Tuesday, November 10, 2015

GrapeVine Studies {Schoolhouse Review Crew}

Are you looking for something to help you with homeschool Bible study lessons? Recently we've been studying together, weekly, using the Old Testament Level 4 Creation to Jacob, from GrapeVine Studies. GrapeVine Studies is a chronological Bible study method which is simple for the teacher to use, and engaging for students.

Old Testament Level 4 will help build your teen's knowledge of the Old Testament, master the timeline, and learn how to utilize study resources such as the Bible dictionary, topic study Bible, and concordance. Your teen will learn how to study the Bible independently.

We received the digital format of the 65 page student book, and the 98 page digital teacher's guide (which contains instructions for levels 3 and 4). The lessons can be done in 12 weekly lessons, or 45 daily lessons.

There are several levels: Traceable, ages 3-5, Beginner, for ages 5-7 (suitable for PreK to Kindergarten); Level 1, ages 6-8 (suitable for 1st and 2nd grades); Level 2, ages 8-10 (suitable for 3rd and 4th grades); Level 3, ages 10-12 (suitable for 5th and 6th grades); and Level 4, ages 12-14 (suitable for 7th and 8th grades).

You can choose topical studies, such as the Biblical feasts, birth of Jesus, or Joseph, or Ruth; or you can choose overviews of either the Old or New Testament. Then there is the option of choosing either physical copies, or digital copies.

Teacher resources you will need are: a dry erase board and dry erase markers of various colors; topical Bible; Bible dictionary; and concordance. We have a Strong's concordance, which I've had for decades, plus the Strong's concordance I'd purchased Botanist Boy just a few months ago, at his request. I purchased a used Bible dictionary, which matches our commentary set. I planned to use a topical Bible on my Kindle, but wasn't having much luck finding what we needed to find. I ended up using one on BibleGateway(dot)com.

As I said, we've been going through the lessons, once a week, all together. I lead the boys through with the basically scripted teacher's guide, drawing the stick figures on our dry erase board. I'm not much of an artist, but hey! anybody can draw stick figures! The boys draw their figures in the appropriate boxes.

The lessons started with an overview timeline. Then each lesson reviews one segment of the overview timeline. There is also a study activity, using either the Bible dictionary, topical Bible or concordance. At the end of the lesson are review questions.  Check out the samples here.

I like GrapeVine Studies provides Bible study curriculum appropriate for a variety of denominations. The teacher-directed doctrinal approach provides a platform for each parent/teacher to explain specific doctrines as they arise in the lessons. This means, we could easily emphasize the fact that God instituted the seventh-day Sabbath that very first week, during creation, as well as the fact that marriage is between one man and one woman.

The website indicates that level 4 is suitable for ages 12-14, grades 7 and 8, as well as indicating ages 13 and up. So I did use it for my 13 year old, special needs sixth grader, as well as my 15 (almost 16) year old tenth grader. My tenth grader plans to be a pastor/missionary, so it's very useful for him to learn how to use such things as the Bible dictionary and concordance, as well as learning different styles of Bible studies.

While it may have been below my tenth graders level, I think some of it may have been almost too challenging for Little Bit, although he did seem to somewhat enjoy doing the stick drawings.

Be sure to read the rest of the Crews' reviews, since we studied various levels of both the Old Testament overview, and the Birth of Jesus.

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