Since the very beginning of our homeschool journey I have included Bible as one of our school subjects. As a matter of fact, it was the very first subject we did each school day.
One day, out of the blue, it hit me. Why am I including Bible as a subject in our homeschool?
Thinking back to the beginning of our homeschool adventure and all the research and planning I did as a newbie homeschooler I can’t think of an article or post that I read that didn’t seem to include Bible as a suggested homeschool subject. This must be where my thinking began. Every suggestion I read said to include Bible. Even some of the most well known curriculum providers include Bible as a subject they offer. It’s only natural that I felt Bible needed to be a subject.
We have been in a season in our lives lately that has really made us lean on and rely on God more. I think that God presents situations in our lives to bring us back to Him. Not that I ever left God, but I wasn’t relying on Him as much as I was my own thoughts and understanding. God is setting me straight!
Our last year of homeschool was a bit of a disaster in my opinion. We have been homeschooling for 8 years (as of the publishing of this post) and you would think that we are pros and know our direction. Well, life happens! Sometimes you don’t even realize you are heading down a different path until you turn around and don’t recognize where you are.
As I was praying and thinking about what a terrible direction our school year went, it hit me like a ton of bricks. Why am I including Bible in our homeschool? This may seem like a weird thing to think about or consider. As soon as the question entered my brain, so did the answer.
Don’t include Bible as a subject. It isn’t a subject… it is a way of life!
I started to think of my children’s future. What will life be like for them after we finish homeschooling? If I continue to treat Bible as if it’s a subject in our lessons – what will they do after their lessons are over and they are done with school? Will they forget to study the Bible daily? Will they think they no longer need to study the Bible because they are out of school now?
I felt very convicted to teach them that they need to separate Bible from school. They need to include Bible in their everyday lives, and not as a subject but as a life tool. Something as natural as brushing your teeth or getting dressed. Not a subject to be checked off Monday – Friday.
We have family Bible time in the evenings but I want it to be natural to them to pick up the Bible and study it on their own. We are working hard to teach them that if they are struggling with something or need to find answers to pick up their Bible and read anytime of the day.
It has been said that there is no instruction manual for life. Yes there is! It’s called the Bible. Everything you ever needed to know is in the Bible. Want to know how to handle something that comes up in your life? Look it up in the Bible. It’s there, I promise! I want our kids to know and understand this. I feel that if I give them “predetermined lessons” for the Bible they will never rely on their own studying to get their own answers.
I understand this won’t work for everyone, but it works for us and my goal and mission for this blog is to encourage others. I also want it to be clear that this doesn’t mean we have removed biblical teaching from our homeschool lessons. We just don’t lump Bible under a subject anymore.
I’d love to find out what you think about removing Bible as a homeschool subject. Let us know below.