This page exists to address books and curriculum choices already available. Recommendations mainly go toward Lutheran books by Lutheran authors. At the same time, we would love to be able to recommend tweaking guides, so that we can better Lutheranize some of the really good curriculum options out there. (See non-Lutheran options here.)
Our recommendations are only human and obviously specific to our homes and experiences, but they’ll give you ideas so you yourself can give your children a Lutheran curriculum experience.
If you have additional recommendations or comments to add, please let us know using the form at the bottom of the page.
First, we strongly encourage parents to teach the faith explicitly to their children. By all means, teach your children to ask their pastor, but ultimately parents are the ones placed by God in the fullest of full time roles, for the good of their souls and for their vocational development. Even the best Lutheran curriculum cannot replace an environment of faith.
Sometimes we have to do the best we can with our own words and examples. Thankfully often we can use great books to help us (Small Catechism, anyone?)!
Below, in the first portion of this page, is an ongoing project to compile great Lutheran resources, including anything that gets us closer to a Lutheran curriculum in the home. Ideally so we can let the biblical truths highlighted in Lutheranism shine in our study and play, our home and away.
Educational Books & Resources by Lutherans
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!
There was enough it got it’s own page!
Homeschooling Books by Lutherans
In 2015, LCMS School Ministry published the following book to promote and encourage LCMS Homeschooling families. Are there more to add?
Both for ourselves and our kids!
By the way, places that sell second-hand curricula include Amazon, many Facebook forums, and HomeschoolUsedBook.com.
You simply need to know that there is a group of Lutherans who have pieced together an entirely free Lutheran option for a classical elementary/ grammar school education. Go here to see topic lists for grades Kindergarten through Sixth.
Then, Wittenberg offers professional online classes for Junior High and High School enrollment. Lectures are pre-recorded/ asynchronous (“not live”), discussions held in online forums, and the students meet with their teacher “live” one hour per week.
All the teachers are Lutherans, and there is a beautifully explicit Lutheran character with an emphasis on catechesis and vocation. This option has already come a long way since it began back in 2014.
(For more online Lutheran school options, see “Online Lutheran Schools” below.)
Concordia Publishing House
If you haven’t browsed the CPH website in a while, you might be amazed at how much curricula they’ve developed and sold through the years. Admittedly, it is geared for Lutheran schools rather than Lutheran homeschools.
There is a specific Homeschool drop-down option on their website, so we can more easily search for materials either by topic or grade level.
They also offer several free teaching guides, some created specifically for homeschoolers:
And, although not necessarily at a child’s level, CPH offers online FaithCourses, based on several of their new releases.
Online Lutheran Coursework (Also see Online Lutheran Schools)
Online courses available for older children and adults
Online Lutheran Schools
- ALHS Online (High school, WELS)
- Faith Lutheran School, Plano TX
- Genesis Virtual Academy, Mayer Lutheran High School
- Lutheran South Academy/ Lutheran High North? Houston area
- Orange Lutheran High School
- Wittenberg Academy
Lutheran Schools with Dual Enrollment (High School/College)
The link provides some simple information about additional options. Hopefully, it will also become a place where people send in commentary and review so that these it is increasingly easy to choose and tweak curriculum so that Lutheranism can shine through it.
Lutheran Organizations For Families
Lutheran Organizations with Pertinent Resources
- 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).
- LuthEd.org has resources and is a service through LCMS School Ministry Office.
- Lutheran Education Association (LEA.org) offers weekly devotions, webinars, an online magazine, monographs, and a library for archived past material.
- National Lutheran Outdoors Ministry Association (LCMS-affiliated camps)
Shops by Lutherans (Arsy/ Etsy)
(To see a more detailed list of Lutheran crafters and specialty businesses and shops, visit Mary Moerbe’s site here.)
