Grapevine Studies: Old Testament Overview, Part 1 {Review}

Grapevine Studies: Old Testament Overview, Part 1 {Review}

Following the blog you might have noticed a coupon in the month of October for Grapevine Studies, as I have taken on their company as a new affiliate. Today I have the joy of sharing with you a review of one of their downloadable products. In the last year or so I’ve been collecting their eShorts and freebies and making a list of what to buy to go along with our other studies. Most recently (and for this review) we have been working through Old Testament 1: Level 1 (ages 6-8) and Traceable (ages 3-5) and a Teacher Book for OT Levels 1 & 2. We received a digital download, a PDF, and I printed a few pages for my four and six-year-old daughters to participate. I originally printed the traceable pages for only OrangeBlossom, but AppleBlossom was a bit jealous (and drawing from scratch is a bit of a new concept for her) so my Enginerd went back and printed the entire traceable book for her. I think for her she could really use either and I love having the option!

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Grapevine Studies: Old Testament Overview, Part 1 {Review}Old Testament Overview: Creation to Jacob (Student Book Level 1) by Dianna Wiebe
Series: , Stick Figure Through the Bible

Also by this author: New Testament Overview Beginner: John to the Apostles (Teacher Edition Part #1), New Testament Overview Beginner: John to the Apostles (Student Part #1), New Testament Overview Beginner: John to the Apostles (Traceables Part #1), New Testament Overview Level 1 & 2: Birth of John to Jesus' Ministry (Teacher Edition Part #1), New Testament Overview Level 1: Birth of John to Jesus' Ministry (Student Edition Part #1), New Testament Overview Level 1: Birth of John to Jesus' Ministry (Traceable Edition Part #1)
ISBN: 9781598730302
Genres: Educational Resources, Study, Religion
Published by Grapevine Studies on 2010
Pages: 83
Format: PDF
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Have you been looking for a hands-on way for your visual learning student to learn and memorize the Bible? This 12 lesson course (or 45 days) from Grapevine Studies with take your student on a Stick Figure Through the Bible journey. Students will learn about the Creation, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and many details

 

This year our curriculum choices include a curriculum where we are studying the Old Testament from the themes of Creation through Joshua. When we came across the Ten Commandment lessons in that other curriculum I downloaded and printed out the Grapevine Studies eLessons for The Ten Commandments and it made our studies oh the richer. So I was absolutely delighted to get my digital hands on part one of the Old Testament Overview to go much further in depth. After spending time in these lessons, I have lots of positive opinions. I believe these would be awesome for a group of children in a Sunday School class. I also think they are great within my homeschool (and thus I would recommend them for private Christian schools, cottage schools, after-school and just about anybody to add it in!) for our kids.

The Level 1 Student Book is directed toward an age range of 6-8. The only things necessary are a lesson student book per student, colored pencils and a Bible. I believe that one could easily be teaching students in three different books and not miss a beat. For instance if your preschooler uses the Level 1 Traceable, your second grader uses the Level 1 Student Book, and your fourth grader uses a Level 2 Student Book – all learning the same material. It is my understanding that the formatting of the Level 2 books are different and give a more condensed space for drawing as students of this age will most likely have a more controlled hand. With that said, I can see the potential for using a lower level for a special needs student and that student would still be getting all the benefits. The actual book cover does not list the age, just the level.

 

Grapevine Studies: Old Testament Overview, Part 1 {Review}Old Testament Overview: Creation to Jacob (Level 1 & 2 Teacher Guide) Series: , Stick Figure Through the Bible

ISBN: 9781598730388
Genres: Educational Resources, Study, Religion
Published by Grapevine Studies on 2010
Pages: 100
Format: PDF
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The Teacher's Guide is absolutely required in my opinion to complete the lessons. It contains lesson notes, overall timelines, and each stick figure drawings (in full-color), as well as lesson goals and the key points to be met. There are also memory verses as well as review questions and answers.

 

The teacher supply list includes a teacher book (using digitally as a PDF on an eReader or iPad is absolutely capable, to save on ink and paper), dry erase markers, dry erase board and so on as well as a Bible. A teacher could definitely share a Bible in a small setting.  Next time we work through one of these I think that I will do things differently and print the Teacher’s Guide Book as well as the Student Books. Because there have been times when we were ready to do a lesson, but the iPad needed to charge. Or if we left open the file on the laptop while I was writing at the board the baby would decide he needed typing lessons… For me, I think that having it as a physical in-hand guide would be more beneficial to me – and it wouldn’t be too much to print. At 100-pages, I’m indecisive on whether I would use the industrial stapler, bind it, or put it in a notebook – but either way, it is definitely do-able.

Reading through the teacher book, I feel as if perhaps the Wiebe family really prays for everyone that uses their materials. The scripture references provided for inspiration and the tips and helps are truly hand-holding and encouraging me that I really am capable of teaching my children about the Bible and instilling in their minds building blocks of a firm foundation on the word of God. I also love that within the teacher book, the teacher guidelines are in a green font! I love that!

