A different kind of bible study

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I’ve been looking for a bible study curriculum that we could –  and would –  use in our home. To get regular use in our household, it’d have to rank fairly high on the ease-of -use and flexibility scales.

We recently received a download version of the Judah Bible Curriculum for our perusal, and I was pretty excited about it. After reading through their website, I’d been really excited about it.

Judah Bible Curriculum is designed as a framework to make it easy to give your children a comprehensive knowledge of the bible while building strong, Godly characters. By studying the Bible together with the Bible as the primary textbook, each student can develop their reasoning ability and learn to apply Biblical principles in their lives.

Due to the non-reliance on traditional textbooks and workbooks, it takes a little bit more work for the instructor to learn how to teach the Judah Bible Curriculum.

In fact, I’ll go a step beyond that and say that it’s a bit intimidating. Judah Bible Curriculum is a bit of a misnomer, really; it’s more a framework, a listing of themes with relevant biblical topics and locations.

Lesson-planning and activities are entirely up to the teacher, which is excellent if you’re highly organized and have the time to spend on weekly prep, or are working together with a team of teachers in a co-op or a sunday school.

The teacher’s manual includes an overview of the curriculum, blank and sample notebooking pages, and the schedule. Also included are diagrams that support material presented in the audio lectures. The schedule is bare bones; that was my first hint that my expectations weren’t in line with reality.

The reproducible notebooking pages consist of charts to fill out that are used to illustrate each theme. While I understand the purpose behind the author’s desire to encourage a permanent record that the student can refer back to, it really did not appeal to my kids. By the third week, we found ourselves discussing the verses out loud, and doing very little writing. For more about the notebook approach, read here.

Perhaps that’s just our family? For me, personally, I prefer specific discussion questions. We can read together, or individually, think about or write our answers, and then come together and discuss them. But beyond discussing the verses themselves, and trying to guess at how they might tie into the theme that week, I was at a loss.

I eventually found myself fairly frustrated. I really wanted to like Judah Bible Curriculum. I admire its goals, and I love the concept. It’s just not a good fit for me or for my family. I apparently don’t deal well with something that conceptually open-ended, especially when the topic is religion.

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A scope and sequence is available here.

There are two purchase options for the Judah Bible Curriculum:

  • A physical hard copy, for $69 plus $5 postage and handling, that includes: the Judah Bible Curriculum K-12 Manual; an Elementary Notebook Ideas booklet, and an eight-lecture Teacher Training Seminar on CDs, or
  • a download, delivered online, a 40% discount at $44, that includes: Judah Bible Curriculum K-12 Manual, e-book format to download; Elementary Notebook Ideas booklet to view online or download; eight-lecture Teacher Training Seminar. listen online or download.

To see what other Crew members had to say, check out the links on the TOS Homeschool Crew blog post, Judah Bible Curriculum.

**Disclaimer – As part of the The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew, I received the download version of the Judah Bible Curriculum for free so that I could provide you with an honest review of it by our family.**

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