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Mar 9, 2016

Grapevine Studies TOS Crew Review

Birth of John to Jesus' Ministry {Grapevine Studies Review}

I'm always on the lookout for ways I can study the Bible with all three of the littles.  Ages four to ten is a huge gap, educationally speaking.  Stick Figuring through the Bible with Grapevine Studies seemed like a great way to try to teach to all the boys.  Merrick actually draws a stick figure Jesus fairly often, so I knew it would be something he could do.

Grapevine Studies offered The Crew a choice of a Resurrection study or their New Testament Overview 1.  With Easter on the way, I chose Resurrection:Multi-Level.

Take a look through the teacher's manual before you get started with the kids.  You'll find loads of helpful guidance and suggestions.

This is where they chose their favorite part of each lesson.  This creativity section is my favorite.
Mal and Xav may have been a bit creative with their drawing pages.  I like to call their stick figuring "embellished."  The first lesson is a timeline of each of the events covered in the study.  We began with The Evil Plan (I wish you could read that the way I'm typing it!) and followed Jesus through his arrest, trials, crucifixion, on through The Ascension and His promise to one day return.  I stapled the sheets together, so each of the boys has a nice long time line of several sheets and events.

Mal's drawings.  I especially like the helicopter with a spotlight hovering over the garden.
 Next, the lessons each cover one part of the timeline.  If I look at the timeline and see The Last Supper, the lesson will include two pages with four squares each that will have us look more in depth at those events.  The squares are for the stick figuring, but also have the meat of the lesson.  Each of the boxes list a verse or several verses explaining what the pictures depict.  The review questions are located after the boxes.  The third page of the lesson is one large square for the boys to draw their favorite part of that event, followed by space to write out a Bible verse.  Usually I, or sometimes Mal or Xav, will read the verses.  Next, I read a synopsis from the teacher's guide.  Usually, there is so much more to say and we discuss the details.  Sometimes, we get a bit ahead of ourselves!  The teacher's guide provides me with the key points and a new verse for each lesson.

Xav was also very creative.  The religious leaders obviously thought pretty highly of themselves.  He was also very concerned for Peter after the rooster crowed.

The nice thing was that I was able to use traceable sheets with Merrick.  At first, he thought he had coloring pages!  Do you know how difficult it is to color a stick figure?  Merrick does.  Once he understood the tracing part of this new Bible study, he was ready to go.  He'd trace the whole sheet and was very determined to finish along with his brothers.

The traceable option.
 You have two options for completing this study.  Choose daily (about 15 minutes) or weekly (less than an hour) lessons.  We chose a combo actually.  Sometimes we completed a whole lesson at once, sometimes we spread it out over two days.  I really like this method of Bible study for children.  The boys all enjoy the time we spend stick figuring.  This homeschool Bible curriculum also is a great choice for Sunday school and co-ops.  Resurrection Studies are on sale this month at Grapevine Studies.  It's a good time to start stick figuring through the Bible with your family.

Birth of John to Jesus' Ministry {Grapevine Studies Review}

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1 comment:

Angelic Scalliwags said...

Great review. I laughed at the colouring in of a stick figure! :) Very cute!