I love how there is a quiz at the end of each chapter. Also the fact that you start a good habit of opening the Bible and physically reading it. Overall i love it. My son enjoys it (currently he is in second grade) easy to read and great tool to help remember what you have read.
I mainly wanted to write this review as some were saying not to go younger than 3rd grade. I am currently using this first book with my 5 year old and it is working so well. I don't strictly use this curriculum as laid out, but as a supplement to our family chronological Bible reading. I read the sections out of this workbook up to wherever we are in our Bible reading - then we pick and choose questions to go over orally. The "Who is God?" sections in each chapter are so good and where we spend the most study effort. These are one sentence summaries on who we learn God is in each section of Scripture. These are full of deep theology, but presented in a manner my five year old can grasp. I loom forward to cycling through these books with all of my children. We enjoy them very much and learn so much as well.
I used Volume 1 this year with my third grader and can't wait to move on to Volume 2 next year. This is one curriculum that I have no plans on changing! I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching this bible course this year and my daughter has learned so much! We put the key words/concepts on index cards so we can review them periodically. That's one of the strengths of this curriculum. The child isn't just learning bible facts, but can explain meatier biblical concepts like redemption, omniscience, sovereignty, repentance, mercy, etc. You can do as many of the activity sheets as you want to. Even if you just go over the lesson and discuss the questions orally, your child will learn a lot. Easy to use, pick and and go, and goes deeper than most material out there for this age.
We changed to this for Bible this year since my daughter wasn't loving our past bible curriculums. She is in 3rd grade this year and I feel this was a perfect age to switch to this. If she were any younger she might not grasp some of it. I'm so glad we found this. She LOVES it and looks forward to it everyday. I did get the teacher guide but I seldom use it. I do, however, like the little side notes it offers. Sometimes we will talk about those together but as far as the answer keys I don't feel it's necessary. There are no suggestions on teaching it (by days, etc) so we worked it out this way:
day 1- discuss memory page and do the suggested bible reading together
day 2- read the summary
day 3- re-read the summary and do worksheet pages
day 4- go back over memory page and do the quiz orally
sometimes we do a day 5- a craft that I've searched out to go with whatever chapter we are on.
This has worked well for us so far and we plan on continuing this next year and on to get through OT2 and both NT books. Plus the price is awesome! Very affordable!
I was looking for something to use for my 4th gradr homeschooler and this was so much better than I expected. I love how it connects the old testament with the new. My daughter looks forward to it each day.