Many people choose homeschooling as an option to public schools because they want to teach their children Biblical principles. They want to teach creation instead of evolution or make sure their children understand what God says about abstinence. Teaching their children to follow God’s morals is crucial to these families. Yet, many don’t want to teach the Bible as a separate subject. Finding creative ways to incorporate the Bible into existing subjects is a great alternative.
While they may not be easy to find, there are curriculum choices that build the lessons upon the Bible. The Weaver Curriculum is one that does this. The lesson starts with a Bible verse and explains what was happening in the world during that time period. The science, language arts and social studies lessons support the Bible lesson, allowing the child to understand how the world was created and how the people during the Bible lived. It incorporates modern day geography, science and social studies concepts, also. Student of the Word (SOW) is another that centers the lessons on the Bible. Abeka and Bob Jones are two very popular curriculum choices for Christian homeschoolers, as well.
Many families choose to make their own curriculum based on the Bible. While this takes more time than purchasing curriculum, all that’s required is a Bible. A parent can choose to use secular curriculum to start the lesson, followed by the verses in the Bible that confirm or deny the information. For instance, a lesson on evolution could be used, followed by studying Genesis. Society’s statement on how the world was created could be compared to the Bible’s statement. The discussion could then center on what the child believes, which could lead to art projects or timelines. The verses that were studied, as well as the secular text, could provide vocabulary words. Paragraphs or book reports could be written on the topic. With one topic, all school subjects could be covered, all centered on the Bible.
Other families choose to solely use the Bible to build their lessons. For this approach, verses would be chosen and lessons designed around them. Learning about architecture in the bible through stories such as The Tower of Babel or the building of the Temple could start a science lesson on the different types of rocks or the building materials used during the Bible as compared to modern day building materials.
The parent could locate videos of how a house is built or ask permission to take a field trip to a construction site. For social studies, the social or political structure during the time the story took place could be studied and compared to today. The places mentioned in the Bible could be located on the map and a report made on either the Biblical era or the modern era of that location. Math is formed by figuring out measurements used during ancient times as compared to today. Reading, grammar and vocabulary would be extremely easy to incorporate, especially by studying the various languages that were formed during that time period.
When using the Bible as a starting point to base curriculum on, the possibilities are endless. Starting the day with the Bible keeps God in the center of the lives of many families who homeschool, and basing lessons around it helps the child learn how it applies to his daily life. Comparing the history of the Bible to the modern world is fascinating as the child sees how things have changed, yet, stay the same.