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1. The Importance of Practical Skills in Education

Kari Montague


Kari emphasizes the importance of incorporating practical skills into education, gives examples of how to teach children the importance of work, and asks Beatrize Rivas to give additional demonstrations of practical work projects undertaken in the homeschool classroom.



  • June 23, 2015
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The reason for the slips let me explain here. I have so yes at the end of the. Today's presentation. I'll just pull pull out a name here. And this is the ultimate school. Homeschool plan or it's a planning system designed by DEBORAH BELL And it's in it's very nicely done that's where you can organize your daily plans for your home school in this just. A lot of little helps and it's very nice so if. That's. That's what the little slips are for. OK. Thank you Rob again I want to start with another prayer. Their father in heaven. We just asked for your blessing again we asked for your spirit. These are important topics that. We're discussing. And. I know that I cannot adequately express. What you have given us so I'm just asking that you please do it. And I think you're a man. All right. Today we're going to talk about the curriculum what shall I teach and then before we began the school in Benton You know I dissed want to know what is in the Bible. How did learning occur and I knew things in Deuteronomy that the Lord told us. As parents you know we are to train our children when they get up when they sit down when they walk with us by the way. And then I knew about the schools of the Prophets a very practical. How they would build their own building if they could because they needed to. And it's just cook their own food actually you. Remember it was a life in the pottage. And then of course. And the testimonies that were given there's. A lot of. There too so I just wanted to say. One we have a school. We want to teach. What God says that we should teach and. Leave out those things that he doesn't say are important. So what shall I teach. I'm going to start off with. The objective of the curriculum or. The purpose. The purpose of. Why we're doing. What we're teaching what we're teaching what is the purpose of it. The ultimate purpose behind. What we are doing. The ultimate purpose is to restore in man. The image of his maker. To bring him back to the perfection in which he was created to promote the development of the body. The mind. And the soul. That was the divine purpose in his creation excuse me that the divine purpose in his creation might be realized this was to be the work of redemption. This is the object of education. This is the object of education. That's found in education page fifteen and sixteen. OK. This type of education it. Also prepares the student. For the joy of service. In this world. And for the higher joy. Of wider service in the world to come. Education Page thirteen. So I want to ask you a question. If this education. Prepares a student for the joy of service in this world. What is the joy of service in this world. Go ahead and answer and I'll repeat it. Is it. So that you can. Be a good teacher school in the workplace. And that's it. It is yes it should include that. It should include that. It's all ways yes because safe you are a doctor or a teacher. There's the power. There's a talent that God has given us that. And that's a talent of influence. So yes. So yes. But I think a lot of times in this world we stop there. With this life. With this life. But there's a second piece. And for the higher joy of wider service in the world. So if you think about it if we are stitchers or parents. What do we do when we're thinking about this. It has to do with character. That has stood. And that has to be part of the education. Now. Character development. That is it me that is a teacher Rekha just. This just wish it could happen it has to come from the Holy Spirit and there are things that we can do that will talk about later on that help promote or facilitate character development in the child. God's principles of education I'm. I believe that these are fundamental These are the three fundamental principles on which. Everything is based. And we had the overall objective that I told you about. Care and these are by the way. I believe in the correct order of importance. Character development. Practical life skills and academic skills. And I'm going to suggest to you that these three things are intertwined. It everything we do. When I hopefully you will see more of that. As we go on if not then what this task me at the end will talk about it again. So character development practical. Life Skills academics. Just think of them as a rope. Those three strands all together. Tied in. Now I'm going to give full Taishan that supports. What I just said. I said character development. The education and training of the youth. Is in and portent. And solemn. Work. The great. Object to be secured. Should be the proper development of character. That the individual may be fitted to rightly discharge the duties of the present life. And to enter at last upon the future. In mortal life there it is again. This life. And the life to come. Eternity will reveal. The manner in which the work has been performed. If ministers and teachers could have a full sense. Of their responsibility. We should see a different state of things. In the world today. But they are too narrow and their views and purposes. They do not realize the importance of their work. Or its results. Christian Education Page twenty four. Now. Life skills. The importance of practical life skills useful manual labor is a part of the gospel. Plan. The great teacher. And shrouded in the pillar of cloud. Gave directions to Israel that every youth. Should be taught some line of useful employment. Therefore it was the custom of the Jews. The wealthy. As well as the per. Poor classes to teach their sons and daughters. Some useful trade. So that should adverse circumstances arise. They would not be dependent upon others. But would be able to provide for their own necessities. They might be instructed in literary lines. But they must all so be trained to some craft. This was deemed as an indispensable part of their education councils to parents teachers and students page feel seven. Again another quote. Just emphasizing the practical skills. Now. Now. As in the days of. Israel every youth should be instructed in the duties of practical life. Each should acquire a knowledge of some branch of manual labor by which. If need be. He may have Taina livelihood. This is essential. Not only as a safeguard against the persistent tubes of life. And that word vicissitudes of stopping here. Is not a common word that resists anybody know what that