Bless Your Child

Is your child stressed and discouraged with a subject at school? Does he display anger because of an annoying sibling at home?

Are you tired and frustrated because the child is upset and disrespectful?  Is it time for a “consequence” for that “bad attitude”?

Don’t miss this precious opportunity given to train and empower your child with Scripture promised in His Word, “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.  Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:1,2)

How do you apply this to an out-of-control child? Instead of threats or punishment, put your arm around your young struggler and sympathize with his struggles to have a better attitude, then pray a blessing that fits his  case—one like this: “Bless (name) who has been learning Holy Scriptures all (her/his) life, and that these Scriptures are making (him/her) wise unto salvation.(2 Timothy 3:15) Thank you for making ______ perfect in You.”

Or, praise God aloud for His promise for the perfect mind of Jesus in place of any self-oriented thoughts: Thank Him that “Now unto Him that is able to keep (name) from falling, and to present (him, her) faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy.”  Jude 24

One mother realized  she was confusing disobedience with frustration because her son did not handle himself one day, under stress. After applying the above principles, the next day she said, “I cannot express how grateful I am.  Every day I realize another aspect of this truth.  It changes our relationships at home and my heart every time I come beside and offer comfort, scripture, blessings, and prayer.”

By Ellen Dana

Ellen Dana the Educational Director at Moore Academy. She enjoys helping families around the world to successfully homeschool their children. She strives to carefully and responsibly continue promoting a balanced educational effort with individualized curriculum planning and surveillance of enrolled families’ practice in using the Moore Formula type of education avidly taught by the Moores.

Moore Formula Targets High Achievers

 

Ellen Dana is our guest blog author today.

Since 1983 we have been often asked “shall I hold my child back from learning?” because this child did not adhere to the picture given of a pushed and frustrated 6- or 7-year-old, clearly not able to sit down with books to struggle doing a task his brain could not encompass. Besides, he was not ready to give up his self-imposed Lego building projects. Is the Moore Formula only for the strugglers? It is for all learners! Remember, it is individualized, geared to each kind of learner.

First we must look at academic learning—all those subjects that school educators insist must be taught. We can divide them into two groups: skill subject are mainly reading, writing, math or the “three R’s”. Everything else does not demand acquiring learning skills at many levels for the student to advance to the next level. Nature study, or “science,” for example, can be emphasized and enjoyed by a 3 or 4-year-old, and may begin simply and without stress to 3 or 4-year-olds, swinging in a hammock in his own back yard! Social studies may begin with cultural studies spurred with mission stories at Sabbath School, or the continued story of Kado (used copies available on Amazon) (a great cultural story from India, or Sharna of Rocky Bay who lived a very different cultural lifestle in a fishing village. Both stories possess the added value of questions answered about the mysteries of living for Jesus.)

Moore Formula Learning at the primary level is a developmental journey where the student is not expected to have the 3 R’s pushed on him. The preparation for these subjects may go on all the time even while someone reads aloud to the student. An occasional recorded story can help when parents need a reprieve or an older sibling needs to read easy material with a reason for doing so. If you will think about the various things a true story is teaching and learn to categorize these overall learning values, it will help you view reading aloud to the little child eager to hear one more story, with a more positive attitude. Keep a chart if you must for awhile and practice checking off the various subjects that were taught that day. You might find your children may have learned reading skills (unconsciously? By all those special emphasis words you said with greater force and power) social studies, history, and Bible all in that one book.

Perhaps you and your husband took your children on a special “field trip” on Sunday to a nature preserve—today with the children, you will categorize or sequence the photos taken the day before. This is a great review and recognition of God’s organizing plan, and “test” of the names of the birds or animals seen. To the child it is simply great together time with mom and they are usually enthralled to recognize certain “critters,” again. They might even make a little book of those critters complete with copies of the photos in the right places.

So much for the majority of children who easily fall in the “late blooming” category. Now, What about that little “early reader”, eager beaver child who begins to read despite your desire to teach the Moore Formula way? Let me ask you a question; because he can read, does that mean he should read, and even encouraged to do so as long each day as possible?

