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3. In the Classroom: Dealing With Challenges that Arise in the Homeschool Classroom

Robert Montague Kari Montague Beatriz Caballero de Rivas


Kari is joined by Beatrize Rivas and Dr. Robert Montague to discuss classroom experiences and better explain what should be done to give children the best education possible. Topics explored include discipline, how school should operate, and some of the challenges faced by educators.  



  • June 23, 2015
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Dear Father in heaven thank you very much for your words. And for the many blessings that you have given us. As a people. I just want to pray. Asked for your presence here. This morning in the presence of the Holy Spirit. The presence of the holy angels please fill this place. Please work in our hearts. Please speak to us. Lord. And your name I pray and think you. This morning. And the presentation is. Eclectic in that we're going to talk about. Two basic. Or three actually. Basic areas. I'm going to begin with discipline. My husband's going to have a short little talk on that and also how. Our characters. And then we've invited. BEATRICE. And she's good to share some practical tips and things that we did in the school she did. She has done in their home. So probably. For parents and teachers. One of the most difficult things to address. Is the area of discipline. It really is and. I had a teacher and college. That said something that I never forgot. She said We tend to parent as. We were Parenthood. And that is so true at least in my case. And that could be good. And I could be bad. But the good news is that if we give our hearts to Jesus. He becomes our Heavenly Father and. He shows us how to parent. And I want to share with you this morning. Beautiful counsels that we have some of them. About parenting and dealing with our own children and our students. And there's a cross the border. I would say. This is a plan. Christian parents must be united in the government of the children. I am going to apply this to the home. And to the school. First of all. And the mother and father are you not and united and. The disciplinary actions that are going to happen in the home you're going to have problems. In the school. Now as a teacher. Before school even started. We as teachers had to provide a disciplinary plan to the principal and. You need to speak with the principal about this and you should be united. Because you can need that backup plan. I had a. Last year. New teacher. Come to me and talk to me about this this issue of discipline. And I told her I gave her the counsel you talked to it was a smaller schools. It's actually as we more elementary school. Is going to go teach there. I taught there myself. And. Anyway. I said talk to your principal. About this things and make sure you're on the same page because that will save you a lot of trouble later on believe me it will. Children have sensitive loving natures. They're easily pleased. And they're easily made. Unhappy. That's found in three volume three of the testimonies page. Five thirty two Incidentally I don't want to hear. If you do a lot of copying what I'm by policy. Our printer is broken at home. So I can get you all these quotes if you like can work it out. And just get your email address and then. This email them to you. Spans time with your children. Show them affection. Three T.. Five thirty two. Mild measures. Soft answers. And pleasant words are much better fitted to reform and save. Than severity and harshness. Forty sixty five. That it never be forgotten that the teacher must be. What he desires his pupils to become. We've said that several times during the course of this. Symposium. Children should be taught by precept and example. Similar thoughts for testimonies two hundred two do you fix. Fully with these different minds. The teacher needs to exercise great. Tact and delicacy and management. As well as. Firmness and government. Five to eighty nine. Linking love and Christ like sympathy with discipline. Love and kindness are worth nothing. Unless united with the discipline that God has said. Should be maintained. Do not allow children to show disrespect. Of void using the rod. If possible. Rules should be few and well considered. I want you to be thinking about some of these things and I'm I'm sure I'm distant. Going I'm reading them as bullet points. Our time is limited because I want to share. Other people's perspective so you just don't get one side we can talk about this that if you have questions please. Talk to me. Rule should be enforced. That'd be a settled maxim that an all school discipline. Faithfulness and love are to reign. When a student is corrected in such a way that he is not made to feel that the teacher desires to humiliate him. Love for the teacher springs up in his heart. As far as possible. That each student be called upon to do something in which he or she excels. This will encourage self respect. And a desire to be helpful. I want to let Rob Kerin here. Right I want to join you for one slide here and. These are just some. Some kid. Some tips to keep in mind. And. The idea here. When I want to share with you is how do we accomplish. What we're trying to accomplish. So let's let's look at some things. The curriculum. Should be. Goal oriented. The curriculum. Should be goal oriented What does that mean. It means that there should be a point. Why were doing. So when we're teaching. We