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If you are curious as to what Bible based homeschool is, you can read here.
In thinking about why I use a Bible based homeschooling approach, I want to answer the question-
Is it overkill? Do we really need to use the Bible as the foundation in everything?
I think the answer is yes.
I don’t see Bible based homeschooling as beating my kids over the head with the Bible and trying to unnaturally tie in everything with the Bible. However, when it comes down to it, the Bible is the foundation of our life, and it naturally does flow into every area.
For instance, we can read a book and look at in a biblical perspective. I mean, aren’t we teaching our children to do that in life? They should be looking at everything though that perspective. So when we read literature that is not necessarily Christian, we can still look at themes and apply them in a biblical way. As much as some people want to try and separate God’s Word from other subjects, I don’t see how it is possible.
Even in math. Especially in math. Most people don’t look at math in a biblical way, or may think that it is overkill to include God in its teaching. Yet you can’t separate the two. I mean we don’t look at every problem and relate it to the Bible, but what I am saying is, that it is impossible to dismiss the One who created numbers from math. I naturally see God in math when we study it. The absoluteness of it, the marvelous way things work…it all points us to our Creator. You can’t separate the two.
We should be doing all of our work for God’s glory. We should be working for God and not for man, so I just can’t separate God from school work. He naturally ties in together in everything- science, history, (it is HIS story) math, literature. He is present in it all, and trying to separate Him just doesn’t make sense to me.
Teaching our children to live according to God’s Word means applying His Word to all aspects of our lives. Not keeping Him in a box. God’s Word and truths naturally permeate every corner of this world-because it is HIS world. So He naturally becomes part of our schoolwork. Not in a forced way, but in a natural way as the One who created everything we learn.
My favorite resources for studying in a Bible based homeschool: