Studying God's Word A: Bible Stories
Great idea...Just not what works for us
I bought this book after reading the wonderful reviews on it. There are things I like about the book, but the cons for us have been enough that it is going on the shelf and we are going with something else for our Bible time during school.
-I LOVE that the review questions at the end are simple and that there is a word bank. There are only four questions and I think that at the K-1st grade level, you have to keep it simple for them, really wanting them to get the "big idea" at this point and not necessarily remembering every single detail.
-The cost of the book to what you get is really great - great value
-I think the stories are way to detailed for this age group, so much so that as I'm reading the stories to my son, I can tell he is getting lost in the details. If you are going to keep the questions simple, the story should also be simple - again, to get the "big idea" This is the main reason we are putting this book on the shelf. I kept plugging away at it, but I have a nagging feeling he isn't getting much out of it because he doesn't understand the story.
-There are no accompanying activities to go with the stories. You can, of course, do this yourself, but it would be nice if it came with the book - even if each story had a website or ideas of things to do with the story to reinforce it, that would be great. So, on top of my son not really getting the big idea, I'm scrambling for things to go with a story to reinforce what he really didn't get in the first place.
All this said, I also ordered Book B when I ordered Book A - and Book B looks wonderful! Since I have already decided on a different curriculum altogether for our Bible time during school, I think I will use Book B in the summertime.
If the stories in Book A were simpler and easier to understand and there were ideas for reinforcement activities, besides just the questions, this book would get 5 stars from me and we would continue to use it. I feel that Bible study is of no value to a person/child if they don't understand what they just read/heard.
September 6, 2012
All the teachers are enjoying the new books.
What I would like to see in Book A is some type of craft idea so that maybe the children could remember the story. That would also help expand the lesson.
October 24, 2011
Love this book, it is simple but effective, this is our first year of homeschooling our pre-k and kindergarten, they listen as I read the story and color a picture of what is going on, then we review. Excellent for the parent also.
September 5, 2011
Love, Love, Loved this book!
This book was so enjoyable. Not only did my 2nd grader love it and learn from it but I did too! The stories are simple but articulate, detailed but easy to follow and understand. It was one of our favorite things last year in school. My daughter was always excited when it was time to do Bible study. I loved it so much I bought book B but ended up not using it as it was more like a Catechism book and not a true Bible study book. But going to purchase the subsequent books simply becuase we loved the first one so much. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to give their elementary level students a strong foundation in Biblical history and stories.
May 28, 2011