Many homeschoolers believe that having a daily Bible lesson is an essential aspect of educating the whole person. Though Bible isn’t a required subject, homeschoolers feel its importance and count Bible as an elective credit. For many, Bible is the time of day that focuses them on the things of life that really matter. It’s also a time to study the scriptures and give opportunity to apply their meaning to everyday life. In fact, research has found that giving student’s a strong spiritual foundation will enable them to face the challenges of life with greater ease. A quote by the first National longitudinal study of student’s spirituality agrees with these findings.
It is our shared belief that the findings provide a powerful argument for the proposition that higher education should attend more to students’ spiritual development, because spirituality is essential to students’ lives. Assisting students’ spiritual growth will help create a new generation who are more caring, more globally aware, and more committed to social justice than previous generations, while also enabling students to respond to the many stresses and tensions of our rapidly changing technological society with a greater sense of equanimity.~UCLA National Study of Student’s Spirituality
Of course, this article wouldn’t be complete without citing the Bible itself which encourages students to, “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” II Tim. 2:15 With this in mind, Bible becomes an essential aspect of study.
Bible can be taught or studied in the homeschool in many different ways. In fact, there are so many options available that the student could pick and choose what they feel will really meet their own personal needs. Thus, incorporating Biblical studies into the homeschool highschool can be exciting and fun! The first, of course, would be a dedicated Bible course. To do this, homeschoolers could choose a variety of formats from video to Bible study texts. Second, the homeschooler may wish to integrate a Biblical study into other subjects such as literature, science, and even history. Though much of our nation’s foundational ideas were established on Biblical principles, most U.S. students have very little understanding and applicable knowledge of them. Conducting a Bible course in conjunction with U.S. History can become an exciting way to integrate two courses, and just like “National Treasure” might find out things they never knew! Depending on individual world views, science could be an additional way to incorporate a Biblical Studies/Apologetics course into how one views creation. All in all, as homeschoolers there are a multitude of ways to make Bible courses a fascinating and integral part of highschool.
In addition, students desiring to continue their education at a Christian college or university will often be required to complete many Bible courses as part of their higher education degree. Preparing for these courses through highschool Bible is a great way to get equipped. Conversely, it also serves to give the homeschool student a chance to research, examine, and understand their beliefs before heading out to public college where all beliefs are generally questioned. Having a solid foundation in Bible study/religion will undoubtedly help the homeschooler nail down their own individually personal beliefs.
Since Bible is labeled as an elective the homeschooler is pretty much left to their discretion as to which courses they study. However, following the basic credit guidelines are important while keeping in mind that students need to put in 120-180 hours of course work to gain one whole credit or 60-90 hours to gain a half credit. The work for electives credit is no different than for other highschool subjects.
Typically, high schoolers approach Bible courses in a more organized manner than they may have in the earlier years of school. Student’s interested in a Bible/religion based college degree might want to approach these courses in an even more in depth manner. However, here are a few general suggestions for comprehensive study of the Bible (keeping in mind that one’s religious preferences may be cause for further study in particular areas.)
|Freshman||OT Survey– free course or free e-text|
|Discipleship Course – basic Christian living|
|Sophomore||NT Survey – free course and free e-text|
|The Life of Christ – or this free course|
|Junior||The Gospels-Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John|
|Acts and Romans – free courses|
|The Temple and the Tabernacle|
|Senior||The Prison Epistles|
Don’t forget to check over at our Curriculum Directory under Bible and Christian Studies. There you will find many more course offerings to help as you incorporate Bible into your homeschool. As you have probably realized, there are several online colleges offering high quality courses as video or audio lectures and e-texts for free. You can find links to many other courses not listed above on their online course description page. You will also find that many of these offer free complete college degrees in Bible. This would definitely work for an inexpensive version of dual enrollment!
Emmaus Online Courses – free to watch
Salt Lake Bible College– free courses and even offer a free college degree in Bible
Liberty University– in iTunes
Truth for the World – free Bible courses
Georgia Baptist College– free Bible course videos
Catholic Home Study Service– free courses
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