“The secret of education is to see the child become self-motivated out of their God-given passion and call to purpose.
Most of the educational process is the learning of skills and information. While that’s important there’s another important aspect of education— a child’s soul— developed primarily from within through dreams, inspiration and imagination and their call to purpose.
The Artful Discipleship Of The Child Soul curriculum is a guide for parents as they shepherd their children through this process. It is intended to help the parent draw out from the child their God-given dreams and calling to purpose.
Discipleship Inspired Within / Expressed Through the Creative Arts
Creativity is the nature of God. He created the universe and everything in it. Because we are made in His image, we are also creative beings. Each one of us is God’s creative work, with our own unique set of talents, abilities, and passions. Part of the process of discipleship is first discovering and then developing and using our own unique God-given abilities and passions. This process is the often omitted part of the educational process.
In fact, children are much more motivated to learn skills and information when they see a purpose for it. Every parent has heard the cry, “Why do I have to learn this?” If God-given design is discovered early and attached to purpose, there will be a meaningful and ready answer for that cry. When a child sees a skill or body of information as necessary for his purpose in life, he will be motivated and the learning will be more efficient.
Childhood is the time for dreaming and discovering their talents and aptitudes. If children learn to value their own uniqueness and believe in their dreams, they will be better able to face the challenges of life without giving up their potential.
Artful Discipleship of the Child Soul is a one-year, 8-unit curriculum that combines Purpose Discipleship with individual Creative Expression. It can be used as a supplement to standard subjects of Bible & the Arts.
Purpose Discipleship focuses on awakening a child’s sense of purpose and strengthening their unique identity by engaging their innate passion, giftedness, and God-given dreams, which is a powerful way to motivate and give purpose to all subjects (including Bible) as well as learning in general.
Why integrate Purpose Discipleship with Creative Expression?
Artful Discipleship of the Child Soul adds the important dimension of Creative Expression to awaken and develop a lifelong love of creativity (and dispel the lie that only some people are creative). More importantly, by walking out the unit themes with the personal creative expressions of their choosing, it memorializes those themes and truths in an unforgettable, deeply personal way.
Taken together, powerful parent-child conversations of self-discovery worked out through a child’s creative expression of their discoveries, combine beautifully to set a child on course, not only for more internally-motivated learning but to the call of their purpose filled life.