Homeshool: A Vision for the Dobra Family Academy

Ask God for Wisdom

Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.
Psalm 127:1

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Romans 12:2

A Vision. Why?

To make God's priority our priority. To seek first God's kingdom in our children's education:
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Matthew 6:19-21

To obey God's command in the education of our children:
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9

To Disciple our children

To know wisdom and instruction,
to understand words of insight,
to receive instruction in wise dealing,
in righteousness, justice, and equity;
to give prudence to the simple,
knowledge and discretion to the youth—
Let the wise hear and increase in learning,
and the one who understands obtain guidance,
to understand a proverb and a saying,
the words of the wise and their riddles.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Hear, my son, your father's instruction,
and forsake not your mother's teaching,
for they are a graceful garland for your head
and pendants for your neck.

Proverbs 1:2-9

Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
Psalm 1:1-2

Preparing our children for God's mission
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth.
Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!
He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.
Psalm 127:3-5

Goals and Expectations

First Principles

  1. Wisdom and Character
  2. Biblical Worldview
  3. Knowledge
  4. Skills
  5. Ministry
  6. Experiential Education
    Heart level relational education.
    - Mind: knowledge, wisdom, strategy (planning), tactics (executing)
    - Soul: Emotional maturity; the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23
    - Body: health, fitness, self-defense
  7. Customized Learning
    Education tailored to the child from those who love and know them best.
    Learning Styles:
    - Tactile: learn by doing
    - Visual: learn by seeing; illustrations, graphs, color
    - Auditory: learn by lectures; hearing, stories music
  8. Mastery

Schedule and Routine!

Set yourself up for success. Have a schedule and routine, and don't overfill it. Be willing to say no to "good" things to focus on the "great" things.

"Peace in the home is the seed bed for learning. Don't try to do it all." (?)
Job 5:24

Don't set the expectation to un-achievable levels, but have a plan to organize.

An organized day relieves stress.
- disorganized home = frustration and strife
- organized home = easier workload
- disorganized home = poor stewardship of what God has given us

Order what has to be done, then you have freedom to do what you want to do.
1. Pray about priorities
2. Ask for insight (seek wise counsel)
3. Determine needs, list wants
4. Make a master schedule (firm "task list" style, or "daily flow" style, which ever works best for you)

Pro tip: Use laminated daily check lists.

Ref: POD (Plan, organize, do. Gospel Driven Productivity)

Count the Cost

Resistance and opposition

Be ready and willing to obey God's calling even when opposed, resisted, and mocked by loved ones and the world!

Satan can influence even our loved one's to hinder our choices to obey God and follow His calling.
Like Peter who had just acknowledged that Jesus is the Christ, then tries to hinder, oppose, God's plan for Him.

16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it...

21 From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you.” But [Jesus] turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”
Matthew 16:16-23

Nehemiah: Managing Opposition

We can learn from Nehemiah how to manage opposition. (Nehemiah 3:1-11,4:1-14,6:1-16)
Nehemiah was called by God to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. Not for Nehemiah's gain, but for God's glory. (The same reason to consider homeschooling, to be obedient to and glorify God!)

First, when Nehemiah face opposition the first thing he did was pray!

4:4 Hear, O our God, for we are despised. Turn back their taunt on their own heads and give them up to be plundered in a land where they are captives. Do not cover their guilt, and let not their sin be blotted out from your sight, for they have provoked you to anger in the presence of the builders...

6:9b But now, O God, strengthen my hands.
Nehemiah 4:4-5,6:9b

Internal opposition (Nehemiah 3:5).
There were members of the Israelite nation that did not want to participate.
Nehemiah's response seems to be to ignore them and continue the work. There is really nothing more said about it. They didn't want to participate, fine, but we will obey and honor God!

External opposition (Nehemiah 4:1-14, 6:1-16).
There were enemies of the Israelite nation that actively mocked, made fun of, and "jeered" at them for attempting to rebuild the wall.

Now when Sanballat heard that we were building the wall, he was angry and greatly enraged, and he jeered at the Jews. And he said in the presence of his brothers and of the army of Samaria, “What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they restore it for themselves? Will they sacrifice? Will they finish up in a day? Will they revive the stones out of the heaps of rubbish, and burned ones at that?”
Nehemiah 4:1-2

But when the enemies saw that the Israelites were serious, they became angry and actively tried to resist or prevent them from continuing.

But when Sanballat and Tobiah and the Arabs and the Ammonites and the Ashdodites heard that the repairing of the walls of Jerusalem was going forward and that the breaches were beginning to be closed, they were very angry. 8 And they all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and to cause confusion in it. And we prayed to our God and set a guard as a protection against them day and night.
Nehemiah 4:7-9

After praying the Israelites remained faithful to the vision of building the walls, and this is what happened:

So the wall was finished on the twenty-fifth day of the month Elul, in fifty-two days. And when all our enemies heard of it, all the nations around us were afraid and fell greatly in their own esteem, for they perceived that this work had been accomplished with the help of our God.
Nehemiah 6:15-16