curriculum goals and design
biblical integration within the classical model
Faith Christian School’s curriculum is framed in the Classical education context. Fundamentally, Classical education takes a student through three stages of thinking and learning that ancient learners understood: grammar, logic, and rhetoric. Interestingly, these three stages fit well into the stages of child development and, therefore, serve a child’s educational growth process in an excellent way.
In this pattern, the “grammar stage” encompasses learning the building blocks and concepts of subjects (the knowing stage) and is the primary foundation of learning for the elementary grades. The “logic stage” involves finding the order and interrelation of information allowing analysis (the understanding stage). Developmentally, the ability to analyze begins at about the sixth grade level. And finally, the “rhetoric” stage is that of expressing and defending ideas (the expressing or influencing stage), which develops in the early high school years. Classical education has been found to be highly successful and supportive in developing the ability to intelligently and persuasively defend one’s Christian faith, which comes to its fulfillment in the “rhetoric stage.” FCS will encourage the “rhetoric” stage of expression through speech, essay, debate, multimedia, music, visual art, role play, movement, etc.
Most importantly, the Bible will be taught directly and woven throughout language arts, social students, science, music/art, health/physical education, and mathematics. Students will discover that God created learning so that we can fulfill our created role. In this way, we know more about His glory in all of creation. (Proverbs 1:2-7) For example, the Lord created language so that we can express ourselves in prayer and worship and to be able to read, understand, and apply His Word to our lives. Fundamentally, mathematics and science help us to understand His created order and the awesome uniqueness of His creation. Social studies develops an understanding of the role of society for us as individuals and our responsibility to it as a part of the Great Commission as well as an appreciation, awareness, and love for all people. To achieve this, students will learn to appreciatethe different situations of Christians living around the world. In all grades, teachers will encourage music and visual art appreciation as we study other cultures to help students gain a Christ-centered perspective of the world, knowing that there will be people of every tribe, tongue and nation represented in heaven. (Revelation 7:9-10)
Overall, our goal is to help students develop a worldview where God is at the center and all things serve His will, which includes an academic understanding of our world so that we can put that knowledge to use to further His Kingdom to bring others to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.