Before I held my first baby in my arms, I was an elementary classroom teacher – with the majority of my experience being in faith-based school environments. When it comes to providing an education for our kiddos, my husband and I are passionate about our children learning in Christ-centered environments – whether this be in Christian school settings or around our learning table at home. In our current season, we are confident that homeschooling is the best choice for our family, but we realize that this will continue to be an area where we prayerfully consider each season of life…each child…each year…and seek to do what we feel God is directing us to do along the way.
When it comes to educating our children, we passionately take the greenhouse approach – seeking to nurture our children in a safe environment. Please understand that I am not describing a secluded environment, but a secure one…a worldview training ground where we are the guides – providing them with everything that they need to stand strong against the very real elements that they will face throughout their life.
In a practical way, what does this look like? I believe it starts with answering their very real questions about life….Combating cultural norms with truth and helping them understand the Why’s….Allowing them to see the realities of Christ’s difference in our lives and how that is lived out in the day-to-day…Encouraging excellence, independence, and creativity with Christ at the center of it all. We are not capable of doing this in our strength – We are simply flawed individuals relying on a flawless Savior to fill in the gaps where we are weak…but our heart’s desire is to point our children to the Savior and encourage them to seek after Him all of their days.
We are grateful for the amazing Christian schools that are available to families, and we are also thankful for all of the amazing opportunities available to today’s homeschoolers. When inviting others to join our family’s educational team, we are looking for fellow Christ-followers who will speak truth into the lives of our children. We are seeking individuals who will reinforce what we are teaching our children at home….ultimately passionate about reaching their hearts and molding their character as it is only through heart change that a child’s life can truly be transformed.
We seek curriculum that is complete, excellent, and consistent with our philosophy of life. You may wonder what I mean by our philosophy of life…I Corinthians 8:6 provides a perfect explanation. I love the way The Message translation reads, “There is only God the Father…everything comes from Him, and He wants us to live for Him. Everything is for His sake, including us.” As we allow this philosophy to drive decisions regarding the education of our children, we are looking for fellow “team members” and curriculum that will reinforce these truths:
Whether it be a math lesson…a language arts activity…a science experiment…a social studies experience…we want all of it to point back to these truths.
No two families will approach their educational choices in the same way. There is no one-size-fits-all package, and it is exciting to consider the fact that there are so many options out there for families who seek a faith-based education for their children.
I consistently hear from moms who are unsure of their ability to educate their children at home. May I just say that if God has called you to a task, He has promised that He will equip you with everything you need to accomplish it. This does not ensure that the road before you will be an easy one, but it is so good to know that He will walk beside us all the way – providing what we need when we need it. We are never enough…but He sure is!
Whether you are a homeschooler or not, my hope is that this space will encourage you as you seek to inspire your kiddos to become life-long learners who are able to see every situation as an opportunity to grow in their knowledge of our great Creator.
I love connecting with fellow educators from all walks of life!