PHILADELPHIA, July 23, 2017 – As a follow-up to, “They’re YOUR Kids: An Inspirational Journey from Self-Doubter to Homeschooler”, actress, author and mother, Sam Sorbo is set to release, “Teach From Love, School Year Devotional for Families”.
This book provides a supplemental lesson plan for teaching Christian-based morality.
“It’s appropriate for anyone in the business of teaching children (and even some adults!). Even non-Christians would find it interesting.”
The lessons outlined in the book correspond with the normal school year, presenting one theme for each of 36 weeks. Each theme is supported by a daily exercise in critical thinking.
“I looked at the typical US school year schedule and positioned the themes to correspond to the time of the year. It was important to me to align the subject with what was happening outside the school setting.”
She recommends you either begin or end the day with lessons from her book. For parents who are not homeschooling, and whose children attend a regular school, the lessons are perfect to precede bedtime.
A sampling of weekly themes include topics like “Attentiveness & Dedication”, “Patience & Humbleness”, “Thankfulness & Appreciation” and “Sensitivity & Sympathy”. To get an idea of how the book works, we can look at an excerpt from week 4, themed, “Obedience & Devotion”:
So that you would walk in a manner worthy of the God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory, 1 Thessalonians 2:12 (NASB).
The root is an important part of a plant. It procures minerals and water from the soil and anchors the plant so external elements won’t knock it down. Roots also store food for the future. Jesus once told a parable about a farmer sowing seeds. Some of the seeds were sown on rocky ground where there wasn’t enough soil. The seed sprouted quickly but then withered away when the sun came, because it didn’t have enough roots. True roots run deep and Christians with deep roots show obedience and devotion.
The root of the word devotion is devote, from the Latin word devotus, which means “to vow.” A vow shows commitment and if you’re committed you’ll give your obedience. As you begin this week, consider your root in Christ and think of how He feeds you, “I am the bread of life (John: 6:48); anchors you, “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul” (Hebrews 6:19); and provides for your future, “but seek first his kingdom…and all these things will be given to you” (Matthew 6:33).
Lord as I meditate on your word, may I reaffirm my obedience and devotion to you.
What are some specific ways you can show devotion to someone you love?
How can you show complete obedience to God?
Sorbo test-piloted the program with a 7th-grade class she taught for two years in her homeschooling coop. The plan presented in the book evolved from her daily interactions with the children. She says:
“Each day I would put a word on the board at the beginning of class, and we would ‘workshop’ it. For example, with the word patience, I would ask, ‘What is patience?’ and ‘What are its synonyms and antonyms?’ That’s where the breakthrough came because my students volunteered that lack of patience was anger! I had never thought of that before! Being slow to anger, as we are called to in James 1:19, means exercising patience.”
Sorbo believes the option to implement moral instruction with children is an important one because,
“Too many people complain that today’s young people are often discourteous and unmannered, but where are they supposed to learn proper behavior and genuine godly characteristics, unless we teach them?”
In this regard, the public schools are not simply neglectful, they may actually be complicit in the reverse. In her first book about her journey to homeschooling, Sorbo deals with the academic as well as moral pitfalls of the Common Core curriculum standards, implemented during the Obama administration. Moral relativism and emphasis on global rather than US systems of governance, like the framework our Constitution provides, dominate discussions in today’s public school classrooms.
A recent Gallup poll found that 81 percent of Americans think the overall state of moral values in the country is only “fair” or “poor”. This marks a seven-year low in Gallup’s poll returns on this topic. Seventy-seven percent of those surveyed also said the country’s moral values are “getting worse.” Unfortunately, parents cannot depend upon schools to impart meaningful moral lessons to children. Perhaps, they may not even want them to on many accounts. Taking time out each day to rehearse the lessons of good living and responsible citizenry could become a way to connect with your child in a more meaningful, lifelong way.
“I think it’s vital to discuss these important qualities in a dedicated manner, to impress their importance on our kids, so they can emulate them. If you’re a Christian, I think you get it, because these are all godly qualities that we expect to see in our children. So here’s a concrete way to encourage our kids (and ourselves, by the way), to examine and adopt good moral qualities. And if you aren’t a Christian, but you believe in this country and our society (which is based on morals and ethics) then you also want to encourage their development in the coming generation, and that is what this book facilitates in a meaningful, yet fun way.”
About Sam Sorbo and where to get the book:
Until recently, Sam Sorbo hosted the nationally syndicated The Sam Sorbo Show. An accomplished actress, author, and international model, in 2015 Sam performed in Just Let Go, winning “Best Supporting Actress” from the Utah Film Awards. Her third book was They’re YOUR Kids: An Inspirational Journey from Self-Doubter to Home School Advocate that she is following with Teach From Love, School Year Devotional for Families.
Sam co-wrote, produced, and co-starred in the feature, Let There Be Light, due out Christmas, 2017. (Executive producer, Sean Hannity; director, Kevin Sorbo.)