Answers Bible Curriculum

I received these materials to review. I was asked to provide an honest review, and all opinions are 100% my own. I was not compensated in any way for this post.

It’s that time of year when school supplies are appearing in the stores and homeschool moms and dads are picking out and ordering curriculum for the coming year! In the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing what we thought of our curriculum from last year and what we will be using this year when we start back up in August!

But today I wanted to start with a curriculum that could be used by any family, or church for that matter!

ABC Curriculum

ABC – Answers Bible Curriculum is a brand new resource from Answers in Genesis!

Answers Bible Curriculum is a full-featured, chronological, 3-year Sunday school program. Its 156 lessons are synchronized across 7 age groups from preschool to adults. Each group covers Genesis through Revelation and learns the same material—but at different levels of depth—empowering exciting and easy discussion for the entire family!

Even though Answers Bible Curriculum was designed for Sunday school, the curriculum has a great set-up for homeschool as well!

Answers Bible Curriculum {all levels} emphasizes these key concepts:

  • The Bible is Trustworthy – We can trust all of God’s Word.
  • God’s Attributes – God’s attributes are displayed throughout the Bible.
  • Chronological/Historical Teaching – The Bible presents true history, not just “stories.”
  • The Bible’s Redemption – God’s plan of redemption is woven throughout Scripture.
  • Apologetics – We must be ready to give an answer for what we believe.
  • Life Application – We are to live in light of what the Bible teaches.

This curriculum provides an important, priceless foundation for our children’s faith. We received the Grades 1 & 2 level to review. Each quarter kit includes lesson plans for the teacher, student guides/take-home sheets, colorful posters, and a resource DVD-ROM.

A few things we love about ABC so far:

ABC Teacher Guide

*Well-laid out lessons with lots of information to prepare the teacher. I absolutely love all the background they give me as a teacher, including spiritual, apologetics, and historical information.

*Colorful posters to illustrate main points and capture their attention. I have very visual boys so this was the first thing they were drawn to! And I’ve seen them learn and memorize things all on their own just from posters up around the house, so I can’t wait to have these up in our house!

ABC Take Home Sheet

*Activity sheets for the students to do after the lesson. In a Sunday school setting, these would be take-home sheets, but for using at home, we do them as lesson follow-up! Word searches, coloring pages, daily verses to read as a family to reinforce that week’s lesson, and much more are included on these colorful sheets!

*The kids are actually exploring the Bible. I don’t want my kids to just hear stories from the Bible, I want them to read it themselves! This level of the curriculum has the kids opening their Bibles and talking through what they see on the page! I love that!

I talked yesterday about the boys’ morning Bible time, but this is going to be a family Bible time thing for us. We will do one lesson a week and split that lesson up over a few days when necessary and appropriate! This curriculum is very adaptable!

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Jesus Storybook Bible: Advent, Curriculum, Collector’s Edition, and More!

It’s definitely the favorite story Bible in our house. There’s no contest in that catergory.

I even hesitate to call the Jesus Storybook Bible a “children’s Bible” because it has been just as powerful for me as it has been for the boys!

The way every single story points to Jesus is just what we want our children to learn. And to live. Everything we do should point to Jesus. I feel like this Bible brings a new level of understanding of the Good News of the Gospel to all who read it.

I first wrote about the Jesus Storybook Bible two years ago after I learned about it at the Relevant Conference and then found an Advent reading plan using it. The reading of the first 24 stories in this Bible at bedtime during Advent has become one of my favorite family Christmas traditions.

I’ve put together this free printable for you to use if you are following the Jesus Storybook Bible Advent reading plan! You can print it out as one sheet and hang it somewhere, or cut apart each day {tiny strips – sorry about that!} and place them in/on your Advent calendar! Click on the image below to download and print this plan!

I’ve also found many more reasons to love the Jesus Storybook Bible since then…

There are several different editions which make great gift ideas in several different price ranges and packages!

The Jesus Storybook Bible original hardcover edition was what got us started. It is wonderful just as it is.

The Read-Aloud Edition is similar to the original, but larger overall, including bigger pictures – great for reading to groups or even your own children!


The newest edition is the Collector’s Edition

Just when I thought the Jesus Storybook Bible couldn’t get any better, this bundle came about and I swooned when I opened the package.

Included in the Collector’s Edition are the original Jesus Storybook Bible, three audio CDs with each of the 44 stories narrated by David Suchet, AND an animated DVD with every story! We can use this SO many ways!

Zondervan also just released a leather-bound edition that is gorgeous. What a beautiful gift or keepsake for a loved one!

Now, for those of you who teach Sunday School or homeschool or want to use the Jesus Storybook Bible for teaching in some format, I must recommend to you the Jesus Storybook Bible Curriculum Kit.

I am just blown away by the work that was put into this Bible curriculum for early to middle elementary age children. The 44 lessons are creative and well-planned, the activities are fun AND educational, and the introduction and instruction for teachers are very helpful! Included in the kit are:

  • 1 DVD-ROM containing 44 printable lessons (both teacher material and student handouts)
  • 44 bonus animated videos, promotional materials, as well as instructions for implementing the curriculum
  • 1 hardcover The Jesus Storybook Bible
  • 3 audio CDs containing David Suchet’s recording of The Jesus Storybook Bible

I will be using many of the lessons from this curriculum as part of our Advent study this year! We’ll be learning more about the Old Testament, prophecy, prayer, and so much more!

