Every week in kindergarten through sixth grade, the students learn a “Credo.” They practice it at home with parents and in class. “Credo” is Latin for “I believe.” The children commit to memory the Word of God and key points about living & thinking like Christians (which is doctrine, really, though people often think doctrine is for much more complicated topics). It also gives a steady stream of direct, Biblical teaching for instructors and parents to refer to throughout the day, week, & year. The credo is a daily reminder/lesson on what we are to believe & how we are to live. Some credos are written by the teachers, some are strictly Bible verses like the 10 commandments, and some come from the Westminster Shorter Catechism. The following is an example:
Question: What do the Scriptures principally teach?
Answer: The Scriptures principally teach, what man is to believe concerning God, and what duty God requires of man.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NKJV) All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
That credo is PACKED with significance. We don’t get to make up what we are to believe. God tells us what to believe. We don’t get to make up how God wants us to live, He tells us how to live. Where do we find these instructions? Scripture. These truths are simple, but so profound and life changing.
The credo is, therefore, not just rote memorization, but a tool to train up children in the way they should go (Proverbs 22:6). It’s one way that Geneva Academy comes alongside parents, supporting them as they raise their children.