Telling God's Story, Year One: Instructor Text and Teaching Guide

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Item #: 008087
ISBN: 9781933339481
Grade: 1

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Publisher: Olive Branch Books

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Highlight of our homeschool day!
My girls and I love this series. We homeschool, but it could easily be used by any family--it's fun, and low-pressure, and just a great tool for teaching kids about God. We started this when my girls were 3, 6 and 8 and we've all been able to participate in one way or another. We have thoroughly enjoyed the discussions we've had about Jesus through this curriculum. We're actually on year 2 now and enjoy it just as much, if not more so, than year 1. Since it's a little bit below my oldest child's level, I sometimes read aloud some of the notes for parents that she would be interested in.

Each day includes a reading for the parent to read through ahead of time, a Bible passage (included in the text) and an explanation of the text for the kids. It probably takes less than 10 minutes to read, but the lessons are thoughtful and spur good discussions.

The activity guide contains a coloring page for each lesson, plus assorted activities. There are usually a few options for each lesson, and they may include games, worksheets, group activities, cooking projects, service ideas memory work and art/craft projects. I highly recommend the activity guide along with the text, to help the kids really remember the lessons.

The material is solid with nothing questionable. It's all appropriate and relevant for the age level, and the parent notes include lots of interesting material--I always learn something. If the passage they're highlighting has anything questionable in it (for instance, a reference to a prostitute), the author warns the parent in advance and gives a suggestion for how to skip that part for now, or simply rephrase it in a way that doesn't change the meaning. Of course, parents are left to their own discretion--they can always read the full passage.

Pros:
-I adore the approach of learning about Jesus' life, ministry and teaching, rather than tackling the super-tough Old Testament topics (my kids ask a lot of questions that are hard to answer, even for adults, about the Old Testament). The kids always "get it" right away and apply to lessons to everyday life.
-We love the story-like, conversational approach. It feels much more natural than filling out a worksheet, which I think is important for this subject matter.
-The activities are usually fun and memorable. We don't always do an activity, but when we do we enjoy it.
-It's easy enough that I never hesitate to actually do it.

Con:
-It's not really enough material for a week--we only spend one day on each lesson, although you could do more, and there are some extra lessons included. This works for us, because we also like to do our own memory work independently of this study, and sometimes we take a break around Christmas to do an advent study. But if you want more of a 4- or 5-day curriculum, this probably won't cover that unless you supplement with some of your own material.

Overall, a solid, enjoyable curriculum that builds our relationship with each other and has really fostered a love of Jesus in my kids!
February 17, 2018
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Elizabeth M on Jun 30, 2017
It's a non-fundamentalist resource from a company I trust.
Elizabeth M on Jun 30, 2017
I love the hands-on activities that go along with teaching the lesson. My kids remember the point of each lesson because it has been reinforced. I also really like that there is a plan to continue teaching my kids with this curriculum through high school.
Lori V on Dec 21, 2015
I love the hands-on activities that go along with teaching the lesson. My kids remember the point of each lesson because it has been reinforced. I also really like that there is a plan to continue teaching my kids with this curriculum through high school.
Lori V on Dec 21, 2015
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