What is Christian Unschooling?

When you hear the term “Christian” and “Unschooling” you naturally think the two are innately ironic terms. I’ll dive deeper in another post about this soon because it’s really not as dramatic as you may think.

Put simply, we homeschool eclectically using child-led activities, with our own twists and desires.

All homeschoolers, whether they believe it or not, use an eclectic style of teaching based on their child’s learning styles, guidance by faith, if one exists, and family goals. We just happen to pen ours Christian and Unschooled.

In the simplest terms we homeschool our children because God placed the desire to do so in our hearts – not to rescue our children from a failing academic future, but to rescue their spirits and souls from a failing world.*

Many people seem offended when we say we homeschool. We actually live in a town where many families move to because our public and private schools are so highly ranked (by society – but that’s a whole different topic I’ll go into in another post as well).

First let’s take the Christian aspect. We believe Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior. We believe He died on the cross for our sins so we may join Him in eternal life in heaven. We also follow the Bible, literally. By this I simply mean the resource materials we have available in our home as don’t undermine or contradict scripture.

Jesus never had a school but taught in nature, in homes, in boats and He was and continues to be our greatest teacher. And, let’s be honest, He really hasn’t been welcome in schools lately anyway.

Finally, Unschooling to us also means not running a regimented home like a classroom nor teaching our children like they’re in one. Our kids are free to learn what they’d like, when they’d like, with what they’d like and our role is to simply be present and offer guidance, opportunities, support, encouragement and answers (if we have them).

We trust them and their ability to learn subjects to their fullest extent when their minds are open and ready, just as we trusted God to guide their abilities to walk, talk, run, feed themselves, and lately read, write and do math.

And we feel it’s God’s plan to use us as adults and other experts in their fields help our children learn about real life and acquire real life skills in the real world instead of hoping to fuel their learning confined within the same four walls day in and day out.

In the end we want our kids to follow God’s plan and what He has laid out for them, including following the passions and desires he puts in their hearts (because no one really learns by force) – whether that means being a doctor, engineer, artist (all of the above) or follow one or more career paths that don’t yet exist yet due to technological advances happening every day.

And I’m no expert, but God is. And my husband and I trust Him, completely.

Finally, John Holt (if you haven’t read his books yet, I highly recommend them, along with John Taylor Gatto) offers more “qualified” Unschooling Q & A info here, have you, if you’re still intrigued and/or confused.

If you’re thinking of Unschooling your kids, I have nothing but good news for you. You’re on the right track. Don’t be persuaded by our world, because we are not of this world (John 17:16).

Below are a sprinkle of scriptures we often refer to in regards to our Christian Unschooling journey.

In His Love.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3

“All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children.” Isaiah 54:13

“And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.” Deuteronomy 6-7

“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

In regards to being a teacher for our children: “But you, do not be called ‘Rabbi’; for One is your Teacher, the Christ, and you are all brethren.” Matthew 23:8

“And he said to the human race, “The fear of the Lord—that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding.” Job 28

 

*Excerpt from “Encouragement – Along the Way,” by Bobbie Howard, 2015.

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