Think for a minute; surely you have seen a few eager-beavers scholars in your day complete with their sturdy little glasses! Are the glasses for effect? –to announce that this is the world’s next genius? The Optometric world would have you know that the incidents of near sightedness in young children increased as school-entrance age was lowered–significantly! Why? Because these still-developing youngsters were not limited in using near-vision. Developing eyes need lots of distance vision, one reason active outdoor play is so important for growing bodies.

Let me say it again, education the Moore Formula way is simply common sense and heavenly-inspired learning. All the little children should spend lots of time working closely with mom learning to cooperate in caring for the home, letting him know how important he is as you rely on him to carry out certain tasks, and helping dad with the more manly upkeep of the home.

I know you want him to be a good student; but remember this saying, When you want to teach your child to be a diligent student, teach him to do physical work with all diligence!

Keep reading aloud—to your visually driven child, for even your eager beaver still needs to continue strengthening his auditory learning development, noticing your expression, how you read with commas, questions and period evident, plus hearing the pathos in your voice over touching scenes portrayed. Besides reading of places, other historical times, cultures, people who stood for Jesus and acted on Christian principles, the student who reads well or not at all, will both alike love arts and crafts. Keep that part of your school alive to develop fine motor skills, love of beauty, color and personal expression. Recognize those values and to log them so you really see how you have been having “school.” And know that a good art project is really a “written report,” with as much value as the 250 or 500 word, researched product. If you help them follow the theme of the stories read, so much the better, like building a wigwam when studying Indians, either outdoors or at the table with picked-up sticks, or even the same arrangement to provide a trellis for the climbing beans just planted. Include learning Bible verses, and of hymns. Faithfully lead him to Jesus when the trials overcome this inexperienced, not yet baptized young student. You will help him form habits of thought and feelings, preparing him to live happily within his future earthly home and ultimately heaven’s mansions.

Ellen Dana the Educational Director at Moore Academy. She enjoys helping families around the world to successfully homeschool their children. She strives to carefully and responsibly continue promoting a balanced educational effort with individualized curriculum planning and surveillance of enrolled families’ practice in using the Moore Formula type of education avidly taught by the Moores.

Helping People Through Code

 

Homeschooling is more than academics. It also relates to work and service. Sally Lehman is our guest blog author today. She writes about service through technology and about considerations teens have to make regarding their career paths.

I spent a lot of my late teen years trying to figure out what I wanted to do. One of the most difficult things about deciding what you want to do is that it’s unlikely you’ve had personal experience getting to do what you think you might want to do, especially if it’s something that usually requires a lot of education.

What I knew for sure, although my career choices morphed as I read and experienced new things, was always that I wanted more than anything else to reduce the suffering of others, to be a useful person to society. That is what I know would make me happy and would keep me interested and challenged, and something I could dedicate my life to.

One thing I didn’t realize about helping people, however, is that it’s not just about non-profits, more accessible medicine or education, or giving money. Technology is huge. Technology has completely changed how we interact as a society and our quality of life. Most people on this earth now have access, in some manner, to a cell phone, and thus the rest of the world. We have much quicker access to information, and a ton more of it than generations before had. We can use this information to make smarter and wiser decisions about our lives and connect with people around us. We can make information and services available to people to make their quality of life better too.

Software development and technology fields are just as legitimate, if not more, of a field that does good for society, if you choose to use the skill you develop for that purpose, because of the ability of computer programs to reach and affect billions of people at a very low cost as compared to human organzations.

Understanding how to making programs and websites that almost anyone can use is not necessarily easy, however. There are tons of different programming languages and protocols (sets of rules that programmers agree upon so that their programs can talk to each other) to know, and you have to know what language to use when, how those languages talk to each other, and how computers use those languages to talk to each other. None of it is magic – it’s just a lot of little building blocks that make up bigger blocks, those make up bigger blocks, and so on. You can understand and manipulate, and make your own programs once you spend enough time, learning enough technologies and how they fit together.

