Curriculum Spotlight – Christian Studies
The Bible contains the foundational stories of the Christian faith. The Christian Studies program is a kind of literature study of these stories. It is delivered in three parts.
The first is a K-2 enrichment book that is used with The Story Bible. This three-year program will read through all the Bible stories with the children once. Each lesson will review big words and ask comprehension questions.
The second part is for grades 3-5 and it covers the stories of the Bible in three years. This part is based on The Golden Children’s Bible. Each lesson covers Facts to Know, Comprehension Questions, Geography, Activities, and Memory Verses.
The third part is a one-year overview of the entire Bible. It can start at grade 6 and it relies on the student’s understanding of the stories of the Bible as they read through the Reader which has an overview of each book. The Student Guide will then review key people, terms, and geography, and an outline of each book.
Questions that commonly arise ask about the Bible storybooks that are used in this program. While the student and teacher’s guide refers to the required storybook pages, they also refer to the stories being taught. So one could use any story Bible to complete this course, but it would be best to use the recommended resources. These resources are the closest to the text that I’ve seen, which is one of the strengths of this program. Without getting theological, or imposing judgment on characters and situations, these texts faithfully tell the stories that are recorded in the Scripture.
The course is a Bible literacy course, not a theological treatise or Bible study. It tells the story and helps the student remember the characters, time, and place. As such, it is a good resource for all Christians who want to know the Bible well, commit passages and texts to memory, and understand key phrases and words.
- Read through the Bible in three years with the K-2 Enrichment book
- Read through the Bible again in three years with the Christian Studies books I-III
- Read through an overview of the books of the bible with Christian Studies book IV
- Each part can be done independently of the other
- Bible story resource with parts 1 and 2 not required but it is strongly recommended
- This is a Bible literacy course, with memory verses required every week.
- Add in memory verse flashcards to help with memorization
- Learn the books of the bible and an outline of each book by the end of all 7 years
- Memorize 200+ trivia questions
- Create a timeline of events
- Can include maps of the geography for classroom or kitchen walls
- Grades are a recommended starting place, but it can be used in higher grade levels as well
by Hester VanBraeden
Hester is a second-generation home-educating parent who is keenly aware that her own education is not complete, and comfortable that it probably never will be. She has many years of experience with children, books, and curriculum. She loves to travel to worlds and times beyond the present with her children through many books. Hester and her husband have four children and live in the lower mainland of BC.