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I thought this would be a great post for today as this week I have been asked on SEVERAL occasions, “What is your definition of homeschool?” Let me first start by saying that my definition in no way represents the international community of homeschoolers out there, just merely that of the K family.
The K family defines homeschooling as:
The freedom to educate our children on all matters of life through a Christian perspective, beginning at home first with the education of their character.
Let me explain.
A lot of times, there is a central focus on “traditional” education in many homeschool communities. I don’t mean traditional in the way the information is presented, rather I mean traditional in subjects such a reading, math, and science being taught. While this is a great thing, it is also, for our family; a secondary thing. One of the major reasons we know that God has called us to educate our children at home is to be able to shape their character through reading, praying, speaking, and obeying the Bible. We believe the best possible setting for this to occur is at home – with the family.
Ever heard that saying, “Birds of a feather flock together?” Well, anyone who has made it into adulthood realizes the truth to this statement. Your children will become like those they spend the majority of their time with. It is as simple as that. Our conviction is that our children are gifts from God that we need to influence in the best possible way to live a life pleasing to Him. Again, we believe the best way for this to occur is at home – with the family.
There are several scriptures that speak to our hearts concerning this.
Here are two of them:
“Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” ~Deuteronomy 11:18-19
“Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. They will be a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.” ~Psalm 1:8-9
To be clear, our children most certainly are receiving a “traditional” education with reading, writing, spelling, English, math, science, art, music, cooking, foreign language, and physical education to boot. Occasionally we’ll throw in something else as interests peak – so our children are not only receiving a fabulous education; but doing so in the comfort of their own home.
You can see what curriculum choices we are using this year with our children HERE.
Grateful for His grace,