I remember the day I decided that we should homeschool. My 3-year-old son had asked to learn how to read. After just a couple of weeks of some basic instruction in how to string together CVC words, he was pouring through BOB books. By the time he turned 4, he was reading everything in sight.
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. (Deuteronomy 6:6-7)
Homeschooling allows our kids to be who God created them to be. There is so much pressure on kids today to conform to the world’s standards. Having them home with us allows them to discover God’s plans for their lives, without the pressure to be who the kids at school think they should be. Not to mention all of the crazy influences kids encounter at school today.
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will (Romans 12:2)
Jesus understood that his disciples were individuals, created with certain gifts and purposes.
Homeschooling allows us to make sure our lambs are fully trained disciples before going out among the wolves. The argument that Christian kids need to be salt and light in the schools just doesn’t hold water. Jesus didn’t send his disciples out into the world until they were fully trained. And then he sent them out together. Disciples are mature Christians, not babies. As homeschool moms, we get the honor of doing that training so that one day we can send our kids out in the world to gather even more disciples.
After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. (Luke 10:1-3)
What better opportunity do we have as parents to raise up our children for the kingdom of God than through homeschooling? No matter what your original reason was to begin homeschooling, it’s not too late to realize that the main reason God calls us to homeschool is for the purpose of discipleship. Jesus has set the example of how to disciple. Now it’s our turn to follow Him.
So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. (Ephesians 4:11-16)
Marcy spent nearly 15 years as an Ob nurse, sometimes juggling homeschooling with the job she calls her first ministry. Grateful that her main ministry today is at home, she has been married to Tom for 16 years, and is the proud momma to Ben. Her homeschool style is delight-directed (just a hair shy of unschooling), using mostly unit studies, and greatly influenced by Charlotte Mason’s love of living books. If she ever writes a book herself, it’s likely to be entitled, Homeschooling by the Field Trip Method. Although Marcy resides in Kentucky, she loves to travel wherever and whenever given the opportunity (more research for that book!). You can find Marcy blogging at Ben and Me.