Curriculum

The A Beka Book (www.abeka.com) approach to Christian Education keeps learning lively, interesting, and memorable. Their materials reflect sensible theory that is firmly anchored to practicality. A Beka Book materials have been developed as a result of 50 years of actual classroom experience at Pensacola Christian Academy, one of America’s largest and most respected Christian Schools.

Their skilled researchers and writers do not paraphrase progressive education textbooks and add Biblical principles; they do primary research in every subject from God’s point of view. Of course the original source is always the Word of God, the only foundation for true scholarship in any area of human endeavor. Thus their publications are built upon the firm foundation of Scriptural truth and are written by dedicated and talented Christian scholars who are well grounded in the practical aspects of classroom teaching. If you want excellence for your child, you can trust MBCA and A Beka Book.

Our Curriculum

The overall objective of the Spanish courses at MBCA is to teach students to communicate verbally their basic feelings, needs and desires in everyday contexts. The program is designed to help students develop their speaking skills through memorization, repeated practice and by transferring learned knowledge into practical skills. They will be engaged in meaningful use of the language. Through application and enrichment activities, each lesson is taught for the student’s enjoyment.

The second objective of the Spanish program at Mount Bethel Christian Academy is to introduce the students to the Latin American cultures, values, beliefs, behavior, occupations, habits, traditions and geographic locations. Cultural awareness and enrichment in speaking a foreign language will enable them to develop well-rounded perspectives that will broaden their horizons internationally.

From a child thou hast known the Holy Scriptures. –2 Timothy 3:15

The clear teaching of the Bible is the foundation for all other learning.

Since the Bible is the most important subject in the Christian School, it should be taught specifically and systematically. The A Beka Book Bible Program presents the Bible in the narrative style in which it is written. The stories of the Old and New Testaments in the lower grades lead up to a presentation of the profound truths of the Gospels, the Epistles, and the other portions of Scripture for older students.

The lessons flow from the Word of God, through the heart of the teacher, to the heart of the student. The curriculum has been planned so that students going through the A Beka Book Bible Program will become thoroughly acquainted with the basic portions of the scriptures.

Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O Lord God of hosts. –Jeremiah 15:16 3:15

The supreme goal of reading is that each person may read the scriptures for himself.

Children are what they read. They need Christian character-building reading materials from the very beginning. Phonics is employed as the most logical, orderly way to introduce reading to children. A Beka Book readers are the finest available anywhere. Our beautifully illustrated and imaginatively written readers present a strong Christian emphasis coupled with a sound phonics approach to teaching reading. Stories are carefully selected for interest.

Scripture verses help students to see that the character traits taught by the stories are those which are exalted in God’s Word. Questions throughout guide students in the comprehension of reading material and help them to apply Christian principles to their lives.

History is for time, what travel is for space; it is an intellectual journey across oceans and continents of duration, and of ages both remote from our own and vitalized and enriched by stupendous events. –Moses Coit Tayler 

Students need a realistic view of history, government, geography, and economics based upon the foundational truths of the scriptures.

A Beka Book text favors a truthful portrayal of peoples, lands, religions, ideals, heroes, triumphs, and setbacks. The result has been a positive, uplifting history texts that give students a historical perspective and instills within them an intelligent pride for their own country and a desire to help it back to its traditional values.

It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter. –Proverbs 25:2 

Science is the study of God’s order, provision, and reasonableness as revealed in His physical creation.

The A Beka Book Science and Health Program presents the universe as the direct creation of God and refuses the man-made idea of evolution. Further, the books present God as the Great Designer and Lawgiver, without Whom the evident design and laws of nature would be inexplicable. They give a solid foundation in all areas of science — a foundation firmly anchored to Scriptural truth. Teachability is assured through accurate, interesting writing, carefully planned demonstrations that can be performed with minimal equipment, chapter terms and questions, full-color illustrations, consideration of the interests and comprehension skills of students at each grade level, and detailed Curriculum/Lesson Plans.

How forceful are right words! But what does your arguing prove?  -Job 6:25

Because God has given us the great commission of communicating His truth to mankind, we must give our students the finest tools available to carry out this goal in a reasonable, well-articulated manner.

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.

As Christians, we still believe that the Bible provides the only credible explanation for the Universe, of man, and of language. Therefore, it is easy to see in language a structure which reflects the logic, reasonableness, and order of the One who created man and his language. On this basis, we believe that there are standards for man to adhere to in the language as in all of life. The A Beka Book Grammar program emphasizes structure, rules, analysis, and the kind of practice that aims at mastery. We stress the importance of correct spelling and the continual enlargement of each student’s vocabulary. And we aspire to provide students with examples of the very best literature of the ages, by emphasizing the continual improvement of writing abilities.

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. 

No subject matter better reflects the glory of God than mathematics. To study mathematics is to study God’s thoughts after Him, for he is the greatest Engineer and Architect of the universe.

Unlike the “modern math” theorists, who believe that mathematics is a creation of man and thus arbitrary and relative, we believe that the laws of mathematics are a creation of God and thus absolute. All of the laws of mathematics are God’s laws. Our knowledge of God’s absolute mathematical laws may be incomplete or at times in error, but that merely shows human frailty, not relative in mathematics. Man’s task is to search out and make use of the laws of the universe, both scientific and mathematical.

A Beka Book provides attractive, legible, workable traditional mathematics texts that are not burdened with modern theories. These books have been field tested, revised, and used successfully and are considered classics with up-to-date appeal. Besides training students in the basic skills that they will need all their lives, the A Beka Book traditional mathematics books teach students to believe in 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.

The Music & Arts Program provides an opportunity for each student to enhance their talents and self-expression. All students in grades pre-kindergarten 3 through Sixth are challenged to create and solve problems through artistic development.

Scope and Sequence

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