should know what that point here is. We should teach. To a goal. So for instance. This. Symposium my goal. Our goal is for you to believe that God will lead you in reforming the Seventh Day Adventist Church and or. Working on yourself to deliver the appropriate education. There's a reason why we're doing this it's because we want you to take the Lord's educational plan somewhere. Well. For everything we do for the children. If you think about it it seems like we've got a lot of time with the children we've got. You know we've got six hours every day so. So we can kind of cover this and do some of that. And so forth I mean the law get done well yeah. That's kind of the traditional way. But how much better if we if we thought this we only have six hours. And we've got to do we want. This and this and this. And this to happen. Given that we want this and this. And this and this to happen. We're going to teach. Exactly. I solely to those specific goal areas. So. In a pattern school. You don't. You know your goal is much broader than a typical school in a typical school. You want to cover. You know mixed fractions you want to cover. Jeroen So you want to cover the new no. Matching of the east and west railroad lines in eight hundred sixty nine and stuff so you've got your little lesson plan. And as long as you cover all those things today. You did a good job. But in parent education you say yeah. Of course we're going to cover their appropriate things that we need to academically. But we're not limited by that at all. We're going to do character we're going to do. Closeness to God we're going to do chores we're going to do. Work ethic. We've got all these things. Well those things can happen sort of accidentally they often do in our home schools and think the Lord it seems to work pretty well. But it works even better if it isn't accidental it works even better if you say. Here's the character piece you know. I think our kids are in our school. Terry school where there was a time where. You know. When Kerry is praying. The kids are like this. Pet the dog you know. OK. Well this is a goal thing. We want we want to understand about reverence when we pray. All right. Let's let's take these goals. And then develop these little lesson plans whether they're written or they're underwritten and say this is what I want to accomplish today. I noticed that san. Has an issue with honesty. I want to see if we can somehow deal with this and so you think about how can we help Santa realize that. Honesty is an important thing. And so let's be let's make the curricula. And by curricula I certainly do not mean to limit it to work books are our work books can have their place. But the curricular includes. Character preeminently. As well as a variety of other. Things. So we should say. These are the character things these are the chore things. These are the work ethic things that we want to give them and let me say something about that as well. In terms of goals. Let me suggest to you that. The preeminent goal of this sort of surprise absolutely no one. The preeminent goal. Is Christ like. Yes that is the preeminent goal. The second one though. Might surprise you just a little. In my mind at least. The second goal. At least this was what we did in our home school it seemed to work pretty well. The second goal is. Chores. Poor ring chores. Perseverance that's the word. Exactly so perseverance. That's exactly right. Because when the child learns to. Person of year. Learns to say I don't like cleaning the bathroom. You know I'm going to move from. I'm not going to do well I don't like it but I will. To Hey I'm kind of happy with the way that Flora turned out. You know I figured out how to not get streaks on the. On the mirror. Now that. Progress. And when they win. When the character develops in that way. So that chores. Become a pleasure. Everything else in the. Curricular will take care of itself. Because everything else just becomes a chore but not a chore in the sense of old rule. Much more like World Of course other. And so you know what I've noticed for properly. Properly homeschooled children. When they come here and there in my classroom. Properly homeschooled children. They have no issues with their academics I mean they're on. No one it's not challenging to them it's not even challenging enough. Isn't it. You know. If I could I'd make their homework bigger and longer than the other students because their own challenge they did they get there. They would be bored if they didn't have other things to do with their life because they're used to doing their work. The other students are con. Some are of course but. The typical freshman students like Muse do today. If I get a chance. You know me. That's not where you want to be properly home school was due Tuesday. And that's only four days away I'm going to work on that tonight. And when they get their ears and like they hand in their work and you know a third of the class hasn't thought about it or something. They don't get like what the teacher said it was too. Well because they aren't used to chores they're used to working they're used to delivering anything they're used to just being a parent child. Carried along by the system and. You know you turn in your homework once in a while that's grade that's at least a B. plus. No probably homeschooled kids. You turn in your work. Every time. You know that's how you do it is how life it is. Mom makes you breakfast every morning or maybe you