In Back-to-School, Part I, we
examined a principled definition of education and realized that most of us are
not really equipped to teach our children due to our flawed education; we are
likely, rather, to perpetuate that to which we are accustomed. We were left with this thought:
So, am I hopelessly unable to truly
educate my His children?
is in the business of renewal, restoration, and redemption, and He has given us
His Spirit. You are His child and He intends to enlighten your
understanding, correct your temper, and form your manners and habits, and fit you
for usefulness in the Divine mandate of educating of His children—of perfecting
the saints, and He will re-educate you and allow you the blessing of hard work
to do it!
Okay. I get it. What must I do for my own re-education?
You will begin a journey of three
simple—but not easy—steps. Here they are:
STEP ONE: Learn the Methods of Christian Scholarship
STEP TWO: Use the Methods to Establish a Basis—A Foundation of a Christian Philosophy
(Worldview) of Education
These two steps may take three years or even more. But every step begins with just that, a step. And every journey is accomplished one step at a time in the right direction— toward the goal.
STEP THREE: Build Your Learning and Teaching of the School Subjects on this Firm
Foundation. Begin with Christian History and Government.
This step takes a lifetime, but you'll be able to begin even while moving forward in Steps 1 &2. There are many publications available that provide models of research, reasoning, and relating that you'll be able to use for your own learning and with your children. Don't worry.
God will see to it that you and the children He has entrusted to you are provided for
and prepared for His purposes.
all of us, you must be intentional about your own re-education. You must invest time, hard work, and
resources for your own studies—to have your understanding enlightened, your
mind transformed. The principle is
cannot give what you do not own; it is not yours to give. And, remember, it is good that a student is
as his teacher—that he become what you are! (Matthew 10:24, 25)
Wait a minute! Three years . . . a Lifetime!
"I have children to teach tomorrow! I don’t have this kind of time!”
one thing that God has given the same amount of to everyone is time, at least
on a daily basis. We all have
twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, twelve months a year. Granted the days of our lives are
numbered. What will you do with yours?
tyranny of the urgent almost always tempts us to choose expediency over the
excellence and right-away over just plain right.
Part of the agenda of progressive education has been rendering the
family insufficient and inefficient in its ability to teach the next
generation. Reflect on Webster’s
definition of ‘education’ and on Miss Slater’s challenge. From what basis will you "teach” tomorrow? If it is not from the firm foundation of God’s
Word illuminating His principles, then it is progressive in nature—it is conformed
to this world (even if Bible verses appear on the worksheets).
Holy Scriptures caution us, "If the foundations be destroyed, what can the
righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3) And, "Except the Lord build the house, they labor
in vain that build it.” (Psalm 127:1) We
are also supplied with this principle of cause to effect, "Keep thy heart with
all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life.” (Proverbs 4:23) So,
again, from what foundation will you teach tomorrow? Anything ‘instructed’ and ‘constructed’ on a
shaky foundation will eventually crumble and fall. What do you truly understand about God’s
purposes, ways, and means of education?
This must be your firm foundation.
can suggest ways to "do” schooling with your children for a season while you
are also learning and growing in His wisdom.
We can help you see ways to begin using what you are learning with your
children. But we cannot give you a pass
on this essential FIRST STEP. You must
have a firm foundation that will endure through hardships, issues, feelings,
and circumstances. You must become the living textbook—the producer of a
Christian curriculum. Don’t worry. It’s not about publishing textbooks. It’s about the mastery you will gain and be
able to give as you Research,
and Record to see the very Hand
and Heart of God in all subjects.
Okay. I see that this will be a WORTHY INVESTMENT
of TIME, EFFORT, and RESOURCES.
How do I get started?
GET CONNECTED! (This is just
another way of saying Relate as in Relationships)
connected to God.
connected to Others.
connected to Ideas of Consequence.
connected to God. You probably already have a relationship with
Christ and, hopefully, a steady life of feeding on His Word, prayer,
fellowship, and devotion. But if you’re still
reading this, you’ve got the vision for the Principle Approach in your home
education, and you see the reality of the good work ahead, and you’re very
probably feeling overwhelmed. Those are all indications that you need to
plug in and supercharge! You need to
lean into your faith, dig into the Word—meditate on it, pray for enlightenment
and endurance, and seek the fellowship of His people called according to His
purpose. This is where the next
connection comes in:
connected to Others,
not just any others, but others who share the vital force of internal
principles and convictions. This doesn’t
mean you abandon the networks, community, and family God has provided, but it
does mean expanding that sphere to include those who can walk with you and
share with you in this mission of homeschooling using the Principle
Approach. Get connected to others by
joining in The Principle Approach Commonwealth CommUNITY and participating in
the exchange of ideas in the blogs and forums. You can also connect to other
members who share particular circumstances or situations and message them
addition, you can join a Lamad (Hebrew for ‘teach’) Guided Study Group to meet
regularly (and perhaps virtually) with like-minded parents to learn under the direction of an
experienced Principle Approach study leader. Joining a study
group is a great way to gain access to all online training along with the support
needed to realize the most benefit from them.
You’ll also find that sharing testimonies will
inspire you. Contact Connie Moody at the
Foundation for more information.
fact is that the feeling of being overwhelmed will confront you daily (if not
more frequently) like the waves of God’s ocean. Getting connected to others will support and
encourage you to not grow weary or faint but to wait on the Lord and persist in
His power and strength.
connected to Ideas of Consequence.
Hmmm, sounds impressive, but what does this mean? Simply put, this means considering,
pondering, and studying ideas (internal thoughts) that have consequence
(external and eternal impact). In this
case, this means gaining a Biblical worldview (philosophy) of Christian
scholarship and education and then applying this to your study of the school
subjects first as a learner, then as a teacher guiding the next generation of
learners (who will then become teachers).
have developed and organized lots of resources, courses and study guides for enlightening
your understanding, correcting your temper, forming your manners and habits,
and fitting you to learn and teach using the Principle Approach. These are available to you through the
Principle Approach Commonwealth CommUNITY—the FREE online resource library and
community of like-minded folks. As a
member of the CommUNITY, you can examine resources or enroll in courses
independently or as part of a study group—whichever best suits your learning
style and personal situation. The
imperative is to have your mind transformed by the renewing of your ideas about
education, teaching and learning, and the principles of the school subjects at
essential beginning studies available through our online Training Series are The Noah Plan® Self-Directed Study (The SDS is available
in soft-bound book, download, or online course format; see informational flyer attached) and The Philosophy and Methods of the Principle Approach:
Foundations (click the course title for more information). You
can pursue these studies independently or as part of a guided group study with
other homeschooling parents. Other
courses and resources await in the Training Series for further studies after
these first essentials. For more
information, contact Connie Moody.
Going Back-to-School in Three Simple, But
Not Easy, Steps.
Let the Journey Begin!