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Our Gift & Stewardship of Time
Time is a precious gift from God, a
treasure for which we are accountable as
Through God's Word, we learn the Lord's
will for the use of our time.
"Therefore be careful how you walk,
not as unwise men but as wise,
making the most of your time,
because the days are evil.
So then do not be foolish,
but understand what the will of the Lord is." Ephesians 5:15-17
Although we are to make good use of our
time, the Lord is not an unreasonable or hard
"Come to Me, all who are weary
and I will give you rest.
Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me,
for I am gentle and humble in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls.
For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." Matthew 11:28-30
Whatever You Do,
Do It on Purpose!
Time is a non-renewable resource –
once spent, it is never again available to
us. We each spend our allotted "coins"
of time each day. For what are we
exchanging our time?
If we do not plan the use of our time, we
abdicate to the dictates of the moment – also
known as letting the urgent overrule the
Planning offers a great sense of security
in knowing that we are doing what we need and
want to do. A time budget (a.k.a.
schedule) will enable you to reach your goals
in serving the Lord, your family, and others.
(See practical ideas and free resources
for planning at right.)
Options for Summer Time
As with all things, balance in a schedule
is crucial. Your schedule will include
a variety of activities. However, that
balance may not be the same each day, week,
month, or year.
Summer provides a change of routine with a
variety of options for the use of our time.
In this issue we suggest general uses of
your time, plus options for your summer
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"I'm bored" is often a summer time cry. And that can mean trouble is on the way!
Unstructured time can be disconcerting for children at any time of the year, and you know what they say about idle hands.
If you don't have a schedule as a frame of reference for the use of your children's time, this checklist provides options for enjoyable and constructive activities.
So when faced by the dreaded cry, "I'm bored," simple point the your list (which you can adapt from the one below), smile, and say, "Choose something on this list and let me know how you liked it."
You might even make a chart for the week with boxes to check off which activities they did on which days.
Maybe a prize or reward (choosing the menu for dinner or something) can be attached to completing so many or the most items on the list.
Most certainly praise, thanks, or a show of appreciation are appropriate and helpful, as children will do what they are rewarded for.
Read something in your Bible.
Use your schedule, devotional book, or the Proverbs for the day (e.g., Prov. 3 on the 3rd day of the month). Also see free 42-page student Bible study ebook by Awana, "Salvation and the Christian Walk."
Learn or review a Bible verse.
See verses or passages related to character qualities in the sidebar of Newsletter #362, or free ebook by Awana: "Bible Bees," ("Be kind," "Be obedient," etc.) a memory book for kindergarten (39 pages).
Learn some spelling words. See a list of the 1,000 Most Common Words in the English Language ranked in frequency order. The first 100 make up about half of all written material, and the first 300 make up about 65 percent of all written material. Start at the beginning and check off words as they are learned.
Do some art or crafts.
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His only begotten Son, that whoever believes
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2. Man is separated
from God by sin.
For all have sinned and fall short of the
glory of God. (Rom. 3:23) For the wages of
sin is death. (Rom. 6:23)
3. The death of
Jesus Christ in our place is God's only
provision for man's sin.
He (Jesus Christ) was delivered over to
death for our sins and was raised to life for
our justification. (Romans 4:25)
4. We must
personally receive Jesus Christ as Savior
But as many as received Him, to them He
gave the right to become children of God,
even to those who believe in His name. (John
For by grace you have been saved through
faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the
gift of God; not as a result of works, that
no one should boast. (Eph. 2:8, 9)
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In This Issue
The Use of Our Summer Time
By Sue Welch & Cindy Short 1. Time for God 2. Time for Work 3. Time for Learning 4. Time for Planning 5. Time for Leisure 6. Time with Others 7. Time for Sleep
• Our Gift & Stewardship of Time
• Anti-Boredom Checklist
(Includes Freebies & Free Ebooks)
In this issue we consider the use of our time (see "Our Gift & Stewardship of Time" in sidebar at left). We trust that these ideas will provide you:
1. Options for the use of your time during the summer.
2. Alternatives to the time spent by family members on the Internet.
May the Lord richly bless your family for His glory as you enjoy this summer together!
The Pat Welch Family, Publishers
Pat, Sue, Heather, Holly, and Brian
The Teaching Home is a homeschool, family-run business operated in our home since 1980.
1. Time for God
"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart
and with all your soul and with all your might.
These words, which I am commanding you today,
shall be on your heart.
