Home is the Best Place to Raise Leaders

Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #130, Home is the Best Place to Raise Leaders, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

Home is the Best Place to Raise Leaders

In “Home is the Best Place to Raise Leaders,” Episode, #130, Meredith Curtis reveals the reasons your home is the perfect place to raise up the next generation of leaders. In fact, a loving family atmosphere instills virtue, confidence, and communication skills that government-schooled children lack. Once you’re convinced home is best, how do you instill the character traits and life skills necessary for your children to stand tall in their generation? Meredith gives you practical wisdom to raise leaders at home!

 

 


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Show Notes

The world needs confident men and women of integrity who will lead in their homes, churches, communities, and nations.

Natural-Born Leaders

Natural gifting but may not truly care for those who follow him/her.

If you are raising a natural-born leader, make sure to train them to be a godly leader.

Godly Leaders

Godly leadership is a combination of character, love, and skill.
Godly leaders who make wise decisions and lead people in a way that is good and right. These men and women are rare.

Home Sweet Home

In the home where Jesus is Lord and His ways are put into practice, children flourish. Family members learn to love one another, treat one another with respect, work through conflict honorably, and serve those around us.

Lovers of God

In a home where Jesus is loved, the Bible is obeyed, and problems are attacked with prayer, children grow up to trust the Lord.

A relationship with Jesus is the foundation for good leadership. As we humbly walk with God, He gives us all that we need to leader the people He loves.

Confidence

A home filled with lovingkindness produces children that are confident. They are willing to try new things and even fail because they know that failures don’t define them.

You see, leaders take risks and sometimes they make mistakes.

Leaders have to deal with criticism and rejection. This requires confidence!

Teachers/Mentors

Parents that value education and use all of life to teach their children produce kids who love to learn.

A lifestyle of learning creates a sense of wonder in a child and often a strong desire to pass on what they learn to others.

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Integrity

Children who are raised to do the right thing no matter who is watching and keep their word even if it’s inconvenient grow up to be men and women of integrity. They tell the truth, keep their promises, and expect others to do the same.

I cannot emphasize how important this is. Integrity is a virtue that is being lost in our day.

Effective Communicators

Communication is at the heart of leadership. In the age of technology, leaders often have to be able to speak, text, email, blog, and give sound bites, along with being an example of what they are teaching.

Children who are treated with respect and engage in meaningful conversations with adults grow up to be good communicators with good manners. Yes, manners matter. Simple courtesies that demonstrate respect to others make a huge difference.

Leaders must also handle conflict and be able to disagree with others in a respectful way.

Servant Hearts

In a home where family members help each other out and genuinely care about others’ needs, a servant’s heart is cultivated. Jesus is the perfect model of servant leadership.

Wouldn’t the world be a better place with more Christlike leaders?

Self-Discipline

A good leader thrives with a manageable schedule and realistic expectations of himself and others. He must manage his time well.

A good leader does not yell, curse, or belittle others in the middle of conflict. This requires self-control.

A good leader must make hard choices and accept responsibility if he made the wrong call, not blame others.

When parents teach their little ones to obey cheerfully, control their anger, stick to a routine, and take responsibility for their actions, children grow up to be self-controlled and disciplined.

As you can see, home is the perfect place to raise the kind of the leaders the world needs today!

Will you step out and raise tomorrow’s leaders?

Do you need help?

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Resources: 1-Credit High School Courses

Our one-credit high school courses use conversational text, living books, hands-on learning, and projects that prepare teens for real life! Enjoy!

Real Men 103: Leadership Economics, Finances, and Business Communications 101:Essays and Speeches High School Class HIS Story of the 20th Century by Meredith Curtis
American Literature & Research Government: God's Blueprint/Man's Agenda by Meredith Curtis at Powerline Productions Worldview Understanding the Times by Meredith Curtis HIS Story of the 20th Century: High School Workbook by Meredith Curtis

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7 Steps to Create High School Classes with Living Books

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7 Steps to Create Your Own High School Classes with Living Books

In “7 Steps to Create Your Own High School Classes with Living Books” episode #107, Meredith Curtis shares how she created all of her children’s high school classes. She began the process by listing all the books she wanted her daughter to read. From there, she went on to think about life skills, academic skills, and virtues she longed to see in her son and daughters. Finally, she packaged everything in an easy way where teens could keep their own records.

 

 

 


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Show Notes

It was time for high school and up to that point we had enjoyed a lot of freedom and creativity in our home school. Living books were at the center of our curriculum. When we used textbooks, we read them aloud together.

Could we carry on to high school?

Yes!

Here’s what I did starting when my oldest daughter was in 7th grade. I thought ahead.

Step #1: Creating High School Classes Begins with Prayer

Surrender my children and their high school education to the Lord.

Ask for wisdom and His plan in course creation.

Step #2: Creating High School Classes Requires Book Lists

I made a list of all the books I wanted my teens to write in high school

Classic Literature: Tale of Two Cities, Count of Monte Cristo 

Great Works: Mere Christianity, Wealth of the Nations

Inspirational: God’s Smuggler, Christian’s Secret to a Happy Life

Step#3: Crossing the Finish Line Lists

I also took time to prayerfully consider what virtues, values, habits, academic skills, workforce skills, and spiritual disciplines I wanted to see in their lives

Virtues/Habits/Values: hard work, kindness, servant’s heart,

Academic Skills: essays, research, reading at college level, analysis, advanced mathematics,

Practical/Work/Community/Church Skills: leadership, interview, resume, work with a team

Spiritual Disciplines: Quiet Times, serving at church, evangelize, defend the faith

Relational Wisdom: Purpose dating or courtship, honoring parents, building wholesome friendships.

Step #4: Dividing up Books

I divided my books into different categories which became classes.

Wealth of the Nations, Larry Burkett’s economic books, and Communist Manifesto went into the economics class.

Pride and Prejudice, Tale of Two Cities, and The Mysterious Affair at Styles went into British Literature.

Bondage Breaker, Christian’s Secret to a Happy Life, and From Prison to Praise became part of a Christianity Basics course (God’s Girls 101: Grow in Christ and Real Men 101: Godly Manhood).

The Hidden Art of Homemaking became the foundation of my homemaking course.

Understanding the Times was the main book in our worldview class.

Soon all my books were divided up.

Step #5: Creating High School Classes Requires Creating Assignments

Next, I created assignments that were practical and cultivating academic and life skills.

  • Essays
  • Life Prep e.g. Apartment Project, Mother’s Helper, Change the Oil
  • Interviews to Articles
  • Book Club
  • Speeches

Step #6: Laying It Out for Quick Read & Check Off

Then I laid out the course for over a year and produced handy-dandy check-off sheets.

Step #7: EZ Folder Method

Overview of class, hours chart, and check-off /syllabus went into color-coded folders. Kids now could keep their own records for me. All work went into pockets.

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Examples: Classes I’ve Created

Create a High School Class like Economics, Finances, and Business by Meredith Curtis Create a High School Class like Who Dun It? Murder Mystery Literature and Writing High School Class by Meredith Curtis Create a High School Class like American Literature & Research by Meredith Curtis Create a High School Class like Old Testament Survey Class by Meredith Curtis
Communications 101:Essays and Speeches High School Class Worldview Understanding the Times by Meredith Curtis God's Girls 101: Grow in Christ Real Men 101: Godly Manhood
God's Girls 104: Motherhood by Meredith Curtis Real Men 102: Freedom, Courtship, Marriage, & Family God's Girls 105: Homemaking by Meredith Curtis Real Men 103: Leadership

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