As we wind down one year and gear up for another, curriculum choices loom before us. Is what we’re currently using working for our family, or we do need to make a few adjustments? Should we continue with book work or make learning more hands-on? One thing is certain, we want to ensure our choices reflect our family’s worldview and encourage our children to draw near to their Creator. But, in order to do this, is Christian curriculum a must?
While we would undoubtedly recommend steering clear of companies which hinder our faith, perhaps even degrading our Lord, just how much of our curriculum needs to be specifically labeled “Christian”? Arithmetic is arithmetic is it not? How does buying from a Christian company change the adding of one plus one? Or perhaps you might view it from another perspective. You could purchase curriculum from a non-Christian company which is not anti-Christian, but you enjoy supporting conservative businesses.
The bulk of our materials tend to come from Christian companies. Even though the study of arithmetic might not specifically deal with issues of faith, I appreciate the verses which accompany each lesson and faith-based word problems. However, I will admit, that from time-to-time we have used non-Christian materials. Some resources are too good to pass up, even if they need a little tweak to make them work.
We’d love to hear your perspective on this issue, and learn how Christian curriculum plays into the planning of your family’s learning adventure.
- Do you use only Christian curriculum, and why?
- Have you found yourself using non-Christian curriculum, and why?
- Are there specific subjects which you feel are acceptable to be taught from non-Christian textbooks?
- Are there non-Christian companies you use and recommend?
- If using non-Christian teaching material, do you find yourself constantly battling the rewording of text to make it fit your worldview or align with your family’s values?
- Are electives exempt from your Christian curriculum choices, or would picking a Christian art program, per say, be important to you?
Choosing curriculum is always a fun adventure, and no matter which materials our family chooses, we want to ensure Christ is the center of all we do. May He guide each of our families into making the wisest decisions for all our little learners, and help us to train up our children in the way they should go.
“Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it.”
~ Proverbs 22:6
Chime In!: Share your thoughts with us on this interesting topic. We’d love to hear how the Lord is leading in your home.