Ever since our boys were old enough to hold a pencil, they have drawn on every scrap of paper they could find. We have sketch books full of their drawings and a wall in our living room with their framed art. So when I got the opportunity to review Grapevine's bible studies, I knew it would be a good fit for our family. You see, Grapevine's motto is "stick-figuring through the bible." These bible studies give children the opportunity to draw a stick-figure that represents the portion of the bible they've just read.
Grapevine has bible studies for children as young as Five-years-old. They also have studies geared throughout school age and into adulthood. Prices begin at single lessons for under $3.00, but even the larger studies like Old Testament or New Testament reviews are under $30.00. Subjects include but are not limited to The Birth of Jesus, Queen Esther, Biblical Feasts and Holy Days, New Testament Overview, and Old Testament Overview. I recently saw a list of the studies they are planning for the near future and even though I can't give you that list, I can assure you it is very intriguing.
I received two of Grapevine's studies in e-book form. For each study there is a teacher's guide, which I highly recommend. The student books are so open-ended, that I enjoy having the teacher's guide to give me ideas about how to direct the boys for their drawings in their notebooks. The two studies I reviewed are Biblical Feasts and Holy Days at the Teen-Adult level (student book $14.95, teacher's guide $12.95) and New Testament Overview also at the Teen-Adult (or multi) level (student book $28.95, teacher's guide $24.95). We are actually completing Biblical Feasts and Holy Days and when we're finished, it's on to New Testament Overview!
The studies all begin with a timeline overview as the opening lesson. Of course, instead of writing, you draw stick figures and symbols to represent the items on the timeline. Then a regular lesson gives several readings from the Bible that deals with the subject and space for a drawing representing each reading. Each lesson concludes with a series of 5-10 review questions. As we are completing our studies together around our kitchen table, we take turns reading the scriptures and we complete the review questions orally. You can make a game, or several games, out of these review questions to keep your child's interest, too. Part-way through the study there is a lesson that is just a list of review questions to solidify what each student has learned thus far. There is also a Final Review at the end of the study with plenty of space to have your student write or stick-figure their answers.
One feature I'm anxious to implement when we begin the New Testament Overview is the "character event cards." In this study, each section features this rectangle entitled "character event cards." Because I have two boys, who love trading cards, this will be a huge success! They will make biblical trading cards as we learn about the New Testament characters. I'm planning to print the page with the cards onto card stock so that they can build their own trading card collection from their bible studies.
I found this to be a very gracious company. If you don't know where to start, contact them and tell them the ages of your children. They will be happy to suggest the right study or studies for your family. You can visit their web-site here or email info@GrapevineStudies.com. They can be reached by telephone at 1-877-436-2317 (toll free). Their mailing address is:
PO Box 2123
Glenrock, WY 82637
And, if you are so inspired by this review that you want to purchase a Grapevine Study for your family, they have given me permission to offer you a 30% discount on all your purchases made within a month of my blog post. So, if you would like to take advantage of this 30% discount, use the coupon code crews. This code expires September 15, 2009, so don't wait too long to use it!
We are enjoying these bible studies so much. If you are looking for an engaging way to get into The Word with your children, check out Grapevine Bible Studies, stick-figuring their way through the bible.