APR
09
2013

Homeschool Bible Curriculum Forum

Hi everyone! Welcome to day 2 of my curriculum forum discussions! Today we’re going to talk about how we study the Bible.

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Bible is an important part of our homeschool, and for whatever reason it was always one of the hardest for me to find. But since finding the Grapevine Studies we’ve really been  loving our Bible time. These studies work really well for teaching multiple levels and my kids are really enjoying doing them as well, so I plan to continue with these next year.

I recommend getting the multiple level student workbook and Teacher’s Manual. You really can’t do these lessons without the TM and then of course you need the student workbooks as well. The TM has the lessons as well as sample drawings for those of us who are artistically challenged! And really these are so flexible they can be done with kiddos as young as Kindergarten I’d say. For preschooler’s they’ve also just released traceable versions as well! We will be using that shortly to help include the Teeny Tot in our lessons and I can’t wait to try them out!

 

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Pros:

  • Great visual walk through the Bible.
  • Works great with multiple levels.

Cons:

  • Can be expensive to purchase multiple workbooks for each student.
  • Don’t have a lot of books released yet.

 

Another addition we’re making next year are the Kay Arthur Bible studies for kids. I think they’re great for teaching independent study skills to older kiddos. I’m going to be using them with Turbo who will be in 4th grade and Strawberry Shortcake who will be in 5th grade next year. I wouldn’t recommend starting these much sooner than 4th or 5th grade though.

Each book includes directions as well as instructions for the students to complete as they go through the study so they are basically self contained. Students will be writing inside these books however, so you’ll need to purchase one per student.

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Some more great Bible resources:

Pros:

  • Great for independent study
  • Good way to teach younger students about inductive Bible study.

Cons:

  • Students write in books, so you have to purchase new books for each study.

 

So, now comes the fun part!

What are your favorite Bible curriculum, resources, websites, etc? Leave a comment below discussing your choices for this year and why.

Feel free to ask questions or reply to each other too!

It’s my way of doing a forum without actually doing a forum haha!

And hopefully this will help us all as we start the process of researching curriculum, and trying to decide what will be the best fit for our homeschool.

Note: Please keep today’s conversations geared towards BIBLE, I will be posting one for each subject separately so we can keep our comments organized.

Disclosure: This was not a sponsored post, I may however be affiliated with one or more products mentioned. The opinions expressed in this post were not influenced by the company. They are products I have used and felt like sharing, cuz’ it’s my blog and I can if I want to.

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  1. I found, and love, Foundations Bible Curriculum. It’s super easy to use.

  2. This is not really a curriculum but a really nice site for Bible study for younger kids. They have paper craft men you can make and also towns etc. There is Bible stories and various other resources.

    There is also a monthly 3D christian calender you can make.

    I really love this site.

    http://jacques-mylittlehouse.blogspot.com/

  3. Another great one is Picture Smart Bible. The books are in two sections one for the old Testament and one for the New Testament. Children through drawing over outlines, learn scripture and much more.

    I however think it is for kids about Grade 4 + level.

    http://www.bibledraw.com

    • They are actually working on a version for younger kiddos right now. I really liked the looks of this, and we are on a list to be notified when the younger version is ready.

  4. I have been thinking of using Kay’s bible study books with my DD10 too. But I don’t know which book to start with? Do you have any suggestions?thanks.

    • We LOVE the Discover for Yourself Bible study books!! Jonah would be a good one to start with- it’s a ittle shorter and less “involved” (you stay in the book of Jonah rather than referencing other books of the Bible) than some of the others. I used Jonah with a small group of 3rd-5th graders last year, and we all really enjoyed it. Since then, my son has also completed Covenant Code and is currently working through Daniel, both of which are a lot more detailed and involved.

