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Curriculum Review: Bible Study Guide for all Ages

April 11, 2012

Are you looking for a Bible curriculum? This is the best one I have found…. to be honest, I stopped looking after I purchased this one. ūüôā That was in 1994!

The Bible Study Guide for All Ages is just what the name implies. The four-volume set takes you/your students through the entire Bible in 416 lessons.  In our homeschool, we took about an hour per lesson time and we did lessons 2 Р3 lessons a week.

The things I love about the Bible Study Guide:

Simply the Bible! – You read the lesson from the Bible and you can use any version you choose. Answers are not given for the review questions, but the Bible references are given so you can easily find the correct answer.

Review: Each lesson includes review of the most important points in previous lessons. The 1993 program relies on oral answers to questions, but now they offer¬†the “Student Pages” that cover the review.

Drills/Activities: There are selected activities and games each lesson. These are¬†created to aid in mastering the books of the Bible, placing Bible books in divisions and Bible characters in chronological order, and¬†narrating Bible stories.¬† Games of “Who am I?” “20 Questions,” and Bible drills are sometimes directed. ¬†There are suggested songs and Bible memory verses too.

Partial Time Line (Remember - I have been using this for many years)

Time Line and Maps: I happen to think this is VERY important because it gives children the ability to put the narratives of the Bible in order and in relation to the time of Christ and even to today. The time line is huge Рabout 6 feet long and 2 feet wide.  You add names and pictorial clues as you cover the Bible accounts.  The maps are devoid of names and you add the place names as they are mentioned in the lessons. This is hands-on learning and effective to retaining the knowledge.

Visuals: The originals have stick-figure visual pages. These¬†are great. We could look at the pages in the guide, or I drew them on our white board as we read the story. I¬†newer editions have¬†cartoon strips with the review questions/activities included. These comprise the “Student Pages” that are offered now.¬† Rather than just being a visual, the pages are more interactive.

The “Student Pages” have taken the place of having your student draw their own pictures to remind them what they learned in the lesson.¬† I still have the booklet of JP’s and Nikki’s pictures that they drew. They are precious reminders of what they garnered from the Bible accounts of Joseph, Jesus, and others.

I would¬†encourage you to purchase the timeline and Unit Teacher’s Guide. The Unit Teacher’s guide is the original Bible Study Guide for All Ages – like what I purchased in 1994 and am still using today. It has the oral questions and the stick figure visuals. The Unit Teacher’s Guide is easily adaptable to all age groups. In contrast, the Student Pages are more focused to an age group.

I have adapted and used this curriculum for Bible Club and children’s ministries many times.


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