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From My Heart:
If you want all the details and statistics of my “professional” training, experience and background, you can find all of that below. However, if you are anxious to hear my heart, then this is the place to start.
In Ruth Beechick’s book, Heart and Mind, she explains the many different ways the word “heart” is used throughout Scripture. The word heart can refer to the mind, the seat of affections, our passions, our desires, our beliefs…and the list goes on. God puts a high priority on our heart. He tells us to “guard it.” He tells us that out of the “abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” AND, He tells us to instruct the heart of our children. Given the emphasis that God gives the heart throughout Scripture, we need to pay attention to what He considers to be important. He is telling us to instruct the WHOLE child…not just their mind…not just their actions….but the WHOLE child.
Beginning With the End in Mind
When we begin our lives, begin our marriages, or begin raising our children, we need to have a clear picture of what God desires as an end result in each of those areas. Knowing this will affect our choices and decisions on a most basic level. In raising four boys, John and I searched God’s word to determine what we felt like HE wanted us to focus on as we raised our sons. We wanted to “begin with the end in mind.” The more we searched the more narrow our focus became. It wasn’t to be about their achievements, their grades, the college they were accepted into or any of the myriad of things that we are tempted to focus on as parents. Instructing the “heart” was to be our priority. Yes, I have lots of credentials, training and experience in arts and education and I love doing these things with excellence in order to reflect our Savior. But, to me, arts and academics are vehicles that should be used not worshiped. Human knowledge and wisdom shouldn’t be elevated above what God says is important. They should simply be vehicles to reach the hearts of our children and students. That’s what we have endeavored to be about in our family and that’s what we strive to be about through every aspect of our ministry through Artios.
I could write much more on this subjet. If you’d like to hear more of my heart, you can do so by reading,Artios: Beginning with the End in Mind.
For now, I invite you to subscribe to this blog to find encouragement, inspiration and just good ‘ole transparency along your homeschool journey. I certainly don’t have all the answers and I won’t pretend that I do. I have just been on the path for awhile now. I’ve made big mistakes and I’ve had great victories along the way. I invite you to share your journey with me.
Lori Lane is a homeschool veteran of 19 years and has been associated with arts and education for over 29 years. She and the love of her life, John have four sons ranging in age from 15 to 27. John, Lori, and their two younger boys, Jordan and Jared, moved to Colorado in the late spring of 2006. They are enjoying their “wild, wild, west” adventure and the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. Lori spends her time horseback riding, hiking, skiing and of course working with the staff of various Artios Academies, developing and designing curriculum, and speaking and writing for various websites and publications. She completed directing the Pick and Shovel Players annual summer melodrama and has also joined the board of High Country Fine Arts Association and directed their 2007 fall children’s musical, Fiddler on the Roof Jr. and their 2008 spring musical The King and I as well as appearing as Annie in their Spring musical production of Annie Get Your Gun in 2009. John and Lori’s two oldest sons were married during 2010 and Lori is THRILLED to finally have some more “womenfolk” in the family: Windy and Jessica. In 2011, John and Lori were blessed with the birth of their first grandchild, a GIRL, Emma Rose!
Lori holds a degree in Piano Performance and was a frequent competition winner and a speaker at the National Music Teacher’s Convention. In her role as one of four national winners in the Baldwin Piano and Organ teaching competitions, she was a panelist for two National KTV Video conferences for private music educators. Formerly the director of Southside Private Musicians and Lane Music Development Centers in Greenville, SC, she has directed and produced many children’s choirs and stage productions as well as being a speaker at local and national music education conferences and various types of homeschool meetings. She has taught privately, in the classroom and has been involved in countless theater productions as actor, director or producer. These productions include: Fiddler on the Roof Jr., Music Man Jr, My Fair Lady, Annie Get Your Gun, The Diary of Anne Frank, Our Town and many more.
While living in Georgia she was a member of the Music Teachers National Association and the Georgia Music Educators Association. She founded MVP Chorus in 1999 and served as its director for seven years. In 2000, she created and founded an advanced level arts program for high school students known as Artios Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts (now known as the Conservatory program) In 2005, Artios Preparatory Academy, an integrated academic program was developed as an optional tool to help parents in their homeschooling journey, and during the summer of 2008 the program expanded to include its own foundational arts program: Artios Academy of Arts and History. Artios Academies currently has five locations: Duluth, GA; Lilburn, GA; Greenville, SC, Littleton, CO; Santa Barbara, CA; Orange, TX. A new location in Tennessee is scheduled to open in the fall of 2013.
Lori is the founder and executive director of Artios Academies. For years, the leadership of Artios has been partnering with parents in various ways and programs to guide every student to his or her fullest potential in Christ. We invite you to explore the three programs. The Academy of Arts and History is the exposure level, historically based arts program with instruction in history, music, art and theater for grades K-12. The Conservatory for the Visual is our advanced instruction program for high school students. The Conservatory offers programs in media arts, visual arts, music, theater, and literary arts and our Artios Preparatory program which offers historically integrated academic instruction in history, English, science and math.