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Why You Can’t Possibly Teach Your Kids Everything

You Can’t Possibly Teach Your Kids Everything, So Here’s the One Lesson You Absolutely Must Not Overlook

You’ve probably heard it said that homeschooling is a lifestyle. In fact, home education permeates so much of what we do in the Carman family that even our leisure pursuits often include reading, writing, independent study, research, conversation, travel, etc.

Can you relate? If you’re a field trip junkie, then the answer is probably a resounding yes. If you have a tendency to turn a trip to the grocery store into a math lesson, then you know what I mean. If you get excited at the thought of vacationing in Washington, DC, because of the educational opportunities it presents, then homeschooling might be hardwired into your DNA.

 

When homeschooling 24/7,it’s easy to exceed the required 180 days of schooling generally required. So why is it impossible to teach your kids everything? First of foremost, you need to make sure that you impress upon your children a

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When you’re homeschooling 24/7/365, it’s easy to far exceed the typical 180 days of schooling generally required by the state. So why is it impossible to teach your kids everything before they graduate from your home school? You probably won’t be surprised by the answer.

In July 2017, we took a trip to Europe because Rachael was to speak to homeschooling moms of military families at a conference held at the U.S. Air Force base near Ramstein, Germany. And we just had to bring along our two youngest, thirteen- and fifteen-year-old boys, because of the many learning opportunities available in the Old World. Rachael and I put together a detailed schedule for six days in Germany, three days in Paris, two days in London, and one day at Oxford University. It was much like putting together a lesson plan for school. By thinking hard ahead of time, we were able to create a sustainable schedule that kept us moving, wasn’t exhausting, and allowed us all enough time to soak in the history and sights.

For example, Germany is known for its many castles. But we didn’t have time to see them all, so we had to prioritize. We decided to concentrate on a couple and spend more time at each. We chose Heidelberg and a second called Reichsburg, which overlooks the lovely village of Cochem. Instead of rushed visits to many castles, we now have two vivid memories that are clear and distinct.

When homeschooling 24/7,it’s easy to exceed the required 180 days of schooling generally required. So why is it impossible to teach your kids everything? First of foremost, you need to make sure that you impress upon your children a When in Paris, we visited the biggies: the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, and, of course, the Louvre. The Louvre is the world’s largest museum and is home to a multitude of famous drawings, sculptures, paintings, and artifacts. It is said that if you stop at every display and enjoy each for one short minute, eight hours per day, you would need seventy-five days to view every item!

And this brings me to my main point. It’s impossible to study each work of art at the Louvre in just one or two days, so we didn’t try. We prioritized the Venus de Milo, the Mona Lisa, and Renaissance-era paintings.

Similarly, it’s impossible to teach your students everything before they graduate from your home school. We live in an age of information overload, and there is simply too much to transfer to your child in a limited amount of time. So you need to prioritize. And you need to instill a love of learning in your children so that they will make continual education a part of their own lifestyle.

Take reading, for instance. There are so many books in the world that your children will need a lifetime just to work their way through the good ones. Therefore, why spend time reading any of the bad ones? But if you will light in them a fire and a passion for reading, then your kids will do fine.

So what are you going to prioritize in your home school? First of foremost, you need to make sure that you impress upon your children a deep and abiding love of God. After all, Jesus did say that loving God is the greatest commandment (Matthew 22:35-38). Clearly this is to be at the top of your list.

When homeschooling 24/7,it’s easy to exceed the required 180 days of schooling generally required. So why is it impossible to teach your kids everything?

 

What else should you prioritize in the short time you have with your children? Let me share something I observed at the Louvre that I believe is a lesson we, as parents and teachers, desperately need to include in our overall educational plans and goals. The vast majority of the paintings we viewed from the Renaissance depicted stories from the Bible. Many great artists painted a version of the Crucifixion, Resurrection, and Last Supper. Another story that was quite popular was that of David and Goliath, especially after the conquering hero cut off the giant’s head. You just don’t see Bible stories commonly depicted in a display of modern art.

What’s the message here? I believe it is the lost understanding that the arts are also supposed to come under the lordship of Christ. The late Chuck Colson expounds on this point in a recently republished article on the subject. In it, he encourages Christians to remember that art and beauty are domains that God wants us to take charge of and rule well.

 

 

So yes, teach reading, writing, math, science, and history. Also, teach your children the Bible—the big picture and the true stories of creation, sin, grace, and redemption. But teach each and every subject from a biblical worldview. Show your kids that God is big, mighty, loving, holy, glorious, and worthy of their praise. Point your children to the cross of Christ, and tell them the stories of God’s faithfulness. Finally, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father (Colossians 3:17). Teach your students that truth exists and is knowable. And teach them to seek after wisdom more than gold and silver (Proverbs 16:16).

Finally, introduce your kids to art and things that are lovely to see. For beauty has power that can lift our eyes toward God.

Walking by faith and enjoying the homeschooling adventure of a lifetime!

Davis Carman

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If you enjoyed this devotional by Davis Carman, enjoy reading his other posts – Four Types of Faith, Which Do You Have?  How to Plan An Awesome Senior Year

 

 Davis is the president of Apologia Educational Ministries, the #1 publisher of Creation-based science and Bible curriculum. He is also the author of four illustrated children’s books designed to help kids learn a biblical worldview. He believes that if there was ever a time to homeschool, it is now! 

Davis’s four books include: Good Morning, Godbased on Deuteronomy 6, A Light for My Pathan ABC book based on Psalm 119, In the Beginning, based on the Creation account in Genesis, and Psalms to Know Early.

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When homeschooling 24/7,it’s easy to exceed the required 180 days of schooling generally required. So why is it impossible to teach your kids everything before they graduate?

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