Why Summer is a Great Time to do a Bible Study!

Any time of year is really a good time to do a family Bible Study, but some seasons are busier than others.

During the fall, there is the excitement of being back to school and getting used to all the new books and materials. Then during the holidays it seems like every minute of every day is crammed full of appointments, parties, and obligations (at least for my family.) Springtime brings with it the beginning of sports and lessons.

This is why I believe that summer vacation is the perfect time to dive into a Bible study with your children. Whether they are in school or homeschooled, most children have the summer months off. Here are some reasons why you should do a Bible study this summer and my review of the new Moses Bible Study by Grapevine, as well as some ideas on how to incorporate outdoor activities.

1) Stop the summer “brain drain”- If we’re not careful as parents, summer can be a time of regression, academically speaking. I know as a home-school mom, I don’t want to spend a bunch of time in the fall re-teaching and getting back on track. I’d like to stick with a quick review and then dive right in to the new year’s lessons. I’m sure teachers are the same way, and I know all you parents don’t want the frustration at homework time with a child that forgot how to work over the summer.

This is why Grapevine Studies are so awesome. Not only are they chock-full of Bible, they also incorporate reading, memorization, dictionary skills, history, and geography. And the lessons are short! If you do a page each day (recommended), it only takes about 20 minutes-40 minutes, depending on how in depth you want to go and if you add any activities.

2) Make your summers intentional- How many times have you changed your calendar over to September and wondered where the summer went? If you put some time into studying God’s Word with your family, at least you will feel like you accomplished something worthwhile.

3) More time to go in-depth- Maybe you already do Bible studies as part of your curriculum during the school year. The benefit of also adding one into the summer months is that summer affords you more time to dig deep and get the life lessons out of the Word. Bible isn’t just one subject on your daily list. It is the subject.

Another thing I like about Grapevine is they are very factual. They have the main points of each of the verses laid out for you. But you use your own Bible to look up the verses, and you teach the character lessons you want your children to learn. Grapevine is very Biblically sound, and you add in the doctrine. These studies would be great in any home, and even in Sunday School!

My kids being goofy and my baby helping out.

What I Thought About the Moses Bible Study

This is my second Bible study from Grapevine. I love them and believe they are the best out there.

The creators of Grapevine really know their facts, and they put them together in such a way that makes them fun and educational at the same time.

The Moses study is their newest addition. It follows the life of Moses from his birth until he leads the Israelite’s across the Red Sea.

Here is a peek into the first lesson in the study:

We start off with prayer each time, and then we fill out the timeline for the section. The timeline is like a little preview into what we will be learning. The teacher’s guide gives you little snippets of info to say to the children while they draw in (or trace) stick figures on their pages. I am using the e-book versions, so I printed out the whole study for each of us and put them in 3-ring binders before we ever got started.

There are 2 ways that you can do the timeline. You can either fill it out in it’s entirety before moving onto the lessons, or you can do it piece by piece before you do each lesson. I chose to do just the section of the timeline that we would be working on for each lesson this time.

The first lesson (lesson 2 after the timeline) is the Birth of Moses. This follows Exodus chapter 1 when the Hebrew population grew in Egypt, tells about their slavery, and continues until Exodus 2:10 when Pharoah’s daughter adopts and names Moses. The memory verse for this lesson is Exodus 2:10. It is a long verse, so for young children you may want to just do the second half, or split it into two parts.

To help with memorizing, I wrote the verse on sentence strips and had my son unscramble them.

Putting the verse in the correct order.

 During this first lesson, we took some time to talk about whether we should obey man’s law when it goes contrary to God’s. The midwives were told to kill all male babies, but they didn’t and God blessed them because of it. Pharaoh could have killed them for disobeying him, but they still chose to obey God.

When we learned about Pharaoh’s command to kill the babies, my 5-year-old daughter exclaimed “How rude!”

At the end of this first lesson, we were able to talk about the responsibility of looking after your siblings. It was good for my children to ponder what would have happened to Moses in the water if his sister hadn’t followed him to look after him.

We also spent some time outside during this lesson.

My children pretended to make bricks in the hot sun like the Hebrews were forced to in Egypt.

We also went to the creek and re-enacted the Princess pulling the baby Moses out of the water and Miriam running up and offering to get a maid to care for the baby.

I believe children learn by doing, so being able to go outside and spend some time acting out these scenes have really made a difference in how my children remembered the lesson. This is another great reason to do this study over the summer.

You could take it with you camping, hiking, or to the water and pretend like you are the characters in the stories.

All this fun we had, and it was only the first lesson! There are 13 total lessons in this particular study, so you will have lots of opportunities to learn along with your children and come up with fun activities together to go along with the lessons.

