Judah Bible Curriculum Review

As part of The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew, I received a digital download of The Judah Bible Curriculum to review.

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From the Judah Bible Curriculum website:

  • A Principle Approach curriculum for Bible class.
  • Develop a comprehensive knowledge of the Bible.
  • Build strong, Godly character in your children.
  • Study the Bible together.
  • Study the hand of God in the lives of individuals and nations.
  • For homeschool, Christian school, Sunday school.
  • Teach your children living Biblical principles to guide their lives.
  • Apply God’s word personally in every area of life.
  • The Bible is the textbook.

The purpose of the Judah Bible Curriculum is to make Bible Literacy the hallmark of the new generation of Christians. The Judah Bible Curriculum is designed to help you teach your student how to study and research the Bible, extract true understanding from it, and apply Biblical principles to his or her own life and character.

The Judah Bible Curriculum is a “Principle Approach” Bible curriculum whose distinctives are the following:

  • The BIBLE is the textbook. The student studies and learns the Bible.
  • The student learns God’s purpose in history, studying the hand of God in the lives of men and nations through the Bible.
  • The student develops his reasoning ability, helping him to apply Biblical principles personally.
  • The curriculum helps you shift from rote learning to Biblical reasoning.
  • The student learns the relationship between the sovereignty of God and the personal responsibility of the individual.
  • The student learns the relationship between individual character and national liberty.

 

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The Judah Bible Curriculum is not a curriculum. It’s more of a guide to using the Principle Approach to study the Bible. There are no student lessons, etc. The purpose of the Judah Bible Curriculum is to help you teach your children how to study and research the Bible at a depth that will enable them to apply it to all of life as they grow up. The Judah Bible Curriculum is a Bible study method that your children will be able to use for the rest of their lives. You can, too!

There are weekly guide sheets that tell you the theme of the week, and what section of the Bible is being studied that week. The only student paper that is included in the curriculum is a Key Sheet. A Key Sheet is what is the student writes the key people, places, and lessons learned in each weeks study.

Our family Bible study normally includes us reading the Bible together, discussing what we have read, and answering any questions the kids have.

The Judah Bible Curriculum is a good fit for families who study the Bible together in this way. I think this curriculum is best used as a family. So if you looking for a Bible curriculum for the kids to use by themselves for homeschooling, this curriculum would not be a good fit for your family.

With the Judah Bible Curriculum, your family will study through the Bible each year. You will not be reading through the whole Bible but analyzing one key topic each week.

 

Here is what I have done and would recommend for using the Judah Bible Curriculum.

Read more about the Judah Bible Curriculum on their What is the Judah Bible Curriculum page.

Listen to the audio downloads. These are your teacher training in how to use the Judah Bible Curriculum and the Principle Approach to study the Bible. These lectures will give you an in-depth practical view of the Scriptures that you can then teach to your family in bite-sized pieces.

Start making your lesson plan using the Weekly Guide Sheets. The curriculum starts with Creation. You will also need to print out the Key sheets from the website. You will use one a week per student/adult. These will go in the notebooks I’ll tell you about in a minute. If you have younger students, K-3, you’ll also want to find printable coloring or activity sheets that go with your weekly theme for them to do. The Elementary Notebook Ideas booklet included with the curriculum has sample pages of what other students in this age group have done. So you can get ideas for what kind of activity sheets to find.

Start studying the Bible. Read the Bible selection for the day. Discuss it. Fill out the Key Sheet and/or activity sheets and place them in your notebooks. The Bible keys include individuals, events, institutions and documents

You will study one theme per week. There are enough themes to study for an entire school year.  The Judah Bible Curriculum is not just a one year curriculum. Every year, you start over and build on what you studied last year. As the students (and adults!) grow and mature, they will be able to study the Bible more in-depth. You can view a Scope and Sequence on the website.

Now for the Bible Notebooks…Each of your children will create a “Bible Notebook” of their own work and study at his or her own level.  You will be creating your own teacher’s Bible Notebook, too. The purpose of the notebook is not to fill it with busy work. This will be a 3 ring notebook filled with the students notes, key sheets and activity sheets. These will be the students best work, in their best handwriting. This will be a notebook that the student will be able to refer to for years to come. As the student advances, and does the study in subsequent years, more pages can be added. Maps, timelines, essays or other student writings, even notes from Bible commentaries.

You will be teaching the “big picture” of God’s kingdom and purposes in history through the Bible.  You will teach your students how to analyze and categorize the details as they study the stories from the Bible in that context.

 

What is included in The Judah Bible Curriculum?

