Bible Study Guide for All Ages Curriculum Units
A very comprehensive and usable program for gaining Bible knowledge. The program consists of four units, each with 104 lessons. Units are neither strictly chronological nor strictly topical, but are devised to cover aspects of the Old Testament and the New Testament, while putting events in historical perspective. The program uses a wide variety of methods to help us remember the stories, including mapwork, drawing stick-figure pictures of the Bible stories, review of previous lessons, and drill of important facts. This course is designed to be led by a teacher and is not self-instructional. Lessons require little preparation time, since the drill, review, scripture texts, explanation of terms, questions, mapwork, timeline placement, songs, memory verses, and prayer suggestions are all on one page and story visuals are available for each lesson. However, as with any lesson, preparation will make for a better presentation. It should be noted that this is a very complete guide for your family Bible study and the program can be done simply and thoroughly from just these guides. While any version of the Bible can be used with the Units, the Student Pages use the vocabulary of the NIV.
Additional but extra-cost aids include Student Pages, Teacher Guides/Answer Keys, the Wall Maps and Time Line Packet, the Beginner Time Line, Children's A Cappella Song CD, the Picture Names and Label Packets, and Teacher Visuals.
Student Pages for the Beginner level (age 3-grade K), Primary (grades 1-2) Intermediate (grades 3-4), and Advanced (grades 5-6) help students visualize and interact with the lessons. Each set of student pages contains 26 lessons, which are similar in format between levels. Beginner level activity sheets include memory work, time line activities (which reference the Beginner Time Line), activities to become familiar with the structure of the Bible, pictorial representations of Bible stories, and Bible study application. Primary, Intermediate, and Advanced student pages include comprehension activities, more advanced memory work, map and timeline work (using the Wall Maps/Time Line packet), activities for interacting with Bible stories, and Bible lesson application. While the use of the Wall Maps/Time Line and Beginner Time Line is referenced in the material, small time lines and maps are included with the lesson pages. The Primary Teacher Guide (spiral-bound) is necessary in order to use the Primary student pages because it provides lesson plans along with the answer key. The Intermediate and Advanced Teacher Keys provide answers and suggestions for using the Wall Maps and Time Line. While helpful, these would not be absolutely necessary if the teacher was comfortable with determining the answers. Both the Student Pages and the Teacher Keys have a very minimal binding and it's obvious the pages are meant to be removed as they are used.
The CD consistently gets nice reviews from customers, and contains all the music used in the program. The mix of common children's songs with less popular songs and a variety of action songs will provide a nice accompaniment to your Bible study. Other maps, visuals, and charts are helpful and add a nice visual component to your studies.