Monday, January 3, 2011

Review: 1st Grade Bible Curriculum

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According to their website, Positive Action for Christ "seeks to supply Bible study materials that teach the heart as well as the head". Positive Action for Christ sells Bible curriculum for school or church use for children ranging from Kindergarten through 12th grade. The set I was sent was most likely intended for school use, but I easily adapted it for in-home use.

As a part of the Homeschool Crew this year, I had the good fortune to review their 1st grade Bible curriculum entitled Enjoying God's Gifts. I was sent both the teacher's manual and the student workbook. The teacher's manual is available for $33.95 and the student workbook for $12.95 ($10.95 if you purchase 5 or more).

Enjoying God's Gifts had my 1st grader focusing on the many aspects of God's gifts, namely Creation, friends, family, Jesus Christ, and God's care for us. Each lesson is extremely detailed (a plus for those of us who thrive on order and accuracy), including sections on new vocabulary, target truths, a Bible story, discussion questions, character trait activities and more. There are several workbook pages that go along with the lessons, and for an extra $9.95 you can purchase a music CD that includes songs and choruses that correlate to the lessons. While not necessary, the music CD would be an added bonus feature to enhance your student's experience of this curriculum.

Some of the things that really stood out to me with this curriculum were:

--the detailed plans. I'm usually a less is more kind of girl, but what I liked with Positive Action was that it was very clear that the people in charge of creating this curriculum really took their job seriously. Each lesson is packed with scripture, real-life stories, and creative activities for me to choose from in order to best teach my little guy in the ways of the Lord.

--the schedule options. The beginning of the teacher's manual has suggested schedule options for how to partition the lessons into 5, 4, or 3-day school weeks. I chose the 5 day option, but could have easily incorporated any of the options or made up my own. This curriculum is very flexible in that way.

--the workbook. This is a great workbook in that it is very colorful and the activities vary enough that it keeps my little guy's interest. I also like that the workbook was realistic in terms of the abilities of a 1st grader, remembering to leave large blanks for big handwriting and word banks for easy spelling. The workbook isn't necessary to use the curriculum, but it is a wonderful asset and compliments the curriculum in many ways.

I personally really liked this curriculum. I like that they have products available for children all the way from K to 12th grade. And for the price, I think it's well worth it! If you are interested in this product, check out more of their curriculum here!

Note: I received this product free of charge in exchange for my honest review. No other compensation was provided, and all opinions are mine.


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