ATTENTION: Read this page before you invest in homeschool curriculum for your children. The education you choose for your children is the most important decision you will make for their future!
How can you prepare your children to follow Christ in an anti-Christ world?
Elizabeth, Colorado, USA
April 22, 2020
Over the last 50 years, I have personally interacted with hundreds if not thousands of Christian homeschool families. Here’s what I’ve come to realize…
● Any parent who can teach their children God’s Word can give them an outstanding education.
● Using a homeschool curriculum that fails to integrate God’s Word and keep Christ at the center in every subject will do your children an EXTREME disservice.
● Helping your children to follow Christ in 2020 and beyond calls for the Jesus-discipleship method of education.
The Biggest Mistake Homeschool Families Will Make in 2020 Will Be to Use the Wrong Method of Education
Let me outline the basic principles for those who are serious about keeping their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Eph. 6:4). First, however, we need to identify a few wrongheaded assumptions about education, contrasted with a right approach.
Three Philosophies of Education
(Which one is yours?)
Sometimes we assume something to be right, but this assumption turns out to be very wrong. When we’re dealing with the education of our children, these mistakes can prove fatal. Let’s be sure that we’re not “robbing” our children by believing the wrong philosophies, “according to the basic principles of the world” (Col. 2:8). This warning is as relevant today as it was for the church in Colossae 2,000 years ago.
Wrong Philosophy #1:
Education Can Be Worldview Neutral
Some believe that the “facts” of science, history, or any other subject can be taught from an unbiased or neutral perspective. So, when they choose teachers or curriculum for their children, they look for what is presented as “academically excellent,” but they forget to check the worldview under-girding the material.
Of course, there can be no neutrality. Consider history, for example. Some events and some persons are more important than others. We take the position that Jesus Christ is more important than Augustus Caesar and that William Carey was far more important than Napoleon. Science that assumes a Creator will be taught far differently than science that assumes a universe originating and operating by random chance.
Wrong Philosophy #2:
Education Must Be Secular
There are also some who believe that education and curriculum must be secular while the church and the Bible must remain sacred in a class by themselves. Such people do their best to keep Scripture out of the history class, the science class, and the literature class. But how can we include God’s Word as a frontlet on our gates and on our walls if education and discipleship is kept in the secular realm? The “secular” approach still assumes that neutrality can exist in education. But this is merely a deception, a cloaked way to introduce the wrong worldview to our children. This leads us to…
The Right Philosophy (#3):
Education Must Be Christian
These are the parents who recognize the truth that education can never be unbiased, so they give their children the only true bias: God’s bias. Their children will be the ones who will be able to discern between God’s Truth and Satan’s lies like a banker can tell true money from counterfeit. Their children will be the ones who are best able to deal with life’s difficulties because they “know the Truth that sets men free.” Their children will almost automatically be positioned to be leaders because they have a bigger perspective, a bigger vision, and a more grounded hope for the future than others around them. These parents are the ones who are preparing their children to keep the faith.
Let’s commit to Philosophy #3, shall we?
I know Christian families who had a VERY basic educational plan, but their children learned God’s Word well. And they were prepared to live fruitful lives for Christ.
I’ve also seen Christian families who appeared to give their children a top-level education. They helped them get into the best colleges. But they saw them walk away from the faith and end up in spiritual and intellectual bankruptcy. In the end, any education which rejects God’s truth will be a bad education and a false view of knowledge.
The right Christian discipleship approach, the right curriculum, will make a difference, friends. Most importantly, Jesus calls us as parents to “bring them up in the nurture and the admonition of the Lord.” The question we are challenged with is this—how can we best do this?
Your 4-Pillar Strategy for a Christian Discipleship Education
The framework I’m about to share with you is the exact process my wife and I have used—imperfectly implemented—to prepare our children for life. This is the method of education that I believe God has commanded parents to follow ever since He created the world. It’s also what the early church fathers and reformers have been talking about for the past 2,000 years.
This is an approach to education that you can use no matter whether you’re teaching a five-year-old or college-level and beyond.
● #1: Family Discipleship
● #2: Biblical Worldview
● #3: Best Teachers, Best Books
● #4: Worship and Life Application
A biblical plan for your children’s education eliminates the Am-I-giving-my-children-a-good-enough-education? guessing game. Your job as a parent simply becomes a matter of faithfulness. God will provide the results in the lives of your children. If you faithfully follow these four pillars, you can expect to see God working through you in the lives of your children.