    • I think it depends on what you are doing w/ the rest of your studies. We were in ancient times, so we started w/ Genesis. We have taken it slow, and are in the second book. The first book had 6 wks, there are 5 days/wk. We often do a day over several days, so it took us 12 wks, (we don’t do extra Bible on our co-op day). We took Dec off for our advent story. We are currently in wk 7 of the second book (there are maybe 9 wks in this book?) I tried to have them (I have 9 yo twins) do it on their own as a personal Bible study type thing, but they often need my help. I would def suggest getting an inexpensive copy of the version she recommends (NASB maybe). We don’t have one, and so I use my phone app for the verses that are not in the back of the book. IMO, it’s kind of a pain to flip back and forth, I find it much easier to read it side by side (questions next to scripture). i think it’s easier for the kids this way too. My kids often got frustrated when using their own Bible, which is NIrv, b/c the words didn’t match up exactly. I have done several precept studies, which is why I chose this, but it is definitely hands on. All that to say, it is a good study, but be prepared to do it with your kids, esp if they are on the younger side. 10-11 yo kids may not need the amt of help my kids do.

  5. We have used Scripture Adventures, and really like them. Have done the oLd Testament so far, but plan on doing more of them. I confess I print them out and comb bind the books though–works better for us. The cost is VERY reasonable, though, and you can use for all your children, so the main cost is for printing it out yourself.

  6. We have used Telling God’s Story. It works great for our kids who are close in age and we do it together. The main focus of the story is JESUS. Instead of starting at creation or other Old Testament Bible stories, the focus is on Jesus and how his life is interwoven throughout Scripture. The activities are easy to organize for the week and fun to do!

    • We also really love Telling God’s Story. A breath of fresh air, really, when it comes to teaching kids about the Bible. It sticks to things kids are ready for and saves complex OT stories they aren’t prepared to understand for later years.

    • What age do you think this could be started at?

      • We started this at Kindergarten, age 5. The first book is reccommended for 1st grade but even our 2 year old does the coloring sheets and activities. The concepts can easily be grasped by little ones because it is about Jesus…. who calls little children to come to Him.

    • I, too, thought the concept of Jesus being the focal point made this curriculum VERY appealing. I was impressed by the lesson samples online, as well. Considering a purchase, I checked out who wrote it, and it is Peter Enns. As it turns out, Peter Enns wrote the book “The Evolution of Adam,” where he proposed that biological evolution is fact and that there was no literal Adam or Eve or literal Fall. I have a BIG problem with that. So, considering that perspective must be woven (however subtly) in his other materials, I am choosing to stay clear of this curriculum.

      My sharing this is in no way meant to attack Jenni, it’s only meant to be informative, since I believe most Bible curriculum seekers desire (and perhaps assume) a Creationist view point.

      • Thank you for that information:) I appreciate it!

      • I took some time to learn more about Peter Enns, and what I found out is shocking. After learning about his view of the Old testament and creation and Adam and Eve, I would never use his books to teach my children. He gives equal weight to near-eastern creation myths as he does to the real Creation story. Thanks so much Kimberly.
        Is there another curriculum that has Jesus at the center?

    • If you are looking for a Christ centered curriculum, I would also recommend Telling God’s Story by Peter Enns (currently only through 2nd grade). I picked up the Parent’s Teaching Guide at Barnes and Noble and then purchased the actual curriculum later. If you are interested in finding out more about this curriculum, I would recommend doing this.

      As far as Peter Enns goes, as stated here by others, his personal views follow closely to theistic evolution. Although, in the actual curriculum, theory has so far not been discussed as this is Christ centered – and ALL Christians believe in the teachings of Christ.

      Dr. Enns holds a M.Div from Westminister Theological Seminary, a M.A. from Harvard, and a Ph.D. from Harvard. He is an expert in biblical studies. I have absolutely NO problems teaching my kids out of his curriculum. In fact his main thesis in his publications for adults is that as Jesus was both 100% man and 100% God, so is the Bible. I personally find no fault with this at all, because after all the Bible was literally written by both man and God. And I in fact disagree with his view that there is no literal Adam – but I like his Bible Curriculum for kids.

