Christian Homeschooling: The Importance of a Biblical Worldview in a Science Curriculum
By James LeonardFebruary 5, 2020
Choosing the right Christian homeschool science curriculum can be a challenge, and you’re not alone in the search! If you believe God created the Heavens and the Earth and all that exists, you understand that science and God go together hand-in-hand. It’s necessary for our kids to grow up learning about the physical and natural world through a Christian worldview.
Benefits of a Creation-Based Science Curriculum
Have you ever stared in awe and wonder at the rich colors that spread across the morning sky as the sun rises? Do you ever contemplate the intricacy of a cell or the complexity and diversity of life on earth? It’s pretty clear that the universe’s Creation and design had everything to do with the unfathomable creativity, intelligence and power of our Creator.
From the start of their education, we need to teach our children that there’s simply no way the universe and all of Creation emerged out of nowhere. Science explains many things about our physical and natural world, but when it comes to science, we cannot take the Creator out of Creation.
Students will never fully or truly comprehend the whole truth that science offers if science texts intentionally dismiss God and present only secular scientific “facts.” Ultimately, using a creation-based science curriculum instills in our children a full awareness of themselves, their world, their universe and their purpose on this planet as an image-bearer of God.
Secular Science: Be “In This World But Not of it”
Public school and even other homeschool science curricula push global warming and the threat of our planet’s “doom” due to rising atmospheric temperatures and mankind’s destructive environmental habits.
The world teaches us to fear the state of our planet, but as Christians, we fully believe that Earth is not our final destination and that someday soon God will return and create a new heaven and new Earth. Yes, we are called to be good stewards of God’s Creation, but we should not be teaching our children to live in fear of the future of our planet’s condition. Let’s impart our children with a deep love and appreciation for our earth and an even deeper love for the God who designed and created it all.
However, as students mature and enter high school, it’s important for them to be educated on and presented with “both sides” of debates like climate change, global warming and evolution. They should be exposed to the secular worldview of scientific topics not to “conform to the pattern of this world,” but in order to become even more firmly rooted in their faith and understanding of God. We are living in this world, but not of it.
As parents, we have the joy and privilege of creating learning environments that help our children recognize God’s handiwork throughout all of Creation, fostering an ever-growing understanding of His love. It is a true blessing to be able to define and teach the scientific mysteries of the universe to our children from a foundational biblical worldview.
Choosing a Homeschool Science Curriculum
When it comes to choosing a science curriculum that’s the right fit for your family, it’s important to evaluate different curriculum factors. Here are 5 questions to consider before making your final decision:
- Is the curriculum rooted in Biblical truth?
- Will my student be challenged to think critically about science?
- Does the curriculum implement hands-on learning?
- Are lesson plans or tests already developed?
- Does the program offer personal assistance or advice?
At Basic Christian Education, we utilize Accelerated Christian Education’s (A.C.E.) curriculum for all subjects, including science. A.C.E is a Bible-based program for elementary and secondary levels (K-12) developed on the premise that every child is uniquely created by God with distinct abilities and for a definite purpose. A.C.E. stands out from other curriculum providers with its individualized, self-instructional, mastery-based approach.
Each subject level is divided into twelve achievable units called PACEs (Packet of Accelerated Christian Education). A PACE is a self-contained instructional workbook containing information, instructional content, and activities to allow a student to master
the subject matter, equivalent to a textbook divided into twelve bite-sized, achievable worktexts. PACEs integrate Godly character-building lessons into the academic content, and self-instructional activities are carefully designed to develop thinking skills and create mastery learning.
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Our children are the voices and minds of tomorrow, and raising them is the greatest honor in life. Whether they’re learning about science, math, English, or social studies, let’s teach them to see God’s hand in everything.
“Your greatest contribution to the Kingdom of God may not be something you do but someone you raise.”