Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Parents: Redeem the Time During COVID-19

Suddenly, due to COVID-19, all parents have become homeschool parents!   
Our family has experienced many types of schooling through the years – homeschooling for more than a decade as well as years in private and public schools. Regardless of what method of education you've experienced, God wants you heavily involved in the training of your children.

The Bible says time is one of our most valuable commodities. And suddenly, our children have a lot more time on their hands. Let’s view this as an opportunity.

My wife and I are thinking, in addition to the assignments from their school, how can we maximize this at-home time, guiding them to use it wisely? Too much boredom can lead to innovation – but it can also include temptations into trouble.

Why not look for some specific areas you want your family to explore and learn together in the weeks ahead? I am beginning to put together a list of books and resources my entire family can read and experience – together – in the days ahead. 

Here's my short list I'm considering:

How Now Shall We Live? by Charles Colson

The American Heritage Series by Barton / Wallbuilders

Extra time at home also offers opportunity for face-to-face interaction that is sometimes difficult to maintain during a busy school year. Now's the time to play board games, engage in meaningful conversations, make music, and have fun. Last night our family sat in the den together and sang a varied repertoire, from "Hey, Good Lookin' " to "The Gambler!"

Remember, the apostle Paul challenged us to make [redeem] “the most of your time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:16 NASB).

That’s good advice for parents during COVID-19.

Love. Lead. And read.

Classical Conversations currently offers a guide to help families promote learning at home during these days.

Picture used by permission from Pixabay.

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