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March 20, 2020

Ideas for parents educating kids at home | Marcus Doe with Catching Ricebirds – a story of letting vengeance go

Great insights from Erin Paske of Nashville Dyslexia Center for parents who aren’t educators but who are now homeschooling kids. We don’t want our kids to fall behind but we’re also not equipped to function like “school,” so what do we do?

  1. Don’t try to replicate the school experience – let the homeschool be different.
  2. Prioritize what’s most important
    • Spiritual education and formation – reading will be a by product
    • Focus on the big subjects: reading and math
      • Read to your child and have your child read to you. Listen to them read aloud and take note of where they struggle.
      • Reading comprehension: if they can tell you about the characters, setting, storyline and motives and how the character changes over the course of the story, they’re getting it. Have them retell it, draw to reinforce it, or act it out. If you can teach it, you’ve learned it.
      • What to read? You can’t go wrong with the classics.

In the second half, author Marcus Doe shares the story of his life’s journey from Liberia, the 16 months in which he went from being beloved son to orphaned refugee, the 16 years he spent plotting murder in his heart, and the freedom found in genuine forgiveness. As he tells his story, take note of two things: he never stopped going to church and he never stopped reading the Bible. There’s faith even when there is great pain, deep trauma and murderous hate.


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