Daddynificent and the two older girls were able to get into a BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) group here in Malaysia this year. I think BSF is a wonderful program, especially for homeschoolers like us as it allows my kids to have a classroom-like experience and really teaches them to dig deep in the Bible. I also love that the kids are studying the same thing as the parents! Even though I’m not able to attend right now as the women’s one is too far away to be practical for our family, I love that we can read the passages together as a family in the evening and help the kids answer their questions. Then Daddy answers his on his own later. The BSF groups in Asia run about 6 months behind the ones in the U.S., so we are about halfway through the study of the life of Moses.
So I was really excited when I received an email from Grapevine Studies asking if we would be interested in reviewing their newest study on the life of Moses! What a perfect way to supplement and add to what we are learning through BSF! Plus, the younger kids would be able to be involved as well!
As you know from my previous review, we think Grapevine Studies is a wonderful Bible study technique 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 kids in mind, but it is excellent for adults who want to learn the Bible as well! As I said last time, I would love to see this product being used throughout the world – in homeschools, classrooms, Sunday Schools, 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.
Grapevine Studies was kind enough to send us the teacher’s guide for the Life of Moses study as well as the two types of student guides – one with traceable figures and one with blank spaces for kids to make their own figures. The traceable guides are supposed to be for the younger kids, but my older ones strongly prefer them. They both expressed to me that they feel a little stressed trying to copy the figures from the white board onto their blank pages. It would seem this is a skill we need to work on, but since my goal here was Bible study and not art, I gladly let them use the traceables. I don’t want them feeling stressed about their artwork and missing out on God’s Word!
The Life of Moses study has ten story lessons, plus a timeline lesson which is done at the very beginning and two review lessons for a total of thirteen lessons. The ten story lessons are the Birth of Moses; Moses in Midian; Moses Returned to Egypt; The First Plague; Frogs, Lice, and Flies; Livestock, Boils, and Hail; Locusts and Darkness; Passover Instructions; The Exodus; and The Red Sea. These give the students a really good understanding of the life of Moses.
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. 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 for each lesson as well. Several words are given in each lesson for older learners to look up in a Bible dictionary. Application is left to the discretion of the teacher based on what they feel the Lord leading them to emphasize.
One of my favorite things about the Grapevine lessons is that all of my kids engage with the same Scripture together at their own level. This has been the best method we have found for family devotions. We are able to read big chunks of Scripture aloud together and even the littles listen quietly while tracing the figures on their pages. Here is a picture of everybody working on their sheets.
And here are some close-ups of their papers. First, the 2-year old’s page:
Now, the newly 5-year old’s page, which I just loved:
And here’s an over-the-head shot:
If you’d like to try out Grapevine Studies before buying, they offer a number of single lessons free as samples. You can find the samples here. I can’t emphasize strongly enough to you how great a way this is for you to study the Bible with your kids!
I’ve also been given the privilege of offering the first lesson from this Moses study as an exclusive gift for Desperate Homeschoolers readers! If you’d like this lesson, click here and enjoy!
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. I said this in my last review, and I’ll say it again 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 usually only $2.50 (right now, it’s on sale for $2.00!) 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.
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