We are so excited to be one of the homeschooling families that will be reviewing BrimWood Press’ Worldview curriculum, designed for students in 5th through 8th grade. The curriculum is only four lessons and the lessons are presented through stories (similar to Henty books), with hands-on activities and discussion questions.
Being Messianic, it has been a challenge to find a worldview curriculum that matches our beliefs, so we can’t wait to start this curriculum since it is written without any particular denomination slant! This could be the answer to our challenge! So many worldview products dismiss the “Old Testament” and that is completely unacceptable for our faith!
The products we will be reviewing are:
This is the book we will start with. It is only four lessons long but this is where we learn the meaning of what a worldview is, how it impacts our culture and history, and how important it is to our daily lives. A person’s worldview effects how they view every challenge, every hurdle, every thing both positive and negative that happens in their life and actually, life itself … so its importance cannot be overstated. This book will introduce my children to the basic core beliefs of four worldview families: Naturalism, Pantheism, Monotheism and Polytheism and within those categories we learn about the various religions (i.e., Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Atheism, etc). It uses hands-on activities to teach the abstract concept of worldview, which of course is so like a Montessori friendly curriculum! The guide includes an eighty six-page workbook, nine pages of cardstock, pre-cut wrapping papers and three 6″ x 6″ boxes. Oh and 3d glasses! I can’t wait to see how this comes together!
BrimWood Press has a new series of historical novels entitled “Engaging Thinkers” that further develops the worldview investigation. This series reminds me of the Henty books. Each novel introduces the worldview of various religions that are completely without our Messiah. The main characters all deal with life struggles and we learn how they evaluate and explain these struggles through their particular worldview and religion. We will only be reviewing the novel for Ancient history, but there are four novels, covering major chronological periods of history: ancient, medieval, early modern and modern. Each novel focuses on a different worldview family: polytheism, monotheism, naturalism and pantheism. We already read the Henty books, so this seems like a logical extension and the natural flow for my boys! Again, this curriculum really seems to fit our homeschool environment!
Where the Ancients meet their Maker.
So stay tuned as we work through this worldview curriculum over the next few months! I will be blogging more about it as we start reading the books and materials … giving you my unbiased opinion of the hands-on aspects, the text and the worldview perspective. We are planning to finish this study over the summer.
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Until next time… take care of your family and hug your children! We never know what tomorrow holds.