TEACHING WORLD RELIGIONS – A UNIT STUDY APPRPOACH
Do you teach world religions in your homeschool?
As a Catholic homeschooling family, our approach to teaching and learning about other religions is based on our Catholic faith and revolves around over 2000 years of Church doctrine.
The idea of studying other world religions is necessary for us as we are a family that understands the dangers of being closed-minded and potentially supercilious when it comes to the realities of the world in which we live. Furthermore, acknowledging that other religions exist and have shaped our world is something to actively discover and discuss together. All from our own Catholic perspective.
Online Research & Teaching Resource
We were pleased to have recently been introduced to an impressive new online resource of FREE RELIGION ARCHIVES – The ARDA (the Association of Religion Data Archives).
The ARDA provides free access to quality data on religion and has been archiving information since 1997, and going to an online format in 1998.
Originally targeted towards researchers and educators, they are expanding their reach to the homeschool community for parents, tutors/teachers and students.
The ARDA has an abundance of Teaching Tools and Lesson Plans which integrate content from the ARDA and other sources into teachable units. This was great news for us as we tend to enjoy a Unit Study approach to learning specific material of importance in the middle school and high school years. Especially religious studies.
Lesson Plans for Home Educators
At The ARDA, each lesson has specific learning objectives, relevant readings from which to choose, learning activities, and assessment tools to gauge student learning on the topic. Lesson plans contain links to all of the ARDA learning resources to make it easy for homeschool teachers to use the ARDA without extensive searching and planning.
Within the Lesson Plans, there are learning modules quite suited to the Unit study approach. In addition, an extensive archive of current articles that cover all the major world religions from which to study.
There are also ARDA site tutorials that will help students and instructors make the most of all the site has to offer.
As you can see, there are numerous ways to explore the ARDA site with your students. The archives are extensive and would lend well to an excellent lesson on Research and forming opinions based on this vast database.
We are thrilled to be able to add this wonderful resource to our repertoire of study aids and homeschool helps. I believe it will become useful to many homeschoolers especially with respect to religious and historical studies. Take a look and let me know what you think.
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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by The ARDA and I have been compensated for my time to share this valuable information with you. Please see my full disclosure policy here.