If a homeschool student is interested in using code to build something that helps people, they should focus on learning how to build their own website by googling about it, or google ‘programming languages’, pick one, and find a tutorial online that helps them learn to use the language on their own computer. What language or technology they pick matters less than immersing them in the environment. It will be hard at first, but there are lots of common patterns. Encourage them to stick with it, talk to any programmer they can find about what they are learning and doing, and they will give your child a lot of power, and the ability to do enormous good.

 

Sally graduated from Walla Walla University in 2009 with a degree engineering. While a student at WWU she co-founded a chapter of Engineers Without Borders. She says: I now work for GitHub, a social coding website known for its heavy use by people that make free and ‘open source’ software. Open source software is accessible to people without money to buy expensive programs. Because so many people volunteer on these programs, they are often as good or better than the stuff you have to pay for. Our site is a place built specifically to show, talk about, and work on your code – open source or not, with other people. Some people call us ‘Tumblr for nerds’.

Homeschooling Without Regret

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I heard a man speaking yesterday about how schools kill creativity. So much of the typical school system undermines creativity rather than nurturing it. Everything is turned upside down in importance…. the arts and creativity is usually relegated to the bottom of the stack right after science, etc… What they are actually finding is that little kids all have the capacity to be divergent thinkers…. but in studies it shows that as the children get older (more educated) that capacity deteriorates. It shouldn’t be this way.

Okay, that’s not a new concept to us old homeschoolers, probably. That’s part of why we homeschool /ed our children.  However, I think the temptation to do “school at home” and follow the pattern we’ve known is pretty strong in a lot of cases. There’s a picture in our head of what “educating” our children is suppose to look like. . . and it looks a lot like a kid sitting at a little desk studiously looking at the open book with a pencil in their right hand. Doesn’t it?

And if you don’t follow the “norms” for good solid reason, because you’ve studied the book Education, or because the Moore Formula just totally makes sense to you, it doesn’t automatically exempt you from feeling like you just might mess up your kid. Insecurities abound. Especially when one of your children still isn’t reading at age 11 and the other one at 12 and 4th grade math is such DISMAL failure you end up throwing the books out in November and skipping math altogether the rest of the year  because it’s crazy making, and well, you remember when you were 13 and homeschooled and STILL trying to learn the times tables.  The abstract concepts of grammar beyond nouns and verbs might as well be in Chinese to your kiddos. You send your little herd off to get started on their “school work” while you do the breakfast dishes and change the laundry, and get distracted by an email, (good thing they didn’t have Facebook in my day) and you come back to reality an hour later and find out they have been drawing and painting and sorting seeds. One child is found planning next year’s flower garden and has smuggled the bunnies into the rec room, while another child is missing altogether. You know she probably has the camera and is taking 6 thousand more close-up photos of that blue English cockerel crowing his head off. There’s not a book in sight. And you think, “If people ONLY KNEW!”

I was NOT a model homeschooling mom by most standards.  In my heart I believed I knew that I had the basic concepts of homeschooling right, but I was plagued with thoughts of needing to do better than I was.  Sometimes I felt guilty. Sometimes I really worried… like the year I threw out Brianna’s 4th grade math. Unlike her sisters, she was a non-conformist in so many ways. She would study ONLY that which interested her – which was everything under the sun, EXCEPT what is on the typical school menu. I would sometimes push her and I could sense I was crushing her spirit. I mean, there was a certain amount that was expected – like it or lump it, but for this child only the MINIMAL was ever accomplished. Since I did not use a canned curriculum or set program she got away with not doing very much seat work. Partly because she was too busy being creative, and because she knew I wouldn’t stop her if she were actually learning something even if it wasn’t on my agenda. She was forever painting, drawing, making, collecting. She horded things like feathers, seeds, and quail eggs. She played her violin, she had garden projects and a half dozen varieties of game birds. She always had the camera with her.

Hindsight is awesome.

It so makes me want to tell parents to chill out.

