We should always be observing our children so that we can help them identify their true passions and strengths—the areas of their lives where, like Eric Liddell, they “feel God’s pleasure.” We should be constantly asking God to use our children’s gifts and abilities to display His glory to a watching world.

5. Practice hospitality and serve others. Nothing rejuvenates us like focusing on the needs of others. One theme in this edition of TOS is the military/wars. Do you have family members or friends in the military who have been deployed to other countries? Pray together as a family for their safety. Have your children write them letters and send them care packages. Invite the spouse and children of a deployed soldier into your home for a meal. Your children will learn eternally significant, life-changing lessons from this type of outreach and hospitality.

6. Make a habit of reading aloud to your children, or listen to audio books together. Reading together creates an inexplicable bond and excitement about education that is contagious. This month I suggest The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis. This classic by Lewis contains a climactic battle between good and evil. After finishing the book, choose one of the plays, movies, or audio dramatizations that have been made based on the The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and enjoy it with your children.

Zan is the Director of Apologia Press, a division of Apologia Educational Ministries; the author of 7 Tools for Cultivating Your Child’s Potential; and an international speaker. Her goal is to empower and encourage parents in the eternally significant task of homeschooling. Zan and Joe homeschooled their three children from kindergarten through high school, for a total of twenty-one years. In 1984, Zan was threatened with jail by the South Carolina State Superintendent of Education. She founded the South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools in 1990 and served as its president for ten years.  She also served as the National Grassroots Director for ParentalRights.org.  

Endnote:

1.  Walter B. Barbe, Ph.D., Growing Up Learning: They Key to Your Child’s Potential (Washington D.C., Acropolis Books, Ltd, 1985).

Additional Resources

7 Tools for Cultivating Your Child’s Potential by Zan Tyler

Educating the Wholehearted Child by Clay and Sally Clarkson

How to Have a H.E.A.R.T. for Your Kids by Rachael Carman

Copyright 2012, used with permission. All rights reserved by author. Originally appeared in the January 2012 issue of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, the trade magazine for homeschool families. Read the magazine free at www.TOSMagazine.com  or read it on the go and download the free apps at www.TOSApps.com to read the magazine on your mobile devices.

Publication date: February 1, 2013