Friday, January 24, 2014

Homeschool Essentials for Graduating - Faith and Worldview

Homeschool Essentials for Graduating - Faith and Worldview on Homeschool Coffee Break @

These are arguably the most important things I want my kids to learn. Without a vibrant personal faith and a confidence in their Biblical worldview, the other skills and head knowledge may not be worth much. Godly character and integrity are developed through a relationship with God. Also, I believe there's a pretty good case to be made for Biblical worldview being the primary motivator for good education, solid work ethics, healthy relationships, and positive involvement in communities.

We chose to homeschool because we took seriously the responsibility we have to disciple our children, and to bring them up to know God and to honor him in everything. "Everything" including education, work, hobbies, relationships, community, and the list goes on. That's why I believe in using education, especially during the high school years, to get kids firmly grounded in God's Word and to encourage them to grow deeper in their faith. What they learn and believe about God's character and God's plan for their own lives will have a huge influence on their choices.

Deuteronomy 6:4-7

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~

Train up a child in the way he should go,
and when he is old he will not depart from it.
~Proverbs 22:6~

Why do we value education and learning?

Proverbs 9:10

Psalm 90:12

Buy the truth and do not sell it;
get wisdom, discipline, and understanding.
~Proverbs 23:23~

Why should we do our best in our jobs and in any work we undertake?

Proverbs 3:5-6

Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything you do. Try to please them all the time, not just when they are watching you. Serve them sincerely because of your reverent fear of the Lord. Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. (Colossians 3:22-23)

Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but like slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men. (Ephesians 6:5-7)

Masters, provide your slaves with what is right and fair, because you know that you also have a Master in heaven. (Colossians 4:1)

I believe that the instructions to slaves and to masters apply to employees and employers too.

What should our relationships look like? How should we treat others?
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. (John 15:12)

Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. (Romans 12:10)

Proverbs 1:8

How and why should we be involved in the world around us?
Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life. (Philippians 2:14-17a)

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another - and all the more as your see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:24-25)

This is the Scripture I chose as the theme verse for our school this year (the other pictures in this post are theme verses from previous years):

Philippians 1:9-11

It helps sum it up, I think. Love abounding in knowledge and insight - and not just for the sake of getting a good grade or a good job, but so that we can have discernment and grow in righteousness, and all for the glory of God.

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.
~3 John 1:4~ 

Related posts from my archives: T is for TeenagersM is for Mission Statement, K is for Keeping It Real, and Why Homeschool? Why Not?

Related articles: I recommend Brandi's article, Day 3: Character, written for the 5 Days of Homeschooling Essentials. And this one at Crosswalk: Talking With Your Children is an Ongoing Process

5 Days of Homeschooling Essentials

Other members of the Schoolhouse Review Crew are writing about Homeschooling Essentials this week as well. Visit the Crew Blog for links to all 89 participating blogs and see what they consider essential for homeschooling. Don't have time to visit all of them? Try this sampling from the entire group - you'll still get a variety of ideas on what's essential, and there's something here for everyone, whether you're a homeschooling veteran or just thinking about getting started.

This post is part of the May 2019 Homeschool Collection on the Homeschool Review Crew blog.

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Lisa M. (aka. Lisa @ Farm Fresh) said...

yes yes yes!!! Excellent passages for us to remember as we train up our child!

Unknown said...

This is such a great post. My oldest is in tenth grade and these very things are my primary concern for the next few years. I want to give him the solid foundation to be strong in his faith as he leaves our home and enters the world.

AdenaF said...

I couldn't agree with you more. I've graduated two so far and my goal from the very beginning has been that they have their own relationship with God (and develop a love for learning). Great post!

A Rup Life said...

This is a great post/reminder! I just underlined and highlighted 3 John 1:4 and want it to be my theme as a mom!

zekesmom10 said...

I love your Psalm 90:12 image. Beautiful.
We are a long way from graduating this batch of yahoos (my oldest was graduated before #2 even came along). Faith and world view is an essential from Day 1. Thanks for this post.

Lynn said...

what a powerful post and a great reminder that we need to be training our children in the way of the Lord.. Teaching them His word is also an important reason we homeschool.. Thanks for sharing your posts this week. I've loved reading your series..

Kym said...

Thank you all for visiting, and for your kind comments!

Leah Courtney said...

I definitely want my kids to graduate from homeschool with a strong Christian worldview!

Unknown said...

This is a great post! I love the idea of choosing a verse for your homeschool each year, I may be stealing that!

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