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3/10/2011 1:27:23 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
An SEP for Mom--There's A Scripture For That

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HSLDA's Homeschooling Your Struggling Learner Newsletter
March 2011--An SEP for Mom: There's A Scripture For That
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by Betty Statnick, M. Ed.
HSLDA Special Needs Coordinator

Homeschooling a child who has special needs or who otherwise struggles
to learn puts great demands on a homeschooling mom. She can be so
absorbed in caring not only for her child's educational needs, but
also for all his other needs, that she has little or no time for
herself.

She may sometimes sink into wondering, "Where does a mom go to
resign?" Any mom who poses that question can be assured that she is
not the only one who has gotten to that low point. (Some of you do
unburden your hearts a bit when you call HSLDA to get some helps about
curriculum or methods for teaching your child.)

It is true that hormonal issues, lack of sleep, inadequate diet, and
other factors may play into mom's situation, and they will need to be
remedied. However, Christian moms can be certain that the kingdom of
darkness will also oppose them and their homeschooling.

Since Mom is learning while she is teaching, she is a student. So,
for this newsletter I have developed a Scripture-based Student
Education Plan for Mom. When mom follows the goals in this plan she
may feel less overwhelmed.


Goal 1--Mom will acknowledge that her real enemy is identified in the
Bible:

Ephesians 6:11, 12: "Put on the whole armor of God that you may be
able to stand against the wiles (tricks) of the devil. For we wrestle
not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against
powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against
spiritual wickedness in high places."

John 10:10 refers to him as "the thief who comes to steal, kill, and
destroy." His aim is to get mom to wear out and give up. He does not
want her to teach her children what the Bible says.


Goal 2--Mom will rejoice that God has all the facts, so only He can
rightly judge her.

An exhausted homeschool mom may be very vulnerable to the opinions of
people, and one of the tactics of the enemy is to have humans wrongly
judge the motives and actions of others.

Isaiah 11:1-5 refers to Christ: "And the Spirit of the LORD will rest
upon him--the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of
counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.
He will delight in obeying the LORD. He will never judge by
appearance, false evidence, or hearsay. He will defend the poor and
the exploited... ." (New Living Translation)

Isaiah 11:1-5 "He will not judge by what He sees with His eyes, or
decide by what He hears with His ears; but with righteousness He will
judge the needy... ." (New International Version)


Goal 3--Mom will set realistic teaching goals.

She will realize that she can modify her plans, make them more
realistic and elastic so that she can embrace teachable moments (when
there is high motivation to learn something).

The LORD Jesus used situations and items at hand to teach: "Consider
the lilies... ." Matthew 6:28


Goal 4--Mom will model for her child how to respond to unexpected
changes in the already developed schedule for the day.

She acknowledges that the LORD (her Owner) has the right to interrupt
those plans when He has something else in mind. When she rightly
reacts to interruptions, she is modeling before her children that God
is sovereign. Acts 16:7-9 tells how Paul and Silas tried to go into
Bithynia but the Spirit did not permit them. A vision appeared to
Paul in the night...A man of Macedonia stood saying "Come over into
Macedonia and help us... ."


Goal 5--Mom will include SQUIRT (Sustained Quiet Un-Interrupted
Reading Time) in the daily teaching schedule.

During "SQUIRT" each child will silently read from a book (or look at
the pictures in a book) of his choice. Mom will also silently read.
This will give her the opportunity to read from the Bible ("the sword
of the Spirit" used to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one).
Her reading time may be only five minutes long, but the LORD is able
to quicken (make alive) what she reads in that short period of time.
Mom may also take a quick peek at a Bible verse plaque as she zooms
past it and sends the arrow prayer, "Lord, remind me of that verse
when I need it the most."


Goal 6--Mom will confess to her children and ask their forgiveness if
she has "blown it" by making false accusations, or by letting the sun
go down on her wrath.

Proverbs 18:13 "He that answers a matter before he hears it, it is
folly and shameful unto him."

Ephesians 4:26 "Do not let the sun go down on your wrath."

It is so important that mom send her children to bed each night
knowing that they are loved and that she has forgiven that day's
infractions which have been made right.


Goal 7--Mom will look for and use humor each day.

For example, she may post a note for the day which contains a funny
saying. She can view her child's actions as typical for a child of
his age and not unrealistically expect adult behavior from her
children. She might keep a good joke book within easy access. In
this vein she might post her goals for the day: 1. Breathe in. 2.
Breathe out.


Goal 8--Mom will embrace the truth of Romans 8:28-29.

Romans 8:28-29 "And we know that in all things God works for the good
of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.
For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestine to be conformed to
the image of His Son." (New International Version)

Anything that happens to mom must first have had His permission. He
didn't necessarily order it, but He permitted it and will work it
together for her good. A friend of mine used to say, "It had to pass
His reviewing stand first." In effect, Joseph said to his brothers in
Genesis 50:20, "You sold me here, but God sent me here. God turned
into good what you meant for evil."

It is likely that mom's exhaustion will be diminished when she views
things from God's point of view. It is also possible that the LORD
will then use her as an encourager:

2 Corinthians 1:4 "Who comforteth us in all our trouble that we may be
able to comfort others who are in any trouble by the comfort wherewith
we ourselves are comforted of God."
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