You get:
1) Judah Bible Curriculum K-12 Manual
2) Elementary Notebook Ideas booklet
3) Eight-lecture Teacher Training Seminar

The hard copy of the curriculum, book and audio cd, sells on the website for $69. You can also purchase the E-version of the curriculum. For $44. you get the Manual E-book. the elementary Notebook Ideas booklet and the Teacher Training Seminar can be viewed/listened to online or download. Whether you order the hard copy or have the curriculum delivered online, you get all the same curriculum materials.

I really like that The Judah Bible Curriculum is a family oriented Bible Study. However, if you have never used this approach to Bible study, it will take you awhile to get the hang of it. The audio lectures help, so make sure to listen to them before you start using the curriculum with your students. Since this curriculum can be used for all 12 grades, and into adulthood, this is a very cost effective curriculum for your homeschool. No need to buy new Bible curriculum each year for each student.

Instead of just including sample elementary pages, I think this curriculum would be much better if actual printable activity sheets were included. At the very least, links to websites that you can print from would be a great help.

The Judah Bible Curriculum is very labor intensive for the teacher. The rewards of studying the Bible for yourself, your students and your family will be great, though.

 

See what other The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew Members are saying about Amazing The Judah Bible Curriculum.

 

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*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a free digital download of The Judah Bible Curriculum in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. My opinions are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

9 Things Every Woman Needs in Their Purse

 

9 Things Every Woman Needs in Their Purse

 

 

 

 

1) TOOTHPICK – To remind you to pick out the good qualities in others. (Matthew 7:1)

 

 

 

 

 

2) RUBBER BAND – To remind you to be flexible. Things might not always go the way you want, but it will work out. (Romans 8:28)

 

 

 

3) BAND AID – To remind you to heal hurt feelings, yours or someone else’s. (Colossians 3:12-14)

 

 

 

 

 

4) PENCIL – To remind you to list your blessings everyday. (Ephesians 1:3)

 

 

 

 

5) ERASER – To remind you that everyone makes mistakes and it’s OKAY. (Genesis 50:15-21)

 

 

 

 

 

6) CHEWING GUM – To remind you to stick with it, and you canaccomplish anything. (Philippians 4:13)

 

 

 

 

 

7)  MINT – To remind you that you are worth a mint. (John 3:16-17)

 

 

 

 

 

8) CANDY KISS – To remind you that everyone needs a kiss or a hug everyday. (John 4:7)

 

 

 

 

 

9) TEA BAG – To remind you to relax daily and go over your list of blessings. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9 Things Every Woman Needs in Their Purse

Blogging Through The Gospels

Blogging Through The Gospels over at Mom’s Toolbox starts today. Between today and July 10th, we will read the four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.

I most likely won’t be blogging about every day’s reading, but you never know. lol

Today’s reading was Matthew Chapter 1, which contains the genealogy of Jesus, and His birth.

What really strikes me in this chapter, is how obedient Mary & Joseph were. No whining, complaining or questionings.

Just Yes, God.”

I want to be like that!  No whining, complaining or questioning.

Just “Yes, God!

Even when it’s something that’s really hard for me to do.

Just “Yes, God!”

Measurements in the Bible

When I read the Bible, and come across measurements, I’m always curious about them.

I find it helpful to learn about them, that way when I read the Bible, I can imagine the size of what I’m reading about.

The Israelites Gather Manna in the Wilderness ...Image via Wikipedia

For example, when the Bible tells about the manna the Israelites picked up by the omer-full, if you imagine taking a 2 quart pitcher outside and picking up little seeds, you can get a feel of what they went through. I think it would have taken quite a bit of time to pick up that much manna.

Here are a few of the most commonly used measurements mentioned in the Bible and their approximate equivalents:

shekel – .4 ounces – was also used as money
talent – 3,000 shekels – 75 pounds

handbreadth – 3 inches
span – 3 handbreadths – 9 inches
cubit – 18 inches

omer – 2 quarts
ephah – 10 omers – 20 quarts

hin – 1 gallon –
bath – 1 ephah – about 6 gallons

Here are a few websites if you want to learn more about the measurements in the Bible:

Weights and Measures
Bible Weights and Measures
Online Bible Dictionary Measurements

Chanukah

For a couple of years, we have been learning more about the Biblical Feasts. Chanukah is not listed in the Old Testaments with the other feasts because the event that Chanukah commemorates did happen until later. The event happened in the era between the Old and New Testaments.

