great story. I still remember the day when my eldest daughter (who was then only 7) told me she loved our read aloud times. Her exact words were, “I can close my eyes and see the story in my mind.” I knew she was on her way to becoming a lover of books. I was not wrong. Think of ways to add read aloud times by using audio books while running errands or taking family trips. Weave academics into your day while doing life!

Give her books to read that are written by young authors.
Once your child is reading on her own, find quality books written by teens or tweens.  As they read their words and understand young people can do great things, you may ignite a writing spark. For younger writers, let them begin crafting their own stories with your help.  Let them dictate their ideas to you or an older sibling because they may think faster than they can write.

Provide a place to write.
Keep writing center tools readily available in your home. Be sure to create a comfortable space to sit and write. Provide access to writing prompts, photos, magazines with great images, or a view out the window to help your child’s creative juices flow. Allow your child to head outdoors to write if they want to. Collect fun writing implements such as colored pens and pencils, different kinds of paper, a notebook, and a journal. Encourage them to jot down any ideas that come to mind and keep them in a safe place to refer to later when they sit down to write. This practice will help them find writing interesting and exciting. They will have everything they need at hand when they’re ready to get started! Let them choose their own writing topics vs. feeling you have to assign every one from a curriculum guide.

Protect their writing time.
Most children have daily academic work and chores. Some are involved in extra activities, sports, or classes outside the home as well. Providing protected time for extra writing as desired encourages a love of writing. Whether 30 minutes a couple times a week or every evening after dinner, your allowing the time indicates their interests are equally important to you. You validate their interests while you provide time to hone their writing skills.

Read what your child writes with excitement.
Take the time to focus and truly pay attention to your child’s writings. Let them know with a smile and your full attention that you are excited to see what they have thought up this time. Nothing encourages a writer like hearing affirmation of their words. Don’t feel as though every effort is an ‘assignment’ waiting for edits and corrections. Just rejoice at your child’s spontaneous creativity and lavish praise for the work. Save some of those unedited efforts as a time capsule of your writer’s development.

Give constructive criticism IF they ask for it.
When your child completes their homeschool writing lesson, you will provide instruction and correction. With this extra, creative writing, refrain from corrections. If you see areas of improvement you need to address, work those issues into their assigned work. If your child asks you to critique their writing, it’s fine to offer advice without making it ‘schoolwork’. Most of the time, my child simply wants me to read his story and likes to discuss it with me. Perhaps we will delve into how he chose his topic, why he likes it, and more. If you are too quick to offer correction, you may not get to enjoy the privilege of these kinds of conversations.

Writing is very personal. When we share our efforts,  we are hoping to evoke an emotion, stir a reaction, and touch your life in some way. Ignore the glaring misspellings and dangling participles for now.  Simply enjoy what your child has to offer.

My daughter went from a struggling reader to a now self-published teen author. She has some amazing, God-given talent. I believe growing up in an environment where she has been encouraged in her writing has helped nurture that talent. What might your child accomplish with a bit of encouragement and a few writing tools?

Do you have some helpful tips to encourage your child to write? Please share them so we can all add to our writing toolbox!

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Middle School Encourages Independence https://teachthemdiligently.net/blog/2019/01/middle-school-encourages-independence/ https://teachthemdiligently.net/blog/2019/01/middle-school-encourages-independence/#respond Tue, 15 Jan 2019 10:00:00 +0000 https://teachthemdiligently.net/blog/?p=6817 When my boy was little I learned he had a “quality time love language”.  Naturally homeschooling was a perfect fit to fill up his love tank since we were side-by-side all day long.  All.Day.Long.

I even discovered lap-booking was perfect for the quality time child, so we did them.  However, once we started middle school he hated them.

I was still reading lesson directions oblivious to the eye rolls. I found myself putting away books and materials frustrated he didn’t help me clean up.  I was planning out his daily schedule and he would complain he hated doing math “first”. He would ask me how to cook something, and I would just lecture rather than let him try.

Middle School encourages independence.

Independence grows best with some space.  I am a slow learner.  It took me a little while to figure this out.  Our sweet time together turned into sour moods and bickering because I was unaware of his growing independence.  Truth be told, I was inadvertently stifling it.

One day I saw a picture of him on my own Instagram account that I felt the scales fall from my eyes.  He looked so big. So grown up. He didn’t look like my baby toe-head anymore.  He looked like a young man, but I was not treating him like one.

So I started off with this new independence thing all wrong.  “Go ahead and get your work done.” I told him over breakfast. No direction. No expectation. Just a flip of the hand and smile.  I was so proud of myself for being so fun.

No surprise he doodled superheroes in his math book for an hour, failed a writing assignment because he neglected to read the directions, couldn’t find his science book, and ended the day overly frustrated. We were both mad at each other.

Middle School is not high school or even college. Just give a little space a little at a time.  No one throws the keys at a young driver without a lesson in the parking lot.

You do not have to …

hover over a middle school student ~ check in often!
plan every activity ~ offer some suggestions and allow them to pick something.
read every word ~ point out where the directions are to be found.
check everything ~ allow them the opportunity to grade/edit their own work.

Successful activities of growing independence will lead to great self confidence.  

But if we constantly do the work for them we are only hurting them in the long run.  We owe that to our children!

If you have a child who is not yet mature and needs more direction, give it to them! Do not compare to what other kids their age are doing. Everyone is different with unique gifts and talents.

Keep evaluating how they are doing and give them a bit more independence or scale back if it is too much.

It is very important to know your child (and how different they are from their siblings).  Give your middle school student some space to grow into who God made them.

This article was originally published on our Homeschool Launch Blog.


 

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Many folks new to homeschooling struggle with this dilemma while adjusting to their new lifestyle. My roll as a homeschool mentor mom reminded me of this all too common and nagging issue.

I picked up the ringing phone as a new homeschooler breathlessly launched into a detailed account of how she spent every moment of the last six hours with her first grader. When she finally ran out of air, I told her to relax and take a breath. We talked about how homeschooling is a marathon not a sprint.

We discussed ways she can create a schedule that fulfills her child’s educational requirements without exhausting both of them by 3rd grade. I could hear the tension easing out of her spine and shoulders as the rapid pace of her words slowed to normal.

I’ve seen it over and over again. Moms new to homeschooling are terrified they will fail their children, fail to meet the expectations of others, and fail to live up to the best laid plans of their hearts.

We fall into the trap of thinking success grows out of having the perfect homeschool schedule. More often than not, we see another family who seems to have it all together and ask, “What is your schedule like?” We think success will follow if we fall in step with their daily patterns.

Well, here’s a thought – when is life ever flawless? If ‘normal’ adult life does not zip along without complications, we can expect that this new way of living life will have its share of complexities as well.

The rhythm of your day did not look like your best friend’s, your fellow church member’s, or  the teacher in your child’s former 3rd grade classroom before you started to homeschool. It surely won’t be any different now that you’ve begun homeschooling!

It’s okay to think about the rhythm of your own family life and craft your school day schedule around the unique needs and rhythms of your life.

Our good friend Amy, of Raising Arrows, has an idea for those of you struggling to find freedom in your homeschool schedule. After reading her post, we at Homeschool Launch know you will feel empowered to think more creatively and confidently about finding your homeschool schedule. We hope you’ll feel empowered to find your own path instead of trying to match the pace of another homeschool family.

Let us know if you use a 4-day week in your home? What led you to use that schedule? What unique way have you found to build your schedule around your family’s needs? Let us know in the comments below.

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Marriage and Parenting Go Hand In Hand– You Tube Premiere Event For Families https://teachthemdiligently.net/blog/2019/01/marriage-and-parenting-go-hand-in-hand-you-tube-premiere-event-for-families/ https://teachthemdiligently.net/blog/2019/01/marriage-and-parenting-go-hand-in-hand-you-tube-premiere-event-for-families/#respond Sat, 12 Jan 2019 16:15:28 +0000 https://teachthemdiligently.net/blog/?p=10441 We all could use a little refocusing and refreshing these days, and focusing on our core roles of spouse and parent is a great place to start. This Monday night, we are pleased to be partnering with Teach Them Diligently favorites Steve and Megan Scheibner to present a 2 hour marriage and parenting event. How we pray you will carve out some time Monday evening to join them on YouTube for this LIVE event. Click here to set a reminder on YouTube.

It’s easy to participate. Simply click the link to Youtube and watch. You can post your questions and interact with Steve and Megan in real time. This is guaranteed to be an enjoyable and helpful evening. How I hope David and I will “see” you there!

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Here is a rundown of what you can expect:

Session One: First Things First

We’ll never be better homeschoolers than we are parents, and we’ll never be better parents than we are husbands and wives! In this session we’ll lay the foundation for a flourishing homeschool, a foundation that finds its strength in a healthy and thriving marriage. Join Dr. Steve and Megan for a discussion of the 8 Rules of Communication for Successful Marriages. Learning these eight rules will transform your marriage, and will quickly begin to pour over into every other relationship, especially your relationship with your kids! Session Two: The 6 Quickest Ways to Wreck Your Homeschool No parent ever begins homeschooling hoping to hurt their family and alienate their kids, but some of the models we inadvertently follow are a recipe for just such a disaster! Whether we make decisions based on how we were raised, the urgent need of the moment, or just because it’s what “everyone else is doing,” training our kids from a faulty model will only bring about faulty results. In this session, we’ll discuss some of the most common, but ultimately harmful parenting models and how to discard them in favor of a biblical and your-familyspecific model for success! Session Three: Just Because It’s Easy Doesn’t Mean It’s Best Does it seem impossible to homeschool and still have a tidy home? Does a houseful of kids mean a houseful of stuff? Concepts like structure, routine, schedules, and planning sometimes seem like just a whole lot of work when we’re already so busy with parenting and homeschooling. In this session, Megan will share practical tools and tips she’s learned over her 23 years of homeschooling. With a little bit of planning and just a few family-practiced habits, your homeschooling day can run smoothly and with less frustration and strife. We’ll end this session with a quick demonstration of how easy it can be to start the day with a warm nutritious breakfast AND a clean kitchen at the same time! We promise… it can be done!

