Other posts about choosing a curriculum:
I have two main goals or passions when it come to this blog; accepting children as God’s blessing and homeschooling. Why? Because these two things are fairly uncommon in the Christian community today and they bring amazing joy and blessing to our lives. I wish that each of you could step inside my life for just a while and experience what I mean. I wish that I was a more skilled writer and could better express my feelings.
Embracing these ideas together is difficult for many people. How can you possibly provide a quality education to each of your children if God blesses you with many? God has given us that unique task and we have found joy, peace and great blessing in the midst of fulfilling the responsibilities that God has given us.
I appreciate getting emails like this,
First I have to say that I’ve been in tears reading through your blog the last few days. …. Your blog has encouraged me that I can (homeschool and accept God’s blessing of children), with God’s help and some practical solutions! Thanks for taking the time and being willing to share your families life with everyone (especially me).
THANK YOU!!! i just recently stumbled upon your blog somehow, and it has changed my world…your direction & guidance related to kids & family life has been like a floatie to me as I felt like I was drowning in confusion between God’s Word and the cultural norm (even inside the Church!)
Your site has been instrumental in cementing and even inciting many of my convictions and ideals and goals. It makes my heart feel like it could burst with joy when I read the reasons behind your homeschooling and how you put relationships and the Lord above all else.
Your site was one that gave the encouragement I needed to make the decision to homeschool.
yet they humble and frighten me.
I am just me, a sinner saved by God’s grace. We are still learning just like everyone else.
I’m burdened for the many, many moms and homeschoolers who are frazzled, frustrated, burned-out and overwhelmed. My heart says that much of this frustration is because the homeschool movement is still trying to ‘school at home’ whether by using textbooks or other educational methods that are best suited for the classroom.
We believe that much of what we have learned can be useful. I can honestly say that I’ve never experienced burnout (save for a few months when our family was obligated to use homeschooling products that were not a good fit for our family) and I nearly always look forward to studying and learning with the children. It is not always easy, but it is joyful. We are grateful for the time that we are able to spend with our children and have been blessed beyond words at the people our children are becoming.
Don’t get me wrong, our life is not perfect. Each member of our family is a sinner and we struggle constantly with sin, but for the most part we do not struggle with our educational method. Our curriculum and our methods work together with our lifestyle. We are able to teach God’s commands to our children, and talk of them when we sit in our house, and when we walk by the way, and when we lie down, and when we rise up. Our children’s education is part of our life, not a separate entity that we must ‘do’ 180 days a year.
But people put so much store in curriculum and method!
I had a friend tell me that because of their commitment to a specific method of education and the necessity of supporting that method, she and her husband were choosing something for one of their children that they did not believe was in her best interest.
I’ve had others tell me that sacrificing some of the strong family relationships that they desire or not protecting their children as they wish, are just part of the price that they pay for the method that they’ve chosen.
Since we’ve seen Christians sacrifice God’s standard (We believe that protecting your children Mt.18:6, Mark 9:42 and Luke 17:2 is God’s standard.) and their children’s best interest on the altar of method, it makes us hesitant to post our opinions. We do not believe that our method is the only right method, nor do we believe that it will or should work for all other families.
The Bible gives us the material to cover (His Word), the people who should do the teaching (parents, both mothers and fathers) and the format (relationships) for education, but it does not give us the method. We believe this is purposeful, there is not one method that will work for every family or every child.
Mark and I believe that what we are doing is right (that’s why we’re doing it 🙂 ). We have based our decisions to the best of our ability on our understanding of God’s Word and we are passionate about our choices because they work well in our home and with our family. I pray that this conviction and passion does not come across as gospel. They are simply our interpretation and application of Scripture as we educate our children in our home.
Choosing a curriculum is the parent’s choice, the parent’s responsibility. If a method or curriculum meets God’s criteria of training your children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord, does not supersede the commands of God and the examples laid out for us in Scripture and fits with your family’s priorities, then who am I to suggest something different.
All of that said, I am going to be posting about our curriculum choices, some of the reasons behind what we’ve chosen and how we use those materials to further our priorities. The purpose is to give those who want help an idea of how our ideas and goals affect our choices and how they work themselves out in the practical aspects of our children’s education. It is not our purpose to convince anyone to change a Biblical method that is working for them or to make anyone feel that their choices aren’t as good as ours.