Little (School) House on the Prairie

I believe it would be much better for everyone if children were given their start in education at home. No one understands a child as well as his mother, and children are so different that they need individual training and study. A teacher with a roomful of pupils cannot do this.  At home, too, they are in their mother’s care. She can keep them from learning immoral things from other children.

~Laura Ingalls Wilder

I have a trove of letters my parents exchanged while Dad was overseas during World War II.  Neither of them had more than basic education, but their letters are remarkable for their clear, lively prose and solid English syntax.  Likewise, my earliest memories are of my mother reading to me and buying me books of my own.  They encouraged my writing and were active participants in my education.  They taught me the Bible and every Sunday School lesson was reviewed to include scripture memorization.

The Lord commanded His people to teach their children holistically. Regarding His law He said

Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up” (Deut 11:19).

The Hebrews took this to heart and parenting was intrinsically connected to education.  In fact, the Hebrew word for parent means to instruct, to teach. Parenting skills are teaching skills and to be a parent is to be a teacher.

The children are listening.

What are you saying?

IMG_0181Deuteronomy 4:10

Gather me the people together, and I will make them hear my words, that they may learn to fear me all the days that they shall live upon the earth, and that they may teach their children.


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