August 5, 2013

Spiritual Creation

The Gilbert, Arizona temple, under construction

In the Pearl of Great Price, we read
"I, the Lord God, created all things, of which I have spoken, spiritually, before they were naturally upon the face of the earth." (Moses 3:5)
Every summer, I feel the strong urge to plan our homeschool goals for the new school year. I think it's because of that idea of spiritual creation that needs to happen before the physical.

President Thomas S. Monson once said,
"The road to anywhere is the road to nowhere, and the road to nowhere leads to dreams sacrificed, opportunities squandered, and a life unfulfilled."

Teaching the One

I want to take some time alone today to go through the following questions for EACH child. (And at my house, that's a LOT!):

  • What does he or she need that we did not accomplish last year?
  • Has he or she mentioned something they feel they need to work on this year?
  • What are some ideas of what his or her life's mission might be? 
  • How can I help him or her to move closer to that life mission?
  • Are their personal, spiritual, educational, social goals that he or she might need help in mapping out?
  • What should/does his or her schedule include this year?
  • What are his or her plans for after their homeschooling years are over?
  • What extra-curricular activities do he or she need this year? What are those he or she should NOT do this year?
As I ponder on these questions, I will counsel with my children, with my spouse, and especially with the Lord.

I know that the Lord has a plan for my children. They are HIS children, first and foremost, and I know that He has a plan for their lives and educations. 

It is my stewardship, as their mother and homeschool mentor, to give them the tools and the environment that will help them best in their educational journey. The ball is then in each child's court to educate themselves, but I must also set the example of what an educated person reads, participates in, and chooses to do with one's time.


Family Homeschool Culture

Our homeschooling plans are not only built for each individual. I also have a greater plan for the entire family! 

Along with the above questions, I've been asking myself the following questions:
  • What is our Family plan for our homeschool this year? 
  • What activities/books/curricula/programs do we use as a group that we should keep?
  • What activities/books/curricula/programs do we use as a group that we should eliminate?
  • What Gospel subjects would the LORD have us study as a family this year?
  • What secular subjects would the LORD have us study as a family this year?
In choosing books and materials to use in our homeschool, I try to keep the following scripture in mind:
"And as all have not faith, seek ye diligently and teach one another words of wisdom; yea, seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom; seek learning, even by study and also by faith." (D&C 88:118)
 Everything we bring into our homes, every resource we use, every website we or our children visit, has an impact on their spiritual and temporal education. We can, we should, we must, make those choices that will best help our families return to the Lord as an eternal family unit.

Planned by the Master Architect

Yes, the Lord DOES care about the education of our families, of ourselves and of our children! As we include Him in the spiritual creation of our homeschooling each year, we will be blessed to have His guidance and wisdom in all our decision-making.

What are the questions you are asking yourself this year? How are you spiritually planning for the new homeschool year? I'd love to hear!

With the Lord's help, the creations we make will be beautiful!

Rachel is the happy mother of twelve children between the ages of 19 and 9 months old. She has two homeschool graduates and missionaries! Her eldest daughter is serving a service mission for the LDS Church in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and her eldest son is currently awaiting his Call to serve a full-time proselyting LDS mission. As she enters her fifteenth year of homeschooling, she continues to be an enthusiastic advocate for Thomas Jefferson Education principles and has spoken at several homeschool and TJEd conferences. She enjoys Shakespeare and has recently completed an entire Shakespeare curriculum for homeschoolers and homeschool groups, now available at www.yeshakespeare.com. She blogs at Thoughts From The Hearth and at Old Fashioned Motherhood .

3 comments - Add a comment below -:

Hayley said...

Timely post!! I am literally sitting down right now trying to create a list of many of these things and came here to see if I could find more insight and viola! a perfect post! The questions were very helpful to my direction. Thanks for sharing!

Shannon Steffler said...

I LOVED this article. I do not homeschool, but I want to be so much more aware of my children's needs, especially when it comes to teaching them. I've been planning to have some sister missionaries over for dinner so my 5 daughters ages 9-1 can get to know what it's like to be a missionary and to provide another opportunity to invite the spirit here. I'm in Idaho Falls! So I wonder if it will be your daughter?!

Mama Rachel said...

Thanks, ladies!

Shannon, my daughter is working at the Humanitarian Aid center and the Family History Center. Darn!

I grew up in IF and went to Bonneville High School. Small world! :-)