We’ve been homeschooling our daughter for the past four years. She is entering the third grade this year. We sort of have a hodge-podge of curriculum that we have pieced together based upon her needs and our family’s personality.
The one subject that we have always struggled with is bible. We have found that much of what is offered to homeschool families is either dumbed down moralistic stories that more resemble Aesop’s fables than actual bible studies or law-heavy curriculum. The latter usually presses students to memorize a new portion of the law daily with zero reference to the gospel. I had all but given up and in a last-stitch effort to find something that would give my daughter (and myself) a Christocentric view of scripture, I turned to Twitter. Sure enough, Kim Crandall (Author of Christ in the Chaos) responded to my plea and suggested “The Gospel Project”. She did not know how the curriculum would work with homeschooling but thought it was worth looking into. She was absolutely right!
I was delighted to see the various age ranges right off the bat and I was even more delighted to see the gospel centrality at the very heart and soul of this curriculum. It was very clear to me that The Gospel Project is exactly what I had been looking for! Since the curriculum comes with several options of where to begin studying the bible, we chose Creation and the Patriarchs as it coincides with our History program (The Mystery of History). Because our history program begins with creation and walks through both biblical history and secular history on a timeline, I was able to do a curriculum-mash-up of sorts fairly easily. As we work through our history lesson each week, we are able to have a bible study using the Gospel Project when the history subject is pointing us back to the bible. Since we are currently working through Genesis, she is also reading through the bible, verse by verse daily.
It has been such a blessing to sit with my daughter and work through every passage of scripture and talk about how the story points to Jesus as our Rescuer and Redeemer. Adam and Eve, Abraham, Joseph…all of these stories are not about good people that she (and I) need to emulate, but they are part of a much bigger story of grace. It isn’t a story about us fixing ourselves, but about a Holy, Loving, Promise keeping God who lays out how He comes and fixes our brokenness and communes with us even in our brokenness because of Jesus. It is such a joy to watch her grasp the gospel week after week as we talk about God’s love story.
Our family has been so blessed by The Gospel Project and while it isn’t advertised specifically as a homeschool bible curriculum, it is easily adaptable and tremendously helpful in that way.