I expect Lutherans to care about education. Not only because we believe in truth, wisdom, beauty, and the wonders of creation, but we also know that orthodoxy affects education. Education is far more—and distinct from—any particular methodology. Rather, it’s that intimate fostering and exchange of God-given vocations! So, here is what I’ve gathered and developed related to Lutheran educational resources! (Yes, there are some affiliate links. See the right sidebar for more info.)
So, whether you homeschool, supplement, or are personally involved in a school, here are Lutheran educational resources that can help serve you as you explore and delight in Lutheran education! A lot of good things are already out there, Lutheran and otherwise. These things will be primarily Lutheran-specific.
First: Free Stuff
- Things I’ve developed in my house for my homeschoolers. (Still tweaking)
- General Support, ie., websites, organizations, and tips
- Free Lutheran resources I’ve found by topic
- Organizations that offer support and maybe webinars
- Special Education
Second: Non-Free Stuff
- Lutheran Special Education Resources
- Not-free Lutheran educational resources,
- Lutheran books on or for Education
- Online Lutheran Schools &/Or Coursework
This is just a start, so feel free to contact me below with suggestions, requests, etc.
1. My Own Free Lutheran Educational Resources
Lutheran Recitation-Years: Updated 8/23/18, this list of questions and answers help to catch things that might otherwise slip through the cracks. Either add a question a week for First through Sixth Grade, start at the beginning, or pick and chose. My own practice adds it to my other weekly Q&A recitation list, provided by our Memoria Press curriculum.
Religious Reading by Grade Level: This is my particular planned religion reading list to assign to my kids when they are old enough, in addition to Memoria Press’s religious curriculum, Sunday school, and confirmation.
Religious Reading Recommendations for Students by AgeThis is a supplemental religious reading list organized by age range (Infant, Preschooler/Early Reader, Elementary, Middle School, Junior High, High School).
2. Free Lutheran Educational Resources
General Information Regarding Lutheran Education
- 1517 Academy
- CPH FaithCourses
- Lutheran Hour Ministry Courses and Learning Library
- St. Polycarp Academy (Yes, a Lutheran organization) offers some of its courses for free.
General Tips & Support
- CPH has a homeschool page here, where you can sort by grade or topic.
- CPH a discounted section of Not Quite Perfect books, including subsections of Children and Youth and Education!
- Online or streaming music/radio
- Lutheran Public Radio! Echo/Alexa can play it, too.
- Amazon Prime comes with quite a collection of CPH recordings
- (Amazon Prime does have a Student membership for college folks and reduced rate for those with an EBT or Medicaid card)
- KFUO online/app
- Lutheran Public Radio Talk/ Issues, Etc.
- Lutheran Radio UK
- Lutheran Songbird Project (Youtube and Facebook)
- Pirate Christian Radio (pirate as in outside main stream)
- CPH Music Channel
- Seminary Resources and Free Offerings
- Online libraries!
- Facebook: There are WONDERFUL Lutheran facebook groups! Check for your own synod if not LCMS! The file sections let you avoid reinventing several wheels.
Lutheran Homeschooling or Educational Blogs/Bloggers (Some stay up just to share reviews/ideas)
3. By School Topic
- Artists and Their Art: Sharing Visual Stories, a free education tool to promote visual literacy through artwork. Formerly hosted by Concordia University Chicago, has been moved to Professor Emeritus Deb Heran’s personal site.
Catechism Resources (Also see Religious Instruction & Worship)
- Youtube videos
- Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Highlands Ranch, put together a brief introduction to Luther’s Small Catechism with the following links here.
- Simple Small Catechism Reading Plan – LutheranCatechism.org
- Church Year Catechism Reading Plan – LutheranCatechism.org
- Family Devotions Summer Reading Plan – Pastor Michael Mohr, Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Strasburg, IL
- Family Devotions School Year Reading Plan – Pastor Michael Mohr, Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Strasburg, IL
- Small Catechism Memory Cards – Concordia Publishing House
- Small Catechism Flash Cards – Concordia Publishing House
Classical Lutheran Education
- Luther’s Latin Litany
- Lutheran Public Domain Liturgy Project
- CCLE stuff
- Wittenberg Academy offers elementary curriculum entirely for free! Kindergarten through Sixth!
- Faithful Forebearers: A podcast that explores historical church figures’ lives, times, challenges, and achievements.
Literature & Reading
- Religious Reading Recommendations for Students by Age: A growing list I’ve put together, suggesting a lot of books as appropriate for various grade levels
- A List of Christian Theological Poets
- A Weekly Hymn Selection with Accompaniment
- Children Making Music DVD, put together by the former LCMS Commission on Worship
- The Free Lutheran Chorale Project
- Organ Playing 101 (Videos below are 8-10 minutes each)
- Organ Registration — What do all these names mean and how do I know which stops to use?
- Hymn Introductions — How to add variety and interest.
- Hymn Playing — How to lead the singing of the congregation with appropriate tempo, pulse, and phrasing.
- Liturgy Playing — Ideas for leading Divine Service, Setting One.
- Liturgy Playing — Ideas for leading Divine Service, Setting Three.