make yourself breakfast every morning but somehow breakfast gets made. So we're going to all have our part. OK. Goal oriented second thing. Include experiences as well as subject assignments. OK. The idea here is you know if you e-mail and a little. Backdrop thing in there that we had. The little tagline is education. By example. And if you saw that that. Pattern education. Tagline is. Education by example what do we mean by that we mean. The best education that we can give our students. Is example. Do I want my. My children to be able to do chores. Then. I'm going to do chores. They're going to see me doing chores with them. Are not going to say go clean the bathroom and. You know I'm going to read a book income tax on you when you're done. I'm going to be doing something to. So. Include experiences. Now what do you think. Do you think that children learn more from growing tomatoes or reading about growing tomatoes. Growing. And that's always the case. When I have you know when I when I teach here it's. I can do my little thing in front of class you know and students tolerate me. But when I bring in. When I bring in someone from the field I teach business when I bring in a business person. And they talk about. Well you know we needed to sell this and we had a down time and I couldn't figure out how to move our product and it was getting old the students were glued like all really. Are you know because they're living that experience where I refer you to my book I said you know what. There are seven categories of marketing products like them and. You know. So let's take them with us. And of course we all know that the garden is the very best place. But you can take them with you everywhere. You know not physically so much but you can. You can experience. Making bread. Other. You can experience chores together. You can experience forgiveness together. You can experience commitment to the Lord together. And those kinds of things are always more valuable than reading about those same kinds of things. And by the way again. Remember we're making this quite explicit we're making this quite quite on purpose we're doing goals. So. Include experiences. Intentionally. You know. The easy way out for you as an educator. Is to say. Well you know. We're on page thirty seven we're going to go from thirty seven to forty one today. OK that's how school always works. It's the wrong way. But it's how it always works and it sort of gets the job done in a sense. But it's not the best way. The best way is experience. You know what. Since I teach business I'm kind of. Aware of some of the international marketing issues and stuff like that. Guess what we're living in the past. In America we're living in the past. We're living with this kind of mode ality. Well you know we're Americans were rich. We can go anywhere in the world and people are going to respect us and salute us because we've gotten money. Guess what. You know we're getting a lot of money from China. Singapore and I'm not I'm not making that up. We're borrowing lots of money. Every day. The government borrows money. And then pays it back and Barzan pays about what we borrow more than we pay back. Every single day including this day. We borrowed money from China and I don't know that because I didn't look it up but it happens every single day so I can tell you with confidence. We borrowed money today from China. What works out you know we just had this. This. You know seventeen trillion dollar debt and. And everything's fine. No it isn't. Does that work for your Master Card. You just keep adding more and more and it always seems to work out well sure it does. Until you get to learn it. And when you get your limit you go bankrupt. That's where we're headed. But this is of course not an act. Lecture on economics but I'm telling you that. We need to experience things things with our children and move ahead OK now. Vary your instructional Moldau a tease. So you know. Today I'm going to talk with the children. Tomorrow tomorrow. I'm going to take them out with me and we're going to fix that broken part of the fence. And then the next day I'll come back in and we'll talk some more to the children because they can handle that in the following day. There are some interesting exercises that we're going to do together. So a very year instructional. Modahl a tease. Yeah. By the way let me just sort of. Try that off. So with the idea of living in the past. We think we think. Like this. We still think like this and it's not going to this is not correct. We think this. Well. If I had to keep my children. And they do well under a city scores. And then they go to college. And they're in the top half of their class in college. Then they will get a good job. Those days are going away you know why because there are people around the globe. That don't do that anymore. There are people around the globe that don't say. Well you know what. If you start a Middle Eastern poetry for another few years. You get a good job. There are there are. Coders in Vietnam who do are great job putting together computer programs. Why in the world would you pay someone in America five times as much as you pay the person in Vietnam you wouldn't. Neither would I. So all those things are going to Vietnam. Well. We're at the very front end of that so we don't feel it very much but you will. You certainly will. The things that you and I buy a Wal-Mart. Many of them were made in China. Is there a consequence of that of course