Each year, our family makes a point of reading the story of Christ and His birth around Christmas time. It’s a special time of remembering exactly why we are celebrating this very special holiday. This year, I was given the opportunity to try out the Grapevine Studies, Story of Jesus, Bible study curriculum with my kids. We’ve been having a great time with it!
Grapevine Studies – The Birth of Jesus
If you’ve never heard of Grapevine Studies, you will want to take notice! They have many different Bible time periods to choose from for all ages. In their own words:
Finally, a Bible study curriculum that engages the intellect while stimulating the imagination! Grapevine Studies provides effective, easy-to-teach Bible curriculum to disciple students ages five to adult. Through the use of Bible timelines and easy-to-follow lessons, Grapevine Studies will give your students a panoramic view of the Bible.
They carry Old Testament, New Testament, Biblical Feasts, The Birth of Jesus, Esther, Joseph, Ruth, Ressurection AND MORE! It’s not ONLY for homeschoolers! You can use it in Sunday School Classes, Children’s Bible Studies and More!
How Is Grapevine Studies Different than Other Studies?
Most of us know that when you draw something that you’re learning about, it helps it to solidify in your brain, right? That’s what’s different about Grapevine Studies! They use stick figures to tell the story. Better yet, they have your student draw these stick figures, helping them to remember every aspect of the story, giving them the ability to retell it any time that they please. It’s really cool! Even my 4 year old daughter, who I wasn’t planning on including in this study was able to draw along. While hers weren’t quite as clear to decipher as the older girls, she loved it and is getting the story (and the meaning behind it) right along with them!
Excuse her little beard, lol…. we’re just keeping it real. :)
How We Use It?
I start by looking over the Teacher’s Guide to familiarize myself with what I’ll be doing. This only takes a few minutes. Then, I print the first lesson I want to do with the children from the Student’s Guide.
Each lesson begins with a Timeline Overview. We briefly discuss the big picture of what we’re going to be reading and quickly draw each individual scene out onto the timeline using our stick figures. The Teacher’s manual gives you examples of how to draw them, making it easier to tell the different people you’re drawing. This activity could take about 30 minutes and is recommended to do all by itself on the first day.
The 2nd day, you begin Lesson 1 and begin reading directly from the Bible. When you get to a certain point, you stop and draw what you just read. You also discuss the harder words that are being read within the Bible. For us, during the Birth of Jesus study, we discussed what words like genealogy, virgin, betrothed, blessed, etc., all meant by looking them up in a Bible Dictionary.
The 3rd day, you do the 2nd part of that lesson, doing the same thing as the day before.
The 4th day is the end of Lesson One. At the end of that lesson, each child draws their favorite part of what they learned that week and they say & write out their memory verse for the day.
The Next Week, you move on to Lesson 2 and repeat the above each week until you’re finished with your study.
We actually decided to start out a little bit faster and did days 2 through 4 all in one day. It wasn’t hard to keep their attention at all, because we’re moving slowly through the passages. Of course, we did have a couple distractions, like this one that kept crawling across the table at us!
He doesn’t look ornery or anything does he? :)
Why I Like It
- Clear Lesson Plans, telling you exactly what to do or draw.
- It’s not time consuming.
- The kids are excited to do it!
- You can do it as fast or as slow as you want to, ie. at your own pace!
- Drawing helps solidify what they’re learning!
- They are confident, because almost anyone can draw a stick figure, even my 4 year old (even though she draws the head with a line through it).
- It really helps to solidify these important Bible stories into my children’s heads, helping them to remember them for years to come!
What the Kids Said
I mut be honest. When I first sat down to look at the Teacher’s Manual, I was tempted to say never mind. Why? I don’t like Teacher’s Manuals. LOL. I’m a dork, I know. But…as I got to looking at it, I realized, I was getting in my own way and it wasn’t nearly as hard as I was trying to make myself believe. In fact, it’s downright easy to teach! What sold me on it? My kids’ reactions! I chose to do the Multi Level version with my 8 year old and 11 year old daughters. When we started drawing out the timeline, they were giddy with excitement, exclaiming how fun it is to get to draw out the story. We look forward to finishing up the Birth of Jesus study and then moving on to another one down the road.
Would you like to give it a try for yourself? You can download a portion of The Birth of Jesus study today. Just go to this page: The Announcement to Mary to get it.
Buy The Story of Jesus for 20% Off!
If you’re interested in purchasing your very own Birth of Jesus Study, you can get it for 20% off this month! Just go to Grapevine Studies and use code DecBlog.
Enter for a Chance to Win!
Winner will be chosen on Monday, so you’ll still have time to get your book downloaded and started before Christmas begins! If you’d like the chance to win this study, enter in Rafflecopter below. (If the box is not showing up, you may have to click on the link.)