I was looking around our homeschool room yesterday and had a thought. No, it didn't hurt. :) Our homeschool room looks quite a bit like a typical classroom. We have school boxes, and the months of the year on the wall, and a pocket chart, and a map, and a white board. So someone who didn't know might wonder, "why not just send them to school? It looks like they are doing just what kids in school are doing."
But there is so much going on that can't be easily seen from just looking at our room. I know there are as many reasons to homeschool as there are homeschoolers, but my philosophy on the whole thing has changed even since we began. Well, actually it hasn't changed....more like expanded.
One thing I am profoundly grateful for is the chance to use Christian curriculum with my children. I thought it was a nice bonus when we first started, but now I think it is far more important than that. Teaching my girls science from a Christian, Biblical point of view is a SUPER thing. (History also!) I think they are learning to defend God's word, in addition to just being in awe of His creation. Many, many times this year Sweetheart has pointed out inaccuracies on TV shows or in books. These are things I hadn't even thought of until last year, but my daughters are already aware of them. That's very cool.
I read a book last week. Have you seen this book? It has some interesting points. I won't go into all of the research here, but suffice it to say, we MUST work on how we teach our children about God's word. They must be able to see that the Bible is more than a collection of stories. They must be able to see that absolutely everything in the Bible is true.
So we are homeschooling. And it will take effort. And these are not things I had thought about when we first became parents.
How are you teaching your children to view the world?