there is so in order to inoculate. That kind of thing. What I want to suggest to you is make your education practical help your student learn how to do something. Because by the time they get to be. You know let's say thirty. I'm going to suggest to you that my opinion is that there will be long gone. Where you say well I don't know I got through college I can't do a thing. But I got my degree are going to get a great job. That was true. Some time back a few in the top part of your class you could get a great job. I have students now all the time to tell you we're making a good job that you want to make and it's not going to get any easier because you've got worldwide compare competition that you don't have any more. And it emphasizes. I can make a better cell phone and you. And as soon as you can make a better cell phone and it costs ten percent less than my better cell phone. You're going to sell all the cell phones that I'm going to sell none of and. No one's going to care a hoot about my academic degree. They bought the cell phone that they work the best for them. So a practical education is where it's at that some where I'm going to suggest to you OK now. Keep. Aware of learning standards now I'm talking out of the complete opposite side of my mouth here. And I'm saying this. While I well I do want you to focus on the practical. On the other hand. Keep aware of learning standards. And what I mean by that is. Every state you can look it up on the internet for whatever your state is every state has. Expectations by grade. OK so first grade you should know the second grade you should know that in third grade the student should know this and their keeper aware of these things. Why because I think what I just told you isn't true. No because. Because we have societal expectations that are real. And so if your child doesn't in fact. Has no idea what a square root is. Then they're going to be. They're going to be disadvantaged when they go to take the A C. T. terrorists in other things that they will very likely do. Now Dr Jane here is a dentist. She could not have been a dentist. And not have. Recognize some of the. Instructional things that. Our society requires dentists to know. And many of those things are very handy. We're all glad that our dentists have learned how to work on people's teeth. And done a good job without the world glad that they can read. You know Radia graphic images and see where the cavity years and all of that cancer. Some of the stuff that Dr Jane learned. I'm sure she didn't. Doesn't need. Now. For any part of her life. But if societal expectations. Are such. That they say look you've got to have such and such an ace it is core to get here and you got to get this kind of grade point average to get there. Let's be aware of those things. Not because we want them to dominate our lives. But because of two things number one because societal expectations are at a certain level and we need to recognize that and secondly because they're easy to do. So if we focus on this and say I'm going to have a genius child and I'm going to make and force them to learn this and that the only thing. Well that's a big mistake. But if on the other hand we say OK. First of all we want them to understand about Nick's fractions anyway I mean that's something we want them to know so there's no problem with that and some of the stuff like let's say. Cube root. Not practical at all. But hey there's a societal expectation. It'll take me a grand total of twenty thirty minutes to go through that for my children why not. Because in a proper. School environment. It doesn't take long to get through most of that kind of stuff. So just aware of it. And then as you know what those things are. When you're doing the next fraction module. Simply. When you go to the kitchen to make your bread. You know is that oh this is a half a cup and this is a quarter a cup and it takes two of these to make one of those heart that sounds like a fraction the ME. You know. Easy easy. And finally. Natural progress. So the idea here is. If you want something to be done. Well. You better measure the progress. You know as a teacher I get measured on every single class I teach. Who measures me. The students to do every single class. And some of those measurements are downright uncomfortable. You know. Student don't care for the way. My tie. Whatever And they're. They're pretty clear with you what they don't care for. But you know what that causes me to do. It causes me to be pretty sensitive to the kinds of things that I see over and over if a student says listen. I couldn't figure out what we were trying to accomplish in the class of I see that. You know several times I'm going to pretty quick go you know what. Ha. I will look at this piece. Better figure out what we're trying to accomplish in this class. If a student says Dr Montague just seems the Ramble you know middle or OK. I better I better. You know think about that. So. So. Measure progress now. Measure progress on what well everyone knows your project and progress on academics so I don't. I'm not telling you that because everyone does that everyone so. Over worried about that so you'll do this automatically. Natural and all the other things too though. You don't have to measure it. Every day. But you're going to have. Limburger have an expletive goal here. An expletive goal. They're trying to accomplish for a character and so forth and so on so measure it. And if the best measurement you've