Do you incorporate religion into your homeschooling curriculum?

Do you home school your child? Why/why not? What curriculum do you use? Do you incorporate your religious beliefs into your lessons?

I really feel that God is calling me to home school our daughter - at least for kindergarten. I want to talk to my DH about it, but I really feel that he won't be on board with the idea, so I want to be prepared with every ounce of information that I can muster up. It's not that I have anything against public school - I just don't know that she's READY for that jump yet . . . what are your thoughts?


Asked by jennijune_21 at 9:01 AM on Mar. 30, 2009 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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  • Son is in public school for now, and I also unschool at home, with the idea that we will switch to homeschool if need be. His kindy teacher bends over backwards to accommodate him, but I cannot rely on every teacher to do so. He's doing division and percentages while his classmates are still learning to add - eventually that gap is going to be too big.
    #1 argument you can have ready for your husband, and if you google this you'll find plenty of articles on it you can print and have ready for him. Colleges are now actively seeking out homeschooled kids and courting them like they court athletes, because on average they excel far above public and private school kids, both in academics and their general level of maturity and responsibility (meaning they are better prepared to fly solo at college). They are also "better socialized" because they are exposed to all ages instead of just their peers for 12 years.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 3:29 PM on Mar. 30, 2009

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  • My child isn't old enough but that is definitely an option for us later. My husband is on board with this decision though. If that is the choice we make, yes, I suppose our religious beliefs would be incorporated in the same way they are in a church-based school. I do, however, want my children to be educated about other religions so that they can make an informed decision on their own about faith (I do believe there is only one right way but faith without the right to decide isn't faith at all).
    Do a google search for a HomeSchool Association in your state/town. Most metro areas have a group that can help you. They can offer you literature, advise you of your rights and if you decide to go this route, they help you with the process and provide legal services to protect your right to educate your child the way you see fit.

    Answer by mrsfitz05 at 9:07 AM on Mar. 30, 2009

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  • I LOVE homeschooling our children. I am Christian and my husband is atheist. Our kids have always been homeschooled (they are in 3rd grade and 2nd grade now and our youngest will start preschool in the fall). We started homeschool for purely educational reasons. We do not like the way public schools are "teaching to the test" and prefer a more open learning method (letting the kids have some say in what topics we study). We also could not afford private schools. I was homeschooled so we chose that. Now, we love how well the kids are doing!

    Curriculum: mostly used textbooks. I make up our lesson plans myself. We did not like any of the prepackaged curriculums. We do like Abeka for math through 3rd grade though and then we use Saxon (my oldest is doing 4th grade math). Abeka is a great program but too religious for my husband. So we take a more secular route on most classes and then add a Bible and religion class.

    Answer by momof3inTN at 9:16 AM on Mar. 30, 2009

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  • (con't) I do incorporate religion into our lessons. We have our regular lessons (mostly secular but for writing they write their memory verse) and then we have a Bible class and a religion class. During religion we learn about other faiths besides mine. During Bible class we learn about the Bible, work on our memory verse and study the kids' lesson for Sabbath school (I am Seventh-Day Adventist).

    I hope that helps.

    Good luck!

    Answer by momof3inTN at 9:17 AM on Mar. 30, 2009

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  • I feel that the benefits of sending a child to school far outweigh any perceieved benefits of homeschooling. I don't have a problem with people homeschooling, I just don't really see much benefit to it in most circumstances. I think children benefit immensely from the exposure to other children (because I think the socialization that takes place in school is more relevant to real life than the socialization among other siblings), I think learning from a teacher is another oppurtunity for exposure to different ideas/teaching styles and can open up discussions that would never take place if I was the sole educational provider. For me, school is a wonderful way to begin to prepare children for what real life is like in manageable portions. I don't want my children to be overly sheltered because I think it creates more harm than good.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:29 AM on Mar. 30, 2009

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  • Anon above didn't do any research on homeschooling before answering. What she said is based completely on her own opinion.

    I homeschool and I create my own lesson plans for now. Later when my kids are up into the second grade or higher, I might look into purchasing something more packaged. We do incorporate our faith into our schooling. Google everything you can about homeschool and do lots of research. The biggest misconception about homeschooled children is that they aren't "socialized", which in the majority of cases is not true! Also, homeschooled children perform HIGHER than regularly schooled children and are often a grade or 2 above their peers.

    I don't see anything negative about homeschooling. I would like free time to myself but it's a sacrifice I'm willing to take.

    Answer by ReneeK3 at 9:39 AM on Mar. 30, 2009

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  • My DH's cousin home schools- she has 5 girls and right now 3 of them are school age. They are each well-rounded and have other activities (karate, dance, soccer, play dates, etc) that give them ample time with other kids. She uses a Christian curriculum (son light) with her kids.

    I know that public schools are fine too - ours here really is wonderful. It's just that I'm not certain my DD is quite READY yet -

    She is emotionally immature in comparison to the other kids in her class (she is right now going to a 1/2 day pre-k 2 days a week).
    She still has potty accidents (both kinds).
    She has a problem sitting still during circle time.
    She is FAAAR behind the other children in her writing (however surpasses them in every other area from letter sounds/reading to math).

    So . . . I know once she's READY for public school, she'll do well. I'm just not certain that she's emotionally ready.

    Answer by jennijune_21 at 9:48 AM on Mar. 30, 2009

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  • A gree with ReneeK3 about the Anon above.

    What is more "real life" socialization: 1) interacting with people ranging in age from 2 to 42 at a homeschool group meeting twice a month or 2) sitting in a classroom with 20 children who are all within 6 months of the child's age?

    My children are involved in many different activities. We have homeschool group twice a month, soccer in the fall, children's group at our church (once a week), children's group at a friends' church (once a week), then various activities through-out the year (i.e., dance classes, gymnastics lessons, art classes, music lessons, pick a sport!, etc).

    I think schools instill a "false socialization." Where in the real world are you only going to interact with people who are within 6 months in age of you? No where.

    Answer by momof3inTN at 9:50 AM on Mar. 30, 2009

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  • I am the Anon above and I never said that I was any of my opnion was based on research or statisitcs.When I refer to socialization I am refering to a childs exposure to different races, religions, sexual orientations, families, cultures, and so on, this occurs through intereaction with classmates & thier families. You can't teach exposure you can only experience it. I understand that many people homeschool precisely to limit thier childs exposure to some of the above mentioned things, and that's fine but, it is not what I want for my child.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:17 AM on Mar. 30, 2009

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  • I taught in the public schools for 10 years and I still sub. I am fully qualified to home school my kids, but do not feel it would be in their best interests. I want them to be exposed to different people who think very differently from myself and my husband. We supplement what they get at school and both of my kids are in the school's gifted program. I honestly believe that if parents are highly involved (that is the key), students can get a good education at any public school in the country. You cannot sit back and expect it to happen without your constant input. I also wanted my kids to get the social skills required for functioning in the world. The workplace isn't going to be quiet and perfectly suited to any individual. Kids need to learn to function in the real world. I know many people love homeschooling, but I don't. I know many homeschooled children and they are really lacking in exposure to many things.

    Answer by Marwill at 10:36 AM on Mar. 30, 2009

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