Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Judah Bible Curriculum
Judah Bible Curriculum
What is The Judah Bible Curriculum?
It is a teacher training course on how to teach the Bible with the Principal Approach for grades K-12. The Principal Approach is designed to build character into the teacher and students which will then make them capable of sustaining liberty.
"Having a Christian school is not enough; we must have a Christian education. We need a Biblical philosophy, content, and methodology because we know that our education will be producing character in our students, and we want our efforts to produce specifically Christian character." ~ Bill Burtness, Judah Bible Curriculum K-12 Manual
What do you receive with your purchase?
*Judah Bible Curriculum K-12 Manual
*Elementary Notebooks Ideas booklet
*8 lecture teacher training seminar
Scope and Sequence
How do you use it?
You listen to the lectures, read the manual and use the resources on the website to learn how to use and implement this philosophy to Bible study. This curriculum uses a notebook approach. Your student will be building a Bible notebook and should only include his best work. Emphasis is placed or working neatly with correct spelling and grammar as a step in character training.
You will be studying through the Bible each year with a slightly different emphasis each time. You are not reading every single word in the Bible but just going through the highlights. You will spend one week(or more if you desire) on each passage and get all you can out of it.
This curriculum is not designed as a teacher's manual which you can open and teach from. Nor are there workbooks or student texts. The Bible is the text book. You have to learn the method and make up your own lesson plans, assignments and student materials.
I found this method a little overwhelming at first. After 2 weeks of listening to lectures, reading the manual and thinking about how to use it I came up with a lesson plan for our first week of study. I'm still not 100% sure I'm using this correctly but I think over time as long as I stick to the principals emphasized in the manual it will work out.
After explaining this curriculum to my husband we decided to use it together in the evening as a family Bible study time. We are studying with 6 of our children ages 3-14. To keep the little guys busy I printed coloring pages for them, notebooking pages for the 8, 10, and 12 year old and key sheets for the 14 year old, hubby and I.
The theme for week 1 is Creation and uses Genesis 1:1-25 as the core text. I came up with this format after reading the notes for lesson 1 on the Judah Bible Curriculum website. Hubby and I studied Sunday night and listened to the relevant audio lecture section to prepare for the week. I wrote down the 4 main concepts found in the manual to make sure we are keeping the proper focus as we study.
Day 1- Hubby read the creation passage from the Bible. We all talked about it and listed what was created on each day. Younger students also drew a picture of their favorite thing that God created. We helped 14 year old fill out the key events sheet.
Day 2- I read about creation in the Judah curriculum appendix. We listed what creation tells us about God. I read the definition of creation from our children's Bible encyclopedia. More discussion together.
Day 3- We wrote down significant things that we learned about creation and what it means to us personally. Then we talked about the wonder of creation and how it touches every part of our lives. Sort of the hand of God on us through creation.
Day 4- We will apply creation to our own lives. We will answer the question of what it means in reference to our relationship with God. How it helps us govern ourselves under God. It is a reason for praise, repentance, commitment, prayer.
We have really enjoyed this study. I have never seen my children write so much and enjoy their work like they have this week. The little boys(3 & 6) have colored their pages quietly and even added a bit to our discussion. Hubby and I got so much more out of the Creation story then we ever have before. We even got into a discussion on Sunday while we were prepping of why God even created earth and us. It has turned out to be so much more than I thought it would be!
I'm not sure if I will continue to use this curriculum exactly as we have been. I think we will just begin our study together as a family instead of my husband and I doing the prep work the night before. I won't find notebook or coloring pages but will just have the children write something on a notebook paper as we study. I will keep using the key sheets for the teens and adults as I have found them useful to our studies. I may just assign something for my younger children to write about during school the day after our study. I need to keep things simple without a lot of preparation or I will quit. I think we can still do an in-depth study without all of the prep work.
I would not recommend this program to those who have a hard time coming up with plans on their own. You will receive a loose guideline which you will then have to fill in for yourself. There is a bit of a learning curve to get this up and going.
To purchase visit Judah Bible Curriculum
There are two packages available. One is completely downloadable and the other is comprised of hard copies which will be sent to you. We received the downloadable version.
Judah Bible Curriculum delivered online $44.00, includes:
-Judah Bible Curriculum K-12 Manual, ebook
-Elementary Notebooks Ideas booklet, ebook
-8 lecture teacher training seminar, listen online or download
Judah Bible Curriculum Pack Hard Copy $69.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling, includes:
-Judah Bible Curriculum K-12 Manual, print version
-Elementary Notebooks Ideas booklet, print version
-8 lecture teacher training seminar CDs
Disclaimer: As a member of TOS Homeschool Crew I received a free copy of this curriculum in order to write this review and have shared my honest opinion. If you would like to read more reviews please visit TOS Homeschool Crew blog.