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Scent of Water

Homeschool Learning Community

Grades K - 8th

"At the scent of water it will flourish
And put forth sprigs like a plant."
--Job 14:9

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Supporting your family in education

The Scent of Water program supports homeschooling families in your quest to align with God's design for their children. As explained on our Families page, we see God's design for teaching and learning as biblical, relational, integral and experiential.

The Scent of Water program invites your child to engage deeply with the Creator and His creation. With a strong outdoor education focus, classes feature the integral connections between all school subjects while also celebrating the "emergent curriculum" that springs from the interests, ideas and explorations of the students themselves.

With an average class size of 12 students, teachers strive to discern and present learning in accordance with your child's unique learning style.

Scent of Water - Foundations

Scripture and worship

We integrate Scripture in every study and in all we do, rather than offering a separate Bible class. Our entire program reflects deep engagement with God’s Word and with the world He spoke into being. Students learn, sing, illustrate, memorize, apply, act out, and honor Scripture. 

Each day begins with the "Welcoming," during which children are invited to worship and to consider and actively interact with God’s Word. Worship music features time-tested hymns and also original praise songs by our learning community. 


As reflected in our statement of faith, Scent of Water is a “mere Christianity” community, focused as in C. S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity on the fundamental tenets of the historical Christian faith. We welcome and respect a wide range of denominational representation among the families in our learning community.

We equip students with apologetics to defend the fundamentals of the Christian faith while also respectfully explaining doctrinal differences between believers. We affirm the veracity of God’s Word, and we encourage children to examine ideas, sacred and secular, in light of Scriptural truth.


Exercised with humility and confidence, adult authority is a blessing and safeguard to help children grow in Christ. The Scent of Water learning community employs growth-focused, redemptive principles when it comes to helping a child make a behavioral or attitudinal correction. Rather than relying on external punishments or rewards, our relational approach helps the child examine choices and encourages personal growth . While we put needed parameters in place that benefit both the child and classmates, we emphasize modeling for progress and identifying growth goals and then celebrating achievements. 



"Music is a powerful entry point to our minds and hearts. It provides a swift, smooth pathway to fueling our meditations. It follows that cultivating in our children a love and appreciation for beautiful music in a variety of genres, with melody, harmony and lyric that convey truth and grace, whether by sound or by text, is a natural way to edify their interior person."

-- Amy Imbody, Founder and President of the Center for Redemptive Education, from her book, Wind from the Sea: Essays in Redemptive Education