Have you been weighing the pros and cons of Christian Homeschooling? Are you trying to decide what to do for your child's education? Although the idea of homeschooling seems like a daunting task, you can successfully teach your children. You may find "A Parent's Prayer" helpful and encouraging. You can read it here. And to all you fathers, be sure to read Father's ABCs here.
Before you start each day, click here for your Daily Blessings along with some daily prayers to pray for yourself and your kids.
Purchasing curriculum, planning schedules and making lesson plans may sound foreign to you now, but if you simply pray and ask God for his leading He will help you with it all. He will send encouragement and support from other homeschooling families and will show you where to go for resources, ideas and the supplies you'll need to get the job done. One of the goals of this website is to help you with all of this and more!
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With Christian Homeschooling there are many different programs and curriculums that one can incorporate into their homeschool environment. Many will choose books while others will choose online resources and some will incorporate both online resources and textbooks. The Christian homeschooler's main component and focus is based on their spiritual beliefs. To incorporate Bible Study into your curriculum, click here for a daily Bible Story (and it's free). For some tips on creating a quality Christian homeschool curriculum, click here.
The Christian parent is at ease when teaching their children about their faith. The freedom to teach and practice their religion is one of the main reasons Christians choose to homeschool their children. There are many groups that Christian Homeschoolers can be a part of as well to incorporate not only the religious lessons but also have an entire group with the same belief system. It is also helpful for the children becasue they are able to socialize with other homeschooled children.
Christian Homeschooling - Environment
The Christian Homeschooling environment is one that involves the entire family. One parent is not teaching the children; instead it is accomplished together keeping the family unit intact. Homeschooling is much more effective when husbands team up with their wives to share in the responsibilities. The Bible says, "Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour" (Ecclesiastes 4:9). Both parents are helped by this team-teaching approach. The children enjoy the diversity of more than one teacher and learning becomes fun.
Christian homeschooling abides by the required course studies, but the courses are taught from a Biblical perspective. Bible study is also incorporated into the curriculum. It is wise to also point out that a Christian homeschooler is not drilled on the Bible all day. The children are taught respect, responsibility, wisdom and love for life.
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Many parents will choose this route because the public school system now tries to deny the existence of God. Our family was led to homeschool because the Bible clearly states that the parents are responsible for training and educating their own children. We have decided that our children's spiritual life and development is more important than anything else. Our religious beliefs are given a place of importance that can't be attained in the public school system.
Christian Homeschooling - The Challenges of Raising Christian Children
Children are one of the greatest gifts from the Lord; they can also be one of the most heart wrenching and frustrating gifts. You, as a parent, are entrusted with raising them with strong Christian values, knowledge of right and wrong, and the skills needed to make the right choices when the time comes. As you might realize, there are a number of challenges that you might come across, but don't fret. By keeping your faith in the forefront of everything you do, even the most turbulent of children will make you and God beam with pride.
The first challenge that you as a parent may face is the simple fact that all humans are unique. A shy reserved mother just might bear the most extroverted little boy she has ever seen. Or a father's daughter might test every command, and try and break every rule, while her father followed the straight and narrow path. While these examples can lead some parents to pull their hair out, a Christian parent will soon realize that this diversity is simply an example of the creativity of God. Each unique child will grow into a unique individual, with the ability to give great and wonderful things to the world. As it is said in 1Corinthians 12:21 "And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you." This simple truth can serve as a reminder to all of us that all is needed and accounted for in God's plan.
Of course, even if you master the challenges presented in your own children (and you will using the Bible as your child rearing handbook), there is still the world to contend with. The world, more than ever, will present your children with secular influences, ones that parents will have to compete with on a daily basis. From television shows that degrade humans, the filth put out by Hollywood, the moral decline of our country, and a government that wants to deny God, it is little wonder why children today are losing their faith.
However, as a parent, you have the ability to make sure that your children grow in faith. Your steadfastness, your Bible wisdom can be the foundation that they need to see the world for what it is, and how to interact with it. By showing them how to act through your interaction with people, you can deal with the challenges of raising Christian children with the strength and security found only with God and His Word.
Christian Homeschooling - The Ten Commandments
I know we are all familiar with the Ten Commandments, but I wanted to list them here with their New Testament references:
Christian Homeschooling - The Paradoxical Commandments
These are 10 paradoxical commandments our preacher put in the church bulletin, and I thought they were worthy of repeating:
Christian Homeschooling - The Bible and Finances
My family and I did a Bible Study on money and finances using the book:
|How to Manage Your Money: An In-Depth Bible Study On Personal Finances|
This study was eye-opening for me, and I wanted to share a few tidbits of what we learned.
God really cares about money as there are over 700 direct references to money in the Bible as well as hundreds indirect references. Jesus equated managing your financial resources with the ability to manage spiritual resources and many of His parables deal with the use of money.
Christian Homeschooling - The Twelve Economic Commandments
We use Bible Dry Pencil Bible Highlighting Kit (Set of 4 colors) (2607-4).
Christians have financial problems just like everyone else. We are subject to the same temptations as non-believers. We are at war with satan and finances is one of the battles. Studying what the Bible has to say about finances will help you ward off satan's attacks. Using the book "How to Manage Your Money" will layout and help you understand God's principles of finances. As you learn the principles and put them into practice you will be blessed.
Our family went through our Bibles and put a dollar sign in front of each verse dealing with money. In addition to the dollar sign, we also highlighted each money verse in green. (Use highlighter pencils; they don't bleed through.) The money verses are now easy to find, and we refer back to them often.
I found the "12 Economic Commandments" on the internet. They made an impact on our entire family and hang on our school bulletin board. I thought I'd share them with you, so here they are: