Christian Homeschool Psychology Course for High School
Dr Tim Rice's homeschool psychology course, titled Psychology: A Christian Perspective, is sure to become a homeschool high school favorite for parents and teens.
Dr Rice writes his homeschool psychology course from his experience as a mental health professional and homeschooling dad.
His goal is to equip and prepare young Christians – especially homeschool high school and pre-college students for atheistic college professors and classrooms.
Many young people abandon their faith once they leave home or go off to college. William Wilberforce in his book, Real Christianity (1797), writes that one of the reasons young people leave their faith is because they don't know how to think. Dr Rice's course definitely gets students thinking!
Psychology = Required College Course
Since most students will have to take a psychology course in college, our children need to know how to discern anti-Christian and anti-scientific philosophies, and recognize false teachings and assumptions in psychological theories.
I love knowing that Dr Rice was prompted to write this homeschool psychology course because of his daughter, Katie. She was preparing to head to college and he wanted her to be ready for the inevitable attacks on her faith. With that in mind, I see Psychology: A Christian Perspective as a must-have manual that all Christian teens should complete before embarking on college-level learning.
Psychology: A Christian Perspective Overview
Dr Rice's homeschool psychology course contains 15 chapters that are set-up and cover the same topics as a college-level psych 101 class. He has a conversational writing-style that engages students; bold typing highlights important words and phrases for easy reading, reference and learning. Chapters are between 10-15 pages long; each chapter contains a brief snapshot of chapter topics, as well as key quotes, applicable verses, a chapter summary and questions for review.
When I was a teen...
When I was a teen, my dad wrote a verse in my bible that I will never forget: Colossians 2:8, "See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ."
Here is the same verse in the New International Reader's Version:
"Make sure no one captures you. They will try to capture you by using false reasoning that has no meaning. Their ideas depend on human teachings. They also depend on the basic things the people of this world believe. They don't depend on Christ."
As parents, we need to make sure our children are ready to go out into the world; they need to be aware of the teachings of today and discern truth from error.
Secular Psychology vs Christian Worldview
Dr Rice takes the study of psychology and aligns it with scripture. I really like how he teaches – he tells students what secular psychologists believe and compares these thoughts and beliefs to a biblical worldview. He also cautions them as to what they will find in their introductory college psychology textbooks. When your teen is sitting in their future Psych 101 class, they may even hear Dr Rice speaking in their ear, reminding them about what they learned. :)
Besides learning about typical areas of psychology like: the brain and nervous system, sensation and perception, learning and memory, human development, personality, etc., your student will wrestle and think through questions like:
- What is worldview and epistemology?
- What do you believe about God, the nature of Mankind and moral absolutes?
- In what way is secular humanism inconsistent with a Christian worldview?
These questions are discussed at the beginning of the course, so your student will have a firm foundation to work from as they go through the rest of the book. At the end of Chapter 2, Dr Rice even warns students to "Stop Reading" and do not continue the course until they are clear about their worldview.
If you or your student are unsure of your own worldview, Dr Rice recommends reading, What's a Christian Worldview? by Del Tackett.
Digital or Hard Copy
You can purchase this homeschool psychology course as a traditional text (hard copy) or a digital ebook. (Btw... it's perfect for individual or group learning.)
Although I love saving money and usually purchase digital products because they are cheaper, you have to factor printing costs for downloadable textbooks. If your student will read their text on their computer, then I would recommend the ebook version; otherwise factor in paper and ink costs for 256 pages of text.
You can download a free, yes free, student workbook and teacher's guide that coincides with the main text. Both you and your student will find this book helpful and invaluable. The student workbook and teacher's guide contains all the questions that are in the text, as well as the answers to those questions, additional discussion questions, and helpful resources for further study.
Don't Avoid This Subject!
Because the area of psychology has been maligned by secularists, many Christians don't know what to think. As Christian parents, we can't avoid this subject. If your child is going to college, they will most likely have to take a psychology course. Strengthen their foundation now before they walk into the college classroom. Dr Rice helps students and adults weed through the myriad of subject material that make-up this discipline, so you and your student can interact with those who oppose your faith, or pick out the subtle challenges to your worldview that are so prevalent today.
I don't usually go through my teen's curriculum for myself, but this is one course I will be reading from cover to cover!
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