homeschool classroom

Initially I loved the ‘thought’ of homeschooling our daughters, yet I was fearful of failing them.  I believed in the enemy’s lies that I was too dumb and could not figure out how to educate them, that the girls would miss out on fun school stuff and not have warm childhood school memories, that we wouldn’t fit in in our community and that they wouldn’t have childhood friends.  And how could I help my husband financially by staying home and teaching our girls … I thought I needed a real job to be a good role model for our girls, to say that I contribute to and help out our family.

Finally a growth period in my life helped me to see what it truly means for wives to submit to their husbands (awesome, freeing topic) and the ‘chain of command’ that takes place in this relationship.  During this time is when my faith started to become more solid and I wasn’t just faithful by what I could see, but what He promises in His word.  Shortly thereafter my husband approached me about homeschooling and asked me to consider it.  I didn’t even think about it, I immediately said yes and the very next day my husband was un-enrolling our girls from the local Christian school, and I was on my way to a homeschool Abeka display!

My change of heart was the fact that I’d been studying about my role as a mother and realizing that our children are not ours, instead they are simply on loan to us from Him.  I had a better understanding of how God instructs a family to live and He makes it pretty clear that we are to teach our children.  Yes, I was still afraid, but I also kept telling myself that fear does not come from Him but from the enemy.  I also strongly felt that if He was leading our family to homeschool, He would not allow us to fail in the education of our daughters or in finances if we simply stepped out in faith.  And by the way, He also now helps us as a one-income family.  When we find ourselves in trouble financially, it is our own doing and poor judgments regarding money, not His lack of faithfulness.

Today we are still successfully home schooling since the 2010SY.  I have come a long way since the beginning of this journey.  I no longer feel the need to have someone else completely plan out curricula and present me with daily lesson plans.  I now feel confident in prayer to do this myself in all subjects that comply with Ohio homeschooling laws.  What is surprising to me still is the variety of curricula available for me to do this!  Homeschooling is a lot of work, but please know it is more fun than work.  I get to delight in witnessing our daughters learn.  Really learn.  And they like learning!  I feel blessed with the ability (read freedom here) to teach in different ways biblically and to allow our girls to be age appropriate in their maturity.  I truly believe because we homeschool and have unstructured time in our days, our daughters have an appreciation for being outside to glorify in His creation, to use their imaginations, and to be thoughtful when watching a leaf float on the breeze.  This is a stark contrast to the environment of government schools.  Homeschooling for us means obeying His directions and is the heart of our family growth, and truly is so much fun!

Below I am going to include biblical reasons to homeschool from Brandon and Rebekah Staggs, as well as a page I used to have titled why we homeschool.  I have also discovered a blog by Jennie and I will post her reasons for homeschooling as I 100% agree with her biblically.  Most, not all, of the curricula we use you can find on my home-page sidebar titled Resources I Enjoy Using.  On this page I will also keep the pics of our classroom from our previous home and sometime in the near future include pics of the original smoke-house still standing on our farm that will eventually be turned into our one-room school house!

Biblical Reasons To Homeschool (Brandon & Rebekah Staggs)

Offered here are just a handful of verses from God’s word which apply to raising, training, and educating children. There are hundreds of reasons to reject the usage of the government education system, including social, moral, academic, ethical, political, and “religious” reasons. For a Christian, especially a Christian who values the authority of Scripture, God’s own words on the matter should settle the issue. So here we attempt to explain a conviction we have through the only objective way possible: Holy Scripture.

God gave you children as a steward and gave you the authority over them:

Psalms 127:3-5 Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.

Genesis 33:5 And he lifted up his eyes, and saw the women and the children; and said, Who are those with thee? And he said, The children which God hath graciously given thy servant.

Genesis 48:8-9 And Israel beheld Joseph’s sons, and said, Who are these? And Joseph said unto his father, They are my sons, whom God hath given me in this place. And he said, Bring them, I pray thee, unto me, and I will bless them.

Isaiah 8:18 Behold, I and the children whom the LORD hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion.

Hebrews 2:13 And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me.

On rendering to GOD’S what is GOD’S:

Matthew 22:21 They say unto him, Caesar’s. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.

(People tend to ignore the latter portion of the verse. Our children are not Caesar’s!) Children belong to God:

Ezekiel 16:20-21 Moreover thou hast taken thy sons and thy daughters, whom thou hast borne unto me, and these hast thou sacrificed unto them to be devoured. Is this of thy whoredoms a small matter, That thou hast slain my children, and delivered them to cause them to pass through the fire for them?

God’s commandments to us regarding our stewardship of the children He has given us include:

Ephesians 6:4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Deuteronomy 6:6-9 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.

Proverbs 23:7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.

2 Corinthians 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

How someone thinks in their heart is what makes them. How do children learn to think of the world, of God and His creation, in school?

Isaiah 54:13 And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children.

Jeremiah 10:2 Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.

Matthew 22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

Again, a child’s mind is trained in school.

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Does a child receive this kind of training in public school?

Proverbs 13:20 He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

Does a child “walk with wise men” in public school?

1 Corinthians 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.

That’s communications as in “community.” Is it a good idea to put children in that situation?

James 3:13-18 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

Matthew 18:6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

Psalms 119:97-104 MEM. O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day. Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts. I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word. I have not departed from thy judgments: for thou hast taught me. How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.

