What Does Homeschooling Look Like?
Homeschooling… What is it? What does it look like? These questions are posed from the families considering homeschooling, friends and even our relatives. The answer is simple: there is no precise, definitive answer. Homeschooling is unique with each family. Some may begin their homeschooling day at 8am while others begin at 10am. There are no perfect checklists to follow, no perfect curriculum nor perfectly planned schedules.
Homeschooling is a paradigm shift; it’s not just about academics. Consider this: We all have been homeschooling our children since the day they were born, teaching them to walk, to talk, how to dress, make their beds, their colors and numbers, etc. Each family’s approach vary in how their children were taught these things.
Most people will agree homeschooling is about “educating” our children. Webster’s 1828 dictionary defines “education” as:
The bringing up, as of a child; instruction; formation of manners. Education comprehends all that series of instruction and discipline which is intended to enlighten the understanding, correct the temper, and form the manners and habits of youth, and fit them for usefulness in their future stations. To give children a good education in manners, arts and science, is important; to give them a religious education is indispensable; and an immense responsibility rests on parents and guardians who neglect these duties.
Powerful statement, our first and foremost responsibility as parents is to teach our children about our Lord Jesus Christ, to bring them up in the love and admonition of the Lord. Our children belong to God. They are His children. He has only given us temporary custody. As our children become adults, the blessing is that they desire to love, serve and to follow Christ in the path He has for them. The wonderful part is the instructions are already provided for us in Scripture, the “how to’s”.
Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart wand with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 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. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
With the Lord Jesus Christ at the forefront of the home, the other aspects of a “full education”: to instill knowledge, direct, enlighten, discipline, impart, prepare, and nurture will come together. We have been given the privilege to instruct our children in all aspects of “education”. The homeschooling journey isn’t just about academics, that is a very small part. Homeschooling is a life filled with adventures and blessings as our children learn to follow Christ. Always remember to walk daily with the Lord.
What does homeschooling look like? A beautiful picture of us walking beside Christ.
My encouragement to you as you start the new school year is to focus on what we are called to do by the Lord – to teach our children about Him all the time. The rest will fit together like a jigsaw puzzle, with the outcome being a beautiful picture of our children walking beside Christ.
Be strong and courageous and do it. Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed for the Lord God, even my God is with you. He will not leave you or forsake you until all the service in the temple of the Lord is finished. 1 Chronicles 28:20
by Dennie Booth, SCOPE Chairman