A Beka Book materials, which are comprehensive, quality curriculum and materials written from a Christian perspective make up a majority of our curriculum. We are also incorporating materials from Logos. Now more than ever, each child needs a strong foundation in both academics and character.
Bible . . . The foundation for all learning
The Bible program presents the Bible in the narrative style in which it is written. Stories of the Old and New Testaments in the lower grades. . .are taught so that students will become thoroughly acquainted with the basic portions of Scriptures.
Reading . . . The means by which each person may learn for himself
Because children become what they read, they need character-building reading materials from the very beginning. A Beka Book employs phonics as the most logical, orderly way to introduce reading to children. Beautifully illustrated and imaginatively written, stories are carefully selected for interest, readability, theme, and values.
History . . . A realistic view of time, government, geography, and economics based on eternal truths.
Ever since H. G. Wells published his Outline of History in 1920, the theme of world history texts has been man’s supposed progress from savagery 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.
A Beka Book history texts reject the Marxist/Hegelian conflict theory of history in favor of a truthful portrayal of peoples, lands, religions, ideals, heroes, triumphs, and setbacks. The result is positive, uplifting history texts that give students a historical perspective and instill within them an intelligent pride for their own country and a desire to help it back to its traditional values.
We present government as ordained by God for the maintenance of law and order, not as a cure-all for humanity’s problems. We present free-enterprise economics without apology and point out the dangers of Communism, socialism, and liberalism to the well-being of people.
Mathematics . . . The study of logic and order to apply to science and daily life.
Unlike the “modern math” theorists, who believe that mathematics is a creation of man and thus arbitrary and relative, We teach that the laws of mathematics are a creation of God and thus absolute.
A Beka Book provides attractive, legible, and workable traditional mathematics texts that are not burdened with modern theories such as set theory. These books have been field-tested, revised, and used successfully for many years, making them classics with up-to-date appeal. Besides training students in the basic skills needed for life, A Beka Book traditional mathematics books teach students to believe in absolutes, to work diligently for right answers, and to see mathematical facts as part of the truth and order built into the real universe.
Science/Health . . . The investigation of variety, order, and reasonableness revealed in creation.
While secular science textbooks present modern science as the opposite of faith, the A Beka Book science texts teach 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.
The A Beka Book science and health program presents the universe as the direct creation of God and refutes the man-made idea of evolution.
English . . . The study of language and communication in a structured, reasonable, and well-articulated manner.
Thought and language are foundational to acquiring and transmitting knowledge. Therefore, the teaching of grammar, spelling, vocabulary, composition, and literature in education is of particular importance.
A Beka grammar books emphasize structure, rules, analysis, and the kind of practice that aims at mastery. This is why we place an importance on correct spelling and the continual enlargement of each student’s vocabulary.
Latin . . . is a training and development of the mind and character to a degree of excellence that no other mental or physical activity can come anywhere near to bringing about.”
Specifically, it trains these: the ability to concentrate and focus; the use of the memory; the capacity to analyse, deduce and problem-solve; the powers of attention to detail, of diligence and perseverance, of observation, of imagination, of judgement, of taste. In fact, it trains the mind and character to the utmost extent in everything human that is valuable. (from Gwynne’s Grammar)
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Latin for "three roads," refers to the three stages of learning:grammar, dialect and rhetoric
"For the sole true end of education is simply this: to teach men how to learn for themselves; and whatever instruction fails to do this is effort spent in vain."