I have enjoyed teaching courses to kids at homeschool get togethers, church, 4H, and parks for many years. Sometimes these meetings are bible studies, other times they are classes held a local Homeschool Coops or Community programs.
On this day, I taught a Lego Adventures Bible Story class. We had a great time of learning, activities, and growing our faith. The kids learned about the fourth day of creation, when Father God created the Sun, Moon, and Stars. They also learned a little bit about man’s attempts at space exploration, man’s theories about space, and the differences in asteroids and comets.
I used a wonderful book called Purposeful Design to teach this class. I made a binder of lessons to go along with the book and also used a few printouts and coloring pages I gathered from free sources online. For props to teach the class, I brought a bible, earth in space puzzles, space flash cards, lots of Legos, space exploration mini figures, and I made a space exploration discovery bin. I brought enough items x 2 so that I could divide the class into two teams for a friendly competition too.
Space Flash Cards
For our bible learning, we studied the fourth day of creation. This is when Father God created the sun and moon and stars and put them in the firmament we call “space”, and created time and seasons (seasons are not just a change in the weather, but God designed them to be special appointments with Father called seasons when we have special feasts known as holidays or holy days) on the earth.
“God said, “I command lights to appear in the sky and to separate day from night and to show the time for seasons, special days, and years. I command them to shine on the earth.” And that’s what happened. God made two powerful lights, the brighter one to rule the day and the other to rule the night. He also made the stars. Then God put these lights in the sky to shine on the earth, to rule day and night, and to separate light from darkness. God looked at what he had done, and it was good. Evening came and then morning—that was the fourth day.” Genesis 1:14-19
The kids learned several vocabulary words and terms. I provided them with crossword puzzles, question and answer sheets, and coloring pages that related to their vocabulary words.
Sun, Moon, Stars, Asteroid, Comet, space shuttles, space pod, rockets, rocket fuel, space ships, satellites, space center, astronaut, gravity, rover vehicles, robotics, science experiment, space exploration, planets and their moons, Earth, Saturn, Mars.
We divided into two teams. Each team was given the exact same team kits. Each kit contained, an Earth in Space puzzle, space exploration props, black construction paper, and a box of random Legos.
We had two competitions also. The first was putting together a puzzle of the earth in space. The second competition was building a space exploration diorama and space exploration vehicle to explore Father God’s creation in the firmament.
At the end of the competition, we had a time of “Show and Tell” where each team gave a brief explanation of what they created and how it would be used based on what they had learned.
After our lesson, we went outside for some friendly games.
It was a great time and the kids had a lot of fun.
If you would like to motivate and encourage your kids to learn stories from the bible, I would encourage you to read Bible stories with your kids and make the stories into Unit Studies. Unit Studies are cross-curricular and subjects (such as math, history, art, science, language, etc) follow a central theme and are adaptable so they are great for teaching all ages.
For example, if you are learning about apples, all the curriculum subjects will have an apple theme. You might do apple math, or apple science, or apple history, or write a poem about apples, etc. Unit Studies are hands on, they can be as simple or specialized as you design them to be, and they help children retain what they have learned. You can teach preschool, elementary, middle and high school all at the same time by varying the level of difficulty of the worksheets, experiments, and reading materials.
This school year we are doing lots of Unit Studies with a bible story theme. Each Unit Study is different, with different themes, but they all center around a theme that came from the bible. For example, if we are learning about musical instruments, we might choose the ones found in the bible, or if we are learning about castles or fortresses, then we can choose a story or few stories in the bible that mention this and then build on our learning about the history and construction of fortresses. Perhaps we want to learn about the eyes and we focus on sight and the brain, calculate vision, learn about colors and light, the disease of blindness, and the miracles of healing sight of the blind that Jesus did.
If you have younger kids, an easy teaching resource like the illustrated The Beginner’s Bible from Zonderkidz is a wonderful way to get started. It contains 90 Bible stories at an affordable price of $16.99. They also have The Beginner’s Bible Website for families and teachers to use with lots of coloring pages and activities for free to compliment the stories you are reading.
