Saturday, March 26, 2011

Bible Curriculum - Bible Study Guide for All Ages

I've been on a search for a good Bible curriculum to use for 2nd grade.  Most of the curriculums had statements of faith that didn't align with ours.  I came across "Bible Study Guide for All Ages" and from what they share it seems to align with our beliefs for the basics.  They are one of the few that don't just say you get saved and that's it, they go on to say we must live holy lives.  I'm amazed that this curriculum hasn't been talked about more because it seems really awesome!  It can be used for children in grade level K-6, and it's multi-level for those with more than one child in those levels and it is very thorough, including maps, timeline and drills/memorization.  Seems like its been around since 1991 but they updated it a few years ago.

The "classic" student pages contain KJV, but the updated ones do not.  However, from what I understand, you can easily use KJV for the scripture references - which is what I do for some of the books I read myself, I just keep my KJV handy.

There are 4 units that cover the entire curriculum and normally one unit is equal to one year if you do 2 lessons a week.  However, we plan on doing Bible daily, so I'm sure we will get through more than the average.  The student pages are very nice, simple and really help the visual learner (including me!) to grasp the stories and events as they happened.  You can get the timeline and map wall charts but you don't have to have those as you get the timeline in the teacher's manual I believe.  But if you prefer if a larger one for the wall for reference you can get it but you also have to buy the labels, of which can be used over and over again.

We have a curriculum we really like for 3rd up until 6th grade, Memoria Press' Christian Studies, but we wanted something for 2nd grade and we found it!  We may even hold off on the Memoria Press till we finish "Bible Study Guide for All Ages".  I would think it would take us 2 years to do all 4 units doing it daily year-round.  Then we would do the Memoria Press Christian Studies starting in 4th grade on up.

I've read a lot of reviews on those that have used this curriculum for years and they all seem to say the same thing about how great it is and how their children are very knowledgeable in the Bible and get compliments in their youth groups.  After looking at the drills that are done daily - I can see why!  I'm going to participate right along with my daughter with the drills and I can't wait to know all these facts lol. ;-)

They also have a great 2-cd children's songs that help with memory and I'm probably going to get that as well as I've liked the samples I've heard so far on  I also like the Bible Summary cards for review.  You can view samples of all the products on their website and has samples as well.

Just thought I would let you all know about this great resource, it seems like it could also be used in Children's Church/Sunday School as well.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

K's 2nd Grade Curriculum 2011-2012

Second grade starts around the first of September and here is what we will be using for K's 2011-2012 school year.

  • Reading - K's 2nd grade book list coming later...
  • First Language Lessons 2
  • New American Cursive 2
  • Writing with Ease 2
  • Spelling Workout C & D
  • All About Spelling 3 & 4
  • Saxon Math 3
  • Story of the World 2
  • Earth Science & Astronomy - Usborne Internet-Linked First Encyclopedia of Our World; First Encyclopedia of Space; More Mudpies to Magnets; Night Sky Spotter's Guide; Glow-In-The-Dark Constellations: A Field Guide for Young Stargazers; The Stargazer's Guide to the Galaxy
  • Artistic Pursuits 2
  • John Thompson's 1st Grade Piano; Composers/Classical Music
  • Home Economics 2

    Famous Figures of Ancient Times

    I came across these Famous Figures of Ancient Times on Peace Hill Press' website and knew my daughter would love them!  We ordered them and she can't wait to put them together.  They are very good quality and well worth the money. You can purchase them on Amazon right now for $13.57.  You get a colored version of the figure and then a black & white version as well.

    Figures in Motion is currently working on more of these figures/dolls for Mediavel Times and American History. 

    Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace Jr.

    We followed the Dave Ramsey plan for several years and became debt-free following his program.  I highly recommend his methods and I also love how he uses the Bible, as the Bible itself teaches against covetousness, debt, etc.  We wanted to start teaching our daughter these things as well early on, so she will not make the same mistakes as us!  So we ordered Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace Jr., which is for kids ages 3-12. 

    It will teach them to work to get paid and then pay tithes to God or give to charity, save for something, and have some for spending.  You can read more on his website on what it includes and teaches here:

    He also offers a free fun website for kids called "Junior's Clubhouse" here:  There are lots of fun games, paint, etc on there and my daughter loves it!