Homeschooling from a Christian Perspective
The decision to homeschool is inextricably rooted in the core belief that the responsibility of educating a child rests on the parent’s shoulders. Likewise, as Christians that core belief extends to the education itself – the knowledge that is imparted. For many Christian homeschoolers, the choice to homeschool is rooted in the mindset that the child’s education should reflect, support, and extend from their religious beliefs. The core of Christian homeschooling is the Word of God -the Bible, the source of foundational truth for living, working, marriage, and even rearing children. Join us as we seek to homeschool using the Bible as our roadmap for learning!
Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
Getting Started with Christian Homeschooling
You’re serious about this… you’ve prayed and know God is leading your family to homeschool, but what now? Taking that first step always feels like you’re climbing a mountain – but take a deep breath! If God wants you to homeschool, He will help you find your way… one step at a time! But before you start, consider this:
- Take steps to ensure your family is on the same page. The worst homeschool battles ensue when the family is divided on the decision. Be open – talk through the process – list out the pros and cons – and then pray together about the decision.
- Write a homeschool mission statement together. Why are you homeschooling? To what purpose will you homeschool? Nailing all of that down will help you stay focused on the days when the battles are overwhelming.
- Write a list of goals that you have in general for homeschooling, living, and training your children.
The requirements to begin homeschooling differ across the United States. However, the process of getting started will require a few basic “first steps.” These should include:
- Develop your homeschooling goals
- Research your state laws and fulfill their requirements.
- Understand your student’s learning styles and what motivates them. Take this Homeschool Styles Quiz and this Learning Styles Quiz to get you started!
- Research curriculum that supports your homeschool goals and your student’s learning styles
- Organize your homeschooling location, your curriculum, your four-year high school plan, and your daily schedule
- Take a deep breath, and get started!