means. If there's any right if not say I'll tell you it just means. When the hardships are trials come. You'll be prepared. OK so. Practical training is essential not only as a safeguard against the Pacific tubes of life. But from its bearing upon physical mental and moral development. And then I had this in bold. Even if it were certain that one would never need to resort to manual labor for support. Still we should be taught to work. And I feel very very strong when I see this. Our children in us. Parents. You want them to do you want to teach them responsibility. You so. Even though it may be easier for you to go do a job whether it's cleaning I mean it's much easier for you to do it yourself. Police are urge you to take the time. And work with the student. It will be worth it if you have a lot of students I was one of them growing up were to set it. A regular education. The books the books. At So when it came for me to be a wife and mother when I was deficients I would say. Of the practical things the things that most important. Cooking healthful cooking. He just. Work in knowing how to work efficiently in the home. Because we're told that some. Some ladies in the home when they have a job to do. Comparison. One might take. Like one hour. And another lady. Two hours to do the same job. Why is that. It's because they haven't been trained there. When we are told that we are to be masters of labor not slaves of labor. We are to use our mind. Taking all the time. How can I do something more efficiently. How could I do it. It. Even better and more thoroughly. The good job and. This is when using your mind with everyday things that you do. And that's what we want to encourage in our children in our students. So and. So even if you knew that didn't. You would never have any hardships. Learned to work without physical exercise. No one can have a sound constitution and of and vigorous health. And the discipline of well regulated labor. Is no less essential to the securing of a strong active mind and. A noble character. And that is for sure. Consuls councils to teachers parents and students page three zero zero seven. Now. The third item. The importance of. The academic curriculum. God requires the training. Of the mental faculties. He designs that a servant shall possession. More intelligence and clearer discernment. Than the worldling. And he is displeased with those who are too careless or too. Indolent. To become efficient. Well informed workers. The lower bids us love Him with all the heart and with all the soul and with all the strength. And with all the mind. This lays upon us the obligation of developing the intellect to its fullest capacity. That was all the mind. We may know and love our Creator. Christ. Object lessons. Page three hundred thirty three. And I told you at the beginning. For we started the school in Benton. We studied study looked at the books looked thought about the Bible and. This is what I found. Certainly in the curriculum and. That war cold. Core core clip. Curriculum. Just. Should have deleted the core. Just the curriculum. The Bible as the Course the Bible Jesus was talk. In the scriptures. The Bible is. Permeates everything. Science and Nature studies. Health and physiology we should know how our body works it's that this to me says for common sense. One of the most important things that we have. Is our health. And if we're not taught how to maintain the health. What does that do for us. Language Arts the language arts. Reading. English or language writing and spelling. VOICE. Cultured of that is the term. Do you know this. Do you know what. I mean by voice culture. OK how do you speak you know you've been to different presentation. Or where the speaker may be speaking in a monotone voice. Or source speaking so so so quickly that you think all please stop stop it so we want to train our students. It's like oral. Recitation how they will be meeting people in public and. Maybe they'll be giving presentations. So when you're doing the reading programs or reading from the Bible that's for example this year we memorized. The Ten Commandments and. We talked about how to stand if we were recite it for church. The pleasantness. Of the smile on the face. And then the actual practice seen at the recent Taishan. So that it is clear and nicely if not hurtful to the ear. That's what we mean by. Voice culture. Mathematics we should know how to keep accounts. Sacred Music and poise poetry. Sacred history and prophecies of the Bible are important. Geography and missions. Now and talk to him talk about the practical life skills that I believe. Are very helpful in a school number one is agriculture so many spiritual. And character developing and academic skills. Can be found and agriculture. Actually every single one of these things that remember the three things. Character development. Practical skills and academics. You can find that in every single Give some examples later. So agriculture. Evangelism service. Healthful cookery. Medical missionary training. Knowing the by the physiology. Household we're showing the students how to properly clean simple. Repairs. Household repairs that let them see what it takes to run a household. And show them. They really enjoy it and. I had simplified auto repair or are maintenance. I don't know I think. This is I've done several drafts of this and. This isn't my updated line so I'm sorry so I just add the maintenance. A continued practical life skills. Carpentry woodworking. Mrs Woodward's in the and here. She goes to my church. And her husband is very good with woodworking. And want to my color said Mark because I don't have the skills. But I believe that they're beneficial. For my students so I said Mark can you help me. Can you come and do. Like a woodworking demonstration for the students. And sure enough he came in he had the drill and it was just a good experience and so. Another thing you know we can do I was going to interject that here. If you don't have these skills certainly there are people that you know. Or you can inquire to come and help you. So don't feel intimidated. Just know that they're important and call around see if you can have someone in your church help you. Computer at this stage typing skills. Sewing mending. And then there's a lack of courses there students that are interested in photography I've had students interested in photography. Art. Drawing. Knitting. And then there's practical students for the older students construction felling trees etc. Believe it or not of the first year I had an older student. Joshua. And he had an interest in. Felling trees he just did he just that something he just he had done before. And it was something that he wanted to do. And that's fine. Have to try to provide in this area where we had twenty one. Trees cut. My back yard