Making Devos Part of Your Homeschool Day

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As a minister’s wife, most people think I have it all together. That our home and homeschool is full of Bible and grace and peace. And that is comes easily to us. All because we’re a ministry family.

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While I would love to say that is correct – it couldn’t be further from the truth.

In fact, I struggle in many of the same areas non-ministerial families struggle. I am a yeller. I am trying to break that habit and cycle, but it isn’t easy and I struggle every. day.

I struggle to stay consistent; in my parenting, in my personal Bible study and in our homeschool routine.

I struggle to get us started on time.

I struggle to keep their attention during lessons.

I struggle to get and keep a Bible study/devo time consistent in our homeschool day. It’s not that I don’t want it, it’s that I’m human and I allow life to get in the way. One of the biggest issues, I believe, is that my children get up at different times. Yes, I am that mother who believes your body needs sleep and it will tell you how much (although there is a difference between getting sleep for your body and being lazy). So, I allow my kids to sleep as long as they need to, within reason. Nevertheless, I have two early risers and two late sleepers – sometimes really late (like 10am – which is relative I know, but when my early kiddos are up at 7, we’ve eaten breakfast and done half of our schoolwork before the others even get up).

But, this poses a problem with us starting the homeschool day with a devotional. I don’t want to interrupt the ones who are already working to do a devo and the ones who just woke up are still a little groggy. So that got me thinking and problem solving on when to insert our Bible devotionals during the school day. It may very well work for some to do it first thing in the morning while everyone is eating breakfast, but when breakfast spans 4 hours – like at my house, that doesn’t work.

Move your Bible Time

Although I am a big proponent of starting off your day spending time with God, it does not work well as a group in our home. But, sometimes our days last longer than anticipated, so the end of the school days are also out. That left lunch time. Since we all eat lunch at the same time, we have taken that time to do our daily Bible study/devotionals. This works well, because I have their attention, I can do it while they’re eating and they can continue with their schoolwork after lunch without another interruption.

Let me be clear, this is not the time we do our Bible curriculum. In fact, our little ones don’t really do a Bible curriculum per se, as we try to incorporate it in to our other studies to help them make connections in all areas of their studies. Our oldest does have a set-aside quiet time in the morning where he reads two chapters a day (one OT and one NT). He has also used Apologia’s What We Believe series and loved it. We will be continuing these studies this year with him.

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But, I wanted something that our entire family could focus on together. So each day we read the chapter in Proverbs that corresponds to the day (Chapter 1 on the 1st, Chapter 2 on the 2nd, etc.) and talk about what it means. At first, this is a slow process, because they are just learning some of the bigger words and their meanings. After a couple months, it gets easier and they start to pick up on things and even remember more. Then, we read from a children’s devotional book and use the discussion questions to help us talk through situations they will encounter. Then I allow them to offer prayer requests and we pray together. This year, we are going to start keeping a journal of our prayer requests each day, so we can follow-up on them and see when God answers our prayers.

This has been a sweet time of fellowship for us together and has really given us something to focus on during lunch, rather than another video. It has brought me closer to my children and them to me. They now know they can come to me and talk about anything that might be bothering them and we’ll talk and pray together. It has opened the door of communication from an early age, which I think is vital to the role of the Christian parent.

Do you have a dedicated Bible time in your homeschool day? When do you have yours?

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Annette has been married to her husband and best friend since 2003. Together they are raising their six children to follow the Lord’s will, no matter what. Annette longs for the day when she will meet all her angel babies who have entered heaven before her. She enjoys creating fun and engaging printables, unit studies and curriculum for homeschool families. You can follow her crazy life at In All You Do where she blogs about marriage, parenting, and homeschooling all while maintaining her sanity. She is also the owner of Thrifty Homeschoolers, where she shares free printables and resources from around the web as well as deals on curriculum and homeschooling resources. You can also keep up with her via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

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  1. Ha! me too. A past yeller. I read somewhere to “whisper yell” It does two things:
    gets rid of the emotion and makes us remember that we really shouldn’t. I was teaching at the time and several kids told their parents “teacher doesn’t yell any more”. I still have to remember tone of voice occassionally but am soo much better. May God’s grace enable you. You might want to take another look at James 4:1- 🙂

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