In writing our guide books, we took a different approach to all the academics and made them God-centered and service-oriented. Briefly, here is how we have attempted to accomplish this: (Note: A more detailed discussion on how to use the Kimber Curriculum is found on the national website at http://kimber.academy/building-your-educational-dreamhouse
Another unique facet of Kimber Academy is that there are fewer grade levels of study. Instead of 12 grades, we divide students into only three age groups: (1) Ages 5 – 8; (2) ages 9 – 11; and (3) ages 12 and older. While each age-group has its own level of math, science, language arts, history, and religion, the curriculum has one major difference: Principles.
Basing our curriculum on principles is one of the most exciting breakthroughs discovered! This idea is based on how most of us study the Bible. No matter how many times we read the Bible, we discover and understand it in more depth each time, because the scriptures are based on God-given principles. When we incorporated this principle-based learning in our curriculum, we found that students are able to study the same subject over and over, like they do with the scriptures, and gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the subject each time they go through it.
All the Kimber Academy guidebooks are based on principles rather than grade-levels because not every third grader is on that level of learning; nor is every twelfth grader ready to launch into a much bigger world of learning. A student can be age 8 but advanced enough in math, for example, to be able to do the principles of geometry. On the other hand, a 12-year-old may be struggling with numeration and multiplication facts. When the guidebooks are principle-based, it doesn’t matter which level a student is on, the children can progress at their own levels and at their own speed.
When students learn with a purpose in mind, rather than just passing an exam and getting a grade, learning has meaning in their lives. The purpose of their education is to enable them to use that knowledge to serve
History. History is simply a record of God’s dealings with mankind, and man’s dealings with each other. Instead of teaching godless theories of how mankind evolved, the Kimber History is taken directly from the viewpoint of the scriptures. Each student–no matter what denomination he or she belongs to–can refer to their preferred set of scriptures—the Bible (any version), the Book of Mormon, the Torah, the Koran, or the writings of Confucius. All these are considered to be sacred writings. When young people see how God works with mankind, and how mankind works with one another on the earth, they begin to know their own worth and thus develop a personal relationship with their Creator. This grows into a desire to serve Him and keep His laws and commandments.
Math. Instead of repetitiously manipulating numbers on pages and pages of pre-written math problems, the Kimber Math program presents the fundamentals of how God used mathematics to pattern of the entire universe. Students are taught that He is the Great Mathematician who organized everything, for he said: “ … all things are numbered unto me, for they are mine and I know them.” (Moses 1:35) Also, the Savior told his Apostles, “The very hairs of your head are all numbered” (Matthew 10:30). As students begin to see the magic of what they too can do with numbers and correlate the concepts of how God organized everything in existence with numbers and formulas, His majesty becomes more clear. It is hoped that students may begin to ask questions such as, “How can I use mathematic knowledge to help my fellow man, and to help build God’s kingdom?” The Kimber math texts are designed to help them answer this question.
Language Arts. Language arts is the “art of communication.” When students learn proper grammar, spelling, and language skills, they are better prepared to communicate. The plan of this curriculum is to teach the student the beauty of communicating their thoughts and words, so they can help others gain an appreciation for the Creator. Using their Language arts skills, the Kimber Language arts program teaches students to share the beauty of language with all kinds of service projects. Students begin to use self-expression on a higher plane because they use the “art of language” from the scriptures and the classics. They show how they feel about life and God through stories, poetry and thought.
Science. Science is perhaps the greatest testator of the existence of God. In the Kimber six science guidebooks, students are given major vocabulary words to research, analyze, memorize, and illustrate. As they write their own textbooks on the subjects of physiology, zoology, botany, chemistry, geology, and astronomy, their knowledge and testimony of God’s existence builds and strengthens. Their finished books are an impressive portfolio for any college or job.