If you look at the numbers, more and more families are choosing to homeschool their children. According to a2zhomeschooling.com, as of 2017, there were 1.6 million students in homeschool. Religion seems to be a major factor for parents choosing to homeschool their kids, as more than a third of homeschooling parents say they do so to provide religious or moral instruction. It seems to be working. According to Exploring Homeschooling, 94 percent of students who graduate from homeschool keep their faith, and 93 percent continue to attend church after their high school years.
Because of this growing trend, we wanted to hear from those who homeschool, and we asked them why they’ve chosen this method of education for their kids. On our Facebook page we posed the question “I homeschool because I…” and asked our friends to fill in the blank. Tifaine Hash says, “I am scared what kind of damage public schools will do to my children.” Emily Griffith Anderson says, “I believe it’s part of God’s plan for my children, me, and those around us.” Monica Letoto Merrifield fills in the blank, “(I)…believe God has that as part of our Deuteronomy 6 mandate right now.” Feel free to keep the conversation going on Facebook.
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Whether you homeschool, have homeschooled kids, or want to learn a little more about how to minister to homeschool families, there are resources out there to help you. Here are five cool homeschooling blogs.
7 Sisters Homeschool– This site was started by six homeschooling moms who encouraged each other all the way through their kids’ high school graduations. Offering “curriculum, coaching, and other resources, building a community of homeschool families together…and influencing the culture for the glory of God,” these women want to share what they’ve learned through their years of homeschooling.
The Homeschool Village– Hear from a team of more than 20 different homeschooling mothers at this website that strives to connect homeschool families through God’s Word.
The Unlikely Homeschool– Read the story of Jamie and her husband (“the Hubs”) and how they made the decision to homeschool their kids, lovingly nicknamed “Sweetie Pea,” “Super Boy,” “Blonde Warrior,” “Greased Lightening,” and “The Newbie,” who was born last April.
Homeschool Share– Homeschooling parents can share educational material on this cool site.
Kids 4 Truth– This is a site that is used by homeschoolers and public school parents together. According to its website, Kids 4 Truth “exists to inspire and equip God’s people to reach boys and girls worldwide with the memorable, creative, leading-edge teaching of God-focused truth.”
Do you have any homeschooled students in your ministry? Do you homeschool your own kids? How do you minister to homeschooling families? Weigh in on the subject using the comment section below.