Grapevine Studies: A Schoolhouse Crew Review

Over seven years ago, when I first started reviewing with the TOS Schoolhouse Review Crew, Grapevine Studies was one of my first reviews. My 11 year old still remembers the Old Testament stick figure Bible study lessons as one of his favorites. It is rather fitting that now Grapevine Studies is my last Crew review. My son and I received the Birth of Jesus: Multi-level set which included a full color cover and hole-punched student pages for him to keep in his binder and a teacher set for me. 

"But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. But the angel answered and said to the woman, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay." 

We have a somewhat loose routine to our days, but one part that I like to be consistent with is Bible study early in the mornings before we begin our school lessons. Drawing adds a fun component to lessons designed to enhance understanding of the Bible. 

The method is easy to follow and keeps kids focused as they draw while the parent or teacher reads and discusses the lesson. In this study, the events surrounding the birth of Jesus are presented in chronological order. First a timeline (illustrated with color coded stick figures) is presented, then the more in depth lessons cover the timeline figures in order. This timeline begins with Babylonian captivity and the birth of Jesus and ends with "Jesus grew up."

These Birth of Jesus lessons would make a great December Bible study through Christmas Day. 

Click here for more information about the levels offered and how to choose where to start. Levels are written for different learning styles.

My son was so happy to get to review Grapevine which he remembered as "stick figure Bible study" again. We replaced our previous Bible study with the Grapevine Birth of Jesus lessons for our morning Bible study time. This was a special time just for me and my son as the girls continued with their own Bible studies. 

Each lesson includes review questions. "How many generations lived between Adam and Jesus?" was one such question that required thinking through the verses read. Lessons end with a Bible memory verse related to the lesson. 

Recommended resources include three ring binders for both student and teacher pages, colored pencils, a Bible dictionary, and for the teacher's demonstrations, a dry erase board with colored markers. 

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