got is a subjective measurement that says. You know what the reset problem with Sam's honesty. Then. At the end of the day or the end of the week. And you've been working on this honesty piece. You sit down and you measure it and you say you know how we how we doing on sounds honestly thing. Now again you don't have to necessarily make long notes although you can. But somehow hold yourself accountable you're trying to accomplish something. Homeschool. Pattern schools. They're not they're just saying well we're natural so we just look kids grow like weeds and however they turn and know we're going somewhere. So measure your progress. And if you find and you will find that sometimes you didn't make the progress you hoped you would make remedial correction. You know so Sam still dishonest. We have a little girl over in India. The in our. One of our schools. And she and her whole family. We had several of her family her siblings in the school. Over all the kids have a problem with honesty. The other kids from her family have a problem with honesty. They steal stuff they won't tell the truth. And they get better. You know. The. Jesus taught their heart make it better and in the concert backwards sometimes so this little girl. We've known now for a number of years. She still has a problem. Sometimes with honesty. But. She's made a lot of progress. But I want to. But I want to keep watching. I don't want to just say well that's the way she is you know. She just does this. Well that is the way she is was my progress. So. Curricula should be oriented. Remember to use experience all learning all the time you can it's a lot of work but it's really worth it. Very unstructured more galleries from just. You know pounding away at them. Keep aware of what's out there and what the societal expectations are so that you're. You know you're you're you're you're not feeling insecure as you move along. And then measure your progress. Thank you Rob. Oh. That is engage their parents. You know and this in a school setting for as far as they gauge their parents they have so many ways in which to do this he have the communication log. And we have what's called Agenda mate that's a system where you have it's like a little calendar and has the days of the we. And where the students can write their homework assignments if they have homework assignments or if there was any disciplinary problems. That teacher would write that. The student would take it home and have the parents signed it so that the teacher knows that the parent. Learns what happened in school in case a parent for. OK. I don't have time to do this today what. What I wanted to do. Is to talk about discipline and that was not covered adequately I know that. Really need more time for this. And I want to show today a how to do that in the context of the garden. But I'm going to refer you to this website. Down here. Whitney Houston. I'm scuse me. Whitney Whitney Cohen. I am please pardon me it is been a rough week and. Last night to tell you frankly. I did not get to bed till very late. So I'm extremely tired today so. Pardon me that I'm sorry. Whitney Cohanim from life. Learning labs. Has done an excellent presentation. A weapon are and in corporate incorporating. Disciplinary measures in working with children. In the garden. It is absolutely fantastic. And I want to also say. Many of the things. If you go there and you listen to the weapon are you can use these principles of discipline. In the classroom. In the classroom. School classroom. One of which I was going to point out right now is. When you're in the classroom or in the garden. There's going to be distractions. In a kid. This actually happened to me in the. And the public school I had. About nineteen students. And it seemed like ninety percent of them were disciplinary issues. It was. It was quite. It was bad. It was really bad. I think sixteen of them were in Ritalin. It was unbelievable. And so. There were many distractions I had one child. They don't make a paper airplane. And destroy in the cost of this could be distractions in the garden is going to be distracted so she makes the point in the garden. You go outside and this is happened to me in the garden. You get a bee sting or you cease a butterfly or something instead of. Say OK stop stop we're getting out we're getting off task. Use distractions as a teachable moment. Like who look at that beautiful butterfly. You know wonder why it's going to that particular flower. And you just kind of bring the stones are also good I think there's many many good tips and and another thing she mentions it's very true and very helpful. That. About eighty five percent of the disciplinary problems that occur. Could be benefited by. Prevention. So there's a coffee down that it is so so because I want to move on to. These are some of the points that she will cover. A very very excellent. When you see it you'll know what I'm speaking about. I just wanted to and I just wanted to emphasize something about the agriculture. In education. It is very very important I know Daniel. As been talking about agriculture. And I want to share some beautiful thoughts two of them. And then I'm going to let Beatrice. Come up. Nature study and academics. Really think about what is being said this is a quote from George Washington Carver. Nature steady. As it comes from the child in Susie ASDIC endeavor. To make a success in the garden. Furnishes abundance of subject matter for use in the