I have my school planning tables made, but haven’t been hit with inspiration yet to start filling them in. Then I remembered there were a couple books I still wanted to read before selecting what we’d focus on in the coming year, so rather than carving out planning time, I need to carve out some real reading time!
Books Read at Our House This Week
The boys are now rereading the Patrick McManus titles. For speech class on Monday they have to dramatically read a passage from a book. Hans chose a funny vignette from They Shoot Canoes, Don’t They?.
Jaeger chose to read the story of the Swiss canton’s battle for independence from the Holy Roman Empire, as told in Stories of Freedom, a Childcraft annual. It was on someone’s list of essential books for boys, so I promptly added it to our collection and it has indeed been a favorite.
I am still reading Commodore Hornblower for fiction and just started Making Kingdom Disciples by Charles Dunahoo. I’m finding it a good companion read to Desiring the Kingdom.
Westminster Bookstore plugged this book awhile back while I was putting together an order with them, and I’m not disappointed with the impulse to add it to my cart. Education is truly about discipleship, so a discussion of what discipleship is and how we do it really is an education and a teaching book, one that isn’t sidetracked by discussion of curriculum or subjects or getting into college or good jobs. He writes:
A disciple is someone who accepts a set of beliefs and embraces a holistic, total, and intentional approach to life based on those beliefs. […] A kingdom disciple is someone who thinks God’s thoughts after him and applies them to all of life.
Although he is using the word “Christian education” in a broad brush meaning that encompasses all teaching avenues that the church and Christians use, I appreciated this definition:
Christian education is discipleship and discipleship is obedience to God in all things, because Christ is Lord of all.
and I loved this:
It is superfluous to use the adjective “Christian” with the word “education” simply because true education is education in truth and all truth is from God. Any education that is not Christian is not true education.
In the next chapter he gets in epistomology and addresses this thought more, citing Schaeffer and Van Til, about how all truth is God’s truth, Jesus says he is truth, and it is God’s common grace that allows unbelievers to receive partial truth. It’s good stuff so far, and not dense or stuffy.
Online Reading This Week
Another home run in Sarah’s rest series:
Much of our anxiety in homeschooling could be side-stepped by simply acknowledging, every day, who we are trying to please.
Most of my own frustration comes from forgetting what my real task is in the first place. He’s called me to be faithful, and yet I’m hell-bent on being successful.
Fortiter fideliter forsan feliciter. We are called to obey faithfully, but God gives the increase – in His time, in His way – and it often doesn’t look like what we expected. We can’t control how things will work out, but we can control whether or not we obey, right here, right now. We can trust that God will work it all out in the end.
I’ve seen how sloppy thinking about children can lead to sloppy parenting.
Anthropology shapes your pedagogy, right? So, how should we see our children?
Children are little humans who were created by God not just with a body but with a soul—a soul which with live eternally either in a glorified body in the new heavens and the new earth with Jesus, or in hell. Many Christian parents do well when they aim at the “conversion” of their children. But when I think about my children’s eternal souls I’m thinking more than just conversion. Partly because the idea of conversion doesn’t have the gravitas one needs to steward eternal souls given by God.
- Helping Your Children Become More Independent: Motivation and Accountability by Brandy at Afterthoughts
Independence and responsibility do not mean a lack of accountability. In fact, they necessitate it.
Giving your kids more independence doesn’t mean just dropping them in the deep end and hoping they make it while you swim your own laps carefree. Brandy broke this down quite down, as we’d expect.
More Weekend Reads
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