Pillar #1: Family Discipleship
You’re probably already discipling on some level. But I’d like to challenge you to make the complete shift to a discipleship method of education. Help your children get ready for life and eternity by preparing them as a whole person: mind, emotions, spirit, and body. Use the Word of God as your core curriculum. Discuss it with your children and teach them how to apply God’s truth to every area of their life. Organize your educational plan so that you (dad and mom) can be involved as much as possible.
Pillar #2: Biblical Worldview
Give your children a biblical framework for living life in three ways:
● #1: Teach them that the most essential building block of knowledge (above and beyond every other component) is the fear of God (Prov. 1:7).
● #2: Teach your children that Christ must be preeminent in history, literature, and science (Col. 1:18).
● #3: Give your children a strong biblical foundation so that they can tell the difference between truth and lies and defend the faith (2 Cor. 10:4-6).
Pillar #3: Best Teachers, Best Books
Prepare your children to live powerful Christian lives by helping them learn from the great Christian writers and thinkers of history. Give them the best Christian books that have stood the test of time. As you choose books and teachers for your children, choose those which are first the most God-honoring, and second the most skillful as teachers.
Pillar #4: Worship and Life Application
This is where the first three pillars all come together. Disciple your children by helping them to look for and praise God as they study history. Teach them to pray to God for help when they are stuck on a math problem. Help them find ways to use what they are learning in real-life RIGHT NOW. Help them remember that they are studying for a purpose: to live their life well in the service of Jesus Christ.
The Biggest Challenge You’ll Face . . . Plugging All of This into Your Daily Homeschool
At this point, I hope you’re feeling inspired. But my guess is you’re also feeling overwhelmed. Finding a good homeschool curriculum is hard enough. Piecing together your homeschool curriculum based on everything I’ve shared here will take a LOT of work. The fact is, almost nothing on the curriculum market is designed for a discipleship method of education. You’ll have to modify it.
So you’re left with two main options:
● #1: Teaching “school” and Bible separately and running the risk of your children subconsciously thinking of their faith and their education as separate parts of life. OR . . .
● #2: Doing a lot of extra work to integrate Scripture into the curriculum you’re already using. And, as a busy parent, that’s hard to do.
We couldn’t find it, so we created it…
The Christian Discipleship Curriculum
Years ago, as a young homeschool dad, I searched the market for homeschool curriculum that would fit with a Christian Discipleship method of education. I couldn’t find anything that I could just pull out of the box and use. My wife and I felt like we were constantly filling in biblical worldview holes. I knew we weren’t the only family in this situation, so I decided to create my own curriculum.
Our team at Generations has spent the past fifteen years developing a line of distinctively Christian homeschool curriculum that helps parents integrate God’s Word into every subject. We’re calling it the Christian Discipleship Curriculum.
If you’re wanting to follow a Christian discipleship method in your children’s education, this curriculum is the fastest way to get started NOW!
What You Can Do with the Christian Discipleship Curriculum
1. Teach a God-centered view of life
This is the very heart of the worldview difference between a curriculum built on the rock and one built on sand. Why is everything coming crashing down around us? Jesus said the house built on sand would come down, and “great would be its fall.” The right truth is God’s truth. The right view of history, science, and all of life must be a God-centered view. The fatal mistake made by humanist curriculum is that man is at the center of everything.
The Christian Discipleship approach must put God at the center. Almost every page in our science curriculum acknowledges God and gives Him praise. Our entire history curriculum is built around Jesus, His coming and His missions. We are dedicating each primary school year to the spread of Christ’s Kingdom in each continent around the world through the centuries. We talk of government and economics, but Christ is predominant, preeminent, and the center of it all. Set our curriculum side by side with the typical curriculum out there. Compare the titles of the textbooks. What’s the difference? It’s a worldview difference.
2. Integrate the Bible…everywhere!
As you set out to identify the best curriculum for your children, keep it simple. What does God want? Deuteronomy 6:7-9 makes it very simple. The Word of God must be integrated, with Bible verses on your door, on your walls, and throughout your curriculum. We call this “frontlet” curriculum. The frontlet is like God’s truth hanging before our children’s eyes, integrated into their curriculum, their hearts, and their lives. This is our hope and prayer.
