I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what my goals are in homeschooling my children. My greatest goal in homeschooling my children is that they will grow up with a great understanding of God’s Word and have a close, deep relationship with Him. In most curriculums both of those things are lacking or, at best, secondary to all other “subjects.” Why do we put God’s Word last? Why do we concern ourselves with Latin and Calculus but leave the most important things for later? (That is not to say that Latin and Calculus have no place or value.) I want our focus to be on the eternal not the temporary. At times in the past I’ve struggled with wanting my children to be the best and smartest children in my family, our church, etc. As I realize how trivial this line of thinking is I also realize what truly is important. If my children grow up loving the Lord our God with all their heart, mind, soul, and strength then I will feel I have been successful in homschooling them. I will definitely put effort into teaching many other “subjects” but they will all be secondary to God’s Word!
Now for that post I mentioned from the SOW Yahoo group.
10 Commandments for Homeschoolers
1. Thou shalt have no curriculum before me. Will I put the book or
tape before what God has called me to teach my children? Will it
interfere with or enhance our studies?
2. Thou shalt not make unto thee a graven image of education….thou
shalt not bow down to it, nor serve it. Will this material make
education a stronger emphasis in our home than wisdom? Will I find
myself structuring my school day around this curriculum or book instead
of around God’s Word?
3. Thou shalt not buy a book that takes the name of the Lord in vain.
That should go without saying, however it is not just His name we
be concerned about, but also His principles, His commandments, His
4. Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy. Does the book uphold the
religious beliefs that we’re teaching our children? Does it undermine
what we’re striving to do? Does it support Christianity or does it
teach from “other” viewpoints?
5. Honor thy father and thy mother. Does this book enhance the
family values that have been passed from our parents? Does it malign
heritage and tradition, or does it uphold the heritage of my parents
and my dh’s parents? Does it encourage respect toward elderly people?
Does it teach clearly and precisely the role our ancestors played in
our nation’s history?
6. Thou shalt not kill. Does the curriculum or book that I’m looking
at endorse abortion, euthanasia, suicide? Not just openly, but in
hidden cues that are picked up in the reading? Does it contain
unmerited violence? Does it teach the sanctity of human life or the
“disposability” of human life?
7. Thou shalt not commit adultery. Does the book contain examples of
adultery? Does the material support “one marriage for life”? Does it
uphold courtship or will it lead my dc to hunger for “companionship”?
8. Thou shalt not steal. Does this book contain so many “fun
things” and so much “busy work” that it steals valuable time that would better
be spent on other endeavors? Will it “steal” my children’s heart?
9. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbors. Does
this curriculum malign other cultures or individuals? Will it bring
pride into our home, “At least we’re better than……”?
10. Thou shalt not covet….. Do I want this because someone else has
it and I want to have the same material they have? Or is it what is
truly best for my family? Am I buying this so it will look
“impressive” on a transcript or am I buying this because it will truly
equip my children to serve God?
I’d love for all of you readers to share with me what your goals are in homeschooling! Let’s inspire and encourage each other to continue on with this great challenge called homeschooling! God has given us a great responsibility but He has also given us everything we need in His Word to be successful at it!