Homeschool Philosophy of Education

It is a good idea for all schools, including homeschools to evaluate their purpose and what core beliefs they hold to as they implement their educational program.  We are happy to share our homeschool philosophy with you.  No philosophy is perfect and should be in regular revision as we learn and become more wise.  We are Christians, and so our philosophy reflects the integration of our spiritual beliefs with our ideas of teaching.  We hope you will be able to glean some useful tidbits in developing your own philosophy of education.

It is a good idea for all schools, including homeschools to evaluate their purpose and what core beliefs they hold to as they implement their educational program.  We are happy to share our homeschool philosophy with you.  No philosophy is perfect and should be in regular revision as we learn and become more wise.  We are Christians, and so our philosophy reflects the integration of our spiritual beliefs with our ideas of teaching.  We hope you will be able to glean some useful tidbits in developing your own philosophy of education.

Educational Philosophy for Hegg Homeschool

• We believe parents are responsible for training their children to walk in the ways of the Lord.

• We believe that the Christian faith permeates all areas of life, and the Bible is our guide to holy living.

• We believe that teacher modeling is one of the most powerful methods of teaching.

• We believe that discipline is training in self-control and responsible social behavior, and that structure, unconditional love, nurture, praise, encouragement, natural consequences, and consistent age-appropriate punishment are all involved in guiding children in discipline.

• We believe that love of learning and motivation are both instilled and in-born.

• We believe that, as Christians, we should honor God by pursuing excellence in all we do to the best of our God-given abilities.

• We believe that oral communication skills are essential to communication in life and employment, and are foundational to acquisition of formal academic skills.

• We believe that God gave language to humans, and that the instruction of phonics and grammar follows the structure of the English language, as well as many world languages, all of which were given by God.

• We believe that learning the skill of reading enables us to read God’s Word, as well as to obtain information needed for life and employment.

• We believe that writing, including penmanship, computer skills, spelling, mechanics, and content enables us to communicate the gospel and express ideas to others in life and employment.

• We believe that mathematics is the system through which God created the universe and helps bring order to our lives.

• We believe that the teaching of mathematics must include a balance of conceptualization, calculation, and logical reasoning/problem solving.

• We believe that God created us with unique, complex brains that flourish in an emotionally-safe, natural environment.

• We believe that each of us has both strengths and weaknesses, manifesting in a unique combination of multiple intelligences.

• We believe that each of us processes information with a unique combination of learning styles and needs.

• We believe that learning is a process, and that a variety of presentation styles helps our brains store and process information more efficiently and effectively.

• We believe that everyone learns at their own pace, and that materials, presentation, and pacing should be determined based on mastery of skills.

• We believe that when natural curiosity is nurtured, students can be led through a rigorous scope of content topics in both breadth and depth.

• We believe that God has encouraged us to seek wisdom, and that wisdom is at the highest level on the taxonomy of thinking.

• We believe that knowledge of facts and details, rote memorization, and understanding of literal information lays a foundation at a young age to develop higher levels of thinking as we mature.

• We believe that God has a plan for each of our lives, and that academics helps us to discover that plan, trust Him to lead us in fulfilling that life purpose, and as a result, give Him glory for what He has done through us.

• We believe that, as Christians, we are mandated to go into all the world and make disciples; therefore, we strive to learn other world languages and become familiar with other cultures and philosophies, so that we can better understand the needs of people wherever we meet them, and can better communicate the gospel of Jesus Christ to them.

• We believe that we are citizens of both heaven and our earthly nation; therefore, we study our nation’s history and civic responsibilities as outlined in our Constitution, so that we may live in peace with our neighbors.

• We believe that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit; therefore, we study health so that we can take care of our vessels in the following ways:  eating nutritious food, preventing illness through hygiene, staying safe, and keeping fit through rest and exercise.

• We believe that our bodies were made for movement, and that all parts of our bodies function better from the benefits of aerobic and strength training.

• We believe that physical education should center around building life-long fitness habits.

• We believe that music and art reflect the creativity and beauty of the Creator and His creation.  God created; therefore, we create and make joyful noises of praise to Him who created us.

• We believe that training in music and the arts enables us to think more globally, and improves our visual-spatial skills.

• We believe that music and the arts enable us to express our emotions and communicate inner thoughts that cannot be communicated in a linguistic form.

• We believe that our world is shrinking due to technological advances in transportation and communication; therefore, we will learn to use technology in life and employment.

• We believe that God created us for relationships with Him and with other people; therefore, we will guard ourselves from being overly buy in our fast-paced society, and attempt to reserve time for meditation with God, maintenance of our relationships with each other, and building friendship with others.

• We believe that, as a family, we will work cooperatively, not competitively, in all we do, including our educational endeavors.  When we choose to engage in healthy competition, we will strive for good sportsmanship.

• We believe that studying God’s Word and memorizing Scripture enables us to spiritually attune our hearts to God’s drawing us into a relationship with Him, including recognizing and confessing sin, praying in line with His will, and living godly lives that please, honor, and bring glory to the True and Living God.  It is only through our relationship with Jesus Christ that we are able to fulfill our educational philosophy in our homeschool because the fear (or reverence) of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom

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