Homeschooling

10 Reasons Christians Should Consider Homeschooling

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Our family has homeschooled since my oldest daughter was three.  She is now thirteen, and we are still going strong!  I would like to share ten amazing benefits of homeschooling with you today.

10.  Statistically speaking, our children will score higher on standardized tests.

My childen usually score much higher than average on these tests, even in subjects that they somewhat struggle with!  The following article by HSLDA further backs up this claim: Academic Statistics on Homeschooling.

9. Our children can learn at their own pace.

Is your child above grade level in most subjects, and slightly behind in another?  No problem!  We easily customize our curriculum to each child.  While our oldest daughter does quite well academically, she sometimes struggles in math.  We can choose which grade level will benefit her the most in each subject, and plan accordingly.

8. Our children can spend more time cultivating their own interests.

While homeschooling, your children do not have to wait until an entire classroom grasps a concept before moving on to something else.  This allows our children to finish required work more quickly.  They can then spend extra time cultivating other skills.  This usually entails reading about their interests, which furthers their knowledge base immensely in other subjects!

7. Our children will be surrounded by multiple age groups.

In the “real world,” are adults grouped in the workplace according to their ages?  Absolutely not.  Homeschooling allows children to spend time with people of all ages, which better prepares them for life.  They can glean knowledge from those more experienced than themselves, instead of asking their inexperienced peers for advise.

Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child.

Proverbs 22:15

Do we want our children surrounded by foolish peers, or by wise and godly examples?

6.  Statistically speaking, our children will be better prepared for college.

Take a look at this HSLDA article, Homeschooled Students Excel in College.

5.  Our children will not be as negatively influenced by peer groups or ungodly educators.

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.   But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.   And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.   The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.   Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.   For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

Psalm 1:1-6

I quote these verses quite often, but they are so true.  Public school usually involves walking, standing, and sitting amongst sinners, who are trying to teach our children the ways of the world instead of God’s ways.

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4.  Our children can grow closer to us.

When our children are with us throughout the day, our relationship will automatically deepen.  If our children are with peers throughout the day, those relationships will deepen.  Which would we rather have?

3.  Our children can grow closer to their siblings.

Take a look at #4 again, but this time let’s think about deepening relationships with siblings.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful if our children are close friends with one another throughout life?  These years of homeschooling can build the foundation for this to happen.

2.  Our children can grow closer to God.

Let’s look back to Psalm 1.

But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night… 

When we homeschool our children, they can meditate on God always.  We can weave God’s precepts throughout our curriculum and day.  What a marvelous gift this is!

1.  Biblically, God asks parents to teach their own children many times.  Will we answer the call?

You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.

Deuteronomy 11: 19

Which He commanded our fathers, That they should make them known to their children.

Psalm 78:5

Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.

Proverbs 22:6

The father shall make known Your truth to the children.

Isaiah 38:19

Tell your children about it, Let your children tell their children, and their children another generation.

Joel 1:3

Also…

Proverbs 1:7 says, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge.”

If our children are not taught to fear the Lord in public school, how can they learn anything else?

Be blessed!

~Nicole

 

 

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7 thoughts on “10 Reasons Christians Should Consider Homeschooling

  1. I love this list! My daughter is only 10-months-old so we are still a little bit away from officially homeschooling, however, I love posts that remind me of how important homeschooling is. My parents made the decision to homeschool my sisters and me, and I am so grateful they did. I’m looking forward to doing the same with our daughter.

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  2. Hi there. I just wanted to tell you how much I appreciate your blog. I really appreciate your Christian view point on children, modesty etc, etc. You are also so encouraging in your posts!

    I wanted to give you another viewpoint on Homeschooling…

    It seems these days there is blog after blog about the joys of homeshooling and being a stay at home mother. Homeschooling really seems to be quite the trend lately, even amongs the non Christian crowd. Let me tell you, I absolutely would love to be able to homeschool my children and stay at home with them each day…

    But again, let me tell you my story. I always wanted to be a mother and a housewife. That was my absolute goal. I married what I thought was Christian man. Within months I found out that he was far from that. We had decided before marriage that I would stay home with the children. After my first was born, my husband began a long pattern of not being able to keep a job. I was forced to be provider. After seven years of that, as well as abuse and unfaithfulness, he left my children and I. That was almost eight years ago. We have never gotten any support either. I went back to school and got a job that better provides for me and my two children…we were not making it on the nine dollar an hour job I had when my ex husband left us. I am not on any assistance. I raise my kids in church. We go three times a week. Gratefully, I have my boys enrolled in my church’s private Christian school. Through scholarships from awesome members of my church, this has been possible for us.

