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Using Keepers as a Family

Learning to play volleyball

Learning to play volleyball

Using Keepers with your family is easy.  It is a wholesome way for families to learn together, build strong family ties, and just have some plain, old-fashioned fun together.  Whether your children are part of a formal group or not, there are scores of other topics in the handbooks that are perfect for learning and accomplishing in the family setting.  But how do you do that?

Take some time to peruse the entire handbook.  Notice the different categories.  Notice what topics and skills you already know, or which ones you might like to learn yourself.   What ideas could you use to plan family times for serving others, taking a vacation or field trip, helping Grandma, etc?  Think about how you can incorporate these into your family’s days, weeks, and years.

Some ideas:

Learning to bead

Learning to bead

*   The family could read the Bible together to accomplish a Bible reading goal.
*   The family could also memorize Scripture together to accomplish a Bible memory goal.
*   The family could do a Bible Study together, or support a missionary as a missionary project.
*   Moms could teach daughters a new cooking or baking skill every few months.  These might involve the rest of the family by allowing requests from family members.
*   Dads could teach sons about tools and how to make or build something.  Boys love making or building things.
*   Dads could teach sons about finance and moms could teach daughters about food budgets.  You would be surprised how interested young people can become in how such things are done.
*   Don’t know how to quilt?  Take a class together with your girls or you take a class and teach your girls what you have learned.
*   Dads, don’t know how to do carpentry or electrical work?  Ask a friend who does if he will teach you.  Take him out to breakfast and then have him over to show you how to get started.
*   Take a family camping trip.  Take several.  There are ever so many interesting things to learn about the outdoors.
*   Learn to play volleyball as a family.
*   Take your sons fishing.  Again, if you don’t know how, go with someone who does.

A painting project

A painting project

If you take the time, with a little planning, you will be surprised in the years to come how much your children have learned and how many life-long memories you have created.

Some families meet one night a week and have a regular club meeting.  Others set special times throughout the week to learn new things.  Evening devotions make good Bible reading times.  Summers provide for camping, fishing, or hiking times.  Each year the family can pick out new goals, new skills, and new projects.

These “learning as a family” times become wonderful threads woven into the fabric of family life.   And it’s so easy!  As parents you desire for your children to learn many things, become competent, love you and each other, and love God too.  This is a way of life that fulfills that desire.  It is family learning and growing together with God at the center.  And the handbooks provide you with a nearly endless source of opportunities.

Because God made us social creatures, it is a natural thing to share our skills and ways with others.  Families learning together truly enjoy the process, and like-minded families doing things together give children a safer haven for fellowship, which also makes a Keepers club perfect for a church fellowship.  And, if your children belong to a larger fellowship, there is no need to stop Keepers family life, for it will only strengthen your fellowship.  For after all, Bible memory, reading, studying, cooking, carpentry, fishing, quilting are done very effectively at home, and there will be plenty of skills left to learn beyond those covered at a larger club fellowship.

So get started.  Your family is your treasure.  It is your heritage.  It is God’s heritage.  Begin today!  If you have questions, just give us a call or write us.  We are so glad to help you in this exciting journey.

Susan for Keepers