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Many homeschoolers homeschool for religious reasons, and when bombarded with so many curriculum choices, they may not know which ones to look at. I have homeschooled for a while now, and have tried multiple curriculums. I have shared three of my favorite curriculums before, but want to focus on some of the most popular faith based homeschool curriculums.
- Apologia Science: We have used and LOVE Apologia Science. This curriculum offers many options for Science all from a creationist point of view. The Zoology series is a favorite of many, as are the notebooks that come in Jr. and Middle levels. Apologia offers courses for children age K-12 and the books can be used with more than one child at once.
- Rod and Staff: Written by Mennonites, Rod and Staff offers a comprehensive Christian curriculum at very affordable prices. We use Rod and Staff for Spelling and Grammar and have not been disappointed. They offer options for all subjects from preschool through 8th The books are all black and white, and are not as flashy as some big name homeschool retailers. They make up for that in content and affordability though.
- Abeka: Abeka is a top pick for many homeschoolers. We have never used it, but I have not heard anything negative about it. Abeka is very thorough and offers programs from preschool through high school.
- Sonlight: This literature-based program is very popular among homeschoolers. Sonlight offers core programs that allow children who are close in age to study together. They focus on high quality literature for most subjects. Some books on Sonlights list are not faith based, but they hold strong on offering them to show children the views of those on the other side of the creation debate. They offer programs for children from Preschool through High School
- My Fathers World: Built with a mission focus, My Fathers World is considered a somewhat Charlotte Mason Curriculum. Nature studies are important, as is Bible. Children learn Bible right along with all other subjects as it is engrained throughout the curriculum. This program allows children from age 2nd through 8th grade to work together. They also offer curriculum for younger and older grades.
These are just a few of the many faith based curriculum options out there. For more reviews on curriculum check out Homeschool Reviews, or check out this site that lists top faith based homeschool curriculums by subject.
Misty Bailey is a wife to Roger and a homeschool mom to three beautiful blessings. She resides with her family in Southern Ohio. She loves helping new homeschoolers and has a Homeschool 101 eBook for those getting started. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey. You can also find her on Facebook and Pinterest.
Do you have a “Vision” for your home school? It is important. Vision draws us forward when life bogs us down. Every home school parent knows there are tough days that sometimes drag into tough weeks. Vision is the Light that will beckon in the wearying seasons. In fact, a right Vision becomes a Legacy Light! Do you remember singing this song with your children?
“Be careful little eyes what you see,
For the Father up above is looking down in love,
Oh, be careful little eyes what you see.”
The beauty of teaching young ones is that those lessons are the ones we often forget to practice ourselves. Teaching is a great reminder to implement! It is a pathetically simple truth that we see what we look at. When we allow our eyes to be drawn to difficulties or shortcomings (in ourselves or others), our eyes become filled with the negativity.
This life, this endeavor of intensive parenting we call home schooling, is an assignment that demands a vision. Vision is sometimes defined as “a clear, concise and compelling picture of what the future can be.” What is the vision you have for your children, for yourself, for your family? Is it a God-given vision that trumpets out truth like Jeremiah 29:11?
‘I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and give you hope.’?
Or it is a vision infiltrated with personal striving and fear of failure?
We struggle to remember that faith is the substance of what we do NOT see. Sometimes as home educators, our eyes see only incomplete curriculum, hectic schedules and friction in our relationships. The illusion of the ‘perfect’ home school family taunts us with our imperfections. Those are the times we need to sing the childhood rhyme again and look to our Vision.
The intensity of home school life gives us a great opportunity to model ‘eye placement. ‘As parents, when we diligently look toward God (instead of relying on our strengths or fearing our weaknesses), we teach a vital lesson to your children. We teach–by example–the key to living victoriously is living in the Light of Christ. Truly, there is no greater joy than having our children walk in Truth. Keep your eyes on Truth!