      Oh, and Enns does not give equal weight to other creation myths:
      “Genesis 1 is a strong argument AGAINST such stories as these. The intent of the creation account is to keep Israel from falling into the trap of worshiping someone other than the true creator. This is both repeated and developed further in the rest of the Old Testament. Continually, the reasons given for why Yahweh should be worshiped are that he is not only the Creator, but also the deliverer. This dual theme continues into the New Testament: the Creator is the Redeemer.” p. 61, Telling God’s Story: A Parent’s Guide to Teaching The Bible, Peter Enns

      Anyway, if this type of curriculum piques your interest, check it out! Do not be scared of venturing outside of what others condemn without investigation.

      An intelligent heart acquires knowledge,
      and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
      Proverbs 18:15

      And in case anyone is wondering, the reason I am giving such an in-depth response and what may appear to be a little “fan-girly” here, is that I truly believe there is nothing wrong with pulling curriculum from places or people that you may not necessarily agree 100% in regards to the lens they use to analyze the theory behind biblical views…and miss out on something really good. This whole battle between YEC and OEC and theistic views, etc., is getting WAY out of hand. We all believe in Jesus and that the Bible is God’s Word. Find the curriculum that best translates this to your children. The worst thing we can do for our kids is teach them to bash other Christians.

      “‎We must recognize that it is one thing to be loyal to Christ but it is another thing to be loyal to someone’s interpretation of loyalty to Christ. We should resist coercion at the latter level. We must in turn be aware of harsh, judgmental criticism that would equate loyalty to our beliefs with loyalty to Christ.” William Abraham

      • Thank you for that response. Jesus is center period. God will work out the rest of the details in glory. Until then let us strengthen our brothers Luke 22:32. :).

    • julie quan says:

      We use this curriculum and love it. I really like a Jesus centered Christianity! My son has really enjoyed it as well. The Bible studies consist of a little background for the parent and a section to read to the child. I read both on two different days to our son. We do 1-2 activities and then move onto the next story. And, yes, I am familiar with the rest of his work and, though much of it is not appropriate for our young son I don’t have to agree with everything an author says to use the things with which I do agree. I like the emphasis on a relationship with God, believing in Jesus and focusing our daily life on our relationship with God and faith in Jesus Christ. What else do I need in a NT Bible study?

  7. We will be starting grapevine next year and I am looking forward to something more consistent.
    I would like the share the Answers in Genesis Sunday School Curriculum. It is great! Our children get the study through our bible study group. So,I bought the flip chart…. which I LOVE. We go over it sporadically during the week. It has songs, memory verses, large picture for each lesson, and the entire lesson for teacher/class is on the back. It is geared toward preschoolers, but the rest of the curriculum is for all ages…. right up through adults. I love that we are all learning the same thing. It goes chronologically through the whole Bible.

    • Would you consider purchasing the Sunday School curriculum to do at home if your kids weren’t receiving it at church? We don’t do this at church but after looking at it I’m very intrigued.

  8. For 1st grade, we will be using Bible 1 Module – Suffer Little Children from Covenant House for our daily bible study at breakfast. It is found here: http://www.covenanthome.com/catalog/70
    During our school time we will be using Positve Actions for Christ 1st grade: https://positiveaction.org/product-category-elementary

  9. Answers in Genesis is good; that’s what our church uses for children’s church. At home we just use the Bible itself. Nothing fancy. Right now I’m reading the book of Daniel aloud to them and they’re memorizing 3 John. For reading we use the NIRV; for memorizing, it’s ESV.

  10. Bible Road Trip is a free 3 year Bible survey for children grades 1-12, written at 4 different levels. There are also free notebook pages for the lower 3 levels.

    http://m.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fthinkingkids.wordpress.com%2F2012%2F07%2F16%2Fbible-roadtrip-overview-a-3-year-bible-survey-for-children-and-young-adults-grades-1-12-free-weekly-printable-syllabus-2%2F&h=aAQF_EUa9&s=1

    • Thank you Danika! I’ve looked in to this and cannot believe how much work you’ve put in to this! I’m excited to start this with my 3 and 5 year olds :) I’m just waiting to get the 365 great bible stories and then we’re going to get started!

