Monday, July 25, 2016
3 Reasons to Homeschool your Children this Year
School starts next month, so now is a good time for homeschooling parents to do a little planning for the upcoming school year. If you feel unprepared to teach a higher grade, purchase the curriculum early and start studying, so that you can stay one step ahead of your student. If you are not planning to homeschool, consider the following three reasons to do so.
1. Avoid Government Brainwashing
Here’s a start: Don’t let some teacher tell your child that there is no God, being a homo is normal, and that the environment and animals are more important than human life. These days, the teacher might even be a Sodomite. Anti-god world views are especially dangerous for very young children who may not even understand salvation yet, but liberal, humanistic views can still have a negative impact on older children who have a solid foundation.
“The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.” Psalm 14:1
2. Teach Your Children the Bible
We are commanded to teach our children God’s laws and talk with them about the Bible at various times of day, and the homeschooling lifestyle provides plenty of opportunities to do this. In addition to the usual academic subjects taught in schools, Bible reading and memorization are an important part of our children’s education. The Bible is also interwoven into a lot of the curriculum since we use materials that quote the King James Bible and teach from a Christian perspective.
“And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.” Deuteronomy 6:7
“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.” Psalm 1:1-3
3. Minimize Bad Influences
Minimizing bad influences is probably the single most important reason to homeschool. Even if you live in the Bible belt where some of the teachers are Baptists or your children are in an exclusive private school, they are still going to school with a wide variety of students. Even as adults we are susceptible to peer pressure, and most kids just don’t take a strong enough stand in a school setting. If you have any rules at all, your children will begin to believe you are nuts since most of the other parents are so permissive in comparison. In junior high and high school, especially, kids will likely be exposed to pornography, drugs, and the advances of other students. Before you know it, your teenager might think he or she is in love with an unbeliever and completely rebel.
“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” 2 Corinthians 6:14
Ladies, homeschooling is gaining in popularity among Christians, so chances are, there is an experienced homeschooling mom in your church that can help you navigate through the state regulations, curriculum choices, and the challenges of teaching multiple grades with babies under foot. There is also a lot of information available online about how to homeschool. My wife’s blog is an excellent resource since she has been homeschooling our children for several years.
“That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,” Titus 2:4
Here is a sermon on homeschooling.