In our last day of exploring ways to get dad more involved in your homeschool we will talk about having dad lead the family bible study. This is one of the most popular ways that most homeschool families get dad involved in homeschooling.
We all know that the Bible states that the husband is the spiritual leader of his home. There are Bible passages you can likely quote explaining the husbands role as spiritual leader, taking responsibility for the educational and spiritual growth of the children, and nurturing and admonishing the children in addition to the husbands responsibilities to his wife. But as we explore being involved in the homeschool, we look at the spiritual leader of God’s assignment and how this can translate into being involved in your homeschool.
As the spiritual leader, you have much flexibility in how to go about doing leading. From setting the right examples, making sure the family gets to church, and providing the right Godly atmosphere at home to grow your families spirituality successfully and fully in the ways of the Lord, you can see that you have to find where your role works best for your family.
As a homeschool family, you may have Bible study as part of your daily studies. Some fathers can lead this and some cannot. But if you are looking for a good place to become more involved, this may be the place which has the greatest flexibility and possibly the greatest importance to your school and your family.
Many families will find what works best for them and dad’s schedule. A full-time working father who works outside the home and has varying hours may find daily Bible study difficult to lead. However, may have several days a week (including weekend days) where he can be there. A father with a set 8-5pm schedule can sometimes find that fitting in the family devotions or Bible study into the evening can be a blessing to the family and have him involved daily in the education of his children and the growth of his family.
You have to chose what works best for you but there are many ways that the dad can be involved in the Bible studies of his family and thus being involved in the home education of his children. Here are some ways to lead the family in their spiritual growth in addition to ensuring the family prays together and worships together:
- Find a formal Bible study and do it as a family several times a week.
- Read through the Bible in a year and use this as a family read-aloud time before or after dinner each evening.
- Read Bible story books or devotion books with your children before bedtime.
- Choose a character trait to cover each term and read related Bible passages and stories to use as discussion.
- Drill Bible memory verses with the children each evening and learn them with them so all family members can recite the memory verses that are chosen.
- Lead family devotions several times a week.
These are just a few common suggestions. You will have to find what works best for you. But you may find leading the family in their spiritual growth through reading, studying, listening, and recitation can be easier to fit into your schedule than you think. You might even find that you look forward to this family time or reflection and growth and look forward to the days that you study God’s word together.
Does your family do family Bible study? Does dad lead it?