Education involves so many components. While academics play a major role in education, they are not the only element that matter. Instead, parents also need to consider environmental health, social health, physical health and religious health. During the early childhood education years, parents often struggle with exactly how to tackle that last topic.
Choosing Religious Schools
Some parents decide that they are going to send their children to a religious school. They want their children to experience their religion in school. However, if you fall into this category, that doesn’t mean you can avoid reinforcing the practices at home. That is especially true when your children are very young; they spend significantly more time at home than at school. You can find out what they learned that day, and then you can explain it more at home. Also, even though you share the same faith with the school, you may have different levels of observance. You may need to explain to your children how what you and your partner belief is somewhat different from what exactly the religious institution beliefs.
Selecting Schools of a Religion Other Than Your Own
Whether for financial or location purposes, you may have chosen to send your children to a school that is a different religion from your own. Doing so is a wonderful way for your children to grow up with an open-minded view of the world. Still though, you need to explain why differences exist between the ways that you do things at home and the way that things are done at school. Also, when holidays come up, you want to make sure that your children are respectful of the other beliefs. You can start by answering questions that they may have about the religion at home.
Incorporating Religion into Your Daily Lives
When children see a discrepancy between what they learn at school and what they do at home, they may transfer that over to other subjects. For example, let’s say that your children’s program teaches them that it is important to say a prayer at least once a day. However, on the days when your children don’t go to school, you don’t pray with them. Not only can their faith begin to suffer at an early age, but they also may question other study practices and habits that they learn in school. They may not think that it is important to read either every day. Although you do not need to run a mini school at home, you do need to reinforce healthy habits that make for better living.
As parents, you have a tremendous amount of responsibilities. You need to make sure that your children are safe, that they eat balanced meals and that they complete at-home assignments from their schools. However, when you have a religion, you also need to take the time to introduce them to the components of that religion, and you may end up doing so in tandem with what they learn while they are at school.
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