I’ve only posted on my blog a handful of times this summer, in case you haven’t noticed. In part, that’s because of the normal summer busyness as well as preparations for our first year of “real” homeschooling (started Kindergarten with Happiness). But it’s also because I’ve been writing lessons for our fall & winter Bible curriculum, Firm Foundations.
As I posted in May, I’ve had a burden to teach my kids God’s Word in a deeper fashion. The Bible stories are great in their place and character training is important and needed in its place, but both leave a gaping hole. I believe that hole is the study of theology – the study of God. Knowing who God is provides a framework for the rest of life and a foundation (hence the name) upon which our children can grow in the “wisdom and instruction of the Lord”.
Not being seminary trained or having much of a background in systematic theology, I wasn’t sure where to start. But a friend referred me to the Catechism for Young Children and that proved to be the answer. Using the general structure of this catechism, as well as the Westminister Catechism, I’ve devised 16 weeks of lessons (with more to come). Throughout the lessons I focus on the Gospel, on our sinfulness and on our need for a Savior. I don’t necessarily agree with all the theological lessons the Catechism teaches. Those Q&As that I wasn’t comfortable with I just skipped or reworded. I’m also not covering every point that the Catechism covers. Instead, I’m focusing on the truths that I feel are foundational and needed for my children at this time.
Lesson structure looks like this:
- Four lessons each week
- Scripture Memory
- Catechism Review (which I consider MUCH less important than the Scripture Memory. If my kids learn it, great. If they don’t, I’m not worried.)
- Hands-on lesson to teach the big truth of the day
- Notebooking/lapbooking to allow us to review the lessons we’ve learned at a later date.
- Every 4 weeks, we’ll take a week break to review what we’ve learned so far.
To help me along in my study, I made extensive use of Training Hearts, Teaching Minds by Starr Meade. Loved this book and appreciated all the work she’s put into turning the Westminister Catechism into a daily Bible study.
Each week I’ll be posting the lessons, along with a supplies list and some thoughts on what that particular week’s truths have meant to me. Hope you enjoy and that these lessons will be a tool you can use in the monumental task of raising children for the glory of God!