Most homeschooling parents believe the responsibility for educating their child(ren) rests with them. For many of these parents, learning is about more than academic achievement and acquiring social skills. Their choice to homeschool is rooted in the mindset that a child’s education should reflect, support, and extend from their religious beliefs. They believe that learning should be rooted in their faith. Homeschooling enables this type of education. The following are some ways that homeschooling supports faith-based learning.
- A safe environment: Homeschooling enables a parent to shelter their child(ren) from peer pressure, bullying and gossip. It provides a safe space from which to engage the world in small doses or increments. This gives the parent time to teach the child about their faith and prepares the child to engage fully with the world. It gives the child time to develop a strong sense of self before engaging in challenging situations.
- Time for faith-based instruction: Since assigned school work frequently takes less time at home than in public school, there is often room in the schedule for faith-based instruction.
- Opportunity to put faith into action: Most homeschooling schedules are flexible, allowing space for volunteer work and outreach events.
- Chance for modelling: Homeschooling provides ample opportunities for parents to model their faith to their children. It also provides space for discussion of faith and faith-based decisions.
- Choice of curriculum: Parents are in charge of what their children learn. They can choose what classes, what books, what ideas to expose their children to, including faith-based ideas, resources and activities.
A parent-directed home education program respects the role of the parent as the primary educator. This perspective allows parents to provide a safe environment while infusing the education program with the faith and family values practiced in the home.
At The Centre for Learning@HOME, we respect the decision and choices of the parent and we welcome opportunities to support families from a variety of faith or non-faith backgrounds. Call us at (403) 938-4119 or our toll-free number 1-800-659-1945 to learn more about getting your family set up for a faith-based homeschooling program.