Inspiration can come from so many things, but sometimes it simply comes from reading with your kids.
And can I just say, I am so blessed that we decided to follow the My Father’s World Curriculum path. I was so nervous at first. Especially after being exposed to Sonlight and getting so many great books and beginning steps from them, but something about My Father’s World called to me.
When I went to a convention a few years ago (it was in Connecticut that year), that was when I was first introduced to it. As Mr. Hazell came and talked about what the goal of what his and his wife wanted for the kids and how they founded this curriculum I realized that it was what my heart had yearned for in my own family. All the ideas, concepts, and components I was looking to teach my kids in a curriculum.
But I questioned it.
When I tried to use it the first time, it didn’t work. I had tried to do the U.S. History for first grade with my first grader, pre-k girl and a baby.
It did not go as planned and I wasn’t ready. We did not finish it that year.
So I put it on the back burner.
And then I started looking at it again when Sonlight was not meeting the needs of my family, was getting to costly and was not doable.
I prayed. I surrendered my homeschool to God. I asked the kids what they would like to study and went for it.
I have not regretted it since.
My 1st grader is going through Learning God’s Story and I can’t tell you how happy I am with his progress and how he is learning to read. The math I was worried about but he is right where he needs to be.
My two older ones are going through Exploring Countries and Cultures and it has been wonderful! They have been doing maps, learning about the United States of America, and just are experiencing school, not just reading about it.
With that being said, there has been one book that sticks out which has blessed the lives of my children and I that has been a read aloud. It’s called Kingdom Tales or Tales of the Kingdom. Here is one version of it I found on Amazon, but My Father’s World added some great questions after each chapter in the version that I have, which is more spiral bound and brown.
At first I was skeptical. The reviews sounded great. People said it was touching their lives. I didn’t know if it really was that good. I think God was working on my heart.
Then we started reading it and my kids were getting truths I never thought they would get. My own heart was hit with truths that made me look at things in my own life that needed healing or restoration.
Until tonight when we ended this first tale with the chapter called “Trial by Fire” and my kids began to say, “I want to be a King’s Ranger.”
“Mom, I want to do a group for girls who may not have a Bible or know God’s truth.”
“Mom, I want to do a God’s Ranger’s group for boys and we show those who don’t know the truth or are hurting a way out. I want to be part of Albany Teen Challenge. I want to help people.”
Oh my goodness! My heart burst with joy!
Not only did they understand the stories, they wanted to grow in their own walk with God! They wanted more! Isn’t that our prayer as Christian parents? They wanted to do it for the King!
“To the King! To the Restoration!”
They wanted to go on their own quest and touch others with what they believe.
I almost cried.
You could just feel the Holy Spirit there in our midst and as we prayed together for bed, there was a unity that had been missing.
Be inspired today!