The number one reason we decided to homeschool is because we wanted the ability to speak truth and life into our children and to instill character in them that they normally wouldn’t get in a regular school setting. Sometimes we get so caught up in homeschooling, choosing the right curriculum, and making sure that all of the school work gets done that we forget the real reason we chose to homeschool in the first place.
If you feel like you are stuck in a rut with character training here are some ideas to help you to build character in your children:
Start your day with prayer and scripture:
This is so important! If we miss our prayer and Bible time in the mornings, you can totally tell by the way my kids are behaving halfway through the day. I like to do a morning table time where we take turns praying for different prayer requests and where we read through different daily devotionals. We also use this time to work on any scriptures that we are memorizing. I like to pick specific scriptures to work on depending on what I feel my kids need help with. If they are having a hard time being kind, we will work on memorizing scriptures about kindness, etc…
Do character studies and Bible Studies with them:
I love that I can pick a specific topic that I want my kids to work on and how we can incorporate it into our daily homeschool lessons. There are so many amazing character studies and Bible Studies available that are open and go and easy for you to use with your children in a homeschool setting.
Read good character building stories:
One of my favorite series are the Miller Family Series. My children have loved me reading these sweet, timeless stories to them. They all start with a Bible verse and then a story with a lesson on what happened and why, and how to better deal with a situation. I am amazed at how much they learn from these stories. We have been reading these over and over for years and they never get old!
Here are some of our favorites in this series:
Prudence and the Millers
Storytime With the Millers
Wisdom and the Millers: Proverbs for Children
Growing with the Millers
Spend time serving others:
Serving and loving others is a great way to teach our children to put others above themselves and to have a servant’s heart. This is a great way for children to really look outside of their natural sin nature of selfishness and it will help them to put kindness and servant hood into practice. You can do this in your own home by having your children take turns serving one another. Ways this can be done is by having them make their sibling’s bed out of love as a surprise, or to get them a drink or offer them a snack. This kindness is contagious and fun to watch develop in your children. We also enjoy serving together as a family. When you serve as a family, this brings up great conversations and character building opportunities.
Here are some service project opportunities that are perfect for families: 10 Fall/Winter Service Projects Your Whole Family Can Do Together
Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Mama to 4 children (one who is a homeschool graduate)! She is a an eclectic, Charlotte Mason style homeschooler that has been homeschooling for over 16 years now. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, and Coffee!
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