You’re browsing the internet, browsing parent reviews and scrolling endlessly through Christian homeschool curriculum recommendations. How do you choose one? How do you know which one is right?
As a Christian, depending on your background, you may be looking for a curriculum that is Bible-based obviously, but you want something your child will be able to enjoy, understand and relate to at their age.
Your faith is important to you, but sharing it with your child in your home education journey means looking at some more factors, such as…
Why do you want to use Christian homeschool curriculum?
I want to stir the pot a little with this point and bring up some more questions. How you answer them will help you understand what exactly it is you’re looking for in a Christian homeschool curriculum.
- Besides sharing your faith, what do you value about it that makes it a priority in your choice of curriculum?
- What are your goals in choosing a Christian homeschool curriculum?
- Will you be using it as a guideline and adapt as you go?
- Do you want to work through a system as is, without getting too involved in interpretation?
- Do you want the Christian homeschool curriculum to focus on Bible studies or do you want a curriculum that incorporates a Christian worldview across all the subjects, such as History, Science and Biology (this is where creationism comes into play, in contrast with Darwinistic evolution theory).
- Do you want your child to learn about other religions from a Christian perspective?
- Do you want your child to learn from a Christian homeschooling curriculum in a way that helps your child LIVE out the faith, rather than just learning knowledge?
These are all questions where you can formulate your own answers. You might even choose to have Bible study as a separate subject on its own, and choose a more neutral/secular curriculum for history, science, biology, and so on. To each their own.
How do Christians homeschool?
If you’re new to homeschooling or incorporating Christianity into your child’s education, you may be wondering how other families do it.
In my family, there is the life factor of our faith, and there is the learning factor. The life factor includes regular prayer together, reading Bible stories, listening to worship music in the mornings, listening to Bible story podcasts, and so on.
On the learning side, we work on memory verses and I use them to encourage my child whenever she is struggling. It’s fantastic to be able to help build and establish a child’s identity in Christ from a young age.
We talk about how God made the world, and the wonderful purposes He had in making various things for us to use, eat, enjoy and care for. So much learning happens in conversations.
Other families may take a different approach, and use different or similar resources, but for the most part, it’s less complicated than you think. It doesn’t have to be overly serious.
How will you incorporate an overview of other worldviews?
This is one of those sensitive areas where it’s important to educate without imparting a critical or judgmental attitude. You need to teach children about the many differences in the world (and the things that are wrong, as well), without letting pride and superiority get in the way.
Even as a parent and adult, this may bring up complicated, difficult conversations with your children. You will be stimulated to think about how you see the world, and why you see it the way you do. No, you won’t always have all the answers (as an adult, you only realise how much you don’t know, am I right?), but that’s okay.
Are Christian homeschool curriculums accredited for entrance to colleges and universities?
If you’re afraid of choosing a Christian homeschool curriculum for fear that it is not accredited or that your child won’t be “up to standard” if he/she should choose to return to a school setting later, don’t worry.
There are excellent, accredited Christian homeschool curriculums available, and you’ll be surprised at what’s available to choose from.
Can I get a Christian homeschool curriculum online?
Yes, of course you can. There are fully online systems, as well as hard-copy book systems to choose from.
What is the best Christian homeschool curriculum?
The best curriculum is the one that best suits your child’s needs, learning style, and interests, as well as your situation.
With that said, here is a list of the most popular options:
- Accelerated Education Enterprises (formerly known as Accelerated Christian Education)
- Alpha and Omega
- Ambleside Online
- Charlotte Mason Homeschooling
- Classical Conversations
- Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool
- Little Footprints
- Master Books
- My Father’s World
- My Geskiedenis Avontuur
- Oikos Ministries
- Pure Life Education
- Tapestry of Grace
- The Good and the Beautiful
- The Mystery of History
- Theocentric Christian Education
- The Well-Trained Mind
- Veritas Press
Free Christian homeschool curriculum options
If you find other free Christian curriculums, you’re welcome to let me know!
Christian homeschool curriculum for preschool
Want to share your faith with your little ones? You don’t necessarily have to use a curriculum when they’re so little. You can use any children’s Bible for devotions and work your way through the stories, of course.
But if you’re looking for content that will help make the lessons hands-on, this list may help:
- Easy Peasy
- Ambleside Online
- My Father’s World
- The Good and the Beautiful
- ABC Jesus Loves Me
- God’s Little Explorers (Free version)
- Joyful Heart Bible and Rhyme Curriculum
- Joyful Heart Character Curriculum
- Confessions of a Homeschooler
- This Reading Mama
- Brightly Beaming – Letter of the Week
- First School
- The Notebooking Fairy
- Montessori for Everyone
- Everything Preschool
- Oak Meadow
- Mother Goose Time
- Winter Promise
- A Year of Playing Skillfully
- Before Five in a Row
Where can I buy the homeschool curriculum?
Don’t sweat about your wallet just yet. You have some options here:
- You can buy second-hand from other families.
- You can join a group of families who purchase resources together to share them.
- You can buy brand new from a supplier.
- You can subscribe to an online provider.
- You can buy a digital Christian homeschool curriculum to download and print what you need.
- You can get supplemental books from second-hand book stores and borrow from libraries.
Again, choose the option that best suits your budget and current needs.
Tip: If you’re not sure yet and want to browse the content before buying, ask other homeschoolers who are using the curriculum you’re interested in, if you can have a look through their books. This way, you can see the layout, contents, style of presentation, etc.
You’re making a good choice!
Now that the overwhelm behind the decision is lessened and you have a plan of action (review, list your needs, check it out and then decide), you’re all set.
There’s no need to rush out and spend money in a hurry. You’re making an important decision and it’s important to do it armed with information.
Not too long from now, you’ll have the confidence to choose what best suits your family, and quit lying awake at night worrying about whether you’ll choose the right one. Give yourself some grace! Start small and make changes to what’s not working as you go.
Either way, you’re doing something wonderful and worthwhile. It may not be easy all the way, but you can enjoy the peace of knowing that you’re doing your best to give your child an education that closely matches your values, beliefs, worldview, and what’s important to you.
How about a printable list? Click below to get it, then you can cross off each curriculum as you go, till you’ve settled on your choice!