You shall teach them diligently to your sons
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 up." Deuteronomy 6: 5-7
Our time with God and teaching His Word to
our children is the most important use of our
time each day and should have the highest
priority in our schedules.
Spiritual activities include:
personal and family devotional time (prayer,
systematic Bible reading (see schedule), discussion, and study).
about the Lord and spiritual things with your
children throughout the day.
your children memorize God's Word so that it
will be available to influence them
throughout their lives.
of Scripture to your children's lives (e.g., resources from Doorposts).
your children to Christ in salvation when
they are ready.
• Training your
children in Christian living and character
development through example, teaching, and
discipline throughout each day – this
takes time and should not be looked at as an
interruption of your daily schedule.
• Attending church services and fellowship with other Christians.
Options for Summer Time
let a busy summer schedule rob your family's
time together with the Lord; this time will
bear fruit in your children for life!
2. This is
a good time to establish or brush up on child
discipline (see Newsletter #45 on "How To Establish Child Training, Discipline,
and Family Responsibilities").
time to identify and remove ungodly
influences from your home.
Sharing the Good News of the Gospel
"And He said to them,
'Go into all the world and preach the gospel
to every creature.'" Mark 16:15
Fulfilling the Great Commission should be
one of our goals in training our children to
love and follow the Lord. Sharing the
good news of salvation is both a command and
ways your family can become involved in
different careers, including Christian
service, and encourage your children to
consider how the Lord would have them serve
to neighbors, friends, and relatives.
tracts with you to give to those you come in
to missions and encourage your missionaries.
Options for Summer Time
Summer opportunities for evangelism include:
or door-to-door, witnessing or canvassing for VBS
Work has been an important use of man's
time from the beginning in the Garden of
Eden. Work was given to man, not as a
punishment, before the fall. One
consequence of the fall was that work would
be harder to do.
One of the best things we can teach our
children is that work is not a punishment,
and although it may be hard at times, it can
also be fulfilling and rewarding.
"If anyone is not willing to work,
then he is not to eat, either." 2 Thessalonians 3:10
Whatever you do, do your work heartily,
as for the Lord rather than for men. Colossians 3:23
Also teach your children that God commands
us to work – and that we are to work
like we are working for Him.
Our work is not to be only for our own
profit, but to enable us to help
"He must labor, performing with his own hands
what is good,
so that he will have something to share
with one who has need." Ephesians 4:28
Work can be:
in or out of our home
or part time
an employer for wages or salary,
self-employed, or apprenticeship
• Multiple jobs
(e.g., main employment plus part-time
or unpaid (volunteer/service to others)
Time for Others
Service to Others
"So then, while we have opportunity,
let us do good to all people,
and especially to those who are of the household
of the faith." Galatians 6:10
Service to others is an important part of
our spiritual lives in obedience to
God. Our service:
provide for the needs of others.
our attention off of ourselves and onto
make us thankful for God's blessings to us.
an opportunity to learn new skills and
explore career possibilities.
Some opportunities to serve include your
church, support group, rescue mission,
retirement home, meals on wheels, crisis
pregnancy center, animal shelter, etc.
Working together as a family ensures that
your children are safe and that the family
shares a unifying goal.
Options for Summer Time
1. You may
have more time this summer to serve others
(neighbors or church members who are elderly,
busy, or physically challenged), as in
visiting the sick, doing yard work, or
cooking a meal.
chores each of your family members do for your own
family is a service to others.
Home and Family Care
Much of our time is not open to
discretionary use. We demonstrate our
love and care for our family each day as we
supply their basic needs:
• A healthy diet
• Clean clothes
• Clean dishes
• Orderly and clean
• Physical care and
grooming of children
of children and husband (spending time
together; giving attention and listening to;
reading, walking, and talking together)
Other household duties include:
• Lawn care
• Household management
(planning and scheduling)
As long as we have to keep up on these
chores, we might as well find the fastest,
easiest way to do it and be cheerful as we
Routines and habits
furnish a foundation of peace for a home and
family, and thus should not be resented or
looked on as drudgery (see Newsletters #89 and #90 on habits).
As mothers our joy can be in meeting the
daily needs of our family. We can
encourage our family to experience the same
joy by pitching in and sharing the work.