Session Two: The 6 Quickest Ways to Wreck Your Homeschool

No parent ever begins homeschooling hoping to hurt their family and alienate their kids, but some of the models we inadvertently follow are a recipe for just such a disaster! Whether we make decisions based on how we were raised, the urgent need of the moment, or just because it’s what “everyone else is doing,” training our kids from a faulty model will only bring about faulty results. In this session, we’ll discuss some of the most common, but ultimately harmful parenting models and how to discard them in favor of a biblical and your-familyspecific model for success!

Session Three: Just Because It’s Easy Doesn’t Mean It’s Best

Does it seem impossible to homeschool and still have a tidy home? Does a houseful of kids mean a houseful of stuff? Concepts like structure, routine, schedules, and planning sometimes seem like just a whole lot of work when we’re already so busy with parenting and homeschooling. In this session, Megan will share practical tools and tips she’s learned over her 23 years of homeschooling. With a little bit of planning and just a few family-practiced habits, your homeschooling day can run smoothly and with less frustration and strife. We’ll end this session with a quick demonstration of how easy it can be to start the day with a warm nutritious breakfast AND a clean kitchen at the same time! We promise… it can be done!

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One of sport’s greatest strategies is to play each player to his strengths. If Harry can hit well, don’t put him as catcher. If Tom can run, put him in the outfield. Let the New Year work for you by switching things up:

  • Add something new to your homeschool.
  • Do something different.
  •  Switch up the schedule.
  • Play to the strengths of being inside more.
  • Start (or join) a co-op or a book club.
  • Make tents and as a reward, let them do their school work underneath it.
  • Have a Hot Chocolate Dreaming Party next to the fireplace.
  • Plan a slumber party in the living room on a Friday night and talk about family bucket list living This term has expanded in recent years to include goals for certain time frames, such as before I grow up, etc. Kids love to feel that their contributions count and what better way to bond together as a family than to help each other fulfill dreams.
  • Maryalice Leister at MyKidsAdventures.com encourages families to write down their list so they will have options ready at a moment’s notice. Put their dreams in a jar, write them on a poster, or attach clothespins onto a bucket.

It’s true our kids would much rather be outside building a snowman than studying books. Why not play to its strengths? Study snow, measure snow, taste snow, make snow cones, snow forts, snowmen, chart weather patterns, study Alaska, Iceland, Sweden.

One of my favorite January boosts is to have a Snowman Party! We decorate the house by hanging homemade snowflakes and paper chains. We make fun snowflake stars and bake snowman treats. We invite friends over to share in the fun! Before you know it January will take on new meaning and everyone can settle happily into the New Year.

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Jan May is author of New Millennium Girl Books: Christian mid-grade novels for girls and interactive creative writing books that hook even the reluctant writers! She is also a fifteen year homeschool veteran and creative writing teacher. Jan enjoys igniting creativity in children and believes that given the right tools and encouragement, any child can write and love it! Check out her blog.

 

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Pretend it’s snowing.

Two years ago we bought several bags of crushed ice from Sonic and made snowmen. It was a great way to enjoy the (non-existent) winter weather.

Enjoy a winter edition family fun night.

Make some hot chocolate,  stick a candy cane in each one and then play some of your family’s favorite games.

If you are lucky enough to live in Florida, go to the beach and build a sandman.

You can also make sand angels and do a polar plunge all at the same time.

Go on a nature hike.

Even though you may not have your “normal” winter weather, it is still cooler than it was in the summer. In Florida, that means there are no mosquitoes! Glory be! Enjoy the outdoors and observe birds migrating through your area that you don’t normally notice. You could take a field guide and identify birds, trees and plants (that makes it a homeschool science entry in your records!) or just relax.

Build a fort.

Maybe the weather won’t cooperate with a snow fort,  but that doesn’t mean you have to nix the idea. Build a pillow fort using the couch and large blankets/tablecloths.

Go skating!

In my experience, it is hard to ice skate without ice, so here’s an alternative. Put on socks and skate around the house. If you have tile you can double this as a chance to mop and play sponge hockey in any main living space. You will be the best parent ever!

Make snowflakes.

This is really easy. All you have to do is fold a piece of paper,  cut the corners, make random small incisions and then unfold. Wala! Instant snowflake.

Just because winter isn’t 32 degrees and snowing doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy this time of year. These simple tips and tricks will bring a lot of fun for you and your family. Take a moment out of your busy week, and spend some quality time with your little munchkins.

 

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We’re right in the middle of winter, and as a result, we’re indoors…a lot. Are there creative ways to make learning fun during this season and break up the mundane for ourselves? Let’s chat about that. Bring your creative juices, because this week we’ll explore fun ideas to incorporate in our learning.

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Is it worth it? The value of Christian Education. https://teachthemdiligently.net/blog/2019/01/is-it-worth-it-the-value-of-christian-education/ https://teachthemdiligently.net/blog/2019/01/is-it-worth-it-the-value-of-christian-education/#respond Wed, 09 Jan 2019 20:54:00 +0000 https://teachthemdiligently.net/blog/?p=8987 Every semester students walk into my office and ask for financial help. The value proposition of higher education by and large is under question in many circles. Within the biblical worldview, there seem to be two competing ideas. The first is an aversion to debt. The second is a hope that we can better our lives through learning and education according to biblical principles. In today’s culture, these seem to be in conflict. Is Christian Higher Education worth it? What could possibly make this large expense valuable enough to justify the investment?

Christian Education is worth it! It can accomplish what no other form of education can – connecting a person to the soul as well as the mind. This may not speak to the outcomes-focused world we live in. The world can teach, train, and equip a student for a job. The world fails, however, to give a satisfying answer to the question of why it is important to be taught, trained and equipped for a job in the first place.

Christian Education enables a student to contribute to a cause that they are passionate about. God has designed within us a need to dedicate our lives to something that is bigger than the lives we dedicate. Revelation 12:11 says, “They overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb, and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives, even when faced with death” [NASB 95 update]. While, contextually, this talks about believers overcoming the enemy of their souls, the Devil, it is not stretching the text to point out that this verse does show us that there are causes, namely the glory and honor of God, that are worth our lives. A student may become a success in business, the arts, or athletics. They may even become prestigious as a doctor, or nurse, or as a counselor. Sadly though, if what a student dedicates her life to, does not outlast her life, how can that be seen as an investment and not merely a short-lived transaction? We have the opportunity, as Christian educators, to teach our students how to invest in the kingdom that will last for eternity. We can mobilize them to affect the eternal fate of souls.

Christian Education is worth it because Christian Education does provide a fully orbed educational gateway that propels students into opportunities that would not be available to them otherwise. Christian Education does provide for economic stability every bit as well as secular education. The Council on Christian Colleges and Universities commissioned a study in March of 2018[1] that showed, in part, that Christian Higher Education pumps over $60 billion into the national economy each year. USA Today, in an article in 2017, says, “College graduates, on average, earned 56% more than high school grads in 2015, according to data compiled by the Economic Policy Institute. That was up from 51% in 1999 and is the largest such gap in EPI’s figures dating to 1973.”[2] The article says that the pay gap between all college graduates and those without college degrees is at its widest point ever.[3] While these statistics are for all colleges, secular and Christian, they affirm the idea that students at Christian colleges are in no way at a disadvantage in the job market.

The real question to investigate is not, “What will I get for the money I pay to have a Christian Education,” it is, “What will I forfeit if I do not invest in an education from a biblical worldview?”

In short, yes, it is worth it to join with hundreds of thousands of students and families who are in Christian colleges and universities. Together, we can change the world for Him who gave His life for it!


[1] https://www.cccu.org/news-updates/new-study-reveals-economic-impact-christian-higher-ed/

[2] https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2017/01/12/pay-gap-between-college-grads-and-everyone-else-record/96493348/

[3] Ibid.

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Yes, You Should Attend a Homeschool Conference https://teachthemdiligently.net/blog/2019/01/yes-you-should-attend-a-homeschool-conference/ https://teachthemdiligently.net/blog/2019/01/yes-you-should-attend-a-homeschool-conference/#respond Wed, 09 Jan 2019 10:00:00 +0000 https://teachthemdiligently.net/blog/?p=7085 Whew! You made it through another year! Now it’s time to relax and enjoy an inspirational weekend with the whole family. There are many wonderful events planned for homeschool families this spring at state and regional homeschool conventions. Do you wonder why  you should attend a homeschool conference?

