God is the Superintendent. My husband is the Principal. I am the teacher. My son is beginning kindergarten!
Through God’s leading, we are beginning homeschool in two weeks. This, a decision we don’t take lightly, has been prayed over, and held in consideration for some time now.
Though we are going to take it year-by-year, we know that for now the decision to homeschool is the right one for us in 2007. God has given us the opportunity, the curriculum, and a group of very supportive friends through a new new co-op in the area. (Praise the Lord! — thank you, ladies 🙂
Why homeschool? Well, for several reasons…most of all because God has simply given us direction to do it. In many instances in the bible, it states that we should “teach our children” the ways of the Lord, and though one can still accomplish that task AND send their children to public school, it seems increasingly difficult to strengthen Christian teaching at home while the child is spending 8 hours under the influence of a godless environment.
Unfortunately, the government has seen to it that Christian viewpoints and the practicing of Christian ethics are “unacceptable” in public school. –What a sad realization!? Even Christian teachers and administrators have to work everyday in fear for their job if they respond to the spiritual needs of a child at school. The very mention of God’s name can be enough to put their job in jeapordy.
Children who do have Christian homes are taught to respect God’s name and to stand in awe of His creations. Then, they are sent out the door to deal all day with a world that stands to destroy the very ideas their parents just taught them.
The youngest children, especially, are at risk because they are so impressionable and need to be grounded on God’s foundation before they are ready to face such worldly suggestions.
“Moreover your little ones and your children, who you say will be victims, who today have no knowledge of good and evil…” Deuteronomy 1:39
So…we have accepted God’s directive to teach our children the ways of the Lord. We plan to teach them how to read His word, spell His name, write His words on their heart, and add up the blessings he bestows upon their life. We will credit God for the work of His creations, acknowledge His power to change history, and praise Him in song through music. Our foreign language studies will concentrate on the need to share the gospel message with people around the world. Character and good citizenship will be emphasized under the example left to us by our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ.
For many, many reasons, we choose to incorporate Christian principles in every academic subject we will study. This is the exciting part! –No constraints. No subjecting our boys to educational theories that conflict with the word of God. No study for meaningless tests that waste valuable time. An opportunity to spend valuable time with them in their early years, building a strong God-filled life foundation. — This is why we are homeschooling.
Will I be able to do it? — Prayerfully! I know it won’t be easy, and much like a first year teacher, I’m sure I will make lots of mistakes. However, for us, it is the right thing to do. We welcome the opportunity, and consider it an honor.
My son is excited and ready to learn. My initial lesson plans are almost complete. We’re about to set up the school “room”, and plan a fun-filled first day!
In the mean time, I thought I would share this video with you. It so perfectly exemplifies the excitement of teaching our children God’s word.