Using Ancient Civilizations and the Bible? – Learn from My Mistakes!

 

This year we are studying Ancient History using Diana Waring’s Ancient Civilizations and the BibleThe beginning was a little rocky, but now that we have a system down it is amazing how much we are both learning. It is not your normal history study and I think that is exactly why AJ and I are enjoying it so much!

6 mistakes to avoid When using Ancient Civiliztions and the Bible

Before I get into the details let me explain a little bit about the curriculum. It is a chronological history program that appeals to visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners. It is a Christian worldview and teaches history from the young earth perspective. (If you don’t agree with young earth it is easy to leave out a few things in the first unit and from then on it is not really mentioned) It is not a textbook but a guide to help you and your student learn about history. There is a teacher’s book, a student book, and three different CDs that are referenced throughout the book.

The book is divided into nine chapters.

  1. Creation and The Flood
  2. The Rise of Civilizations
  3. Egypt and the Exodus
  4. The Children of Israel
  5. Assyria and Babylon : The Mesopotamian Conquerors
  6. The Persians and Medes
  7. Greece and The Hellenists
  8. The Rise of Rome
  9. Jesus Christ, Immanuel

Each chapter is studied for four weeks. Week one is the Introduction. It includes things like listening to audio recordings, reading the article, reading verses in the Bible, and discussions. Week two is Exploration and Discovery. In the second week activities include; vocabulary, timelines, and researching a topic of choice. The third week is Hands-On. In the third week there is mapping, art projects, science experiments, cooking, and music suggestions. The final week, week four is Expression. The final week can really be almost anything that shows understanding of the unit. Some possibilities include; art, music, drama, poetry, dance, and even puppetry. Each week there are a variety of options to fit the student’s learning style.

Even though there are only nine units, there is a great deal of information to learn. AJ and I fell in love with this history program at the beginning of the school year, but I wanted to wait until we had completed a few units until I shared my thoughts.

The first unit was full of learning for both of us. In fact it took us a good six weeks to complete. AJ learned all about creation and the flood, and I learned that using a unit study format for history would require some different thinking and planning on my part.

Here are a few pieces of advice, if you are using or thinking about starting Diana Waring’s  Ancient Civilizations and the Bible.

Stick to the four week schedule

Before school started I went through the first four units and planned things to a tee. I had decided that since we were doing unit studies for both history and science (more on that in an upcoming post) that I didn’t want to do both subjects daily. I decided that we would do science one week and history the next and rotate them back and forth. In order to do that I would simply push two weeks of learning into one. It sounded easy enough, we would just work longer on the one subject and in the end it would all average out. The time was the same and on paper it looked great. In reality it didn’t work out very well.

Week one has a lot of reading and listening. The articles themselves are between eight to ten pages and then when you add in the Bible reading it can be a lot. For the first unit it is 10 chapters in the Bible and more than 20 additional verses. Spread out over two days the reading is completely doable, but squishing it into one in order to complete two weeks of work into one is hard. It made for a grumpy kid, and a frustrated teacher.

In the end we actually spent three weeks doing the work for weeks one and two because it took way longer than I anticipated. If you need to combine weeks, don’t combine weeks one and two, it is just too much work. In the book Diana gives a few different suggestions on what to do if you don’t want to or can’t spend four weeks on a unit. My advice, stick to the four week schedule if possible. It is set up nicely and if you follow the recommendations in the book the days run a lot smoother!

Don’t over plan

Like I said previously, I planned the first unit to a tee. AJ was going to make a game one day, write a poem on another day, and carve an animal out of soap at another time. I figured it was a good variety and she would have fun. The problem was that she had her own ideas. After the reading for week one there is a list of activities to do to show your understanding, and at the bottom of the list is the option to make up your own choice. To be honest, her idea was better than mine. She didn’t want to make a game, she wanted to make a power point presentation. My child who hates to write created a 10 page slide show all about creation, Adam and Eve, Cain and Able, and the flood.  It turned out great!

Week two has a research project where your child researches a topic in greater detail. There is a large list of topics to choose from. In order to make things easier, I picked the topic that I thought AJ would like to learn about. I ordered books from the library ahead of time and had everything planned.  Again, she would have picked another topic. My advice is to look ahead to the next unit when you are on week 4 of your current unit. (Or week 3 if you have a slow library.) Have your child pick two or three of the topics that they might want to learn more about and order books from the library on those topics. Then you end up with a variety and when it comes time for the research topic you will be ready. Let your child lead and you may be surprised by what you both learn.