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  • http://www.themorrelltale.com/ Tayler

    I’ve seen a lot lately from members of the Peony Project about VBS, which I have never heard of till now. I think it’s an awesome idea. Since Mormon church services are 3 hours long every Sunday, there is an hour long Sunday School class for kids by age, so they learn about scripture stories and Gospel principles every Sunday. Also, high schoolers go to seminary (in Utah and Idaho, because of the high population of Mormons, they get a free period to do it during school, but everywhere else, they do it the hour before high school begins–early in the morning). Each of the four years they study a different set of scriptures: Old Testament, New Testament, Doctrine and Covenants, and The Book of Mormon.

    • https://rahabtoriches.com/ Miranda Gonzalez

      My kids go to Sunday School and Children’s Church every Sunday, then on Wednesday evening they do King’s Kids where they memorize scripture and learn about Bible stories and Christian principles.

      I am a huge believer that church should continue at home as well, and be a way of life. We often get busy and fall short, so that is why I love having something structured like this to guide us along!

  • CouponDivaAndi

    and the kids look like they have fun with this too! 😀

    • https://rahabtoriches.com/ Miranda Gonzalez

      Yep they sure do 🙂

  • http://creativekkids.com Tammy Doiel

    I would probably do some of the timelines or catechism ones. I also love how they have Creation to Jacob for different age levels so I could do them all together. I follow you on at least Facebook and Twitter!

    • https://rahabtoriches.com/ Miranda Gonzalez

      Good luck!

  • http://www.in-due-time.com/ Caroline @ In Due Time

    I would love to do the one on the birth of Jesus!!! Thanks for sharing!

    I am following you on pinterest! trustinginduetime @ gmail

    • https://rahabtoriches.com/ Miranda Gonzalez

      It is always great to dig in deep for the Birth of our Saviour!

      Thanks for the follow and good luck!

  • http://countingmyblessings.com/ BlessingCounter – Deb Wolf

    What a great way to continue intentional learning even when the homeschool schedule lightens. Wonderful tips!

    • https://rahabtoriches.com/ Miranda Gonzalez

      Thank you so much!

  • kathleen2952 .

    My children are grown but someday I will have grandkids – right??!!! I wish the internet was around when my boys were little because I could have totally used great info like this!! Thanks for the super share 🙂

    • https://rahabtoriches.com/ Miranda Gonzalez

      Yes the internet is great for educational purposes!

  • http://jenndiggy.blogspot.com/ Jenn Short

    I would get the Old Testament Overview Part 4. Seems like that is a part of the Bible that is often overlooked in studies. I am following you on twitter. jenndiggy

    • https://rahabtoriches.com/ Miranda Gonzalez

      I agree. The Old Testament would be a great study! Good luck!

  • Amanda Geaney

    I would like the (Elementary) Birth of Jesus Study and an Acts to Revelation bundle from the scratch & dent sale.

    I’m following on twitter @AmandaGeaney and on google+

    • https://rahabtoriches.com/ Miranda Gonzalez

      Ooh how smart to choose from the Scratch and Dent sale…make your $ stretch 🙂 very frugal!

      Good luck!

  • Mary

    What a great way to keep your kids engaged in the word during the summer. Thank you for sharing this at The Weekend Brew.

  • http://charitsinspirationalcreations.blogspot.com/ Chari of CIC

    I love the pictures of your kiddos! I definitely need to read the bible more and make sure my little ones are too!

  • http://www.chasingmyhalo.com/ Angie @chasingmyhalo.com

    These sound like great studies! I used to teach kids in Bible Study Fellowship and we implemented a lot of those points (and games) you talked about:-). I’ll be on the lookout!

  • Melissa

    I’d purchase a biblical calander and lesson 1 & 2 books

  • Chickie Brewer

    It would choose the birth of Jesus.

  • sarah cool

    I would love the NEW TESTAMENT OVERVIEW PART 1 LEVEL 3. I follow you on pinterest under carnationlover and on g+ under CApixie22

  • http://www.maryanderingcreatively.com/ Mary Hill

    Hi, great review. I know my reader’s will love this activity and giveaway. Please consider linking it up with Literacy Musing Mondays at : http://www.maryanderingcreatively.com/literacy-musing-monday-week-23/

    • https://rahabtoriches.com/ Miranda Gonzalez

      Thanks! I just went over and linked up, and added your blog to my Blog Link-Ups page.

  • Amanda Snyder

    Thank you for this great giveaway! If I won I would get the Old Testament overview from Creation to Babel!I am subscribed to your newsletter and follow you on facebook (Amanda Snyder)
    Asnyder07 at gmail dot com

  • Jennifer Hamilton Pruitt

    If I won I would get the New testament overview for level 1. I shared this giveaway post on FB. I follow you on pinterest, FB and twitter.

  • Becky LaMunyon

    I have always wanted to try a grapevine study with my kids! I would choose new testament overview part 1. I follow you on facebook. beckylamunyon at gmail dot com

  • Allyson Tice

    i would get the

    Birth of Jesus Wall Timeline

  • Angela saver

    I’d get Creation to Jacob, Level 4. I follow you on Google+ as Angela Snoozy.

  • Leela

    Biblical Feasts and Holy Days & Old Testament Overview.