There is absolutely no doubt that most public schools in the US do not teach Christian values, principals, or education. Actually, it’s unlawful in many places to teach them in a way that would encourage acceptance of the Bible or Christian religion.
This separation of education and religion can be especially harmful to those of the Christian faith. When our children are young, they are extremely susceptible to inherit what they are being taught.
And, unfortunately, this scenario does not help the parent who is trying to instill religious values.
To me, this is one of the most important reasons to homeschool. We can choose to tie our faith into our homeschooling, providing a solid foundation for our little learners.
According to the US Department of Education, nearly 64% of homeschoolers choose to homeschool to provide religious instruction to their children. This is so important!
As homeschoolers, we have the opportunity to choose what our kids learn, how they learn it, and when they learn it. The world is quite literally our oyster and we can use it to our advantage!
Why not tie your faith into your homeschool? But how do you do it?
Let your first activity be prayer
By starting your day with prayer, you are opening the door for the Lord to have His way right then and there. You are showing your children the importance of prayer, and leading them in the act of prayer.
Praying in front of your children gives them first-hand experience on prayer outside the church walls, teaches them how to pray, and gives them a good example of leadership in prayer.
Once you’ve established prayer at the beginning of your day, your children will recognize the importance of beginning their activities with the Lord’s hand.
Incorporate a Bible curriculum
I wholeheartedly believe in finding a great, wholesome, Bible-based box curriculum. Teaching every subject where the core is Christ, only helps to instill those values and principals that we should live by.
But if that’s not you, I still encourage you to tie your faith into your homeschool by finding, or creating, a Bible curriculum. It doesn’t have to be fancy, or as extensive as other subjects. But daily teaching of the Bible can be extremely beneficial to children in the long-term.
Live out Biblical principals
Tying your faith into your homeschool isn’t just about prayer or book learning. But it’s about showing your children how to live out their faith.
Let everyday experiences be faith-led and participate in activities outside of the classroom that reinforce Christian morals. When you teach a Bible-based lesson, try to think of creative ways that you can show your children how to enforce what they’ve learned.
Volunteer for local religious organizations, cook for someone in your community, give monetarily, help someone in need, use your talents to be an encourage others.
In all, know that your efforts are not in vain. Studies continuously show that homeschool students that were taught by Christian standards are more likely to hold to their faith throughout adulthood and be stronger for it!
“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” 3 John 1:4
How do you tie your faith into your homeschool?
Brooke is a conservative Christian mama of four little crumb snatchers and has been married to her pastor husband since 2010. She’s the head mama behind The Fervent Mama, a blog that encourages women to pursue Christ’s design for marriage, womanhood, and motherhood. On her blog, she enjoys sharing her faith and helpful tips for homemaking, homeschooling resources, and pressure cooking Brooke believes that teaching our children to love Jesus is just as important as a good education, and you’ll often see fruits of that in her writing!