Wednesday Mar 20, 2024

Practical Tips for Restful and Christ-Centered Homeschooling – Andrew Kern, Part 2

"Anytime you want to teach anything, I recommend that, literally or metaphorically, you use a parable." ~ Andrew Kern

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In this episode of the Schoolhouse Rocked Podcast, Yvette Hampton and Andrew Kern delve into the practical aspects of restful education in a Christian homeschool setting. Join them as they discuss the importance of faith, the true meaning and importance of curriculum, ordered classical pedagogy, and proper assessment in equipping children for the battles of life. Discover how to apply these principles to create a calm and purposeful homeschool environment.

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Discussion Questions:

1. Andrew Kern talks about the importance of beginning with faith in guiding our homeschooling journey. How does this perspective change the way we approach education in our homes?

2. Andrew Kern emphasizes the importance of governance, curriculum, community, pedagogy, and assessment in shaping practical education for homeschool families. How do these five areas impact the daily life and routine of a homeschooling household?

3. What does it mean to "guard the temple" of our own hearts, as Andrew Kern describes it? How can parents equip their children to do this in the context of their homeschooling experience?

4. Andrew Kern highlights the significance of using parables or embodied teaching to convey truths to children. What are some practical ways parents can incorporate embodied teaching into their homeschool curriculum and daily lessons?

5. How does the concept of assessment and the importance of immediate, practical, spoken, and physical assessment impact the traditional methods of testing and grading used in many educational settings?

6. Andrew Kern discusses the significance of teaching children using immediate, spoken, and physical assessment, avoiding flattery, and trusting children to overcome difficulties and make sound decisions. How can parents implement these ideas into their homeschooling approach?

7. Yvette shared her experience of sitting in a desk for 13 years of her life in a good private school and how all she took away from that experience was her love for Jesus and relationships. How does homeschooling provide a different context and opportunity for learning?

8. In what ways can homeschooling provide a more holistic and faith-centered approach to education compared to traditional schooling settings?

9. How can the principles shared in this episode, such as incorporating faith, nurturing virtue, and equipping children for the spiritual battle, guide the decision-making and daily practices of homeschooling families?

10. Andrew and Yvette discuss the ultimate goal of education being to hear, "Well done, good and faithful servant," from the Lord. How does this perspective shape the priorities of homeschooling families and the values they seek to instill in their children?


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