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How to Create a Joyful Lifestyle of Learning
By Lisa Nehring of True North Homeschool Acadamy and It’s Not that Hard to Homeschool
2023 Great Homeschool Convention
Creating a Lifestyle of Learning in your home begins with some building blocks of success- with the hierarchy you build up starting at the bottom
- Systematize and Prioritize
- Prioritize: determine the order for dealing with (a series of items or tasks) according to their relative importance
- Systemize: arrange according to an organized system – then repeat
- Define system: a set of principles or procedures according to which something is done: an organized framework or method
- Roles and Responsibilities
- Role: the function assumed or part played by a person or thing in a particular situation (management)
- Responsibility: the opportunity or ability to act independently and make decisions without authorization
- Delegation: The person who is responsible for the role delegates the tasks.
Example: It’s my responsibility to manage “the kitchen.” It is my son’s role to empty the dishwasher and my daughter’s to clear the table (the manager delegated those tasks)
- Relationships vs. Tasks
- Relationship: the way in which two or more people or groups regard and behave to each other:
- Tasks: a piece of work to be done or undertaken.
Training our kids is a front-end load proposition. It seems like it’s harder at the beginning, but not teaching/training is more difficult in the long run.
REMEMBER TO DO THE FIRST THINGS FIRST
1: Housework (THE BASICS)
- Food and Water: Planning, Budgeting, Comparison Shopping, Gathering & Storage, Preparing, Serving, Cleanup, Storing leftovers, Festivals & celebrations, Hydration= drinking enough clean water, Vitamins & Supplements, Long term prepping, Gardening & Preserving,
- Shelter: Safe & Clean, Comfortable, De-Cluttered, A Place for everything/ everything in its place, Functional for YOUR Family, Regular Maintenance, Upkeep, and upgrading – exterior, landscaping, interior, Zones for Eating, Sleeping, Hygiene, Working Out, Work, School, Rest, Family, Alone, Pets
- Clothing: Planning/comparison shopping, Gathering, Storing, Cleaning, Laundry- drycleaning, Sorting through, Repairs, Dressing up and special occasion clothing, How to match clothing, Accessories & make-up
Systematize, Prioritize, Determine, and Assign Roles and Responsibilities
2: Vocational work (SUPPORTING YOUR LIFESTYLE)
Do what you love, and the money will follow. OR Follow the Money & You’ll be able to do what you LOVE!
- Career Exploration- 4th IR- lots of job shifts and changes
- Preparation & Training- initial and ongoing
- Entrepreneurship & Lifestyle of learning is so important
- Entrepreneurial skills are a MUST
- Find a Money Mentor for today’s world
3: Time and Money
- Budgeting – Keeping track of money/ Spending money
- Are you getting by or creating wealth?
- Covering the Basics, Fun Money, Goals –short & long term
- It’s not how much you make. It’s about how much cash flow you have.
Allocating Time: One of your greatest resources
- Get out your calendar and Allocate
- Strategic Block- Delegating Responsibilities- Management
- Buffer Block –Small Task
- Breakout Block- Deep Work- larger task
- Adjust as Needed
4: Relational Work: Develop a Sense of Belonging
- Broader Community –faith and local community
Each person’s Role in the Family
- Hierarchy of Family – birth order
- Roles and Responsibilities
- Looking out after each other
- 3 C’s of Education
- Communication, Creativity, Critical thinking, Collaboration
- Oher soft skills
5: Faith / Work
Faith Development: OUR ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES IN GOD’S FAMILY
- PERSONAL FAITH DEVELOPMENT: Bible Reading, Prayer, Fasting, Service
- Communal faith development
- Family prayer
- Family Service
- Family Ministry
- Family study
- Study as worship: Languages, Church History, Archeology, Memorizing Scripture, Understanding Genres of the Bible, Biblical Translations vs. paraphrasing
Rythmes and Routines
- Daily Flow of the Family
- Establish Weekly and Daily Check-ins: Weekly Family Planning Mtgs, Monthly big picture overview, Weekly Student Planning Mtg –habit training, schedule
- Daily routines: Morning Meetings, Meals, Chore-Time, Reading, and Study aloud
6. Lifestyle of Learning
Stages of learning
- Grammar – Knowledge
- Logic -Understanding
- Rhetoric –Wisdom
Active vs Passive Learning
- The difference between owning ones education vs. being spoon-fed
- Engage with material, don’t just regurgitate for a test.
- Feedback loop
- Various forms of assessment –Tests, Quizzes, Papers, Projects, Presentations, Group Work
Future Proof Your Kids
Limit Devices- Get OUTSIDE
What do you have in your hand? God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things.
- Define Roles and Responsibilities
Pro Tip: Spend time on SET UP
- Utilized your “maid-servants”: Grocery pick up, Online ordering, Kitchen blender, Online classes, Cleaning service
Hire your kids
Be intentional: What is your Vision and DREAM for homeschooling?
Over plan and then Go with the flow!
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