Jesus' Precious Little Lambs

A Charlotte Mason Christian Home School: Preschool – 2nd Grade :)

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Jesus’ Precious Little Lambs

Togetherness and discipleship.

We believe that homeschool is a movement of the Spirit to restore and strengthen the family. Family is sacred and beautiful. We want God’s glory to dwell in the unity of our home and family. Thus, we protect our family life, live undivided and un-fragmented, and prioritize spending time together. We do homeschool together, family devotions together, and worship together in church. We want to learn, worship, pray, work, reach out, grow, cry, go through struggles, and make memories together. We do not departmentalize learning, home-life, friends, work, and God–with each of us going in separate directions all the time as we see happening in most modern families. We train up our children through side by side discipleship. The behavior, habits, character, and destiny we envision for our children will best be accomplished through intimate discipleship, and homeschool presents the perfect opportunity for true discipleship.

Our school name reminds us that Jesus, our Good Shepherd, tenderly watches over our Little Lambs who are so precious in His sight. Through Noah’s preschool years, Jesus’ Precious Little Lambs, was a co-op homeschool preschool that we did at our house with our neighbor, Tayler, for 2 1/2 years, as well as a few other friends for awhile. We have lots of special memories of doing preschool together and many pictures in the archives here to prove it! God has been very very good. Along the way we became smitten with Charlotte Mason and learned so much from her. For Noah’s kindergarten year, we embarked on this great new season of adventures just us as a family, which was so sweet. Come first grade, 4 little nephews have joined our school a few days a week, and so once again we are opening our home to let God use our lives and school.

Our Family

2015-2016

1st grader Noah age 7, Pre-K Faith age 5, and little Daniel age 2

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2014-2015

Kindergartener Noah age 5, Preschooler Faith age 4, and Baby Daniel age 1

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We love homeschool!!! *These are just a few of the reasons why:

  • Moms and dads alone possess the expertise in their own children, the time to coax out their potential, and the maternal and paternal love to pour themselves into their education.
  • We know our children better than any other teacher could.
  • The best teacher is forever. Moms and dads are the ones God created to be fully tuned in to their children, to understand their strengths and weaknesses, to love them unconditionally, and to be there forever.
  • Why send your child off to fall in love with his teacher when he can learn at home and continue focusing his love and building his trust in you?
  • With you as teacher, the whole world will be hers to learn from. Education is not something that needs to happen inside four walls designated as a classroom in a building called a school.
  • Isn’t it an honor the way your child looks to you as the one with all the answers?
  • When it comes to the recipe for a perfect teacher, the most important ingredient is love.
  • When it comes to character formation and instilling a love of learning, the preschool years are the richest by far.
  • We spend lots of time with our children. Benjamin Franklin wrote, “Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.” By giving them what “life is made of,” we value our families.
  • Our children have certain sensitive periods when they are most receptive to different areas of learning. Sensitive periods for reading and writing occur before the age of five or six—the age at which the typical American education begins.
  • By grade 8, the average homeschool student performs four grade levels above the national average.

* Excerpts taken from Mommy, Teach Me!

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A Peek into our Preschool Beginnings:

Our 2012-2013 Yearbook, and a Video of a Day in the Life of Little Lambs

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Some posts to help you on your homeschool decision and journey:

Hold Onto Your Kids

My Favorite Post: To Preschool or Not to Preschool

Our 2013-2014 Curriculum–Appropriate for Ages 4-6

Our 2012-2013 Curriculum–Appropriate for Ages 3-4

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Watch This Movie!

Homeschooling for our family is about being together, raising our children is about Biblical discipleship at home, and delegating that responsibility to someone else or to the church started to feel wrong over time. We believe that our generation and the next is abandoning the faith because too many Christians have not conformed to the scriptural command to train up our own children. Believing that God wants Christians to train up their own children is a huge reason that we homeschool. The video Divided was excellent inspiration and fuel to our beliefs. It challenges Christians to examine the scriptural founding for delegating this “training up” of our children to youth ministry, Sunday school, and other age segregated children’s church programs. It may just fire you up, as it did us, to break away from following the crowd, and train up your kids (especially for dads!). Click on the icon below to watch it free online.

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A Beautiful and Thoughtful Picture of Homeschooling by Ann Voskamp

Homeschooling is not a formula for perfection, homeschooling is
not a panacea for all the sin in this world. Your heart is flawed, broken,
cracked, and your children are born sinners. Homeschooling will not fix
that. Only Jesus and His grace can.

And He will use homeschooling as your crucible, to reveal your impurities
and your sinfulness, and the brokeness of your home. Homeschooling will
hurt. It will disappoint. You will cry and wonder if you are insane to try
to educate these children, to disciple these little hearts, while
laundering, cooking, cleaning, managing a household, and still being a wife,
a sister, a daughter, a missionary in your community, a servant to Christ
and in your faith community. And He will smile and say that He walks with
you, has grand and glorious purposes, and He understands radical and crazy!

Homeschooling is about going higher up and deeper in, for you will learn
to sacrifically love in ways you have never loved before. You will know
your own heart in ways you never imagined, the souls of your children in
intimate, very real ways. For you will be together, making memories
together, laughing together, crying together, praying together, and asking
forgiveness together. Throughout your day, you will worship God, together.
And you’ll learn to die to self together. There will be no fragmented scraps
of learning, home-life, friends, work, God.

You will make a one-piece life–hallowed threads of parenting, love,
education, living, creativity, wonder, sacrifice, and God all woven
together. You’ll wear it, and it will fit: Grace, Love, Gratitude.


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