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what is the most important thing about homeschooling? grace in parenting, part one

Over the weekend I had the privilege of being involved in a curriculum look-see with our local homeschooling support group. The planner for the event had contacted me a few months ago and asked if I would provide a table of materials for relationship homeschooling and if I would be available to chat with moms as they came through.

What a blessing those few hours were to me, listening to so many moms who, more than anything, long to build loving and nurturing relationships with their children and to mentor and disciple them as they grow together in the Lord.

Last week, as I was assembling materials for the book table, I read an interesting fact from the latest Barna research which shows that
“the lower the ratio of adults to students the better the learning environment; the learning quotient goes dramatically down with the bigger group.” Furthermore, when asked what we can draw from the research that shows that young people grow the best spiritually through personal relationships, David Kinnaman, the president of Barna said we can conclude:

• Kids with involved Christian parents have a better chance of becoming spiritually strong.
• Life-on-life mentoring is so important in the home, school and church.
• Small group programs with lots of committed adults are more successful in preparing spiritual champions than large meetings.
• The lower the ratio of adults to kids, the stronger the likelihood of spiritual growth.

Homeschoolers often claim Deuteronomy 6:4-11 as their “marching orders” and rightly so: “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.”

Isn’t it interesting that the Bible has told us the very best way to raise children and now, thousands of years later, “research” has proven God’s instructions to be true? Doesn’t that inspire you today as you sit down with your family and share the Gospel message with your children, both in word and deed?

As homeschooling moms, we are participating in the most fruitful and productive way to teach and guide the next generation of believers. It matters little what kind of curriculum you use, how much you spend on books and resources, or how many activities you provide for your children. What matters is that you give them your time and energy, your openness and transparency, your love and commitment. As you build relationships with your children, you are building the Kingdom of God, one cookie, one Lego at a time!

For more good thoughts on discipling our children, be sure to check out Deanne’s new blog.

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3 Comments»

  Hillary wrote @

I look forward to your series on grace-based parenting!

  Susan wrote @

Your table at the curriculum look-see was so encouraging! Thank you for sharing the information. I am looking forward to reading your blog and listening to some of your podcasts as I have time.

  thatmom wrote @

Hi Susan and welcome to my blog!

I was so happy to chat with you on Saturday and hope the day was profitable for you. Let me know if I can help you in any way along your homeschooling journey!


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