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Statement of Faith Based Learning

Families are broken in this world. Too often, people are preoccupied by worldviews such as materialism,

selfishness, wealth and success, and lust which leads to denying God’s order and his Word. The refusal of

obeying what God has intended families to be, has made many families change in their roles and structures. The

typical standard family - a father, a mother and children - are no longer the norm amongst children in a

classroom. Some of the different types of family structures include but are not limited to, divorced, remarried,

homosexual, multiple wives or husbands, children born out of wedlock, and single parents are all examples of

family structures that have deviated from the original Christian home that God had planned.

As teachers, it can be difficult to teach what a family is, what makes up a family, and the significant

impact families have within our lives, through a Christian worldview. Furthermore, teachers who work in public

schools are not able to affirm their values of what a Christian family and a good home looks like to students,

which can be frustrating for teachers who want to integrate their faith and beliefs with the curriculum they

teach.

In this unit, I hope to apply my worldviews about God’s world and Christian perspective on family,

along with important concepts that common core standards emphasize; fulfill mandates for a particular grade,

address societal issues that take place within our community; and tackle essential questions, without violating

laws placed by public schools (Stronks and Stronks,1999).

For this Social Studies unit, students will learn about their family background and realize how much of

an influence families have in their life. The 1st grade students will wrestle with questions like “What makes up

a family?” and “What are the different family structures”, and they will find answers by discussing these

essential questions with one another, and reading books about them. Students will also make family trees to

learn about the different family structures that exist within the classroom. Even though students aren’t explicitly

taught that God created families and that He loves each and everyone within the family, they will be engaged in

purposeful conversations with their peers that help them understand and accept the different family structures

that exist. By listening and accepting each other without judgement, students are showing love towards their

neighbors, and beginning their process of empathizing one another. Like what Romans 15:7 says, students are

“welcoming one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.”

Another aspect that this unit will focus on, is the importance of genealogy and a family’s history. The

Bible mentions many families, such as Adam and Eve, and they demonstrate how God has a plan for all

families. The Bible’s genealogies also show the importance of family to God and to the writers of the Bible.

“The family unit has served as the foundation of human society… The importance of family is emphasized in

each generation mentioned throughout the Bible” (God Questions Ministries,n.d.). By learning about their own

family history and producing their very own family tree, students will be able to gain some understanding about

their family history and realize that families are the very core of society. Studying family trees will also meet

Common Core Content Expectations on “Investigate a family history for at least two generations, identifying

various members and their connections in order to tell a narrative about family life” (Michigan Department of

Education,2018,pg.12).

Overall, it is the teacher’s duty to helps students gain a big picture of the world; an awareness of how the

unit they are studying, in this case the family unit, fits into the big picture; and an understanding of themselves

in relationship to the world. It is also essential for teachers to constantly chew on questions such as “How can

my Christian beliefs be applied in this setting in a way that honors the educational needs of the children and the

laws of the state?” (Stronks and Stronks,1999)

Works Cited:

Got Questions Ministries. (n.d.). What is the Importance of Genealogies in the Bible?

Michigan Department of Education. (2018, May). DRAFT: Michigan K-12 Standards Social Studies.

Stronks, J. K., & Stronks, G. G. (1999). Christian Teachers in Public Schools. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.