Whew! Welcome to Day 7 of our Homeschooling Enrichment series. So far we’ve been getting our own hearts right before the Lord. Today we’re going to talk about getting our kids in the Word so that they can understand why we do what we do!
Do your kids see you reading your bible?
One of the things I try to do is have my own ‘quiet’ time with God. Considering we have 4 kids this is very difficult to do, and if it doesn’t happen first thing in the morning, the next chance I’ll have is late at night.
A friend once asked me why I don’t do it in the middle of the day? I immediately replied “Because my kids would distract me!” And while this is entirely true, I think my perspective was all wrong. It is important for my kids to see me spending time with God. Otherwise all the babbling I’ve been doing thus far about how it’s important to follow God’s rules is just invalidated by my actions.
It is my heart to teach my kids that God comes first. I also want them to understand what it means to give Him our first fruits.
I want to make it a priority to start our school day spending time in prayer and His Word. How can I do this if I myself am not following my own example? I think in legal terms that’s called being a hypocrite.
Now start each day with prayer followed by whatever bible study we are doing for the week. This doesn’t need to be overly complicated and I encourage you to let the Holy Spirit work in your homeschooling. We do lessons from a Bible curriculum (Right now we use Nest Learning DVD’s, and Abeka Bible Series), sometimes we take a week to focus on some character training, and sometimes it can be as simple as reading from the Word.
“So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11
I recently added the Tommy Nelson Read and Share Bible into my preschool workboxes. I find it so interesting how God’s Word appeals to children. This is by FAR my daughter’s favorite workbox of each day. She sits in my lap and we read through as many stories as we have time for. Without fail, the older kids and even the Teeny Tot start gathering around as I read. Slowly, one by one, they appear on one side or the other until all 4 of my children are snuggled up around me listening to the stories.
At first my schedule told me, “get those kids back to work!”, but my heart (and I believe God’s heart) said “let them stay.” Now I do my best to avoid my fleshly desire to finish school at a specified time and instead allow my children to gather around for some quality time together as I share God’s sweet Word.
Take some time out during your homeschooling day for quite time with God. Have your older children do their own Bible time, while you read to the younger ones.
Also, start to pay attention to your time. There will almost always be 1 moment during the day when you have a small breather, even if it is only 5 minutes. Why not spend this time in the Word?
Here are some great bible teaching resources that you can use to enrich your child’s heart and fill them up to over flowing!
- Character Studies by Confessions
- Nest Family Bible and Hero Series DVD’s
- Hands On Bible
- Tommy Nelson Read and Share Bible
- Kay Arthur Bible Studies for Kids
- Adventure Bible for Young Readers
And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8
Stick around tomorrow for Day 8 of Homeschooling Enrichment where we’ll be talking about Homeschool Curriculum!
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