The “learning value” of our lifestyle activities is entirely dependent upon what we make of it. …  Each family possesses a collection of circumstances, resources and abilities that become the raw material from which to develop something of value for the education of their family … Developing the “learning value” of your lifestyle activities will equip the children in more areas at a younger age than is customary because they will be apprenticed to you for many years.   This is a quote from Marilyn Howshall in her book,  “Develop a Lifestyle Routine” p.44

 

Question is  – Do I see “learning value” in anything that we do around here?  If I don’t then I am going to rely on curriculum and other people’s guidelines to educate, teach and train my children. 

 

What are the raw materials I have in my life?

 

  1. Relationship with God (Daily quiet time, seasons of study)
  2. Relationship with Peter and family
  3. Training our children (spiritual, character, relationships, skills and talents, academic, physical – spirit, soul, mind and body)
  4. Home duties (cleaning, cooking, decorating, washing, ironing)
  5. Physical well being (food, exercise, sleep)
  6. Relationships with others (visiting, blessing, gifts, telephone calls, birthdays)
  7. Ministry to families (this involves being available to others, building relationships, writing, studying)
  8. Business (this involves book-keeping, stock-inventory, newsletters, customer care)
  9. Creativity – scrapbooking, card making, sewing, traditional crafts especially with country decorating in mind!
  10. Church – be involved

 

What are the things I would like my lifestyle to encompass –

 

  1. Gardening – vegetables and flowers
  2. To enjoy nature more
  3. More exercise – swimming, bike-riding, walking
  4. Camping

 

Unique things I see that Peter brings to our lifestyle

 

  1. Spiritual growth
  2. Sciences (animals, plants, earth), History, current affairs
  3. An appreciation for nature
  4. Logic and World View
  5. Camping
  6. Sport

 Seeing these things happen in our life is easy – acknowledging that they have any value in our children’s education is another thing.

 

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