At the top of most homeschooler’s list of “reasons why we homeschool” is the freedom to include more of our belief systems into our children’s educational journey. This simply translates into, “I want my child to grow up with a strong foundation and faith in the Most High God.” And rightfully so!
I consider myself a seasoned homeschooler; however, something that always boggled my mind was how to effectively and consistently use the Bible as the main textbook in my homeschool. Sure, I’ve heard it could be done – shucks, I even talked to Anne from Homeschooling Torah about it! Even still, I have struggled to actually do it consistently.
So, what I’ve come up with to help us both out are five ways to use the Bible as the main textbook in our homeschools. Perhaps having an exhausted list in one location with practical examples will help us get (and stay) on a track of using the Bible a lot more than we already do! My prayer is that us, and our children, will be greatly impacted by doing so!
Start the Day with the Word
This kind of start to the day has been named so many different things from circle time to morning basket time. Regardless of what you call it, including the Bible during these times is a great place to start.
If you have smaller children who are not yet reading, picking a Scripture or two to read and talk about works perfectly. For the older kiddos, invite them to do the reading and include their thoughts in the discussion about it.
Starting the day off with the Word is definitely a way to start it on a good note.
Use a Devotional
If you’re like me, you have every intention on starting every day with a prayer and maybe even a Scripture or two. The question then became, “What can I pray about and what Scriptures should I read?”
For this I created a family-style devotional. I included a monthly prayer that is to be read every day, the shema (part of Deuteronomy 6), and a chapter of Scripture to be read throughout the week.
I had no idea at the time that each month’s prayer and the weekly chapter readings would match perfectly to what’s going on in life. After going on two years of using this book, the same is still true!
Designating a Bible journal time in your homeschooling schedule is another way to incorporate the Bible. If you choose to do this as a family (which actually isn’t a bad idea), try picking a topic to journal about each week. There are tons of options from the beginning of Scripture to the end.
For younger children, some go-to topics may be creation, Proverbs, or the fruit of the Spirit. For older children, consider topics that get them thinking like concepts from Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and even Job!
Then, after journal time, everyone can discuss what they journaled about.
Teach Core Subjects
Did you know that the Bible has every core subject (and beyond) that you can think of? Sometimes we can get overwhelmed and bogged down by all the curriculum options out there, but as Anne suggested in our video – you don’t need all that! You can simply start with the Bible, and pray earnestly for wisdom from the Father to use it.
She also gave some pretty awesome practical tips for using the Bible:
- Use Scripture to teach young children how to read.
- Grab sight words from Scripture.
- Use a pad of paper to write out vocabulary words.
- Use story-telling and re-telling as Language Arts.
- Older children can use Scripture to write research papers, essays, etc.
- Use Scripture for diagramming (older children).
- Use the numbers given about tribes and people groups to add, subtract, etc.
- Use Scripture as a history and geography lessons (mapping).
- Genesis covers pretty much every field of science.
- Learn foreign languages through Scripture (Greek and Hebrew).
This list could seriously go on and on! How awesome is it that we can find SO MUCH in Scripture alone?!
Let the Spirit Guide You
I know we all feel much more at ease and comforted when we have things in order – down to what we’re going to teach our children and what we’ll use to teach it. However, think for a moment about the weightier matters in life… in other words, what is going to matter most.
At the end of your child’s homeschooling days will they honestly say, “I succeeded because my mom used the Abeka curriuclum!”? Or do you think they’ll most likely attribute their success to the fact that you kept them home to educate and nurture them in the first place?
I’m willing to bet it would be the latter. My prayer is that we stop stressing over the little things and realize that YHVH has given us all that we need. Of course there’s nothing wrong with having and using a good curriculum to help guide us, but not that expense of being stressed out. I’d like to leave you with a quote from Anne-
“YHVH’s Word is sufficient, and the Spirit of Yah wants to be your teacher!”
CHIME IN: What are some ways you use the Bible as the primary textbook in your homeschool?