For years now, the biggest question hundreds of parents have asked this ministry is: “When are you going to release Christian worldview and discipleship curriculum for the elementary grades?” And, drum roll, please. . . this curriculum so many have been waiting for is now off to the printers and soon to be released! As you prepare for the 2021-2022 school year, we wanted to give you a quick sneak preview into this exciting new curriculum.
In this age of confusion, transgendered bathrooms, and increasingly anti-Christian education in public schools, we felt it was time to produce a curriculum that was thoroughly pro-biblical, pro-Christ, and pro-God’s glory. We wanted to highlight God’s awesomeness in the science textbooks, giving God the glory a thousand times over for His wisdom, goodness, and power. We wanted a curriculum literally saturated with biblical truth in science, history, and literature for 1st-12th grade kids.
By shutting down the schools, was God telling the nation to bring God back into the schools? Should we return to the basic principle now: “The beginning of knowledge is the fear of God,” — a recognition of God’s awesomeness at every point? The "Reset" has given us an opportunity to present a paradigm shift in education. The time is now for family discipleship!
One of the questions that may come to the mind of homeschoolers is, "Why now, given the rest of the curriculum choices available to us out there?" Well, here are just a few of the reasons:
1. This is the first full curriculum provided by homeschooled graduates for homeschoolers. Our whole team of writers are homeschool graduates from 29 to 56 years of age. That’s me. I’m 56. To this point, professional teachers from conventional schools have written the curriculum for Christian homeschoolers.
But, there is a transition happening now. The Christian schooling movement of the 1960s has shrunk to about 600,000 students, while the homeschooling movement has grown to 5,000,000! We have come into our own, and its time for Christian homeschoolers to write curriculum for homeschools in the 21st century.
2. The home discipleship philosophy is not the same thing as the classroom educational model. We wanted more life integration, more family discipleship elements, more “read-alouds,” more integrated worship and singing of praises, and more Bible integration. We wanted the Scriptures to be as a frontlet or a sign in front of our children’s eyes (as mentioned in Deuteronomy 6:8). Comparing our curriculum with a conventional Christian school curriculum, we found that our science had 300 Scripture references and acknowledgments of the awesomeness of God’s creation in two chapters, compared to 14 in the other course.
3. Another issue that we wanted to address was the boring nature of so much curriculum. So many disconnected facts thrown at kids, terms to memorize, dates and events in history, and all the rest. One of my main concerns is this. Homeschooling should never be boring! And, I’m sure every child in the world would say “Amen!” to that! We have done everything we can to bring the best stories ever written for Christian children together in this curriculum. We tell the stories. We have worked hard to turn science into an epic creation story written by God Himself. Our science is a collection of the most awesome and exciting facts of the planets, the stars, the animals, and the human body God has created. We have pushed for maximum meaningfulness in science and history. We look for tie-ins, for connections, for relevance throughout. We apply biblical ethics to each subject. We point to the great Christian heroes in science and history for our own children to emulate. We want our children to see the relevance of the information and the knowledge they are learning on every single page. They need to know WHY they are learning this stuff on every page of the curriculum.
4. We know that homeschoolers aren’t made out of money. So, while other packages cost $400 - $800, we targeted a price tag of $100 - $160.
Recently, the fashionable thing is to introduce “great books” to our children in their Christian paideia or educational training. Some readers still feature snippets of modern stories about this or that. We, however, recommend the best Book ever written—the Bible. If our children will learn to read and think, the first priority and core content of their study must be the Bible. These are God’s stories, and our children should know all the stories of Scripture.
Avoiding the typical piecemeal approach to the Bible, the God's Big Story series presents the whole story, the unity of Scripture, the true message intended by God. It is the ultimate redemptive story.
The greatest human scientists have acknowledged this created world contains an ocean of undiscovered truth. That’s because the creation reflects the awesome wisdom of our omniscient God and Creator! Every page of the God Made series is meant to excite the student to wonder and praise. The wonder of God and the Word of God are expressed hundreds of times throughout each.
Covering a diverse range of science topics including biology, anatomy, zoology, astronomy, earth science, and more, Generations introduces a fresh approach to science integrating Scripture and opportunities for worship and praise throughout. Includes recommended videos, hymns of praise, simple science experiments, and real life applications.
Embark on an epic journey across the entire globe, and through millennia of history in our fascinating and unique history series. The primary focus of our history curriculum is this: the establishment and growth of Christ's kingdom throughout the world. Learn how the world languished in sin and misery, awaiting the promised redeemer, and how the world has increasingly been transformed by the gospel of God. Since Jesus Christ, the world has never been the same.
The kingdoms of men rise and fall, but the church of Jesus Christ and His kingdom continues strong. In an increasingly pessimistic modern world, Generations offers an optimistic wide-angle view of Christ’s work through the centuries. This curriculum shifts the focus from the decline of Western culture to the international impact of Christ accomplished through missionaries and indigenous Christians.
In addition to our core reading course (God's Big Story), Generations provides additional read-aloud materials for discipleship. Included in our grade packages are Christian classics of enduring value, edited and re-typeset for a modern audience.
These classic works include Heidi, Mary Jones and Her Bible, The Pilgrim's Progress, The Holy War, The Dragon and the Raven, The Giant Killer, The Swiss Family Robinson, Sunshine Country, and more. In addition to these Christian classics, the set of read-alouds for each grade include biographies of great Christian role-models.