A Philosophy of Christian Education

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Education starts with the interpersonal relation of the Educator and the educated, the Divine and the divine image bearer. When searching for answers concerning any given thing, one must search out its source and cause, as Aquinas notes when considering first principles.[2] For education, one must return to archetypal wisdom[3]—the God after whose image humanity is created.

This philosophy of education will expound on four aspects of education: (1) the first principles of education (i.e., the source, the what, and the why), (2) the teacher, (3) the student, and (4) the nature of the learner (i.e., the how). Due to the limitations of this essay, some foundational scriptural truths will be presupposed, while others will be explained via footnotes, and still others will be left out entirely.

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How Washington Families Can Enroll at Enlightium Academy

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Enlightium Academy is an approved private Christian school in Washington and is accredited by Cognia and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). Enlightium has served co-op schools, online students, and homeschool K-12 students since 2003. In this blog, we provide Enlightium families with generic information about Washington state’s requirements. Parents are encouraged to review the state’s requirements at hslda.org/legal, OSPI, and/or the Washington State Board of Education, as requirements are subject to change over time. Once enrolled at Enlightium Academy, join our Washington Group in Enlightium’s Parents app to connect with Washington families. 


The resources below serve as a starting point for research for your family.

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Seven Recommendations to Follow to Give Homeschooled Students Structure

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Structure originates from the Latin word structura, which means "a fitting together or building." When students work on assignments in a homeschool environment, it is important to have a set of rules. If students follow a schedule and stay productive, they may accomplish more within a smaller window of time.

Here are seven recommendations for providing your homeschooled student with a structured day.

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Frequently Asked Questions from Parents about Homeschooling

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In recent years, homeschooling has become an increasingly popular option for parents looking to provide their children with a high-quality education. However, as with any important decision, many questions and doubts often arise when someone considers homeschooling. To help navigate this important decision, here are some frequently asked questions from parents considering homeschooling their children.

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Three Proven Strategies for Online Students to Finish Their Courses On Time

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With the flexibility of online learning and the ability to work from anywhere comes the risk of procrastination, missed deadlines, and falling behind. Online learning requires students to be self-motivated and consistent with their work to stay on track. Here are a few strategies to help your student complete their courses on time.

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7 Common Misconceptions about Pulling a Child Out of School to Homeschool

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There are many reasons why students may not thrive in public or private brick-and-mortar schools: the truth is that every child has a different learning style, and traditional schooling might be unsuccessful in meeting unique students’ needs due to classroom structure or peer pressure. 

Pulling a child out of traditional schooling to a homeschooling option might be a tough decision, but it can bring rich rewards in the quality of both your child’s education and your family life. Unfortunately, there are a lot of misconceptions about homeschooling. 

Here are seven widely-held myths and facts that show why these myths simply aren't true:

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Is Accreditation Necessary for Homeschooling Success?

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Without the oversight of an accredited organization, many parents wonder if their homeschool student would receive the same or a higher quality of education as their peers in public or private schools. 

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Discover Enlightium Academy: The Accredited Christian Homeschool Online Program

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For parents looking for an accredited online Christian homeschool program, Enlightium Academy is a perfect choice. With an extensive selection of core and elective courses, Enlightium Academy offers students the opportunity to thrive in their faith while they gain an excellent education. From personalized learning plans to high-quality coursework and extracurricular activities, the Enlightium Academy experience can help students reach their academic goals while deepening their understanding of what it means to be a Christian.

In addition to providing an excellent academic foundation, Enlightium Academy helps students grow spiritually and socially. Enlightium hosts an extensive selection of electives and extracurricular activities such as Bible studies, spelling bees, drawing contests, and the Pen Pal Program!

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Accountability Programs for Online Private School Students

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You may find yourself in a situation where your student needs accountability when using their computer for school work. The Internet is a useful tool for learning, but it can also be a distraction when your student needs to focus on their assignments. With this in mind, there are a number of resources that you can use to provide the structure and accountability system that your student may need. 

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How to Find an Accredited Christian Online Homeschool Program for Your Child

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As a parent, you have the important task of providing your children with an education that will prepare them for life. Nowadays, one of the most popular ways to educate your children is via online homeschooling, where parents collaborate with academic experts on educating them. Not only parents can provide their children with quality education and opportunities to develop their life passion, but parents also have access to accredited courses from a biblical perspective, teacher support, and grading. 

In this blog, you will learn how to find the best online homeschool program for your children in PreK-12 grades. Also, you will find out why it's important for the program to be faith-based and accredited by a Christian organization such as the Association of Christian Schools International.

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What is Homeschooling?

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Parents often consider homeschooling their children when concerns arise in local public or private brick-and-mortar schools. For example, when children are in elementary school, parents might want to influence their academic and spiritual development which can be done more easily when the child is learning from home. In middle school, parents might discuss the possibility of pulling their teens out of public schools due to negative influences or peer pressure. In high school, parents might want to provide more academic opportunities for their adolescents and prepare them for college. However, parents often don’t know what it means to homeschool. Therefore, it is worth answering the following questions:

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Colorado Homeschooling Requirements

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Enlightium Academy is an approved private Christian school that is accredited by Cognia and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) that has served homeschool, online, and co-op school students in K-12 since 2003. As K-12 education policies are different in each state, it is a parental responsibility to check on their state’s homeschool requirements and fulfill them as applicable. To assist parents with this process, Enlightium provides basic information about each state’s requirements. Parents are also encouraged to review their state’s requirements at hslda.org/legal and/or the The Colorado Department of Education, as educational policies are subject to change over time.

Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states and Washington D.C.; however, with a freedom to educational opportunities comes a responsibility to understand and fulfill legal requirements. This can be worrisome, yet you’re not alone in this endeavor. Enlightium Academy is here to help!

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Missouri Homeschooling Requirements

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Enlightium Academy is an approved private Christian school that is accredited by Cognia and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) that has served homeschool, online, and co-op school students in K-12 since 2003. As K-12 education policies are different in each state, it is a parental responsibility to check on their state’s homeschool requirements and fulfill them as applicable. To assist parents with this process, Enlightium provides basic information about each state’s requirements. Parents are also encouraged to review their state’s requirements at hslda.org/legal and/or the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, as educational policies are subject to change over time.

Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states and Washington D.C.; however, with a freedom to educational opportunities comes a responsibility to understand and fulfill legal requirements. This can be worrisome, yet you’re not alone in this endeavor. Enlightium Academy is here to help!

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Virginia Homeschooling Requirements

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Enlightium Academy is an approved private Christian school that is accredited by Cognia and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) that has served homeschool, online, and co-op school students in K-12 since 2003. As K-12 education policies are different in each state, it is a parental responsibility to check on one’s state’s homeschool requirements and fulfill them as applicable. To assist parents with this process, Enlightium provides basic information about most states’ requirements. Parents are also encouraged to review their state requirements at hslda.org/legal and the Virginia Department of Education, as educational policies are subject to change over time.

Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states; however, with a freedom to educational opportunities comes a responsibility to understand and fulfill legal requirements. This can be worrisome, yet you’re not alone in this endeavor. Enlightium Academy is here to help!

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Texas Homeschooling Requirements

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Enlightium Academy is an approved private Christian school that is accredited by Cognia and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) that has served homeschool, online, and co-op school students in K-12 since 2003. As K-12 education policies are different in each state, it is a parental responsibility to check on their state’s homeschool requirements and fulfill them as applicable. To assist parents with this process, Enlightium provides basic information about each state’s requirements . Parents are also encouraged to review their state’s requirements at hslda.org/legal and/or the Texas Education Agency, as educational policies are subject to change over time.

Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states and Washington D.C.; however, with a freedom to educational opportunities comes a responsibility to understand and fulfill legal requirements. This can be worrisome, yet you’re not alone in this endeavor. Enlightium Academy is here to help!

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The Effectiveness of Learning Depends on Who is Teaching

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Today, the online model of K12 education impacts students on an individual level.1 Studies show that the effectiveness of education appears to have more to do with who is teaching the student than any other factor.2 Technology opens the door to new methods of learning! Yet, while the technology itself is a powerful tool, knowing how to use it well requires wisdom, knowledge, experience, and the professional judgment of teachers

Technology allows students to have more teacher interaction since teachers can focus their attention on one learner instead of a classroom of students. Online teachers can also address student questions individually which allows students to be open and inquisitive with much less anxiety than if they had to ask the same questions in a classroom setting. 

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Individualized Support for Learning

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No two kids learn the same way. The “one-size-fits-all” approach in education does not cover the needs of every child. Children have different learning styles, work at different paces, and have unique strengths and weaknesses. However, many brick-and-mortar schools are struggling to meet each child's individual needs in the following areas:

  • Learning accommodations
  • Special needs
  • Gifted and talented programs
  • Flexibility to accommodate chronic illness, injury, or difficult life circumstances
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Fulfilling the Standardized Assessment Requirement

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A standardized assessment provides the student, the family, the school or homeschool program, and the state insight as to how a student is doing in their academics compared to other students around the United States who took the same assessment. 

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Parental Rights and Responsibilities in Educating their Children

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The right of parents to choose an education for their children was declared at the United Nations General Assembly in 1948: “Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.”1 The child is not the mere creature of the state; those who nurture and direct his or her destiny have the right, coupled with the high duty, to recognize and prepare the child for life. The state may require that all children of proper age attend school, that teachers would be of good moral character and patriotic disposition, that certain studies essential to good citizenship must be taught, and that nothing be taught which is manifestly inimical to the public welfare.2

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Online K-12 Education as a Homeschool Option

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For parents, homeschooling has been an alternative to Brick-and-Mortar schools for decades, since home education provides parents the opportunity to teach moral and religious principles to their children.1 The first families to choose to homeschool their children dealt with backlash from numerous groups including family members, educators, politicians, and neighbors who felt they were doing their children an injustice. However, proponents of homeschooling held fast and helped to establish the laws and regulations that recognized that teaching one’s children is a right.2 In the 1970’s, only 10,000 children were homeschooled, and by 2010, about 2,000,000 students were part of homeschool options.3  There are more than 3.76 million students in the U.S. who were homeschooled in 2020 and by 2022, there were 4.3 million students who were homeschooled.4

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