and so. And the students got to see you. A little bit of this. And that was very interesting to them and to me and there's a lot of technical skills like which weighs the tree going to fall so it doesn't fall in the house and all those things that you can get into there. There's a lot. OK I want to get into. Methods of teaching just little points. This will enhance teaching. To be one of the most important this. Be what you want your students to become they're looking. You are the model you are the example of believe that for me. I knew that I need to be in the word I need to read the Bible every day. Pray. Be close to God. Not only that. What I would try to do is I make sure I read my Bible every day. And then I also wanted to reach some of the spirit of prophecy because it's so easy to forget these things. And I wanted them. Continues kind of like what. Instruction were given and Deuteronomy. When you get out to have them hurt you put where you walk where the did you the whole did it and I just didn't want to forget so I should try to say. OK just let me read a little bit. This is it might be five minutes was old yes. And I can tell you in my own experience that was very helpful to me because I could see it is so easy to stray from these principles because. Let's take it. It's sometimes we like to take the easy way out. And if it's just easier to do something. Then we tend to do it. And some of this stuff that we want to do. It takes more thought it takes more work. And we need to be reminded constantly remind At least I do I don't know about you so I just want to give you that from my experience. So. Be what you want your students to become the personal element. Deal with students. In the vigilantly. As well as corporately. Risk goals for parents. This certainly goes for teachers. If you have a classroom full of students Well it's been well how do you deal with them and the vigil. That's something to think about. But I can tell you I've had wonderful experiences in. Public school. With nineteen students or more in the church school. Was twenty four students. One experience I had was with the sometimes when the students were at seat work. I had. When I first started out. I had some of the Spanish students and their English wasn't developed totally. So I just remember taking them to the front of a classroom and. And I should know the Spanish language. Being Hispanic. But. Sad to say I grew up. Not learning. My own language. We spoke English in the home my parents were born in the United States of these both English in the home so. But anyway I knew so I had some limited knowledge of Spanish. I take them. The little girls. And I would. To sit with them. And I would show my story book. I was the teacher first a second grade and admin to Southern California. And we would just sit down. And I would try with my limited Spanish and they just love that a Bible story. And I would just it was just wonderful. Things like this. Well think about this. This statement. Taken from education page. To thirty one to thirty two. D. L. with students individually as well as corporately. It was by. Excuse me here's where the quote begins. It was by. Personal contact. And Association. That Jesus trained. The twelve. And one of the twelve do. Through the power of the Holy Spirit. Change the world. As what they did. It wasn't private often two but one listener. That he gave his most precious. Instruction. The teacher will take a personal interest in each pupil. And will seek to develop. All his powers. And we have some examples from the Bible. Naked Demas. One on One and. Most people consider John three sixteen. The most beautiful text in the Bible. Who was that given to one person. And they could demonise the woman at the well that was trying to think. Jesus told her directly. I am the guy you're speaking to on me that's powerful and the other thing we should do is make things as simple. And as practical as you can use illustrations were told to use charts illustrations. Visual eggs. Another thing that's. Good to do and helpful especially for parents that have multiple age children. Teachers that are teaching in multi-grade classrooms. Train the older students to be thoughtful and help the younger students. This is so beneficial I use this we have to be careful though. But this encourages responsibility it encourages confidence. And the students that. The older student that is trying to help the youngest it. There's a lot of positive character developing going on their show enthusiasm the show enthusiasm. Is probably heard that story where a pastor and an actor on the stage are talking in the in the pastor's puzzle he says. Why is it that when you're up on the stage you do your thing you have all this wonderful response of the audience. And the reply from the actor is. Well. We as the stage actors television. Match unary things as. If they are real. Maybe you pastors. Tell of. Real things as if they were imaginary show what to see as them. Be prepared. Set objectives and goals and hold yourself accountable. The Bible across the curriculum. Always I would occur. Encourage us. Whenever we can use practical hands on instructions when ever you are able. Of this is hard. Sometimes we have ideas from other people. And sometimes we have to by the grace of God on our knees in prayer. Which I have done. Lord. What can I do to help me in this area. And. Don't beat yourself if you don't do it just keep plugging away. Because I know it is not easy for parents that are just in the midst of everything and. They go how can I do this. Just by the grace of God just keep trying that's that's what I want tell you today. In the Bible in the beginning of the Bible we have the story of Adam and Eve when they're in the garden and. And when we're telling the Bible story to our students. We can go K. What was the original diet. That's in the Bible this is this information. This is truth from the Bible. But we know what the original diet is. So OK. Well how can I make that practical. In this little school my home. We have cooking classes and. So we did. Different types of. Entrees that would support the original diet and I'm going to stop here and. This come over here. We cooked. Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays and later on of the year I change that. To Mondays and Fridays. Because it was getting stew much. And if I definitely want it on Friday because I wanted the students to be able to take to be part of the Sabbath preparation meal for their families that. I felt. This is an opportunity of service an opportunity for the child. To help the family in some way and. Lighten the load of the mother. So I want to make sure that they had something to take home. For their families to add to the set with me oh and I use very many many different cookbooks. I don't know how many I just brought to ten talents there's a lot of good recipes here. And some for how to bake bread. And there's. For the child a simple recipe. A sandwich bag and you to make bread out of a cent sandwich bag that was a lot of fun. And so there's different things. And this book was very very helpful. It's Kid Delicious it has. Recipes. With the child and mine I think pretty much exhausted this book to pretty much every recipe there so if you want to come and take a look at it later please do. There's so many cute and healthful recipes here. And another practical think that. Well maybe I'll save this for later. I don't forget. The move on health and physiology. We talked about new start in. Coming from we mar. Dorothy Nelse. It was the originator of the new Star program so I had some of her little. Materials on that and some other books and resources. That I used. Music. Commit scripture songs songs and hymns to memory. Learn a simple instrument as a recorder ukulele. To assist in the mornin devotional or Bible class I did this. I just happen to very very much. Very much enjoy music. And so that this was an easier thing for me. And it worked out well. Because as you know people have different strengths and weaknesses and. We have to capitalize on that. Some people academically they excel some people physically. Perhaps excel. Some people musically are. Art wise. What we want to develop those and encourage that and so I had a student. That academically. Was challenged. But Buza commish was rather gifted. Ear. And so I got the ukulele. I have a little music class one day a week. And we're learning recorders and. Hymns. Beautiful hymns to the Lord and. Songs from the ukulele. What she would be the instrumentalists when we had our morning worship there my living room. She'd get the ukulele and she just play and then we would just sing along that was. It was nice and ice for her nice for me. Evangelism and service. These are just a few ideas. Take the students. To an assisted living center and I. When to tell you in a true story. That of experience here that I had here. I was teaching first and second grade in the an admin a school. And Southern California. And. And I knew I wanted to do something for the community something that we could do so. Told the students let's. You know make some drawings this. Have a little song Little program. And we're going to go to the nursing home. Now fortunately for me. There was a nursing home. We could walk to from where the school was we could actually walk. So I need to backtrack a little bit about this to tell you how it fits in. OK before we did that and reading classes at the old Adventist readers with Dick and Jane and Susan. There's a story. There. Of Susan. And Tom. Two little children. Their dad is a pastor. And. The dad asked him to go to the post office. Small town. And just pick up the mail. And so they. They go there they see the post man and they tell the postman they. They invite him to church and the post man says Well I don't go to church. And that makes them feel sad. Just a little story. And then they go away that they stay to say to please come our daddies to church. And then that Sabbath. The children are in church and the Sousa looks back. And she sees the post man there. And she's excited she had invited him. He came. OK That was the story that we had read one of the stories we had read in class during the week. And so now we're going to the nursery were gone to the nursing home and. The nursing home directors there he agreed to see some very appreciative now little that I know that little more I wanna talk to him about church. And and vitam to church. Now Southern California there are very many churches I could tell you that. I belong to one of the constituent churches not the church in Baldwin Park California where the school was located and where the nursing home was. I went to a church in house in the heights. About half an hour away. But anyway. That Sabbath. After the presentation by the children. I was in church. Austin or Fred and I looked back. And I saw the nursing home director there. Do you think and I don't want to told me. And before that she had invited them. He was a former Seventh Day Adventist. And I wish I could tell you that. You know you continued to come in all this unless that's not the case. But look at the opportunities as a parent. As a teacher. Yes. Men. So housework. I have another experience there from the school and the school at Benton. It was a beautiful facility. We had windows. This window was all along one side of the classroom. And people would come to the dentist there that was the other part of the facility and. They would look in the classroom and they were just it was just like a something to talk about in the community and. There was a retired teacher that had health problems. She was retired. And she had to see the dentist. Want a She stopped. She stopped and she wanted to speak to me. Because she's a teacher she was interested in what was going on and we got to talking and. She actually she said I'm retired Would you like. All these things I want to give them to you. And the school. And she and she did. She gave me a bunch of stuff. And then in talking with her. I found out that she had a problem. She needed to move out of her rented. Place and Benton. She didn't have any health. Help. She had health challenges. She was worried about her landlord. Because she wasn't able to clean the house as well as she. She wanted to because of the health challenges and I said listen. We'll help you. It was a neat experience we took the children there was two teachers there was myself and I told you the practical art teacher. About eight students. We went. We cleaned that house. And it was good she was thankful. We were thankful. It was wonderful. And still. And this year. Another experience with this. There's a there's a woman at our church. And she is a widow. She does it she was paying someone to come and clean her little apartment. She doesn't really have that much money to do that and so our. Pastor's wife. Called some of the Deacon as. I am one of them. And she was saying OK can you call. Each month. Will someone go. And so I was really really busy can match with the school my home and everything. But I felt you know I need to do this and I said I know what I can do to spring my students that one time. That's you know what we did it was wonderful. I took them to the lady's house. Another. Another lady. We all cleaned. And we took our instruments with us too because I had another plan this lady. Lives and a little. Kind of apartment complex. That really apartments are individual housing units. There. And I thought. After Weekly was going knock on some doors. Will ask if we can sing them a little song that we had prepared. Walk and we