composition. Spelling. Reading. Arithmetic. Geography and history classes. And I try to say that. Yesterday. How. Character development. Practical life skills and academics are all there foundational principles and they're all intertwined. And Harry saying working in. With agriculture working in the garden. Provides a bond in opportunities for academic academics. Now this into this like word picture. A real blog found on the child's cabbage plant in his little garden. Will be taken up with a vengeance in his composition class. You know he's had this experience in the garden. And when it comes to write about it he's really going to write about it because he's experienced it for himself. He would much prefer to spill. The real living radish in the garden. Than the lifeless radish of the book. So that's true. Suppose your spelling word was radish in your book radish. He would much prefer to see the reliving radish in the garden it is makes it come to life. He would much prefer to figure. He would much prefer to figure on the profit. Of onion sold. From this garden. That to have. A word math problem. About selling onions in the garden. You get it right you get it. OK. Now this next piece this one a minute and with. It's the garden. A master teacher. It's an excerpt. Take it from an essay by a mom. Kirsten Berghain. She writes beautifully listen to what she has to say and let it soak in. We have been sold a bill of goods. Especially parents. About how valuable computer based experiences. We are creatures identified by what we do with our hands. As Wilson sees it. We are cutting off our hands to spite our brains. Instructors in medical schools are finding it increasingly difficult to teach how the heart works as a pump. He says quote. Because these students have so little real world experience. There they've never siphoned anything. Never fixed a car. Never worked on a fuel pump. May not even have hooked up a garden hose. For a whole generation of kids. Direct experiences in the backyard. And the tool shed in the fields in the woods. Has been replaced by in direct learning. Through machines. These young people are smart they grew up with computers they were supposed to be superior. But now we know something is missing. I think there is a viable parallel between living foods and mean education. We know how important it is to eat significant amounts of raw fruits and vegetables. Nothing feels as healthy as something that was just picked from the vine. Still warm from the sun and pulsing with life. Eating Living Foods provides our bodies with. Enzymes that are not present when the same food is processed opened up a can you know. No matter how you package it or label it. Packaged foods does not cannot. Nourish us the way. Living food does. We must make a conscious. And concerted effort. And our daily habits. To say no to the urge to fill our hole with prepackaged. Watered down. And altered versions of food. Likewise. We must be choosy about how we feed our minds. And the minds of our children. So she's making it. Compare and contrast here. Let us choose methods. Of living education. Whenever possible. And avoid. Watered down. Packaged process. Disconnected from the source. Versions of learning. It occurs to me. As the first great teacher sends home a thick stack of packaged worksheets. Home for education of my six year old I'm a stop here. How many of those teachers have done that I'm guilty. I am. So it occurs to her when her six year old child comes home with the packet of. Workbook. Sheets for homework. That there is a disturbing parallel between the emotional atmosphere of the cafeteria. And the classroom. The process food labels so sure that it is providing the appropriate nourishment. X. amount of protein X. amount of calcium and. Even fortified with. X. amount of vitamins. But on this year a lower level. You know that this isn't really food. Not if you've ever. Anything straight from the garden. I mean those words are. Beautifully written. Right to the point. Now. For reading for the totally this kind of eclectic today. Really a truce is going to share with us. Some things that she has done in school some practical lessons to spiritual lessons. In morning. Well I've come to share just the couple of more. Heart things that we did crafts than in the school with a spiritual application. And to begin. So you can have an idea of more or less. Things that you could do to do in your school or in your home school. This is just a small little pattern. Actually I don't know if you can see it there it looks like a little hook or a J Right Will this right here actually. Is representing the foot of the child. We took in Miss Carey School. Everyone put their feet. Their foot down and then we traced it around. And then we were going to make little moccasins with this. So you wrap this on the. On the outer side. And sort of put together I don't know if you see it's a paper. It's a paper moccasin. That works out I have a little. Little image here that you kid. So I can see it here but I don't see you know. Here. They do it again. There you go. OK. See if you see how that works. OK So more or less that's what we we did. So we went to the store and we. Think the material is called suede big silicon. And then we bought. Leather. String and. Actually we had the big cloth and all the children did the process completely from the small into the bigger one. And the you know they put their foot down and they would. And they would draw and I have pictures here