There are so many wonderful reasons and benefits of homeschooling, but these four our definitely our main reasons.
1. To give them a Christ centered, Bible focused, and Gospel saturated education
Romans 11:36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.
This is simple and sweet. Our lives and all we do should be centered on Christ because all things are centered on Him. This includes education! We want to teach our children through the lens of the Scripture and with the purpose of bringing glory to Christ. Proverbs 9:10 says that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. All wisdom and knowledge start with the fear of the Lord. Knowing Him as the creator of all things and the judge of all things is the best starting place and foundation for any education. Public schools will never ever give a truly good education to a child because they are not starting at the beginning of wisdom. The public school system is set up to be godless by the laws of our land, and any good that comes from them only happens despite how wicked and terribly off base they are. I want to give my children the best education they can get which is a Biblical – Christ centered education. I want to teach them to think with Bibles opened in front of everything they encounter. From history, to math, to science, to current events. I want to be there to correct their sinful behaviors and to point them to the One who died for those sins on a cross and rose from the dead showing that He is in fact powerful enough to save us all who believe in Him. That is the education I want to give my children.
2. To train them in the way they should go
Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it
There are way too many things that I can’t train my children in properly if they are away in school for 7 to 8 hours a day. School systems primarily only train a small skill set: sitting still and quiet in desks, walking in lines, reading, writing, studying, passing written exams, socializing with people who are only in your age group, some other academic things, and then a number of bad behaviors and thought patterns they are trained in by their peers. The goals that I find in Scripture to pursue with my children will be best to pursue if they are with me in the home. I will of course teach them to read, write, and pass an exam, but I plan to teach them SO much more than that! I will not have to untrain them of bad things they are taught by peers at school.
Since I have daughters, part of training them in the way they should go is training them with the life-skills of managing a home well. They will be at a huge disadvantage if they are away from the home during the bulk of the day. I want them to watch me and to participate in homemaking with me. In their older years I would like for them to participate in ministry and service to the body as well as learning a trade or possibly starting a small business which are things we see the Proverbs 31 woman doing. Whether the Lord calls them to ministry, marriage, motherhood, work, or all, I want them to be fully equipped and trained. The home is the perfect environment for all of this!
3. to not exasperate them
Ephesians 6:4 Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
I truly feel that traditional school can be exasperating for children because of the worldly influences that they will inevitably be exposed to. It is very exasperating to have household rules based on Scripture while the world through friends or teachers is shaping a child’s thoughts for the majority of their awake hours in the day. Even in private Christian settings I fear I would run into this dilemma. Children from many different backgrounds, training, and denominations may attend a Christian school; and children are not yet capable of choosing friends wisely. Goodness, this can be hard for even me, so I know it is a hard task for kids. They also believe everything they are told and lack discernment. I just don’t think it is right or fair to ask this of my kids until they have been properly trained and equipped to battle the lies of the world which are so often disguised as “christian” and/or true. And as I explained above, I need this time during the day to fully bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord, it would be exasperating to hand them over to a husband having never taught them how to manage a household. It would be exasperating to send them into a job, or ministry, or mission field without having walked through life with them and teaching them how to do things and how to think about things. They don’t need “school”, they need a mother and a father that will teach them how to do life to the glory of God. Anything different than that which is paired with attempts at operating as a Christian home is exasperating in my opinion.
4. to guard their hearts
Proverbs 4:23 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
All of our actions come from what is in our hearts, the same is true for our children. There is already sin in their hearts and it comes out in their actions, but the more that false thinking and wrong influences get in, the more that those sinful actions will grow. Conversely, the more that Scripture and right thinking are put into their hearts, the more their conviction over that sin will grow because that is God speaking to us and His Word is living and active (even in kids!) Also, I can not fully guard their hearts or teach them how to guard their own hearts if I’m away from them for 8 hours each day. I will have absolutely no idea what is being put in there, and no way to control it. The best way for me to guard their hearts with diligence and to teach them how is to be with them.
My hope is that my children’s homeschooling experience will be something that facilitates them knowing and loving Jesus.
I’m fully aware that homeschooling can not guarantee my children will know and love the Lord, that is something only God can do! And I diligently pray for Him to do that. But I want to be wise, and I know that wisdom comes from the Lord. And the Lord led me to these Scriptures shared above to call me into this amazing job of homeschooling my children, I trust Him and will obey what He has commanded me by His grace and through the power of His Spirit within me.
However, I hang all my homeschooling efforts on this one verse:
Unless the Lord builds the house,
They labor in vain who build it;
Unless the Lord guards the city,
The watchman keeps awake in vain.
The Lord has called me to labor to build my home and train my children, also to be a guard over my children’s souls, but all of this is in vain if the Lord does not build the house! He does the work, and anything I do apart from Him is nothing!
That is the heart behind why we homeschool and this blog, Abiding Homeschool.
“I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)
So apart from Him I can do nothing. But as I abide in Him, He will bear fruit in and through me. I’m excited to be starting this little homeschooling blog, but please know that I’m just an imperfect homeschool mama like most of you who only has anything good because of Christ in me. I’m clinging to Him to do great things through our little homeschool.
And yes, we like to make the most of our days on this adventure. So we have tea parties, read fun books, take nature walks, paint, and sing songs. I love all those things, but those aren’t my reasons for what we do. Those are simply sweet little pieces that make our days a little bit more memorable and build our relationships a little closer together.