Heartschooling Not Homeschooling

Of All Holy Works, the Education of Children is the Most Holy”
Saint Theophan the Recluse
(To Leah)
    Yes, we educate our children at home.  Homeschooling doesn’t define who we are as a family.  Christ does.  Often, I think about altering the term “homeschooling” to “heartschooling” because, as parents, that’s what we are really called to do.  Altering the term strips the possibility of divisiveness that often accompanies the topic of homeschooling.  Heartschooling creates a sense of pulling togetherness, a “we’re on the same team mentality” rather than the often segregated congregation of “us” and “them,” those that homeschool and those that don’t homeschool.
Whether our children read Jane Austen at a desk in a classroom or sprawled on the living room floor, it’s the holy heart work that matters.  No matter the educational venue, the heartschooled kid ponders the novel against a biblical worldview and how that applies to culture, history, theology, and such.
If we heartschool, we share a common goal among those we break bread with, those we worship with, and those we pray for and pray with.  We even share the same curriculum, textbook, and teacher’s manual:God’s Holy Word.
Heartschooling unites our children for a common cause— to go and make disciples of men.  Heartschooling pumps Biblical truths about scripture into the central organ which controls thoughts, words, actions, and deeds.  Schooling of the the heart takes place in the freedom of places like the kitchen table during dinner, on the way to soccer, down the aisle of the grocery store, and any other setting that a parent snatches a grace-filled moment to reveal a truth about who God is and our profound need for His grace and forgiveness.

I have a dear friend who not so long ago surrendered her life to Christ, but as she scanned her new circle of beloved, mostly homeschool, Christian friends, a surge of inadequacy filtered through a ventricle of her new faith-filled heart.  Inadequacy stained her fresh robe of righteousness only for a brief time; until, she realized the manner in which her son received his academic education paled in comparison to his spiritual education.  The end of her story reveals that she and her new friends have much in common: fervently and diligently instructing their children on the inner workings of the heart:

1. Serve God   – Deuteronomy 11:13; Joshua 22:5
2. Love God – Deuteronomy 3:6; Matthew 22:37
3. Keep God’s Word – Psalm 119:11; Colossians 3:16
4. Follow God – Deuteronomy 14:8
5. Seek God – II Chronicles 10:12
6. Praise God – Psalm 3:5
7. Trust God – Proverbs 3:5
8. Believe God – Acts 8:37