Repurposing- Titus FO meeting notes

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So I’m learning to streamline, simplify, repurpose, and clean up my life as a Mom, a Wife, a Woman, and a human being.

I’ve thrown out a ton of junk, focused on more specific goals as opposed to unrealized and undefined dreams, and the last bastion of undefined is this blog.

I’m repurposing it.

I will be using it as a companion to the budding homeschooling ministry that is being started at our church. I’ll use this blog for meeting notes, announcements, general thoughts, and a discussion springboard. Lets see if this works out! Here goes nothin’! 🙂

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Titus Family Outreach Meeting notes from the March Meeting:

This meeting began with some more general topics, and went from there! Here are my notes, please feel free to jump in and comment here, or on Facebook!:

1. Dedicating a room/schedule to schooling.

a.) Workbox method, or dedicating a whole room? Is it practical? Does it help to make things more defined and easier to do?

b.) Schedule vs. Routine. What kind of structure works? Should it be a strict school-like schedule, or more of a flexible fit as you go?

The consensus of this discussion was that with young children, routine is handy, but too much routine can be constricting. Also that school doesn’t always have to be “formal” so depending on how we want to school our kids, the structure can impede or assist. We need more experience to speak on this subject. Feel free to weigh in!

2. Pervasive Influences

a.) How do we respond to what comes into our homes Biblically? Kids sin no matter what they are exposed to, but will what we expose them to encourage worse behavior?

b.) How do we reach their heart instead of merely addressing the behavior?

The consensus of this discussion is that a balance is needed. Using common sense on what our kids see, but not sheltering them from every possible bad experience is possible. Being ready to teach, instead of avoiding certain subjects all the time, is our best bet. Honesty, openness, and age appropriate scriptural instruction are all we know to use. Again, we lack experience to really know. The Bible is our guide.

3. Trusting God’s plan for our kids.

a.) Prayer and contemplation.

b.) Personal devotions, as a source of God’s strength.

This speaks for itself.

4. Future of Titus FO

a.) Seeking more information on Biblical roles of women.

b.) Check into interest in Steph’s Bible Study idea on the Titus 2 model of family life.

Consensus on this is that we need more discussion!

Jenny, Did I miss anything?

Comments and questions are VERY welcome! From the blogging world, AND Jacob’s church, Titus FO members!

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I am a mother of a growing group of sweet kids. We laugh, we cry, and we grow together in Christ. Every day is a new adventure. I love chocolate, sticky kisses, quirky smiles, and funny qoutables my kids come up with. :) Belly giggles, snuggling, and homeschooling round out the list of loves. Not every day is easy, but every day IS a beautiful gift. Our life as a family is slowly changing and growing as a result of a renewed interest in God's Word. His influence has been a slow process of sanctification, and this blog is evidence of it. Past posts, and current posts have changed in tone and goal, and are a testimony of all that has changed in our lives. <3 "Now, All glory to God who is able through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we could ask or think." Eph 3:20

