Answers to Your Questions

Thank you for investing in this very important aspect of a child’s education and development. The long-term results will be worth every minute that you dedicate to your students’ education and the realization of the value of human life.

What Grade Levels Are Included in This Curriculum?

Whole Life Curriculum includes lesson plans for kindergarten through sixth grade. Lesson plans are intended for use in private schools, home schools, and Sunday schools, as well as for parents to use with their own children outside of the school or church setting. Please see our Family Life page for Middle School lesson plans.

What are the topics included in the K–6 curriculum?

  • Discovering and affirming the value of our lives as persons made in God’s image
  • Discovering our gifts and abilities
  • Decision making based on confidence in God’s directions for life
  • Identifying possibilities for the heroic adventures we were created for.
  • God’s design for marriage and family

What is distinctive about Whole Life Curriculum?

  • The focus is on life transformation informed by a biblical worldview.
  • The curriculum’s format and the creative learning activities provided in the lesson plans lead to head and heart and life changes.
  • It creates opportunities for honest and valuable classroom discussions.
  • Gender identity is addressed as students learn to value God’s design for us as male and female.
  • Theology of the Body concepts and language are incorporated into lesson plans at every grade level.

Is this a sex education curriculum, abstinence curriculum, or pro-life curriculum?

Whole Life Curriculum meets the need for sex education, abstinence, and pro-life curriculums. However, the K–6 curriculum lays the foundations for middle school family life education as it teaches truths about God’s gifts of marriage and family without introducing any biological information.

Where Can I Find the Expected Outcomes of Each Lesson Plan?

A lesson objective is stated at the beginning of each lesson plan. This is the one big idea to be communicated by the lesson, and every part of the lesson will contribute to the achievement of this objective. The lesson objectives are further developed into three (sometimes four) sub-objectives, which are preceded by the phrase “Each student will—.” These sub-objectives restate the truths being taught, as well as the desired response to those truths. They aren’t merely informational; they connect the head with the heart.The result—students at each grade level will change the way they think, which will also affect their feelings, choices, and behavior.Biblically, it’s clear that the condition of the heart is important to God. Behavior change without heart change is often shallow and temporary. This curriculum cultivates a way of thinking and feeling that will change the students’ whole lives for the long term. Learning activities will include writing letters to God, reading stories, creating artwork, going on treasure hunts, role-playing, planning class projects, and a variety of relational activities, all which will enable the students to holistically experience truth.

Where Can I Find an Overview of Each Lesson?

The Outline follows the statement of lesson objectives, listing the content to be covered in each lesson. This will give the instructor an overall idea of how the lesson should flow. Each point in the outline contributes to the realization of the lesson objective and sub-objectives.Realized Impact will help you connect the individual lesson to the big picture. The curriculum promotes a way of thinking that’s decidedly different than the world’s way. Therefore, instructors must be able to understand it well. And they must also be able to verbalize it in order to help their students form this new, countercultural perspective for themselves.

What Are the Components of Each Lesson Plan and How Do They Contribute to the Instructional Process?

Making an Entrance introduces the truth to students. The activity is designed to help students not only think, but also consider the personal value and implications of what they’re about to hear. It answers the question “Why should I care about what comes next?” It also communicates to students that what’s coming is fun, interesting, and an interactive learning process.

Informing provides the truth to be considered. In most of the lessons, the biblical background is included in this section. Students will actively participate in discovering and exploring God’s instructions for life.We realize that people with varying religious backgrounds will use this curriculum. Therefore, it’s likely that some may have differing preferences and convictions regarding the version of Scripture we’ve used. Thus, we’ve indicated our suggested Bible translation for each passage based on the child-friendliness of the text. However, we invite you to use the version of Scripture that you’re most comfortable with, making sure the children understand any unfamiliar vocabulary terms.

Valuing gives students the chance to think about how this truth might change the way their peers choose to do life each day. Again, they’re actively engaged in these considerations as they discuss, act out situations, talk with one another, draw, plan, and get involved.

Changing helps students identify a change that needs to happen in their own lives as a result of all they’ve learned in the lesson. As they’ve participated in the first three sections of the lesson plan, they’ve grown to desire a change and are now ready to plan for it as they participate in the culminating learning activity. Finally, each lesson ends with a simple statement of how that individual lesson fits into the big picture of the Whole Life Curriculum.The last four parts of the lesson—Making an Entrance, Informing, Valuing, and Changing—all contain sections of text in bold print. These are guidelines for instructors to refer to when speaking directly to their students. You know your students best, so after reading our suggested text, please feel free to adjust your instruction for your own audience.

What Additional Materials Will I Need?

The Materials list includes all of the items needed for each lesson. Some will require giving advance notice to students and their parents, so be sure to read through the entire list for each grade level before teaching the unit. (Hint: Almost every grade level includes the use of old magazine pictures, so start collecting magazines any way you can!)In a handful of lessons, there are suggestions for different materials that can be used to supplement the teaching. We’ve kept the cost of materials to a minimum, and we hope that many of the suggested books and videos can be borrowed from your local library.Finally, a few handouts are included (identified by their grade level and objective number). Otherwise we left it up to the individual teacher to make the necessary handouts or simply write the information on a chalkboard or whiteboard.[Back to Top]

What Is the Suggested Schedule for Presenting This Curriculum?

We recommend that you present these lesson plans either once a week or once a month. Each lesson teaches concepts that are life forming and should be allowed extra time to soak into the hearts and lives of students. Many of the lesson plans suggest ways to follow up that will require more than one day. It would be of great benefit to continue to discuss and discover additional ways that the truths presented during each lesson may influence the way students think and behave on a daily basis.

Why Do You Call This Curriculum Holistic?

The Whole Life Curriculum is unique and essential to the lives of students. It doesn’t isolate behavioral choices, nor does it limit its message by teaching only about behavioral choices. This curriculum will affect your students’ worldview as they recognize how they were made by a creative and complex God. He wove together the spiritual, emotional, social, and physical parts of each one of them in an inseparable way, and the whole person is impacted with these lesson plans. We believe the time you invest in teaching this curriculum will have an eternal impact.

Does Whole Life Curriculum have the Imprimatur?

Yes, Whole Life Curriculum was given the Nihil Obstat by Bernadeane Carr on January 15, 2010 and the Imprimatur was granted by Robert H. Brom, Bishop of San Diego on January 15, 2010.