  11. Jacqueline says:

    We love jw.org. It has a ton of FREE bible studies for toddlers, children, and teens.

    • We are LOVING jw.org too!! Caleb and Sophia are great!!

      • jw.org is the official website of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Please note that they believe that Jesus is not God, but only an angel (Michael the archangel), and that the Holy Spirit is not God, but only an “active force”. They are considered by many (and I believe rightly so) to be a cult. I will forever be thankful to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for bringing me out of that group.

  12. I just bought The Action Bible for my 7 year old son. I think he will really like it. It is a bible illustrated comic book style. We also have some Child’s Bible History books that we have used.

    • Oh my gosh, I just went to Amazon and looked at the Action bible. You can preview some of the pages as well as the table of contents etc, and when I saw the drawings I just got chills down my spine! My seven year old is going to love it!

  13. We just started using Grapevine and my girls (5 & 7) love it. I also like The Jesus Storybook Bible and The Child’s Story Bible by Catherine Vas.

  14. We just started going through the New City Catechism app on the iPad. It’s awesome and can be done as a family. The questions have both shorter responses for the kids to learn and longer ones for the adults. There are supporting Bible verses and commentary for each question, too.

  15. We use the Bible lesson workbooks from Christian Light Publications. They are super affordable and we love the thrill of completing another workbook and moving to the next. There are no quizzes or tests, just wonderful stories with an accompanying activity.

    • We use the Christian Light ones too and love them. I think they are very comprehensive and affordable.

      • I can honestly say that the Bible workbooks are my favorite part of our homeschool day!

        • Thinking about trying this out! Christine and Liz, do you find that the teacher’s manual is really necessary? Or would it be just fine to use the workbooks?

  16. I love GRAPEVINE! My son is a true artist at heart so this allow us to learn more about God and we can draw! We also use Bible Truths with BJU. He loves the colorful worksheets and I love how in-depth it is. We use Grapevine for fun, light lesson but it is not very in depth. That is my only con towards it.

  17. I love this series idea, Erica! I read the art post very closely because I have not been able to decide which one to get. Thank you!

    Bible Study Guide for All Ages! We love this curriculum. Here are the reasons I love it:

    1. All of my children can participate because even though each child has a sheet on their level, they are all learning the same lesson.
    2. It covers the Bible thoroughly. It’s not like a lot of curriculums that only focus on the application or feel good-ism. They are really learning about what is in the Bible which is great for helping to ensure they don’t get sucked in by the many false teachers out there.
    3. It covers not only the scripture/Bible story for the lesson, but also covers Bible maps so they can see where the events took place and a timeline so they can place when it happened in relation to everything else.
    4. There is a “get active” section each day that is like a hands on section that helps to introduce and cement the lesson to be learned. They are always so simple but so effective in providing something memorable to refer back to.
    5. There is an “apply it” section where they are to take the big idea/lesson and apply it to a situation that they would be familiar with.
    6. There are 2 CDs with songs, a wall timeline (which we didn’t get because the ones on the worksheets have been sufficient), and Bible book summary cards that help teach your child how to summarize each book of the Bible.
    7. It takes about 45 min for us to do one lesson. Sometimes we do it all in one day and sometimes we split it into two days, but either way isn’t too long.
    8. Each lesson contains a short review of previous lessons so material isn’t forgotten and there is a short section that contains a vocabulary word or something that needs to be explained.

    Really, it’s such a thorough and fun curriculum.

    I can’t wait for the next curriculum post! Yay!

    • Kelly Terrell says:

      Lou…what a great review. 45 minutes for Bible seems like a long time for me. Don’t get me wrong, I see value in that but I am not sure how to fit it all in. Also, I have a Kindergartener and 2nd grader. Do you envision that the lessons could be completed together? Do they just work off of different worksheets?

      Thank you.

