Friday, October 18, 2013

Fight Nice.

Recently, I have been thinking about two friends and the causes they advocate.  Let me introduce you to these women and their causes.
Friend One:  A beautiful woman of God.  She loves yarn and creating beautiful things from it.  She loves the LORD and His church.  She is a professional writer.  She is a wife, and sister in Christ.
But she is also an out spoken advocate for body Image acceptance.

Friend Two:  She is a beautiful woman of God.  She loves the Lord with all her heart.  She is a wife and a mother.  She has her own business and is very "crunchy."  But she advocates for the Fight against Childhood obesity.

Both these friends are intelligent, beautiful, and large in body size.  Both of these woman believe in eating a healthy diet and living an active life style.  Both of these woman love the Lord, and truly believe in the cause that they fight for.  So, is one or both of them wrong or right?

What is the Body Image Acceptance movement?
 Basically, it is a cause to educate people that everyone should be loved and accepted no matter the way their body looks.  Fat, skinny, short, tall, dark skinned, light skinned,  male, female, bald, hairy, etc.  No matter how one looks they should be treated with the same love, acceptance, and respect as anyone else.  Sounds like a good cause for a Christ woman to support.
But, like all good causes there are extremists in this movement.  There are those that think to teach this message affectively we should not tell our daughters that their bodies are beautiful, rather only focus on their brains.  There are those who think those who diet and/or exercise (too much) are uneducated and need to be educated to accept themselves.  There are those who think if I say I am proud of losing a few pounds than I a not accepting of who I am.

What is the cause for the fight against childhood obesity?
This is a fight to teach children to eat healthy and live healthy lives so as not to become overweight due to lack of proper health.  Again, there are extremists in this movement too. 

Why are these two friends on my mind?  Why are their causes so dear to them?  Are they at odds with each other?

Here is my two cents worth on these things.

These are both great causes.  We need to love and accept ourselves and others the way that God made us.  We also need to love children enough to educate them and their parents about good health care.

But here is the problem I have.  People don't just want to advocate for a cause, no, they are out looking for those who are not on the same page as them.  They are looking to be offended by others whom don't agree with them.  So, then when they hear someone talking about fitness, weight lose, eating habits, obesity, etc. their ears perk up.  They are listening for things that agree or disagree with their opinion.  I wonder if instead of listening with judgmental ears and looking with judgmental eyes, if we try and look and hear things from God's perspective then we will be more affective in our cause.

I can not assume that that over weight boy is being neglected and not taught good health, just because he is overweight.  Likewise, I can not assume just because someone is excited about losing a few pounds that they don't have a healthy self image.  Extreme weight lose or gain is something to be concerned about.  Poor health habits is something to be concerned about.  Excessive exercise and dieting is something to be concerned about.  But, if I lose weight due to a truly healthy life style change, and I am proud of that, there is nothing wrong with my self image.  If I put on a few pounds due to a healthy lifestyle change, I can also be pleased with that.
I know many beautiful people whom are large, and I know many not so beautiful people whom are large.  I know many beautiful people whom are thin, and I know many not so beautiful people whom are thin. 

What's my point?

Let's stand up for what we believe in, but let's make sure we love others with Christ love as we do it.

Luke 6:27-38
27 “But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who [o]mistreat you. 29 Whoever hits you on the cheek, offer him the other also; and whoever takes away your [p]coat, do not withhold your [q]shirt from him either. 30 Give to everyone who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back. 31 [r]Treat others the same way you want [s]them to treat you. 32 If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33 If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34 If you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners in order to receive back the same amount. 35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, [t]expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men. 36 [u]Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
37 Do not judge, and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; [v]pardon, and you will be pardoned. 38 Give, and it will be given to you. They will [w]pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.”

Monday, October 7, 2013

Graduation requirements for Hirn Homeschool

Recently, I have been asked about our graduating process.  Daniel and TylerAnn are both seniors this year.  So people have asked about their plans following this year, and what it means to graduate from our school.  To be honest, it means nothing.  You see we are not raising students for diplomas, college, or even careers.  We are raising students in the Word for Kingdom Work.  So, even though we say that Daniel and Tyler Ann our seniors, that is just a label for society purposes.  Church, sports, etc.  Both Daniel and TylerAnn have no plans to leave home after this year.  In fact, they plan to continue in their studies here at home with us.  We are raising each of our children to follow Christ wherever He is leading them.  This will look different for each of them. 

So for Tyler Ann and Daniel that means for right now they will continue to be at home for the next couple of years and continue in their studies here.  Why?  Because we changed our schooling three years ago, and they want to get all the teaching in.  The study that I am writing takes a student through the Word of God chronologically in four years.  Both Tyler and Daniel want to complete this study with us.  On top of that, we only started copying the Bible two years ago.  One of the requirements to say that you finished Hirn Homeschool is to copy the whole Bible.  Daniel and Tyler have not had enough time to get the whole Bible done, and so they have a great desire to finish this work too. 
Many people have asked what we mean by Copying the Bible.  I have blogged about copy work before, but I will try and explain it step by step for those who are wondering about it.

Copying the Bible into Notebooks a Five Step Process

Step one:  Read it
Student reads Genesis chapter one to themselves, quickly like a story.  This is NOT study the Bible time.

Step Two:  Copy it
Student copies Genesis chapter one.  Word for word, letter for letter, punctuation for punctuation.

Step three:  Draw it
Student draws a picture of chapter one of Genesis.

Step four: Journal it
Student does a one page journal entry on Genesis chapter 1.

Step Five:  Correct it
Student exchanges their notebook with another student and they carefully go over the copy work to check for errors.  Students then use white out to correct any errors.

This process is then repeated for every chapter in the whole Bible.  Typically this process takes about one hour per chapter.   We copy at 7 am and 7 pm daily.  That means that typically a student will copy two chapters a day.  Sometimes depending on the content of the chapter, and depending on the ability of the student more chapters can be done in two hours a day. 

The goal is NOT to have wonderful neat notebooks full of God's Word, nor is it to have great journal entries, or beautiful artwork.  No the goal of this five step process is to put God's Word deep into the minds and heart of the student.  This slow deliberate process causes them to truly think and focus on God's Word. 

We then use this copy work to discuss grammar, spelling, punctuation, poetry, character, science, and of course, history.  We use it also for memory work, and more. 

A student usually starts copying their officially copybook at around age ten.  Before this we practice copywork and use the practicing to teach phonics, alphabet, sight words, and numbers.   We use our practice work for memory work.

If you want to read more about why we copy here are some posts I wrote about it.

Teaching the Bible

Practical Steps to Godly Education

How to teach reading with the Bible