Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Bible as a Textbook


It is very easy to get caught up in the day to day education of our children and emphasize the CORE curriculum of Reading, Language Arts and Science/History.  But what about Bible Study.  Bible study should be the centerpiece of any Christian education.  

Judah Bible Curriculum is hear to help parents out in this study.  It is designed to encourage Godly traits in both yourself as the educator and your family or students.  

From their site:

Our crucial need is to educate our students to be Biblically literate. True literacy is more than just the ability to read. True literacy includes having a basis in Truth and the ability to reason from that basis to discover the answers to life's questions.

The Judah Bible Curriculum is a principle approach curriculum for Bible Class.  It allows you to:

  • Develop a comprehensive knowledge of the Bible.
  • Build strong, Godly character in your children.
  • Study the Bible together.
  • Study the hand of God in the lives of individuals and nations.
  • Teach your children living Biblical principles to guide their lives.
  • Apply God’s word personally in every area of life.
Instead of the typical workbook style educational experience, 

The Bible is the textbook.

With the Judah Bible curriculum, the emphasis is placed on studying the Bible, not just studying about the Bible. They will learn to utilize reference materials and outside resources in their study. They will learn to reason from the Bible basis and apply Biblical principle to every area of life.

This curriculum is designed so that every year, the Bible is studied, from Genesis to Revelation.

Theme 1: Creation (Genesis 1-11)
Theme 2: The Plan of Redemption Begins (Genesis 12 -- Ruth)
Theme 3: The Kingdom of Israel (1Samuel -- Malachi
Theme 4: The Kingdom of God (Matthew -- John)
Theme 5: The Early Church (Act -- Revelation)

The Scope and Sequence gives you an outline to use for your planning.  This gives you suggested timelines for grades K-12 to encourage your planning.

This program is designed to break curriculum dependence and become self-educating students of God.  It allows for your own creativity to filter into your daily family Bible time.

You can purchase the Judah Bible Curriculum Online Access to begin teaching your students how to study the Bible.  Online Access includes the Judah Bible Curriculum Manual of instructions and resources in e-book format. The manual has the JBC K-12 Weekly Theme Guide.  You also receive in e-book format a Notebook Ideas book for elementary to help you get started. You also will get the complete JBC Teacher Training Audio Seminar – eight lectures in mp3 format that you can download to your computer, three of which teach through the Bible as you will teach through it so you can keep ahead of your students. You can use this material online and/or download it to print out. All of this information for only $44.00.

Or you can order the Judah Bible Curriculum Pack, which includes the Judah Bible Curriculum Manual of instructions and resources, with the K-12 Weekly Theme Guide. You also get a Notebook Ideas book for elementary to help you start your notebooks. You also receive the JBC Teacher Training Audio Seminar - eight lectures on CDs that teach you how to teach the Bible to your students. Allow two weeks for shipping. A paper copy of this curriculum is only $69.00 plus $5.00 shipping.

How did this program work for our family?  Unfortunately it did not work well for us.  Joey is very much a curriculum hound.....He needs the workbooks and worksheets laid out in front of him.  He is very visual.  He unfortunately then affected the attitudes of the other kids.  

We did give it a go.  The only draw back I saw, was I am way short on time.  And it did require more planning on my part.  Ideas are provided in the JBC Teacher Training Audio Seminar to help encourage your students love of the Bible and help them to learn as much as they can.  The Training Audio series also helps to teach you how to use the JBC Curriculum to the fullest extent.

The pros for this program:

  • Wonderfully priced program that you can use each year
  • You and your family can use it to study the Bible each year
  • This program encourages studying....not just reading the Bible.
  • An outline of what to study with each age group is provided.
  • You can easily integrate your own creativity to allow your children to learn more about the Bible subjects they are reading.
  • The only Textbook you need.....the Bible!!!
  • Notebooking pages help to draw your student/family out.
I would recommend this program to families.  The price is wonderful and the emphasis is on the Bible and encourages gaining a deeper understanding.  This is a family program, so it is also wonderful for adults to use also.

Product information:
Cost: $44.00 for digital downloads, $69.00 plus $5.00 shipping for printed copy.
Designers: Bill Burtness

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*****Disclaimer......I received the Judah Bible Curriculum free of charge for the sole purpose of this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The views I have expressed are my own and are real experiences with my family. I am disclosing this is accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255>:"Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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