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:
- Attend church every week
- Say grace before dinner – even at restaurants
- Nighttime prayers
- Homeschool CCD (since we’ve been displaced in London)
- The Action Bible and workbook
- Jesus My Shepherd – Explorer Bible Study for Young Readers
- Discuss misbehavior from a Godly perspective
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.