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!