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February 2011
Do You Get It?

Do you get what homeschooling is really about? Jerry Chrisman, president of the Oklahoma Christian Home Educators Consociation Board of Trustees, touched on this issue in an article for the OCHEC Informer, Winter 2010.

“Homeschooling” is a word that has run its course. It was the best word to describe what we were doing many years ago. We were simply making the choice to educate our children at home. Little did we know how this choice would revolutionize every area of our lives. It changed our worldview on matters of economics, church, child training, marriage, politics; the list could go on and on.

Perhaps a better description now is “home discipleship.” It is loving our children and spouse more than we love ourselves and laying down our lives for each other. How thrilling it is to see hundreds of families who “get it.”

Ultimately, homeschooling – or should I say home discipleship? – is about the freedom of re-establishing the home as the center of all matters: educational, social, economic, and spiritual. When you get this concept, you can understand how stopping academic subjects when a crisis occurs in the family is not really stopping homeschooling. It’s shifting the focus of the learning to life skills, to the importance of relationships, and to the power of love and commitment.

When you “get it,” rushing through lesson plans to check them off as completed tasks will be less of a temptation. When you “get it,” you’ll evaluate every possible activity or outside class in light of how it affects family interaction and your ability to know exactly what your child is or is not learning. When you “get it,” you’ll focus as much on modeling life skills and social skills as you do the academics. When you “get it,” you’ll understand that the most important investment you can make in your children is instilling spiritual discipline and habits of a vital relationship with Christ.

If you talk for any length of time with a mother of young adult children, chances are you’ll hear this advice: “Cherish this time with your children. They grow up so quickly. I wish I had spent more time with them.”

Discipleship can be draining because it requires giving of yourself so much. But as the newsletter article illustrates, the effort, no matter how difficult it is at the time, can bear much fruit in our lives. Not just for our children, but for ourselves.

Don’t let time pass you by. Make sure you “get it” while your children are still under your care and supervision.

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