You don’t have to do it all

 This advice is really for any type of unit study, and it is hard if you are a box checker. It is ok to skip a few things if you don’t have the time or desire. Try not to skip the fun stuff too often though because that is what makes this program amazing! Take a look at each week and pick one or two things that you really want to accomplish and go from there.

Don’t worry about the recommended books

It can be hard to find books with a Christian world view at the library, and purchasing all of the recommended books would cost way too much. If you can’t find the recommended books, it is ok. Utilize the internet and even secular materials found at the library. Just search for the topics you need and make sure your child knows that the books may display different beliefs than your own.

Buy the CDs

We didn’t buy the CDs that go along with the curriculum in the beginning. We were on a tight budget and the books were all that we could afford. For the first two units we didn’t have the CDs, but thankfully a family member bought us the main CD as a gift in time for unit three. We got through the first two units fine without the CD, but it really adds so much more information and completes the study. The information on the CDs is different from the information in the book and helps to answer some of the questions. Currently we only have one of the CDs, but I hope to complete the set soon. If at all possible, buy the CDs they really add to the study.

Join the Yahoo Group

There is a Yahoo Group for Diana Waring’s History Revealed series. There you will find so many resources like answer keys for the maps, printable maps, and vocabulary worksheets, and timeline answer keys. This group was a life saver when it came to the mapping. It also has a lot of great ideas about the curriculum.

Ancient Civilizations and the Bible is an amazing history program. We are both learning so much and having fun along the way. I can’t wait to share more of our adventures with the program!

VeggieTales Noah’s Ark – Review and Sale

VeggieTales is coming out with another fun, faith based video, Noah’s Ark. It will be available to own as of February 28, 2015. AJ and I had the pleasure of reviewing it before it came out.

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VeggieTales Noah’s Ark is a lot like many of the other VeggieTales videos. It is funny, has a great message, and is filled with those crazy songs that you just can’t help but sing. Unfortunately, there was one major difference. If you have been following VeggieTales recently you probably noticed the change in our beloved friends, Bob and Larry. A lot of people on social media don’t like the change, and I will admit I liked the old version better. When I put the DVD on that is the very first thing AJ noticed. She thought they looked weird and didn’t like their eyes. The characters themselves even make a joke about looking different at the beginning of the DVD. Thankfully, after a minute or so into the show we didn’t even notice the change. 
The story itself is loosely based on the Bible version and is told by Larry. It is the story from Noah’s son’s point of view of what Larry thinks he might have been thinking while on the ark. There are some odd twists in true VeggieTales style, including holes in the ark and a sea monster. The story my stray from the original, but throughout the video we are reminded to trust in God in the good times and the bad, and that God always has a plan. A great message that we all need to remember. 
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If you and your family enjoy VeggieTales, this DVD is sure to entertain. My main complaint is that the story didn’t stick to the Biblical version enough. Overall AJ loved it and I liked it. I am sure this DVD will be watched a lot around our house. 
You have to wait a few weeks to get your chance to watch this fun filled DVD, but the good news is you can buy it now at Family Christian. When you pre buy VeggieTales Noah’s Ark you get a FREE copy of VeggieTales Rack, Shack, & Benny. For only $12.97 you get two VeggieTales DVDs and that sounds like a great deal to me! 

 

Motivate Your Child – Review

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I was given the amazing opportunity to review the newest book by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN, Motivate Your Child A Christian Parent’s Guide to Raising Kids Who DO What They Need to Do Without Being Told. The two authors are the founders of the National Center for Biblical Parenting and they have authored numerous books.

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So What is the Book About?

Parenting experts Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller demonstrate how God’s Word gives us the best way to parent, one that builds strong internal motivation in children. When parents change the way they parent, kids change the way they live. This practical book explores a theology of internal motivation and then gives parents real-life solutions to equip their kids for life.
You’ll Learn……

  • how to parent in ways that build internal motivation so kids don’t have to rely on you to get things done.
  • the four promptings of the conscience and how to coordinate your parenting to take advantage of them
  • ways to energize your spiritual training with fun and creativity
  • how to help children respond to mistakes instead of blaming, defending, or justifying.