of the process. Them laying down at first we had it in paper. And they're drawing it out. I was helping the smaller ones a little bit but they actually did. Most of it and they actually did cut it themselves and. You see there. They're cutting. We had a special tool also that made the holes into the. Into It was hard because we thought with the with the whole pointer was going to be easy and it didn't work out we had to buy another tool but they did the whole process. And you can see them now I have scissors in my hand but that. Boy has actually a needle. And he's he's sewing. The leather. String together. OK. They're all. You can see that is a little blurry but that is the leather string. The girls were working hard. The bigger ones are more independent. They didn't need so much help and then. I brought my children along to tutor to help. The smaller ones. OK in there we have one boy that had finished his little moccasin. He was really happy. And I actually put him on so we could take a picture. And they were so happy it was about to be winter. And so we had that I don't know if you saw the cloth in the inside had this. Walloon it in the outside it was the brown part. But actually when everything was done and they had their little moccasins on. I say away. Why should we put these on I mean this is not something that we're going to actually walk outside with because it doesn't have you know it's drunks or anything it's meant for the inside. But why should we put the sun. And some would say well because our feet get cold and. OK. And we need to warm up we need to protect them. Yes we need to protect our feet and we talked a little bit of how to protect ourselves you know. But then I took them to the Bible and said it's interesting. I've pushed that beforehand I'm sorry. I'm not sure how to back that up. Sorry. Thank you. In Romans. Ten fifteen and says. And how shall they preach. Except they would be sent. And as it is written. How beautiful are the feet of them. That preach the Gospel of Peace. And I told them you know. The Lord sees our feet beautiful. Specially. Why why are they beautiful because those are the ones that are going to take us to places where we can preach. Where we can talk about him. And then they looked at their little moccasins and their feet in a whole different way well how do you really you know we're going to have a big work to do so that's something that you could do. You know you take the practical. They're learning the work. They're learning to do. These crafts I was trying to make them like I said yesterday useful. You know. So. Sure they can make them for themselves for their family but they have that spiritual application. OK. We have it we did another thing to which. I called Nature journals. Each little boy or girl my. My kids in my. In my home school they had a little. It was a notebook it's a blank notebook. OK. What I was trying to do is how do I get them to go. Nature in the Bible says the look at the ants and to look at you know to go into nature and meditate how do we do this. So we're going to do an art class. OK and I gave them some rules. Well first of all number one you're going to go look at something you're going to choose something. And that's something you're going to give it a general shape. So there we went to. Geometry a little bit you're going to. For example if you saw an apple. What would a general shape be. Would be in circle. Right. So number one you would draw on your piece of. On your paper your blank paper you would draw. I thought I have a pencil here close to me I'm so sorry. You would draw a circle. OK OK we could do this if you have a pencil there OK thank you so much. Thank you so much. So the example would be you would draw a circle. And then. Step number two you would look at the details. Will the absolute. Yes. That's the general form it has little detail so that means that. It's a little curved in the bottom. And it has a little. Shape. In the top and it has like a little hole here and then you take your you raise three and you start. Erasing the things you don't want. OK. And you keep the ones you do want OK And then the. The third part would be. You look at the light. And the shadow. So you start shadowing up. And putting the light workers. Post to go. And when you finish up. With all the details and. I'm doing a rough draft here but when you finish everything with all the details. You actually have something that looks like what like an apple. OK With all the shadows and everything. OK so that's what I want you to do but you have to be really really precise go try to look at the details of. There's a little spot here or there. So there you see the kid sitting down. And I think he was looking a little bugger. And to really meditate and I say OK After you do that you're going to be thinking. How do I see God in this. How does this remind me of god or. Can I find a spiritual lesson in it. So it was time to look at it for the details but it was time to also learn. Learn or remember things that we have studied in the past and then really meditating in nature it took a while. It wasn't five minutes it was maybe fifteen minutes. But. You could do it with the older kids you could do it with a smaller kids. There's some that were doing their thing. This nature. I asked permission from my daughter. This is her nature journal this was an ant. And I asked her mission to read something that she wrote. This was a morning. That we went out to it was a cool