At Broadview Heights Baptist Church we take the Bible's admonition to "...train up a child in the way he should go..." very seriously (Proverbs 22:6). Many of our families have chosen to homeschool their children as the best means to accomplish this task. We have found that the homeschooling lifestyle is very consistent with God's command found in the book of Deuteronomy, Chapter 6, verses 5-7. "And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way and when thou liest down and when thou risest up." To encourage parents in this calling, BHBC began a homeschool support ministry for church members in the spring of 2000. Each year the homeschool ministry sponsors a wide variety of activities that parents and children can participate in for edification and fellowship. Examples of these activities include:
Twice per year the children have a chance to share what
they have been learning and to practice their presentation skills before a friendly audience. Recitations, skits, demonstrations, and music are all intermixed in an entertaining way that makes for an enjoyable evening. Afterwards we always partake of some refreshments with the many visitors who come to enjoy the evening with us. These evenings have become a real highlight each year to our entire church family.
Several times each school year we all pile into the church bus and go on a field trip. We've criss-crossed the State of Ohio learning about our history, our local industries, and God's creation. We've visited Schwebel's Bakery in Cuyahoga Falls, the Hayes Presidential Center in Fremont, the Rolling Ridge Ranch in Millersburg, the State Capital building in Columbus and even as far away as the U.S. Air Force Museum in Dayton, just to name a few of our favorite destinations.
Each spring our homeschool provides an opportunity to take the Stanford Achievement Test together at the church. The testing is typically administered on two consecutive days and serves the dual purpose of meeting the academic evaluation requirements of the State of Ohio for homeschoolers and providing the children with an opportunity to experience the group testing environment that they may encounter later on when taking tests like the SAT or ACT at the end of their high school years.