    I live with a lot of guilt. Guilt over not being wiser in the man I chose to marry and have children with. Guilt over having to have my older son look after his brother while I am at work to provide for them. Guilt over being so tired after working many hours that I barely can give them my full attention when I come home. Guilt over not keeping my house as clean as it should be or making the wholesome homecooked meals that so many of these stay at home mothers blog about. I also feel guilty over not being home with them each and every day to instruct them, like so many of these homeschool mothers have the privilege of doing.

    But I am very thankful and grateful for God’s grace and provision through all of this. He is so good, and He always comes through.

    I just wanted to give those out there a different point of view from a single mother who really loves the Lord but is in a different situation than most of your readers. I would love to have more babies, and stay at home with them and teach them in the Lord. This is not where I am though, and I am learning to be content in my situation anyway. I know there are other ladies out there in my situation as well…maybe their husband abandoned them and their children, maybe they are widows, or maybe their husband doesn’t share the same idea of women staying home and raising their children, yet they are trying to be submissive to those husbands anyway, so they work outside the home. Women in our situations probably feel a lot of guilt and struggle with comparing our lives to those women out there who blog about their lives as SAHM’s and homeschoolers. I know sometime’s I find myself believing the lie that I don’t measure up spiritually or as a mother because of it.

    Thank you for taking the time to read my comments.

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    1. Hi Millicent!

      I’m so sorry to hear about your husband’s unfaithfulness and abuse. You should have no guilt. My children are always proud that their mommy AND daddy work, and I’m sure that one day, when they grow up, your children will look up to you as a role model for your strength in the worst of times. My children have been going to a public school their entire lives. The main problem is, they were taught that the earth is billions of years old, and Darwin evolution, but every day, we reinforce Christian ideals and make sure they believe in the Lord, and so far, even in high school, they believe in Gods creation of our world.

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    2. To Millicent Jones: Thank you for stating a very real position on parenting and schooling. I’ve had a similar situation. I raised my oldest two girls as a single parent from the age of 19. I made it through law school. They went to public school and after school care most days. I was not consistent with teaching them about Christian worldviews, yet I always thought of myself as a good role model for them and they knew of my deep faith.

      Now they are 18 and 19 years old. They are not Christians anymore and live immoral lives. I feel so guilty and blame myself. I didn’t realize how many other people would expose them to all kinds of immorality at a very young age. I thought they had a “moral compass”. Now they tell me all kinds of things that went on at school and friends houses, of whom I thought were good people. We lived in pretty good affluent neighborhoods. Much drug use, sex, etc.

      I should have done a lot of things different. I feel so sad about them. they are following the culture of Relativism and secular humanism. I feel so guilty.

      They love me and we have a good relationship, but they view me as somewhat “intolerant” or as a “Christian fanatic” in regards to Gay rights, Liberalism, Animal Rights, and of homeschooling my 3 younger kids.

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  3. Hi Nicole!

    I totally appreciate your blog. It’s a great way for me to connect with other likeminded people! However, I have doubts on homeschooling, which I would never ever force on any homeschoolers. My main concern for my children is however, is that they would be sheltered. You do make a good point at #7, but I believe that kids should be surrounded by kids of all races, religions, incomes, and other differences, because ultimately, they’ll be working with them in the future. Then there’s the sheltering aspect of it, meaning that I’d prefer them to learn about everything they’ll be facing in the ‘real world’. I make sure to share with them the word of the Lord while enrolling them in public schools , so I have no regrets, as many may have. I’m actually very conservative, but I believe in public schools! Again, I’m not trying to make anybody change their views, just sharing my opinion!

    God bless!

    Anne

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