Top 5 Homeschooling Scriptures

Homeschooling will ruin your child. How can you stand to be home with your children all the time? I love my homeschool environment but you are not doing it right. Why are you using that curriculum? How can you stand to teach your child about [fill in the blank]? Homeschooling parents are faced with criticism and questions like this every day and perhaps aren’t sure where to turn assurance and guidance. When the days are long and confidence is low, here are 5 homeschooling scriptures that can give you strength.

1. Deuteronomy 11:19 ESV You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. Moses is believed to have written Deuteronomy as the Israelites were entering the Promised Land after wandering for 40 years in the wilderness; he is reminding them to follow God and to teach his laws to their children. Today’s parents can expand this lesson to include teaching children about Scripture alongside and within their secular lessons. Homeschooling parents have the freedom to teach anywhere and at any time and can incorporate Christianity into each lesson and throughout the day.

2. Proverbs 22:6 ESV Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. Solomon wrote Proverbs to pass his God-given wisdom on to his people; he knew that teaching children to follow the Lord would start them on the path to righteousness they could follow the rest of their lives. Homeschooling parents today can instruct their children in Scripture and a Christian life and know that even a wayward child will eventually return to his righteous roots. In the same way, a child who is taught to love learning in an accepting and creative environment will continue to love learning as she grows older and seek out opportunities for growth.

3. Colossians 3:23 ESV Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men. Paul is exhorting the believers in Colossae to apply themselves to the work of Christ, to do their best in all aspects of their life so as to honor Him. A parent/teacher can use this verse to motivate and inspire innovative and creative lesson planning and as a reminder that glory and praise should be directed to God. A student who studies this verse may be more apt to apply a little extra attention and effort in his work, knowing that everything he does is meant to be worship.

4. Proverbs 11:14 ESV Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety. Again, Solomon is giving the Israelites pieces of wisdom for their everyday lives, he is warning them to listen to priests and elders who can guide the people away from wickedness. Parent/teachers today can remind their children to glean as much information as possible from teachers, field trip guides, coaches, and church leaders. A wide range of perspectives and information will create well-rounded and intelligent students.

5. 1 Timothy 4:12 ESV Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. Paul’s letter to Timothy was meant to encourage a young pastor leading a church of believers much older than himself; here he is reminding Timothy how to earn the respect of his elders with his Christ-like behavior. Homeschooling parents sometimes need a reminder to set this example as well but this verse also serves as a reminder to praise a child for doing the right thing more often than to criticize mistakes. Parents should notice how children are often the best examples of a Christ-like love: children innately understand unconditional love and acceptance but too often lose that innocence as they mature. Parent/teachers who encourage love, faith, and respect will raise adults who cherish, pray, and forgive.

Mimi Rothschild is a veteran homeschooling mother of 8, writer of a series of books called Cyberspace for Kids, and passionate advocate for children and education that is truly worthy of them. In 2001, Mimi and her late husband founded Learning By Grace, a leading provider of online Christian homeschooling Academies.