Homeschool conventions offer:

Tips for a Successful Convention Time:

  • “If you are a newbie, stay focused on your family goals. You will be flooded with information. Have fun, glean what you can, and remember there’s always next year! Meet new people; hear your favorite homeschool speaker and enjoy the homeschooling community at large.” ~Esther P.
  • If there is no program for children under twelve years of age, leave them with grandma. (Except nursing babies, of course!) This is your time to focus on what’s important for your family next year. Focused concentration is impossible with a toddler in tow who wants to touch everything they see in the vendor hall!
  • Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Pace yourself as you move through the vendor halls. The books will still be there later. To avoid exhaustion, try shopping in several smaller spurts other than one big chunk.
  • Conferences are like marathons. Take breaks, eat snacks, and buy CDs of workshops you can’t squeeze in. Remember, you still have to have energy to go back to real life when it’s over!
  • Read the convention brochure, and chart your course to maintain focus on your priorities. Be prepared when  excitement takes over. Your senses will lead you in every direction! It’s okay to work your charted course and ignore the rest calling out to you.
  • Take inventory of your school supplies before you go. Vendors selling specialty papers, markers, journals and art supplies at discounted prices may save you time and money, so knowing what you need helps save money.
  • Check to see if the conference includes a used curriculum sale!
  • Make a list of your desired items, their price, and where they are available. Make a budget. Be realistic and have a ‘cushion’ dollar amount in mind for fun surprises you can’t leave without.
  • Some vendors will send books to you in the mail at no charge. It saves hauling them around.
  • Take advantage of parcel check-ins and bring a wheeled cart for getting books to the car.
  • Write down your pressing questions. It’s okay to be transparent and vulnerable! You aren’t the only one who has those nagging questions. Another mom will benefit because you ask. Take advantage of the opportunity to ask questions during workshops, at information booths, and around lunch tables.
  • Bring your husband, grandparent, and/or pastor and his wife! You will have a great time together. They  will benefit from the window into your world. It also keeps you and your spouse on the same page. Many conventions offer pastors and their wives free admission. Some conferences offer workshops especially for ministers on how to pastor the homeschool family.
  • Pray! Ask the Lord for guidance over the conference. I’ve been amazed at the guidance He has given me in buying curriculum, meeting people who had answers to my questions, and gleaning wisdom for the following year.

Don’t miss the inspiration and refreshing available at your state and regional homeschool convention this year! You don’t need to wonder why you should attend a homeschool conference. Conventions rekindle your passion for homeschooling and strengthen you in the task of discipling your children. It’s an opportunity for a life and faith-changing adventure right at your doorstep!

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You Teach What You Know, But You Reproduce Who You Are https://teachthemdiligently.net/blog/2019/01/you-teach-what-you-know-but-you-reproduce-who-you-are/ https://teachthemdiligently.net/blog/2019/01/you-teach-what-you-know-but-you-reproduce-who-you-are/#respond Tue, 08 Jan 2019 14:58:00 +0000 https://teachthemdiligently.net/blog/?p=10404 Depending on who you ask or reference…approximately 60% to 80% of young people from Christian families are leaving the church once they graduate high school.  

Many Christian families look at these numbers with trepidation.

Some think that whether their children become a statistic or not is completely out of their control. We are all observant enough to perceive that there are a lot of big churches out there that are empty on Sundays. We notice that the church in America seems to be shrinking and not growing. Some adults have even accepted this idea of the prodigal son or daughter as being a part of growing up where we can expect children to leave the church for a time.

All of us who went to a secular college or university went through the gauntlet of a bitter professor that spent an inordinate amount of time trying to convince young Christians that there was no God. I was one of these young people that went through his teenage years in a church-going home, never believing, and fleeing the church the first opportunity I received. I didn’t believe in Christ when I arrived at college and while I was there one of these professors simply gave force to the beliefs already bouncing around my head. By college, I had already veered off the course my family preached.

I was no longer willing to check the same boxes as my family…

These larger statistics of young people leaving the church and the antidote to this trend is the answer to why we believe these events are so important.

I want to give you a quote that is foundational to the mission of Teach Them Diligently. Make no mistake, we are a homeschool convention, but we are also much more! Teach Them Diligently has a mission tied closely to the Great Commission that we believe will turn the tide of young people leaving the church.

“You teach what you know, but you reproduce who you are!”


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If you have been around Teach Them Diligently for a while (this is our 8th year producing events,) you have heard me say this from the main stage at one point or another. Keep reading because I will tie that quote into the larger mission, but first, another story connected to a good friend of ours.

Once as I was reading Family Shepherds by Voddie Baucham, I noticed how he described how separated our families are now.  He points out that a typical Christian family will send their children to a traditional school for 8 hours a day while the parents head to work. The mom and dad often get home late, and the children are generally participating in extra activities like cheerleading, sports, clubs, etc. Once everyone finally comes home, they scarcely ever eat a meal together. The children will do homework and study for tests while parents watch television or whatever.  Then, they go to church, and it is worse. They go to Sunday School separated by age and then on to children’s church. The church is filled with programs broken down by age so the families seldom worship together in the same room or even sit together. Many young children never witness their parents actively participating in worship.

Did you know that the average father or mother only spends 34 minutes per day with their children?

When I saw this, my immediate thought was that this was the answer…! This is the reason that so many of our children are running from the church when they leave the home.

In Deuteronomy 6 God gives a very direct and specific plan to the Israelites about how to pass down their faith in God to their children. He does not say create this institution or find a youth pastor or find a good school. Instead He directly instructs the parents. He tells them how and what to teach. We will unpack this a little more in an upcoming article.  However, what I want to focus on right now is that God instructs the parents to teach them.

Now, some of you are reading this and thinking that I am demonizing all schools, youth groups, and Sunday School programs. I am not!  What I am saying is that there are a lot of parents that are anxious to throw their children to churches and schools to disciple and educate them. They are outsourcing!

So many parents do not even realize that they are the ones God has directed to pass down a love and belief in the redemptive work of Christ.

Homeschooling is not a checkbox! You don’t suddenly start homeschooling and your children become smarter and more spiritual than everyone else.  At Teach Them Diligently, we are adamantly opposed to diminishing a Life with Christ to a series of checkboxes.

The truth is that our children need their parents. They need parents to invest in them and engage.

It is very possible to engage in discipling your children and still send them to public or private school. However, I do think it is harder, but definitely possible! I know a lot of children that love the Lord in public and private schools.

We (Teach Them Diligently) are advocates for homeschooling because we believe homeschooling with the intention of discipleship and equipping them to excel in this world is the best way to reproduce young people that love the Lord Jesus Christ . Additionally, we believe parents are to teach their children how to teach and mentor others. Some of you have heard me say many times that your home is your Jerusalem, and Leslie and I absolutely believe that our mission is first to those God placed in our home.

AND, if parents are to be the disciplers God meant them to be, there is one word you should remember that is incredibly important in this process. I discussed this one important word in another article you can access by clicking here.  It truly could be the most impactful thing you could ever tell your children in the day to day process of raising and equipping them, so I encourage you to take a few minutes to check it out.

We believe the antidote for the flow of young Christians out of the church and away from Christ is parents engaging and taking serious the task of discipleship God has given them.

This is the reason that you hear us talk so much about relationships at our events, and that is the reason Leslie penned the Teach Them Diligently book to talk about what the Bible has to say about discipleship-focused parenting.

Of course, we spend a lot of time talking about the academic success of homeschooling. However, there are also a lot of sessions regarding relationships in terms of parenting and marriage and even your relationship with Christ. Every year there are several that realize that they have never come to a saving knowledge of Christ. (One year, we had 8 salvation decisions in our teen program that wasn’t even programmed with that end as a goal.)

We don’t ignore teaching methods, organization, and academics. But, if you are in October and getting frustrated because your school year is not quite going the way you envisioned in August, remember that the core is discipleship. Pray over your homeschool! Ask God to forgive you for being frustrated and remember what the ultimate goal is! It will be okay! God is with you!

God will not ask you to do anything that he has not equipped you to achieve, right? You need Him, though, and that is the point.

He does not expect you to be perfect! Which brings me again to the one word you need to remember…You can read that article here!

For now,…Remember that your children need you to engage in their life with Christ and mentor them to be reproducible believers equipped to love God and to serve Him better in the future.

We at Teach Them Diligently see our mission as encouraging you to seize the role God has for you and help you proceed with greater confidence as a servant of Christ. We truly do believe that homeschooling when done Biblically will strengthen your family in Christ.

We would love to have you join us there, because we truly do believe that you need this encouragement and further equipping for the mission God has given you. Find an event near you and plan to join us now.

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That can mean only one thing. It’s time to relax and evaluate for the new year ahead.

Somehow, we have to pull ourselves back from the great holiday blitz and go on homeschooling. One of the things that helped me most was to realize it would take a little time to adjust — just like back at the beginning of the school year.  It was o.k. to take a deep breath and relax.

Reading aloud makes a cozy winter language activity.

The rhythm can create a feeling of  peaceful re-entry. Pick a book about a winter adventure or new beginnings. Introduce a series that will invite your children to read the other titles in the series, on their own time,  just for fun.

The new year is a perfect time to take inventory of what we accomplished this past semester.

Make special individual time with each child, hot chocolate in hand, and chat about what they learned academically and in real-life skills. Give each child  new journal to record their progress and write down goals for the new spring semester.

It’s a good idea for mom to create a journal too.

Include what worked and what didn’t. No matter how optimistic our beginning-of-the-year goals, failing to reach a few is okay. We learn best through trial and error. Innovation comes from failure. Did you know that Kellogg’s Corn Flakes was invented when a pan of boiled wheat was left in a baking pan overnight? Sounds like homeschooling to me!

