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5 Stars Out Of 5
Great for homeschooling!
April 19, 2012
We have loved using this Bible study for our homeschooling or for our family worship time. First, it emphasizes the plain reading of Scripture. We got so tired of wading through "fluff" in order to get to the point of the Scriptures. Second, since you have the plain reading of Scripture, you don't have to worry at all about doctrinal issues in the curriculum as there are none. Third, you can use as many or as few of the suggested activities/drills/questions as time/interest/ages allow. This makes it extremely flexible and helps you to be consistent in your study of the Scriptures. Our kids LOVE the drills...really! And, their all-time favorite must be the story-telling cards. Fourth, it is multi-age friendly. It is appropriate for any age child who is able to sit up and listen through to the adults. Fifth, it is extremely reasonable in cost. We don't bother with the worksheets. We went through it with our "first batch" of kids, and rediscovered it with the second batch. We have recommended it again and again to families struggling to get all their homeschooling done, or to families struggling to have a meaningful family worship time each day.
We have been using this program for a year. Strengths of the program:1. The individualized workbooks allow various level to use the same curriculum. Right now we are using all three levels and it works for my K student who cannot write, my 2nd grader who can write but not a lot, and my 5th grader. It's a great fit for a multi-level family.2. The program has you reading sizable chunks of your actual Bible daily (sounds obvious but many programs have you hunting and pecking a verse here and there, or summarizing much of it).3. The visual elements of the worksheets adds a visual/kinestetic element to the auditory. Also, the sheets are not just "coloring pictures" but circling this, drawing that, tasks that make them think through/process the information.4. The entire program together is quite comprehensive--lots of review questions, references, game suggestions, visuals, maps and other things to keep Bible time fresh and appealing. 5. I love the time line element of the program, it helps tie everything back together and grasp the big picture of God's plan.Things I'd like to see improved:1. If you use all of the bells and whistles of the program, it can become cumbersome. We've learned to nip and tuck it here and there to make it work for us, but even then there is a fair amount of flipping and keeping up with worksheets, timeline pieces, game cards, etc. Although it's nice to have so many options, sometimes I long for a slightly tighter program.2. There are occasional "disconnects" between different resources within the program. Sometimes the guide will call for a song not on the CD or the review questions in the book are redundant on the sheets, etc. I think pieces have been revised along the way and the publisher needs to go back over the ENTIRE curriculum and synchronize changes between editions.
This Bible study keeps the attention and interest of all ages. It is simple to use, has great illustrations, games, review, time line, and more. Practically no preparation needed. I would buy this again hands down.