(This list of resources has been compiled by the Church’s Welfare of Youth & Education Committee)

“And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.” (Deuteronomy 6:6-7)

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)

“For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.” (Genesis 18:19)

 

(A) INTRODUCTION

The Scriptures are clear. We are to give our children a Christian education. In seeking to fulfil this responsibility before the Lord, there is a freedom of choice which will take account of differing providential individual situations in family circumstances. Some Christian parents may choose to send their children to a Christian school, while others choose to give their children a Christian home education, and others choose to supplement their children’s education which they receive in secular schools.

 

It is important to recognise that in a sense all Christian parents have a duty to provide Christian Education at home, even when they are not deliberate about this. The home should always be seen as the basic training ground for children. It is of course better to be intentional rather than accidental, and to be aware of the pitfalls in modern state schooling with its secular/humanistic worldview bias. It is important to recognise that such education is not neutral and any Christian element is often both limited and inadequately presented. This makes it important in such circumstances to supplement state schooling with distinctly Christian teaching, especially in the critical areas of science, religion and ethics.

 

It is the prayerful concern of the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) Welfare of Youth & Education Committee that the links found in this paper to Christian Schools, Christian Home Educating Organisations and various Christian Curricula providers and to other relevant resources may prove to be a help and encouragement to Christian parents and their children. It needs to be borne in mind that there is a spiritual war on for the hearts and minds of our children (Ephesians 6:10-20). Hopefully this material, with the blessing of our sovereign covenant God, will both be crucial in the education of our children and enable them to see all life in the light of the principles and teachings of the Word of the Living God which is “the only rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy Him”; and that by the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God the Father and the blessing of the Holy Spirit, they may be “thoroughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Timothy 3:17).

 

(B) CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS (SCOTLAND)

  • Board of Reformed Christian Education in Scotland (BRCES/Melville Knox Christian Schools)

https://www.melville-knox.org.uk/

 

(C) HOME EDUCATION ORGANISATIONS

 

(D) CURRICULUM PROVIDERS

When it comes to Christian curricula, the challenge will be not a lack of choice, but what exactly to choose. Keep in mind that though the curricula may have an evangelical Christian ethos, it may not come from a distinctly Reformed Christian perspective. That is not necessarily a problem, depending on the subject being studied or your chosen method of education. Also, much of Home-Schooling Curricula is American, though the material can be readily adapted by British users.

 

Please remember the curricula noted here have already been used by Christian home-educating families in our denomination. At the same time, the way it is adopted or adapted may well vary from one family to another. Some families will use the curriculum as it is, while others will use part of it, or adapt it to their individual needs, and, effectively ‘pick and mix’ from various sources. It is recommended that parents considering Christian schooling should consult with those involved in Christian schools, or those who have the experience of teaching at home (whether independently or within the state system). Our Welfare of Youth & Christian Education Committee, can be contacted through the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) website:

https://www.freechurchcontinuing.org/committee/welfare-of-youth-education

Along with contact details for various comprehensive Christian curricula (for Schools and Home Schooling) various other useful sources of materials which have general relevance in the matter of Christian education and a Christian worldview have been listed.

 

(1) PRINCIPAL CURRICULUM PROVIDERS

ABEKA: https://www.abeka.com

ALL ABOUT LEARNING PRESS: https://www.allaboutlearningpress.com

APOLOGIA: https://www.apologia.com

CHRISTIAN LIBERTY PRESS: https://www.shopchristianliberty.com/curriculum-kits/

MEMORIA PRESS: https://www.memoriapress.com/curriculum/

MILESTONE BOOKS (ROD AND STAFF): https://www.milestonebooks.com/list/Rod_and_Staff_Curriculum/

VERITAS PRESS: https://veritaspress.com

 

Note: The above Curricula cover subjects listed separately under sections (4) to (6) below.

 

(2) GENERAL LEARNING

DEMME LEARNING: https://demmelearning.com

DOORPOSTS CHRISTIAN MATERIALS: https://www.doorposts.com

FIVE IN A ROW: https://fiveinarow.com

ICHTHUS RESOURCES: http://ww25.ichthusresources.co.uk/?subid1=20240423-0412-24dd-9e5f-cf8dd4d9df03

INSTITUTE FOR EXCELLENCE IN WRITING: https://iew.com/about/our-methods

KNOWLEDGE QUEST: https://www.masterbooks.com/knowledge-quest

LEARNING WITHOUT TEARS: https://shopping.lwtears.com/product/BSET-20?m=International

WELL TRAINED MIND: https://welltrainedmind.com

 

(3) CHRISTIAN PUBLISHERS

BANNER OF TRUTH: https://banneroftruth.org/uk/

BRIGHT IDEAS PRESS: https://brightideaspress.com

BOB BOOKS: https://bobbooks.com/books/

BOB JONES UNIVERSITY PRESS: https://www.bjupresshomeschool.com

CHRISTIAN BOOKS: https://www.christianbook.com/page/homeschool?navcat=Homeschool

CHRISTIAN FOCUS PUBLICATIONS: https://www.christianfocus.com/products/categories

CLASSICAL ACADEMY PRESS: https://classicalacademicpress.com

COMMON SENSE PRESS: https://www.commonsensepress.com

CONQUESTBOOKS: https://www.conquestbooks.co.uk

CROWN AND COVENANT PUBLICATIONS: https://crownandcovenant.com/collections/children

GRACE AND TRUTH BOOKS: https://graceandtruthbooks.com/category/books-for-children/

 

(4) HISTORY

EXODUS BOOKS: https://www.exodusbooks.com/church-history-for-young-children-with-cartoons/lockman/1740/

KEEPERS OF THE FAITH (downloadable pdfs): https://keepersofthefaith.com

REFORMATION HERITAGE BOOKS: https://www.heritagebooks.org

THE MYSTERY OF HISTORY: https://themysteryofhistory.com

 

(5) SCIENCES

ANSWERS IN GENESIS: https://store.answersingenesis.co.uk

HOME SCIENCE TOOLS: https://www.homesciencetools.com

MASTER BOOKS: https://www.masterbooks.com

 

(6) MATHEMATICS

CONQUER MATHS: https://conquermaths.com

MATH U SEE: https://mathusee.com

 

Notes:

(1) The information contained in this paper is as accurate as possible at the time of compilation but it will be understood that this is subject to changes.

(2) Please bear in mind that providing this information does not imply an endorsement of them by the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing). The links/resources are provided as helpful information only.

 

FREE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND (CONTINUING)

WELFARE OF YOUTH & EDUCATION COMMITTEE

23rd April 2024

 

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