Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Judah Bible Curriculum (TOS Review)

From the website...
  • A Principle Approach curriculum for Bible class.
  • Develop a comprehensive knowledge of the Bible.
  • Build strong, Godly character in your children.
  • Study the Bible together.
  • Study the hand of God in the lives of individuals and nations.
  • For homeschool, Christian school, Sunday school.
  • Teach your children living Biblical principles to guide their lives.
  • Apply God’s word personally in every area of life.
  • The Bible is the textbook.
Employing The Principle Approach, this curriculum studies the Bible divided into 5 themes while descibing the happenings in the government.
  1. Creation
  2. The Plan of Redemption Begins
  3. The Kingdom of Israel
  4. The Kingdom of God
  5. The Early Church
Through each year of study, you spend the first semester concentrating on the Old Testament and the second semester focusing on the New Testament.  In their studies, students and parents are spending time notebooking about key individuals, events, institutions, and documents for each time period.

The Judah Bible Curriculum Pack is available for puchase in digital form for $44 or on CD for $74. This includes the Judah Bible Curriculum Manual containing instructions, resources, and the K-12 Weekly Theme Guide.  A Notebook Ideas book for elementary students is also provided.  Finally, you receive 8+ hours of teacher training audio seminars.


I wholeheartedly agree with this program's intent to produce Biblically literate students who understand Truth and are able to reason from that basis.  The Bible absolutely can stand alone, and as a parent, there is nothing I desire more than for my children to personally know God, His word, and His ways.  However, I have a hard time reviewing the Judah Bible program as a curriculum.  An outline, a framework, a mindset... maybe???  Best summed up, it is pouring over your Bible intently.  Honestly,  this seems a normal part of life to me.  Possibly, it is because I've grown up being Biblically literate, attended Bible college, and this is just a way the norm for me and my family.
I think I kept searching for that "something more" in this curriculum.  That's odd enough because there were 8 lengthy audios included for parent/teacher prep.  Aside from the time that took, the program was extremely teacher intensive/laborious especially if you have little ones.  My 5, 6, and 7 year old weren't quite ready to tackle the key sheets on their own.  Therefore, I had to spend time to seek out accompanying materials (coloring sheets, activity pages, etc.) to use with the Scripture being studies.  By no means am I against the key sheets, but they were definitely not an age-appropriate option for my children.  Possibly, I can revisit Judah Bible Curriculum when my children are older, but for the time being, I feel like there are other products available that better suit their needs.  Bible lessons that are tactile, hands-on, written for early elementary children, and that like Judah Bible have the students truly studying the Bible... not just about the Bible.

As always, don't simply rely on my review.  If you would like more information on this curriculum, be sure and read what other TOS Crew Members have written.  We have various experiences, family dynamics, preferences, etc.  You will definitely get a myriad of opinions! 


Disclaimer:  I received a complimentary digital curriculum package in exchange for my honest opinion.  There is no monetary compensation involved. 

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