6 Ways You Can Customize Bible Journey For Homeschool
Although Bible Journey makes a great option for homeschool families because it can be used completely “as is” with no modifications, it’s also a flexible curriculum that can be adapted and modified to meet your family’s unique needs. The completely online, self-paced curriculum is great for a variety of learners and learning styles—but if you want to make it a custom fit for you, here’s a variety of things you might try:
1. Customize the depth of your student’s journey.
Bible Journey has two main tracks: the student track and the explorer track. The student track includes bonus readings, exercises and materials to deepen your student’s experience and studies. You can choose to require these—or not—from your student to adjust the depth of their studies. In addition, you can choose to use the workbook materials for your student to deepen their experience and provide additional opportunity for reflection, engagement and review exercises.
While each student completing the lessons should have their own account, younger students may enjoy just watching in on some of the onsite videos. This is a great way to introduce Bible Journey to the whole family, even for students who aren’t quite old enough to dive into the whole curriculum.
2. Customize the pacing of your student’s journey.
Since the curriculum is self-paced, it’s easy to adjust the pacing of your student’s journey. Older students may want to work through the curriculum at a quicker pace, while younger students may need to go more slowly. However, there’s no rush—older students may want to go slower through the Bible Journey while adding on more resources, or may study more of the curriculum than younger students do. We recommend 2-3 lessons per week for full-time students. Many high schoolers can manage this, but you’ll know your own student best.
3. Customize the order and timing of when the courses are studied.
In general, we recommend for students to begin with Genesis and work their way sequentially through the curriculum. If just the New Testament is going to be studied, then we recommend beginning with the Gospels and working your way forward from there. However, you can customize as you see fit depending on how much of the curriculum you will cover and how long you have to work through the curriculum. Some parents may choose to skip certain books or studies. Other parents may wish to study through the Gospels in the Advent season or during Lent.
4. Customize who you’ll journey through the curriculum with.
Bible Journey works well when studied individually, but it’s even better in community! You can use Bible Journey with a community group, with a small group of homeschool friends, or in your co-op group or classes. If you’re using Bible Journey with a co-op or homeschool group classes, we recommend using a flipped classroom approach. A flipped classroom approach means that students will watch the lectures and videos and do the readings and exercises on their own, then come to class ready to discuss, ask questions and do more interactive work and projects. This allows the students to independently work through the main material on their own, while reserving class time for questions and discussion in a group. This method generally works very well with the way the Bible Journey curriculum is set up.
5. Customize how independently your student works through the curriculum.
Bible Journey is designed to be able to be studied through independently, though some younger students may need more guidance, additional explanation or help from a parent or teacher to stay on task. Having older students work through the curriculum more or less independently can help prepare them for college-level work, as well as prepare them for having to manage their own assignments and workloads in college. If you’re doing Bible Journey with your whole family, you can easily have some parts of the lesson that the entire family does together, and other parts of the lesson that just some of your children work through on their own. Working in this way is a great opportunity to guide your student toward more independent work.
6. Customize the curriculum by supplementing it with additional materials.
Although it’s not necessary—Bible Journey is a complete curriculum from start to finish when used as is—you can easily supplement your Bible Journey curriculum with additional materials, readings and/or exercises to meet your student’s needs or to tie in what your family or church is studying. Some families may want to tie in additional materials to dive into certain books or topics more deeply, or assign larger papers or projects to older students to deepen their study and prepare them for college-level writing and research. Additional podcasts, sermons and other online Bible resources can provide a way for students to dive into topics of interest.
Ready to get started with Bible Journey for your homeschool family? Get started with a free 14-day trial and see for yourself the engaging depth of study our curriculum can bring to your students.