Frequently Asked Questions
When are you going to have all three years worth of content complete?
Currently the first two years' worth of content are complete. The content is written for the third year, but we haven'e yet produced some of the teaching aids, most notably the music. Completion at this point is dependent on funds as well as us finding/making time to do the work.
Why don't you keep the store open all the time?
We started by having the store open all of the time, but we found it was very difficult to keep material in stock based on getting an order or two a week. For now, we're going to open periodically and batch the process of printing and shipping. This makes the process financially viable for us and keeps it from taking up too much time on a weekly basis. If you want to make sure you get a notice when we open the store again in the future, be sure to click here and request a sample. That will automatically add you to our mailing list.
Wouldn't it be better business sense to keep the store open all the time?
While we're not a nonprofit, we're not really making money on this. Right now, we're just defraying the cost of creating this content, so we can have it for our own kids and make it available to you.
Can four-year-olds learn the same things as 5th graders?
We find that four year olds are much more capable than most curricula assumes, so the basic structure of the class is very similar across age ranges. For example, at all ages we have a section of class where we do basic drills on the memory work. Of course, some children can't read yet, so that changes some of the review methods. But the basic structure stays the same. The biggest difference with the younger children is that we provide timeline art pages for their review time. Because Sword Training is taught on a three-year cycle, the children who have it twice will be most likely to achieve mastery of the content.
What version of the Bible do you use for memory work?
We use the English Standard Version. The ESV is a relatively new translation that uses traditional (but not archaic) language and is considered by Bible scholars to be very accurate. It's not a matter of faith for us; it's just the one we choose to use.
Why don't you capitalize personal pronouns that refer to God?
The capitalization of personal pronouns referring to divinity was created just last century, yet most of the popular translations don’t capitalize them. (NASB and NKJV do. KJV, ESV, NIV, and ASV don’t.) We choose not to for three reasons. First, whenever possible, we prefer to use standard English for contemporary readers. While a couple of translation committees last century chose to capitalize them, the movement in translation is to return to the standard practice of not capitalizing them. Second, capitalization of names is generally not a sign of respect in English. For example, we would capitalize Lucifer because it is a proper name, not to confer honor or respectability. So this decision is not based on respect or lack of it. Finally, since most versions do not capitalize personal pronouns, including the ESV, we would have two different practices of capitalization in our material if we did choose to capitalize, which could be confusing.
How would you describe the doctrinal positions of Sword Training?
Our goal is simply to be faithful to the Word of God. If you want to know how that plays out in the content, download a sample of our memory work for your review. (We do not have a creed or statement of faith.) The vast majority of our content is simple Bible knowledge. The only element that is not directly from scripture is our monthly "Spiritual Truth Sentences." We have attempted to convey basic Christian themes in those statements. If you were to find some of those memory pieces doctrinally objectionable, we believe that you will find the vast majority of the content to be useful nevertheless. You could easily skip the parts you don’t want. In closing, I like to say that our content asks the question, "What did Balaam's donkey say?" It does not address the question, "What did Charles Spurgeon say?"
Does my church have to pay the annual access fee every year or just to get started?
Our pricing model for churches is based on the collection of the annual fee. (There is not an annual fee for the home version.) We don't sell much in the way of consumable materials (you know the stuff that goes in the trash each Sunday after class) like other curricula, so this fee is important for us to keep Sword Training up and running. Each year you are using Sword Training, we ask that you pay the annual access fee. We've structured the cost such that your church will likely still save money on your annual curriculum expenditures after paying the annual fee. In addition, the annual fee is going to give you continued value, as we provide access to training for new teachers, videos, digital resources, and any future updates.
Who wrote and sings the songs?
We commissioned the extremely talented Beth Fox of Nashville, TN to record our songs.
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