We are on a year around home education schedule. Because my husband is in the fire service and because we started home education a little earlier than the traditional school year would have allowed for my son’s age, we will be starting first grade material with, my soon to be six year old, in just a couple short weeks. As I venture into what will be considered my first mandated year of education for my oldest child I have decided I better get our family home education vision down on paper.
My Favorite Scriptures for home education:
“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
“Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.”
- Choosing the best curriculum for each subject
- Making wise choices/life experience part of the “education” process (opposed to the “socialization process”
- Adequate time to focus on strengths and weaknesses
- More interactive learning with field trips and daily “hands on” education
- Ability to use travel in education
- Incorporate daily bible readings
- Implement scripture memorization
- Work diligently on spiritual disciplines
- Being able to work on character traits throughout the day
- Focus on good habits
- Focus on having good attitudes in all situations, particularly when doing things we’d prefer not to be doing
- Opportunity to choose the best curriculum for each specific subject
- Ability to utilize literature from specialists in their field
- Not bound to textbooks
- Time to study music and art
- Incorporating life skills into education
- Time to focus on weakness in a subject
- Capacity to move forward in a subject when an area in mastered
- Ability to teach “family style” for non-skill based subjects
- Time to teach our children proper social behavior
- Less negative influence from peers in bad manners and attitudes
- Ability to expose children to a variety of socioeconomic situations, not limited to school district
- More time to build family unity
- Establishing bonds of friendship among siblings on a continual basis
- Knowing the entire family will grow up with a similar mindset
Disadvantages (how to overcome):
- A missed opportunity to educate on what others believe can stumble children in the future.
- Remembering to focus on God and His word and not get too “busy” with Christian activities can be challenging.
- “Christian curriculum may not always be the best in content. Use the best for subjects and the Bible
- Mine and my husband’s weaknesses can quickly become the weaknesses of our entire family.
- Cannot let my weak areas become neglected areas to my children’s education. Also need to not push my strong areas on them either. Focus on a balanced education
- Every child needs to receive instruction and attention and can be difficult with just 1 teacher and 5 students. (Opposed to the public school ration of 30:1 😉 )
- If we don’t get out and involved in the community and with other groups of families the children might become awkward in different situations. They’ll be missing out on school trips where they can develop as individuals and as part of a team, so we need to cater for that.
- They might not learn how to first hand behave in situations where people are continually mean to them.
Spending more time together might mean more conflict between family members. We need to always be giving tools on how to resolve conflict.
Over the next 2 weeks we will look at Goals of Parenting and Make a plan on how to create a home school environment focused on glorifying God while offering the best education possible.
To see why we choose to home educate click here.
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