- Ad Crucem
- Anna Marie Steffenson
- Becky Foster Art
- Emmanuel Press: Greeting cards
- Hymns in my Heart: Holiday, Occasion, and Greeting cards
- Look of Concord
- Lutheran Pub
- L&G Kreations
- Old Lutheran
- Pleasantly Crafted Art
- Pure Joy Creative
- Red Letter Art Design
Topical Resources by Lutherans
- In the Beginning, God: Creation from God’s Perspective by Joel Heck
- Called to Defend: An Apologetics Handbook for the Middle School Student by Valerie Locklair (Also suitable for high schoolers!)
- The Gift of Art: The Place of the Arts in Scripture by Gene Veith
- Meditations on David’s Hymnal: Psalms 11-32
- Meditations on the Great Hallel: Psalms 113-118
- Meditations on the Songs of the Ascents: Psalms 120-134
- Youth Catechesis, Catechumen’s Workbook
- Adult Catechetical Instruction in the Life & Doctrine of the Church, Student Guide (Leader guide here)
- Questions on Luther’s Small Catechism and Selected Bible Passages
- Divine Service, Catechetical Instruction in the Life of the Church, Vol. 1, teachers guide and student book
- Divine Service, Catechetical Instruction in the Life of the Church, Vol. 2, teachers guide and student book
Other Resources, including Organizations, Collections & Websites
- Concordia Catechetical Academy
- Lutherancatechism.com/documents-library/ has some GREAT BOOKS on catechesis and Christian topics.
- Lutheran Catechism
- What Does This Mean Blog
- CPH’s Hero of Faith series, appropriate for ages 7+
- Youth Bible History: New Testament for use with 100 Bible Stories (CPH)
- Youth Bible History: Old Testament for use with 100 Bible Stories (CPH)
- The Ecumenical Creeds and Councils of the Church: Texts with Historical Introductions
- According to Your Word: Draw the Liturgy and Draw the Catechism
- Bethesda: Welcome to My World: An inclusive coloring book from Bethesda
- CPH (yes, FREE)
- Knowledge of Him
- Mission Friends
- New Testament Activity Book for Preschool through Kindergarten Book (Or as individual pages)
- Old Testament Activity Book for Preschool through Kindergarten Individual Worksheets or book
Lutheran Music & Worship
- Worshiping with Angels and Archangels by Scot Kinnaman
- Ordering our Days in His Peace by H. R. Curtis
- Behold the Lamb: An Introduction to the Signs and Symbols of the Church by Deac. Pam Nielsen.
Hymns, Children’s Hymnals, & Hymn Studies
- LCMS Hymn of the Day Studies
- CPH’s My First Hymnal and its student accompaniment version
- Useful Hymns for Worship, Prayer, and Instruction in the Lutheran Church, School, and Home by R. D. Fish
- Liber Hymnorum: The Latin Hymns of the Lutheran Church
Worship and/or Worship Aids
- Lutheran Public Domain Liturgy Project
- Lutheran Service Builder App has a free trial version (not currently time-limited), so you can use the site to search for texts during the church year, find matching prayers, liturgies, and hymns, or search for words or tunes.
- Kids in the Divine Service for the Lutheran Service Book: Free PDFs!
- According to Your Word
- The Divine Service: The Life of the Church
- 25 Bible Word Cards
- Student Memory Work Worksheets for Youth Bible History: Old and New Testament
- On My Heart: Lutheran Memory Work Program (They are not, at this time, allowed to use the Small Catechism whose copyright is held by CPH.)
- Scripture Box is a digital, Alexa-friendly memory box
- 5 Free Bible Reading Plans: One Year, Two Year, Chronological, Bible Narratives, and Daily Lectionary
- This Passion Book, developed by Rev. Andrew Richard, combines woodcuttings and various artwork with the Passion readings traditionally read throughout Holy Week for home and devotional use.