The book is 268 pages long and divided into two sections. Part one is Moral Development in Children. This section focuses on internal motivation and parenting the conscience. Part two is Spiritual Development in Children. The second section focuses on God’s plan, family time, and connecting kids to the Bible.  Throughout the book practical advice is given and experiences from different families are shared. The book is easy to read and scriptures are all throughout the book to back up the advice that is given. It is a simple read and once I started I didn’t want to put it down.

What did I Think?

This has been an amazing book, but before I talk about the book, I want to talk about what occurred right before I applied to review it.

The name of the book alone caught my eye. In fact, when I first read about the opportunity to review the book I had just yelled at AJ for not doing what she was told for the hundredth time that day. I actually laughed as I scrolled through Facebook and the picture of the book came on my news feed. I was sitting with a few family members and I said, “I can’t even get her to do what she needs to do when I tell her, let alone without being told!” I stated that I wasn’t even going to apply because a book couldn’t help. But, every single day the same picture kept coming up in my news feed. It was the first thing I saw when I turned my computer on. It seemed like the more trouble AJ was giving me with “forgetting” to do her chores, the more the picture popped up. Finally, on the last day, I decided that it must be a sign and I filled out the application half heartedly. I didn’t expect to get picked and then the next thing I knew I had an email stating that I was picked to review the book. Secretly, it was a book I just didn’t want to read. How could a book help my situation when we a not your normal family?

I started reading and right away something changed. I read the first chapter and agreed with everything that was said. The first chapter started out with a family who was frustrated every morning trying to get their kids out the door. Sound familiar? It did to me. Mornings are a HUGE hassle. AJ takes forever. I have to tell her to get up a few times and then no matter how many times I tell her to take a quick shower she is in there forever. As I read on and saw the few things that the parents did that made their mornings smoother, I was hooked. They didn’t do anything amazing, but simple switches led to a better morning for them.

I never write in books, I like to donate them after I am finished. That is not going to happen with this book, by the second chapter I was underlining things, circling things, and even writing notes in the margins about things I wanted to try.

As I continued to read a few amazing quotes really stuck out to me:

  • What children often need is more parenting, not more space – pg 31
  • As children learn obedience, they’re learning to do what’s right. As children learn honor, they’re learning to think about others. pg 87
  •  Bad attitudes, whining and complaining are honor issues. pg 88
  •  One of the signs of maturity is when you do the right thing even when the desire isn’t there. pg 98

There are so many more quotes, Bible verses, and pieces of advice that really touched me, but I can’t list them all.

With each chapter I read I learned so many things, and I started to put a few techniques into place. Now, AJ didn’t turn into a saint, and she is not the perfect child, but I have seen some improvements both in her attitude and the way I am parenting. I notice her chores getting done more often without me telling her and that is a big change. One night she even did the dishes, put the food away,  and wiped off all of the counters (not her job) just to help me out because she knew I was hurting.

There are many other changes that I want to make and how I discipline is one of them. Today she got in trouble and instead of not being able to use electronics for a set amount of time, I told her she wouldn’t be able to use them until she could show me that she could follow the rules. We have a lot of work ahead of us and it is going to be a long road. This book has given me a lot of tools and techniques to get AJ where she needs to be.

Overall it is an amazing book. It is not going to change your kids overnight, but it will provide you with the tools to parent to the heart, work on their conscience, and help your family become closer to God. I would recommend this book to any christian parent. This is one book that I will be keeping and utilizing when I am having a hard time dealing with a pre-teen full of hormones.

Motivate Your Child- Giveaway

I recently have been having a lot of trouble motivating AJ. She has lost motivation with school work, housework, and even gymnastics. I think a lot has to do with her being an 11 year old girl full of hormones, but I know there is more to it. I started reading a new book, Motivate Your Child: A Christian Parent’s Guide to Raising Kids Who Do What They Need to Do Without Being Told, and I am hopeful that it will really help. It isn’t going to change AJ overnight but so far there are a lot of wonderful tips and ideas that I plan on implementing. Watch for my review at the end of the month.

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 There are so many different types of Kids Bibles available now compared to when I was a child. They have the very basic Bible with cute pink covers, Bibles covered with pink or purple glitter, and even some with fun animal shapes. There are Story Bibles and Devotional Bibles. With so many choices, Family Christian has the right Bible for you and your family.

