Blessed is the man [or child]
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
It seems to me that homeschooling, more than any other educational option, facilitates the delighting in and meditating on God’s word day and night that the above verses encourage. Home is where parents have the most freedom and opportunity to expose their children to godly counsel. Home is where children, I believe, naturally thrive.
I grew up homeschooled and look back on my upbringing with great appreciation. The values my parents attempted to pass on to me stuck, and I believe that homeschooling provided the most conducive environment for that “sticking” to happen.
One of the programs they used in my education was from Cornerstone Curriculum. Worldviews of The Western World, an integrated highschool course from a biblical perspective, is authored by David Quine, who says this about their homeschooling philosophy:
Our aim throughout our curriculum is that our children will live a life fruitful in the Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:8) in the twenty-first century. Cornerstone introduces a biblically-based set of life assumptions and equips your children to know “why” they believe “what” they believe. We incorporate a biblical outlook in all our courses, because it is imperative that our children be able to discern truth from error in subjects like literature, history, economics, politics, science, and the arts. Our prayer is that our children will be discerning and able to stand firm in Christ in our world and in our culture.
The “biblically-based set of life assumptions” that Mr. Quine mentions, can most easily be acquired from a child’s own parents at home as they teach all subjects from a biblical perspective. This, eventually, will give them a solid preparation for tackling real life, “able to stand firm in Christ in our world and in our culture.” With a culture that is progressively more decadent with each passing year, this sort of preparation is vital.
Not only is it important to pass on solid moral values to our children, it is also important to equip them with solid academic ability. Homeschooling facilitates this, also. Sonlight, the curriculum we use with our own children, says in their article “Honoring God with Academics: The Goal of Christian Homeschooling” that
. . . “the ultimate goal of homeschooling is to equip children to do whatever God calls them to do. We want to raise up children to do whatever comes their way. And more often than not, that goal requires a solid academic education. . . .
Does character matter? Does loving God matter? Yes, yes, and yes!! These are my highest desires for your children, and you’ll find Sonlight helps you more than you could have imagined in those areas. At the end of the day, we want to help you raise up children who love the Lord.
In doing so, Sonlight doesn’t waver in its commitment to solid academics as well. We believe that well educated children who love the Lord can grow up to truly change the world. May it be so.
I agree. Complementary to having good character and loving God, good academic preparation can function as a springboard, launching our children into the world to be able “to do whatever comes their way.” And hopefully, change the world.
It is because those things are important to us (having a biblical perspective, discernment, character, love for God, and strong academic preparation), and because homeschooling can help make those ideals a reality, that we have chosen this route.
For legal questions about homeschooling, I recommend taking a look at Home School Legal Defense Association’s (HSLDA) helpful website.
And if you’re interested in learning about our own homeschool journey, feel free to take a look at my blog posts here.
Whether you homeschool or not, I hope you will be inspired by this blog, The Heavenly Hearth, to persevere in teaching your children to delight in God’s word and to live for Him.