When we first decided that we were going to start homeschooling we had a lot to think about. Actually I should say me since I am the parent who handles all of the teaching. I knew that I wanted to add in their culture when I was preparing lessons and such but what about our faith? I mean they go to Catechism so should I add anything else in? Was that enough? I am sure it is the question that all homeschool parents ask themselves when they start as well.
I did research and then finally decided that I wanted to add in bible study and lessons. Since I am a Catechism teacher myself I knew that I could teach Catholic lessons with little trouble but I also knew that I didn’t want to teach all of the Catechism classes over again to them. Both of my school aged children have already gone through my class at church. So I sat down and began deciding where I would introduce our faith within their lessons. After all Science and Faith don’t always agree but I knew that I wanted to teach Science the way I learned it.
The reason was simple, I felt it was important to understand both Science and Faith separately and then discuss where they overlap or even disagree. I want my children to have all the theories and facts there are and then be able to make up their own minds as they grow. It was important to me that my children be able to grow as free thinkers without a lot of my influence on their decisions (within reason of course.) So I knew that when I was teaching I had to take on the role of teacher and not mom. I admit the first two years was really hard and then we actually sent them to public school for one year. That was difficult for them because they were actually doing things we had already done the prior year.
What I discovered is that faith and homeschool can go easily hand in hand. You just have to make it work for your family.