Why We Educate at Home

Another year of schooling is quickly coming upon us.  As I am organizing books and schedules for the upcoming year, I decided to take some time to share with you some of our reasons why we educate at home. 

1.)  Having God as the foundation of our education.

“Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.  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.  Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.  Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”  Deuteronomy 6:9
 This verse showed us several things.  One being that God gave us, as Christian parents, the responsibility to teach and train our children. 

The second thing is that our main goal in raising our children is to teach them to love the Lord with all of their heart, soul and mind.  For “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge” (Prov. 1:7).  We feel that since this is our main purpose in education and training, then we cannot send them away to be educated 30 hours a week by an institution that seeks, by law, to exclude God and His word.  The bible tells us “walk not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stand in the way of sinners, nor sit in the seat of the scornful” (Psalms 1:1)

2.)  We desire to have our children under our protection.  We can’t protect our children from all the unrighteousness in the world, but we can walk along side them and help them view the world through a biblical lens.  They can remain under our care until they are spiritually mature enough to handle living in a sin-filled world. 
“Sheltering is keeping our children away from negative influences while directing them toward positive ones.”  Steve and Terri Maxwell Keeping Our Children’s Hearts 

Sheltering our children does not mean that we keep them in solitary confinement.  On the contrary, we do work, ministry, serve others and activities, but all together as a family so they remain under our protection.

The bible tells us that “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked:  who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9)  So we see that sheltering our children won’t keep them from being sinful.  However, we know that external influences can greatly increase the child’s desires to fall into sin beyond their point of self control at their maturity level.  

We enjoy reading the Old Testament and learning how God 'parented' His children:

“When the Lord your God brings you into the land you are entering to possess and drives out before you many nations—the Hittites, Girgashites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites, seven nations larger and stronger than you and when the Lord your God has delivered them over to you and you have defeated them, then you must destroy them totally.  Make no treaty with them, and show them no mercy.  Do not intermarry with them. Do not give your daughters to their sons or take their daughters for your sons, for they will turn your sons away from following me to serve other gods, and the Lord’s anger will burn against you and will quickly destroy you.”  Deuteronomy 7:1-4

God took sheltering His children very seriously.  This kind of sheltering will help eliminate negative influences that have the potential to draw our children’s heart away from God.  The bible tells us to “guard your heart with all diligence” (Prov. 4:23).

3.)   We desire to build close relationships among our family.  We do this by attempting to pour our lives into our children.  When we are old and gray, we are not going to look back on our lives and wish we had more time apart from our children.  In fact we are going to wish we spent more time investing in the things that matter most, their lives.  “I have no greater joy than to know that my children are walking in the truth” (3 John 1:4).  Since we know this now, we are trying to live backwards.  We are choosing to sacrifice our “free time” to invest in building relationships with our children.  We do this by spending lots and lots of time together.  

We choose to do activities as a family as much as we can.  We desire for our children to enjoy spending time with each other.  The more we allow them to go away by themselves, the more they will dislike being with the family and their siblings.  Yes, our children have lots of friends.  But we spend time with them as families.  

 4.) We desire to give our children a love for learning. 

By the time most children reach the 5th grade, they have a dis-like for learning.  They are taught what to think and when to think it.  Instead we want to teach our children how to think and to thirst for knowledge on their own.  We do this by allowing them to participate in the planning of what they will be learning about. 

These are our main reasons for Home educating our children.  Although there are plenty of other reasons, we feel that these are the core of our decisions.

We must also remind ourselves that it is the Lord who is the builder of our home (Psalm 127:1).  Merely choosing to Home educate isn't a formula for raising godly children. If we try to raise a godly seed on our own strength, it will be in vain.  We must remain connected to The source as we seek wisdom and strength for the great task He has called us to.
"I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing." John 15: 5