I was asked the question yet again…the same question most homeschool moms get. Then I was asked the second question that is typically raised when people find out I am a homeschool support teacher. While they may be two completely different questions, the foundational response is the same. Why do I homeschool my kids and how do I know homeschool moms are not doing the work for their kids? To answer these questions, I’ve put together a list of the Top 5 Reasons To Homeschool.
**I did a Facebook live video to talk about this post – see bottom of this post for the video!**
Many people think that the absolute best reason to homeschool is to keep our kids from the big, bad world. However, we know that scripture does not support seclusion from the world. We know that we are not supposed to be in relationship with only Christians. We are to be in the world, not of it…
Home education will not save our children. I know that many families worship it. They use it to keep their family in a ‘safe’ bubble. We place too much power on home education when we put it on a pedestal. We must remember this truth: Only Jesus can save our children. Let’s not lose our focus on this.
Another reason we home educating might be so that we can give our kids the best education. Sure, this is a good reason and it is one of my own reasons to home educate. I know my kids best and I know how they learn. I am able to give them tailored educational programs that work with their learning style. But, if that is my primary reason, then it is the wrong reason.
So, why are you home educating anyway?
We need to understand why we have chosen to home educate our children. On the tough days, we need this reminder so that we can keep going.
What should be the purposes of home education?
The Great Commission
We should be home educating so that our children will fulfill the Great Commission. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20.
My oldest daughter had a discussion recently with an unbelieving friend. She was interested in what church looked like. She asked Sarah many questions about church and wanted to know if Sarah liked it. Sarah intends to invite her friend to a youth group event soon. Even though she isn’t going overseas to spread the gospel, she is still discipling someone in her very gentle and soft way. I have homeschool families who are actually overseas and making disciples. Home schooling helps families
I have homeschool families who are actually overseas and making disciples. This is such a fantastic way to develop this passion in children. They see first-hand the brokenness of the world and they are active in leading people to Jesus. Homeschooling helps families
We are all called to be missional regardless of how we choose to educate our children. Fulfilling the Great Commission ought to be among the first in our list of reasons why we home educate.
Develop Love of God’s Word
Home education is a wonderful opportunity to develop the love for God’s word within our children and to deepen their belief in His word and who He is. We begin our day in worship and in the Word fo God. We talk about it as a family. When we have tough days, we turn to His word for encouragement. When we have to work through grief, we share scripture to bring comfort to each other’s hearts.
One of the greatest treasures as a mom is when my kids quote scripture to me when I am discouraged, sad…or angry. A true delight.
Home education has allowed our family to get as deep in the Word as we wish…the deeper, the better!
Understand God’s Word as Truth
We can teach His word is the ultimate truth. We need the next generation to know that God’s word is truth and to respect God’s word as authority. Not long ago, my son asked me a question about a certain verse. Instead of giving him my opinion on the matter, I directed him to God’s word. We discussed how God’s word is ultimate truth and that it can be trusted. Through our discussion and his search of scripture, he understood the correct answer to his question.
I also want my kids to understand that our feelings are incredibly fickle. We can’t trust our feelings especially when we are hurting. There are times in our lives when we don’t ‘feel’ God’s presence. But is it truth that He has forsaken us? Absolutely not. Wouldn’t the enemy of our souls love for us to believe that lie? We look to scripture for the answer to this feeling. God says that He will never leave us or forsake us. We hold fast to these promises instead of our feelings.
There are questionable things happening in our world today. How can our kids know what is the truth and what is a lie? Society has inserted their opinions in place of the Holy Word of God. Our kids need to know that we have absolutely no business redefining God’s word under any circumstances. God meant what He says and says what He means. Home education allows us to discuss the Truth often.
Home education allows us to discuss the Truth often.
Know God’s Word Deeply
I want my kids to know God’s word. I want His word to be deeply rooted within their hearts. If our children know what His word says, if they trust and believe God at His word, then it will be more difficult for them to be swayed and deceived by false teachings. It is easier to deceive the biblically illiterate. This means that we need to apply God’s Word to our lives; not just memorize it. When our kids have been hurt by a friend, we lead them to Jesus for healing and restoration. Doing this helps root God;s Word into their hearts.
Because we home educate, we can stop what we are doing and promptly deal with an issue instead of letting it fester. I want my kids to turn to Jesus for their needs right away.
The Greatest Commandment
I think the best reason for home educating our children is so that they will fulfill the greatest commandment. ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.
Our absolute main reason for home educating should be to teach our children to love an amazing God.
They can be the smartest kids, get into the best schools, make a ton of money, but if they fail to love God as Jesus commanded, then maybe we have seriously missed the mark and done them a great disservice.
Educating my kids at home helps me to ensure they are fulfilling this Great Commandment from Jesus. We can spend as much time as needed on this truth.
I have created a gorgeous FREE printable for you to use to remind yourself of the WHY you homeschool or raise your kids for the Lord. Click below to download to your computer and print.
This printable was created for my top 5 reasons to homeschool.
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