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00:07: Okay. What are the best curriculums that you would suggest a man to use? Is CAPS an option, and if so why? Right. I don’t know about CAPS because I’ve never seen a CAPS book. I know people that phone me that have been on CAPS and they come on to Oikos and they use the Oikos resources, and they say all kinds of things to me about CAPS, which is probably better that I don’t repeat.

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00:32: So that’s as much as I know about CAPS. Now, I don’t know what it stands for, but I do know people that have found it not to suit them and they are using Oikos resources. What are the best curriculum? I would say this is your best curriculum. I’ve got it here. I think all of you have got this at home.

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00:57: Alright, so you have the best curriculum already, so you don’t have to look for it. You already have it. It really, really is the best curriculum. There’s no better life manual than this. Are you using your curriculum? Are you using it to teach your children? And the other thing about curriculum, I just… These are lots of little babies there in the back. And I’m wondering how those mothers are gonna teach their children to speak their home language if they don’t have a curriculum. The moment those babies can’t speak their home language, so what are they gonna do? I mean, are they looking for a curriculum to teach their children to speak? They’re not even thinking about it.

01:42: But now they’ve gotta teach their child to read, and all of a sudden they panic and they need a curriculum. So then Oikos comes along and Oikos says, “We’ve got some resources to help you with that, to help you to teach your child to read so that they can read this. To help you with your maths at home with Math-U-See and Steve Demme talks to you on the video and helps you to feel all relaxed and exited about maths so you don’t have to panic that you didn’t do maths at school very well ’cause now you’ve got an opportunity to learn it all over again.”

02:14: Yay!

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02:18: And now you can have fun doing maths, remembering that the reason why we’re doing it is because God needs to equip us. We need to be ready for Him. So I can’t really recommend curriculum as you’ve heard, I can’t tell you there are, I don’t know, something like 50 new… 50 curriculum and we pioneered home education in this country. We had no idea an industry was opening up for hundreds of people to supply goods, resources. So there’s so many, and I really… I don’t look at them, I don’t go and see what they’re all about. As I said, I’ve never even seen a CAPS book ever. Not anywhere. So a lot of the other curriculum people talk to me about, I’ve never seen those books either. So I really can’t… I’m not the person to ask about which one I think would be the best one.

03:09: The other thing that I’ve heard of people saying is that they get counsel as to this curriculum is good for this child and this curriculum is good for this child, and this child, and this child. And they try and fit the curriculum for the individual kinds of learners and so on and so forth. Well, what I say is, is that curriculum taking you on a journey to teach your children of God and yourself? And if it’s doing that and it’s doing that effectively, great. But if it’s stressing you and wearing you out and overloading you, not so great. So there’s your check. It’s not natural for you to be trying to teach different… I’m just stopping right now what I’m saying ’cause I’ve got this thing happening and I’ve never ever said this sort of this before. But what I’m thinking about right now is meals and food. And if you woke up in the morning and this child, you cook this meal for for breakfast and this one likes the fried foods and this one likes the porridges and that one likes, and whatever their likes are. That one likes cereal, okay. So each child, you’ve got five children, and a husband, right? So you’ve got six different meals to make every morning. Are you really gonna do that?

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04:44: But what if I advised you and said I really think you should let your child who likes cereal eat cereal every morning because that’s what suits him. He likes cereal, let him eat cereal. That’s what he will like the most. You’re not gonna really take my advice. And if I say to you, “You must give each one what they like in the morning,” because one might like ice cream. Are you gonna give your child ice cream for breakfast? No, really not. So you don’t need me to tell you what you should be giving your children for breakfast. You already know what is right for your children. You know that porridge is a good thing ’cause it settles them all down or whatever it is. If you give them cereal, they bounce off the walls because they got too much sugar and you can’t settle them down to do their maths lesson. You already know the answers. You know what to feed them. So I’m saying apply that same what you know in your heart that’s totally natural God-given, apply that same to their learning. Don’t try and give everyone a different style and they’re different because that’s what they like.

05:51: I would like one day to spend time with home educators on what they should really be concerning themselves with. They come concerning themselves with the grades and the bills and the laws and everything else and then they’re not concerning themselves with the things that I’m watching happen in home education families, the negatives of home education. People don’t like to talk about that because as a home educator you’re supposedly doing everything right and you’re dedicated to family and you’re raising this perfect family, no. The only perfection is going to be found in Christ and you gotta transform your children into His image, and that’s your job. That’s your hard work. That’s the work that’s set up before you, not which curriculum you’re using. If you could use a curriculum that aids in that, great. If you’re using a curriculum that distracts you from that work, not so great. I was speaking to David earlier about a Bible resource that he can use in his family to keep him on the course of what’s important to God. Because men have it tough, they’re trying to balance the providing for the family and being involved in the family and imparting in the family and it’s difficult. Mom’s with the children all day, she can be imparting all day to the children. Dads are earning a living providing for his family and how does he plug in, as they say, or connect in or whatever, link in, or whatever?

07:23: The way to is with tools, especially this one, that guide his family in the ways of the Lord. When he’s just doing that, he’s done everything. Correct? So, I can tell you about that later, that curriculum. The testimonies of it are just mind-blowing. It’s a real, real aid tool in the father’s and the husband’s hand.