- Leading New Hymns and Liturgical Settings — How to help yourself and your congregation.
- Simplified piano student arrangements of Lutheran hymnody.
Religious Instruction/Worship (Also see Catechism Resources)
- 456 Old Testament Passages considered Messianic by the Rabbis
- An Explanation of the Common Service with Appendices on Christian Hymnody and Liturgical Colors and a Glossary of Liturgical Terms
- According to Your Word: Draw the Liturgy and Draw the Catechism
- Bethesda: Welcome to My World: An inclusive coloring book from Bethesda Lutheran Communities
- Celebrating the Saints guide to accompany Celebrating the Saints
- Creed with Bible References and Suggested Hymns
- Equipping Families to Use the Hymnal at Home
- Free coloring pages from CPH
- FREE CATECHISM FLASH CARDS FROM CPH!
- Hallmarks of Lutheran Identity may not be free, but the CPH teaching guide for 7-12 graders (25 weeks plan!) is.
- CPH Hymn studies: Hymn of the Day Studies
- Kids in the Divine Service for the Lutheran Service Book: Free PDFs!
- Lambs at Pasture: Daily devotions following the One-Year Lectionary, including weekly readings, a hymn, and a section of the Small Catechism.
- LCMS CTCR
- Liturgy Audio Files from LCMS Worship
- Lutheran Service Building app! It’s designed for church workers, but the free trial is not currently time-limited and allows full use of the site, except bulletin-making. AWESOME! For example, search for a Bible verse to see when it shows up in the church year, what prayers and liturgies and hymns are based on it. You can type in a hymn by name or number and then listen to the tune on your computer so you can sing along with it. You can search for a word or phrase and see where it shows up in Scripture, hymns, prayers, and liturgy, etc. WOO HOO! (The search function can be tricky to find on mobile web browsers, but it’s in the upper right corner from a computer.)
- Memory Work for Lutheran Schools and Homes
- Mission Friends: An online LCMS program written for the fourth grade level but easily adjusted.
- Pray for Us Calendar
- Religious Reading by Grade Level: This is my particular plan toward a minimum of required (but supplemental) religious reading to supplement religion class.
- What Does This Mean Blog
4. Organizations for Lutheran Education & Support
- Concordia Promise/ Concordia Promise Plus
- Concordia Publishing House: CPH EDU offers blog posts and practical resources at education.cph.org
- Consortium for Classical Lutheran Education (CCLE at ccle.org) offers homeschool groups for discussion for both email and face, recommended reading/ resources/ websites, and a Curriculum Resource Guide for Classical Lutheran Education (now in its second edition).
- Lutheran Education Association (LEA.org) offers weekly devotions, webinars, an online magazine, monographs, and a library for archived past material.
- NLOMA: The National Lutheran Outdoors Ministry Association serves the Church through promoting outdoor ministries. In other words, this website helps you find Lutheran camps to consider!
- Online schools
- Lutheran Dual Credit Opportunities
5. Lutheran Special Education Resources
Cheryl Swope has specialized in educating those with learning disabilities and behavior disorders. She is a faithful member of an LCMS congregation, who has homeschooled two special-need children of her own.
You can find articles by her here and her website here. In addition to the resources on her website, she works with Memoria Press, developing classical curriculum for those with Special Needs, and writing for both of The Classical Teacher and Simply Classical Journal.
On a less education-specific note, Alvin Franzmeier blogs in support of those with intellectual disabilities.
1. Not Free Lutheran Educational Resources for Special Ed.
Below is Cheryl Swope’s book on a classical special education:
This may not be special ed, but it is a special need book, written by a Lutheran mother.
2. Lutheran Books on Education
A Christian Pedagogy by Edward Koehler
CPH also continues to publish collections of essays, so do visit CPH.org to periodically check those out, too!
3. Online Lutheran Schools &/Or Coursework
Online Lutheran Schools (see below under “Organizations for Lutheran Education & Support”)
- Online courses available for children
- Faith Lutheran School, Plano TX, offers online coursework
- Wittenberg Academy is an online Lutheran school, offering online courses for junior high and high school
- Online courses available for older children and adults
4. School Topics
- The Arts
- The Gift of Art: The Place of the Arts in Scripture by Gene Veith
- Economics (High school)
- Ethics (High school)
- Literature, Commentary, Critique
- Middle School or higher
- High School
- Hymns of the Season, Volume 1: Jesus, Ground of Faith, hymn settings graded for piano students
- The Messiah: The Greatest Sermon ever Sung, a Lutheran running commentary on Handel’s masterpiece, The Messiah.
- My First Hymnal, CDs, and accompaniment (simplified but not graded)
- Reading/ Library
- CPH offers three collections under the title, “Essential Lutheran Library.” These titles are well worth having in the family library!
- Religion/Bible Study/Catechetical Material
- In the Beginning, God: Creation from God’s Perspective, an 80-page introduction to Creation Apologetics
- Teacher Courses
- CCLE offers Latin and Greek
- How Can I Help: God’s Calling for Kids for young children
- Family Vocation: God’s Calling in Marriage, Parenting, and Childhood
- God at Work: Your Christian Vocation in All of Life