Master Inspire Plan Summary Parts 1-4

by Mary Ann on July 14, 2010

I am heading out for our huge, yearly family reunion. We hold it the same month, in the same place every year. It is loaded with traditions such as the kid’s auction, family auction, genealogy meeting and a day at Yubba Lake . We have a wonderful time being together.

I have given you three assignments and this is great timing for me to give you time to do them. So I won’t be blogging again until Tuesday July 20th. You will have six whole days to think about and work on your Master Inspire Plan.

I want to do a quick review of what I have talked about and the assignments I have given you.

What is a Master Inspire Plan:  The Master Inspire Plan is really one part of a whole system designed to help 1) parents identify the specific knowledge, skills, and experiences they would hope their children get before they leave their home, and 2) integrate these things into the general learning environment of their family in a way that honors the concept of Inspire not Require (Key #3 of Great Teaching found in A Thomas Jefferson Education, DeMille, p. 42).

From the Leadership Education Family Builder, “As a planning tool, your Master Inspire Plan is not designed to ensure that all your children must or will do and learn everything contained in it. Its purpose is to assist you in considering the areas you wish to focus on as you engage in the work of inspiring and responding to your children. Your Master Inspire Plan is a road map to travel with through the grand adventure of educating your family . . . .”

Remember that I asked you to just begin dreaming about what your hopes would be for your children before they leave your home.

The first element of the plan that we considered was CLASSICS.

So your first assignment is to think about the years of your child’s life. Over those years what classics would you like to have in your home, in your Closet, to give as gifts? What do you want to inspire your children and yourself with? Write them down.

Now carefully think about your children at the ages they are right now. What do you want to read to them? If they can read what would you like to make available to them.

Do you need to create a fund in order to buy them? Do you have them and are they out where they can be used? Do you have a scheduled reading time for your family? Do you need one? Think through what you need to do to be able to get these classics in front of your children this year. Add these details to your plan.

The second item we discussed was CULTURAL LITERACY. You will need to review this article. The assignment was to begin making your long term list and then break it down into a list for the next twelve months. Take some time to write out your own “best family culture”.

The third item was RESOURCES. The assignment was to take a look at your list of classics. Are there any that you need to purchase? Read over your “best family culture” and see if you need resources there. Consider the whole concept of cultural literacy and see what you need to add to your resource list to facilitate that in your family. As we cover each of the nine areas you will be able to add to this list.

Begin some type of saving plan for your resources whether it is a savings account or a change jar that the whole family contributes to.

So there you have it, your mental and heart work for the next six days. Have fun, enjoy and remember you can do this!!

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