A quick search on the interenet will provide you with lots of other ideas you can add to your Unit Study as you build it such as more free printables, lesson plans, craft and recipe ideas, etc. and you can use many of the printables to create lapbooks or keepsake notebooks of their projects too.
The stories in The Beginner’s Bible are written in a simple to understand way and include colorful illustrations that engage the kids and keep their interest. So I wanted to use this as the foundation of the Unit Study learning projects and built additional materials I found into our learning adventure.
Jesus Rescues the Lost Unit Study & Lapbook
We took advantage of all of the free printables and suggested activities from The Beginner’s Bible Website. They have lot of resources to choose from including two FREE sample curriculum lesson plans. They sell a curriculum kit too. We do not have the kit, but the free lesson plans give you a great teaching format to use to build your own lessons.
I printed out the free lesson plan called “Jesus Rescues the Lost” and created our own unit study. These resources are made especially for The Beginner’s Bible and help kids understand the stories and truths even more as the activities engage more of their senses (listening, coloring, drawing, eye hand coordination, decision making, etc) in a hands on way.
I made a “Bible Teaching Binder” for myself, and a “Bible Lapbook” for the kids with all of these wonderful free printables. On the front of the binder I put the suggested reading schedule. Inside the binder I put the printalbes and any lesson plans I find or create myself.
I keep all of the Unit Study and Lapbook materials in a basket, with pencils, crayons, markers, glue, etc with our Bible so we can easily set this up for our learning time each day. I also put in any other resources we will be using that relates to the story such as a science experiment, crafts supplies, recipes we will make and other activities, and other books related to the subject we are learning. There are lots of varieties of ways you can set this up easily so if you don’t like the basket idea, then you could put the printables in folders or daily workboxes or use another method that works in your home.
My binder is huge and will hold all the lesson plans from the Unit Studies I create using The Beginner’s Bible. I added dividers to help me stay organized. I kept the first section inside the binder for the Unit Study we are currently working on. This is where I put a copy of the free lesson plan “Jesus Rescues the Lost” in my teaching binder. The lesson came with 8 pages of free lesson plans! Next, I added in various coloring pages and other printables and craft ideas and directions. I will use the additional sections in the binder the same way for more lesson plans as we create more bible themed studies. I plan to have about a years worth of plans in the binder by the time we are finished. The kids will have completed about 30 Unit Studies and 30 Lapbooks by the time we are finished.
The “Jesus Rescues the Lost” Lesson Plan suggested reading three of the stories from The Beginner’s Bible and watching a video, a list of several “Bible Verses” to read from a regular Bible, and a “Memory Scripture Verse” for the kids to memorize, as well as a helpful “Teaching Point” to focus the lesson on. The lesson plan provided me with a master supply list for activities, and suggested optional supplies for craft projects (we made sheep puppets and a shepherd staff), printouts, and a skit for the kids to act out with props, and a take home family page. You could spend a week on this lesson, or take three weeks while focusing on understanding one story each week.
The Unit Study in Action
Jesus Rescues the Lost Unit Study based on the illustrated stories in The Beginner’s Bible and the free lesson plan and suggested printables from the website:
Bible Reading and Speaking:
Read 3 bible stories outloud: “The Lost Sheep“; The Good Samaritan“; and “The Lost Son“.
Audio Video Observation:
Watched the Free Video for Lesson Plan#23 Jesus Rescues the Lost.
Watched a video about the modern life of sheep in Idaho. This video goes over many different things such as economics, land management, herd management, wool, and contains interviews with the sheep farmers too.
Learned about the history of shepherding sheep.
Counting: Younger kids counted cotton balls to represent sheep’s wool.
Graphing: Older kids learned to make a graph that followed the sale price of sheep over a period of time. They also made a graph for the lambs showing the amount of food the sheep eats compared to the rate of growth.
Learned the major body parts of sheep.
