Thursday, July 10, 2008

Teaching Faith in Home School

Christianity & Homeschool: Teaching Faith in Home School
Authored By Mimi Rothschild
Posted By Bobby Cole - Learning By Grace Affiliate

A home school environment makes for a perfect setting for teaching children about faith. Outside of a home school environment, most children are left in a confused world with conflicting issues. Faith may be one of those issues that children lose focus on. With some steady lessons on faith in home school, your child may gain the insight needed to be able to face the real world with strong beliefs and an understanding of faith.

Why Teach Faith in Home School

Faith is a concept that means different things to different people. We choose to have faith in God or in other people that they will do the right thing. We use faith in every day life; but the concept may be misrepresented to children, especially young ones. We often talk about it in church, and to bring it into the home school environment only reinforces the meaning and concept.

The concept of faith is often taught in church in broad concepts and stories. The home school classroom is an excellent time to build on the direct understanding of what faith really is. If you ask young children what faith is, you may get different answers. The home school class room lets you develop lessons that help children understand what faith is and the value of having faith in this world.

How Faith is Taught in Home School

Faith may be a difficult concept to actually teach in a home school setting. Children learn about faith in church and from Biblical stories. Teaching the same stories in a home school setting may be repetitive. Sometimes we need to seek outside help to assist us with such concepts.

Home school teachers often start by asking the children what their thoughts are on faith. Some home school children have different opinions of what faith really is. In home school lessons, try teaching children exact definitions that help them understand faith and why we need it.

Some home school teachers may invite other members of their church to come in and talk with the children about faith. This not only grabs children's interest by having a guest come into the home school environment, but also enforces the lesson.

With continued effort, teaching children faith during home school lessons will help build their understanding. In turn, it will reinforce home school children's faith. Teaching lessons on faith in a home school may be difficult at first, but with useful materials you find from church you can provide a valuable life lesson for your students.


Mimi Rothschild is a homeschooling parent, author, children's rights advocate, and Founder and C.E.O. of Learning by Grace, Inc. She and her husband of almost 3 decades reside with their 8 children in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Rothschild co-founded Learning By Grace, Inc. because "our current system of education has broken its promise..." Learning By Grace, Inc. delivers Internet-based multimedia education to PreK-12 children in the United States and throughout the world.

Rothschild has authored a number of books about education published by McGraw Hill and others. Her Home Education News Blog contains feature stories on alternatives in education.

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