Last year I blogged about homeschooling without a printer. While it is doable, it is not ideal, especially when you don’t have access to the type of materials you need to homeshcool adequately.
This year I decided that if I was going to homeschool well, I needed a printer.
One area I really wanted to focus on was Bible. We have family devotions, but sometimes I am not certain that that the stories and concepts are connecting well. I wanted to be sure that a strong foundation of biblical truth and a love for God’s Word were being instilled in our sons.
Since I already knew about Grapevine Studies, I looked into it further as a resource.
What I like about it is that it has several levels of studies, starting with preschool and going through junior high school.
The level 4 materials are comprehensive and teach children to dig down deep into God’s Word.
They are not only sold as Old Testament and New Testament books, the are also sold by topics, such as stories on specific Bible characters.
What’s even better, you can use Grapevine Studies as a Sunday School curriculum. They offer licenses for classrooms and a teacher’s manual. They offer Old Testament and New Testament Catechism manuals that are very comprehensive in teaching children the essential biblical doctrines needed to lay a firm spiritual foundation.
How do you use Grapevine Studies?
Grapevine Studies teaches children to draw stick figures to illustrate the passage they just read.
If you remember, a few weeks ago we talked about how doodling is actually a good method of comprehension! So, I love it that it not only feeds information, and through a series if questions requires the student to feed that information back, it also includes the creative side of the brain, teaching children to doodle about what they’ve just heard or read.
For each level and each manual, there are both traceable manuals (with the stick figures already printed for the student to trace over) and blank manuals for the student to creatively draw on his own.
Included in the manuals are also discussion questions and memory verses for each lesson.
Each manual is paired with a teacher book, so the parent or teacher is able to grade the student on the level of comprehension, and they come in paperback or eBook versions.
We began using Grapevine Studies last week with our 5 year old, and he immediately fell in love with them! I noticed right away that his comprehension of the Bible stories went up. He was able to remember the previous day’s stories and relay information back to me about what we had studied two and three days ago.
I think he really connected with the stick figures because I have used that method with him before in homeschooling. He is a visual learner, so he clearly understood what he needed to do.
I did order the traceables for this year, because I know that he will not try to do something he doesn’t feel he’ll succeed at. I wanted to remove that barrier, but I look forward to trying the blank ones later on, to see how creative he gets with drawing his way through the Bible.
To be really honest, I’m going to g et a Jr. High set for me. I love the idea of drawing, and since its stick figures, it removes the pressure to draw really pretty pictures (because an artist I am not!)
Have you tried Grapevine studies yet?
Did you know that you can try out sample lessons? Its true!! You can print one out right now by going here.