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From December 5th until December 24 select Kids Bibles and Devotionals are 50% off! Almost all of the Kids Bibles are on a sale of some kind right now, but there are way too many to list them all here, I thought I would share a few of my favorites.

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I had a Beginner’s Bible when I was little, but it was nothing like this. This Bible is for 2-6 year-olds. Not only can they read the stories and look at the pictures, but they can listen to the stories! There is narration, music and sound effects for more than 90 stories. It has 512 pages and is hard covered, Originally $24.99 it is now on sale for just $9.99. When you look at the website it has a 5 star rating from everyone who rated it.
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Looking for something for a little girl? How about this amazingly priced Little Purse Bible? A great deal at the original price of $16.99, but a steal at the current price of just $5.99. It is not a full Bible, but it has all of the New Testament and Psalms and Proverbs. Great for a little girl who wants to carry her Bible to church.

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Is your child a little bit older and looking for a full Bible, but they still want some fun pictures and a little bit easier to understand vocabulary? Check out the Berenstain Bears Bible!It includes the entire Bible along with book introductions. a dictionary, larger font, and 18 full color pictures. This Bible looks like a fun transition Bible. It retails for $24.99 but is on sale for only $9.99.

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My all time favorite Bible, the Bible you see in all of the posts about AJ’s school work is the Deep Blue Kids Bible. It is not one of the Bibles on sale for 50% off, but it is on sale for 32% off. It retails for $18.99 and is on sale for only $12.99. It is an AMAZING Bible. It has notes, devotionals, trivia, reading challenges, and so much more. The version is easy to understand even for a struggling reader.

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The Gospel of John – Review

There have been a few different films made about the life of Jesus. Some I really liked others I never finished watching because I found them either too boring or too edited where they didn’t follow the Bible. Recently I was given the opportunity to watch a new film from the Lumo Project called The Gospel of John, I didn’t know what to expect, but I really enjoyed the film.

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About the Lumo Project

FOUR GOSPELS. FOUR FILMS. ONE JESUS STORY. FOR EVERYONE.
The Lumo Project is a ground breaking, multi-language biblical film resource transforming the way we discover, study and engage with the life of Jesus through the four New Testament Gospels: redefining the standard of visual Biblical media. The Lumo Project presents four films – one for each Gospel account – that will revolutionise the way we all experience the story of Jesus and the world of First Century Palestine in which he lived.

All four films are available on Netflix as of December 1, 2014. I was given a link to view The Gospel of John in order to share my opinion.

About the Movie

The Gospel of John takes the story of Jesus from John’s gospel with its own unique characteristics. For John, Jesus is the Word of God made human. John is clear that that when encounter Jesus, we encounter God.  The gospel writer points to the miracles (the ‘Signs’) and teachings as evidence of Jesus’ special relationship as the divine Son of God.
This full-length feature film about the life of Jesus takes the actual Gospel text as its script, word for word, unedited. Five years in the making, this epic production has been critically acclaimed by leading religious scholars as a unique and highly authentic telling of the Jesus story. Narrated by leading British actor David Harewood (‘Homeland’, ‘Blood Diamond’, ‘Merchant of Venice’) it is based on the latest theological, historical and archaeological research. With specially constructed sets and the extraordinarily authentic villages and countryside of rural Morocco, it immerses the viewer in the world of first century Palestine. 

What I thought

The movie is long, a little over two hours and forty minutes, but it is well worth the time to watch. The film is available in NIV, King James, or Spanish narration. I chose the NIV version and I have to say, I was interested the entire time. The narration is word for word straight from the Bible, in fact a few times I looked up the verses in my Bible just to make sure. The narrator’s voice is inviting and his reading style really brings the story to life. One thing that I really enjoyed was the portrayal of Jesus. In so many movies they portray Jesus as a white man with light brown hair. While no one knows exactly what he looked like, I feel this film is more accurate.

Overall I really enjoyed this movie. The only thing I didn’t like is that I don’t have Netflix so I won’t be able to watch the other three movies. If they are as well done and interesting as this video, I think they will be amazing as well.

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Wizzy Gizmo – Review and Giveaway

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Wizzy Gizmo, the name itself is enough to bring a smile to your face. A few weeks ago I had never heard of Wizzy Gizmo, but that changed when I was recently given the opportunity to review a few products from the Wizzy Gizmo company.

