Have you heard of Grapevine Studies yet? It is a wonderful Bible study in which students/participants work through passages of Scripture and draw stick figures to learn the stories and aid in recall. It is definitely designed with homeschoolers in mind, but it is excellent for adults who want to learn the Bible as well! I would love to see this product being used throughout the world – in homeschools, classrooms, Bible clubs, and adult Bible studies in both print-based cultures as well as more oral ones where literacy is not yet a valued skill.
I think this way of studying the Bible is particularly well-suited for multi-age groups! For example, our home group used to meet in the evenings after the kids went to bed but now that those kids are getting older and there are some new babies on the scene, that doesn’t work any more. Grapevine Studies would be a great way for all of us to study the Bible together – preschoolers, school-aged kids, moms and dads, and single adults alike.
Grapevine Studies was kind enough to send us their Birth of Jesus study to use and review for you, and they have given us a digital copy of the student book and teacher’s manual to give away as well!
The Birth of Jesus study has five lessons that walk you and your children through the Christmas story. There is also a timeline to help students see the flow of the story. The five lessons include The Announcement, The Birth of Jesus, The Proclamation, The Wise Men and Herod, and a Final Review. In each lesson, as in all Grapevine Studies lessons, the teacher reads through the passage with the students and then shows them how to draw simple stick figures to represent what happened. Students are encouraged to either copy the teacher’s drawings or to be as creative as they desire – both are equally acceptable. At the end of each lesson, review questions are given to make sure that the students have grasped the main points of the passage. There is a memory verse given as well. Application is left to the discretion of the teacher based on what they feel the Lord leading them to emphasize.
I like to encourage my kids to practice their drawings a few times and then share the story with someone using the drawings. I was so proud when my oldest daughter shared the basics of the Gospel using her Grapevine stick figures with a Bangladeshi migrant worker she had gotten to know. Even though there was definitely a language barrier between them, the stick figures really helped her friend to understand and doing the drawings really seemed to ease her nervousness.
If you’d like to try out Grapevine Studies before buying, they offer a number of single lessons, including the first lesson from The Birth of Jesus, free as samples. You can find the samples here. The whole Birth of Jesus study is also on sale right now. You can find it here. I can’t emphasize strongly enough to you how great a way this is for you to study this story with your kids this Advent season! You can choose between the traceable ones for younger students and the regular ones for older students.
And if you just want to browse and look at all the great curriculum options they have, you can go to their homepage using our affiliate link by clicking here. In my opinion, every Christian, regardless of age, should work through the single eLesson on the Gospel and review it at least annually. It is only $2.50 and can be downloaded anywhere in the world, and it makes sharing the Gospel easy and fun while giving the learner confidence to do so. You can buy the Gospel eLesson at this link. You will need to select “The Gospel in Stick Figures” eLesson from the dropdown menu under the price.