Transitioning to Biblical Principle Approach

butterflyBPA is so exciting, so life changing, so excellent that those new to this approach can, in their zeal, overdo things and burnout quickly. It can leave you feeling like you have failed or that BPA is not a fit for you. Because it requires more on the part of the parent-teacher, it takes more time to make the changes you desire to see in your homeschool.

It is not a matter of simply tossing out the old and starting fresh Monday morning. There is a process that will keep you growing, learning, and on track. I cannot stress strongly enough the word transition. It is a process, not a box you open and use right away.

First you must renew your own mind. You cannot teach it until it has been made light to you. Take time to internalize scripture, principles and the ideas of America’s Christian history before you even begin to add it to your lessons.

Then you choose one subject and 4-R that. Leave all your other materials as they are and teach only that one subject BPA. Introduce this new way of learning in history, literature or whatever subject you feel led to choose.

Add one subject each year that you teach from a BPA perspective. Baby steps will prevent burnout. Jumping in and trying to teach every subject this way from the start will leave you exhausted and frustrated.

Keep your standards high and your expectations low. Your children may struggle with ideas and producing their own work. Present one idea per lesson per day. Don’t overfeed and be patient. Let them sit with ideas and wrestle for their own education. They will own it and real learning will happen.

Making small changes over the years will get you where you want to go. Displacing ideas, Biblical reasoning and producing your own work all take time, effort and patience. As long as you understand it’s not a race but a journey, your transition can be a happy and painless one (but not without struggle!).

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2 Responses to Transitioning to Biblical Principle Approach

  1. Valerie Fuller says:

    Hello. I am looking into the FACE principle approach Noah Plan curriculum. Do you use the Noah Plan curriculum? Do you like or recommend it? I want the in-depth, Bible-based content that it sounds like it offers. However, I have 2 boys that are very hands-on and I want to be able to capture their attention with more than just busy work. It seems like there is a lot of writing and reading, which I don’t mind, if I know it will be mixed with some activity as well. If you do not recommend the Noah Plan, may I ask what else you use to teach with the Principle Approach? Thanks for your help.

  2. Anna-Marie says:


    I understand your position on busy work. The wonderful thing about BPA is that is it student-produced, meaning there is no “busy work,” they work to create their own work. There is no fill in the blank or other papers that are fact driven.

    That being said, you can certainly use BPA and the NP with hands on children. Many times I have modified the work the children produce or cut way down on the writing. Sometimes I may video, sometimes have them draw a picture or produce a project that will convey that they understand the concept. Does that make sense to you? It really isn’t much work at all.

    I have a list of 25 alternatives to worksheets in a PDF and it is available from my “Gratis” link at the top of the page. Also “Alternatives to Worksheets” and “Better than Book Reports” are two great resources to do something new and fresh.
    .-= Anna-Marie´s last blog ..Some thoughts on liberty =-.

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