Pray and ask God for creative ways to accomplish what you could not.

When I realized my 6th grade daughter was behind in math, I needed to be honest myself. I did not have the time to think through algebra with her. A huge weight dropped off my shoulders when I could admit she needed a tutor. Many teenagers in other homeschool families make perfect tutors. They’re happy about the income and most are open to bartering.

There are plenty of free homeschool checklists online.

Too often we want to keep pushing forward when a little evaluation can yield a better result. Checklists cover social skills, practical living skills, character qualities, and spiritual growth as well as academic milestones for each grade. I use evaluation lists to help me think through my objectives, but I implement them loosely.

Children are not wired the same and develop at different paces. If my child isn’t good at something now, I know in two to four months, he or she will catch on just fine. By backing off for a month or two, then reintroducing a concept, I found my children caught on after all.  All children have their own gifting and learn in their own way. Striving to fit them precisely into a curriculum scope and sequence will only led to tears and frustration. For you and them.

Below are a few points to help evaluate the fall semester:

  • Has your child mastered concepts he was taught in each subject?
  • What special projects did they complete?
  • What books did they read?
  • Are they growing in their extracurricular interests and skills?
  • Do children follow instructions better?
  • Are any of them moving towards self-government?
  • Are they learning to control emotions?
  • Can your preschooler or K5’er sit still longer? Pay attention longer? This was a huge accomplishment for my son!
  • Is your schedule working for you?
  • Can you work smarter and not harder anywhere? If it’s easier for the kids to do math in the morning because you are freshest, then-do it!
  • Are you doing too much? Too many outside commitments?
  • Are you doing enough? Is there a child who is bored and needs to be challenged more?
  • Could you use a mom-time of refreshment? Can you build in some necessary self-care somewhere? Don’t feel guilty!
  • How are chores going? Is it time to graduate someone to more responsibility?
  • Has Bible time been a priority or has it fallen through the cracks?
  • Can I implement hands-on activities to liven a subject up?

Most companies complete inventories. Like them, doing an evaluation can give you a good perspective of how much ground you’ve gained or where you lost ground.  Taking an inventory of your homeschool progress can help refine your focus and objectives. Above all else, you can rest easy knowing learning comes in all forms,  Homeschool children are absorbent sponges and are probably further along that you think!

For a special evaluation treat,  try a hot chocolate snowflake-float with vanilla ice cream and a peppermint stick as you relax and evaluate for the new year.

Blessing to you on your new year!


This article was originally published on our Homeschool Launch Blog.

 

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Strategies for Reading Aloud to Your Children https://teachthemdiligently.net/blog/2019/01/strategies-for-reading-aloud-to-your-children/ https://teachthemdiligently.net/blog/2019/01/strategies-for-reading-aloud-to-your-children/#respond Mon, 07 Jan 2019 10:00:00 +0000 https://teachthemdiligently.net/blog/?p=7047 Few things appeal to me more than the idea of curling up on the couch with a hot cup of coffee, a good book, and a warm, handmade afghan while snow glitters outside. The only thing more desirable in that picturesque image is my three children quietly occupied with their own books and hot chocolate.

If you have struggling readers, as I do, cozy winter read-alouds are the perfect addition to that dreamy scene.

Life rarely (ok, pretty much never) works out in picture-perfect ways. In addition to my two struggling readers, I have one busy fella that will sit still only long enough to read Lego directions.

Rather than giving up on my perfect vision, I’ve compromised a little bit. For years now, we’ve enjoyed read-alouds on winter afternoons. They are a great way to share my love of books and reading with my reading-skeptical crew.

Turns out, they love stories. They just aren’t fans of the actual practice of reading. Yet.

Here are my best tips on how to use family read-alouds to share your love of reading and good books with reluctant or struggling readers in the family.

Be Patient and Don’t Give Up.

As I said, my kiddos love stories and have plenty of patience for long books, as long as they don’t have to do the reading themselves! Our afternoon reading time can last for two hours or more.

If reading aloud is new to your family, your kiddos might only have the patience for a few pages or a chapter at a time. Stick with it daily. Their interest, and ability to follow for longer periods of time, will grow.

Use Their Comprehension Level.

This guideline is particularly important for struggling or reluctant readers. They might only be able to read Pete the Cat independently, and that’s boring! But, they can understand The Chronicles of Narnia if you’re reading it to them. Now that’s exciting stuff!

Using comprehension v.s. reading level helps them love books, expands their vocabulary, and exposes them to great writing while their independent reading skills mature.

You can easily check comprehension every few pages, or at the end of a chapter, by asking some questions. Back up and re-read as needed. Remember:  you are growing comprehension as you stretch and expand patience and attention.

Pick Good Books.

Since you’re reading aloud at a higher level than they can read themselves, you are exposing them to a wider variety of literature, writing styles, and information.

My crew loves adventure stories. I love history. So, we do a lot of historical fiction together. Fantasy adventure is another family favorite here. We take turns picking out books. We just started A Wrinkle in Time.

I can also fit in a lot of biographies if I consider these guidelines:

*Have we studied this person in school?
* Have we heard about the person on the news?
* If not, is the person around their age?
* Does the book have a narrative-style within their age & interest level?

Let Them Multi-task!

I have found our children can follow along better when their hands are as occupied as their minds. A good way to start is to read aloud while they eat lunch. We also let them build Legos, do hand sewing or stitching, color, draw/sketch/doodle, use sticker books, or other quiet activities.

I allow anything they can do without making me raise my voice to be heard. Again, by checking in every few pages or chapters you can make sure they’re following along. I’ve always been pleasantly surprised how letting them “play” while I read keeps them focused for much longer periods than if they only sit and listen.

Incorporate Non-Reading Elements!

Follow up by watching a movie adaption together. Read the Little House series and then go to a frontier museum. Read a biography and then google images of your main characters together. After reading the Viking Quest series by Lois Walfrid Johnson, we looked up Viking food recipes and had a fun cooking day. You can also go the reverse direction. Let a movie you watch or news story you hear lead you to some books on the topic.

 

Need more fun ideas to get you percolating?

*Have pajama day while you read aloud together in someone’s bed.
*Depending on your story, read by candlelight, lantern, or flashlight.
*Read outside in the woods, in a fort, or bundled up on the porch in bad weather.
*Read winter-themed or seasonal books.
*Have a special snack time while you read.
*If you have strong readers, take turns reading aloud.

What is your favorite, cozy winter read-aloud? Tell us in the comments below.

 

Authored by Tabitha Philen of Growing up Homeschooled/Meet Penny

This article was originally published on our Homeschool Launch Blog.

 

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Enjoyable, Exceptional, Free Color by Vowel Winter Pack https://teachthemdiligently.net/blog/2019/01/color-by-vowel-winter-pattern-pack/ https://teachthemdiligently.net/blog/2019/01/color-by-vowel-winter-pattern-pack/#respond Fri, 04 Jan 2019 10:00:00 +0000 https://teachthemdiligently.net/blog/?p=6671 FREE Color by Vowel Pattern Pack- Winter Theme | Teach Them DiligentlyDo you have elementary-aged kids that like to color? My oldest, when in 2nd grade especially liked it and often felt left out when I printed coloring activities for the younger three. Coloring pages for older kids that work on literacy skills are a bit tricky to find. So, I followed my son’s lead and created a Color by Vowel Pattern Pack with a winter theme.

In this pack, you’ll find seven different coloring pages that feature a vowel pattern. The first page starts with short vowel words (like rat, bug, and not) and was created for those young readers who need to work on short vowels. Each subsequent coloring page features a harder phonics skill, moving through blends, digraphs, long vowels, and other more ambiguous vowels (such as aw and oi).

Silent e Color by Word Pattern ExampleThe child uses the color key provided on each page to color the picture in by the phonics or vowel pattern. Please note that while your child might like to do all of the pages, I suggest picking the one (or two) that best fit with the developmental stage of your child. For example, if your child is working on reading words with silent e, use the sheets that feature that particular phonics skill.

Vowel Pattern Practice

The idea is to give kids practice reading words with specific phonics or word patterns. Learning to read and spell by phonics pattern is key for young readers and writers. Tons of words are spelled using the most common word/phonics patterns, like the ones I included in this printable chart, so your child will encounter these word patterns a lot when reading. For example, if a young reader can understand that the ai in rain makes the long a sound, she can look at a word like braid and figure it out by the ai pattern. Knowing the word pattern ai helps her to read AND spell the word (and most other words that contain ai).

To download this Winter-Theme Color by Vowel Pattern Pack, click HERE!

 

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First and foremost, I am a daughter of the King. I am also a homeschooling mama with four little blessings. Before having children, I was a classroom teacher, both in the private and public school setting for 6 years. I got my M.Ed. in Elementary Reading and then had my first son. I began tutoring K-5 struggling readers privately out of my home until having my first child (2012).

I did not plan on homeschooling {I actually said I’d “never” homeschool, but the Lord called me to it in 2009}. Homeschooling was a bit lonelier than I expected. So in 2010, I started blogging as a way to share ideas with other parents, teachers, and tutors.

I never dreamed that God would use my blog in so many ways. I have been able to use it as a platform for writing curricula, authoring books, creating learning apps, and speaking at homeschooling conferences and MOPS groups. Through my blog, I have shared many articles, activities and free printables.

 

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We’re here to set the record straight.

