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I donít know if this series was designed with the homeschool in mind, but it is well suited for homeschool use. The program currently is available in four levels. Beginnings I is written for 2 - 5 year olds. Beginnings II is used for two years in grades 1 to 3 - Old Testament and New Testament. Discovery is used in grades 3 to 7, and Quest is used in grades 7 - 12. The program takes a spiral approach, meaning that the student will cover some of the same sections of the Bible multiple times during the program, studying the material in greater depth at the higher levels. The advantage for homeschoolers who have children at various ages is that the program covers approximately the same material at about the same point in the program at the two highest levels, so everyone from 3rd grade on up is studying the same section of the Bible. As a matter of fact, the titles of the six books in the Discovery series are the same as the titles of the six books in the Quest series.

The other good news for the homeschool teacher is that little preparation is required. Each book is divided into 30 lessons, and lessons are subdivided in to manageable daily chunks. Answer keys are also available for Beginnings II, Discovery, and Quest books.

Letís look at the four levels in more detail. Beginnings contains two books, And It Was Good Old Testament Lessons, and Precious in His Sight New Testament Lessons, for the teacher. 30 lessons (five days per lesson) cover the Old Testament at a very basic level. Since attention span is limited at this level, lessons are designed to be short and fast-paced. Lessons stress Godís love and include the following: a Bible story in simple language, key discussion ideas, definitions of any words or phrases that might be unfamiliar, a model prayer, review questions, shortened or paraphrased Bible verses, songs and hymns, and "Virtue Lessons" to help a child apply Godís word in his life. Hymns used in this program come from My First Hymnal, which is currently out of print. A simplified version with 15 simple arrangements and a recorder is currently available. The CD, which includes all the hymns, is still available.

Bible Beginnings II is designed for the young reader/writer in the early elementary years and features large print lessons that are perfect for the young Bible scholar who is ready to read and write on his own. Beginnings II contains two books, Jesus, My Shepherd New Testament Lessons and Godís Promises Old Testament Lessons. This series correlates with the lessons in the first level. This study contains 30 large print lessons (five days per lesson) with Bible stories and questions which are either multiple choice or short word answers. Other elements include Bible Words to Remember to encourage memorization skills, Prayer Thoughts to help each child learn to talk with God, Think About which helps students to apply Godís Word to his/her life, and Words to Know which defines difficult words or concepts. Allow about thirty minutes per day for these lessons.

Discovery lessons are divided into five-day sections. Each section covers specific Bible verses, which are quoted using the New King James Version. Next, definitions are given for any words that might be unfamiliar to the students. Finally, 10 to 15 comprehension questions about the text complete each section. Map activities are sometimes included as a portion of the comprehension questions. After Day 5, review questions are given which cover the entire five days of the lesson. Half an hour per day should be adequate to cover the dayís work, but you might allow an extra five to ten minutes on Friday to do the lesson review questions.

Quest lessons are also divided into five-day sections. Day 1 is typically a vocabulary review, or a review of material previously learned. Also on Day 1, the student reads through the several pages of notes included at the end of the lesson. These notes are a commentary on the scriptures that will be studied during this weekís lesson. The remaining four days of the lesson typically ask the student to read a section of the Bible and then to answer questions relating to the Bible reading. These questions are typically comprehension questions, although some questions require application of scripture or ask opinions of the student. At the end of the week, the student reads through the several pages of notes included at the end of the lesson. These notes are a commentary on the Scriptures that will be studied during the weekís lesson. Depending on the amount of Bible reading, plan to spend a half hour to an hour per day on each section.

The Explorerís Bible Study is quite well done. Its emphasis is on studying the Bible, not on promoting any particular denominational viewpoint. Although the NKJV is quoted in the Bible Discovery level, any version of the Bible can be used with the program. Teacher preparation time is minimal, and most of the family can study the same sections of the Bible at the same time. This series would be an excellent starting point for lifelong Bible study.

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