Monday, May 14, 2012

TOS Crew: Judah Bible

We were recently given the opportunity to review the Judah Bible Curriculum through the TOS Crew.  The Judah Bible Curriculum is a Principle Approach curriculum that uses the Bible as it's textbook. 

The Principle Approach is a philosophy of education whose content and methods are designed to build character in teacher and student capable of sustaining liberty.

The goal of the Judah Bible Curriculum is to produce a comprehensive knowledge of the Bible, while building strong Godly character.  It is suitable for all grade levels, therefore making it great for the whole family! 

There are several things that drew me to the Judah Bible Curriculum:
  • The Bible is the textbook.  I just love that it is completely Bible based since faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
  • I love that the whole family can be on the same page, literally. 
  • This curriculum is a guide.  I like that it guides and doesn't spoon feed information, instead it teaches you how to study the Bible yourself. 
  • It involves notebooking!  Need I say more on this?
  • You go through the main themes of the Bible yearly.  The student learns God's purpose in history, studying the hand of God in the lives of men and nations through the Bible.
  • Students learn the relationship between individual character and national liberty.
  • The student learns the relationship between the sovereignty of God and the personal responsibility of the individual
As I mentioned, I really like that the Judah Bible Curriculum takes you through the Bible each year.  This curriculum breaks the Bible into 5 Themes:
  • Theme 1: Creation (Genesis 1-11)
  • Theme 2: The Plan of Redemption Begins (Genesis 12 -- Ruth)
  • Theme 3: The Kingdom of Israel (1Samuel -- Malachi
  • Theme 4: The Kingdom of God (Matthew -- John)
  • Theme 5: The Early Church (Act -- Revelation)

Each of these 5 Themes are then further broken down into Keys and are studied by individuals, events, institutions and documents instead of verse by verse, chapter by chapter.  The curriculum follows a six year cycle and then repeats.  You can view the Scope and Sequence here.

Some of the examples of the Keys studied for the Creation Theme are:
  • Key Individuals - Adam & Eve, Cain & Abel, Noah
  • Key Events - Creation, Fall, Flood, Tower of Babel
  • Key Institutions - Pre Fall Society, Pre Flood Society, Pre Tower Society
  • Key Documents - Garden Command, Curse, Noahic Covenant
The Judah Bible Curriculum also utilizes the Notebook Approach.  This fits are family just right, seems we have a notebook for EVERYTHING and Bible is no different. 

They suggest that each student have a 3 ring notebooks along with 5 dividers (one per theme).  Each week the student will add one or two items into his/her notebook.  They suggest that you allow your child write, draw and map to describe the weekly theme.  They also suggest that you use their Weekly Key Sheets, which are included with the curriculum.  It is suggested that students add to their notebook each year. 

The Judah Bible Curriculum is a wonderful addition to any homeschool or family Bible study.  It is very affordable and will last for years.  It is available by hard copy for $74.00, shipping included.  You receive:

1) Judah Bible Curriculum K-12 Manual;
2) Elementary Notebook Ideas booklet;
3) Eight-lecture Teacher Training Seminar on CDs.

You can also order it by digial download for $44.00, a 40% savings from the hard cover copy.  With the download you get:
1) Judah Bible Curriculum K-12 Manual, e-book format to download;
2) Elementary Notebook Ideas booklet to view online or download;
3) Eight-lecture Teacher Training Seminar. listen online or download.

I do recommend the Judah Bible Curriculum.  I love that it's one purchase and your set for a really looong time.  I received the digital download, which was perfectly fine but I think if I was going to make a purchase I would suggest the hard copy.  I just like the thought of having a hard copy in my hand when it comes to sitting down to read Bible.  Whether you decide on the hard copy or the digital download,they are both very affordable considering the time you will be able to use this curriculum!

Now that you've read what I think about the Judah Bible Curriculum, check out what others on the TOS Crew think about it.

Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Crew, I received a digital download of the Judah Bible Curriculum, at no cost to me, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are mine.



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