- Book of Concord Reading Plans, including summer and yearly
- Meditations on the Apostles Creed
- The Pastoral Office: Institution, Nature, and Tasks according to Luke 10 and the Acts of the Apostles
- Holy Baptism: The Sacramental Entrance into the Church
- Faith and Good Works: The Christian Life
- Church and Ministry: The Communion of Saints, the Marks of the Church, and the Pastoral Office
- The Lord’s Supper: The Food of Life and the Feast of Heaven
Kelly Klages has a wonderful Luther Rose snowflake with instructions here.
We don’t want our children to only read the catechism during confirmation class. We want the catechism to help shape their lives, year after year. So this section offers books that may be read in a supplemental or devotional manner, keeping the catechism before them on a regular basis.
Some of these books may have corresponding workbooks, but since this is not part of a confirmation class, or necessarily even a religion class, only the text will be listed.
- Catechetical Helps (Although I’ve heard older versions can be better than newer due to expectations at the time)
- Praying the Catechism
- Martin Luther’s Small and Large Catechisms (Catechisms only is a nice edition)
- Devotions on the Small Catechism
- Why Am I Joyfully Lutheran? Instruction, Meditation, and Prayers on Luther’s Small Catechism
Devotions & Prayer
Also see Catechetical Reading
Lutheran papers and presentations are also available on Cranach.org.
ASL (American Sign Language)
- Bill Vicars’ youtube channel: Learn Sign Language
- If you are looking to practice German by reading it, check out Lutheran Beitreage.
- Just a non-Lutheran article, but helpful and encouraging: 7 Tips for Starting to Learn Biblical Greek
- Learn the Greek Alphabet in less than 10 minutes: a youtube video by Steve Demme of Math-U-See.
- A list of resources for teaching Ancient Greek at K-12 levels
- Recommended Classical Greek textbooks:
- There is a lovely Small Catechism in Latin with notes, put together by Rev. Dr. Edward Naumann.
- Liber Hymnorum: The Latin Hymns of the Lutheran Church!
- Luther’s Latin Litany!
You may also be interested in this comparison chart about various introductory Latin programs.
Fiction Chapter Books for kids by Lutherans!
Easy Chapter Books
- A Hero’s Curse (The Unseen Chronicles Book 1) by P. S. Broaddus
- Nightrage Rising (The Unseen Chronicles Book 2) by P. S. Broaddus
- Madderfayr by Jane Obersat
- Out of the Woods by Ruth Chinery
Non-fiction for Kids by Lutheran Authors
Religious Supplements for School Topics (Help me grow this list!)
Reading Literature Guides or Accompaniment
- There’s a free Student Handout for The Martin Luther Story from The Torchlighters Heroes of the Faith series. (I haven’t actually read the book, but the handout looks engaging.)
- Meet the Austins by Madeleine L’Engel, study prepared by Rev. McCoy (Go here.)
- The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis, study prepared by Rev. McCoy (Go here.)
- The Horse and His Boy by CS Lewis, study prepared by Rev. McCoy (Go here.)
- The Soul of the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by Gene Veith
- The Soul of Prince Caspian: Exploring Spiritual Truth in the Land of Narnia by Gene Veith
- Reading Between the Lines: A Christian Guide to LIterature by Gene Veith
- Law and Gospel by Walther, study prepared by Rev. McCoy (Go here.)
- The Bestman, the Bride and the Wedding based on a novel by Rev. McCoy, study prepared by Rev. McCoy
- The Messiah: The Greatest Sermon Ever Sung by Tony Pittenger
- 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)
(If you’re intimidated by the idea labwork at home, at least there is a place that sells complete lab kits, which correspond with several prominent Christian homeschool curriculum programs: Home Science Tools. We have no affiliate relationship, but we were relieved when we discovered them online.)
CCLE offers adult classes for Latin and Greek
Video Guide or Accompaniment
- There’s a free Student Handout for The Martin Luther Story from The Torchlighters Heroes of the Faith series. (I haven’t seen the show or series, but thought I’d pass it along before I forget about it.)
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