As the breeze changes from crisp to warm, children will be spending more time at home and with the family. The average student (who is not homeschooled) spends approximately 943 hours in the school setting a year. That is far more hours than they spend in church or Sunday School, where a lot of parents hope they catch some Bible and Character qualities. No matter what kind of schooling your child does- summer offers us a season that we can redeem some of this time and train Biblical Character in our children.
Even during the summer, we have some structure. I homeschool my daughter year round (although it looks very different in the summer!) I like to have the kids do some things to keep their brains sharp. We do a lot of reading.
I also like to make sure I am spending time with them, and getting in and having deep conversations with them. We like to talk about what we are reading in scripture. We like do Bible Studies and play games.
Like all kids- my kids fight. Yes, I know, hard to imagine right? And yes, they even argue with me at times. Again, hard to imagine, I know. 😉 Summer gives kids time to be freer, and to struggle to get along. It gives them time to work on skills – and to work on character.
This summer, we are going to push into character building. We are going to use this time, redeem it, and cultivate their character!
It is our job to teach our children to have character and virtues. No matter what- I think we can all agree that the school system isn’t the place, even if it is the place you send your child for education. So, let’s look at some great resources for teaching your kids about character.
I simply love every Bible Study that Kim of Not Consumed, has. Every. Single. One. Recently, we have been working through “Because I Said So” – and then we are going to be working through “My Brother’s Keeper.” I have two of her studies planned for next school year – one on missionaries, and one that we will do in November/December called “A Content Heart”. Her studies are awesome.
I am also super excited about the Picture Smart Bible. The Picture Smart Bible is a comprehensive overview of Biblical history, geography, important verses, and major themes of each Bible book.
In this innovative Bible study program, an overview of an entire book is illustrated on a single page. For every book of the Bible you study, you will have a script to follow, a Master Drawing, and a Student Sheet. I have not seen anything like this before – and I can’t wait to start using it. I think it is going to be a great resource to go along with our Good Morning Girls Studies.
July offers 31 days- so I am planning on going through Proverbs with my kids. We have used The Dig for Kids and loved it. This time, I am going to be using a book called Parenting With Proverbs. Parenting with Proverbs offers parents a simple method to use biblical proverbs to teach and correct their children.
The book contains:
- A detailed explanation of the “Proverbs Method” of teaching
- A catalogue of some of the most helpful proverbs, categorized by topic
- A list of conversations questions that help parents engage their children with proverbial wisdom
While all Scripture is useful for teaching and correction (2 Tim. 3:16), the Proverbs are uniquely suited for parents to use with children.
Topics include:Lazy vs. Hardworking, Sloppy vs. Diligent ,Deceitful vs. Truthful Emotionally,Impulsive vs. Self-Controlled,,Greedy vs. Generous,Indifferent vs. Attentive to Elders,Argumentative vs. Obedient,Hurtful Words vs. Kind Words, Prideful vs. Humble, Envious vs. Rejoicing with Others, Quarreling vs. Peacemaking, Bad Friendships vs. Good Relationships, Bitter vs. Forgiving ,Complaining vs. Gratefulness
There is so much good stuff there- we could probably stay camped there all summer! We might!
One last resource I am excited to use at the end of the summer and into the school year is Character Matters.
This study is for ages 8 and up. The student workbook includes 30 character based lessons that your child can work through either along side you or independently. The repetition found throughout the study offers your students a chance to really grasp the concepts that they are learning.
The My Character Matters Parent Guide contains all of the teaching tips, guides, calendars, and answers in one spot. My goal was to make this curriculum as easy for you to teach as it is for your children to pick up on!
Summer is fun. It is relaxing. Yes, it is even a little bit lazy. But Mama, let’s redeem time with our kids. Let’s be counter-cultural and raise children who are going to love God, love their family, and love others. Let’s raise kids who know how to work hard. Let’s raise kids who are men and women of THE Word and their word. They will be set apart- they will be different. They will be arrows that will light up this world for Jesus. Let’s push in and fight for our kids!
Worshiping With My Life,