Learning Strategy and Curriculum
how ATI meets the learning needs of all ages
“And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.” —Deuteronomy 6:6–7
In the ATI program, children learn along with their parents through a unit study approach to education. This approach increases the motivation of children as they are part of a “learning team,” rather than studying on their own. Sons and daughters of varying ages become a learning team as they study the same concepts together in the Wisdom Booklets, and then broaden their learning to different levels through individual projects chosen from the Parent Guide Planners.
The unit study approach is a proven, highly effective method of learning. The Wisdom Booklet curriculum focuses on Biblical concepts and themes to which all academic disciplines relate. Picture a wheel with Scripture at the hub and each academic subject (linguistics, history, law, science, and medicine) running like spokes from hub to rim. Each subject is understood in balance by its relationship to the hub of Scripture. Through this method, comprehension and long-term retention are heightened, because subjects are related to one another around a central theme of learning.
As family members work together, relationships are strengthened. Older students may gain experience through teaching their younger brothers and sisters, and younger children benefit from exposure to the training that the older ones receive. Assignments are selected from a wide array of options to meet each young person’s individual needs.
Older students fulfill their state’s high school requirements as they work through the Wisdom Booklets, Parent Guide Planner assignments, and additional courses.
Through the ATI approach to higher education, young people learn to solve youth and family problems and discover the purpose that God has for their lives. It is also possible for students to complete college-level and high-school-level studies at the same time! This is accomplished as students are disciplined in their studies and learn to portfolio their experiences as they take part in service activities and training opportunities at home and abroad. The ATI Resource Manual details how this is possible.