When it comes to studying the bible, we always look for a fun and engaging way to study. That is when I look at Grapevine Studies. We were able to take a look at Old Testament 1 Traceable (ages 3-5), Old Testament 1 Level 1 (ages 6-8), and Old Testament 1 Level 4 (ages 12+) and once again fell in love with the stick figures!
What It Is
Grapevine Studies has numerous different studies and within these studies you can include the whole family in the learning. We had 2 different levels with a traceable added in. These three studies were able to work together to make it a true family study, yet each child was able to learn at their own level. The Level 1 and Traceable share a teacher book while Level 4 had its own teacher book.
These three levels all start out with a time line of what you are going to be learning about. You have a simple explanation of what you are drawing, leaving room for the anticipation of what is to come. Which to my kids, could not come fast enough!
There is a general weekly schedule listed in the teacher guide, this is just an example and can easily be tweeked to your family’s needs. This schedule plans for a 4 day school week. With this schedule, you are not overwhelmed and learn at just the right pace.
Within the teacher’s book, there are notes for each lesson. You will be able to read through these and use them to help you teach the concepts and stories to your children. These pages will also show you the different colors of the stick figures. While you could just do the pencil drawings, the colors add so much more for the whole family.
Old Testament 1 Level 1 and Traceable
These two books are the same, except for one is the traceable version, making it perfect for the younger crowd. The teachings within these levels are simpler. They carry the same concept, and can be used with the higher levels no problem, but there is just a little less for the kids to do.
Old Testament 1 Level 4
Within this level of learning, there is a quest activity for each lesson. This does not make it incompatible with the lower levels, but it does give the older child a chance to look deeper into the studies.
How Did We Use This
We love our Grapevine Studies and the flexibility they offer to us. We were able to use 3 levels and have no problem working together. We would start the week off with the timeline review, following along with the days suggested within the text, sometimes doing an extra day because the kids didn’t want to stop yet.
We would all do the lesson together, while Moe Man would work on the “extra” stuff on his own, asking me for help when he would need it.
I would pull out a piece of paper or my whiteboard and draw the pictures as we talked about them. This way the kids knew what they should look like and what colors everything should be.
What We Thought
We love Grapevine Studies. We always have since the first time that we tried them. When you find something that works together on all different levels, you stick with it. The studies are simple, yet effective for the kids. Once they start their stick figures, I find them all over the house, each with a story of the bible…so if you need any new ideas over there at Grapevine Studies, my kids have some J
When we first started this study, we had been using something different for a few lessons. I told the kids it was time to stick figure and I had so much excitement in the house, I literally had to plug my ears. The kids love being able to “see” the bible and do it themselves!
There are so many different studies within Grapevine Studies, which one will you choose? Here is a simple chart to help you figure that out!
Now you know what you want to learn, but what levels do you need? Once again, they make it easy for you with a chart!
Now that you know what you are doing, I would love to hear! What is the study you are most excited to try from Grapevine Studies?
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