Curriculum and Services
How can you be confident that your home school is based on proven standards and provides a solid Christian education?
Whether you are a new or seasoned educator, or somewhere in between, Christian Liberty can provide you the materials and services necessary to be a successful homeschool family. It is our aim to minister to you in the great task of educating students in the fear and admonition of Christ. Our site not only outlines curriculum for each grade level but also provides a guide to evaluating the various subjects from a biblical worldview. It is our goal to provide you with the highest possible quality of Christ-centered educational materials and services at an affordable price. Please take time to discover how our resources can help you.
Christian Liberty Homeschools (CLH)—For those who are interested in obtaining academic services along with their educational materials, please consider the CLH program. The full featured CLASS Administration Plan offers standardized placement/achievement testing, individualized curriculum, alternate courses, grading services, report cards, diplomas, and transcripts. The Family Administration Plan is more independent, offering all the same help with enrollment, but the family handles grading, report cards, diplomas, and transcripts. The table below illustrates some of the different features available in our CLASS Plan, Family Plan, and curriculum kits. Please visit the CLH website for more information.
Curriculum Kits—We have assembled curriculum kits for each grade level (Preschool–12). Each kit contains all of the materials you need at one low price, including tests and teacher materials. Most kits provide you with some choices when ordering; simply choose the texts that meet your preferences. Please note that purchasing a curriculum kit does not enroll you in the CLH program. The table below illustrates some of the different features available in our CLASS Administration Plan, Family Administration Plan and curriculum kits.
Individual Book Purchases—You can shop by grade level, shop by subject, and even shop by publisher. You will find the educational products and support materials your children need or books for your own edification.
Testing/Evaluation Services—To help you in the critical task of selecting appropriate materials for your child, Christian Liberty has developed specialized services for homeschoolers. We can test your child and provide a customized curriculum recommendation that is suited for your child’s skill level. If you are considering testing/evaluation, please check out our CLH program, which includes this service at no additional charge.
Standards for Evaluating Christian Curriculum:
You have come to realize that it is your God-given responsibility to train up your children in the fear and admonition of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4). You soon discover, however, that there is an overwhelming number of resources available. Today, the challenge is not to find a Christian curriculum but to judge the quality of what is available. How can you evaluate curriculum in the light of Scripture?
There are many admirable qualities to seek in a curriculum—good organization, scholarship, interesting material, accuracy, etc. All these combined, however, do not result in a curriculum that is Christian. How can you discern what characterizes a curriculum or textbook as Christian?
Christian curriculum should have the Bible as its foundation and standard.
Christian curriculum should embody a consistent biblical worldview.
Christian curriculum should have a God-centered unity.
Christian curriculum should be Christ-centered.
The goal of Christian curriculum should be to make disciples of Christ.
Christian curriculum should incorporate sound Christian scholarship.
Christian curriculum should be presented in a manner that is interesting and appropriate for each grade level.
As students grow older, they should grow in godly wisdom and develop discernment from Scripture. They should be able to articulate a biblical worldview and defend it against false beliefs. They should become skilled in communicating God's truth to others.
Outline of a Christian Curriculum:
Bible and Christian Doctrine
Phonics and Reading
Christian education requires the student to study God's Word. To this end he must learn to read, and the best way to learn reading is to begin with phonics. Learning sounds of letters and letter combinations provides the key to pronunciation. Phonics develops the linguistic abilities that help students to glorify God.
Skills in phonics are reinforced and developed through a good reading program. Since reading is basic to learning all other subjects, this program provides reading opportunities in a range of subjects. Such reading should help the child prepare to read God's Word and other textbooks.
Writing, Spelling, and Grammar
Writing, however, is never neutral. Therefore students must be taught to write and speak God's truth in love. Students need not only to master language but learn how to use it correctly. They need to learn how to communicate effectively for the glory of God.
He should also be taught to distinguish Christian classics from the classics of unbelief. Priority should be given to the great classics which have either been written by Christians or reflect Christian values. Students should be encouraged to read these and become acquainted with good writing. This should both inspire them to live a life pleasing to God and help them write well.
History and Geography
A proper understanding of history is built around the key events of creation, man's fall into sin, the cross of Christ, and the return of Christ. Because of sin and grace, history is a conflict between the children of light and the children of darkness. Students should be equipped to study the vain attempts of apostate men to build the kingdom of man.
But above all they should learn that history has one center and purpose. God's plan is to sum up all things in Christ (Ephesians 1:10). Consequently its meaning and interpretation must be understood in terms of Christ. It is more than a chronicle of names, dates, places, and events. Its meaning is found in the redemptive work of Christ and how He is building His church. This is why church history and missions are an integral part of studying history.
Our history program concentrates on the unfolding of world history with a special emphasis on the shaping of Europe and America. It seeks to trace the hand of God's providence in history as He used the efforts of Christians as they applied God's Word to their nations and cultures.
Government and Economics
The Old Testament reveals God's system of law for civil government. The student who learns this system has the proper criterion by which to critique human governments of the past and present. By using God's perfect law as the standard, political orders can be analyzed as to their structure, laws, and policies.
God is the possessor of the earth, and the giver of all wealth. He owns it, and gives it to whomever He wills. He also ordained laws to govern economics. God has given men the right to own private property, the right to choose an occupation, the right to make a profit, and the right to decide how earnings should be spent. Scripture provides guidelines for how an economic system can glorify God and how people can show charity toward the needs of others.
Mathematics is also a tool to help men rule over the earth under God. All callings in life demand planning, calculating, and evaluating in order to carry out one's responsibilities. Students should learn that math plays an important role in their lives. They should see how it is used in such areas as business, medicine, engineering, art, science, linguistics, and economics. They should master this wonderful gift to advance God's glory on earth.
Science and Technology
After creation was brought into existence by God in six days, man was created to understand and subdue it for His glory. He is to cultivate, care for, and develop each aspect of the world. To subdue the earth as God commanded, the student must acquire an organized and systematic scientific knowledge. He must study the God-created facts of the world and understand how they are related by means of divinely ordained laws for creation.
As students grow in their knowledge and appreciation of creation, they should learn to use this knowledge for the glory of God and the good of others. Scientific knowledge has always resulted in the development of new technology. Consequently, students should learn about its role in modern life, and how they may serve God through its proper use.
Culture and the Arts
Students should also learn how to evaluate the culture and works of art made by others. To do this, they must understand a Christian view of culture and art. The non-Christian uses culture as a way to revolt against God and glorify himself. In contrast, the student should understand that art should glorify God and be subject to His Word. It does not need to be religious in the narrow sense, but it should reflect a wholesome biblical worldview.
Publishers Used In Our Curriculum:
Christian Liberty produces much of its own curriculum materials but we also carry products from other prominent educational publishers. We do so to provide families with a well-rounded curriculum that is cost-effective, academically sound, and presents a biblical worldview.
Most of the publishers used by Christian Liberty are well known to both home educators and Christian schools. Some of the publishers we use include:
Bob Jones University Press
Christian Liberty Press
Christian Schools International
Great Commission Publications
Modern Curriculum Press
Presbyterian and Reformed