The most important subject you will teach your child this year is not found in our curriculum bundles. As my husband and I are veteran homeschooling parents of five and owners of Timberdoodle, it is easy for me to assemble a curriculum kit with algebra and biology for your ninth-grader, and phonics and an introduction to handwriting for your kindergartner. Even if Iím off a bit Ė say your ninth-grader needs to master pre-algebra first and your kindergartner is already a fluent reader Ė these measurable particulars easily translate into quick tweaks to the curriculum.
What we canít measure or quantify or predict is your child's relationship with Jesus. And while there may be certain devotional materials better suited for specific age ranges, ultimately God has given to you the unique insight necessary to shepherd your childís heart. Will your child will get more from a group devotional or a private study, from unpacking a passage of Scripture or from hearing how others used Godís Word to live well in the fray?
Some families have lofty ideals of a brood of children gathered around the patriarch as he eloquently shares a passage of scripture that he has prepared. The rest of us deal with a messier reality, which is why I am a strong proponent of a prepared devotional book or curriculum.
As our children were growing, daily devotions were the norm from the time they were old enough to sit up and point to pictures on a page. With an eleven year span between our two bookends, Joy and Pearl, devotion time included picture-book Bibles, systematic theology, and everything in between.
Over the years we ran into our share of worldly, weird, shallow, or boring devotions. Some we adapted, others we just tossed. The ones we have loved for their God-centered, Bible-saturated, solid teaching we offer here.
- Deb, Founder of Timberdoodle Co.
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