At the heart of a Christian home school is the Bible, as it should be. In Deuteronomy 6, we are told to teach our children while we sit down, walk, lie down and rise up. Basically a perfect reflection of a home schooling environment, wouldn't you say? Yet, we don't always hit the mark, do we? I would like to share with you how Charlotte Mason brought the Bible into her student’s studies.
There are many great curriculum on the market for Bible and this post is not a way to discredit any of them, but rather an encouragement that if you do the Charlotte Mason method, the Bible and a few of her methods are all you need to do this successfully and with great fruit! We do want to teach our children, as Deuteronomy tells us to do, but it can be overwhelming when we seem to think we don't have the ability to teach our children the Bible. But using the Charlotte Mason methods you can do more than give head knowledge of the Bible, but you could really get to the heart of a teen.
Here is what Charlotte Mason recommended for a Bible curriculum:
- read it daily
- evaluate the student with narration, oral at first, then moving forward with written narration
Here is how you can take these methods and turn it into a high school curriculum for very little investment and getting the approximately 120 hours of work for a full credit:
- Have your high school student read the Bible in a year
- Have them journal their own ‘reflections' from their reading… sharing what they learned when the family is together
- Have them memorize selections of scriptures, in stead of just individual verses. Right now my oldest son is memorizing Ephesians 6:10-18 – to help him learn how to guard his heart from the temptations that surround our young men.
- Have them do word studies – especially in the area where they are spiritually challenged: using an online Bible, type in a keyword, for illustration, you can use ‘honor' (from my own experience, I'm thinking this may be an issue in the teens years for some of my readers). Have them do a full report on what they learned during their study. You can give them a full month for this report, with scripture references (learning proper bibliography credits) and how he/she can begin to bear fruit of this in their own lives.
- Have them do subject studies from your doctrinal beliefs, making them their own. Of course, as with the word studies, you would expect them to have references to back up their reports (bibliography). Subjects like prayer, forgiveness, repentance and the end times. Again, this can be a monthly focus for each subject.
- In addition to using the Bible and the examples of faith within their pages, I would also recommend using the Christian Heroes of History as a resource to inspire your teens to be more for Christ, where they are and bring attention to the call of ‘sharing the gospel' with others. These books are from YWAM Publishing and contain examples of demonstrating faith in finances, healing and even deliverance from death. In our culture of today, these attributes of completely relying on God can be completely foreign to teens and adults, alike. In addition to all of their wonderful biographies, they also have wonderful devotional books, journals and such to aid a young or seasoned Christian in the ways of the Lord.