Today I had the great joy and privilege of speaking at Bair Lake Bible Camp to a group of home schooling parents on “How to Organize Your Day for Success.” What are some of the things I learned from my 23 years of teaching? First and foremost, I am a firm believer in Joshua 1:8 and recommend making it the cornerstone of your children’s education: “This book of the law [the Bible] shall not depart out of thy mouth, but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein, for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”
Some areas where I wish I’d done a lot better? Be joyful, supervise everything, and don’t take problems too seriously, or at least not any more seriously than God does. Some suggestions? Keep your priorities straight, including getting enough sleep (or at least a concerted attempt in that direction) and spending time as a couple. Avoid T.V. and video games as much as possible, or else really restrict the kids’ time, and then give them ample time for creative play. Confine academics to 2-4 hours if possible, but teach your kids at all times…whether it’s rooting in the garden, serving up supper, or playing ball.
Bair Lake is a beautiful camp set in the rolling farm land of southern Michigan. May all the home schooling families who attend this week have a marvelous experience! What a great way to start the school year. 🙂