I had to take the time to review this product. I'm very impressed with this curriculum. My son is a very analytical, nuts and bolts type of kid. This is a perfect match for him. Let me go through some aspects of the curriculum that may be helpful for others:
The teacher's guide doesn't break the days up for you per chapter, but here's how we break it up:
Day 1: First page of the chapter (introductory with terms and basic ideas, themes, etc)
Read the Bible passage suggested for the chapter. I usually use the audio Bible on biblegateway.com so
that my son can hear and read the passage and can go at his own pace, pausing if he needs to.
Day 2: Read the summary of the passages covered by the chapter. I like this because first, you read it directly
from God's Word, then the student reads a recap in terms more familiar for them. This isn't dummied
down at all though - they learn Latin terms and more. Also, there's a box in every chapter explaining how
this section of the Old Testament points to Christ. The summary is 2-3 pages.
Day 3: I have my son read the summary again, then do the review workbook pages - usually 2 pages.
Day 4: Chapter Quiz
Every 5 or so chapters there is a review chapter. This chapter recaps what has been gone over and gears the students up for what's ahead.
There are several notes in the teacher's guide that are nice to have - it really digs deeper, and sometimes, I have used what it says to create a deeper discussion.
I think my son has learned so much - and going over this again in this way has been great for me too! I plan to do Old Testament II next year and New Testament the following year.
Just FYI, my son is 9 years old and in 3rd grade. In my opinion, that was a great age to start. I probably wouldn't start this curriculum any younger than that.
I have loved this series with my older children, so reordered for my younger. The new version is such poor quality paper I could never recommend the books, nor will I order more. Pencil makes a distracting imprint thought the page to the next (and the one after that!), and pen is worse. An eraser removes the text and illustrations with only a little effort. I am very disappointed.
I really like the content and format. Please reprint on the original quality paper.
This is a wonderful book to help a child understand things in the Bible. My 5 year old loves the stories in here. The questions, worksheets, quizzes, and memory verses really help him retain the info we cover each week. He even asks questions that I have to look up myself to find the answers! It gets him thinking :)
My kids and I are loving this book. The words are easy to read for them. I love the inclusion of what words mean and am learning along side with my kids. I wish the pictures would be in color but since I know that would increase the cost...it's not a big deal. That being said, the pictures are terrific. I can't say enough about this. We did not buy the teacher's book and are doing just fine.
It seriously is a great Bible course and I wish it would have worked for us. It showed up under the 1st grade Bible curriculum, so I thought it would be that level. However that isn't the case. It seems to be geared more towards 3rd grade. I gave it an excellent rating because it still is a great product, we just can't use at this time.