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The world is a powerful influencer. Whether we homeschool or not, there is no escaping the many negative influences that try to draw us and our children away from the Word of God. This was one of the reasons I chose homeschooling. I know I can’t control everything, in fact, I’m not in control. God is. I can however, walk closely with Him, read His Word, and create an atmosphere that surrounds my child and family with Christ. Easier said than done, I know. We were never promised it would be easy, but if we persevere, we will win the race.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Romans 12:2 NIV
What does Life & Learning with a Biblical Worldview Look Like?
I’m sure you have some ideas about this. What I picture is using things made available to us that point to God. The things we watch, hear, read and use for learning materials have a great impact on us. I know that we can’t totally sheild ourselves from the secular world…and we shouldn’t, but we can emphasize the use of entertainment and learning that is based on the Bible.
Common Misconceptions about Life & Learning with a Biblical Worldview
Always & Only Watch Christian Shows or Listen to Christian Music
Now, I would cosider this more like a “partial misconception”. Why? Well, it’s true. The more you are in God’s word with what you hear, watch & read, the closer your walk will be with Him. However, we live in a world where that’s just not possible to do 100% of the time. In fact, knowing what the secular world is up to is important. We need to know how to combat it in our lives and the lives of our children. But be careful, as you know… we are in the world but not of the world. Jesus sat with sinners. The sick, not the righteous need to be healed, but we also need to strengthen our walk with Christ as to not slip & fall into the trap where we make excuses to be of the World.
Always & Only Hang out with Christ Believers
We absolutely should go to church and have fellow believers as friends. There will, however, be times when we or our children come across kids and families who are not believers. In this case, it’s important that we allow God’s light to shine through us in our actions so they feel his love and presence when they are around us. This can help non believers learn about what they are missing and bring them to a place where they want to know more. It is risky and a big responsibility. This is where we need to instruct our children to set an example through love and actions. We need to guide our kids on how to be strong in the Lord when worldly temptations to conform come their way.
Always & Only Use Biblical Based Learning Materials
There are several great resources for learning. Although the focus of most of our learning material should be based on the Bible, there are secular materials and programs that are very beneficial for learning. Let’s face it, even when using material that claims to be biblically based, we still have to be sure it it truly in line with the Word of God. Therefore, keep an eye on content, ask God for guidance and use material that won’t sway your kids in away from living for God. Here is another area where, with your guidance, kids can discern what is biblically true and what is not.
Tools & Tips to Stay Focused on Biblical Life & Learning for our Kids
Since my daughter was born and especially as she grew to be more aware of her surroundings, I have spent countless hours upon hours of my life searching and researching Bible based kids shows, books, music, games and movies. Like I said before, not all secular materials are harmful, so I spent additional time researching the ones that displayed solid learning, kindness and traditional family values.
Without guidance from the Lord, good decisions are hard to make. This is our kids we’re talking about. We want to get this right the first time. First impressions make lasting impressions.
Use keywords like “Christian education materials”, “Bible based science lessons”, “Bible based history lessons”, “Kids Christian Programming (or shows, movies, games, books, etc.” I think you get the hint. WARNING the results will be overwhelming. If you’d like to see what I have used, click here.
Be OK with Trial & Error
I don’t know how many times I was so excited about a program I found for my child that JUST…FELL…FLAT. If a program is not free, look for free trials or programs that you can simply pay reasonable fee for a month and be able to cancel if either your child isn’t into it or the material does not fit your family. Believe me, I’ve had to start…restart…redo…cancel…re-research (if that’s even a word ), etc. It can get exhausting and a bit pricey at times, but when you find the right program, game or curriculum that excites your kid, it’s so rewarding!
It is my prayer is that you come away with the following:
Know that there is no one on earth who can better teach your children than you or your spouse. The father and mother are considered the adornment of teaching to their children.
As Proverbs 1:8-9 in the King James Version clearly states, “My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.”
Have no fear to take the step that will bless your children for life.
“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 KJV.