“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6).
One of the many reasons parents choose to homeschool their children is because they can incorporate their faith into their children’s daily lives and academics. Christian homeschooling allows us the freedom to “train up a child in the way he should go.” It gives parents a priceless opportunity to educate their children about important biblical concepts that can be skewed in other educational systems and to pour Christ’s love into their youngsters.
Take advantage of the flexible homeschool schedule by establishing daily or weekly devotions with the whole crew. Set aside a planned time for devotions and don’t let the busyness of life get in the way. Incorporate as many family members as possible into devotion time to create a unified and trusting bond that can bring families together. The Daily Focus Homeschool Book provides inspiring and uplifting devotions that are an encouraging read on difficult days and helpful in guiding family discussion.
Instead of throwing your hands up in aggravation as your child gets angry after reviewing a concept for the third time, incorporate encouraging and powerful scriptures into the day. The hopeless and exasperating moments that occur in homeschooling are windows of opportunity to show your child what it means to preserver and overcome the mountains in life. Show your child the power of prayer and quoting scripture in times of personal disappointment and frustration. Place scripture-filled notes around your student’s study space or on your student’s laptop desktop as a constant reminder of the comfort scripture can provide.
In addition to learning scripture, bring the Bible to life in your homeschool day by mixing acting class and Bible class together. Study parables by having your children act them out. They will learn the concepts and be able to apply them better by having a tangible way of understanding the biblical lessons.
Identify the main biblical issues that are integral to your faith and are often misrepresented in the media and other academic institutes. Teach your child scripture and the viewpoints of Christian leaders to back up the faith-based stance. Help your child identify false teaching and ways to search for biblical answers.
It can be easy to become comfortable in the daily routine of homeschooling. Remember to put the Christ in Christian homeschooling by being intentional in all you do and say. Enjoy the precious time you are given to teach your children about the Bible and how to live its teachings out in daily life.
How do you keep Christ in Christian homeschooling?