A Mom’s God Given Vision

What did I tell God?  I couldn’t believe my mouth had said it!  But I meant it!  I knew it, and more importantly, the LORD God knew my heart before I ever said, “I WON’T home school these boys unless You give me Your vision…I WON’T!”   I had home schooled my daughter for five years and it was a struggle of the wills…mine verses hers…she didn’t learn in ways I knew how to teach. So, when the Lord gave my husband and I two sons late in life, born less than a year apart, I announced to everyone that these boys would go to private Christian school!  (There was no way we could afford it, but I just couldn’t see fighting wills in home schooling each day.)   But God…..He let me have all their toddler years with them, teaching them their letters and colors, reading the Word with them, learning how He made each of them, seeing their hunger for His Word as they watched Mom study and lead Precept classes.
The Lord gradually revealed His vision for our  family, HIS vision that He was going to fulfill HIS way. Once I understood His vision (which took a couple of years since I had to learn new schooling styles), I relaxed and started enjoying the home school journey for the first time!

Being a home school mom and a Precept Upon Precept Bible study leader, I was very excited when I heard PMI was coming out with Discover for Yourself for young readers. That was several years ago. Our sons are now in high school, but the joy over their excitement to be able to learn to study the Word for themselves is still fresh in my mind!

When the boys were in 2nd grade, we made the decision that our whole family would do a study from the D4Y series after dinner. We cleared the table, brought out handfuls of coloring pencils, our Bibles, our D4Y books, a dictionary, and Concordance.  Since I’m a PUP leader, I chose the “How to Study the Bible” book.  We worked a lesson each night and we ALL learned!  Our boys got so excited that they could actually learn the inductive method, that their dad was doing the study with them, and that studying the Word was fun!  When we finished, they asked to do another!   We worked thru two more D4Y!  These set us on the path of God’s vision for our family.

Our vision for our home school came from the LORD God Himself:  my husband and I are to be stewards over the sons He has given us, to raise them so they will be men of the Word. We are to focus all the studies, every subject, to give glory and honor to the LORD and His Word and “His Story.”    We school in a Charlotte Mason-unit studies style following the Biblical timeline. Studying this way allows us to study the timeline of the Bible, moving chronologically thru history, learning God’s Word “Precept Upon Precept” and line upon line, stopping as long as we need to cover any time period. Within a particular time period, we study God’s Word (Bible is our first subject each school day), the people of the era, the nations and conquests, literature, geography, languages, lifestyles, inventions, science, and discoveries, art, music, foods, clothing, customs, etc. The inductive method is a beautiful part of this learning style with all its questions and detective work in studying the text!
The best part of the inductive method (speaking as home school mom now) is they learned so much English grammar while studying the Word!  Sssshhhhhh!  Don’t tell your kids about that part, they just think they’re having fun discovering God’s Word for themselves!

After the three D4Y studies, we did a couple of 40 Minute studies and several of the Lord series. Then, we tackled the book of John.  Almost each week, there would be questions about covenant within the lesson. The boys asked if they could do the PUP Covenant next. So, in their sixth grade, we dove into Covenant, lesson by lesson, day by day.  I was amazed at their hunger for Truth!  We did the lessons, looked up words in the Concordance, made lists, and watched Wayne at the end of each week on DVD for the lecture. (The boys nicknamed him Doc Barber!)   And it didn’t  stop here!  We did Genesis with Dr. Kurt Wise along with our Creation Science units. Two years ago, we started the King & Prophets series, adding Isaiah in its proper place (fabulous study!!!), and now we are on the last K&P book, which will end with the Babylonian captivity.  The Lord has shown us to do Romans and Hebrews their last two years.

An opportunity to teach history thru literature opened up at a local home school co-op when the boys were in middle school. I had ten weeks for the class. I chose a Christian book series based on an era in history. Within each class, I taught the inductive study method. There was a large whiteboard in the classroom that we filled up with their answers to questions about the text. I made up word studies and etymologies of word families in the story. I showed them how to work a timeline for the story. All the activities pointed to answering the 5 W’s and an H questions. Parents gave me many testimonies of their children reading great amounts of materials and being able to think better. I got to share with them the Precept materials they could use within their own homes.

I also lead two PUP groups aside from home schooling. We have been focusing on studying Daniel, and I and II Thess before getting to Revelation. The boys are part of this group and have done the studies with the PUP group as well. The best part of being home schoolers is that the Lord has us all studying the same things. Our life lessons are interwoven and our discussions are very in depth. We have God’s vision as a family and have committed to live in such a way that we try to be holy and excel still more because He has empowered us to do so. Oh, no, we are not perfect!  We know that very well, but we have put away the worldliness as much as possible, striving to live a committed life unto our Lord and Savior.  In two years, our home school journey completes for our two sons…they will graduate with the blessing of having studied a lot of the Bible inductively since they were in second grade, following God’s vision for our home schooling, for our  family. Glory be to the Lord for giving us His vision and the tools to be able to accomplish it!

Iaci Figueiredo Flanders was born into a Brazilian Jewish family that didn’t participate in any Jewish religious activities.  Because of that void, education, the arts, sports, and worldly pursuits were sought fervently until at 29 1/2 yrs old, after making a mess of her life, the Lord Jesus Christ had mercy and revealed Himself as Messiah, Lord and Savior, to her. After being radically born again, the Lord led Iaci to study the Bible in depth using the inductive study method found in Precept Ministries studies and several other ministries’ Bible studies and trainings.

 

Iaci Figueiredo Flanders was born into a Brazilian Jewish family that didn’t participate in any Jewish religious activities.  Because of that void, education, the arts, sports, and worldly pursuits were sought fervently until at 29 1/2 yrs old, after making a mess of her life, the Lord Jesus Christ had mercy and revealed Himself as Messiah, Lord and Savior, to her. After being radically born again, the Lord led Iaci to study the Bible in depth using the inductive study method found in Precept Ministries studies and several other ministries’ Bible studies and trainings.

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