1. Educational-Meeting the individual needs of each child. They are both diverse, we can celebrate their strengths and help them grow in their weaknesses. We also have opportunties to learn "Outside of the box".
2. Instructional-Lots of verbal interaction, first hand experiences, enjoying the unexpected, and the chance to discover.
3. Developmental-Teaching our children to REASON, and to reason from a biblical view.
4. Physical-Meeting their physical needs- with time. A great book on this topic- "Honey For A Childs Heart".
5. Moral-A chance to disciple our children! To build character and moral values.
6. Social- Teaching them leadership. Not neccessarily to run with the crowd.
7. Relational-To re-establish what a family really is. Our family is close. So many wonderful ways to grow in relationships. (with parent to child, child to child, peers)
8. Spiritual-Time to Strengthen their relationship with God, implement devotions on a daily basis.
9. Kayla, Emily, Dylan, and Taylor- The opportunity to nurture them, the flexibility of our family, opportunities to go on mission trips or vacations, to be able to advance them in their abilities and skills.
Homeschooling our children is a HUGE investment. We sacrificially invest our time, resources and our money to teach our children at home. Sometimes, fleshy desires and doubt start to creep in, but Lord reminds us that our investment is also an eternal one. I imagine we're making huge gains in our investment portfolio. ;)
Colossians 2:8 (NIV) says "See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ." I personally feel responsible for the hearts and souls of my children! I must see to it that no one (who shouldnt) takes them captive!