Togetherness: The Powerful Elixir of Home Schooling
- Wednesday, January 09, 2002
Why do you think home schooling works? my educator-friend asked. It shouldnt work, you know. You moms dont have teacher credentials; you dont have expensive facilities; and you dont have enough resources.
Well, it works, I replied, because it is based on biblical principles.
Like what? she queried.
Like togetherness, I answered.
Togetherness is a biblical principle? she asked incredulously, waiting for a much more theologically sophisticated response.
As simple as it sounds, togetherness really is a biblical principle that unleashes a powerful force in the home. Jesus gives us the model of togetherness as He lived with His disciples for three yearstraining, teaching, exhorting, loving. Even His nameEmmanuel God WITH usbespeaks of His passion for togetherness.
As we study, learn, worship, work, and play with our children, we are following Christs example. We should also employ this example as we teach our children to serve others. Serving others fulfills Jesus command, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. As in academic training, the most powerful way to teach our children to serve is one-on-one. We teach service best by taking our children with us as we serve others.
Service is featured this week on the HomeSchool Channel. Three different articles give unique perspectives: Deb Bells article Make Room for Volunteering, Mike Farris article Humility: An Attitude Worth Seeking, and my article TutorAnd Make Community Service a Family Affair.
Back to academics As you prepare for standardized testing, I think you will be amazed and encouraged by the article, A Bright Idea for Learning. This one suggestion for raising test scores is very easy for home-schooling families to implement, but is costing millions for school districts around the country. Mike Farris also has a great article on teaching current events and media savvy, Why Christians Should Be Knowledgeable of Current Events.
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