Makes me wonder now, IF I HAD MADE HER conform, if I had been one of those people who always followed a schedule and lived by the clock, etc… WOULD Brianna be who she is now? Or would she have lost some of that free-spirited, artistic, creative flair that so characterizes her whole person?

As it turns out, somewhere in her teens math was suddenly intriguing to her and that fascination stayed with her all the way through calculus and trigonometry. She finally learned to read when she was 11 years old when we figured out she had an eye tracking issue and worked through a few weeks of vision therapy .  She has discovered she loves writing a LOT and she writes often. She is a pretty unflappable and excellent public speaker. She could be an engineer, a business woman,  a farmer or a mom someday…  Interestingly, her journey to finding her career has led her to an interest in teaching and special education and she has had to grapple with “the system”. It comes as no surprise that she rejects the typical model for classroom education and leans towards cultivating a child’s strong, God-given natural intrigue of learning with a hands-on approach. She still has a wide variety of interests competing for her time and talent beyond that.

Would I have done anything different in my homeschooling  knowing what I know now?

The answer is a resounding “Yes!

Yes! I WOULD have done something differently.

I would have quit worrying, stopped feeling guilty, and given up comparing myself with other homeschooling moms.  

I would have celebrated the creativity more.   I would have rested more in the knowledge that my children’s brains were wired for learning by a Creator who has their future life and best-interest close to His heart.

This post was written by Angela Ford and republished from her blog with her permission. You can read more about Angela and her philosophy of life and education at Roots Reaching Deep.

My Passion, My Calling…

 

I started homeschooling my children for many reasons. I was inspired by the lack of education my oldest son was getting in the schools he was attending and frustrated with how much he was falling behind. I have always loved working with children and when my littles were approaching the age of formal education we decided to plunge head first into the wonderful world of homeschooling. For the first few years it was wonderful, memorable and exciting. I was giddy with creating learning opportunities for my little sponges and they were in awe of every experience. But as they got older and time went by our excitement ebbed. Life happened, trials came along, new babies, college, and burnout.  So when your life is thrown for a loop how do you keep homeschooling on track? This has been a question I have been pondering and I have come to realize that their education has dropped lower on the priority list. So many things have happened in the last few years. My mother passed away, I started back to college to finish my ECE degree, we found out we were expecting not long after and had our sweet new baby. We struggled through court proceedings for three years, trying to find justice for one of our children, all the while enduring harassment and death threats from a family member whom we trusted. So much has happened and where are we now? How strong are we and what is left of us?

We are still here! We are still a family. God has brought us through the trials with blessings! We are strong. So how does this fit into educating our children? I have realized that this is my passion and being their mother who has committed to educating them, this is my job. I’m not just playing school, I’m not just trying to avoid working outside of the house, I’m not just sitting on my couch eating bon bons while the kids stare at the TV all day. I am important. What I do with my children is important. My husband thinks so, I think so…so then why do I still worry if the world agrees? Why do I always feel like I have to defend what I do? The world tells moms that if you are not getting paid for your job, then it’s not a real job. But what could be more important…if that is what God has called you specifically to do. Now I’m not knocking any mother who works outside of the home. My mother worked full time and was amazing. I’m just coming to realize that where I am in this particular time in my life is where I need to be. So I can now give myself permission to feel important and treat this as if it were a paying job….to set a schedule and be more organized. I am a teacher, these are my students and life is good!  (this was not written in response to any negative feedback I have gotten from anyone but more for the pressure I put on myself. I really struggle with being extremely hard on myself and attempt to be supermom that has everything under control and never complains or has struggles….ha! Does that person even exist?)

So here’s to a new school year…one I am approaching with a different perspective. Yes I still have a messy house with endless chores that never seem to get done. I still am going to college full time…until I graduate Spring 2015. I still have a tiny baby…well toddler now…actually lets just say a whirling dervish that doesn’t stop moving unless she’s asleep. But I am excited…giddy in fact over our plans this year. So here’s to meaningful learning experiences, connecting with friends, family and church, focusing on the our blessings and letting God lead.

You can read more about Tamara and her homeschool experiences at her blog, Cafe’ Homeschool.