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• Your Role as a Parent
"Children are a gift of the Lord,” (Psalm 127:3) Scripture tells us, a gift that brings enormous fulfillment and joy, but one that requires a significant investment of our time, effort, love, and patience. We are commanded to "bring [our children] up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4): in other words, to discipline them, teach them, model to them, and love them in such a way that they learn to love God above all else, to trust Him, and obey Him. We are to equip them, first and foremost, to love God and serve Him humbly and honorably all the days of their lives. Secondly, we must provide for them: in their practical, immediate needs as well as their future and emotional or spiritual needs.

Noah Webster’s 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language has this to say about the role of parents in their children’s lives:

EDUCATION:  The bringing up, as of a child; instruction; formation of manners. Education comprehends all that series of instruction and discipline which is intended to enlighten the understanding, correct the temper, and for the manners and habits of youth, and fit them for usefulness in their future stations. To give children a good education in manners, arts and science, is important; to give them a religious education is indispensable; and an immense responsibility rests on parents and guardians who neglect these duties.

The mission of the Foundation for American Christian Education is to help you form Christian character in your children in order to preserve liberty. The liberty that we have inherited from our Christian forbears will only survive if her citizens are virtuous and wise. A poignant quote attributed to John Adams on June 21, 1776 states:

Statesmen, my dear Sir, may plan and speculate for liberty, but it is religion and morality alone, which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand. The only foundation of a free Constitution is pure virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our People in a greater Measure than they have it now, they may change their rulers and the forms of government, but they will not obtain a lasting liberty. They will only exchange Tyrants and tyrannies.

In pursuit of virtuous citizens (and therefore liberty), the Foundation has rediscovered America’s Christian history and the methodology used by America’s founding generation that produced such extraordinary individuals and statesmen—brilliant, but prudent; devoted to God, filled with purpose, and courageous in the pursuit of that purpose, but humble. Called the Principle Approach®, this educational philosophy and method not only produces outstanding academic results, but also builds a firm Biblical worldview in its students. Principle Approach education aims to build character in the student, to teach and enable the student to reason Biblically, and to celebrate the individuality of each child and encourage excellence in every area. The Foundation partners with schools, homeschools, families, churches, statesmen, and ordinary citizens to transform the mind and heart of our nation one person at a time.
To explore or receive training in the Principle Approach, join The Commonwealth—a community committed to this excellent method of education.
If the Principle Approach is a new idea, begin with joining the Principle Approach Commonwealth CommUNITY that gives you access to video, PowerPoint presentations and dozens of informational pieces including sample lessons.

The Principle Approach is a great way to teach, but it is an even better way to learn. I have become a student again, and my learning is rich and deep.

T.M., teacher

I must tell you that I am enjoying teaching using the Priciple Approach so much! It is so user friendly and guides the teacher rather than dictating.

S.L., homeschool mom

I’m new at incorporating the Principle Approach to our learning center curriculum. However, after 1 month of thorough study and one quarter of practical application, I already see the results I was expecting. It is my desire to encourage parents, teachers and administrators to look into the Principled Approach, a philosophy of education that truly inspires young people to learn God’s way.

J.A. teacher

If you’re ready for a more in-depth look, enroll in the Noah Plan Self-Directed Study that gives you the essential tools as downloads for learning the basics of Principle Approach education. Enrolling gives access to the "Exploring the Principle Approach” forum where you can meet and talk with others.

I really valued reading the Homeschool Companion by Joni Harsh. Although I must admit, it still left me rather hungry for more! It was an excellent place to start.


If you’ve decided to equip yourself by taking the basic course, The Philosophy & Methods of the Principle Approach: Foundations (the introductory course that enables the teacher or parent to practice the Principle Approach) gives access to the "Understanding Principles” forum where you can meet others, discuss ideas and contribute to the movement. The Foundations I course from the Foundation for American Christian Education revolutionized my teaching.

The pieces previously missing in my instruction seemed to shine with a bright light. When I began to reason from cause to effect in my own teaching, I could then pass that along to my students. I began to start my teaching with higher level thinking rather than looking for a way to "tack” it on. My classroom continues to grow each day because of this experience. It launched me on a continual journey of discovering God’s truth in every aspect of every subject.

M.H., Principle Approach Educator

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