I Homeschool to Keep Christ in All We Do

I’m Christian. It shouldn’t be a surprise that our faith is a large part of why we homeschool.

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When I say I homeschool to keep Christ in all we do, I don’t mean that we pepper Scripture verses throughout the lessons. I mean that I try to keep my teaching spirit filled.I try to model love, patience, gentleness and grace. And for all the times I fail (in a day . . . in an hour!), I try to model humility as I apologize and try again. My goal is to take them alongside me and teach them, here a little, there a little, precept upon precept (Isaiah 28:10). It is a gentle approach that builds a little each day and focuses more on character than on worksheets.

I try to find books that are factual, that tell the story of our history, our literature and our world from a basis in truth. That doesn’t always mean that it is overtly Christian. But as we’re reading about Jamestown and they are getting caught up with the hero John Smith, I ask them now and again to stop and to think. He’s a hero because he helped save a colony that became a part of our national heritage and our family’s pesonal heritage. We have family buried there. Victims of a native attack. But these settlers were on their land and these settlers did not always behave in the most Christlike manner. I want them to know that side of history. Because not all of our heroes always acted heroic. And not all of the church always acted Christ-like.

When we read a novel, I do not hold myself to the classic list of great Christian books. We do not look for Christ where he isn’t. But we do look closely at the characters and their motivations. What does the author hold up as good? What is evil? Everyone has flaws, but do the characters work to improve or overcome their flaws or do they work to accept them? I view literature as the first opportunity to introduce the philosophies of our world, to analyze them and to compare them to Christ’s teaching. All their lives, they will be inundated with messages from our culture. I strive to protect them from some of it, to be sure. I strive even more to teach them to evaluate and discern.

For science, we now have a purchased textbook, largely because I needed a break from creating my own curriculum. But I still try to supplement that with quality books from the library and real life exploring in the woods, on the prairie, at the pond and under the majesty of the night sky. We roll over logs, dig in the dirt, follow tracks in the snow all to catch just a glimpse of the breadth of this creation we are all a part of.

I try to introduce them, a little at a time, to this God we worship. And then support them in their growth, challenging them, reassuring them, comforting them and helping them to grow as much as I can. But with each step of the way, I try to let go just a little more and let them take those first wobbly steps of faith, moving away from me and toward their Creator.

This is part of the Blogging Through the Alphabet Challenge, where I am sharing some homeschool encouragement, from A to Z! Check out what I’ve written so far!

A is for Adventure
B is for Boredom
C is for Christ
D is for Daydreaming
E is for Every day
F is for Failure
G is for Grow
H is for Homework
I is for Impromptu field trips
J is for Just enough
K is for Kindle their fire
L is for Liberty

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12 comments
  1. Mari-Anna Stålnacke

    Our family strive to keep Christ number 1 in all we do but our kids go to the Finnish public school and we’ve been happy. Thankful for grace that covers what we miss. Thanks so much for sharing. Abundant blessings to you and yours!

  2. Dana

    Absolutely! Grace covers what we miss and love covers a multitude of sins. (Not that sending your child to a public school is a sin, just that the love we show our children is more important than any other decision!)

  3. Rebekah

    This was very encouraging. I’m preparing to homeschool my 4-year old daughter next year and I appreciate so much your gentle advice to make Christ a part of all that you do (of course, this should be our heart’s direction whether we are led to homeschool or not!). The Lord bless you as you honor Him! Visiting from Women with Intention.

  4. Zekesmom10

    Why is choosing what is *good* so hard sometimes? I love how you discuss people and their motives with your children. When the bigger littles were small, I did that more. Now, I’m just happy if we get a read aloud read. You’ve reminded me to be more intentional about this again.

    1. Dana

      It is hard. My children love audio books they have listened to Pilgrim’s Progress, Little Women, Heidi, A Little Princess and books like that over and over. There is a lot of good stuff out there, but it can be a challenge to find.

  5. TaMara Sloan

    I love the ways that you keep Christ in your homeschool. I try to help my children look at the books that they read and subjects we study through the lens of a biblical worldview. Is it truth according to what we know is Truth? Are the characters acting in a Christlike manner?

    Thanks for sharing!
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  6. Dana

    Thank you. And I think just stopping and asking questions is so important. It keeps you from checking your own beliefs out while you get absorbed into the story’s world. Questions keep children thinking. And mine love getting their turn to talk!

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