      • Sometimes, 45 min is too long (for me on days when we have somewhere to be and have to squeeze all subjects in before we leave) and that’s why we do half a lesson. But I guess I should also mention that the reason it takes us that long is because we get into some great discussions almost every day that take up time. Each lesson is designed to be split into two days but as the commenter below me said, my kids love it and most of the time want to do whole lessons on one day. The time really does fly by so it doesnt feel like long at all. They most definitely can work together because they have different levels of worksheets that correspond completely: 3 yrs.-K, 1st-2nd (this first level is for non readers and the second level is for beginning readers up through a second grade level but can TOTALLY be used for nonreaders, too), 3rd-4th, and 5th-6th. My boys are 4 and 6. Both do the 1st-2nd level and have no problems at all completing them. This is the only subject they don’t wander away from. Hahaha! My daughter is about to be 9 and does the 3rd-4th level. Again, absolutely no problems and after my part of the lesson is over for her, she pretty much does her sheet independently and finishes before I finish with the boys. Truly, this Bible resource is amazing. You can download a sample from their site and give it a try. The sample is the same lesson for every single level. For your children’s ages I would go with the 1st-2nd grade level for both of them. I am telling you, your children will start to learn the Bible inside and out. It just occurred to me that I sound like a paid advertiser. Hahaha! I’m not, though. I just really like it a lot and most importantly so do my kids. Hope this is helpful!

      • Carolynn Walters says:

        You might want to check out goingthroughthebible.com. It has a weekly Bible story that is divided into five daily lessons that last between 3-5 minutes. If you follow it for five years you will have gone through the whole Bible. You can also listen to a chapter of the Bible read to you each day. It can be listened to as a family in the morning or after dinner. The lessons and Bible readings are all free and if you would like to download printables that go with each days lesson, you can become a member for only $5/month.

    • We use Bible study guide for all ages with my kindergartener and she LOVES it!! It takes us about 30 minutes, but it’s time well spent and goes by really fast!!

    • I have a 4 and 5 yr old… One is a beginning reader and the other is not reading yet. Which level would you recommend? I would like them to be doing the same thing so I don’t have to purchase two separate levels:) thank you!

    • We use the Bible Study Guide for All Ages also and love it! My 7 year old son has learned so much more about the bible this year and has retained it. Bible is his favorite subject and he can’t wait to do it each day. We’ll be continuing with Bible Study Guide next school year.

    • Lou – I know this was from a long time ago, however, I am researching Bible curricula now and came across your post. The Bible Study guide for all ages looks awesome but I’m a bit intimidated by the idea of 413 lessons. That seems overwhelming. Like we would be doing the same one for the next 5 years or so? What are your thoughts?

  18. i love this series idea too! For Bible I have used the Explorer’s Bible Study Beginnings II the last couple of years. It takes about 20 minutes each day to do with my kids. There is one on OT stories and one on the Life of Jesus. They work well with the 1-4 range for kids. Next year I am going to used Apologia Who is God text for a weekly family lesson and have the kiddos do a personal devotional other days. I was thinking at the Kay Arthur series as well but will probably wait for grades 4 and 5.

  19. Kelly Terrell says:

    This is so helpful. I used Grapevine last year for my 1st Grader but found that I had to do a lot of connecting of the dots and because I was fairly new to homeschooling, it was more time consuming than I had wanted. So, this year, I am trying Positive Action for Christ Bible Curriculum. They have courses for each grade and it comes with a very colorful and cute workbook (let’s face it…that is important to a 1st grader – or at least it is to mine) and a teacher’s manual. I haven’t used it yet but know some that have and others that have used it in their Christian school. I am excited to try it. It is a bit costly (you have to purchase the workbook and teacher’s guide and combined, could be around $35) but I am hopeful it will be fun and informative to use! Here is a link at Rainbow Resources: http://www.rainbowresource.com/prodlist.php?subject=13&category=1470

  20. We just started using Grapevine and we love it! I have a 8th, 6th, 4th and K (with Down Syndrome) and they all get to participate. It’s too simple for my 8th grader, but she likes the drawing and it helps her to remember more details of the stories. She also helps my Kindergartner when she needs it. I like that there are timeline reviews and review questions after each lesson. We are going to try combining the Old Testament curriculum with our Mystery of History curriculum next year. Hopefully, it works out well!