could pray. It so that's what we did. And we cleaned in after that. We knocked us a Doors and prayed and sang for people. Candace's dad was one of them. And then he. His neighbor came in His neighbor was having difficulties. He was having issues at the time and he really wanted prayer. It's so we decide we'll pray for you when up down and we pray for him and I believe that he was blessed he said it was. And we can of course help the children get help with yardwork. So we want to teach them to be community minded to think of others. Bible cross the curriculum continue to. Again use practical hands on. Instruction whenever you're able. Math. The Bible the Bible and math Well there's many many examples tithing is just one when you're talking about fractions or percent what is the ties. How they keep accounts money management. I want to share that or. Maybe some of you know this already here's a book it's dollars and cents. From grandma me. Kathy read and. I'll just read it what it says in the back. Dollars and cents from grand mommy is an interactive storybook with activity sheets. That introduce five to eight year olds to what the Bible says about money. It includes such topics as spending. Ties. Offerings. Work. Honesty debt contentment. Seeking counsel and sacrifice. And it's just a story about grandchildren their grandmother just goes on and it does these principles. And I you know how to keep accounts how to manage money is in the young age we need to do that. How many of you are familiar with Larry projet and his work in the financial see. I've listened to those programs sometimes and it's really said people come in and they're having financial problems. Some. Of course it's not there not because of something they did but sometimes it is. So if we teach our young people. Now as we should if we're told we should. This will help. Hopefully alleviate problems. Potential problems when they're older. So how to keep account personal finance. And then. Proverbs so many. So much wisdom in Proverbs arithmetic concepts. At dish and subtraction multiplication division for. Actions. You can create your own work problems which I have done. And of course the higher mathematics. If you know the students going on here to be a doctor or something and. Of course you need those higher mathematics but I'm just talking about the mention of all right now. And then there's the fascinating things in nature. Where you see the hand of God mathematics deals with. Patterns and. I said Fibonacci numbers symmetry fractals where you see. Just the hand of God how everything is balanced and. There's a pattern and it's a replicating pattern there's mathematics behind it. You can look up all these things and read about it yourself. But certainly there found in the mathematics is found in the creation of the universe. Something. It's this. I don't understand at all but I know that it's there. And we can certainly lead the student measurement. I've done this and what I'm for my bible basically what I did I wanted to go through the whole Bible with the students. And I used the. Arthur bedtime stories. Bibles like this one to ten. Story books. So let's go through the whole Bible and then I supplemented it. With different whatever I could. And where we were talking about. You know one of the giants. Betsy had a bed frame that tells you that I mention I said let's go outside and let's just measure to we could see all old you know. And it just gives you more perfect Specht of when you can do some hands on things like this. Science in nature gotten nature in observe and study the birds trees and flowers. Do experiments collect shells rocks in six specimens. Observe a tadpole in a caterpillar in a garden just when you work in the garden is really split. For me. I mean see the lifecycle of a potato beetle. From the little yellow eggs that are behind the leaf. To like the teenage stage to the adult stage. And then this year we had a neat experience in our back yard where we live. Tends to collect a lot of water. Which at not happy about that but anyway. There's a little channel. That it's like that collects water there. And so a lot of tadpoles there. And in science too we were wanted to see like. The developmental Steichen from the tadpole to the frog. And so we collected those. And we put them in a little container outside and. We could see the growth. Unfortunately we didn't make it all we didn't make it over to the frog stage because the tadpole didn't live but we did see growth. And it's just so neat and for all of us. Sewing mending. Oh you have the example of Dorcas in the by when you're talking about. Dorcas what. House much loved she was in the community. Why. Because of the service that she provided. And so. What an art school. We did. Simple sewing. Simple sewing projects like. How to do different kind of hand mean especially when your. When of a button comes off. Teach him how to put the saw the button on. And then my daughter helped me with of they made a simple blouse and a simple skirts one of the things that we. We did and. The boys and girls boys and girls. Because I tell. VOICE. Well. And I haven't had trouble. Yet. With any of the. You know you. You. You don't know when you grow up. You may have a wife right away for two may not to go to go to college your mom's not there. Or you need to know how to do these things how to tell your own tie of a button comes off you know what you do so. You know can buy that you know how to fold laundry and wash and we had a fun time. My husband was there at that time when we were teaching boys and girls. How to tie a tie. That was just kind of fun that's just on a side note. And then I talk to ready about this one. Reading. Bible Rissa Taishan practice orally reading the Bible passages and voice culture language. Study the Bible passages you know it's first Corinthians thirteen Isaiah fifty five Certainly there's many many Psalms. And there's a concepts of language. There's things called. Imagery. And the Bible's full of imagery and I can think of why on the sun. Is like a. Bridegroom ready to run a race and. Another is when we were doing Proverbs. A woman without discretion. Is like a jewel in a swine's mouth. What we were looking at school we were looking at different Proverbs. And I had the children. Illustrate some of these things. And the pictures that they drew and everything and it just makes it more real. I want to stop here to music. In the hymns that we were learning. We would come across. Vocabulary words. That the student. Would not know and I knew it. And some of them. I didn't know myself. So when you're doing music. You can learn vocabulary. Crowning with many crowns or it is an example. Maybe I've told you about that already when its uses the word ineffably and sublime. And potentate. It's opportunity for you