Education has made great strides in the area of early childhood education. Many programs, philosophies and schools of thought are taking advantage of the fact that a child’s absorbent mind will experience the greatest mental growth between birth and 7 years. One of the most important considerations is the development of character. Training up a child in the way that he should go appropriately takes up the attention of parents and teachers. One modern program, Advanced Unit Studies, which was 30 years in the making, developed a curriculum based on the conviction that "All scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for . . . instruction in righteousness." 2 Tim. 3:16. Advanced Unit Studies proposes that any government-mandated textbook or course of study can be converted into a Bible-based curriculum. The proponent of this program is Ray Puen, best-selling author ("Is That in the Bible?") and executive director of New Life Regency Schools, a ministry that operates in Southeast Asia. The program is team taught by the teachers in the elementary school in which it is planted, who gather for orientation one hour each weekend to go over the scheduled Scripture Module that sets out the lesson on which all the subjects are modified and taught. Nothing of the conventional instruction is left out of the subject; it is only modified to accommodate scripture application. The ABCs of Advanced Unit Studies are Application, Bridges and Conventional Curriculum. After a full day of working with Mr. Puen, the teachers use a template to work out a module based on another scripture, and create the lesson plans that build on that scripture. The delivery system is what ingrains the lesson for greater retention: music, art, drama, movement, games and competition. The repeated focus on God as the Source of all knowledge, and the inevitable conclusion children will draw when a skilled teacher asks the right questions to draw their attention to God will cause the curriculum to hang together. The result is that students learn scripture first and then master the subjects in the context of the scripture lesson learned. The retention is lifetime. The module is changed every week and the students almost effortlessly end up memorizing 150 verses in the school year as a consequence of the games and multiple delivery system employed. What’s different about the Biblical basis of Advanced Unit Studies? It is the direction in which the application flows. In most cases, a subject is taught and with great effort an application may be made to life, or some moral value is extracted from the lesson. This is very difficult and the results questionable. It would be more effective to turn around the direction of the flow to be from scripture to the subject. That is, the first lesson learned would be the scripture that the module is built on, and then application is made specifically to the subject. It is this Application that the school spends a day learning with Puen’s coaching. But if the Application is the heart of the system, its brains are the Bridge events that the students participate in. This is built on the importance of Response. After they hear the lesson, they will respond by Recitation, Declaration, Research, and Sharing. The Sharing portion has been proven effective in 2 decades of testing. Every few minutes, few paragraphs, or a logical break point, the teacher stops and asks the students to teach that part of the lesson to their assigned class partner. They repeat it twice – once when the first student teaches the second student, and twice when they trade sides. The effectiveness of Advanced Unit Studies is demonstrated in a Christian school in a Buddhist country, interweaving the module lesson each week into all the government-required subjects. Children come to faith in this environment. Furthermore, the demand for inclusion as witness the wait list cannot be missed. The reason children consistently score in the upper 5 percentile of national exams in all subjects is the promise in Deuteronomy that they shall be the head and not the tail, academically. Unit Studies creates scholars, discipline and character. These are among the best behaved students one can find anywhere in the world because the Bible is at the foundation of all behavior and learning by the students. The section on the Bridge alone is worth the price of admission because one can easily see how effectively it ingrains the lessons taught. The retention is lifetime. It is always startling to attendees of this hour-long demonstration to learn that before a child enters Kindergarten, third grade at the latest, Advanced Unit Studies will have equipped him to speak two extra languages and play the piano and the violin in the course of the unique delivery system employed in this character development program. The system covers all the way to High School. Reading with comprehension happens before Kindergarten. Advanced Unit Studies guarantees character development and preparation for service in this life as an upstanding citizen.