What are the benefits of homeschooling?
More importantly, what does the Bible have to say about it?
Homeschooling is a Biblical training method by which parents educate their children at home according to guidelines and requirements set up for that purpose. Along with imparting factual information, it involves nurturing and inspiring a child, inducing him to think, explore, and find lessons in everything around him.
Homeschooling provides a good climate for social and physical well-being.
Parents can help children prepare to overcome temptations rather than subjecting them to life-threatening situations before they are ready to deal with them (drugs, immorality, etc.)
"That you may prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world." Philippians 2:15
Homeschooling follows the Biblical design - God has chosen the home.
The Creator carefully crafted the home to provide the most natural and effective learning environment for children. God equips parents with devotion & unique skills. No other institution can replace parents.
Opportunities to demonstrate to our children committal to spiritual convictions
Home instruction provides a powerful opportunity to demonstrate and live out what we believe.
"let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:16
Homeschooling strengthens family relationships.
Children need a foundation to endure peer pressure which can strip them of their identities.
In the caring setting of the home, this foundation is built by the critical bond of love between parent and child.
"And He shall turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to the fathers." Malachi 4:6
Homeschooling reinforces Christian living each day through the example of devoted parents.
It is amazing how many teachable moments of eternal things are available to parents who invest full time training in their children. With deeper family relationships comes greater opportunities to instill godly character.
Homeschooling facilitates quality academic training
Tutoring and apprenticeship has always been the preferred method for those who could afford it. Diligent attention by a concerned parent is far more important than professionally trained instructors, especially in the lower grades.
Because God has designed it, the home provides a well-rounded opportunity for growth in every area of life.
"...Joseph & Mary did everything required by the Lord...and the child grew and became strong; He was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon Him." Luke 2:39-40
Homeschooling provides opportunities to combine academic learning with practical daily learning experiences.
Homeschooling allows your child to develop at his/her own pace without peer pressure.
Homeschooling reduces time constraints and increases flexibility for learning and development.
Homeschooling gives opportunity for both fathers and mothers to participate in their child's education on a regular basis.
Homeschooling promotes individual attention.
Homeschooling provides physical and spiritual security.
Homeschooling increases opportunities for parents as well as children to expand their knowledge and to delve into subjects of particular interest more deeply than would be possible to do in a conventional classroom setting.
"And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children,
and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way,
and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up."
- Deuternomy 6:6-7
"Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger,
but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord."
- Ephesians 6:4