and struction. And also. Another example language. Language so you study the different parts of speech. And some of the hymns like I was thinking I remember softly and tenderly as one example. Soft softly and tenderly. Jesus is calling calling for you and me with the words softly and tenderly are adverbs. And so you this we emphasize here this is an example of bad news in the him. Not only in the language book The English book that you use but you see it used elsewhere. I'm an energetic something here too the active part. Prep a zisha and we went outside and I said OK show me you know. Going around. You know inside in a nice over under. And they had a fun time to do an active and you're but you're learning propositions this distant ideas want to talk about. Whenever you can use hands on. Activity type things just makes it more real Bible prophecy make your own chart illustration diagrams of the twenty two thousand three hundred day prophecy and every can as an image of the sanctuary. Out of different things you can do there by across the curriculum. Helpful ideas. Praise the Lord learning Hamm's incorporate music a set arts and crafts. Arts and Crafts. BEATRICE. You can read all these things Siri. Talked about it here. I'm going to invite my friend Beatrice Beatrice to help me the first year she she and her two children. Mentioned yesterday. Came to my home. Every Tuesday. And what a wonderful blessing. They were and. I'm going to invite. My friend. Beatrice to come or she's going to she did many things with the children. That year. Many things and. We're going to share something that I had mentioned yesterday. And I I'm worried about the. Will she be able to be picked up on this or. Let me do that so pardon us right now. OK Good morning. Morning. Sorry about that. Well. It was a blessing to be able to go to Carrie's pattern life school I am a home school mom. And one of the things that I wanted to share with her. In the school. That was really good. In my home school was. I do a section called in the street. Something with the concept of the show ready read all the codes of how manual. You know work and labor and learning is Rick. Should go tied into. You know to the structure of the curriculum and. I actually love art. That's a hobby that I have and. I'm thinking about the Jesus was born in a house where it was. It was a craftsman. And how that. Useful Work I mean he learned so much. Holy Spirit really guided. Guided that aspect. So we do try to do art. In the home and we try to do art in the school. In a useful way. You know not just art to have it. On a wall but. To do something with it what can you learn with it. So I'm going to give you an example of one of the things we did. There is a quote that I have and Child Guidance said it talks about teaching the children. To use tools. You know when the. Ages are right. And they can become really you know. Really good and happy and using tools. So I thought of the way of. When I say well why don't we make our own tools. This is one of the tools we made. We actually took a can. And you can take any type of can. Could be a medium size a small size can and what we did is we took a can opener and we opened. One side and then the other side. I used a special can opener so the can wouldn't be wouldn't cut. Wouldn't be sharp. If you don't have that you could just cover it up with duct tape. So won't be sharp to the chalk to the child. Then we also took. I don't know if you can see. Males. About two and a half inches long. And we put them in pairs. In case something like that in pairs leaving space in between. You could do this a lot closer together. And I'm going to show you what we're going to do here. Leaving I left a little piece of the tape out and if you can see the inside. To to leave that little gap in between the two. OK. So then we stuck it together with just with duct tape. Why not go to the store and buy a loom. And make this that beautiful. But you know it's a cheap way to do something. And it could turn into an industry for the child. Maybe he can help. Mom at home. Or give it to someone or. You know sell it. You know. Learn about tiling and all that OK. So then also you need. One of those old fashioned clothes pens. So we took that. And we took them mail. And we you know hammer the nail into the clothes been in this is going to be our. Cook. This is the homemade hook. The males by the way need to have the. You know the less head. Possible you know that tip. As less as possible. So we tried to curb this nail a little bit. To make our hook. And then the process was. You would take yarn. It could be the same yarn It could be the sick you are in. And then you would take that and. I'm going to start to show you the concept of how knit. How to knit Could you please yes. Told. This. Thank you. And then you would take the end of the yarn. And put it on the loom and hold it with your thumb. Like this. So I went to go away. And then we would just wrap it could be both ways wrap it around. Wrap it around and we would make. A whole level of wrapping. OK. And after we did that we would push it down. Using our little hook. Trying to push it down try to push it down. And then we would do a second level. OK. And with that second level. All the way around. You would take the hook. And. And from the bottom. Passed it on the top. And if you can see if I can illustrate it. He would take the bottom side of the yarn. And pass it on top of the two males. And then you have just was on layer of yarn left and you would do that to. Everything. And then you would add another layer and you discontinuing continuing You just continue and continue. Thank you. Then you have this. Then your product could be something like this thing you can go. As long as you want and it really turned out to be a little scar. You know some did it really really long others just wanted to do it or. If you have a wide enough can. Like one of those big big. I don't know what. Camping. Thing. You could have something wider. And then you would take it off and. This last level. You would close it up. And when you close it up. You have a little hat. OK. As you can see in this case. The little hooks were closer together and that we could have it close. Closer. But you know the child learns with this. With with this tool with this. Loom. He sees you know we put it together and then we say OK. Well we have the tool. And we have the yarn. Is it any good to us. I mean if we leave it on the table will it do it. What do we need. We need someone that knows how to use this right. And we are the tools in God's hands. Yes he made us He made us for a purpose. But if he's not guiding our life. You know there is nothing that we can get out of this. And we are made for it for being useful to others. You know. So that was just the inspiration I had