 

 

Why We Educate at Home (Jennie)

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1.)  Having God as the foundation of our education.
“Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.  These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.  Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.  Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”  Deuteronomy 6:9

This verse showed us several things.  One being that God gave us, as Christian parents, the responsibility to teach and train our children.
The second thing is that our main goal in raising our children is to teach them to love the Lord with all of their heart, soul and mind.  For “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge” (Prov. 1:7).  We feel that since this is our main purpose in education and training, then we cannot send them away to be educated 30 hours a week by an institution that seeks, by law, to exclude God and His word.  The bible tells us “walk not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stand in the way of sinners, nor sit in the seat of the scornful” (Psalms 1:1)

2.)  We desire to have our children under our protection.  We can’t protect our children from all the unrighteousness in the world, but we can walk along side them and help them view the world through a biblical lens.  They can remain under our care until they are spiritually mature enough to handle living in a sin-filled world.
“Sheltering is keeping our children away from negative influences while directing them toward positive ones.”  Steve and Terri Maxwell Keeping Our Children’s Hearts
Sheltering our children does not mean that we keep them in solitary confinement.  On the contrary, we do work, ministry, serve others and activities, but all together as a family so they remain under our protection.
The bible tells us that “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked:  who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9)  So we see that sheltering our children won’t keep them from being sinful.  However, we know that external influences can greatly increase the child’s desires to fall into sin beyond their point of self control at their maturity level.   We enjoy reading the Old Testament and learning how God ‘parented’ His children:
“When the Lord your God brings you into the land you are entering to possess and drives out before you many nations—the Hittites, Girgashites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites, seven nations larger and stronger than you and when the Lord your God has delivered them over to you and you have defeated them, then you must destroy them totally.  Make no treaty with them, and show them no mercy.  Do not intermarry with them. Do not give your daughters to their sons or take their daughters for your sons, for they will turn your sons away from following me to serve other gods, and the Lord’s anger will burn against you and will quickly destroy you.”  Deuteronomy 7:1-4
God took sheltering His children very seriously.  This kind of sheltering will help eliminate negative influences that have the potential to draw our children’s heart away from God.  The bible tells us to “guard your heart with all diligence” (Prov. 4:23).
3.)   We desire to build close relationships among our family.  We do this by attempting to pour our lives into our children.  When we are old and gray, we are not going to look back on our lives and wish we had more time apart from our children.  In fact we are going to wish we spent more time investing in the things that matter most, their lives.  “I have no greater joy than to know that my children are walking in the truth” (3 John 1:4).  Since we know this now, we are trying to live backwards.  We are choosing to sacrifice our “free time” to invest in building relationships with our children.  We do this by spending lots and lots of time together.
We choose to do activities as a family as much as we can.  We desire for our children to enjoy spending time with each other.  The more we allow them to go away by themselves, the more they will dislike being with the family and their siblings.  Yes, our children have lots of friends.  But we spend time with them as families.
4.) We desire to give our children a love for learning.
By the time most children reach the 5th grade, they have a dis-like for learning.  They are taught what to think and when to think it.  Instead we want to teach our children how to think and to thirst for knowledge on their own.  We do this by allowing them to participate in the planning of what they will be learning about.   These are our main reasons for Home educating our children.  Although there are plenty of other reasons, we feel that these are the core of our decisions.
We must also remind ourselves that  it is the Lord who is the builder of our home (Psalm 127:1).  Merely choosing to  Home educate isn’t a formula for raising godly children. If we try to  raise a godly seed on our own strength, it will be in vain.  We must remain connected to The source as we seek wisdom and strength for the great task He has called us to.
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” John 15: 5

 

Why I Homeschool (part of my original homeschooling blog page.  TIA Dawn!)

1. Proverbs 22:6 How can I make sure that my child will go in the way he should go so that he will not be misled off the path of righteousness?

2. Deuteronomy 6:4-10 How can I make sure that my children’s training in righteousness is consistent and continuous?

3. 1 Timothy 3:4, and Titus 1:6 How can I make sure that my household is managed well and my children are under control as a testimony of my maturity?

4. Proverbs 13:24, 22:15, and Hebrews 12:7f How can I make sure that my children’s disobedience and sin are promptly and properly disciplined in love?

5. Matthew 18:5, 6 How can I make sure that I am not putting my children in situations where they will be tempted to sin, or worse, which cause them to sin?

6. Proverbs 13:20 How can I make sure that my children walk with the wise and do not become harmed as the companion of fools?

7. 1 Corinthians 15:33 How can I make sure that my children’s good character is not corrupted by their falling in with bad company?

8. 2 Corinthians 6:14 How can I make sure that my children do not become spiritually, emotionally, or socially yoked together with unbelievers?

9. 2 Timothy 2:16-19 How can I make sure that my children are not under the authority and influence of false teachers and false teachings?

10. Romans 12:1-2 How can I make sure that my children do not become conformed to the world, but are transformed by the renewing of their minds?

11. 1 John 2:15-17 How can I make sure that my children are taught to love God and to do his will, and are not taught to love the world or anything in the world?

12. Ephesians 5:15-17 How can I make sure that I am being careful with my children’s lives, redeeming their time and making the most of my opportunities with them in an evil age?

13. Proverbs 4:23 How can I make sure that I am guarding my children’s hearts against ALL ungodly influences?

14. Ephesians 5:11, 12 How can I make sure that my children are not enticed by the fruitless deeds of darkness, or exposed to those things God calls shameful?

15. Philippians 4:8 How can I make sure that my children’s minds are filled with and trained to think about only those things that God considers worthy of praise?

 

Now … pics

 This was taken from my desk area looking toward their desks.

And this is an odd angled shot (I apologize) from their seating area looking toward my desk!!