In 168 B.C.E. a small group of Jews, led by Judah, “The Maccabee”, rebelled against the Greek culture forced on them by the Syrian rulers. The refused to submit to Antiochus IV, King of Syria, who had outlawed many Jewish practices and placed idols in the Temple in Jerusalem, and sacrificed a pig on the altar.

The Maccabees  fought against great odds and drove the Syrian-Greeks out of the land.

In the month of Kislev in the year 165 D.C.E. the Maccabees rededicated the Temple to Jewish worship. In lighting the menorah for the re dedication, they found only enough purified oil to burn for 1 day. They lit it anyway, while starting the 7 day process to purify more oil. The oil in the lamp burnt for 8 days! A miracle from God!

Chanukah is reminder of God’s miracleous provision, and that we can defeat our enemies, both physical and spiritual.

Did you know that Jesus celebrated Chanukah? In John Chapter 10, Jesus went to the temple for the Festival of Dedication. That’s Chanukah! Chanukah was important to Jesus, therefore, it should be important to us.

Our menorah and candles waiting…..

Last year, our first year of celebrating Chanukah, we light candles in a homemade menorah. I went to get a picture, and I couldn’t find one! I must not have taken a picture. That makes me sad. I think I will try to recreate it and take a picture.  We lit the candles, and did some reading, learning more about Chanukah. We also ate fried foods, and learned how to play Dreidel. With a Dreidel my husband made.

This year, we are adding more to our celebration. We bought a new menorah this year, shown above on top of our piano. We will be lighting the candles, saying the blessing, singing Rock of Ages, reading the nightly selection from Heart of Wisdom Biblical Holidays and letting the kids each open a gift all 8 nights. Small gifts, that I can’t what they are now, as my kids read here. I’ll have to share that later. :) We also will be putting money in a box every night for charity.

We are still learning, so we will be using the resources linked below, to continue learning about Chanukah, Our Heavenly Father and His Word.

We will also being playing dreidel again. I’m sure lots and lots of times. This year, instead of using chocolate coins, we will be playing with pennies, with the winner of each game getting a small piece of candy (or two). The only chocolate coins we can find at the stores in our area are expensive, and the kids didn’t even eat the ones we bought last year as they didn’t like the way they tasted. So we’re playing with real pennies this year.

We will also be eating lots of fried food. :)

We will be having a great family time learning more about God and His Word. From what I have learned, the main thing that should be done in the celebration of Chanukah, is telling others of God’s great miracle. So we are also telling others about the miracle of Chanukah, and how we celebrate it.

Here are some of the online resources we are using this year:

Chanukah Songs

The National Jewish Outreach Program is offering an excellent Chanukah Ebook. It has history, recipes, games, puzzles and articles.

Heart of Wisdom Biblical Holidays – our nightly readings

Chanukay Unit Study

Chanukah Lapbook Plans

Shalom Seasme: “Extreme Makeover Temple Edition

Here’s a fun video fun video with Kosher Joe.

Chanukah Copy Work Activity Pack

Here are 2 books that I use:

The Jewish Holiday Home Companion: A Parents Guide to Family Celebration

The Jewish Holiday Home Companion

Jewish Holidays & Festivals: A Young Person's Guide to the Stories, Practices and Prayers of Jewish Celebrations

Jewish Holidays & Festivals: A Young Person’s Guide to the Stories, Practices and Prayers of Jewish Celebrations I have an older version, though.

Happy Chanukah !






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Hallelujah

Hallelujah is a Hebrew word meaning “Praise Yahweh”. Yahweh is God’s name. Therefore, Hallelujah means praise God.

The Bible has a lot to say about praising the Lord. Here’s just a few verses:

Psalm 7:17
I will praise the LORD according to His righteousness,And will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High.

Psalm 9:1
[ To the Chief Musician. To the tune of “Death of the Son.” A Psalm of David. ] I will praise You, O LORD, with my whole heart;I will tell of all Your marvelous works.

Psalm 9:2
I will be glad and rejoice in You;I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.

Ephesians 1:12
that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.

Hebrews 13:15
Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.

We tend to praise other people or things before we praise God.

We should Praise the Lord because HE alone is worthy of our praise!

Hallelujah!!!

The Rule of First Mention

When studying the Bible, it can sometimes be confusing trying to figure out what something means. Sometimes, it seems like words can mean something different in different places in the Bible.

The Rule of First Mention is one way those that study the Bible use to discover the meaning of a word, phrase, verse, or doctrine.

When something is mentioned in Scripture the first time, the same meaning for that verse holds true for subsequent verses.

So, if your reading the Bible and want to clarify what something means, look to see where it is first mentioned in the Bible to discover its meaning