morning. And this was the top of another house. I'm sorry. You can't see a very well but. The mountains and then there was with her he raised her she did some lines because it was the. The rays of the sun coming out of care don't know if you see something like that so she tried to give all those details. And then she wrote. The sun rising. Jesus is the Sun of Righteousness. When he comes into our heart. The darkness of sin goes the way I want Jesus to be in my heart always. Where he is where he is sin cannot be created in me a clean heart oh god. And Renu a right spirit within me. It doesn't matter the age they can go deep. They can go deep. So that. That is another idea. And Nature journal. She was fourteen. OK. Then let's see what else. We have. OK for the older kids you could do all right it's also in the kitchen. OK We've been talking about smaller kids. She wanted to go ahead and do. And do bread but I don't know if you can see. This one looks like a like a braid. So she took time to do the brain. There as an art you know we should also present our foods that are good quality but that look nice that look that. Look at tract of. Another thing that I have here is. We used clearly. We used a lot of clay to do things as my little boy doing things. He did a little man too and after we experimented with the CLI and did that and played around with it. We actually took them to Jeremiah. Jeremiah eight hundred six in this house of Israel. Can I can I do with you as this Potter. Says the Lord. Behold as the clay is in the Potter's hand. So are you in my hand. Or house of Israel. So after he really experimented with the clay experiment. After you played with that man this is hard and it crumbled up and put it back. Then we talk to the will rule we're the clay and we really want. The divine Potter to be molding us. We don't want anything else to mold us. So we were we went into a spiritual you know. Deep in this there. And I just wanted to show you one. Oh another thing that I forgot about the nature journals. It actually did inspire my son to go beyond just. What he saw used he likes drawing now. Just because of that he he. Since he experimented with the Nature journal drawing in those details. Now he actually likes to do things a little more detailed and who knows maybe do a lot more. So from there. Twelve twelve. Yesterday I brought the looms. Remember the little loom that we did. And I just wanted to give you an example of how experiment. Letting them in good things. It can develop into more and more. So my daughter started out doing the little looms and the little hats that she did this for a while. A year. Maybe her two. And she has different little colors and she would give them away to people that needed them. Sometimes. She wanted to go to a special place or something and she tried to sell some but more. She had been giving them away when she was smaller. And then she started experimenting mom would find join different colors together what would happen. You know. And then. Here's an example of her. Joining. Others together. Then she says well I don't want to use a yarn anymore I want to use this. Little silky rope now. And then she started experimenting with that this is crocheting and. She started about nine. Going on to one thing and the of that I just want to quickly. Show you here. This is a small. String and she started doing this thing connecting them together and making little mats and little things for her but didn't. Kilo's and. Lots of other little things you know. And then she went on. And she said I'm going to make myself. This is she was about ten already she did her little. She made her own little. How do you call it a little sweater shawl something like that she did her own little thing. But then she started mom I need to learn more. How do you know. The slip stitch and I need to do this and. Together we would go in and look for people that knew how to do it or. With my guidance we would go on the Internet and see somebody. So she she start making little purses and little things that just experimenting until right now. She has been doing these things. And so you know it went from a loom. To something. Something bigger. It could become an industry for her at some point. You know not from my can you know not from a can. It's just a ninety A So you could see that. Small children it develops into a bigger. You know because she's been experimenting with it. This was about two years ago. So this is something. And from there she started getting interest in trusts and. So knowing So this is just. These are little. Cloths that she's put together you can do like a little quilt thing for the. From there you know. What can you do you start and. You start them off with small things and they're small little wooden things and they can go on to building and. I always try to apply something spiritual to it. We have a stray right. We can help. In the service of the Lord Jesus coming soon and you're in that little thread I would tell her. The main thread he needs to be inside of things. And she can relate to that because she was dealing with the thread. You were in and all that So those are just little ideas. Practical little more to think you could do it in your home. Media was brought to you by a website dedicated to spreading God's word through sermon audio and much more. If you would like to know more about. You would like to listen to more servants. Visit W.W.W..


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