God is omnipresent!
Psalm 139:7-12 says:
7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. 11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” 12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. (NIV)
As much as God is in the trees and the rivers and the deserts, He is also in our hearts. It is this simple fact which enables us to teach God’s Word while utilizing a secular curriculum.
As with any public school curriculum, there will be parts of it that, as Christians, we may not agree with. The beauty of having our children use this curriculum at home is that if questions arise we are there to explain the differences between the Christian and secular worldviews. I think it is important, as parents, that we educate our children as to what other people in the world believe. I also believe that any curriculum can inspire, guide, teach, lift, and encourage when taught from a biblical perspective.
There are many ways to integrate our faith into the curriculum of a virtual charter school.
- Utilize scripture for copywork and handwriting practice.
- Utilize Christian writing prompts.
- Retell Bible stories to check for comprehension skills
- Use the Bible to skip-count (Noah’s Ark)
- What was the area of the ark?
- This page offers some more great ideas for using the Bible to teach math.
- Use a map to figure out where the ancient countries were in the modern world.
- Research the customs of biblical figures to understand the Bible better
- How are we the same or different than figures from the Bible.
- Take a nature walk and discuss how God is in all things.
- Try a science experiment based on scripture. For some great ideas go to childrensministry.com
One of my favorite bible verses is Proverbs 22:6:
Train up a child in the way he should go,
and when he is old he will not turn from it. (NIV)
These words cut to the very core of what we, as Christian parents, are commanded to do. No matter how we educate our children there is one constant—God is God and we are responsible to teach our children the truth.
God Bless 🙂
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