Have you heard of GrapeVine Bible Studies? They are a company that puts out Bible studies to do with your children. They have topical studies, such as studies on Joseph and Esther or on Biblical Feasts and the Resurrection, to name a few. They also have an Old Testament and a New Testament overview. According to the website, their studies have 5 levels, ranging in age from 3 to 14, although after doing one of their studies, I can tell you they are definitely good for the whole family, even adults.
We had the privilege to review the Joseph Study e-book. It consists of 14 weekly lessons or 50 daily lessons.
The teachers book is very in-depth, and gives you recommendations on how each lesson should be taught, but it is also open ended enough to fit your style. My children are 5 and 6, and although they are technically old enough to go without the traceable, they both did the traceable lessons, because my son is such a perfectionist and I wanted him to actually get the lesson instead of being frustrated that he couldn’t draw something right. Before you get scared, you definitely do not need to be artistic to do these lessons! They encourage you to draw stick-figures, which even I could do! In fact their motto is “Stick Figure Through the Bible.”
Before we started the lesson, I printed out the timelines and lessons and put them into binders for us. I have a white teachers binder, my son has a blue one, and my daughter has a pink one. Each day we review the timeline, read the Bible verses corresponding to the lesson, draw (or trace) stick figures for what we learned, and then we discuss and the children answer questions.
We only did one page per day, so that my children would be able to soak up as much Bible as possible without getting overwhelmed. Our lessons took an average of 20 minutes a day. If your children are older, you could definitely move through faster, but since my children are young I wanted to make sure they understood what we were learning before moving on.
Each lesson there is also a Bible verse to memorize. I wrote the verse out on sentence strips and hung them in our pocket chart, then every morning we reviewed our verse before the lesson.
There is also a mapping portion, where we mapped out the different places that Joseph was in the Bible story. I thought this might be a little too advanced for my children, but I was wrong. This turned out to be their favorite part!
One of the things I appreciated most about this study is that you use your own Bible and it truly is strictly a Bible study! Since it just has the Bible verses listed and then you look them up, you can use any version of the Bible that you feel comfortable with. We use KJV, and I have found that often times in Bible studies a different version is used, which can be confusing for my children, so I appreciate the way this is laid out. Also, they don’t try to put their “spin” or interpretation on what is going on, it is strictly factual.
We will definitely be using more Bible studies from Grapevine in the future. In fact, I hope to eventually get through them all. And they aren’t expensive at all, especially if you choose the e-book option. If you would like to purchase the Joseph Study, you can click here to be taken to the page.
You can also check out all the other studies available by clicking here to be taken to their website. And, from now until February 3, their BIGGEST sale of the year is going on! 50% off all Student books and e-books! These studies are already super low priced, so this is an AWESOME deal! I know I am going to stock up on a couple!
Grapevine has also given each of you a FREE e-lesson! Click here to download.
And now for the giveaway! The wonderful people at Grapevine have generously donated a Joseph Bible study for one of my readers! Winner will receive a Teacher and Student e-book set. Giveaway goes from 1/26 until 2/7. Winner will be notified by email and have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. Good luck!
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