  21. We are using Simply Charlotte Mason’s curriculum for the second year. It’s simple and cheap. We basically just have assigned bible reading and then discuss. It allows us to not worry that doctrines we don’t agree with might sneak their way in.

  22. Janelle F. says:

    LOVING these forums! Thank you! Something that would help is if the appropriate ages were included with curriculum recommendations. :)

  23. Thank you for this post! I am looking for a good Bible curriculum!

  24. My family has been enjoying our Hands On Bible. It includes activities, prayers, and questions to ask the kids.

  25. Amanda Burt says:

    We were using the Beginning with God series for my Kindergartener but we completed the 4 book series. It was great, had questions to ask to get your child thinking. Activities and crafts. So we now switched to Grapevine and have been doing the program for 2 weeks. We both enjoy it, but does anyone find it a bit short? Or am I not doing something? We go over the memory verse, discuss a bit. Draw our picture, discuss a bit more and then pray. Does anyone do more? It’s just such a change from the last bible study, that I was just curious.

  26. We have used bible studies from Queen Homeschool with my daughter and those have been wonderful.

    This year we are using Draw to Learn: Life of Jesus from Notgrass. My daughter loves it since she gets to draw her bible lesson everyday! We also did the Psalm 37 study together from the Doorpost blog last month and thoroughly enjoyed that! http://www.doorposts.com/blog/2013/03/01/31-days-in-psalm-37-for-busy-busy-mamas-day-1-theme/

    Next year we plan on using Bible Study Guide For All Ages for our bible curriculum!

  27. I think finding Bible Studies for the younger elementary grades is hard. I’ve tried a few things and it seems like just reading Bible stories and then discussing them works best. Also, my kids have their own Bible reading time where they read on their own.

    My 3rd grader did do a study by Kaye Freeman, Choosing Humility. There is a series of them. She enjoyed it. Then I got her one of Kay Arthur’s… and it’s too challenging. She’s not ready for it yet. So I think your recommendation of 4th-5th grade for those is about right.

  28. We use GrapeVine, too, and love that we can use it with our 4th grader, Kindergartener, and toddler at the same time. The lessons are simple and quick, takes us about 15 minutes all together and my kids love drawing the stick figures! My oldest also does indepent reading in his children’s Bible and he discusses with me the things he has learned, what they mean to him, and how the relate to his life.

  29. Melissa Bell says:

    We’re going to start the Apologia series. We’ll begin with Who Is God? in the fall. I saw these at the convention in Greenville, SC, and I really liked the look of this. It has an optional coloring book or journal as well. We also always have a daily devotional book. There are so many targeted for all age groups.

    • We love this series…it really helps everyone understand why we believe what we believe. My husband and I also have learned so much which has benefitted our children! Love love love this! His is not about learning Bible stories it goes deeper than that and really helps children learn a biblical worldview.

  30. I attend Bible Study Fellowship with my two older sons. It has a four-fold approach: study questions, discussion group, lecture, follow-up notes. There are preschool programs as well. You get a weekly lesson, with daily scripture and questions. Once a week you meet with other participants and the kids have their own discussion groups (by age) facilitated by teaching leaders while the parent attends his/her own discussion group, followed by a lecture. It is a great, dig into the Word bible study. It meets during the school year, so we will probably do the Action Bible Devotional during the summer. I cannot say enough good things about BSF. Highly recommend.

    • I also meant to say that it is an international program so there may be a group meeting near you. You can go to http://www.bsfinternational.org to find out.