What is Wizzy Gizmo?

Actually Wizzy Gizmo isn’t a only a what, but a who. Wizzy Gizmo is a series of Bible books for kids, Bible audio dramas, Bible flashcards, and  more. All of these are based off of a main character named, Wizzy Gizmo. The character Wizzy Gizmo is a genius inventor who loves God and loves to explore the Bible.

Books

Currently Wizzy Gizmo has 2 books available, Who Created Everything? and In His Image
The first book, Who Created Everything? covers all of Genesis chapter 1. At first I thought that an entire kids book based of of one chapter in the Bible would be boring. The story has been done so many times before and in so many ways. But, Wizzy Gizmo is so much more! The story is fun and engaging, yet it doesn’t take away from the amazing Bible story. I love how the characters in the book don’t actually talk to Adam or Eve, they just listen in and watch them.

 The second book, In His Image, covers Genesis chapter 2. Both books have vibrant colors and  engaging images that really draw you in. The books are very well done and explain the Bible in a kid friendly way without dumbing it down. I think the books are perfect and I really look forward to seeing more in the series. We were able to view a digital copy of the books, both AJ and myself thought they would be fun to read over and over. The books are available for $12.99 each. I am normal very frugal when it comes to books, but I think that these books are worth the price.

Audio Drama 

Currently there is one audio drama available, Who Created Everything? The audio drama is absolutly amazing! AJ said it was like watching TV with her eyes closed. I honestly think that out of all of the products, that the audio drama was our favorite. It was way more than just an audio book.The music and the characters really bring the story to life.  We were able to listen to a digital copy, and while that was great, I would recommend the CD and digital download option. It would have been nice to listen to the CD while we were stuck in the car running errands. The Audio drama is available as a digital download for $9.99 or as a CD and digital download for $14.99.

Fast Track Bible Cards

The item that AJ and I received as a physical product was the New Testament Fast Track Bible Cards. It is a set of 27 double sided cards that are full of information all about the books in the New Testament. On the front of each card there is a summary of the book, the author of the book, the approximate date it was written, and the theme of the book. Then you turn it over and it lists the key people, key passages, key chapters, key doctrine, and an outline of the book.

The cards are large and sturdy. They are easy to read and full of color, but best of all is the abundance of information. I have read the Bible all of the way through a few times but these cards really pull together everything and make sense. I love the timeline aspect and the theme on the bottom of the cards.

How did we use the cards?

AJ is working on the Old Testament right now, so we used the Fast Track Bible Cards to help get her familiar with the books in the New Testament. She looked up some of the key verses, practiced putting the books in order, and spent some time just reading the cards. According to the website the cards are perfect for kids up to 12, but I learned a lot from these cards and think that most adults would to. The cards are available for $14.99.

Any of the Wizzy Gizmo materials would be a wonderful addition to any home school, church group, of family that is looking for a fun way to help kids get to know the Bible.  

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What’s in the Bible Coloring Book – Review

I was recently given the opportunity to review a fun new coloring book, What’s in the Bible. Since AJ and I have started our Bible study this year I have been looking into the DVD series by the same name. They look like a wonderful way to help kids really understand the Bible. After reviewing this coloring book I am even more interested in the DVDs.

The What’s in the Bible coloring book has 200 reproducible pages, so it is the perfect coloring book for church groups, day cares, and homeschools. But it is way more than a coloring book. In fact I have found AJ reading it like a story book a few times.

 It takes your child from the beginning of the Bible to the end highlighting the main events, and reads like a story Bible on the bottom of the pages. Along with the main plot of the Bible there are pages that show different scripture verses, the books of the Bible, and characters from the What’s in the Bible DVDs.

The illustrations are interesting and not too babyish according to AJ. She is not a big fan of coloring, but actually enjoyed this book. I liked that the pages were thick enough so that when you are coloring, you can’t see the lines from the other side showing through. Most of all I love that while she is coloring, she is continuing to learn more about God’s Word. In fact when she came to the picture of the Tower of Babble she got excited and said, “Hey , We just learned all about this!”
There were  only two downsides to the coloring book that I found. First was the Bible version that was used. The verses used in the coloring book are all written in ESV. I personally think they picked a great kid friendly version, but I know that many people are particular. The second downside for me is the price. Currently you can get the coloring book for $14.99 at Family Christian. I think that is a little expensive for a coloring book for a single family, but if you planned on copying the pages then the $14.99 might be a good deal. Here are 3 Free downloadable coloring pages that are in the coloring book.
Overall I feel the What’s in the Bible Coloring Book is a great way to help kids learn more about the Bible in an entertaining way.