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  1. Schedule and routine… Schoolroom or Work boxes???
    Well…. As a veteran homeschooler… 20+ years, 6 children, most of whom were at home K-12… I was the “Relaxed” homeschooler… I am also a certified teacher in the state of PA (for what good that did me!) We used an eclectic program. After all of this experience, I find that there are several factors that affect scheduling and purposing. First, they should be dealt with as separate issues of the same grouping… Organization.
    Structure and scheduling are extremely important. I did plenty of it in theory and planning in advance, but far too little in actual practice. I made up my schedules and chore charts and all of the appropriate devices for my children. But, I found that with a house full of people, including myself, with ADD, that sticking to a schedule was a daily challenge. Organization in general is or shall I say, should be, a top priority for families like mine. We had a weakness in this area. It caused no end of trouble…. Things went something like this…
    Finished with breakfast and morning chores by say, around 10am, instead of the projected 8:30…
    “Okay guys! Let’s get to work!” We’d start with our major subjects, everyone had to complete three books of their choice in these courses before lunchtime.
    “Mom, I can’t find my Math book!”
    “Did you look in your book box?”
    “Yeah, it’s not there.”
    “That’s where you’re supposed to put it after you finish your math.”
    “Uhhhh,” sheepishly stated, “I forgot to put it away.”
    And thus began the daily search for the missing, forgotten book(s). Chores and school work would run into each other as we frantically looked for someone’s missing book. Not having a specific “schoolroom” tasked solely for that job only complicated matters. Needless to say, both structure and purposing of space ran into a single issue frequently. Did we get our work done? Mostly. Did we end up with productive adults who were well educated? Mostly. Did we conquer the sin of not using time and/or resources well? No, Not really. Do my adult children deal with these issues today? Yes. Several have gotten on top of it; some of them haven’t.
    So…
    Organization, as previously stated, is to be a top priority. This is a multifaceted issue reaching deeply into the physical, the emotional and the spiritual. It can be broken into 3 larger categories, spiritual, time and space. Each of these can be broken down into subcategories, like, relationships (with God and with others), schedule, structure, room or space tasking etc. AND, God has placed the responsibility for teaching these principles squarely on the shoulders of parents. It was my job as the keeper of our home to deal with these issues for the larger part. Moms of home schooling families often find themselves overwhelmed by this job alone. It’s like having 3 full time jobs… Mom, teacher and homemaker!
    Finding the system that works for you is not a mathematical formula, nor is it a chapter in scripture that one can memorize and quote. God does, however, give principles upon which each may base his/her personal system. For time, there are many principles in Proverbs concerning laziness which are applicable to time management and organization in general. Also, Ephesians 5:16 and Colossians 4:5. As for the space part of organization… The principles of the book of Proverbs also work for space. By using a concordance and looking up the word “order,” it is obvious that organization (order) is a spiritual thing as well.
    We as believers are responsible to be obedient to God’s Word. We must also keep in mind that, as Christ said about the law, it was made for man, not man for the law. This allows for flexibility in personal preferences and “bents,” as well as for special occasions and emergencies. We must also realize that we each have areas of weakness and temptation. In knowing what these are, for my family, ADD, I had to accommodate by being even more careful in that area, not by being less so! In studying the Bible, I found that the principles for dealing with laziness also work for ADD! I am NOT saying that ADD is the sin of laziness! Far from it, it can be a chemical imbalance or it can be a learned behavior or it can be a result of allergens. Whatever the cause, the solution is the same. In researching how educators deal with specialized care and the teaching of children with ADD, except for the medications, the principles of teaching these children are the same as the Proverbs principles for laziness. People with ADD or ADHD just need the teachings broken into much smaller increments and taught over longer periods of time with much more reinforcement.
    Each family must tailor their program to suit that family within the parameters that God has set for them in His Word.
    So, after 20+ years of home education… Yes, by all means as much as possible, dedicate a room or part of a room solely to school! Allow NO TOYS in that room (space) except for those which are used for preschoolers in the family or are of an educational nature. Clean it up and organize it for school alone. Do daily “schoolroom chores” to keep it orderly. No one plays or works there unless it is for school. Toys and books in that space stay in that space and are not carried back and forth or played with outside of school. If needed make a wall by furniture placement or whatever else you can so as to specifically define the space as schoolroom. If some interest arises outside of school requiring the use of research materials which are in the schoolroom… Make sure they get put away immediately and properly.
    Younger children who are playing may choose between schoolroom toys and house toys, but then they stay that way unless you provide for a periodical rotation. When school is finished for the day (or for lunch break) put the room in order, leave, shut the door (if there is one) and do not go back until the next time school is in session. This really helps with keeping school order. I could not do this for most of our homeschooling years, due to the layout of our house which was rather small for 8 people. It really affected our lives in a negative way. Later on, when our children were teens, we bought cheap counter top pieces at a local building supply warehouse. We made these into desks for the children who were, at that time in a cyber school. We set each desk up within one room, but separate enough to not be distracting. It worked much better, because all of the school things stayed there and nothing else went there. I had hoped to do this earlier in our schooling, but circumstances did not allow it. I wish I had!
    One final comment concerning organization… Make your children help with ALL of the housework. Give them age appropriate chores. Put them on a list. Check their work. This part of their education is the most fundamental and often the most neglected part of an education. It is a MUST! People need to learn self discipline! They learn it at home! Teach them to take care of the things God has given them, by keeping their own rooms, clothing and toys neat, also by helping to keep order in commonly shared rooms (living room, bathroom, kitchen) and the outside of your home (lawn, garden, porches, decks) then by helping with food preparation and clean up, folding laundry, and when old enough even doing their own laundry! Can you believe that I have met college students stupefied by a washing machine? And young wives who knew nothing about cooking besides “Pop the Hot Pocket in the microwave?” Start children doing chores as soon as they can follow simple directions. A wash rag can be folded well by a 3 year old! Teach your children to do as taught in Ecclesiastes… Enjoy the work God has given you! Work is NOT part of the curse! It was given to man before the fall! Enjoying the pleasure of relaxing in a room you helped to make relaxing is a God given pleasure!
    Besides, if you want to survive the commitment of 12+ years of home educating YOU are going to need some help! You CANNOT do it all yourself! You are not SUPERMOM! And you never will be! (Hint, No one is!)
    Sorry! I wrote a book! And I didn’t even get to the 2nd topic!

  2. Thanks Mom for the thorough comment, it opens up the whole lack of experience issue that we have being young homeschoolers. Gives us a more specific idea of what kind of beast we are wrestling! (at least for me… LOL!) Ah the memories. Brings me back years!

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