In many ways, preparing homeschooling lessons plans are the same for Christians as it is for non-Christians. All of the core subjects are covered, teaching material is used and schedules are followed. The main difference is that curriculum is chosen that is based on Christ, or secular curriculum is used with the parent giving the Christian perspective. This is a great way to teach what the world teaches in comparison to what Christ teaches.
Several options are available for those who want to purchase Christian curriculum. The Weaver Curriculum is a unit study curriculum that centers on the Bible. It is great for families who are teaching more than one child at different grade levels. The units cover science and social studies with additional material available for language arts. However, it doesn’t include math, but that isn’t a subject to really tailor to Christian curriculum, so it isn’t hard to add that separately. Answers in Genesis offers curriculum for both science and social studies, as well.
Several companies compile boxed sets of curriculum to cover the four basic subjects. LifePac is a popular choice because it’s simple and priced affordably. It is made by Alpha Omega Publications, which also provides Switched on Schoolhouse, Horizons, The Weaver and Monarch curriculum. Some of the other favorites include A Beka, Sonlight, My Father’s World and Heart of Wisdom, to name a few.
Homemade lesson planning
Many parents choose to put their own curriculum together instead of purchasing it. It is often more affordable and is easier to tailor to the needs of each child when making lesson plans. Many sites online offer free material for all subjects. Searching under such headings as “free Christian science lessons” may result in material to be used in a lesson plan. Games are often found, as are worksheets and interactive lessons. Answers in Genesis has an amazing selection of videos for kids that give Biblical perspectives on science. However, there may not be a lot of sources specifically geared toward the Christian perspective. When this is the case, it is necessary to tweak the lessons.
Often, when piecing together curriculum based on free material, it is inevitable that the curriculum is secular in nature. Any lesson in life or in a book can be used as an example to compare to the Bible. Many Christians dispute the evolution theory as fact and instead believe in creation. Using a site that talks about something happening millions of years ago can still be used as long as it’s pointed out that the dating is based on man’s ideas and not the Bible’s. Children need to understand how the world they live in thinks and believes so they will know how to live in it. However, they never have to compromise their own beliefs or what the Bible teaches.
Using the Bible as curriculum
Language arts is a great subject that can make the Bible a central piece of curriculum. Children can be introduced to the different writing styles when comparing the King James version to other versions. This version of the Bible is written completely different than how we speak today. This concept is a great introduction to Shakespeare or can be used as a social studies lesson about different time periods. Words that the child doesn’t understand can form a vocabulary lesson plan to work on throughout the week.
Geography is a great way to incorporate the Bible into Christian lesson plans or secular material. Compare maps from the biblical era to current maps to see how similar or different they are. Figuring out which nationalities inhabited particular areas could be the beginning of a study on different cultures.
Whether using the Bible solely, purchasing curriculum or using homemade lesson plans, keeping Christ as the center of the learning experience is what makes a lesson a Christian learning experience. Basing the educational material on concepts the child is learning in church and in the home helps him understand that Jesus is to be the center of the entire day, including school work.