As public schools become more and more full of poor educational standards and anti-Biblical culture, many parents are looking for alternative schooling options for their children. While a private Christian school education might be beneficial and safer, they are also very expensive and may not be located in smaller communities. Another alternative public school that many Christian families have been adopting is that of homeschooling. There are many benefits that homeschooling has when viewed from an educational as well as a Christian perspective.
When parents choose to educate their children at home, they have many options beyond what their children would find in a public or private school. Curriculum may be tailored to each specific child’s abilities and interests, as well as what the family wants to focus on. If a family is planning to take a vacation to Europe the following summer, one of the children’s learning units may be based on the geography, economics, politics, or culture of various countries in Europe. This helps to facilitate learning with personal experience which is much more difficult to do in a classroom setting. If and when the kids decide to further their learning with a college education, few know that there are even scholarships for homeschoolers available.
In addition to making sure that children get a well rounded education including reading, writing, and math, most Christian families believe that it is important to make sure that children receive education related to the Bible. Learning about the history of the Bible, memorizing Scripture, and learning to apply biblical principles to life can be a vital part of homeschooling a Christian home. In fact, the Bible can be applied to just about every aspect of learning including science, math, literature, history, art, music, and more.
Children who learn at home have the benefit of a great deal of one-on-one time with their teachers. Lessons can be guided to whatever pace works best for the child. If the child struggles in a certain subject, then more time can be taken in that subject. If a child is gifted or talented, he or she is able to work ahead at a pace which is challenging instead of boring. This may bring additional opportunities for graduating high school and going to college early. This type of advanced pace might make it possible for students to get scholarships for homeschoolers.
Time with Family
One of the most important ways to instill Christian values in our children is by schooling them at home. This allows them to spend time with the people in the family who we know are good influences on them. Learning as a family helps older children experience the responsibility of helping with and teaching younger children. Sibling relationships are also often much stronger when they are each other’s classmates and playmates. Time with family for a homeschooler also means that a grandma or grandpa or family friend may want to participate in lessons and learning, as well as going on “field trips”, and all of this helps to enrich experiences with relationships which might otherwise conflict with school hours.
Some parents and families live in public school systems which promote an unsafe environment. Even if the physical environment is safe (although more and more bullying continues to be reported in today’s culture), the emotional and spiritual environment may not be safe. Many schools limit a child’s right to carry or read from a Bible, others try to limit the child’s right to speak about spiritual matters. Because of this, many families choose to keep their children …