We found this worksheet on Page 23 of a 4H manual we found online and it has worksheets for different animals.
Practice writing pages. Here my youngest son is practicing the letter “P” from the story of “The Lost Son” about the prodigal son who wasted his inheritance and ended up in a pig pen and later returned to his father who welcomed him home.
Additional letters to practice are: J (Jesus), R (rescue, redeem), L (lost), I (inheritance), H (healing), S (Samaritan, shepherd, save, and sheep).
We also practices spelling the word “sheep” with this printable.
Colored print out pages from The Beginner’s Bible website that correspond to the stories we read. In this picture, my daughter is coloring a page from the story “The Lost Sheep”.
Created paper sheep puppets with printouts included. You can glue cotton balls onto the sheep (younger kids can practice counting the cotton balls) and put construction paper on the back and attached to a popsicle stick, and the children can hold onto the stick to retell the story. You can also glue the printout to a toilet paper roll and that helps the sheep stand up on their own.
We used two folders and some glue and created a Jesus Rescues the Lost Bible Story Lapbook to store their finished learning activities. If we continue to create lapbooks like this for the entire illustrated Bible, combining two or three stories per lapbook, the kids will have 30+ Bible Unit Studies and Lapbooks for the year.
The last step in our learning adventure of Jesus Rescues the Lost, was to create a Lego sheep and shepherd diorama and use them to retell the bible story of Jesus (the shepherd) looking for the lost sheep (us).
Building with Legos or other building blocks to create scenes from a story you have read is so much fun.
I hope to have time for the older boys create a movie with these props they made where they can record their own retelling of the story. They love to make stop motion animation movies with Legos. We ran out of time to make the movie, but I hope we have it completed soon for a followup story.
Optional ideas to include in this Unit Study are:
Field Trip ideas: take a field trip to a sheep and goat farm.
Crafts and activities ideas: that would make this project lots of fun such as make a donkey, horse, pigs, a farm, a special ring, a shepherd staff, create a money bag, etc. Older kids would have fun creating (sewing or crafting) costumes to use to retell one of the stories. Perhaps they could also wear the costume and retell the story to a homeschool coop class or at a family gathering.
Math ideas: you could practice counting sticks to make a fence or pig pen, or count money in a money bag. Perhaps they could figure out a pretend hospital bill for services and supplies used for the injured man.
Science and Health ideas: You could also learn about health by making a first aid kit or herbs for healing supplies to care for the wounds of the injured man and nurse him back to health. You could learn about bacteria and healing wounds and learn the feed rations, nutrition, and digestion for pigs, sheep, and horses.
Cooking: You could also throw a feast and serve guests to represent the father welcoming home the prodigal son. You could research meals that were served to back in bible times to include in your feast. You could wear the costumes you made or decorate the table with the crafts and props you made.
There are so many fun ways to create a Unit Study with this illustrated Bible as the central foundation for your themes. I am very pleased with how this has turned out and I think this is a wonderful way to learn. I think Unit Studies and Lapbooks are a special way for kids to share what they have learned, and store the worksheet pages they have completed.
Have you wanted to remember your bible study? Do you easily forget what you have read? When I think about history, and how people remembered stories to tell the next generation, they often used a variety of stick figure pictures to convey their message. Stick figures are universal and easy to make and understand for most people of all ages. The artifacts we have left show that people either drew them with charcoal or painted them onto rocks or cave walls, drew or carved shells or beads, and some people carved them into walking sticks, bone or wooden boxes, and totem poles. However the story was shared, simple stick figure drawings have been a form of communication and remembering stories since the beginning of time.
Stick figuring through the bible is a revolutionary yet ancient idea for helping your kids understand and remember their bible verses. You can bring the story to life and make the stories easy to share with pictures like ancient people’s did. I have seen this phenomenon going around for the past few years, some folks use doodles and paints, and some bible studies use stick figures. I came across a homeschool mom’s website a few years ago who had been stick figuring through the bible with her kids and I was fascinated with the idea and put it on my “someday” to do list to learn more. Well my “someday” finally arrived a few months ago when we were sent GrapeVine Studies curriculum to review in our homeschool.
