I started getting Heartlight's “Today's Verse” in my email box a few weeks ago. Today's verse was
— Deuteronomy 6:6-7
These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your
hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit
at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and
when you get up.
THIS is WHY we home school.
Let me admonish you that if you are a Christian, and if you are not homeschooling for this reason, then you need to reconsider your reason. Academics are a nice by-product of home education. Having your children with you are definately a wonderful part of home-education. If you've reacted to something that happened at the government school and teaching them at home because of it, then your motives are wrong. If you're not teaching them at home so you can teach them more diligently the ways of God, then you are wasting your time for eternity.
If you are considering putting your children back in government schools, or partaking of “programs” offered by the government school, (or do I say even co-op programs where you don't know who's teaching your children) you are serving both God and Mammon and the Word says you cannot do both. How can you impress the laws of God on a child's heart when the are away from you for 8 plus hours a day? How can you counteract the lies they are being taught in the government school in the short time you have between dinner, sports, theater, church activities etc.? How can you teach them the ways of God if you're only with them a short time of the waking hours of the day. It's time to wake up!
This may sound harsh, and unloving –believe me, it is not my intent. Teaching your children at home and teaching them for the Kingdom of God is the most loving thing you can do for your child– and for you.