One of the reasons I homeschool is to teach my children from a Christian worldview.
What does it mean to homeschooling from a Christian Worldview?
It means imparting life to my children, teaching them truth, and introducing them to the life-changing person of Jesus Christ. It means fulfilling the Great Commission by raising children who love Jesus with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength.
A Christian worldview acknowledges that there is a God who is involved in the affairs of mankind, that the Bible is true and speaks to all of life. We know that people live in a fallen state, they are not basically good, they need to be rescued from their sin. We know that the Lord intervenes in people's lives in answer to prayer or to fulfill His divine purpose for a person or a nation.
Here are the ways I educate my children from a Christian worldview. I give them a biblical foundation, inspiring them to fulfill the Creation Mandate and Great Commission, using curricula that is written from a Christian worldview, and surrendering to Jesus.
A Christian worldview is based on the Word of God as it applies to all of life, including theology, philosophy, sociology, ethics, law, government, history, pyschology, economics, politics, family, child rearing, education. careers, medicine, health care, and relationships.
We make the Bible the foundation for education in our home.
We read, study, and memorize Scripture so that the Word is living in our children’s hearts and lives. We obey the Word of God.
When it comes to conflict resolution, we follow Jesus’ plan in Matthew 18 to work in out between two and bring in a third person (parent) if it can’t be worked out.
Our children honor us as parents and respect our authority so that it will go well with them according to Ephesians 6:1-4.
The bottom line is that we use God’s Word as the measuring stick. If something doesn’t line up with Scripture, it is tossed out. The Bible is the standard of truth.
You can find the creation mandate in Genesis 1:28: "God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the [al]sky and over every living thing that [am]moves on the earth."
The Lord commanded Adam and Eve to be fruitful and multiply. That means to have children who have children who have children. You get it. Fill the earth with people.
God also commanded them to subdue the earth. Subduing the earth can be anything from taming wild animals or building a bridge across a river to curing cancer or irrigating a desert. We are to rule the earth as faithful stewards. To do so requires knowledge, understanding, and wisdom.
I instill the Creation Mandate in the hearts of my children from a young age. Every task as noble when it is done for the glory of God. Education fits into the Creation Mandate so they know why they are learning and how they can glorify God with their education.
Jesus is Lord of our home and our home school. We want Him to lead us to the right curriculum and show us what to teach our children.
Choosing curriculum is an important choice if you want to teach from a Christian worldview. We choose curriculum that is Christ-centered, talks about Jesus, teaches 6-day Creation, and includes biblical and church history in its history teaching.
Most homeschool curriculum is published by companies that don't acknowledge Jesus as the only way to be reconciled to God or the Bible as true Truth. I was surprised to discover that because all the companies that I use teach from a Christian Worldview: Apologia, Heart of Dakota, Master Books, Answers in Genesis, Media Angels, SchoolhouseTeachers, Liberty Press, Konos, Drive Thru History, Knowledge Quest, Homeschool in the Woods, Tapestry of Grace, Alpha-Omega, Bob Jones, A'Beka, SONlight, ACE, Easy Peasy All-In-One, Classical Conversations, Simply Charlotte Mason, Veritas Press, Notgrass History, Trivium Pursuit, Math-U-See, Memoria Press, My Father's World, and Powerline Productions (my own company).
I'm sure I forgot an amazing Christian homeschooling company. In fact, please share your favorite Christian homeschool curricula in the comments below.
When I write curriculum for my children, I make sure everything lines up with the Word of God so that I am feeding my children truth. When we get into high school and read secular authors with a non-Christian worldview, I make it clear that we are reading a secular author and we discuss his or her worldview when we discuss the book.
Many secular companies target homeschooling because it is a huge market. We have to be careful when we use secular materials because these materials are not telling the truth. For example, it is NOT true that the world evolved from the big bang. It is true that God created the world. Some secular companies throw in Christian lingo, but the things they are teaching are not true.
I’m not saying to use only Christian materials and books in your home. Non-Christian materials can line up to a Christian worldview. Test your educational materials. Read them first if you are unsure. I remember when my kids were little, picking up some cute picture books at the library with lovely old-fashioned children on the front. When I got them home, the books were all about witches and witchcraft. I’m glad I read them first and kept my children from reading them.
I use only Christian curriculum in the early years. We discuss issues as they arise. For instance, if we go to Disney World, they will be bombarded with evolution so we discuss it. Toward the middle years, we begin to discuss evolution and creation, as well as different religions and Jesus’ claim to be the only way to God. Children have questions at that age and are forming their own opinions. I encourage them to think through the controversial issues of our world today.
Surrender to Jesus
Homeschooling from a Christian worldview means that Jesus is Lord of our home and our home school. He chooses the daily plan, the curriculum, and the course of study. We pray and seek His will before making decisions. We surrender each day to Him in prayer and ask for help whenever we need it.
I hope this will get you started on homeschooling from a Christian worldview or encourage you that you already are homeschooling from a biblical perspective.
Please share your favorite Christian homeschool publishers below.
God bless you as you raise and teach your blessings!
Meredith Curtis, homeschooling mom, writer, speaker, and publisher, loves to encourage families in their homeschooling adventure. She is the author of Worldview: Understand the Times Workbook. You can check out her books, curricula, unit studies, and Bible studies at PowerlineProd.com . Free Reading Lists for all ages are available at JSHomeschooling.com. Read her blogs at MeredithCurtis.com and PowerlineProd.com and listen to her at Finish Well Radio