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I had the privilege of reviewing The Resurrection with my 8, 10 and 13 year olds. My younger two love art - but for my oldest, it's a spectator sport. Since he does enjoy reading the Word, he was 'ok' with participating with his siblings.
The Resurrection is a multi-level study (for ages 7+) which concentrates on the events from the Last Supper to the Ascension of Jesus Christ. It begins by teaching a timeline of events where the student (or teacher) reads specific Bible passages and draws "the scene" using stick figures to illustrate what's just been read. To further test comprehension, review questions are given at the end of each lesson. The application of each lesson is left up to the teacher* AND each lesson includes a Bible memory verse.
(* The Teacher/Parent is also able to explain specific doctrines as they arise within a lesson.)
Included within the Teacher's Manual is a suggested schedule and step by step instructions on HOW to Teach this study. The ultimate goal is retention and spiritual impact on young hearts.
We LOVED this study! It was a lot of fun for me because it removed the stigma of the teacher needing to be 'perfect'. I loved that the drawings were so easy to do and it gave us all an enjoyable devotional/study time together. The kids loved it because not only was it fun and interactive, but they learned key Biblical points without unnecessary stress and busy work. Even my 'side-line artist' was well able to participate AND enjoy it as well.
Upon diving into Lesson 1, we revisited the Last Supper with its' key points of : The Evil Plan, Passover Preparations, The Last Supper, Jesus Washed Feet, An Example of a Servant, Judas Identified, The Bread, and The Cup. Each of these sections had at least one corresponding bible verse as well. After reading the verse, the parent reads the "Discuss" section and then draws the scene (preferably on a white board). The students then copy the drawing onto their paper. Each lesson has 8 of these sections PLUS review questions at the end. Starting in the second lesson, the last three characters of the timeline are reviewed at the beginning of each new lesson.
I can see this study being used in a co-op setting or in the home. We used this as our morning devotional time and it was such a fabulous way to start the day! We also found for us it's best to break up the work over at least 2 days per lesson.
Whether you are a Bible veteran, or neophyte, I whole heatedly recommend Grapevine Bible Studies for your family!
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