Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Judah Bible Curriculum

Judah Bible Curriculum
Download version: $44.00
Book version: $74.00

What is the Judah Bible Curriculum?
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.

Sounds great doesn't it?

I want to explain one thing...
the Principle Approach refers to a philosophy of education whose content and methods are designed to build character in teacher and student capable of sustaining liberty. we received:

1) Judah Bible Curriculum K-12 Manual, e-book format to download;
2) Elementary Notebook Ideas booklet to view online or download;
3) Eight-lecture Teacher Training Seminar. listen online or download.
The manual is about 100 pgs and the elementary booklet is about 60 pages. The Audio lectures are about 8 hours of total material.

The purpose of the Judah Bible Curriculum is to make Bible Literacy the hallmark of the new generation of Christians. The Judah Bible Curriculum is designed to help you teach your student how to study and research the Bible, extract true understanding from it, and apply Biblical principles to his or her own life and character.

The Bible is the textbook and you have Key Sheets that help you extract information from the text within the framework of Key Individuals, Key Events, Key Documents and Key Institutions. The program is set up with five themes to be covered over the course of a year. The first three themes are from the Old Testament and are Creation (Genesis 1-11), The Plan of Redemption Begins (Genesis 12-1 Samuel 7) and Kingdom of Israel (1 Samuel 8-Awaiting the Messiah...the Bible reading on this one goes through some of Kings and Chronicles but then it looks like you summarize the rest) Then on into the New Testament you have the Kingdom of God (portions from the Gospels) and The Early Church (Mostly Acts and Revelation) The Key Sheets are not just busy work, but meant to be a lasting record of what you learn about God and yourself through reading the Bible. You can read more about the Notebooking Approach this curriculum uses.

This curriculum is designed to cycle through each theme every year and gives a different focus for each grade. For instance, everyone starts with these aspects of the theme of Creation:
God Creates Man
The Fall
The Flood
and you would review them again in Kindergarten, 1st Grade and 7th grade.

Then in Second and Eighth grades you would focus on:
Creation -The Heavens
God is Omnipresent
The Flood/Violence

and on down the will find this breakdown on the Scope and Sequence

Ok... so what we thought...

This was VERY TEACHER INTENSIVE in the beginning and I felt like I did not have enough time to grasp it before I had to try using it. There were 8 hours of audio to listen to and a 100 page manual to read. I am not familiar with the Principle Approach to Education and so teaching to that without fully understanding it and not having taught this way before was a challenge. As the teacher, you are expected to go through it first, really as the student and then teach it to your children afterward and prayer is encouraged all along the journey.

That said, I think there is much of value in this approach to going through the Bible and I am going to go back and review everything again over the summer and begin again in the fall. I like that the curriculum is the BIBLE...that my children really have to engage their brains and extract Causes and Purposes, Proponents and Adversaries, Principles of Government and Historical Significance when looking at the Key Events. I will say though...that these Key Sheets were a challenge for me...I think I would have liked more direction from the Curriculum or more hand holding to help guide me through the first few...what they might look like as I was trying to navigate my way through. I was only able to get through one of the Key Sheets in our studies...the Key Events one because I was unsure of some of the other terms or what it was asking for. You are not expected to get everything on one pass through though and I appreciated knowing...we can do this again next year and get even more. That did take off some of the pressure.

We did add some coloring pages and notebooking pages for my younger two who are 6 and 10. The Elementary Guide that comes with the curriculum gives LOTS of examples of what work in the younger grades can look like.

Judah Bible Curriculum's Statement of Faith is here, but they state:
The Judah Bible Curriculum is a Principle Approach Bible study program. The doctrinal emphasis is left to the teacher. The Judah Bible Curriculum contains teacher training materials to help the teacher, but then the teacher uses his own doctrinal grid to teach his students, and the students study the details from the Scriptures.

I really appreciate that aspect too!

I do recommend Judah Bible Curriculum to those who love the Principle Approach to education, for those who would like to delve deeply and like the look of the breakdown of the prepared to be the student for a bit though.

See what my fellow crew mates have to say about Judah Bible Curriculum here

Disclaimer: I received this item for the purpose of writing a fair and honest review. I received no other compensation. All the opinions expressed are my own.

1 comment:

Diane Allen said...

Thanks for reassuring us you aren't supposed to get it all on one pass through. This is truly a many, many year project.

I think to understand where the curriculum author is going with his thoughts before you can understand the wording on the Key Sheets. That will take a lot of time and exposure.