Incorporating Faith in a Dynamic Homeschool

 

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From what I understand, early American homeschool pioneers, some 35 years ago, were just about 100% all devoted Christians.

Nowadays, research suggests that around 40% of homeschooling families fall into that category. Of course this is a good thing from the standpoint of homeschooling Christians as it gives them more political protection, theoretically anyway.

While the percentages are down, there are certainly many families nowadays whose initial decision to home educate has been rooted in their faith whether it’s Christianity, Islam, Judaism, or some other creed that I am going to offend via omission.

But there are also families like mine, I suppose, who didn’t start out with such intentions but adopted them later on.

As we can all attest to, marriage is certainly a “game-changer”.

Having kids also changes the game.

But as big, and as life-altering as those events are, once parents accept full responsibility for raising and educating their own….well, it’s provokes yet another, even higher-ordered transformation.

You see while I was researching and contemplating how to educate my babies….I was actually homeschooling myself!

I was writing and reading prolifically. Notably, I read the Bible cover-to-cover for the first time – except I was 35 years old!

Homeschooling myself informed me on how to homeschool my kids. A major benefit of this process was that I got to share what I was learning too.

After all, I didn’t want my kids to get the “late start” in many areas that I had. Faith certainly fell into this category, and probably sits prominently at the top of it.

We aren’t saints by any stretch here. Our faith incorporation is still very much a work in progress, but here are some of the things we do at present:

Another thing we do is make a concerted effort to associate with Holier Than Thou people – meaning with families who are more faithful, more self-sacrificial, and generally have their priorities in order. The hope is that they will inspire us by osmosis.

A couple years ago, my 6 year old daughter said to me, “Dad, how come you don’t read your Bible any more?”

She was right; I was slacking off a bit.

But the takeaway, the eye-opener for me, was learning how acutely aware my kids are of what I do.

Parents are always telling me that they “…could never do what I do” because they “could never teach” their kids.

But what they fail to understand is that ALL PARENTS TEACH their kids….by the living example they set.

 

 

Dan (5 Posts)

Husband to Inez. Father of John and Christine. Homeschool Coach, Accelerated Math Teacher. Former derivatives trader and future scratch golfer! Follow our learning adventures at HomeschoolDad.com.


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8 Classic Christmas Read Alouds

Guest post by Tonia of The Sunny Patch.

Christmas is a wonderful time to create family memories and new traditions. Many of our favorite family moments involve books. Christmas is no exception!

There are so many fabulous picture books (and chapter books!) about the holiday season that make wonderful family read alouds. A beautiful picture book doesn’t only have to be for the preschoolers and early elementary kids. We still enjoy many books that are filled with wonderful pictures (and stories). Below you’ll find some of the best books to read this Christmas season.

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8 FAVORITE HOLIDAY READ ALOUDS

The books below cover a wide range of ages – from picture books to chapter books you’re sure to find a new favorite!

A Christmas Carol

The quintessential Christmas story – A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. A memorable story of change, forgiveness, and redemption. Don’t avoid this one just because you think it will be too hard for your children to understand. Start with the wonderful Focus on the Family audio dramatization. This story really shouldn’t be missed.

The Polar Express

This is one of those not-to-be-missed more recent classics (if you still consider 1985 to be recent!) written by Chris Van Allsburg, who also wrote Jumanji. Who wouldn’t love to hop on a train and head to the North Pole? This classic tale of Christmas magic is one that even older kids can appreciate.

A Visit from Saint Nicholas

I’m sure many people could quote large portions of this classic poem that begins with the famous line – ‘Twas the night before Christmas… It’s certainly earned it’s place in Christmas lore and legend. One neat fact – it actually predates A Christmas Carol by 20 years.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

My first introduction to this classic Seuss story, like many people, was the 1966 animated version featuring Boris Karloff as the voice of the Grinch. A few years ago we received a beautiful hardcover copy of the book and now enjoy the story every year.

The Gift of the Magi

I just love this story by O. Henry. A young married couple sacrifice their most prized possessions to give the other a special Christmas gift. We love watching the Mickey & Minnie version on Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas.

The Story of Holly & Ivy

Written by Rumer Godden and published in 1958, it’s the story of a young orphan wishing for a home and family. Look for the version illustrated by Barbara Cooney (one of my favorites).

Letters from Father Christmas

This is a new-to-us book this year. We love many of Tolkien’s books so we’re excited to spend some time with him this Christmas season. If you’ve read it let me know your thoughts!

The Bible

Christmas Eve is the perfect time to read the second chapter of Luke. Turn on the Christmas lights, sip some hot cocoa, and remember why we celebrate this blessed season.

Do you have a favorite Christmas read aloud?

Every member of my family has a different Christmas favorite so we end up sharing a few memorable books over the holiday season.

And I’m always on the lookout to add to our collection. I’d love to know what books you read together during the holiday season.

Tell me about your family’s favorite Christmas read aloud!

 

Tonia writes about homeschooling life at The Sunny Patch. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest.

 

 

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Homeschool Blog Awards: #HSBA2014 Voting is Open!

We are so excited to announce that the 2014 Homeschool Blog Awards are officially open for voting!

#HSBA2014 NOMINATIONS

We deeply thank you for your gracious patience as we worked hard behind the scenes to get everything ready. And since we know this is a really busy time of year for many of us (but when isn’t busy for a homeschool mom?!), we’ve decided to help make things a little easier for you by keeping polls open for a solid three weeks this year!

This means voting will be open until Monday, December 29th, 2014 at 11:59PM EST. So, if you’re extra busy right now, don’t stress about trying to vote while you’re wrapping gifts and baking cookies – just come back after Christmas and relax while you take a look at some amazing blogs!

Without further ado – here are our 2014 Blog Awards Categories! Just click on each category name to be taken to that voting page:

1. Best Blog Design

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3. Best Current Events, Opinion and/or Politics Blog

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