Birth Of Jesus: Multi Level
For Elementary Age Students
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This is a whole new way to do Bible Study with your family!
What We Received:
Birth of Jesus: Multi-Level Student e-Book:
Traceable for Multi-Level e-Book:
Birth of Jesus Teacher’s e-Book:
stick figure drawings,
lesson goals & key points,
review questions & answers.
How We Used GrapeVine Studies
The first thing I did when I received my e-books was print them out. I hole punched them and placed them into a 3 ring binder, but many of my friends also take them to the local office store and have them spiral bound for ease of use. You can also purchase GrapeVine Studies books already printed and bound and ready to use, they come in several format options to fit your needs.
Next you need to get your supplies ready and put them in a basket, milk crate or an easily accessible container for bible study time.
Supplies Needed To Complete GrapeVine Studies Include:
Lesson pages for each student
Teachers Book pages for lesson instructions
Atlas of the Bible Lands
Dry erase board and/or a chalk board (for mom)
Dry erase markers and/or chalk (for mom)
I gave each child their own binder, and we worked on the GrapeVine Studies with our bible study for 10 minutes to 20 minutes four days a week. For my younger children I give them the traceable pages, and the older children I give the blank pages for them to draw out the story. This study is meant to last 5 weeks by doing 4 lessons each week or a total of 128 lessons. Each product from GrapeVine Studies is different so be sure to check the length of other products if you are looking for a longer or shorter time frame.
Schedule 10 to 20 Minutes Each Day
Monday: Timeline Review Page
Tuesday: Lesson page 1
Wednesday: Lesson page 2
Thursday: Student Drawing Page
Extra Day 5 (Friday). We added our own ideas to further the learning for Fridays. We did a variety of things like have the kids retell the story, make a lego creation to retell the story, act out the story, etc. Check out our Further the Learning Ideas posted below if you would like to do this study in 5 days a week instead of 4. This product is very flexible and you can adapt it to your needs.
Further the Learning:
These are our “extra” ideas for making the GrapeVine Studies into a 5 day curriculum. We love Unit Studies, and I felt this curriculum was easy to expand into a fun bible unit study for my kids to enjoy. This is a great curriculum to accompany what you are already doing or to stand on its own. You can include it for circle time with younger children, individual study for older children, or family bible study too. We made it into the bible portion of our unit study learning about the Birth Of Jesus. This is such a flexible curriculum and easy to adapt to any situation.
Take a field trip to a local museum and look at artifacts that contain stick figures. Have the children compare these with their stick figures of bible stories.
Take a virtual field trip online and learn about stick figures on ancient artifacts and on cave walls.
Recent discoveries of ancient Jewish artifacts reveals a rich history of stick figures and even their written language reveals stick figures. Here is a picture of the story of Jonah discovered on a tomb in 2012. You can find many examples like this to look at with your children in museums and online.
Ancient Greek and Hebrew, Chinese, Japanese, as well as many other languages look like stick figures. Find examples of these languages online and have the kids guess what story they are telling, or what the different characters stand for. See if they can identify stick figures and a story in ancient writings. Check out wikipedia for an explanation of the history of stick figures in history.
Have the kids make a stick figure bible verse card for someone’s birthday, holiday, or anniversary.
Using cinamon sticks or tree branch sticks and hot glue, have the kids recreate a scene from their GrapeVine Studies and give this as a gift.
GrapeVine Studies stick figure scene painted or drawn onto rocks to give away as paperweights or give a whole story on rocks that can be displayed to retell the story.
Have the kids make pretzel stick figures with pretzels, raisins, mini marshmallows, olives.
They could also use cheese sticks and olives with the help of a toothpick inbetween to hold them together.
