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Overview of Curriculum
At Liberty, our foundation is the Word of God, and supporting teachers with the A Beka curriculum is one of the ways that we make sure that all of our instruction is built upon a biblical foundation.
A Beka materials are written by respected Christian scholars who are well grounded in the practical aspects of classroom teaching, and this enables Liberty Christian School teachers to bring their strengths and experience to bear in the instruction of your children.
Below we have provided a brief overview of some of the core subjects taught at Liberty.
Liberty teachers use an intensive phonics approach to reading instruction. This is a true phonics program, not just sight reading garnished with phonics. As soon as students are able to read words, phonics skills are applied in meaningful, character-building stories that correlate with the phonics concepts they have learned. This phonics approach is taught systematically to ensure continued growth in skills. Liberty instructional materials in all of the subjects in the lower grades are designed to build upon phonics. This gives students a solid foundation for developing exceptional reading skills.
By equipping teachers with a comprehensive reading curriculum, Liberty students enjoy fascinating stories that spark interest and at the same time build character, skills, and promote understanding. A wide variety of literature from delightful classics and poetry to modern stories and children’s novels gives students insight into their culture and their world and presents Christian ideals and spiritual values.
Comprehension activities, vocabulary development, and Bible reading are all important aspects of our overall reading program. Students develop their thinking skills and are encouraged to become strong independent readers. Liberty Christian School teachers work diligently to help ensure that all students reach their maximum potential using this outstanding reading curriculum.
At Liberty, we believe that History isn’t just the memorization of names, dates, places, events. Although these are important and necessary, the study of History presents us the opportunity to develop children to become young men and women who understand the great lessons of history, growing a heart for becoming a positive influence in the future.
Typically the theme of world history is man's supposed progress from pre-history toward socialism, from tribal religions toward one-world government. American history is usually presented as a series of conflicts-rich vs. poor, black vs. white, North vs. South, labor vs. management, male vs. female, etc.
Liberty teachers favor a broad portrayal of peoples, lands, religions, ideals, heroes, triumphs, and setbacks. The result is positive, uplifting history study that gives students a historically accurate perspective and instills within them a healthy pride for their own country and a desire to help advance the founding principles of America.
We present government as ordained by God for the maintenance of law and order, not as a cure-all for the problems of humanity or “necessary evil”. We present free-enterprise economics without apology and point out the dangers of Communism, socialism, and liberalism to the well-being of people across the globe.
In short, Liberty teaches History as the study of what man has done with the time God has given, and how we are to become better stewards of what God gives us in the future.
At Liberty Christian School we hold to the belief that “mathematics is the language God used in His creation of the universe, and thus it is logical, orderly, beautiful, and very practical in science and in daily life.”
Some contemporary theorists believe that mathematics is a creation of man and thus arbitrary and relative. Liberty teaches the laws of mathematics as a creation of God and thus absolute. Simply put: they are Laws because God made them so.
Man's task is to search out and make use of the laws of the universe, both scientific and mathematical. As Liberty teachers instruct in mathematics, we keep a strong emphasis on building a strong foundation of the “basics”. Besides training students in the basic skills that they will need all their lives, Liberty teachers equip students to understand the absolutes of the universe, to work diligently to get right answers, and to see the facts of mathematics as part of the truth and order that God has built into the real universe.
Science is the study of God’s creation, and exploring more of God’s own Character as He has revealed Himself through His creation. As Scripture says,
“The heavens declare His righteousness, and all the people see His glory.” Psalm 97:6
While secular science textbooks present modern science as the opposite of faith, Liberty teachers illustrate that modern science is the product of Western man's return to the Scriptures after the Protestant Reformation, leading to his desire to understand and subdue the earth, which he saw as the orderly, law-abiding creation of the God of the Bible.
Liberty teachers present the universe as the direct creation of God and refutes the man-made idea of evolution. Evolution as a theory is explored and discussed, and we prepare students to understand (in age appropriate ways) how to defend Creationism scientifically against Evolution.
Liberty presents God as the Great Designer and Lawgiver, without Whom the evident design and laws of nature would be inexplicable. Our focus is on developing students to grow up with a sense of curiosity and wonder at God’s power as displayed in Creation, equipped with methods of study that will promote understanding of the Sciences.
As Liberty teachers are working with you to develop young men and women who are equipped with a biblical worldview of every subject, English becomes a crucial component of this process.
The importance of the written word and understanding it cannot be understated. God Himself chose to reveal Himself to us in a book, the Bible. As we are preparing children for higher education and life, we must pay particular attention to the teaching of grammar, spelling, and vocabulary. These become the building blocks for great writing and reading skills.
At Liberty, we don’t simply want children reading proficiently, we want them growing in their ability to understand the author’s intent and thinking. We desire for them to have an appreciation and love of the written word, and to be able to present their views clearly and persuasively in writing.
God gave us our powers of thought and language and chose to reveal His will and His ways to us in a written form, the Bible; thus we need to pay particular attention to the teaching of grammar, spelling, vocabulary, composition, and literature as we seek to educate students from a Christian perspective.
The teachers at Liberty Christian School emphasize structure, rules, analysis, and the kind of practice that aims at mastery. We place a traditional importance on correct spelling, and the continual expanding of each student's vocabulary. Students are introduced to examples of the very best literature of the ages, and continual improvement of writing abilities is emphasized.