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Bible Road Trip Review

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The first part of a 3 year study of the Bible for all ages.

The Bible is something that needs to be a bigger part in our homeschool. This last year we looked up a lot of verses and learned a great deal, but AJ really needs more. Our history program this year is Bible based, and so is our science (more on those in another post) but I felt we needed a Bible curriculum. The problem I have with most Bible curriculum is that they are too religious and often there are things in them that we don’t agree with. After looking into a few different options I found a few that I couldn’t afford (really it needed to be free) and a few that just didn’t seem like a good fit. Then I was given the opportunity to review Bible Road Trip written by Danika Cooley.

What is the Bible Road Trip?

Bible Road Trip is a 3 Year Bible Survey for children and young adults, beginning in Genesis and progressing through Revelation. Year One covers the books of law and history in the Old Testament. Year Two covers the books of poetry and prophecy in the Old Testament. Year Three covers the New Testament. It is for preschool to adults with different assignments for each level; pre-K and K, grades 1-3, 4- 6, 7-9, 10-12.

When I began reading the introduction to the Bible Road Trip I was pleased to find the following statement.

“Bible Road Trip does not address specific theological or doctrinal arguments.”

I was very excited that this program might be the right fit for us. I kept reading and was ready to start our trip, then we hit a road block. I didn’t realize that in order to use the curriculum that we would need an additional book. The additional resources vary by grade level, but we needed, What the Bible is All About: Bible Handbook for Kids by Frances Blankenbaker. The book is used throughout all three years and from the previews it looks like an amazing resource, but it isn’t in our budget right now.

So we looked over the curriculum and decided that with a little adjusting we could still use the Bible Road Trip. 

There are 32 weekly lessons to be completed however you choose. Each week there is a lesson guide that has suggestions for; Researching the Word, Reading the Word, Memorizing the Word, Notebooking the Word, Praying About the World, Learning More About the Word, and Crafting Through the Word. The Bible Road Trip retails for $20. To go along with the study there are also notebooking pages that are available for $20, but this week they are on sale for just $10.

There are a lot of great ideas in the Bible Road Trip, and I think the notebooking pages are beautiful. For now we are going to put the study on hold, but we will be picking it up when we start back to school. We will be doing the reading, memorizing, and praying (hopefully weekly) and throwing in some of the crafts as time permits. I think the study will definitely be a great addition to our homeschool.

 ****Update
We have now been using The Bible Road Trip for the last five months and we LOVE it. We were able to get a copy of the book we needed and the What’s in the Bible DVDs.  AJ and I have learned so much. We love using the note booking pages to fill in the information that she learns. It is a wonderful program that is all planned out and easy to use. We plan to continue with it this year and to use year 2 next year.

101 Bible Stories

From Creation to Revelation
*I received a free copy of the book in order to write this review*



101 Bible Stories from Creation to Revelation is a 217 page hardback story Bible. It doesn’t cover every story in the Bible, but gives a great overview. Story selections come from both the Old and New Testaments and include; Noah Builds a Boat, Baby Moses, Food from Heaven, Jericho, Queen Esther, Mary’s Gift, The Betrayer, Jesus is Coming Back, and so many more. Each story takes up two pages of the book. One side of the page has the story written in easy to understand language along with where in the Bible the story is found. The other side of the page is a full color picture depicting part of the story.

AJ really liked the book because it was written in such easy to understand language. She was excited to be able to read and understand the Bible stories and really enjoyed the fact that they were not watered down. After reading the story in 101 Bible Stories from Creation to Revelation, she was then able to read the same section in her own Bible with better understanding. It is the perfect story book for young independent readers. The illustrations in the book are gorgeous and really add to the stories.

The book is available from ZonderKidz and retails for $12.99. If you are looking for a new book that is more in-depth than a Picture Bible this may be a good buy for you. I think it makes for great bedtime reading.