Saturday, May 8, 2010

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Many Christian homeschooling families use Time4Learning as a convenient, online home schooling curriculum that combines education with interactive fun.  There remain many Christian families who have questions about using a secular homeschooling curriculum. There is even a forum with Christian homeschooling discussions for parents.  Here are excerpts of who two Christian homeschool mothers talk about these issues:

MamaMary - Evangelical Homeschooler in Florida on a Christian homeschooling discussion: 

My concern with T4L is that it is "secular". That isn't necessarily a problem, but I am worried about things like evolution, holidays we don't celebrate, and the like being a problem in a secular curriculum. Has anyone else been through this? How are you doing with T4L?

Julie
Julie,

This is such an excellent question! I am sorry that I somehow missed it until now. I think every family is going to give you a different answer. As a believer I encourage you to seek out the Lord in prayer and ask HIM what He wants your homeschool to look like. In our home, our family, we believe that our faith is not separate from what we're learning. God IS history. (aka: His Story) We believe in a literal 6 day creation and disagree with the theory of evolution. So how does that line up with Time4Learning?

I use Time4Learning for Math and Language arts and "some" language arts extensions. I use A.C.E. or Landmark Freedom Baptist Curriculum for history or science. When my children are young I "ONLY" teach them from a biblical worldview. Until they are older and able to discern. As they approach middle school I begin to share what other people believe, but continue to share why it may or may not line up with scripture. Finally when they get to highschool I teach worldview classes using wonderful curriculum by Josh McDowel and they learn what every main theory out there and then why it's debunked when lined up with scripture. I make the kids tell me what they believe and why they believe it.

I LOVE that Time4Learning is so flexible anyone can use it no matter what their worldview! (smile) Take the parts that enhance your life and leave the parts that don't line up. My children made more gains in math when we switched to Time4learning in "2007" than all the years we used those big expensive programs everybody loves. I LOVE Time4Learning.

For my husband and I, we believe that God gave us our children as a gift to be raised up in Him. Because I know that one day I have to stand before the Lord and be held accountable for what I taught my sons I take it very seriously. I would never consider giving them the "option" of believing anything apart from God. I want them to see that EVERYTHING revolves around the Lord of Glory! He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end! The truth is though, that eventually they have to take it and own it for themselves when they become adults.

Here are our families verses:

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:19-21

"And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever." 1 John 2:17


When I am making decisions I always view my answers through these specific verses as they are the heart of what our family believes.


Christian Homeschool Mother - Kerry of NC


You will be extremely happy to know that you have nothing in common with me. You glide along through life like a leaf down a crystal stream. You tend to steer in the direction everyone else is steering, and the road ahead of you is well lit and mapped out. Your children have been welcomed with open arms by everyone they’ve met, and your home is a bastion of peace, harmony, and good will. Best of all, your homeschooling experience has been the most rewarding and inspiring era of your life, and you’ve never doubted your calling for even a moment. See? I told you that you have nothing in common with me.

Me . . . well, my life has been slightly different. My leaf tends to get stuck against every wet rock of the stream, my steering has been out of alignment for as long as I can remember, and the road I am on has been steep, winding, and many times even closed for construction. My children, both with special needs, have been stared at, frowned upon, and pitied in their turn, and my home can feel much more like an open battlefield than a fortress at times. And frankly, I’ve been tempted to quit homeschooling more times than I’ve been tempted to cheat on my diet, and that is saying a lot. However, while my life in no way resembles yours, you needn’t feel sorry for me one bit. I like my life . . . actually, I love it - - every little bit of it - - because God made me especially for it.
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