Myth #1: Your Child Will Sit In Front Of the TV All Day
Trust us, we’re the last people in the world who would want your kids glued to the TV. The reality is, Abeka Academy students watch their lessons, many of which are “interactive” in that the teachers address those students watching on video, and wait for their responses. Then they have assignments and activities to complete apart from their video lessons. Your children may practice new skills, review what they’ve learned, work on projects, show their progress to you, read to you, and more.

Myth #2: If I choose streaming video lessons, we’ll be on someone else’s schedule.
Perish the thought. It’s your homeschool, so it’s your schedule. Our streaming video lessons are the same video lessons you’ll find on our DVDs. That means you can watch them on demand, at any time day or night, as long as you’ve got access to the internet.

Myth #3: It Takes Too Much Time
For elementary school, subject lessons vary between 20 and 40 minutes, adding up to about two and a half hours per day. In middle school and high school, the lessons are around 50 minutes apiece (classes may vary), totaling around five hours daily. In other words, if your children get started around eight in the morning, they could easily be done by early afternoon, even accounting for breaks and lunchtime. Leaving you that much more time to hang out with your kids.

Myth #4: Parents Are Left Out Of Their Child’s Education
Left out?! Mom and dad are very much involved in making sure their kids are doing what they’re supposed to do, learning the lessons, mastering the skills, and progressing in their education. You listen to them read, administer tests and quizzes, grade tests, quizzes, and papers, review schoolwork with them, and more. Let there be no doubt: Abeka Academy video homeschooling IS homeschooling.

Myth #5: It Costs Too Much
According to a recent survey in Private School Review, the average elementary school tuition is over $9,200. For high schoolers, it’s over $14,000. The reality is that Abeka Academy video homeschooling is like having Christian school in your living room for a tiny fraction of the cost. Plus, you can choose the accredited option for added benefits like transcripts and a diploma for no extra cost. That’s zip, zilch, zero, nada.

Myth #6: You Have To Follow A Regular Nine-Month School Year
Ha! Tell that to the family who stretches their enrollment over the whole 12 months. Or mention it to the parents whose kids love the video lessons so much,they finish everything in six months. We only create a nine-month calendar based on your start date as a suggestion. It’s there if you want to follow it.If you choose the accredited option, the calendar will help you stay on track so your child can complete the necessary coursework within the six- to twelve-month time frame.

Myth #7: An Accredited Enrollment Is The Only Option
Nope. Not true. Accredited is just one option that we make available because of all the added benefits. (And in case you haven’t heard, the accredited option costs nothing extra.) We also offer an independent study enrollment which includes the same great videos. However, some states may require an accredited enrollment for homeschooling families, so it’s a good option to have.

Myth #8: You Have To Turn In All Your Student’s Work
First of all, you never have to submit all your student’s work. In fact, with independent study, you don’t turn in anything. What’s neat about an accredited enrollment is that parents submit some of their child’s schoolwork—like tests and papers—for Abeka to validate. It’s like having another homeschool mom double-check the work just to be safe.

Myth #9: Accredited Enrollment Means You Have To Turn In Everything By The Due Date.
Abeka Academy gives you 12 months to complete your school year. If something happens—like a family emergency, or your child needs more time—you can extend your child’s enrollment a few months for a small fee. With the accredited option dates are set for turning in certain assignments.

Myth #10: It’s Too Difficult to Keep Up With The Teacher
Let’s just pause a moment and think about this. Literally. Did you pause?Because with Abeka Academy video lessons, that’s exactly what you can do. Pause. Rewind. Watch it again. Stop and think about what’s being said. Restart the videos. You can’t do that in a regular classroom.

Myth #11: When You Use Video Lessons For Homeschool, You’re Completely On Your Own
This one is not even close to being accurate. In fact, with an Abeka Academy enrollment, you get access to an academic helpline. It’s a toll-free number you can call when your child needs a little more explanation or is having trouble with a concept. The education specialist answering your call even uses a virtual chalkboard sometimes. That’s a free app that lets you see what the specialist is writing as he or she works out a problem in real time. Pretty cool, isn’t it?
 
Myth #12: Using Videos “Restricts” Me From Doing What My Child Needs.
Reality? Only if you let it. In fact, Abeka Academy makes it possible for you to give your children exactly what they need. Does your son need to take breaks every 30 minutes? Then take breaks. Does your daughter need to stand up while watching lessons? Let her stand. Mix up the way they count, draw, write, read, etc. With Abeka Academy, you get a customized homeschool experience with lessons led by experienced master teachers.



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Asking For Help When You Feel Stuck https://teachthemdiligently.net/blog/2019/01/asking-for-help-when-you-feel-stuck/ https://teachthemdiligently.net/blog/2019/01/asking-for-help-when-you-feel-stuck/#respond Thu, 03 Jan 2019 10:00:00 +0000 https://teachthemdiligently.net/blog/?p=6856 Sometimes it’s hard to admit we may need help with our home school.

Understandably, we may be overwhelmed with a curriculum choice, lesson plan, need for organization, home school itself, or the motivation to want to teach class. It is during hard times such as these that we should ask for help. Too often, as home school parents, we feel the pressure to ‘measure up’ with other home educators whom we feel have it all together, so we don’t ask for help. We stubbornly or pridefully persist in finding our own solution; and we continue to sink, possibly getting in over our heads before reaching out. This reminds me of an experience I had, related to this observation.

It seemed like a very simple plan. We were studying a unit on biology, and I decided to take full advantage that our house fronted a lake. We’d just purchased a brand new microscope. I decided to give my children a new experience, to see a little bit of pond life and an amazing creature called the amoeba.

I explained all of this to them as I pulled on my husband’s rubber fishing boots. (Little did I now that this was mistake number one, the boots were way too big.)

Once I was ready, I walked out to the backyard with six laughing, shouting, and very excited children running ahead. (“See,” I thought to myself, “I knew I could make biology fun!”)

Stay on the Bank

Giving the kids one final encouraging warning, “STAY ON THE BANK,” I waded into the lake, specimen jar in hand, while envisioning what impact this type of hands-on experiment would have on their learning and possibly their future career choices. Then it happened. As I took my third step into the water, I felt one foot begin to sink just a tad deeper than the other. I quickly steadied myself, so as not to plunge headlong into the murky lake. But, I was in trouble. As I attempted to bring my left foot even with my right, I felt my foot coming out of the boot, so I pushed my foot back into the boot to try to put it firmly back on. (This was mistake number two – trying to force my foot back into the boot only caused it to sink deeper into the mud.)

Still undeterred, I decided to pivot on my right foot and place it evenly with the left and head another way.
Yet, to no avail, for the right foot was sliding out of that boot as well. To my horror, my big boots were stuck in the mud, and with a maneuver in either direction, I felt myself sinking.

While trying to remain calm (and trying to look cool), realizing the children were closely watching my every move, I tried to think of a plan of action that did not include yelling for my husband. I couldn’t think of one.

My feet were not going anywhere, no matter how tightly I curled my toes to try and lift the big boots up. So, now, not quite so calmly, I shouted, “Go get your dad and tell him I’m stuck in the mud out in the lake.”

Three children raced to be the first to deliver the message, and three stayed to ask if I wanted them to come in and help. Unfortunately, the tranquil learning environment I had intended had quickly turned chaotic. I saw my husband’s face as he raced out the door, and knew at once the message he’d been given might have been a bit more dramatic than necessary. The dog was barking at all the commotion, the three children who’d remained faithfully at the bank were now screaming for their father to “ hurry up” and rescue me.

To The Rescue

What a blessing my husband was, so loving and understanding of who I was. He lifted me up and pulled me out of the water, leaving the boots behind, and carried me to the bank, all the while suppressing a chuckle. He was indeed that day my hero.

We also have heroes all around us, in support groups, friends, spouses, when we feel ourselves sinking under the stresses of teaching and training our children. Yet, to have access to the greatest rescuer of them all, our heavenly Father, is the most wonderful blessing imaginable. Just as I called for my husband’s help, knowing he would come, the Father is waiting to help when we call.

Article provided by Kristine Malingowski.

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Teaching Kids about God’s Love with Engaging Bible Activity https://teachthemdiligently.net/blog/2019/01/teaching-kids-about-gods-love-with-engaging-bible-activity/ https://teachthemdiligently.net/blog/2019/01/teaching-kids-about-gods-love-with-engaging-bible-activity/#respond Wed, 02 Jan 2019 10:00:00 +0000 https://teachthemdiligently.net/blog/?p=6669 True Love Bible Search and Sort | Teach Them Diligently

Love. It’s a very popular subject any time of year. If you stopped people on the street and asked them, “What is love?”, you are sure to get a plethora of answers. But the world has a very skewed view of love. And they are very vocal about them. Just turn on the secular radio station for a couple of songs and you are sure to hear a love song, sung by someone who is just as confused as about love as everyone else.

We, as believers, know that God is the source of love. God is Love! And God’s Word also has a lot to say about love. A whole lot. Last year, my son and I did a sort and write activity with love, based solely on the passage in 1 Corinthians 13. But this year, I want to take it a step further with him. In the next couple of weeks, we will be doing a True Love Bible Search and Sort activity. Today, I want to share it with you.

cut apart the definitions of love and sort them | Teach Them Diligently

This activity will get our kids searching and reading God’s definition of true love through His Word. Included on the download are passages of Scripture for kids to read about love. Once kids have searched and read God’s Word, they cut out and read the phrases listed in the sort about love and decide if they are worldly definitions or God’s definitions. The definitions of love are then sorted on the sorting mat, provided on the free download.

My prayer is that as your child (and my child) works on this activity, God’s Word will sink into his heart. And he will be prepared to create his own definition of love, not based on the shifting definitions of this world, but on God’s Word.

Download True Love Bible Search and Sort for free.

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Encouragement and Helps For Moms As We Embark on This New Year https://teachthemdiligently.net/blog/2019/01/encouragement-and-helps-for-moms-as-we-embark-on-this-new-year/ https://teachthemdiligently.net/blog/2019/01/encouragement-and-helps-for-moms-as-we-embark-on-this-new-year/#respond Tue, 01 Jan 2019 16:02:45 +0000 https://teachthemdiligently.net/blog/?p=10327 I’ll be honest, I have been a real curmudgeon when it comes to online events. I am so committed to getting people together for fellowship and encouragement that I have been very late to the game in evaluating the benefits of online equipping and encouraging events. Through our online video meetups in the Teach Them Diligently 365 community, though, I have come to really appreciate the way we can all get together virtually to share our hearts and learn together as homeschool moms.

With this fresh new year upon us, many of us are looking for that kind of encouragement. We all want to find the foundational principles and strategies that will help us grow more in 2019 than we ever have before. I wanted to share a few things that I truly believe will be a great help to you and your family this year.

A New Year, Your Best Year 2019 Conference For Moms

This is not a Teach Them Diligently produced event, but the following is the information from their website:

You want to make 2019 the best year ever, right?! But then again, don’t you say that every year? This year CAN and will be different! Do any of these sound like you?

  • You’ve made some goals for the new year, but you’re afraid that you won’t follow through.
  • You want to be a better wife and/or mother in 2019.
  • You finally want to get your finances under control this year!
  • You want to get {and stay} healthy!
  • You want to simplify your life.
  • You want to conquer the clutter in all areas of your life.
  • You want to find a fitness plan that fits your busy lifestyle.
  • You want to be a better manager of your time.
  • You want to learn new planning techniques that will actually work for you.
  • You want to deepen your faith in 2019.
  • You want to make more time for you.
  • You want to have a more involved, cohesive family life.
  • You need some fresh meal planning ideas.

If so, then the A New Year, Your Best Year: 2019 Conference for Moms is for you! 

The price for this online conference is only $20 for lifetime access to more than 150 video workshops (I’ll be presenting 2 of them– one on praying for your children (and how that will change your life) and one on discipleship-focused parenting!)  If you register on or before January 3, though, you can secure the early bird registration rate of only $15 for the same lifetime access. This is a GREAT way to jumpstart your new year hand-in-hand with me and several Teach Them Diligently favorites– Hal and Melanie Young, Rachael Carman, Kerry Beck, Lesa Dale, and others. Click here to get  more information and to sign up for this online mom-con.

(Please note that since we are not the producers of this event, we cannot personally vouch for all the speakers or presentations. As always, we should be discerning and thinking Biblically as we listen.)

Teach Them Diligently 365

This members-only community is starting out 2019 with a serious boost in commitment and focus. If you truly want to make sure that 2019 is your best year yet, I invite you to join us there. The first three weeks of every month, there will be a video mini-workshop of sorts available to you, whether it be in the form of an interview/conversation with a Teach Them Diligently speaker or a lesson from my heart, you will find very helpful, focused content every week of the year to give you that boost that you need to rethink every area of your life and to endeavor to bring it all in line with how God’s Word tells us  to live. On the fourth week of each month, we will have an online members-only meetup. During those meetups, we’ll chat and go a little deeper into the content we have been discussing as we all mentor and learn from one another. With additional ways to connect with other like-minded moms throughout the year– and enhanced offerings at Teach Them Diligently events, joining Teach Them Diligently 365 now will give you day by day encouragements and helps to keep you focused and thriving all year long.

Click here for more information and get involved today!

Teach The Diligently Book

Finally, the Teach Them Diligently book provides a Biblical look at discipleship-focused parenting.

How I hope that as you read through the pages of this book, you will be encouraged by the fact that the fear of losing our children is not even discussed in God’s Word.   Instead, He gives us instructions on how we as their parents are to set them on the way they should go. Yes, we live in a fallen world, and sadly people act like fallen people — a lot. Were that not true, we would never see any exceptions to the inspired Proverb in which we are told to “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6). But we can take heart in that God’s perfect plan for our families is that our children will be trained well in their youth, and that when they start choosing their own way, they will continue in what they have learned. The One who knows our hearts and our children’s hearts best is the One we should trust. And it is exploring that role, in His great design for our families, that this book seeks to do.

I pray that after the last page is turned, you will walk away with a better vision for parenting your children the way God intended, with an actual game plan, and that you will have a much deeper trust in Him, confident in His ability to hold your children close as they grow. He is strong and mighty, and He loves them with an everlasting love.

No matter what resources you avail yourself of, I pray that 2019 is truly a blessed year for you and for your family. I pray that God will show Himself strong, that you will grow closer to Him day by day, and that your family will be stronger at the end than it is as we embark on this year. I look forward to getting to know many of you through TTD365 and our events this Spring. How I pray you will join us there!!
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Conquering the Challenge of Homeschooling Boys https://teachthemdiligently.net/blog/2019/01/tools-for-homeschooling-boys/ https://teachthemdiligently.net/blog/2019/01/tools-for-homeschooling-boys/#respond Tue, 01 Jan 2019 10:00:00 +0000 https://teachthemdiligently.net/blog/?p=6926 Dragon Slayers

Boys are conquerors by nature! Ask any mom who has one. If they aren’t jumping off the furniture they’re slaying pretend dragons. It flabbergasts us women but it’s best to heed the wisdom of dads, “Leave them alone, they are learning to be men!”

After further research I discovered how in utero a male child experiences a chemical wash over the right side of his brain, causing it to shrink. This alteration forces males to act more left brained, think logically and act physically. All perfect for hunting, conquering and producing! But not as easy to multitask as us woman, who can do five things at once. I’m sure a great design from our heavenly Father so we could raise children and cook at the same time!

Learning for Boys

A light bulb went off in my head. I would need to approach homeschooling my son differently than my daughter. He would learn all the same things, but in a different way.

I gave my son as many hands on learning experiences that I could find. We took walks and found bird nests, made salt relief maps, prepared biscuits and stew from the Oregon Trail, hatched chicken eggs, raised baby ducklings, made our own flashcards, went on field trips, discovered caves, drew birds, planted gardens and the list goes on!

During sit down book times if he needed to get up and move around I was lenient. If he spilled his milk three times a day, I was patient.

Sometimes when we think our sons are being difficult we need to remember these limitations! I told my son about what I had discovered. He was relieved! He would remind me many times, “Mom you gave me three things to do at once and are overwhelming me. I only think with one side of my brain!”

The revelation was a godsend. My son is brilliant! He went on to become an honors student in college and won scholarships. Thankfully I found out early on that I needed to be tender to his God-created maleness and it has made all the difference!

A couple of hand-on curriculum I have found boys love:

Spies of the Revolutionary War Writing Unit and Lapbook

Each writing exercise uses visual, auditory, or hands-on projects sure to engage every type of learner. Make a battle drum, create your own secret code, or memorize parts of a famous speech. Develop a spy character and write about it! Even the reluctant writer will dive into the writing pool!

Warfare by Duct Tape

Bring Ancient History to Life! Re-enact history, defend honor, vanquish the enemy and take dominion… or just plain have fun! Warfare by Duct Tape specializes in books that teach you how to create your own historically based duct tape weapons, armor and costumes.

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God Has Big Plans For You! https://teachthemdiligently.net/blog/2018/12/god-has-big-plans-for-you/ https://teachthemdiligently.net/blog/2018/12/god-has-big-plans-for-you/#respond Mon, 31 Dec 2018 10:00:25 +0000 http://teachthemdiligently.net/blog/?p=6307 Have you ever felt like God wanted you to step out and do something? Have you felt His hand clearly resting on you and directing your thoughts in ways that you would have never imagined for yourself? Were you a little scared at the thought of it all?

God wants us to do big things for Him.

Isn’t that amazing? The God of the Universe, Who could accomplish His will in whatever way He chose, chooses to use poor, sinful people who in themselves have little to offer Him. He chooses to work in His children who are willing to look at Him with open hearts and hands saying “use me in whatever way you see fit.” Wow. What a privilege and honor to be able to serve the King of Kings!

Many years ago, God called our family to do some things we absolutely never saw coming. He asked my husband to quit his job to run a mission agency called Worldwide Tentmakers. The call was so clear, that even taking the step of faith to quit seemed easy. Within a month after that, God again clearly called us to take another step. It has been this step that has had the most impact on our lives in the last 7 years.

Teach Them Diligently Began

God called us to try to reach His families and encourage them to disciple their children and to equip them with great resources for parenting and home education and their own Christian walk.  We started Teach Them Diligently Convention that same month. Having no idea what to expect (or honestly exactly what we were doing,) we set out to serve. We laid every element of the event before the throne of God and asked Him to lead and direct our choices. We prayed that He would bring in the families that needed encouragement and revival– and HE did. He brought in so many that first year that I was afraid the fire marshal would come after us for overcrowding of the facility.  He has continued to bless the work of our hands, and this year we are producing four Teach Them Diligently events with the prayer of reaching even more families onsite.

