Reading, writing, and math, right? Uh, no.
Reading, writing, and math are vital skills. We want our kids to be literate, to be able to express important thoughts, and to be able to keep track of their finances. When it comes to prioritizing my homeschool day, however, those subjects sometimes get shoved to the side so that the boys and I can work on three subjects that trump all academic subjects.
The Most Important Homeschool Subjects
I’m not sure I’ve ever really addressed why we homeschool here on Thinking Kids. I suppose there are lots of reasons not to choose other schooling options, and I suppose that’s how families sometimes end up homeschooling.
However, we chose to homeschool for one primary reason: discipleship. We wanted the time and space to disciple our children for Christ.
I often wish we’d chosen homeschooling for our older kids, and I sometimes wish we’d chosen homeschooling for our younger kids sooner (we started in 1st and 2nd grade), but I’m ultimately grateful for the time we’ve had to intentionally disciple our youngest two boys (who are now in middle school).
We live in a Scripturally-illiterate culture, even among those in the church. Ed and I want our kids to know Scripture. We want them to understand what it actually says, and we want them to read through the Bible several times before ever leaving home.
As Christians, we know the Bible is the inspired, inerrant, infallible Word of God. I can’t think of anything more important to teach my kids than God’s revealed will, and His plan for salvation. Can you?
It’s a three-year Bible survey curriculum for preschool to high school with notebooking journals, crafts, Bible memory verses and copywork, and a geography aspect as kids pray for and learn about individual countries.
Be sure to grab a copy of Help Your Bible Learn and Love the Bible, too. It’s a crash course in everything you need to know to teach the Bible to your kids!
I know, I know. Relationship isn’t really a “subject”, right? Hear me out.
Your children need to know you love and value them. The fact that they feel loved allows them to hear you when you pour into their lives. If our kids leave home with only memories of battles over math and clean rooms, I think we’ve failed. In fact, I truly regret not spending more time making sure my older kids truly felt loved.
I’m not saying we should toss aside standards and expectations in order to coddle our kids. Part of the parent-child relationship includes respect, submission, and authority. What I teach my kids about authority in my home becomes the standard in their adult lives. What I teach the boys about authority (because, like it or not, I am an authority in their lives) becomes the standard for how they view professors, police, employers, and even God.
Homeschooling gives you ample opportunity to love your kids and to build your relationship with them. Relationship building in your homeschool can look like a heart-felt hug, a serious conversation in the middle of history “class”, playing a game, going to the park at lunch, or just taking time to express honest appreciation for a sincere effort.
Your child’s character will be either a hindrance or an asset in their adult lives. For Ed and I, teaching character is more important than any subject our kids study in school. We talk to our children so often about character that they’re probably sick of hearing about it. We use Scripture, media, Christian history, and Christian biographies to examine the character of others and to look at how that character affects others.
Children whose hearts are not regenerate–who are not saved to new life in Jesus Christ–are, of course, going to have deeper struggles with their character. We human beings have deceitful hearts (Jeremiah 17:9) and until God replaces a heart of stone with a heart of flesh (Ezekiel 36:26), there is little reason for a sinner to even desire change. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t teach our kids about work ethic, and about the fruit of the Spirit.
Check out the Who What Why series… it’s a great way to teach your 8-11 year olds about theology and the heroes of the faith!
Subjects Worth Teaching
I’m not perfect at teaching Scripture, working on relationship, or talking about and displaying godly character. I am being progressively sanctified, and I have a long way to go. When push comes to shove, though, I feel strongly that Scripture, relationship, and character are the top three most important subjects I can teach my kids, and I think they’re the top three most important subjects for your homeschool as well.
Grab the Spiritual Disciplines Calendar to go with your Daily Devotions for Kids Calendar!
Your kids will develop a habit of daily Bible reading, Scripture memorization, and prayer in a fun, hands–on way!
Help Your Kids Learn and Love the Bible
You want your kids to learn and love the Bible.
You want to teach the Bible…
As parents, we deeply desire the best for our kids. We look for the right schools, we make them eat right and exercise, and we get them involved in extracurricular activities. We take our job as parents seriously.
But are we also putting our time and energy into
teaching them the Bible? Giving them the life-changing, soul-nourishing words of Scripture is not only doable, it’s an essential part of parenting kids for Jesus. And the good news is, studying God’s Word as a family doesn’t have to be difficult!
2 Timothy 2:15, ESV, says:
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved,
a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
Our job, as parents who love Jesus, is to help our kids become approved workers, unashamed and rightly handling the word of truth.
The good news? Teaching the Bible isn’t hard. Your family can learn the Bible together.
…and you can!
A Crash Course in Teaching the Bible to Your Kids
Danika Cooley’s book, Help Your Kids Learn and Love the Bible, will give you the tools and confidence to study the Bible as a family. It will help you identify and overcome your objections and fears, give you a crash course in what the Bible is all about and how to teach it, and provide the guidance you need to set up a family Bible study habit.
You will finish this book feeling encouraged and empowered to initiate and strengthen your child’s relationship with the Lord through His Word.
Help Your Kids Learn and Love the Bible will equip you with everything you need to know to teach the Bible to your kids!
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