Options for Summer Time
Summer can give you time to do those
things that don't fit into your regular
school schedule, such as:
De-cluttering and thoroughly cleaning your
Establishing and training your children to do
for the coming year (see Newsletter #45 which includes "7 Ways To Teach Responsibility through Chores")
Updating your family's wardrobe
Reorganizing the use of space in your home
Cleaning out your library and books
love to each family member every day in
tangible ways such as a hug or words of
thanks or affirmation
special extended time alone with your whole
family together; a Mom/girls and Dad/boys activity; and with each individual
3. Time for Learning
As home educators, we realize that
learning can, and does, take place at any time and any
• Formally (in
class), or informally (teachable moments /
an instructor (Mom, Dad, or others), or self
taught through research
• In a
class, or out in the world around us
• Academic, or
basics, or electives
credit, or just for the joy of learning
an institution (in classes or distance
learning), or on your own
Options for Summer Time
1. Daily or
Just 5-10 minutes a day of review and
practice of the basic skills of reading,
writing, and math will prevent your children
from forgetting all they know over the summer
and needing extra time in the fall to catch
up to where they left off in the spring.
Educational games can make this review
with a Change of Pace
Use different methods of learning
Do a unit study with all your children together
Read more than usual
Follow one's own interests
Do hands-on activities
Learn life skills
for "Summer School"
You might assign school credit for some of
the fun, practical activities and skills your
children do and learn during the summer.
Head Start on Next Year
You can also get a head start on next
year's lessons by doing one class with all
your children for six weeks during the
summer – perhaps a science class with
experiments and field trips.
Besides a good use of your time, this can
provide your children with an interesting
activity and give you more time during your
school year for breaks or a more leisurely
4. Time for Planning
Planning and scheduling does not mean that
you will have to live according to an
ultra-strict regimen. This false fear
can keep us from fulfilling God's purpose for
It does mean that we should consider and
decide how we use our time – be master
of it, rather than just let come what may and
be subject to circumstances around us.
You need to make time to plan:
day or large block of time once a year for
major, over all planning
sessions during the summer for next school
and daily plans
Planning and scheduling (making a time
budget) helps you make good use of your time,
do what you really want to do, and makes your
life go more smoothly.
Steps included are explained further in Newsletter
#376 on "Your Family Mission Statement" and "Setting Goals."
Also read online articles with practical
is a great time to re-evaluate (see survey in
#370) and plan for next school year.
life goals and next year's goals.
up your master to-do list and calendar.
• Schedule classes
and activities that will help meet your goals.
and purchase curriculum.
5. Time for Leisure
Relaxation and downtime are very important
elements in our lives and time should be
included in our schedule for:
sitting, and visiting
individual interests or hobbies
something just for enjoyment
(visiting with friends, attending or hosting
• Physical activities
(outdoor games, sports, walking, hiking, or
• Using a
computer for leisure
for personal interest
Taking a break is important each day and
each week throughout the year.
Change of Pace
A variety in our schedule, or a change of
pace, differs from taking a break, in that
something done for a change can still be
productive and yet provide refreshment just
because it is different.
Making the Summer Break Last All Year
You can divide up your summer break and
spread it throughout the year by following
some adaptation of one of these year-round
four-day school week with three days off.
to six weeks of school with one week off; repeated in cycles.
or ten weeks of school; two weeks off; repeated in cycles.
Vacation days can be spaced out evenly,
reserved for holidays or family vacations, or
taken all at once in the summer or whatever
season is preferred.
Options for Summer Time
Summer affords more time for greater and
more extended changes of pace.
There are so many things that can be done
in summer better than at any other time of
year, that we need to take advantage of
• Enjoy being out of doors
• Picnics, hikes, and drives
• Gardens and yards
• Exploring and learning about nature
• Day trips and field trips (see Newsletter #369).
6. Time with Others
Time spent working, playing, learning, and
worshiping together with your family brings
you closer together and increases the
opportunity for influence upon your children.
Fellowship with like-minded, spiritual
Christians for needed support and
encouragement for the whole family.
Teach your children social skills that
include understanding others, communication, cooperation, managing
conflict, leadership, and lovingly meeting the needs of others.
Options for Summer Time
allows more time to spend with others,
Note: Always be sure to keep
your young children within your sight and
hearing when they play with other
children. Do not hesitate to schedule
and limit playtimes and enforce your family's
rules of conduct.
over the rules of good manners (see Newsletter #224) and practice with a tea party, formal family dinner, or dinner with invited guests.
Approximately 1/3 of Our Time
7. Enough Time for Sleep
Adequate rest is essential for good
health. It also helps your children to learn
and behave better.
Although individuals vary in their need of
sleep, the recommended amount of sleep for
various age groups is as follows: