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Why am I hesitant about using the SOW Curriculum?

  1. Lack of vision: Most  homeschool parents lack a vision for educating their children. They have no goals and become victims to every plan made by man. When persecution comes or doubts arise, there is no reason to stand firm. God has already given us in the Bible a vision for educating our sons and daughters. It is called discipleship. Discipleship unlike education, will include not only academic learning but spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical growth. 

  2. Government, Society, and Family Disapproval:     The governmental system wants control over our children’s education because they lose money every time a child leaves the school system.  The agenda for educators is that our children have a world view, not a Biblical one.  Family members will not understand your decision to place discipleship over educating your children. Friends, even those in the Church, might be some of your strongest critics. 

  3. Confused: A third reason is that other homeschooling materials have stated to be Bible based, only to be disappointed that these claims were not true. We, too, have searched and have collected quite a large library of  resources claiming to be Bible centered but in fact are curriculums focusing on literature, creation science, missions, character traits, doctrines, portion of scripture, history, etc.  The SOW Curriculum is truly Bible centered. 

  4. Disappointments: The SOW Curriculum will disappoint some. No one has written the perfect curriculum or plan that will meet to your family’s needs. Only God has written the perfect curriculum–the Bible. We felt; that if, we could utilize the Bible as the main text, follow the Biblical mandate to disciple our children, copy the example of Jesus in teaching His disciples–how to pray, walk in the Spirit, preach and teach others the gospel, to care for His creation, etc.; then God would do what He has promised to do–make our children wise, guide them into all truth, protect them from the evil one, and give them a future and a hope. Use the SOW Curriculum as a tool or framework to accomplish your goals for your family; and, you will not be disappointed.

  5. Comfortable: Most people are comfortable with what they are using.  But being comfortable should never be a motive. The plan, that you devised and should be implementing in your home, should be God given and driven.  Don’t let the responsibility of training and educating your children become over whelming and paralyze you from doing what God has called you to do as a Christian, parent, and teacher.                                     

  6. Lack of social opportunities, rewards, and recognition for our children: We literally believe; that if,  we “put God first, all things shall be added.” We also believe many of the programs that are offered in the school systems promote self glorification. We believe that Christians should seek to glorify God, not ourselves. We feel  that the school systems teach our children to be self sufficient; when, they should be learning to depend on God. We believe the schools systems teach our children individualism or the “I am”, instead of that, we are a body and we need each other.  The hardest things to give up were, what we called, the riches of Egypt–all those titles, rewards and recognitions that the world offers that give us a false sense of security and pride. Instead, we encouraged our children not to compare themselves with others, but by God’s standards in His Word. When we do that, we all fall short. When we recognize our weaknesses and sins, we should turn to God to empower us and give us wisdom. 

  7. Stated goals vs real goals: It is very wise to count the cost for every decision we make. God warns us not to start building the house without counting the cost, less others mock because of our double mindedness. God calls us to narrow our choices as we walk with Him. Choosing to leave your former religious believes for a relationship with Jesus Christ, choosing to marry a Christian, choosing a type of job career that is pleasing to the Father, choosing to homeschool, or choosing to disciple your children,  will make waves. Are your stated goals, your real goals? Where and on what do you spend most of your time and resources? What do you think and dream about?

    8.Perseverance to the “task”: Because the SOW Curriculum’s vision, method, and use of the Bible as the main text is so different from the typical way most were taught to learn and different from other Christian or secular curricular, there will be, at first, a time of perseverance needed until the teacher and student become familiar with how to use it. You will need to reeducate yourself  by reading thoroughly through the material. These differences will require you to gain wisdom on how to use it, and then teach each of your students, beginning with the oldest, how to use the SOW Curriculum until they master using the scope & sequence, charts, daily lessons, resources, & skill level worksheets in each subject. We recommend a full month of slowly doing all SOW subjects Lesson #1 before going on to the lesson #2 in each subject. We hope that you will be able to value the differences that SOW brings to your education experience!

 

       9. Check motives: Check to see, if your motives for educating your children are spiritually pure             and  Biblically founded or are they tainted with worldly reasons. God has told us not to be                     fearful, but have courage as we take back the land (children) that the enemy (Satan) has stolen.             “Fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.”

 

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