Raising Children for Christ
It seems as though most Christian-based homeschoolers (that I know of) this is the goal and is a priority in their homeschool. Once we got Saved (my husband and I) we were really digging dip into scripture about everything; how to be a husband and wife (as a unit), how to be a Godly woman (me), and of course—how to raise up children for the Lord.
I personally have always wanted to homeschool (mainly for personal reasons and experiences), but also I didn't have full confidence and saw firsthand how taking your child to school –you lose the right of your child's heart and mind. I didn't like that. At all.
Anyway, through some bad public school experiences and multiple transfers of schools (due to military transitions), and talking to other homeschool parents... we dived in-head first.
We all know the well-versed quotes in the Bible about teaching our children in the ways of the Lord. Some examples:
Deuteronomy 4: 9-10
Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons' sons;
[Specially] the day that thou stoodest before the LORD thy God in Horeb, when the LORD said unto me, Gather me the people together, and I will make them hear my words, that they may learn to fear me all the days that they shall live upon the earth, and [that] they may teach their children.
Deuteronomy 6: 7
And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
Psalms 1: 1-2
Blessed [is] the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
But his delight [is] in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
And all thy children [shall be] taught of the LORD; and great [shall be] the peace of thy children.
Proverbs 1: 7
The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of knowledge: [but] fools despise wisdom and instruction.
And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned [them];
And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
And these are only a few verses...
I would gather to say that the ultimate goal for parents to their child (if they are Christians) –is to teach the love of God to their children. Does that really happen anywhere else than at home?
So my R is Raising Children for Christ. In an unknown world that is of today—I have peace in teaching our children the ways of the Lord and the truth of salvation. Homeschooling is not easy and quite frankly frustrating at times—but we wouldn't want it any other way for our family. Lord knows what the future has in store for us, but right now, we definitely feel at ease with our decision to homeschool.
Jessica's ABC's of Homeschooling:
A for American History
B for Believe
C for Charlotte Mason
D for Dedication
E for Eternal
F for Field Trips
G for Goals
H for Habits
I is for Internet
J is for Jesus
K is for Kumon Workbooks
L is for Lapbooks
M is for Math, Living Math that is
N is for Nature Study
**As you can observe, I've skipped a couple of letters. :) I will try to fill-in as soon as possible. Thanks for understanding.