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Friday, June 09, 2006

A question for homeschoolers

I am a fairly new homeschooling mom, (my oldest is 4 ½). I love homeschooling primarily because it is fun and I feel I can provide a more catered education to my children’s diverse learning styles. Many homeschooling parents, LDS and non-LDS, have predominately Christian curricula. I have never felt right about utilizing my decision to homeschool my children as a means by which to instruct the Gospel 24 hours a day. We open the day with a prayer, (as many families do,) and every once in a while I’ll say, “Isn’t it neat that God made it like that?” Other than that, Gospel instruction is left to FHE and Sundays. Don’t get me wrong, we read scriptures daily, pray over every meal, and discuss spiritual topics as they arise. However, I have thought that centering our teaching on the Gospel would rob them of a well-rounded education, and perhaps ostracize them even more since they would be getting a one-sided view of the world.

Having said that, I would love to hear others’ opinion on the matter. Maybe there is a happy medium that a novice like me has not considered.

6 Comments:

  • If you are strongly religous based, I really like the idea of having a small family devotional before your school day begins. Maybe only 15-30 minutes and then start your acedemic learning. I homeschool and really like having a small devotional time. It helps me to be more loving and patient during the day.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Monday, June 12, 2006 8:17:00 AM  

  • Well, we don't use too much Christian based curricula either in our homeschooling, but you will find it just naturally blends in. We have a prayer, a scripture, Article of Faith and otherwise do regularly schoolwork (with of course, naturally interjected comments, as you say, and then FHE, family scripture study and prayer). We are also doing a great program that is designed for LDS homeschoolers called Book of Mormon Discovery. www.bookofmormondiscovery.com It's just a really good way for children to further delve into understanding the Book of Mormon, I think. We have some religious based school material, but mostly because it is the best we have found to work for what we need, not spiritually, but educationally.

    Yes, some devotional time can really help with the rest of the school day.

    By Blogger Mary Siever, at Monday, June 12, 2006 9:25:00 AM  

  • I'll third the devotional idea. It's a nice way to start the day, and since kids memorize stuff without even trying, it's a good way to get information in their head that they can use later.

    By Blogger Bryce, at Monday, June 12, 2006 1:41:00 PM  

  • You said, "I have thought that centering our teaching on the Gospel would rob them of a well-rounded education, and perhaps ostracize them even more since they would be getting a one-sided view of the world".
    I have some very specific feelings and questions about your comment. My first thought is that life is to be lived with an ETERNAL perspective, working toward ETERNAL goals on a daily basis. A "well rounded education" should NOT be the World's idea of what is important to know or learn, but God's. Also, we are called to be ostracized in many ways, as Christ has said, if they hated me they will hate you. It is not a bad thing to be different, if the difference is important.
    Having said that, please understand that I am fully in favor of a "well-rounded" education because GOD has commanded it in D&C 88: 77-80. He expects us to learn all the science/history/current events/ etc, but AFTER learning the doctrines of the kingdom(v.77). He promises we will be able to learn everything else more perfectly (v.78) with that gospel base as the foundation to ALL our learning in EVERY subject.

    :) May God bless us all with faith and an Eternal perspective!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thursday, June 29, 2006 8:01:00 PM  

  • I am an LDS homeschooling mom and I absolutely love the freedom of homeschooling. I find it amazing that any LDS person would NOT want to include the gospel in daily teaching. We are taught that the gospel should be first and foremost in our thoughts and hearts.
    Why would you want to disadvantage your child by not immersing them in the gospel daily. The more we live and learn the gospel every day, the stronger we will be in every way.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Friday, June 30, 2006 2:07:00 PM  

  • Thank-you all for you comments on this subject.
    These are the ideas I got from your thoughts:

    Devotionals are a great way to start the day and to bring the spirit into the home. The spirit whispers truth of all kinds and is needed in homeschooling.

    Though I still don't think I will use a BOM aproach to homeschooling, explaining to my children that God's hand in everything and that He thinks learning is important are key principles to homeschooling.

    Again, thanks for the advice!

    By Blogger Jilopa, at Tuesday, July 11, 2006 9:08:00 PM  

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