Like the other studies in this excellent series, this is a serious, applicatory, inductive Bible study. Involving 7th through 9th graders in a quest to learn about Christ's joy, integrity, forgiveness, humility, unselfishness, self-control and love is coupled with the continual challenge to become more like Christ in each of these areas. There are 7 lessons which are further divided into 10-15 days of work for a total of 86 days of study. Helpfully, the teacher book also includes all scripture referenced in the lessons in a parallel format with both the NIV and KJV. ~ Janice
These are serious inductive Bible study courses with a strong missions emphasis. The authors believe that studying the Bible is the most important subject to be done each day. Since most of the common Bible stories are familiar to students by this age, they have attempted to put important but less well-known Bible reading in the lessons. Components of the program include the teacher's guide and the student book. "Suggestions for Younger Children" books are available for the first two books that provide ideas for covering similar content with youngsters. You will also need a Bible, and the course is designed so you can use your own or any version you like.
Each book is divided into several meaty lessons that focus on a specific topic, and span 10 or more days of study each. Topics vary in each book, from studying attributes of God in Book 1 to studying our identity as believers in Book 2 to developing Christian habits in Book 3 and finally, learning about aspects of Christ's character in Book 4. Topics have been carefully chosen by the authors to represent the most important or foundational ones for junior-high students to understand, and are presented in logical order. For instance, in Book 1, students study God's power and then His creativity, so they can see both of these attributes in the light of each other.
Text and discussion questions are provided in both the teacher guide and student books. The text is the Bible, with questions in the student book providing the references to be read. The amount of Bible reading required in a day would generally amount to a chapter or two in total, although verses might come from any book of the Bible. Student books provide enough space for answers to be written in. A Bible verse is memorized with each lesson. Occasionally, the day is devoted to some special project, such as a writing assignment or skit. Study pages (answer keys are provided) help students prepare for the test, which is given on the last day of the lesson. As previously mentioned, missions emphasis is evident throughout the program. Each chapter begins with information about a different people group. Students pray for this people group daily during the time it takes to complete the lesson. Books are black-and-white and illustrated with light-hearted line drawings. The Teacher Guide lists some introductory and helpful teaching and background notes, as well as answers to the discussion questions. Suggestions for Younger Children includes some of the line drawings from the student book (enlarged) to color, and suggestions of a Bible story to tell (not provided) or an arts-and-crafts project to do. One story suggestion and two project suggestions per lesson is the norm.
If you are looking for a good course to begin the transition from Bible reading to more serious Bible study for your junior high student, consider this one.