    • I LOVE BSF! I am training to be a GL right now. One of the things that helped me choose my curriculum (and to decide for sure to homeschool) was that My Father’s Wordl has has Bible study integrated into teh curriculum. It’s not just a workbook or survey of stories. In BSF we’ll be sttudying the book of Matthew next year, and MFW’s Exploring Countries and Cultures is a study of the book of Matthew with a missionary focus. You study world geography, the peoples, cultures, ecosystems, etc. of a particular country and MFW adds in real Christian missionary biographies. I can’t wait to learn along with my kids since I didn’t grow up as a Bible-believing Christian.

      • I too have served as a GL and it was life-changing. The encouragement from other GL’s and experiencing God’s provision for me while serving as a GL (being a leader not naturally in my comfort zone) gave me the confidence to make the decision to homeschool. Learning to daily depend on Him to do the thing He’s called me to was a big lesson for me. Blessings as you begin to serve in this way Yvonne.

        • I’m glad someone said BSF! We just started BSF this year, and are going to continue next year with the study of Matthew. I have loved it for myself, but love it even more that my kids (5,3 and 2 yrs old) have also been able to go and have awesome Bible study themselves! Was planning to count this as our Bible curriculum for homeschool as well. I love what you said about MFW Exploring Countries and Cultures. We have used Sonlight this year and I’ve been thinking about switching to MFW for next year. Oh how I wish my 5 yr old could do that curriculum while we study Matthew! That sounds awesome! But I don’t think she’ll be old enough? She will only be 6 in Sept. so I was thinking the 1st grade curriculum, but the ECC tie-in to Matthew sounds awesome!

  31. I don’t homeschool, but just recently started using the Positive Action for Christ curriculum (Kindergarten grade level) with my 5 and 4 year old. We read their children’s Bible and devotions at bedtime, but I wanted to be more proactive in studying the Bible with them. As part of the curriculum, we memorize a Bible verse each week, read a portion of the Bible, and talk about godly character traits. It also includes coloring pages and other educational activities to reinforce that week’s theme. – I really like the fact that my kids are not only gaining Bible knowledge, but also an understanding of how the Bible applies to them personally, and the importance of cultivating a relationship with Christ. https://positiveaction.org/

  32. You just highlighted my 2 favorite Bible programs! We used Grapevine’s Old Testament and New Testament for Beginners. The first time I used it, I bought the student workbook, but I really felt it was too expensive for what was mostly white pages with a few lines and words on it. I’m on a very tight budget where every dollar counts. Since then, I’ve purchased a blank notebook for each child, and I write the captions and draw the lines myself. Of course this might be a lot of work if you’re using it with more than one child at once. I’ve used Discover 4 Yourself series since my son was in 4th grade (he’s in 6th now). We began with How to Study the Bible and all the books for the book of John. We’ve also done Jonah, Revelation, and currently on Genesis. Again, I save money by NOT buying one book for each child. I’m only using it with one child at a time, so I simply have my son tell me the answers aloud instead of writing. If a drawing is required, he does it on separate paper. My son works out the memory verses and writes them out on separate paper. I don’t always make him work out puzzles, because he doesn’t enjoy them. This year, he’s doing the books entirely on his own. I simply have him narrate back to me what he’s learning and trust that he’s answering the questions in his head. I quiz him every now and then to make sure he’s doing them. It may be best to be able to write in the books, but I can’t afford to re-purchase them for my girls. We used Grapevine in 1st and 2nd, Wisdom with the Millers (stories to illustrate several Proverbs) for 3rd, and Discover 4 Yourself in 4th-6th.

  33. I REALLY feel one can not get to much Bible so we do several things:

    Group Bible (DD10 & DS13): we use Apologia’s Bible Curriculum.
    Family time (Everyone): We listen to the Bible on CD
    Self study (DD 10 & DS 13): Kay McArthur’s study books, reading through the Bible once a year, this year we are doing chronologically and a devotion book for each.
    Youngers (DD4 & DD6): Family Bible Time Story Book and free crafts found on web!
    starting Next year we will also add whatever Bible study, that I like, that will be included in our Sonlight Core.
    Rest assure, I do not make my children do each everyday :p but we “school” year round so we can fit it ALL in!

