Bible-Based Homeschooling

The general public is beginning to see homeschooling as more of a mainstream choice and not just an "on the fringes" movement thanks to national recognition gained by homeschoolers who have excelled academically, many of them from secular backgrounds. Much progress that has been made in the area of "acceptance" of homeschooling as a viable education alternative. Even so, when the term "Bible Based Homeschooling" arises, many people revert to their previous stereotypes (however wrong they may be) of mothers wearing denim jumpers and white sneakers. I proudly confess that my religious conviction is one of the main reasons that we homeschool and that we incorporate the teachings of the gospel into our daily lessons. Would I call our curriculum "Bible Based?" Yes and No. In our family, Bible Based Homeschooling does not mean that we have purchased a Christian based curriculum (not that there's anything wrong with that - we're just not using an specific program at all right now) or that we participate in a church-based co-op. For us, Bible Based Homeschooling means the following things:

  1. We teach from a Biblical perspective - As we are studying any subject (the human body, earth science, even geometry) we also are studying our Creator and life-giver. As questions of "how" and "why" arise in daily conversation, we incorporate the knowledge of our Divine Creator as revealed to us through nature and through His Word. We are not restricted to teaching from a secular world view and we take the privilege of sharing "all truth as God's truth" very seriously.
  2. We rely on God's Word for guidance - We use Bible verses for memory work, recitation and for handwriting practice. We do this not as busywork, but so that as a family we can be hiding God's word in our hearts. Often if an issue arises with behavior or if a conflict needs to be worked out, we can recall a recent memory verse that will lead us towards a good decision on how to solve our problems.
  3. We learn in order to glorify God, not ourselves - There's a verse in the Bible that says that whatever we do, we should do it for God's glory. Are we homeschooling because we believe that we will provide a better education for our children than they could get elsewhere? Yes, that's part of it. But our primary concern with the quality of their education is not that our children can grow up and "make a name for themselves" but rather that they would bring honor and glory to God. Getting a good education is often touted as the way to a better life. While I totally agree that for many people, education is indeed a stepping stone to a better kind of life in the material sense, we believe that the only way to have a "better life" on the more important spiritual level is through a relationship with God. Education is important because it will empower our children to participate in society and impact the next generation for God's glory.

We strive to live our lives as a "Bible Based Family" and make our daily decisions based on the convictions that God has placed on our hearts. We homeschool based on those same convictions. We are able to have compassion, love others and forgive even when we don't feel like it because God has shown His love and mercy through His Son. (This supernatural ability comes in very handy on days when you're feeling like you want to run screaming from the house or throw someone out of a window, by the way!) "Bible Based Homeschooling" does not necessarily mean that you speak all of your lessons in King James English or that your children are studying Latin or Hebrew at age 5. For us, it means that our world view (and therefore our teaching) is anchored in God's Truth revealed to us through His Word, the Bible.


Julie Clark is a writer and content contributor for LessonPathways.com, an innovative new product that maps online educational resources into ready to teach units. She is a homeschooling mother of three children, executive assistant to her husband, a blogger (TheClarkChronicles.com), and Foster Care Coordinator for a nationally acclaimed mental health agency.

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