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Let’s have a serious talk about the Bible in our homeschool, shall we?
If you been hanging out with me for a while, you know that we are a Christian family.
We’ve been serving in ministry for two decades, Ryan is a worship leader, and together we lead weekly Bibles studies.
I have a degree in Theology and another degree in Biblical and Jewish Studies. Teaching the Bible is my passion. I’m also the founder of Hebrew for Homeschoolers where I teach homeschool families amazing insights into the Bible while teaching them to read, write, and speak Hebrew in only 4-10 weeks.
Why Bible is not a subject in our homeschool anymore
Here is my problem with adding Bible as a subject and what made me rethink about the way we’re teaching the Bible:
As Christians, we all agree that we should start the day with the Bible, correct? So normally, our homeschool days will start with the Bible, then all other subjects.
If you look at most examples of homeschool schedules including my own examples here in this blog, you will see that most homeschool families designate 15-30 minutes daily for reading The Word, memorizing Bible verses, and some also sing and study hymns.
Nothing wrong with that at all!
However, something started to really bother me.
- Are we teaching our kids to limit their time with the Lord?
- Should Bible in our homeschool be just like the other subjects?
- Is just checking off the daily Bible box what God expects form us?
Not at all!
“Of the three sorts of knowledge proper to a child, the knowledge of God, of man, and of the universe, – the knowledge of God ranks first in importance, is indispensable, and most happy-making.”
— Charlotte Mason
The knowledge of God is our homeschool is the most important knowledge our children will acquire in life.
If the knowledge of God is the most important subject, then why are we spending less time on it than on other subjects?
Shouldn’t we be giving it full priority?
Reading, studying, and meditating in The Word of God is a spiritual discipline that every Christian should have daily. The Word of God should be the core of our lives. It molds us and shapes us into the character of Christ. It changes us from inside out because it shows us our sins and what God expects of us.
The Bible teaches us God’s promises, how His plans for us are good and shows our real identity and children of God.
God’s Word keeps our eyes open for the things that yet to come. It prepares us, the Bride of Christ, to meet Our Bridegroom who is coming back for us soon.
How can we rush through it? How can we equal it with the other subjects?
Christianity is NOT about checking off the boxes!
- Read the Bible – checked.
- Prayed – checked.
- Went to church – checked.
Oh, no! Christianity is about a deep and intimate relationship with the Creator of all things, His Holy Spirit, and the Savior of The World.
Thus, Bible is NOT a subject in our homeschool anymore. It the guide and the love letter we turn to each morning. It’s the Book of Instructions that prepare us for the things to come.
Where should Bible be then?
The Bible should take absolute priority in our lives as believers. I used to think that if I sneaked in a bit of Bible first thing in our homeschool mornings, that would suffice. We read the Bible, we checked the boxes and all was well…
God is convicting me that giving Him and His Word the priority is about spending quality time with Him and modeling to our children our devotional and relationship with the Lord. And I must obey His voice.
So, this year I scratched the Bible from our homeschool schedule. Bible is now a daily discipline we practice and pursue as a family and individually as children of God. No longer we time it, plan it as a lesson, or limit it.
This is how we add the Bible in everything we do in our homeschool instead of making it a separate subject.
Bible is not a subject we do separably from everything else we study in our homeschool but it is the core of everything we learn instead.
There is no better Bible curriculum than the Bible itself! We must make reading the Bible aloud a daily priority in our families.
In our home, we love listening to the Daily Audio Bible together. This is a great way to start your day right and place The Word of God as a priority in your family.
Because we lose A LOT with translation, make sure you are reading a reliable Bible translated word-by-word and not a paraphrase.
The Bible is everywhere in our homeschool and in everything we do!
Our homeschool curricula are Bible-centered, even our Language Arts which amazingly even teaches about the Biblical Feasts and our math! God and His Word are the center of everything we read, learn, and do.
Here is what we’re using in our homeschool this year:
Handwriting: iWrite Bible
Character Training: Growing in Wisdom
Science – Exploring Creation With Botany
Language Arts: Language Lessons for A Living Education
Math: Math Lessons for A Living Education
History & Literature: Sonlight Curriculum
History: The Mystery of History
- Great Hymns of the Faith
- Worship Piano: From Beginner to Pro
- Rooted Online Hymn Tutorials
- Still Singing: Hymn Stories For Every Season
Foreign Language: Hebrew for Homeschoolers
Talking about Hebrew for Homeschoolers… I have a giveaway for you!
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I’m so passionate about Hebrew for so many reasons! The Old Testament was written in Hebrew and that is about 70% of the whole Bible. Jesus and His disciples read the Holy Scriptures and prayed in Hebrew daily.
“Hebrew is the best language to learn of all… no one can really understand Scripture without it.” – Martin Luther
Hebrew is the language of Moses, King David, and so many heroes of our faith. Learning Hebrew brings you into a much deeper understanding of the Bible and strengthens your faith.
Can you imagine you and your kids learning to read, write and speak the very language of Jesus and our heroes of the Bible spoke? What if…
- This could unlock an amazing and much deeper understanding of the word of God?
- Learning Hebrew can open doors bigger than you could ever know in your life?
- This can bring you a personal revival like never before?
Here is what Hebrew for Homeschoolers for Beginners will teach you:
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