The journey God has led us on has been treacherous at times. I am glad God didn’t give us a full view of what was ahead when we started out, for I fear we would not have had the faith to make the trek. Through each day, each trial, each joy, each victory– God has been right there with us. We have been brought to our knees. We have been humbled. We have been able to see just how great is our God over and over again. I wouldn’t trade it for all the world (although my flesh has thought otherwise from time to time.)

How about you?

Has God called you to step out in faith and do something higher and greater for Him? Perhaps that call involves home education and laying a strong and sure foundation in the faith for the next generation. Perhaps He has given you a vision for service in your church or community. Perhaps He has given you words to write or speak. Are you moving forward in that call?

In the days and months ahead, I look forward to getting to know you all more as we explore how to deepen our relationship with Him through the great privilege of communing with Him in prayer and serving Him wholeheartedly in our homes and around the globe. It is my sincere hope and prayer that God will bring us all together next spring at one of the Teach Them Diligently events, so we can share our stories of His faithfulness and encourage one another through the amazing fellowship found when a whole bunch of homeschool mamas get together.

In the meantime, really ask God if He wants YOU to take a big step for Him. Trust Him enough to take that step of faith. Can you imagine what He would do with a mobilized force of believers who are willing to take big steps of service?  WOW! How I pray we see that day!

This article was originally published on our Homeschool Launch Blog.

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Incredible Resource To Help You Teach Your Children Stewardship and Money Management https://teachthemdiligently.net/blog/2018/12/incredible-resource-to-help-you-teach-your-children-stewardship-and-money-management/ https://teachthemdiligently.net/blog/2018/12/incredible-resource-to-help-you-teach-your-children-stewardship-and-money-management/#respond Thu, 27 Dec 2018 18:49:38 +0000 https://teachthemdiligently.net/blog/?p=9994 Over the last several months, we have been talking about our brand new, totally free  Homeschool Financial Counselor.  In addition to a free Roadmap to help you plot your approach to teaching financial literacy to your children, we have also published quite a few articles, produced live informational and instructional videos, and more from the team at Evangelical Christian Credit Union (ECCU).  As a mom (and a homeschool teacher,) I believe these resources are incredibly important for preparing our children to be good stewards of the good things God has given them and to prepare themselves to be usable no matter what He calls them to do. Carrying loads of debt, not managing resources wisely, etc., can be devastating when one is trying to follow God’s will for their lives. We don’t want our children to be strapped with that!!

Ready to find out more?  Download that road map today, sign up for our homeschool financial counselor program,  and check out these past blogs and videos for great tips:

Teaching Your Kids Stewardship (When you’re not good with money)

What You Need to Train Young Kids About Money

Tips for Teaching Kids to Manage God’s Resources

Giving Kids a Debit Card can be a Good Investment

Teach Your Kids to Succeed Financially: Video

TTD Financial Flying Start eBook – This is a transcript of an interview between Teach Them Diligently and ECCU.

Then, be sure to join us onsite at Teach Them Diligently events, where you can meet face to face with our homeschool financial counselor team.

Read on for more about ECCU and what they do to fuel a Christ-centered ministry worldwide!

ECCU Start Young Finances

Positive change from a biblical approach to banking:

At ECCU, your money does more than grow, it’s on a mission to change the world.

ECCU is a credit union for you, your family, your ministry and your church. We are a cooperative of Evangelical Christian individuals and organizations sharing our resources to grow and support ministry.

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Recently as I pondered these thoughts I wondered if how we attempt to do this is really an effective strategy. Am I teaching my kids to stand up for Jesus or stand apart?

Standing Up for Jesus

Standing up for Jesus means sharing my faith when it is not the popular thing to do. For me that means inviting people of different faiths into my home and sharing truth from God’s Word. It means not being afraid of those different from me and being willing to show the love of Jesus to those in need. It means letting go of the critical spirit that so easily besets those of the Christian faith and reaching out to the world in need.

I grew up completely surrounded by those of a faith just like mine. It wasn’t hard to stand up for Jesus in that environment. I learned to be comfortable and I spoke with all the Christian lingo of my friends. I was a good girl who followed in the faith of my fathers. There came a day, however, when I had to make my faith my own. I began to take ownership of my faith and realized the joy of my salvation. I wanted to share that with others. I spent time doing short-term missions. I was exposed to those in need in a great way by those trips.

When I came home, I saw the world through different eyes. I was no longer content to stay in my little circle and reach out to only those like me. I saw the sadness in the eyes of those I passed in the street. I was more aware of “divine appointments” or opportunities that God brought into my life to share his love with others.

 

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Standing Apart

My definition of standing apart in this context is to reject a spirit of pride and haughtiness and not convey to my kids that we have all the answers and those that are not living, doing or acting as we do are in the wrong. I teach my kids that there are moral standards that we should follow and I am purposing to take them to the Scriptures when we have questions about right and wrong: however, I want them to see others who are different from them through eyes of love rather than judgement. Can we see the victims of abuse through the eyes of Jesus? Can we see the homeless through the eyes of Jesus? Can we see the addict through the eyes of Jesus? Can we see the friend who is bitter and out of church through the eyes of Jesus? Jesus sought out sinners to dine with them.

 

On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners. Mark 2:17 (NIV)

 

I found that the early years of child rearing were tough and some days I was living on flare prayers. “Jesus help me!”, I would cry as I went about wiping runny noses, cleaning up potty messes and mending scraped knees. I spent my time teaching the kids Christian values by sharing truth with them from the Bible.

Now as my eldest is entering middle school, I am starting to see the transfer of faith and how important it is for me to live out my faith by example. It is no longer enough for me to tell my kids we need to love like Jesus because the Bible says so. They need to see me loving like Jesus loved.

We need to serve in the soup kitchen together. We need to do missions as a family. They need to see us give as a family. They need to see mom and dad participate in missions. They need to be beside us on their knees crying out for the salvation of our loved ones.

Am I teaching my kids to stand apart in judgement or join in the work with a heart of love toward those that are different? I want to join with Fanny Crosby and make the lyrics of this old hymn Rescue the Perishing my heart’s cry:

 

  • Rescue the perishing, care for the dying,
    Snatch them in pity from sin and the grave;
    Weep o’er the erring one, lift up the fallen,
    Tell them of Jesus, the mighty to save.
  • Refrain:
    Rescue the perishing, care for the dying,
    Jesus is merciful, Jesus will save.
  • Though they are slighting Him, still He is waiting,
    Waiting the penitent child to receive;
    Plead with them earnestly, plead with them gently;
    He will forgive if they only believe.
  • Down in the human heart, crushed by the tempter,
    Feelings lie buried that grace can restore;
    Touched by a loving heart, wakened by kindness,
    Chords that were broken will vibrate once more.
  • Rescue the perishing, duty demands it;
    Strength for thy labor the Lord will provide;
    Back to the narrow way patiently win them;
    Tell the poor wand’rer a Savior has died.

1869 – Public Domain

 

Let’s teach our kids by example to put away pride and haughtiness and be about our Father’s business. Let’s not get so caught up in standing apart from sin that we neglect the sinner in need of a Savior. Let’s look for opportunities to teach our kids to stand up for the faith and reach out to a world in need with a heart of love and compassion, while holding firm to our convictions and beliefs.

 

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV)

 

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Jennifer Allen is a homeschool graduate, wife to her soulmate David (who also contributes to the blog), homeschooling mom, registered nurse, AWANA teacher, pianist, reader and lifelong learner. She can be found on her little corner of the web at conversaving.com.

 

This article was originally published on our Homeschool Launch Blog.

 

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Timely Tips for Surviving the Winter Homeschool Blues https://teachthemdiligently.net/blog/2018/12/survive-winter-homeschool-blues/ https://teachthemdiligently.net/blog/2018/12/survive-winter-homeschool-blues/#respond Fri, 21 Dec 2018 10:00:00 +0000 https://teachthemdiligently.net/blog/?p=7018 The holidays are almost over, and today is the first day of winter.  Schoolwork and school days seem to extend farther into the future than you can see. The days ahead seem like they are dragging on for what seems forever. That’s when you need  tips for surviving the winter homeschool blues.

Sometimes it is good to take a break from routine and do some winter activities that are different from the norm:  hands-on and imaginative.

Take a Walk

On a nice cold day, put the books to the side, bundle everyone up, and go outside for a walk. This activity is great for any age student. At the beginning of the walk, ask the children to find 3 items that represent winter. If they are small, allow the kids to pick up the items, such as acorns, and bring them home. If they are large, use your phone to capture them in pictures .

Once the walk is over, have the students empty their pockets and look at the pictures. Discuss their finds.


Other Winter Nature Activities:

Snowflake Unit Study

Hibernation Unit Study

Studying Trees in the Winter

Preschool: Winter Salt Tray

Indoor Activities for Preschoolers

Snowman Activities for Kids

The Science of Snow

Arctic Mini-World

Nature Study Ideas for January

23 Ice Crafts, Activities, and DIY Decorations for Winter Fun

20 Winter Science Activities

Winter Lacing Cards

Coffee Filter Snowflakes

Oil Pastel Winter Tree Art Project

Snowball Paint Art

Snowman Art for Preschoolers

7 Indoor Activities for Toddlers

Holiday Activities Jar

Winter Activities

Pine Branch Printing

Igloo Craft

Puffy Paint Snowman

Snow Slime Recipe

Winter Playdough

Crystallized Snowflakes

MORE Winter Activities…..

