Do you need a 12-week bible study for your teenager? One made for a teenager? One that teenagers would enjoy? Than you need to look at Prasso Ministries. They have a wonderful Teen Prasso Teacher’s Manual and a Teen Prasso Homework Manual that we had the option of reviewing.
“Prasso” in the Greek language means to practice, and when it comes to a bible study, practice is what we need!
What Is It
Teen Prasso is a set of teacher and student books that are spiral bound. They were made for a teenager (and the parent/teacher). The student journal is 187 pages of practice for your student. This consists of daily 20 minute sessions that help your child learn about God and his role in their daily lives. There are 6 days for the week and each week focuses on a new topic. At the end of each week there are a list of questions that are able to be used for group discussion.
The teacher’s manual is 124 pages of information on how to teach those weekly lessons! Each week starts with a lesson outline that will help you teach the lesson to your student, or a group of students. Within each lesson is the message goal, or the objective of what the students should be learning this week. You have 2 parts to a story with a message that goes with that part of the story, usually questions that you can discuss with your child.
How We Used It
We used this study with Moe Man. We would start off on Sunday or Monday with the stories from the teacher’s manual. He would have an idea of what he would be focusing on for the week this way and then he was able to go about the week working independently on his daily lessons.
Every day, Moe Man would sit down and work on his lesson. These lessons did not take much of his time, yet they covered a lot of information and they are wonderful for his attention span. The week would start with an introduction for him to read, and he would learn his memory verse for the week.
He would work on the questions within each lesson using his bible to help him. The questions were stated simply, but made him think about what he was learning. At the end of the week, when there was the group discussion questions, we would sit down and spend some one on one time together. When you have a teenage boy, you don’t get a lot of one on one time…for some reason they don’t think they need that time with mom. I loved this option, because not only did I get some time to spend with him, but we got to spend that time bringing each other closer to God.
What We Thought
I loved the set-up of this bible study. At first I didn’t think the teacher guide was really necessary, but when your son tells you what he gets out of the stories you discuss together, you realize that it really is sinking in with the teacher’s guide. I was happy with the topics that were covered in this study, the topics that most teenagers need to study; pressure, anger and forgiveness to name a few.
Moe Man was happy to have a bible study made just for him. He loved the font in the book and loved how simple it was to complete. He says it was simple, yet he could tell me more of what he learned each week than he had ever done with other studies. I believe this was due in part to the types of questions asked and because of the stories I would read out loud from the teacher’s manual.
Overall, we both loved this product. This is something I was glad to review and look forward to continuing the lessons until we are done with the workbook. So, my only question, when does the next Teen Prasso Student Journal come out? I will be looking forward to using another one of these bible studies with Moe Man!