A happy heart makes the face cheerful...Proverbs 15:13

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Telling God's Story- Week 1

We started a new Bible curriculum this year called Telling God's Story by Peace Hill Press. It is also fairly new as a curriculum itself. Since I have not seen many reviews of it,  I wanted to log our adventure as we go through the study. I hope that this will be a useful tool to anyone considering this study for their children.

*The teachers guide is wonderful as it helps you to understand the lesson before you bring it to your children! Read it before the beginning of each new week.

Week 1- God is Joyful over You
 Day 1- We read the parable of the lost coin from the text:
                            " Suppose a women has ten silver coins and loses one. Does she not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? And then when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin." In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."

The teachers text has a wonderful explaination of the parable that helps the children to understand the reasoning of the parable.

Day 1 includes a game activity. I used painters tape to tape 10 quarters on a cookie sheet. Each quarter had a letter/number combination on it. I then covered them with dirt and the boys had to use a paint brush to search for their coins. As they found the coins they completed a worksheet in which the letter/number combinations worked to spell out a phrase.
Since we have been exploring archeology, this tied in well to that

 Day 2: We re-read the parable and asked the boys to tell me what they thought it meant.
Day 2 included a history project. We made roman coins. We used the template in the student book and printed the coins on cardstock, colored them and cut them out. There is a description written for all of the coins if your child is interested in whats on them.

Day 3: Again, re-read the parable

Day 3 included a craft project. Using an 8 X 11 felt piece we made coin pouches to hold the roman coins from the day prior. 

Day 4: Had the boys tell me their version of the parable

Day 4 included a game and a coloring sheet. We played find the lost coin. We chose a small section of the house and one child hid the coin(or the paper coins) and the other searched. (This turned into a your hot or cold game really fast!) Then we did the coloring sheet provided in the student book of the women searching for her coin.

So there you have it! My conclusion thus far: AWESOME! The hands on activities over the week helped for the memorization of the parable and the verse of the Bible which contains it. I am so excited to continue this over the year and cannot wait to see the year 2 curriculum that has not yet been released!

Does this sound like something you would consider a you Bible study for your homeschool?

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