 

Grapevine Studies: Old Testament Overview, Part 1 {Review}Old Testament Overview: Creation to Jacob (Level 1 Traceable) by Dianna Wiebe
Series: , Stick Figure Through the Bible

Also by this author: New Testament Overview Beginner: John to the Apostles (Teacher Edition Part #1), New Testament Overview Beginner: John to the Apostles (Student Part #1), New Testament Overview Beginner: John to the Apostles (Traceables Part #1), New Testament Overview Level 1 & 2: Birth of John to Jesus' Ministry (Teacher Edition Part #1), New Testament Overview Level 1: Birth of John to Jesus' Ministry (Student Edition Part #1), New Testament Overview Level 1: Birth of John to Jesus' Ministry (Traceable Edition Part #1)
ISBN: 9781598730821
Genres: Educational Resources, Study, Religion
Published by Grapevine Studies on 2013
Pages: 83
Format: PDF
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The Level 1 Traceable book is made up of the same pages as the standard Level 1 Student Book, however, each page has grey lines showing where and what to draw. This book is completely in grey-scale black and white.

 

While the Level 1 Student Book is geared for ages 6-8 years old. The Traceable version is directed toward an age range 3-5 or of three and up depending on what literature you look at. I was able to use both the standard Level 1 Student Book and the Traceable Level 1 with my six-year-old working at a second grade level across her studies and it was her preference. She is a bit of a perfectionist and she appreciated the lines showing her where to draw what. I think that after this study she would be fine (and have more experience with drawing stick figures) that she would use a standard Level 1 Student Book (she might even be ready for a Level 2). Her junior kindergarten four-year-old sister on the other hand… she’ll definitely remain with the traceable books for a long time to come – they are perfect for her.

Right now we have the entire book printed out and held together with a mini-elephant clip. Thus she can open it and flip pages back, or if truly desired she can take a page out to focus on it. For my little one working on it, she just has a few pages, and her set is stapled.

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four-year-old OrangeBlossom’s Genesis through Joshua Stick Figure Through the Bible

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six-year-old’s AppleBlossom’s first day drawing on her own and requesting the traceables for the future

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What I love about this curriculum is that it is Biblical based. Wait, what do I mean about a Bible curriculum being Biblically based? Well, I mean with these Bible Studies you (as teacher) and your students are encouraged to actually read the scripture for yourselves. You’re not just relying on a paraphrase and working through a curriculum without even cracking the spine of your Bible. I want my kiddos to know that the Bible is a reverenced text, but not to avoid it. I want them to use it. Using these Bible Studies, I truly believe that I am creating a foundation for my kids to build upon and have a desire to learn more about what all is found in this great big storybook – because we all just love our storybook treasuries.

Any given lesson consists of a review first. Review past lessons, and review memory verses. Then we read the set scripture and teach the next lesson. Then, I draw and set them off to draw. I often leave them at this and they go off in their own creativity. OrangeBlossom uses whatever colors are sparkily or the crayons that are nearest (or glitter pens, or colored pencils). AppleBlossom is a stickler that every line she draws has to be the exact specified color as the teacher’s guide declares and she only uses her fancy color pencils for this. Later on we discuss what we’ve drawn and basically I see if they can narrate the story back to me – and sometimes I encourage them to show the Enginerd when he gets home and tell him the story again as well. Each time, they’re gaining little memory markers and making the story remain further and further in their mind and learning more and more.

What an incredible foundation!

 

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So far, I’ve collected eLessons of The Announcement (of Mary’s conception), 10 Commandments, 12 Apostles, The Gospels, Joseph – the early years, Sharing the Gospel, and have gotten lessons for us to learn Ruth in Moab, and A Bible Study – Life of RuthI have my eye on continuing with the New Testament Overview next year to enrich our curricula studies we have planned. I mention that I use this program in addition to and to enrich what we’re doing, but it could stand alone as well. http://grapevinestudies.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/BFHD-Square-250x250.jpgThe details and passion for studying scripture is all there. I’m tempted to get the Moses and the Exodus thematic lessons for this year as we will start Moses soon… I’ll have to see how much overlap there is between the OT Overview and the Moses lessons. The last two and newest items that are truly on my wishlist are Biblical Feasts and Holy Days and the Biblical Calendar!

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The translation of Bible scripture we use does not affect the lessons and thus you can use your favorite translation. I also believe that you can come at these Biblical-based lessons from any denominational background. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to my Catholic or Protestant friends.

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About CherryBlossomMJ

The Creative Madness Mama also known as Margaret is a Christian Stay-at-home Mama, married to the Enginerd, Quilter, avid reader and book-a-holic. A book blogger for bunches of different publicists. She loves to share the latest and greatest about books coming out as well as her quilt and other crafty projects with some pictures of her eight-year-old AppleBlossom, three-year-old Almond Blossom (the Rascal boy!), six-year-old OrangeBlossom (the Princess), and newborn Mermaid Warrior in between. Plotting to be a homeschooler, she's a cloth diapering, breastfeeding, babywearing, list making mama full of a little creative and a lot of madness.

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