a little. A verse that went along actually with this. Says. Psalms Psalms one hundred thirty nine fourteen. I will praise the for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Marvelous are they works. And that. My soul. Know is right well so I'm wonderfully made for a purpose. God bless you. In the sky hold right now. Thank you so much. Beatrice was such a help and it was so many good ideas practical fun ideas for the children to do such a blessing thank you very much. Were a little over an hour so I don't know what she would like me to do. I just. Well I don't know. Rob what would you like to continue. OK. All right. I think you for your help I just need a change. So I think you. I think you just me. Briefly go through this me talked about praising the Lord. With music arts and crafts. Building sanctuary models dire Ramma Journal writes. Journal write sometimes in the morning after I would do the Bible lesson. I would have some kind of a prompt or. Had to do with a spiritual lesson. And they would have the little journals where they could illustrate a little picture. Or write something about that Bible lesson. That made them think about spiritual things. Baking bread I decided there's a is the key. There is ingredients there in the Bible that talk about as equals and a said you could try. You know a secular bread when you're cooking. And began service and we have plenty of stories in the Bible of. Service. Dorcas shewn might woman you do the same. Another thing that I did. Was very helpful. Is invite godly knowledgeable individuals such as Beatrice. And others to conduct a week of prayer or a single lesson. Had people come in and teach. There's a lady at our church that is very knowledgeable and bicycles and bicycle repair. She came to the house and told the children. Gave a lesson bought her bike. Simple. Bicycle maintenance every child has a bike. Pretty much. How to take care of it and some simple repair she did demonstration farm it was very nice. Here at. Seven evidence University. We have an R.Q.. Archaeology museums. Brought brought the students here and learned from Bible proper history and things like this. Was very nice. And these are just some simple resources here. I want you to know on this table here are some of the things that I've used. Pardon me that was a non properly. The hotel to try my best. How many of you are familiar with the March he asked why it's basically the. Great controversy stories that. Just did this. Well how many of you are familiar with Michael ask why. OK. I received this in this is similar to march Yes Why only with the boy. It goes with the great controversy female Why is sin entered the world and this is a story with children. Well this. This has a little chapter that you can read to the children. And then there's an activity book that goes along with it and it's been after we would read this. I do this on Fridays as some kind of. Little extra fun thing. There was activity games and puzzles. That the children really did they did enjoy this. And you're welcome to take a look at this. Something else that I use that I really like for me personally. Was the Spirit of Prophecy emphasis stories tells the history of the church I mean there's four volumes I believe. Many raise your hands if you're familiar with this. Nobody will. This is something put out by the general congress Department of Education. I think in the one nine hundred seventy S.. And they have kind of the history of the early admin a spy and mirrors. And I would just do one story and talk about it and learn all boy I really really like those spears different things we to see. This. I was talking she said she wasn't able to come today with another parent. She was talking about she was she has three little boys different ages but close in range. And the same thing with me and I had our four daughters close in range of so. It's hard as a parent as a teacher to come up with individual life things for everyone to them so every. Every one of them to do. So you do it as a whole and the unit study works nicely for this. This. Says something of my time when I was younger my girls were little. This is a god creation and me it's a unit study and it was developed by Can a garden. Elementary school kindergarten teachers at Loma Linda. Elementary School back in the one nine hundred seventy S.. And it's based on the creation week. And within it within. This is the Bible of course. Science Art. Health. The other subjects. All intertwined. Nicely for you and. It was it worked nicely for me. There's a. I don't know that I got that on here no I did not and I'm sorry. Here's another resource that was very helpful to me. It's called A Girl's Guide to Home skills. There's also a boy's a boy's Guide to Home skills. It is not from the Seventh-Day Adventists curriculum or church. Another Christian woman developed this but it's very handy and I used it. There are so many different things in here. Pardon me. Yes. All this is. This is now the boys' guide. I would recommend you have to look some of the things that seventh advice I mean like some of the menu planning here there's. Meat dishes and things i'm so you have to go through it yourself and see what it is helpful. Unless it is helpful. And I show you. There's that. It goes through the household it goes to the different rooms in the house like the kitchen and the bathroom of the living room in the bedroom and. There's checklists and you can. There's like a checklist you try teach the children. And you. And you talk to the parents they were doing assessment school. We'd like you to reinforce this at the home and. They have to sign a name for the child to sign and then for the parent to sign like. How to wash the dishes how to load it and use an automatic electric dishwasher or. How to deal in an emergency a fire in the kitchen. This oh so many steps I mean you could pick and choose here. But there's so many ideas one idea and there are several things that we did here thank you want to model what I'll say one of them one of them is how do you make your own household cleaners. You know you go to the store and some of the stiff's things are pensive. So to make your own. Window Cleaner. Bathroom cleaner. And so we have to find a little bit of chemistry that. You're welcome to come and look at at this work. And I told you about the cooking. One idea the practice. Yes. I play the question is the four volumes set. Then we get the title right. The Spirit of Prophecy. Emphasis stories. For volume. By Norma young the Ellen G.Y. estate in the General Conference Department of Education. The question is asked. Is it still in print. I just go back in two thousand and seven. I misplaced one of my volumes. And I was able to get one. Then two thousand and seven I think it is but I'm not absolute POS but I think so