  34. I also love Bible Study Fellowship check out and see if they have a class in your area. This year we have been studying Genesis and next year Matthew. We also have used MFW as well for Bible. I really appreciate Bible Study Fellowship though. Teach a World view and prepares them how to defend their faith.

  35. Hannah Clark says:

    We have been using a book called “Good and Evil” by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy Ministries. It is the bible told and illustrated like a comic book. I also ordered their coloring books. So the children are busy coloring, as I am reading. Then I just ask them questions on what we have read! The children love it! It is a nice break from some of the more “school like” bible curriculum. http://www.nogreaterjoy.org

  36. I am looking for something new to try this coming year with my 1st grader and preschooler, which is why I’m so glad to find all these helpful comments on this great post.

    We did enjoy what we used last year, if anyone wants to check it out. It is Kids of Integry from Focus on the Family Canada… http://www.kidsofintegrity.com/ and it is FREE. It’s online, downloadable, and focuses on particular Godly character traits like respect, perseverance, forgiveness, courage, etc. You can download and print the .pdf for any or all of the traits you want to study. It is very loose and easy to pick and choose what works for your family or your day. Each lesson/trait is loaded with Scriptures, relevant Bible stories, activities, suggested prayers, and other ideas to reinforce and encourage what’s being taught. I chose one trait to focus on each month (but you could do one a week or whatever works for you), and my kids (5 years old & 3 years old) really enjoyed it. Not only did they enjoy it, but they implemented it, too. It’s a great resource.

    • A clarifying addition to my previous comment, if I may… :)
      I would categorize Kids of Integrity more as a wonderful teaching of Godly, Bible-based principles than an in-depth Bible curriculum.

  37. We will be using Bible Truths next year for second grade. I like how it’s planned out and how it covers not just stories but personal application as well. I’ve had a hard time finding what I was looking for so I hope this works well for us.

  38. Has anyone tried Bob Jones Bible ?

  39. Carolynn Walters says:

    Check out goingthroughthebible.com. Each week is a different Bible story divided into five daily video lessons that last around 3-5 minutes. If you follow it every week you will cover the Bible in five years. There is a Bible chapter you can listen to each day as a family that will also take you through the reading of the Bible in five years. The daily lessons and Bible reading are free and if you want daily printables to go along with the lessons, you can become a member for $5/month.

  40. I was checket that who wrote it, and i think in my point of view , i have find with Peter Enns. he turns out, another book also wrote by Peter Enns “The Evolution of Adam,” he proposed that biological evolution is fact and that there was no literal Adam or Eve or literal Fall. another with me is that. So, considering that perspective must be woven in his other materials, I think finding Bible Studies for the younger elementary grades is hard. I’ve tried a few things and it seems like just reading Bible stories and then discussing them works best.
    http://www.ipracticemath.com/math-practice

  41. We have not started yet, but I like the idea of using a Bible study like SOAP with kids. It equips them to be able to read the Bible on their own, too. We have done it successfully – with guidance – with young kids as well. (You can look up online about this, but here’s one link describing it: http://www.celebration.org/connect/personal-devo/soap) As one person noted, I like the idea of just using the Bible alone as well as showing kids how to begin a quiet time and personal study. For those who want something more, I think this is still a good supplement to a set curriuculum and begins to establish the habit of personal Bible study. It’s something that even dad can do on his own, at a time when everyone is together – after dinner or something – each person shares their SOAP. (In the past, we have also done SOAP just once a week instead of daily, thus giving everyone more time to do it.)

  42. julie quan says:

    We like the curriculum from Children Desiring God. It is designed for Sunday School but we use it at home. the books God’s Names, God’s Promises, God’s Providence & God’s Wisdom, are all written by the lady who lead the Sunday School development.

  43. Has anyone heard of or tried Positive Action Bible curriculum? I am looking for something for my 6th grader, and so much of what I find seems below his age level…
    Thanks in advance for any of your input that have been doing this longer – we will be newbies this year!

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