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.
We were recently sent a product called Birth of Jesus: Multi Level Bible Curriculum from GrapeVine Studies to learn how to stick figure our way through the bible and understand and remember what we have learned.
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
e-book PDF Download (other formats available)
Price varies depending on format you choose, see website for purchase details.
This is a whole new way to do Bible Study with your family!
What We Received:
Birth of Jesus: Multi-Level Student e-Book:
- Ages 7+
- lessons pages,
- memory verses,
- and reviews.
- 48 pages.
Traceable for Multi-Level e-Book:
- Ages 3-6
- lessons pages,
- memory verses,
- 48 pages.
Birth of Jesus Teacher’s e-Book:
- lesson notes,
- stick figure drawings,
- lesson goals & key points,
- memory verses,
- review questions & answers.
- 64 pages
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
- Bible Dictionary
- Atlas of the Bible Lands
- Dry erase board and/or a chalk board (for mom)
- Dry erase markers and/or chalk (for mom)
- Colored pencils
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.
Ancient “Jonah” stick figure. (Image source)
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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