Foundations Of Home Education


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The big picture is important: Why are we doing this? So are the details: How do we do this? Foundations are essential for success. Foundation #1 is God! Come be inspired and equipped. Plug into the big picture. Learn how God sparked the grass roots home schooling movement in America, and how He is using home education to unite families and raise Kingdom children! Understand homeschool laws, teaching, record keeping, resources, networking, support groups, and more. Finally, hear how HomeLife Academy is doing its part to help "Bring Education Back Home."

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  • Foundations Of Home Education

    1. 1. Foundations of Home Education Audio Workshop Copyright 2004 © HomeLifeAcademy This booklet is designed to be used along with the audio workshop. These are adapted from the power point presentation slides. Follow along as you listen. By David Parkerson “ Foundations are the most important part of any structure, relationship, or goal.”
    2. 2. God’s Design for the Family: <ul><li>God’s Nature Revealed </li></ul><ul><li>The Family is a Reflection of </li></ul><ul><li>God’s Very Nature. </li></ul><ul><li>Every Child is Unique and Gifted </li></ul>
    3. 3. God’s Purpose for the Family: <ul><li>The purpose of the family is to glorify God. </li></ul><ul><li>It is the most influential and culture shaping institution in the world. </li></ul><ul><li>Therefore, Satan, God’s enemy, focuses great attention toward disrupting families. </li></ul>
    4. 4. God’s Battle for the Family: <ul><li>Today, God is doing an amazing thing through the homeschooling movement. </li></ul><ul><li>But to understand today we must first understand yesterday… </li></ul>
    5. 5. John Taylor Gatto                                                                
    6. 6. From where did the American school system originate? Andrew Carnegie , the steel baron... John D. Rockefeller , the duke of oil... Henry Ford , master of the assembly line which compounded steel and oil into a vehicular dynasty... J.P. Morgan , the king of capitalist finance...
    7. 7. From this... to this!
    8. 8. “ Forced schooling arose from the new logic of the Industrial Age—the logic imposed on flesh and blood by fossil fuel and high-speed machinery…. Forced schooling was the medicine to bring the whole continental population into conformity with these plans so that it might be regarded as a ‘human resource’ and managed as a ‘workforce.’ No more Ben Franklins or Tom Edisons could be allowed; they set a bad example.” - John Taylor Gatto The Underground History of American Education , pg. 37-38.
    9. 9. From the beginning, there was purpose behind forced schooling, purpose which had nothing to do with what parents, kids, or communities wanted. Instead, this grand purpose was forged out of what a highly centralized corporate economy and system of finance bent on internationalizing itself was thought to need; that, and what a strong, centralized political state needed, too. School was looked upon from the first decade of the twentieth century as a branch of industry and a tool of governance. Students were to learn to think of themselves as employees competing for the favor of management. Not as Franklin or Edison had once regarded themselves, as self-determined, free agents. - John Taylor Gatto The Underground History of American Education , pg. 38.
    10. 13. Sound like the kids you know? Then those kids “must” be mentally ill, because that is the definition of hyperactivity found in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). <ul><li>&quot;Often fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in seat; often leaves seat in classroom or in other situations in which remaining seated is expected; often runs about or climbs excessively in situations in which it is inappropriate; often has difficulty playing or engaging in leisure activities quietly; is often “on the go”; often talks excessively. </li></ul>
    11. 15. John Adams Joseph Pulitzer Ansel Adams Robert Frost Andrew Carnegie Charlie Chaplin Agatha Christie Winston Churchill BUT THESE MEN & WOMEN DIDN’T HATE SCHOOL!! Charles Dickens Thomas Edison Benjamin Franklin Florence Nightingale Woodrow Wilson The Wright brothers Franklin D Roosevelt Alexander Graham Bell
    12. 16. Leonardo da Vinci Wolfgang Mozart Claude Monet Abraham Lincoln Theodore Roosevelt Robert E. Lee Douglas MacArthur Niether Did These!! C.S. Lewis Mark Twain George Washington James Madison Thomas Jefferson John Adams Patrick Henry John Paul Jones
    13. 17. Why? Because they didn’t go to school. Free to learn!                                                                                                                                                  
    14. 18. Home Educators are more like private tutors for our children than teachers. The teacher must make the student conform to the schedule. The tutor may conform the schedule to the student. The teacher must follow the set curriculum. The tutor may adapt the curriculum as needed. The teacher must apply one curriculum to an entire group. The tutor can custom tailor the curriculum for the individual. The teacher has limited time to get to know the student. The tutor gets to the know his or her students intimately. The teacher receives an evaluation from superiors. The tutor receives an evaluation from the student. THINK OF YOURSELF AS A TUTOR, MENTOR, OR GUIDE!
    15. 19. The teacher is viewed by the student as an enforcer of rules. The tutor is viewed by the student as a resource for further understanding. The teacher's job and success is completely measured by the final grades (and now, the standardized tests). The tutor's job and success is measured by interaction with the student (through conversation, relaxed projects, field trips, writing and re-writing, etc.). The teacher's student is primarily concerned about making the teacher happy. The tutor's student is primarily concerned about satisfying their curiosity and desire to learn. The teacher must keep moving in order to &quot;cover&quot; all the material. The tutor may take as long as needed for the material to cover itself. THINK OF YOURSELF AS A TUTOR, MENTOR, OR GUIDE!
    16. 20. 4 Goals for Elementary 1. Help foster an appetite and interest in learning! 3. Capitalize on your child's uniqueness. 4. Pray for God to reveal your child's calling! 2. Provide ample resources and wait!
    17. 21. 4 Goals for High School 2. Plan for the upper grades! 3. Do not be afraid to ask for lots of help. 4. Pray for God to APPLY your student's calling! 1. DO NOT PANIC!!
    18. 22. What about socialization? When parents tell me they are trying to make a decision between public school and home education I often ask, “ If you put them into a traditional school aren’t you afraid of socialization?”
    19. 23. God’s Purpose for the Child? <ul><li>The purpose of family is to glorify God. </li></ul><ul><li>The purpose of home education is to prepare children for service in the Kingdom of God. </li></ul><ul><li>The purpose of HomeLife Academy is to help you accomplish this. </li></ul>
    20. 24. HomeLife Academy We believe God gives every child unique and wonderful gifts to use for His glory and honor. Our mission is to inspire and equip parents to help develop those gifts. BRINGING EDUCATION BACK HOME!
    21. 25. HomeLife Academy Suggested Reading: I Saw the Angel in the Marble, Chris and Llewellyn Davis Educating the WholeHearted Child, Clay and Sally Clarkson A Charlotte Mason Education, Catherine Levison A Different Kind of Teacher, John Taylor Gatto Dumbing Us Down, John Taylor Gatto Wisdom's Way of Learning, Marilyn Howshall