Another fun idea would be to bake a stick figure scene from the GrapeVine studies with a bread stick dough. Have the kids shape their stick figure scene on a cookie sheet and bake it to look just like their page. This could be their centerpiece on the table at supper as they share the bible story with daddy or company who might come to visit, especially if using the Birth Of Jesus or the Resurection of Jesus GrapeVine Study near the holidays.
Arts and Craft Ideas:
Decorate a binder with stick figure animations to personalize it and hold their GrapeVine Studies bible study pages. You can also create a lapbook, or create lapbook flaps they can keep in their binder to store maps, or mini booklets, etc that you might want to include if doing this as a unit study.
Go outside and find some sticks and and make puppets re-create one of the bible story’s they studied in their GrapeVine Studies. Use the GrapeVine Studies pages as a script to re-tell the story with their stick figure puppets.
Use chalk and draw their GrapeVines Studies onto the side walk at a park or public area to share the gospel with others.
Paint rocks with the bible story using stick figure story ideas from GrapeVines Studies. Retell the story to family and friends. Could make a special bag or box and give this as a gift to a loved one that they could then display in their home. This would be great to stick figure paint the nativity on rocks for Christmas too.
Lego Skit Ideas:
Legos look kind of “stick figure like” and every kid I know loves to play with Legos. Using the pages from GrapeVine Studies as their written skit, have the kids re-tell the story using Legos. This is one of my kids favorite “extra” learning activities.
I was really excited to review this product. When I was younger, I used to doodle in my bible and made notes in the margins. It was my attempt to understand what I was reading and remember it. Nowadays, I mostly use a spiral bound notebook to keep my bible study notes.
Handwriting out long notes during bible study doesn’t really work for most of my children, especially my younger children, because they are not yet strong readers or writers. Thanks to GrapeVine Studies we now know the kids can keep their bible study notes drawn in stick figure form, and they will remember what they have learned and be able to retell the story themselves.
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If your kids love to read, then they might like to learn about biblical stories and truth of God’s word with Wizzy Gizmo.
My family was blessed to a review the first book in the Wizzy Gizmo series called Book One: Who Created Everything? Wizzy Gizmo is a Christian curriculum collection of resources including books, audio, and flashcards centered around a group of kids and a Professor, named Wizzy Gizmo.
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Professor Wizzy Gizmo invented a machine called the Gizmovision. The Gizmovision machine brings books to life, telling the readers and listeners the “who, what, why, and how” of the story. Though the characters are fictional, they are relatable for kids, and explore true life events with real questions that kids (and adults) want answered.
Wizzy Gizmo Book One: Who Created Everything? is a fun fictional story that looks at true events in the bible. It explores biblical history during the first six days of creation. Wizzy Gizmo places the bible on his machine and he and the kids head off on a fun exploration into learning about Creation in Genesis chapter one. The story is continued in Wizzy Gizmo Book Two: In His Image.
For the purpose of this review, I had my oldest son read the book aloud to the younger children. They were all fascinated with the bible adventure. On of my sons is an audio-visual learner and he drew out parts of the story as he listened too.
There are bright colorful illustrations in the book and dialog between the characters. The kids really enjoyed the pictures and it helped the kids imagination to follow along and keep their interest. I appreciated the book contained a lot of scriptures from the bible and then explained them to the kids. The kids really felt like they were part of the story.
The book contains study questions and also a huge list of vocabulary words. I really liked the vocabulary words for furthering their understanding, spelling, and questions. This was a handy resource. This book would go along great with a unit study of creation where you ad in science, history, math, literature, art, field trips (Creation Museum, farms, zoos, science lab, planetarium, machine shop, etc.), and hands on application of the learning. Perhaps let the kids build their own Gizmovision machine to travel back in time to learn about biblical history.
We enjoyed book one, and I would love to have the additional resources and keep going with the learning. Book two is available and new books are being developed. There is also currently an audio drama of book one with more on the way. The flashcards New Testiment Series look amazing! The cards are BIG and have tons of bible study and historical helps on them. All of this curriculum would make a great program for a homeschool, a Sunday school class, or bible club too. I think kids of all ages would really enjoy them.
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