Surviving the Winters Blues with Something Yummy

You know all of those cookbooks you have on the shelf? Give each of your students a cookbook,  and ask them to find one new recipe to try. As they pour over the pages, talk about different ingredients, types of foods, ways to cook, and measurement. Once they have chosen their recipes, see what items you need to buy at the grocery store.

Have each child write a list and be responsible for finding each item. Plan a special evening with the family and create each recipe. Get out the table cloth and candles. It might be the strangest, and most fun, meal you’ve ever eaten!

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Surviving the Winter Blues With Printables

Because we school at home, we have the option to do fun activities that teach great content. Whether you have tiny tots, elementary kids, or middle schoolers, you can find fun printables that can help spruce up the dull grey days of winter.

Winter Time Fun Pack

Winter Time Math Activity Pack

Winter Learning Fun with Lapbooks

Winter Printables

Do You Want to Build a Snowman? Sequencing

Snowflake Counting

Winter ABC Sorting Cards

Winter Spelling Mats

So You Want to Make a Snowglobe?

Number Word Worksheets – Hot Cocoa!

Arctic and Antarctic Unit Ideas

Winter Counting Mats

Snowman Activities for Preschoolers

Winter Charades Printable

Comparing Numbers: Ping Pong Ball Toss

Winter Word Search Printable

Round Up of Winter Printables

Snowman Dot Printables

Penguin Dot Printables

Penguin Sudoku Printables

Winter Printable Pack

Winter Adult Coloring Pages

In the Bleak Mid-Winter Printable Pack

Suriving the Winter Blues at the Library

A change of scenery can make all the difference. Take the schoolbooks, drive to your local library, and find a nice corner. If your library is like mine, you have computers at your disposal, as well as, all kind of wonderful books. As your students finish their schoolwork, allow them to choose books and find a fun game on the computer to play.

Ice Skating Books

Snowman Picture Books

Do You Want to Dress a Penguin?

All You Need for a Snowman

20 Books About Arctic Animals

100 Winter Books Recommended by Moms

Winter and Snowman Books

Warm Winter Reads (Kids and Teens)

Books About Snow

Winter can be cold, dreary, and slow. But if you tweak your schedule just a bit, spring will seem as though it is  right around the corner! We hope you enjoy our tips for surviving the winter homeschool blues!

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Anne Marie has a Masters Degree in Education with a focus on Christian Education. She is the author of the blog Future.Flying.Saucers. Anne Marie has a passion for biblically equipping parents and teachers so children can fly for Jesus. On Wednesday nights you will find her teaching Biblical concepts to Awana clubs at her church. All of her Awana and Bible lessons can be found on her blog. You can connect with her on Facebook and Pinterest.

This article was originally published on our Homeschool Launch Blog.

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At its core, that’s the whole point of our first ever Homeschool Family Favorites Poll. We want to hear from YOU about what curriculums and resources have worked best for your family through the years, so we can put together a resource that we hope will become an incredibly valuable, regularly updated, absolutely essential book of lists for homeschool families. (You can be on the lookout for the finished product early in 2019!!)—>

We’re going to take all the information we collect through this survey to create a comprehensive resource for homeschooling families cataloging the best curriculum and resources available for every subject and every grade level. The modern homeschooler has so much material to choose from that it is simply overwhelming! We want to help by cutting through all of the “noise” and organizing our choices in a much clearer, more user-friendly way.

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PS– There are no wrong answers! David and I worked for HOURS to pull together as many options as we could, but we probably missed some. Feel free to mark as many resources as you want to vote for in each section (we all have kiddos who excel with different curriculums than their siblings, I’m sure!) and write in any that we missed, so we improve the survey for next year and make sure your favorites are included in our book when it publishes.

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Abeka Academy alleviates the stress of planning and teaching every lesson. By relying on our skilled teachers, you’ll never have to worry if your child is getting the best education possible. You even have the option to choose from video lessons by subject (Grades 7-12) or full-grade enrollment. Built with the understanding that it’s not always possible for you to teach your child everything, our video homeschooling takes the pressure off. Abeka Academy has the option of accreditation and all of our courses are college preparatory level. Your child will receive a report card every nine weeks and will have transcripts to send to colleges to showcase their academic success. You’ll no longer have to wonder if your child is ready to take on college. They’ll be more than ready.

 

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There are really only a few things you can do with your money.

You can spend it.  You can save it.  You can give it away. You could throw it away on the lottery, but that would come under foolish ways to spend.  Finally, you can invest it.

The last – investing – can greatly affect how much we all spend, save or give away.

In David McCullough’s biography of the Wright Brothers, who built and flew the first airplane in 1903, the author relates that Orville and Wilbur became rich from their remarkable invention.  Instead of becoming avaricious or prideful, they tried to model stewardship taught to them by their father, Bishop Milton Wright.

Orville liked to say they were “well-to-do” rather than “wealthy,” and often quoted his father: “All the money anyone needs is just enough to prevent one from being a burden to others.”[1]

That’s fine as far as it goes.  But wouldn’t it be even better to have more than enough for one’s own needs in order to have enough to be a blessing to others?  The bishop would no doubt agree, and was just warning against greed.

Complacency Is not a Virtue

Jesus Himself cautioned against the folly of being content to sit on cash or any bounty from God without putting it to good use.

In the Parable of the Talents (a form of money in Jesus’s time) He praises two servants who invest their master’s money and reap dividends, but sharply rebukes a third servant who merely hid the money he was given and so there was no increase.

In Matthew 25: 25, the third servant desperately tries to explain: “And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’

26 “But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. 27 So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. 28 Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents.

29 ‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away.’”

While reassuring us of providence (And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” Philippians 4:19), the Bible gives ample advice about managing our wealth.

The Book of Proverbs comes down hard on laziness.

Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise, Which, having no captain, Overseer or ruler, Provides her supplies in the summer, And gathers her food in the harvest.” (Proverbs 6: 6-8)

Prepare your outside work, Make it fit for yourself in the field; And afterward build your house.” (Proverbs 24:27)

Financially speaking, this means making wise investments with our time and money before spending what we have on non-essentials.

Teaching them Young

It’s almost never too early to teach children to truly value money and understand that there are ways to save it, increase it and not spend it foolishly.

Children can be given jobs or allowance and asked to place the proceeds into four jars – one for tithing, one for saving, one for investing and one for spending.  They can set a goal to buy something they want, and learn about budgeting while they see progress toward their goal as the jars fill.

Ambitious older kids can operate lemonade stands or sell cookies that they paid for themselves so they can learn profit and loss.  For older children, purchase of a share or two of stock that they can check regularly helps them understand the power of investing but also its risks. For teens, opening a checking account and obtaining a card with a tight credit limit can teach money management.

An Eternal Perspective

The whole idea of investing is to increase our money.  But it can also be a way to impact the marketplace with our values, and our place in eternity.

Many well-known corporations and stock funds profit from people’s propensity for sin.  They trade in pornography, abortion, gambling, anti-family entertainment, tobacco and alcohol, immoral lifestyles, and some even aid and abet human oppression, human trafficking, slave labor, terrorism and Christian persecution.  Others are characterized by greedy management that treats its employees and even its stockholders badly.

You don’t have to be a Christian to want to invest your money in companies that make the world a better place.  But Christians and Jews have the added insight through the Scriptures that all of our money belongs to God, not just the amount we tithe.  So, it’s not unreasonable to take responsibility for how our money is used in the marketplace, including investing.

Until fairly recently, Christians did not have a way to differentiate investments or choose financial advisors who would avoid profiting from companies that promote moral corruption.

The Rise of BRI

Biblically Responsible Investing (BRI) began in 1992 when pro-life activist and financial expert Art Ally sought to assist churches in providing Biblically sound retirement resources for pastors.

Two years later, in April 1994, Art founded Timothy Plan, named after two verses in I Timothy that Art’s wife Bonnie thought best defined the fund’s purpose:

5:8:  But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

22:  Do not lay hands suddenly on anyone, and do not partake of other men’s sins.  Keep yourself pure.

Biblically Responsible Investing means putting money into stocks or mutual funds that do not profit from promoting or peddling sin.

In addition to the Timothy Plan, there are a variety of other BRI-centered investing firms.  More information can be found at the Christian Investment Forum.[2]

Nearly $16 trillion is invested in mutual funds.[3]  About 68 percent of that is held by Christians, as well as 41 percent of all money invested in securities.[4]

Imagine the impact on society if more people conscientiously put their money where their values are.

[1] Quoted in David McCullough, “The Wright Brothers” (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2015), p. 259.
[2] Christian Investment Forum website, About Us, at: https://christianinvestmentforum.org/about-us/members/
[3] 2015 Investment Company Fact Book, 55th Edition, Investment Company Institute, Washington, D.C. (www.ici.org)
[4] 2014 Religious Landscape Study, conducted June 4-Sept. 30, 2014. Pew Research Center (www.pewforum.org).

Robert Knight

 

Robert Knight is an author and Communications Advisor for Timothy Partners.  Some of this material was drawn from a curriculum from the Timothy Plan for family economics called “Stewardship:  God’s Plan for Financial Success.”

Written by Timothy Plan founder Art Ally, the 112-page workbook, which, along with brief video segments of a couple discussing their income and giving, offers a Gods-eye view of money, investing, giving and cultural impact.  Learn more at timothyplan.com.

 

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