Introducing my kids to a Christian worldview is a major priority for me as I seek to live out Deuteronomy 6:7, and I’m so glad to have found What We Believe – a homeschool curriculum for teaching worldview!
** You do NOT have to homeschool your children for this series to be beneficial for your family – this would make a great family devotional time study! **
[Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Apologia Educational Ministries, Inc. I was provided with free product and monetary compensation for my time for writing this post. All opinions expressed are my own.]
What We Believe – a Homeschool Curriculum for Teaching Worldview
I was first introduced to the What We Believe series from Apologia in the spring of 2012 at the 2:1 Conference. It was my first exposure to the idea of intentionally teaching worldview to my children.
My initial “plan” (or lack thereof) wasn’t to intentionally teach worldview to my children, but rather to allow them to absorb it as they did life alongside of us, much the same way I developed my own worldview. I had never had a formal worldview education until I went to college.
After listening to Rachael Carman (of Apologia) talk about the importance of intentionally teaching worldview to our young children – training them from an early age to see the world through the lens of Scripture – I began to consider if this was subject I needed to become more intentional about incorporating into our homeschool curriculum.
After praying over the decision whether or not to add the What We Believe series to our homeschool curriculum, I felt that it was important to become intentional about teaching my children worldview, even as young as they are (currently 6 and 5). I was able to get the first book in the What We Believe series and the corresponding Notebooking Journal in the spring of 2013, and we began to work our way through the series.
How We Use What We Believe in Our Homeschool
We do a lot of independent learning in our homeschool. Jenny has a list of her “assignments” that she is to complete on her own (reading, worksheets, etc.) without my needing to “teach” her. The What We Believe series has fit very well into this method of doing school as the Notebooking Journal for each title in the series has a built in “lesson plan” that she can use to determine what she is to do each day that I “assign” her worldview.
In order to include David in the worldview teaching time, I often have Jenny read the text from each lesson aloud. He is still too young to sit and do the notebooking activities and doesn’t often enjoy coloring a picture, so his worldview exposure is currently just what he absorbs by listening.
David was actually the one that made the correlation between one of the lessons Jenny was reading aloud and a favorite VeggieTales movie, providing an opportunity for greater reinforcement of a concept we were learning in our worldview curriculum from Apologia.
The great thing about this homeschool resource for Bible and worldview is that it is a curriculum that we will be able to use time and time again as the kids grow up simply by purchasing new Notebooking Journals for each child as he/she is old enough to benefit from interacting more with the information presented.
What on Earth Can I Do?
Each book in the What We Believe series builds on the knowledge and worldview developed in the previous book(s). As we reach the end of the series, What on Earth Can I Do? (book four) helps children understand what it means to be a “good and faithful servant” of God (Matthew 25:23).
This book will help children to choose to put God first in every area of their lives based on these biblical truths:
- God owns all things because He created and sustains all things;
- He has entrusted me with certain gifts and wants me to use these gifts for His glory;
- I can honor God by using my money and possessions wisely;
- I can glorify Him by investing my time and talents wisely;
- My body is not my own but has been bought at a price;
- God expects me to care for His creation;
- and God will reward me for my faithfulness.
Because they already have a solid foundation of who God is, who they are, and who their neighbor is, children will easily be able to incorporate the truths taught in What on Earth Can I Do? and put the additional filters into place as they focus their worldview based on biblical truths.
If you are looking for practical ways for your children to put into action what they are learning in What on Earth Can I Do?, check out the Serving Others Pinterest board from Apologia.
Learn more about What on Earth and the entire What We Believe series on the Apologia website.
What We Believe Giveaway
Because I feel that it is so important for parents to be intentional about teaching their children a biblical worldview, I am super excited to be able to giveaway a copy of each of the titles in the What We Believe series, along with the corresponding Notebooking Journal, coloring book, and audio CD!
[If you cannot see the entry form below, please click here: What We Believe giveaway.]
The giveaway prizes are being provided by Apologia. Winners will be contacted via email and have 48 hours to respond to claim their prizes. Winners must have a US mailing address for shipping purposes. Winners will be selected by Random.org and announced on or after 10/31/13.
Did you know?
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