If you don’t own a Jesus Storybook Bible for your family yet, I highly recommend adding it this year! And join us in reading through it this Advent season!

 

*I received these products to review from Zondervan. I was not compensated in any way for this review, and all opinions are 100% my own.

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Horizons Reading & Phonics {Curriculum Review}

This week, we’re celebrating our 100th day of our first year of homeschool! We were blessed to receive review copies from several homeschool companies, and now that we’re this far into our year, I want to share some reviews of the curriculum we are using! I will be posting reviews all week so stay tuned! And if you dont homeschool, I’ll be posting a “regular” post tomorrow as well – never fear!

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We faced a challenge at the beginning of this homeschool year when deciding on a reading and phonics curriculum. Big J had already been reading for quite some time and many kindergarten curricula started at a level that would leave him, well…bored out of his mind.

However, I didn’t feel comfortable completely skipping to a first grade curriculum, so we decided to give the kindergarten level of Horizons Reading & Phonics from Alpha Omega Publications a try.

I am very glad we did.

Horizons Reading & Phonics consists of four student workbooks and four student readers to make up the year-long curriculum. The student books are very colorful and appealing to kids, which made it easy to get Big J interested right away!

Big J is able to breeze right through the actual reading and phonics parts of each lesson, but he is learning much more in the area of language arts along the way.

First of all, in the area of phonics, he is learning actual rules to go along with all of the words he already knows and has figured out on his own. This has helped him figure out even more words which is really fun to watch!

Secondly, language skills such as rhyming, alphabetical order, and sequencing are part of the lessons as well. I am thrilled these skills are being introduced and developed in this curriculum!

Thirdly, if we would have skipped to the first grade level, Big J would have missed out on the introduction of many punctuation marks and how to use them. While he works quickly through reading, he gets a little challenge when figuring out where to place quotation marks.

Honestly, at times, Big J has become a little frustrated with working on things he already knows in this curriculum, but he also has the satisfaction of working on things he knows how to do in the same lesson he learns a new skill.

In addition, Big J loves the readers and has grown in his ability to read for comprehension. We supplement with books at a higher level to keep him interested and growing in his vocabulary, but I am so pleased with his progress in understanding what he is reading that has come through Horizons.

All of this combines to make this reading & phonics curriculum a great choice for Big J this year!

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Disclosure: I received a review copy of this curriculum from Alpha Omega in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated in any other way for this post, and all opinions are 100% my own.

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Apologia Science {Curriculum Review}

This week, we’re celebrating our 100th day of our first year of homeschool! We were blessed to receive review copies from several homeschool companies, and now that we’re this far into our year, I want to share some reviews of the curriculum we are using! I will be posting reviews all week so stay tuned! And if you dont homeschool, I’ll be posting regular posts as well – never fear!

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Science can be a very intimidating subject to many homeschool, myself included. But when I discovered Apologia Science and the Exploring Creation series, all of that changed!

This series, written for elementary students by Jeannie Fulbright, covers all basic areas of science in a God-honoring and mom-friendly manner. It became even more student-friendly for all elementary students this year as Apologia added junior notebooks for younger students, like my kindergartener!

Year-long courses are available in Botany, Zoology 1, Zoology 2, Zoology 3, Anatomy & Physiology, and our course for this year, Astronomy.

Here are my thoughts on our experience with Apologia Astronomy so far…

Big J LOVES learning about space and the planets. Astronomy was the perfect science for us this year!

The notebooking journal {regular or junior} contains a possible layout for the year – I’ve followed it loosely in my planning, but also gone at our own pace without any problems. I like having a guide, but not a strict schedule, so this is wonderful.

There is a LOT of material for the teacher, aka me, to read to Big J in each chapter. That was rough for us at first. Big J had a hard sitting still and retaining the information, until I figured out a few things:

*The coloring pages at the beginning of each lesson are perfect for him to work on while he listens – and he is still able to answer questions at the end of each segment.

*I can break up the reading any way I want depending on his attention span – I’m being flexible.

*If something seems to in-depth or complicated, we skip that part – for now. This hasn’t happened very often, but as a kindergartener, there is some info that can wait!

The project and experiment ideas have been the amazing! Hands-on is the best way to learn science, especially for boys!

We’ve made balloon planets to hang from our ceiling…

…sculpted a mini-version of Stonehenge…

…made Venus volcanoes, shut ourselves in a dark room with a flashlight and a tennis ball to recreate the phases of the moon, melted chocolate with a magnifying glass and the sun, and many more fun things! The projects are not complicated and use mostly household items.

The junior notebooking journal is the perfect compliment to the text, with areas for Big J to write AND draw what he is learning, as well as Scripture copywork and minibooks, useful for review at the end of a chapter.

Our current activity is journaling the phases of the moon! Both boys are noticing anytime they see the moon and commenting on the current phase. Today is a full moon – lots of excitement around here!

I was never really crazy about science in general throughout my school years, but I look forward to anytime I pull out these books to work with Big J! From my experience over the last semester, I highly recommend the Exploring Creation series from Apologia!

If you would like to read more from Apologia Science author Jeannie Fulbright, check out my interview with her from earlier this year!

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Disclosure: I received a review copy of this curriculum from Apologia in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated in any other way for this post, and all opinions are 100% my own.

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