Our two oldest girls are involved in the Book It program this year for the first time. They kept their sticker charts up to date the first month, placing one sticker on the chart for each book read. They were motivated and excited to get a pizza prize at the end of the month once they read their required number of books. Well, I went to fill out their certificates and on the back of each one it said to write in the child’s name, homeschool educator’s name, and the name of the homeschool. Name of the homeschool?
Well, let me just say, we tried to come up with something quickly since the girls were waiting for their pizza prize, but it actually took us a week before we thought of the right name. And the name is… Joyful Heart Academy! The name, truly, should not have been that difficult to come up with. I already had developed early childhood/preschool curriculum as my oldest child reached each stage. The curriculum is also aptly named – Joyful Heart Learning (for 2′s), Joyful Heart Bible and Rhyme (for 3′s), and Joyful Heart Character (for 4′s).
Why ‘Joyful Heart’? No, the name wasn’t chosen because our home is so full of joy each day (although it should be) =) However, we do desire our children to know Christ and His Truth, to cherish His Word, to be salt and light in this generation, and to have their hope and anchor firmly planted in Christ. The joy comes in knowing the Lord and following His commands. Here are just two of many verses that reflect this in Scripture…
The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul.
The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple.
The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes.
You have made known to me the path of life.
You will fill me with joy in Your presence,
with eternal pleasures at Your right hand.
Here are also a few Scripture based prayers for our children, no matter where they are schooled…
…we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.