We’ve worked very hard to integrate Scripture into our Christian Discipleship curriculum. We don’t want random verses scattered about like holy water sprinkled over the material. God’s Word must speak authoritatively—but also relevantly—to every subject, so we include hundreds of verses in each of our textbooks, tying biblical truths in to the material at hand. God’s truth is always the most important, and His truth does tie in to His creation, science and history, social studies, ethics, and literature. Set our curriculum side-by-side with typical curriculum used in schools and homeschools. Look through the text for God’s Word in each, and you will see the difference.
3. Follow God’s method of family discipleship
Discipleship isn’t a minor aspect of education; it’s one of its most essential elements. But why is it so important for fathers and mothers to engage in discipleship as they rise up, as they walk by the way, and as they sit down to study history or science? This is the approach Jesus left us in Ephesians 6:4, Deuteronomy 6:7-9, and the Book of Proverbs. Above all, discipleship is the very heart of our curriculum. You can find plenty of learning institutions, schools, and academies out there. They promise to instill facts into the brains of children, but they don’t refer to their institutions as “Family Discipleship Centers.” There is no family. There are no parents. There is little discipleship going on, at least as Jesus had in mind. We present our curriculum as specifically geared toward “Family Discipleship Centers.” That’s a fancy description for . . . your home!
Our reading and literature curriculum tie in faith lessons because we want parents to take an opportunity (at least on occasion) to go over this material orally with their children. We’ve reprinted classics like Heidi and have included wonderful faith lessons at the end of each chapter which moms can go over with their kids. We encourage reading out loud as much as possible. We also provide the Family Bible Study Guides as a unique feature—a mandatory feature—of our program. We want dads especially to be involved with the 15-20-minute part of the Family Discipleship approach.
4. Combine learning with worship and life application
One of the most dangerous, deadening, and wasteful elements of modern education is that it leaves out worship, reverence for God, prayer, and life application.
Our science curriculum doesn’t merely provide suggestions for theory and theoretical labs. We actually present real-life application opportunities in every chapter. The most important real-life application is prayer, praise, and worship. Typically, at the end of each chapter in the science and history courses, you will find prayers of praise and petition and even hymns.
Since so much of education appears irrelevant to the student, he’ll often turn into a hearer of the Word but not a doer. School becomes a stultifying, boring, unuseful experience for the child. This is why we don’t want the student to go for more than a page or two without seeing the usefulness of the material he’s studying . . . the awesomeness of God and the praiseworthiness of His works!
How to Prepare Your Children for Life with the Christian Discipleship Curriculum
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Choose from our line of 5th-12th grade Christian Curriculum resources.
Follow the Easy-to-Use Lesson Plans
Use the lesson plans, assignments, and discussion questions included as your quick-start guide in discipling your children.
Prepare Your Children for Life
As you follow God’s Word in the education of your children, you will see Him blessing your efforts and preparing your children to be godly leaders in the next generation.
Feedback from Curriculum Users…
“We are using the Great Christian Stories Set. I find the curriculum to be very well put together. It is incredibly easy to use. It is encouraging to be using a curriculum that glorifies God.”
Melissa L. – Oklahoma, United States
“Worldviews in Conflict has been eye-opening to trace the roots of humanism in our culture and how it has infiltrated so many influential areas of life! I used it in our co-op this year and we have had great discussions with our high school students about the material. It has really helped them to see that IDEAS HAVE CONSEQUENCES!”
Annette H. – Florida, United States
“I have three kids under three and am homeschooling my teenager. We all enjoy the Great Christian Adventures series so I am able to read out loud while the toddlers play. The stories aren’t the same boring books I hated to read in school, but books even toddlers request I start the school day with.”
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“Finally a history curriculum that teaches God’s providence in all of history! Told from a biographical, first person view, the events in history come alive for my children. My high school age boys LOVE history now and retain much of what they learn. This curriculum glorifies God and teaches HIS-Story!”
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Two years from now…
Where will your children be two years from now? Will they have a deeper understanding of God’s Word and be better prepared to discern God’s Truth from Satan’s lies?
OR . . . Will they be colder towards Christ, lured away by deceptive worldviews?
We know that God must work in our children’s hearts if they will walk in the way of truth. For that reason, we both pray fervently for our children and we disciple them in the truth. We have produced the Christian Discipleship Curriculum to provide you with tools and a framework for faithfully discipling your children.
Buy it. Use it. And trust God to work in the lives of your children.
For Christ and His Kingdom,
For Christ and His Kingdom,