A home school teacher often has a difficult time finding theme and thematic statement examples. It can be tough to come up with a theme and thematic statement examples for home schooling because so many things are given importance in homeschooling. In this article, I will look at some of the problems.
The first problem is that when we use our parents, grandparents, teachers, and mentors to illustrate what we’re trying to achieve, we assume they’re what we want. Now, while we sometimes have to use them to do the work for us, we need to acknowledge the work that they did for us. I sometimes get asked what it’s like being a home school student. I usually answer that it’s different than being in public schools.
I remember one day when I was just being told about work to do, because I was struggling with math. The topic of work was about worksheets and such. And then I learned that I would have to write my own worksheets. The work they were talking about was that I should get a tutor to do the worksheets for me.
I had only ever known tutors in public schools who sat in a little office doing nothing, and I assumed that being a home school student I wouldn’t be able to find a tutor like that. But I was wrong. I found a tutor who offered to come in every day at 5 AM to help me.
The second real issue that comes up in using family members as examples of themes and statements is that people change, they grow and mature. When we have them as examples of what we want, we may not be aware of how these people evolve. So we don’t know what our kids will think of their mom or dad and how their style will change as they grow up.
For example, if we talk about teaching our children to use toys as a theme, we may not like the way that child uses toys. Maybe they have a lot of toys. If our next statement is “I think toys are great,” that’s just not true. Our children might not like toys because of how they were being used, or because they weren’t even properly designed. Or perhaps we like that style because we liked the way our child used to use toys.
Sometimes themes are things that are going to stay the same as long as we have them. I remember when I was a teenager and still interested in performing arts, there was a theatrical production I was supposed to go to. I remember being thrilled that I was invited to join in on the performance.
I still think about that performance, to this day. We now know more about why some people cannot be a part of a performance group. But I also know now that the reason they couldn’t perform was not because they weren’t talented, it was because they weren’t ready for the performance. They didn’t have the energy, the desire, or the confidence to get up in front of a group of strangers and speak the words “f— your feelings.”
That’s how I want our kids to use toys as a theme. We need to teach them from an early age that creativity and thrift are not mutually exclusive. The whole idea of thrift is that your children should value things for what they are not. I want them to start using those toys to bring out the creative side of them.
In Christian teaching skills, we all have to learn to take this theme and statement and use it to draw us to learn about a spiritual truth. We need to know that we are spiritual beings and we can begin that learning by engaging in meaningful activities outside of home education that draw us to the meaning of our beliefs.
Themes and statements are great tools for helping us to discover these truths. We can engage in activities to search for the meaning of what we believe. and develop a relationship with God.
When I think about our Christian community and ourselves, we have a tendency to forget how important a theme and statement example can be to our spirituality. We tend to read our theme and statement examples through an abstract lens and use them without any thought to whether we believe the ideas are true or not.