Educating Our Children

We have had our four children in Christian school, public school, and home school.  We started home schooling when the youngest began kindergarten and the oldest started 10th grade.    They all went on to college; three have bachelor degrees; one has an associate of arts degree and is presently working on a bachelor degree.

Recently, someone who is starting to home school in the fall, asked about socialization when you home school.  This is the number one question people ask when the subject of home schooling comes up.  My answer is that socialization is not always a positive thing.  What about the negative behaviors that children pick up from one another?

When you home school, you have more control over who your children  socialize with. We always enjoyed having friends over to our house. While still having them socialized, we could monitor any negative socialization going on and deal with it immediately before a bad behavior took root.   Sunday School and other church activities provided the majority of our children’s socialization. There were also extracurricular activities such as ball, dance, etc.

Whether we home school, use public school, or send them to Christian school, our responsibility as parents is still to teach our children as we go:

Deuteronomy 6:6-9 (NKJV)
And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. [7] You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. [8] You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. [9] You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Make every situation a teaching moment with your children!!


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