With the new school year starting I thought this would be a good time to share some homeschooling encouragement for anyone that wants to homeschool their kids, but maybe aren’t sure if they’re up for the job. Homeschooling has been an incredible blessing to our family because It allows us the freedom to travel, have plenty of bonding time, and learn about our fascinating world together as we go about our life.
I hate to hear parents say that they desire to homeschool their kids, but don’t know if they are cut out for it. It can be difficult to find the community and support you need when you decide to take your kid’s education into your own hands. The last thing a parent needs is heaps of self-doubt piled up where encouragement is lacking. But the thing any parent should know is that it doesn’t take a special degree, an insane amount of time or financial investment to homeschool. All it takes is a loving and committed parent who enjoys learning, and wants to raise their child to be a healthy, thriving adult.
Honestly, if you have access to a public library, the internet, and the outdoors, there is little you can’t help your kids learn. But, if you’re still not sure you’re cut out for teaching your kids, here are a few reasons I think anyone should feel qualified to homeschool:
You have God-given authority to teach your kids everything they need to know.
If you’ve read any of my other posts you know how strongly I feel that we as Christians should have a biblical foundation on which we run our home. Deuteronomy 6:6-7 says “And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. Ephesians 6:4 has a message specifically to fathers: “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” The wonderful thing about God is when He calls us to do something, He gives us everything we need to get do the job well.
“But,” you may ask, “what does school have to do with bringing my kids up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord?” My answer? “Everything!” Just like living for God is a lifestyle, so is learning. If loving and serving the Lord sharing the Gospel is our purpose in life, then everything we do and everything we learn about either serves that purpose, or works against it. And if you, as a parent, are able to teach your child to love and serve God through your teaching and example, you are certainly able to teach them anything else they will need to live as healthy, independent and successful adults.
If you are curious, and enjoy learning about the world, you are cut out to homeschool your kids.
I remember asking so many times in school , “Why do I need to learn this?” I remember getting snide comments from teachers, but never an answer. Which I think is a total shame because it is one of the most valuable questions a child can ask. Why is it important to learn about anything? Because God created everything we could ever possibly learn about. And every single thing we learn about teaches us a little more about His nature and character.
I am not a math whiz or historian. And I’m not super great with geography either, but because of the reasons I mentioned above, I love learning. I also know that my interest and desire to learn will have a lasting impact on my kids’ desire to learn, and that’s important because I want them to be life-long learners. God doesn’t stop teaching us lessons when we graduate from school. He is always teaching us new lessons, and by the time they are adults I want my kids to be ready to learn whatever they need to in order to follow His calling.
Kids don’t need to stress about learning mathematics for a test, wondering why they need to learn equations that are unlikely to have any place in their day to day lives. It is a privilege to learn about the order and laws by which our Creator built this universe, and in such a way that we could discover His fingerprints through scientific discovery. Our world to unfold in their eyes in an explosion of wonder and awe at the creativity and love and purpose He put in to every. single. thing. He made!
Their geography and social studies should be built on a biblical worldview that has them genuinely curious and concerned for our neighbors near and far.
They don’t need to begrudgingly sit through history class, wondering why something that happened 100’s or 1000’s of years ago is of any importance to them now. They need to know that everything that is important to them today has a history. Knowing what happened before, and why it happened is how we understand why things are the way they are today, and the key to doing things better in the future.
Art, music, and literature are all human manifestations of our Creator God, and our kids should see from the very best examples how God’s hands move through ours.
If you enjoy spending time with your kids, you are cut out to homeschool them.
Just living life together presents us with unlimited opportunities to learn about the world. Life makes for a wonderful classroom. Even If we set aside a few hours a day to practice reading and writing, math, read exciting books about history, geography, classic literature and do music and art and Bible study, that gives us plenty of time to go outside and explore nature, learning all about the animals and wildlife that live around us. We can talk about ecosystems and how everything works together for survival, and we can talk about our role as humans on the earth and our responsibility to take care of it.
We can talk about the hard work and discipline required to run a home, because they will certainly be doing that someday. They can learn about cooking and cleaning which offer some super fun lessons in math and chemistry. We can talk about budgeting, go shopping and let them figure out the cost themselves.
We can help our kids meet people with whom they have genuine common interests, and learn how to strike up friendly and polite conversation with the interesting people we meet. There is no need to call it socializing, because who calls it that in the real world? I don’t “socialize”, I have relationships. And let’s get one thing straight: kids need deep and meaningful friendships far more than compulsory attendance alongside peers who may or may not be good influences on them.
There are so, so many more reasons why loving and committed parents are perfectly qualified to teach their kids. But I believe that if you enjoy learning, enjoy being with your kids and know that God has called and prepared you to teach your kids everything they need to know about life, then you will be successful should you make the choice to homeschool your kids!
Are there any reasons you feel unqualified to teach your kids? Let’s talk about it!