I have long believed that there is a way that God intends for our children to learn. God Schooling: How God Intended Children to Learn by Julie Polanco is a not just a guide but a lesson in how God intends for our children to learn. My oldest son flat out says right now, “learning is not fun”, so we have been off the rails as of late. As we delved into what many consider rather unconventional methods of learning, this book was a timely reminder that this is not really so.
We are all taught about the value of the wisdom that comes from the Word of God. Seek God’s way in all things. We say it but do we really mean it?
Let me tell you a bit about Julie because I find her so amazing and so inspiring. She’s just a homeschooling mama just like many of us; she is in the Chicago area (hello from SE Wisconsin) so she is almost my neighbor. Ha-Ha This book is written from within the trenches and honestly, from the very first page I was hooked. She spoke to her search for those perfect teaching materials, her struggles with her children who just didn’t want to do the work. I thought of my own son who refuses any lesson I ask him to do as of late (I take that back, he did draw me a lovely image of Paddington Bear the other day).
Within the first few pages I already realized that I needed to re-examine my goals and my relationships. I need to emulate more and more the patience in the love that God shows me, with my own children. If there is one thing I am reminded of, it is that we need to take care of the relationship. I just saw something the other day that spoke of how, “In this world where we can be anything we ought to be kind.”
The pages of this book are her own personal journey; to a place of peace and joy. I don’t know about you but right now I definitely need more of that!
This is not just a personal memoir though. In my humble opinion this is also a Bible study. This must be read with an open mind. as you read through the pages of this book it is important that you read putting off all that you think you know right now how about education. These pages are full of scripture meant to guide us and show us the freedom God offers us in this way (the early Christian Church was The Way…by the way).
There are also other resources to review. Some of these speak to motivation; others speak to the identification of character traits us to understand and encourage our children. I recently added to my collection a few of the materials she mentioned in the pages of this book.
This book is divided into two parts. In the first section we work to dispel the myths. I mean, there are just so many things that we are taught, things that we “know” that really aren’t so. We have to get to the place where we acknowledge that what we know may not be before we can truly embrace the freedom in the way that God has for us.
In part two she talks about the practice; this is broken up in two different age ranges. it also helps give some tips on getting started, keeping track of things and maintaining some form of structure. This is the perfect spot for those of us how to get started for our wondering how we can support our kids who may all be different ages.
And what book for us mama’s isn’t complete without a couple study questions? At the end of each chapter there are questions to help us think more deeply. This helped us really start thinking about how to incorporate service into our homeschool (we start doing this next week by the way at a local little farm).
She is also the author of 100 (no and low cost) Ways to Motivate Kids (anyone else excited about that? I need SO much help motivating or her two of mine as of late). You can also
get the first chapter of God Schooling FREE when you sign up for her newsletter. Or if you are as excited about this book as I am, you can get your copy of the ebook now; on sale for half price, through August 22nd. I highly encourage you to get a copy if you are struggling in your homeschool. Or even if you were just looking to bring some new life into things. This is a challenging and encouraging read; so much so that I will be reading this one again.
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