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Jan 18, 2012

Kindergarted Health

Lately I've been feeling an overwhelming sense that I'm not covering all the subjects I'd hoped to throughout the fall and into the winter months of education. I am beginning to think about our schedule and re-organizing everything into a less complicated and more simple day. The only problem is that I have my hands full and piling on extra stuff would be a hindrance to our already lesson-filled days that I'm trying to simplify. Henceforth I concluded in my own brain that this was just not applicable this academic year and next year we could explore some new topics such as health education. However, knowing that health actually is REALLY important for my children and myself I've decided to boldly open-up the Health Kindergarten curriculum I ordered and thus right in my face the truth...A simple reminder of the task at hand during my introductory year of homeschooling lay right in front of me as I read through the introduction:
       Christians believe that God created each human as a organic unity. The Genesis 2 account of creation says that the Lord God formed man from dust, breathed into him the breath of life, "and the man became a living being." The Bible does refer to various aspects of the person-such as mind, flesh, soul, spirit, or heart-but the stress is on the unity of the whole being. The various aspects of a person-the intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual, and physical-are interdependent. In the New Testament the apostle Paul, writing to the Corinthian Christians, supports this point of view. Some Corinthians, influenced by their pagan culture, apparently believed that gluttony, drunkenness, or promiscuous sexual activity did not affect their "spiritual" life. Paul counters by strongly denouncing this attitude (1 Corinthians 6:12-19).
      What is the significance of this Christian view of the person for education? It means that health education cannot be treated as incidental to the curriculum. Rather, it must be an integral part of the curriculum at every level. Physical fitness, nutrition, personal health, emotional health, the functioning of the body systems-all strands of the health curriculum-affect the whole child. We must recognize that since healthy living affects us in our totality, health education plays a solid role in developing children and equipping them to serve God in the world.
Ok so now I know I cannot continue to procrastinate on health education. Therefore, as a secondary study to the Christian curriculum units that we will be studying, I have decided that I really need to do some 'research' in my Bible about what it says about my whole being and see things in a new light rather than rehearsing stuff I've already known my whole life. fyi-I am a fan of Jesus Christ and believe speaking boldly in truth. Stay tuned!

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