We’re a homeschooling family. We made this decision when our oldest daughter was 3. This wasn’t a decision made from fear or over-protection, but from conviction. We believe it is our responsibility as parents to disciple our children and provide them will a well-rounded Christian education.
6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. - Deuteronomy 6:6-9
We want to teach our children reading, writing, and arithmetic; but above all, we want to teach them about who God is and give them a Christian worldview. This doesn’t mean we will shield them from all of the world’s ideas, we will expose them to those ideas in the right time, but we plan to give them a biblical understanding of the world so that they will be able to identify truth from falsehoods. Good from evil. Right from wrong. No, this isn’t a neutral education, but no one has a neutral worldview. Something is taught, or more often, something is caught. Worldviews are in everything- movies, television, public school classrooms, private school classrooms, conversations with friends, at church, at a sporting event, and in the news. Nothing is neutral. Knowing this, we’ve decided to teach a Christian worldview and biblical literacy.
We don’t just want our children to grow in their knowledge of science, the arts, math, and literature. We want them to develop good habits and life skills, to have healthy and close family relationships, to be compassionate toward other people, to interact and learn from people of all ages, to have a variety of life experiences that take place outside of a traditional classroom, and more than anything, to know Jesus Christ.
Our oldest daughter is now almost 6 and is thriving in our homeschool. As new homeschoolers, it has taken us a lot of time and energy to navigate the homeschooling world. There are so many styles, curriculums, schedules, enrichment ideas, co-ops, book lists, and the list goes on. We are still figuring things out! We have made the decision to take a Charlotte Mason approach. This is fitting our family so well, and all of my girls LOVE school (even though my oldest is the only one required to do school). This approach includes teaching the whole child- their mind, their spirit, physical education and experiences, and good habits. It also includes reading lots of living books in a wide range of subjects (which is called a feast for the mind). My favorite resource for this approach is Sonya Shafer with Simply Charlotte Mason. She has a plethora of wisdom on this teaching method!
If you’re considering homeschooling, I just want to encourage you by letting you know that if you are a parent with children, you can homeschool! Will there be hard days? Yes! Will you sometimes get impatient and have to adjust your own attitude? Yes! But it has been so worth it for our family. By God’s grace, I’ve been able to stay consistent and have taught my 5-year-old to read. It’s a start! More than that, she’s hearing God’s word every day. With each tiny drop of water, the bucket of her knowledge is filling up. What a blessing it has been to watch.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me! I love talking about homeschooling and sharing the research I’ve done.