I've been hinting about the new Bible program that we're reviewing, and here it is! Grapevine Studies! We received ebooks for Old Testament 1: Level 2 Creation to Jacob, plus the corresponding Teacher Book and the Traceable level.
I'm really excited about this one for 2 reasons.
1) I scrapped the program that came with our box curriculum after exactly ONE DAY using it. So we were without a Bible program for a while, which made me feel guilty. After all, one of the benefits of homeschooling is instilling our values in the children, which for our family includes learning the scriptures.
2) This program allows Jack, Hannah, AND KATIE to all work on the same story at the same time. This is huge, because there's a giant difference between a 6th grader and a preschooler.
Grapevine Studies is a cross between cartooning, and Bible study. I have the Teacher's Manual on my iPad, so it's easy for me to refer to it at the white board.
As we read passages, I draw on the white board the doodles shown in the teacher's guide.
My bigger students also draw the same things, copying from the white board.
Katie is in the Traceable level, which means all her pages have gray scale outlines of what she's supposed to draw, and all she has to do is trace them!
This has been huge in improving her drawing skills, and after tracing all these stick figures, she's starting to draw them on her own.
One of the features I liked about Grapevine is the way the timeline has the eyes looking forward to the Savior.
Having all the kids working on the same passage gave us a chance to really discuss it and I could make sure they were all understanding it.
When we do Bible, Hannah sits in the middle so she and Jack can share the colored pencils for drawing, while Katie uses the markers, since her hands are missing some parts, and she doesn't yet have the strength for colored pencils.
One of the fun things about this study is that it has given me the opportunity to draw and doodle.
Like Adam and Eve, peeking out from behind a bush after the Fall, since they were naked.
Here you can see Hannah, drawing her Adam and Eve behind a bush.
And Katie, tracing hers.
This is one of Jack's finished pages. I like the way Grapevine uses a symbol (the purple triangle) to represent God, instead of trying to picture Him.
As you can see from the info graphic, Grapevine Studies come in a wide variety of age/grade levels, so you can choose the perfect fit for your students. Level 2 worked well for Jack (age 11) and Hannah (age 8). The Traceable level is absolutely perfect for Katie (age 5). You can find out more about the levels on the Grapevine website.
This program has been a real winner for our family. All the kids enjoy it, and it's easy for me to teach. There are some topical studies that look really interesting, such as the Biblical Feasts study. I could easily see us using Grapevine next year, too.
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