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What is education? It is so much more than just readin', writtin' , and 'rithmatic. It's even more than reading, writing, math, science, history, social studies, music, art, computers, and foreign languages. In other words, education is not just academics.

Education is the physical, mental, spiritual, moral, social, . . . and intellectual development of a person. It's about skills, not just knowledge. It's about life skills, not just job skills. It's about growing, not just learning.

Parents are the first, best, and most important teachers of their children (or at least they should be). While they may choose to have other people teach their children the academics and even assist them with other aspects of education, they are the principle educators of their childen. Education, like child-rearing (which are really the same thing), is their responsibility.

Every home, even those without children present, should be a learning center where every member of the family is continually learning and growing. Children especially need this kind of home because they have so much learning and growing to do!

Turn your home into a school (but don't use traditional schools as a model!) and prepare to become teachers:

  • Learn about child development.
  • Read Life Skills for Kids: Equipping Your Child for the Real World by Christine M. Field. Life skills are a crucial part of a child's education. There is no need to wait until you have children to get this book. If you are planning on a family, read Life Skills for Kids. Topics include people skills, time management, house and home skills, money management, and decision making.

Curious about homeschooling? Try these links (not all of them are Christian):

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