yes. Let me repeat that so a participant in the audience was suggesting. Bet. You can find a lot of old books possibly a. B E A B E dot com books. Scuse me. A B books. Dot com. OK if anybody has a lock up top and wants to google that A.B. ebooks dot com and. Take the check that out. I don't want to tell you something else that we did one for the cooking class. We did. Lies I told you that we cooked three days a week and. Started off with just demonstrating the children coming up and doing various things. Parts of the. Cooking and then after we did this for a while. I wanted to make a step. A little step higher. And so. Wrote this letter to the parents. During the months of December and January. Each student will be required to plan and demonstrate a vegan recipe to the class. Please help your child select a recipe and practice with them at home so they can present the cooking demonstration in the school. Your child will need to bring everything he she needs. On the day of his or her presentation. Each recipe should allow everyone to have a sample. Approximately twelve servant. Students aged ten to twelve should plan on a half hour demonstration. Students age eight to eleven fifteen to twenty minutes. And students. Five to seven ten to fifteen minutes. And then I have the schedule of who's doing what at what time. But this is an opportunity for the students. To present to learn I mean can you think of all the different. Academic things that they're doing in something like this that you can decide this type of education you can go on this. All over the place that's this really very wonderful. What. I have here just. Some of the resources. I went to the Internet a lot too and you have to be careful what's out there. But to get ideas in there's so much of wealth of ideas if I wanted to use a lot I when I'm asked to do children's story a church in is very important to me and anything that I do I just wanted to be helpful to the to the. Person the child and the parents. I would search the internet and I would first. Lot of times I would ask the minister what are you preaching about. And they would tell me their topic. If I knew I was going to do children's stories that. Week and said OK. You know they're prigs sample they're preaching on mercy. One time. Recently. And I was asked to give the children star so I went on the Internet and I typed mercy and sometimes you find Think something. And I found some ideas. I thought they're good ideas on who I like them and. One was talking about God's mercy if they said you know just I had a small container with water. Then I got a larger container of water you could do this. And you fill it up. And then I had one of those so I dropped. And then a sort of imagine how much and then I had some sand. Sand in a container. There and I said that. To the children. How would you like the job of using this I drop or and just emptying the water and this little container. Well that's and so bad. OK how about this big lawn Nobody wanted that this one but can you imagine the tediousness this and I think and then I said How about the ocean. Can you imagine no God's mercy. Is a burn. God's mercy is my me just take that long God just a bunch of grants to the group. I said how much you would like to I took a little bit of the sand. From the container I put it in my hand. And you can see the little grains of sand I let him see. And I had the bottle how would you like to count. Grains of sand on nobody want to do that. Can we measure. I start out can we measure God's mercy. Now we can and can you measure God's love. No we can't. It helps him get a visual picture of wow. Now I told him. Imagine all the sin of the beaches in the whole world. Counting them. God's love. Not all there and then I'd happen by by just chance that week. To be looking at science. Videos. About the universe and an astrophysicist made the comment that there is more in the universe than there are grains of sand. On the ocean wall. And we look at the Bible what it God tell the Avraham filmmaker descendants as the stars. Sky. Those things just come up to our children. I don't know it's is taking céline Maybe I should just continue our stuff up. OK I'm sorry I didn't. The last two flies are just basically trying to advance him. To show you how you. How character development. Practical skills and academic skills should be intertwined with each other and so I have. The Bible there. And OK the Bible or character development sure. Certainly we can. That's easily seen that the Bible will develop character. And we have lessons that we can learn from Proverbs. And I shared some with you. The life of Jesus. Bible by our graffiti we should study the lives of men and their successes their mistakes. Help us build our character. Lessons that we can learn from a practical skills. How do I use the Bible practically. And you. Of course you can. And you have the Bible. Markings with some of the oldest. Mark your Bible then go out and witness. You know you have a texture of what the state of the dead so Ansel. Voice culture reading. Using the Bible and reading it in practice seen. Voice culture. Reading comprehension. You read you understand this passage of the story writing and there's many ways to teach academic skills. Through the Bible. Language Arts and. And math to I mean. Through all these regular academic subjects like language arts mathematics reading. There's always these character develops. Responsibility perseverance honesty I was going to have breakout session to. Have you tell me how that is done. You all have students. Yeah either students if your teachers. Children if your parents. That you give them a something to do. Either they don't do it right. They don't do it. They take too long or. They don't want to do it at all opportunity to develop. Responsibility. Perseverance. Always draw the academic subjects and scums So that was the. Little track and then I just try to finish the other one. Agriculture surplus. Cooking home school. Home skills. And I try to see how they were intertwined. When you see the asterix that means that those are already practical skills. Agriculture service cooking home. Skills. Those are practical skills. These are lessons. Certainly lessons we've talked about and other other presenters are talked about. Character development agriculture all those can be found in those different areas. And then here's the academic skills. They can go with agriculture. Resources. And I'm going to end here thank you and sorry that I apologize that I went over. Thank you for your patience. Going to close with prayer now. Dear Father in heaven thank you very much for the words of wisdom and counsel that you have given us the. People to help train and mold our children. It's just my prayer Lord. 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