So now I am going to share with you how KONOS helps you put into practise what you have picked up from The Word.
You might think of it this way, if you are thinking in the mindset of a teacher. A trained teacher will come in with the mindset of history, geography, science, what subjects are they going to be teaching and what levels and what the different levels need?
My question is this, Is God saying, those 16 year olds need to learn this specific thing in Geography? I don’t think so, He is saying those 16 year olds need to have determination, they need to know how to take responsibility, they need to have patience, know how to apply themselves and have initiative. It does not matter to God what topic in Geography they cover when they are 16, I have found no reference to that in the Bible, about him saying he wants young adults to learn the following topics of knowledge, what he does say about knowledge is that it is going to pass away. Think of all the time the teachers are spending teaching the children all this knowledge in the different subjects, so they can go on to the next grade and then learn a whole lot of knowledge again. The hours it is taking to do that, when you could be training their characters.
When you are training their characters; He says be patient, be kind, be gracious. So how do the children know how to do that. You go to KONOS and you go to the character trait of patience ( I have done a KONOS workshop on the website that shows how to go through the patience section and pull it out and teach the children from it in your environment.) So you now are taking your children, in the orphanage situation, from the toddlers to the 18 year olds. There is a young adult KONOS called KONOS How which I don’t think is necessarily relevant in orphanage settings. I think KONOS is more relevant to the orphanage setting, even though it might say up to the age of 14 or so, when I was doing it I was 30!
In the side margins of the pages of the KONOS volume, it tells you what subject is being covered. Whether it is History or Geography, for your own reference. Again that is not relevant to God, what is relevant is that that activity taught them to help them to practise the character trait of patience. The whole time you are doing this as teachers of your children, you are teaching them patience. One might be teaching the little children who might be putting some seeds in the ground, whilst the older children might be doing some research on horticulture or farming. You may need to till the soil and you can’t get the little ones to do that, when the soil is as hard as a rock, so you get the older ones to do it. The little ones come in afterwards and the older ones help the little ones put the seeds in the right place.
You are living the Word of God with KONOS. You are not focussing on what they have learnt about Agriculture, but you have got an orphanage and I’m guessing you want to be self-sufficient, you want to prepare the land, plough it, plant, you want to give your children these skills. KONOS helps you get that directive. Instead of saying this season we want to get the mealies growing and you are just labouring getting the mealies growing, instead, you plan that while we are planting our mealies, we as a family in this children’s home are going to be focussing on patience. All of us are going to work together and help each other to become more patient. While we do that we are going to get that land ready and to do that we are going to need patience.
A little down the road you might be doing determination, you might be using the same activity, and now one child is not keen to pick up the pick and does not want to go on. Remember we are doing determination, so we all come alongside this one who is really finding it difficult to follow through in determination. Now you are helping that one to follow through using determination.
KONOS gives you the directive. You might not do all the activities listed. As the teacher you are going to read through the whole patience unit, because of the age of the children you have with you, you will circle the activities that are relevant to you, and now you do it. If you do, or don’t do a specific activity does not matter, how long you spend doing it does not matter, what matters is the evaluation at the end. Are your children more patient than they used to be? Do they understand when you say to them that the need to be more patient? Or is that a just a word to them? Do they really get it?
You as a teacher might decide you are ready to move on to the next character trait, or you, as the head of the orphanage might decide that you, in your role as parents, are ready to move on. All the children have done patience, from your 2 year old to your 18 year old. So to me KONOS is a fantastic gift to orphanages. It takes the pressure off the teachers having to find time to sit with these ones and do this geography and then these ones and do this history, when it is not of any consequence to God. So Why? Why spend time that area of no consequence to Him.
So rather get one manual. Talk about affordability! You don’t have to get all the different grades and different curriculum, get one manual and use if across all the ages and it will keep you busy for a year or two.
You might now find that you need the children to assume responsibility and there is no responsibility in this Volume, so you look up and find out which volume addresses responsibility and if it is Volume 3, you buy Volume 3 and work through that.
A lot of the children’s homes are buying all three volumes of KONOS and there in those books, are all their social studies. How much they do or don’t do, really is not the point . When you are doing it you are focussing on building character and the by-product is the skills that the children acquire. They are learning about agriculture, accidentally, science experiments, soil erosion, history and the history of the land, the people who were there before them, their fore-fathers. That is just happening, but it does not matter. It does not matter that they know that he was the king, what would matter is if he was a bad king and the people were ruined. In this or that way they were ruined because of the way he led. That is going to matter and you can teach the children what matters, that they be good stewards and that we honour God and why that is important.
You could go to KONOS so teach the children what honour is. They don’t necessarily understand what it means, or grasp the meaning, so let us do honour for the next three months, or year, so as to teach the children that. How do you teach that? I surmise that teacher training didn’t teach you how to teach honour, but this resource will help you teach about honour.
It is the order we do things in, Bible, resource to understand that more fully, and only then Math and English and the formal studies. If we stopped after KONOS we could stop and say it is enough.
We do need to teach the children languages though, so that they can learn to read, so that they can take the KONOS Manual and teach children about Trust, or take the Word of God and teach it to their children. Or take it to another children’s home where they might serve one day. That is why you are going to teach them to read.