June 11, 2014 Edition 

Teachable Moments           

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The Wuehler Family

What are we going to do with our time today? Most of us have some sort of plan so that we are not wasting time. I have found that in between and all around my plan are those unexpected teachable moments. And, because I have learned that these are the most important moments of my day, I stop the plan  and seize the moment.

 

As parents who have been God-ordained for these children, we have the ability, and the unction from God to press into them the very nature of Who God is and the command from God to reveal His glory to them. This often happens in the teachable moments that may or may not be on our plan.

 

Don't let "the plan" of the day rob you or distract you from your highest purpose of revealing God to your children. Those inconvenient moments could be the most eternally rewarding. The children are curious, therefore open to receiving your counsel and ultimately God's counsel and purpose for them.

 

Just as you prepare yourself and your day for your plan, I would suggest preparing yourself for those teachable moments. When our children are young, they are malleable and full of faith. Take your day and those moments captive and purpose to speak of God in all things. For example:

 

When your child comes to you for breakfast, talk to them of The Bread of Life that will fill them so that their soul will never be hungry.

 

When your child misbehaves, take him to the cross of Christ and talk about the love and forgiveness of God and what that cost looks like.

 

When you are outside or on a field trip, remind them of the brilliance and creativity of God in the things He created. Talk about the gift of our minds and eyes as we are able to take and in understand what we see.

 

When you are helping your child with math or language, talk about the God of order and understanding.

 

When you are sitting on the couch together just cuddling or reading, talk about what you read in your quiet time and reveal your heart for God and God's heart for them.

 

Every question they ask, purpose to answer it from a perspective that will lift up the Almighty God and make Him desirable in their eyes.

 

At bedtime, pray over your child prayers of faith and hope and a future.

 

As homeschool parents, you have time on your side. You can fill it with the praises of your God. You can fulfill Deuteronomy 6:4-7 as you walk through your day and teach your children to love God with all their heart, soul, and strength.

 

Let the important teachable moment overrule the urgent plan. Children don't wait, but grow before our eyes and our time with them is gone all too soon. What are you planning to teach them today?

 

See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. Ephesians 5:15-17

 

~Deborah

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It's the little moments that seem to most often spring to life and bring wonder and joy to our days. Whether they come delivered on the wings of a sparrow in the backyard or on the sparkling edge of a soap bubble, they reach into the daily routine and leave us changed.

 

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You know, just because you take a summer vacation from school (and you should) doesn't mean that you get a break from teaching. In fact, the best learning takes place when you're not doing school. It comes in the form of everyday lessons learned from teachable moments.

 

Just so there is no misunderstanding, I am NOT talking about contrived teachable moments that look and smell like school in disguise, "Let's go out into the back yard and play ... and while we're there we'll draw pictures of what we see and then discuss it." Yuck.

 

What I'm talking about is the argument over who gets to pour the lemonade at the lemonade stand, the messes that need to be cleaned up, and the moments when someone is crying, stung, or afraid of the thunder and lightning. It is in those moments that we get unplanned opportunities for teaching. 

 

By the way, you're teaching all the time as your children watch how you love your spouse, your children, and your neighbors. Those are especially life-impacting lessons.

 

Don't miss these because you're too busy getting your stuff done, thinking about the next school year, or keeping things clean. Enjoy the break, your children, and all those wonderful teachable moments.

 

Be real (what a great lesson),

Todd

 

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I have an open slot on Sunday Oct. 12th in or around Dallas/Fort Worth. Also I'll be around Houston the 13-14th. I also have some time between New Orleans and the Florida Panhandle/Jacksonville, FL (Tallahassee anyone?) around the 16-18th.

 

If you'd like me to speak to your homeschool group and you live around those areas, let me know . I'd love to see if we can make it work.

 

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When you work from home, how the family's day goes often dictates how the work day goes, too. I don't remember if this was the last of several interruptions, or just the breaking point of a rising tide of disruption, but I found myself on the fourth step of the living room stairs, seated like Solomon to pass judgment on my flock of very noisy kids.

 

I think it was while I was explaining that their misbehavior was not only disruptive and disobedient, but also was wastingmy time by forcing me to stop my work and come and counsel a bunch of hooligans, that another truth struck me.  

 

This might be an interruption to my task of the moment, but this is not an interruption to my real calling. In fact, this was my real work--discipling my children, training up the next generation, leading this family. It's the work which doesn't have a taxable paycheck, but has eternal consequences. And at that moment, I realized that more and more, my life as a parent was going to involve moments just like this--when my plans were delayed by the whirling collisions of will, desire, pride, and need--that make up the interactions of any family. That's when I would step out of being an engineer, a writer, a business owner, or whatever, and take back the mantle of father, teacher, counselor, and coach.

We homeschoolers often talk about the teachable moments when our child is suddenly able to grasp geometry, or the consequences of a bad decision, or the connection between letters and sounds.Do we realize that we parents have teachable moments, too? Are we sensitive to the Lord's hand on our shoulder to turn us toward His light? Have we learned to embrace those moments-or do we still struggle against the interruption?

Yours in the battle,
Hal

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My children and I recently reviewed two DVDs, "The Best of Watch Mr. Wizard" Vol. 1, and "Mr. Wizard's World" Vol. 1. When I was offered this review, I jumped at it, for two reasons. First, I am currently recovering from surgery, and my boys and I could easily review this, we just had to watch the DVDs! But more importantly, I wanted it because I have a fond childhood memory of a Mr. Wizard book that I got from the library when I was young. I used instructions from it to make a beautiful crystal garden in a fish bowl using charcoal, food coloring, bluing, and I don't recall what else.

 

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