Members of the Homeschool Review Crew have been busy using products from Positive Action Bible Curriculum. Members reviewed one of the following two Bible Curriculums: Possessing the Land-Fourth Edition or Wise Up.
The Bible tells us in Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he grows older he will not abandon it” (NASB). Teaching our children the Bible is an essential task, but we often find ourselves struggling with how to teach it effectively. While reading the Bible is very important, having a solid and quality Bible curriculum can provide you the confidence needed to guide your child through the Bible.
Positive Action Bible Curriculum
Positive Action Bible Curriculum started when churches began to seek out lessons taught by youth group leader Frank Hamrick. His energetic teachings and humor, along with his love for God and the Bible, began a passion for equipping churches, schools, and other ministries with teaching materials.
Positive Action Bible Curriculum goes beyond your typical Bible Curriculum of reading through scripture; it seeks to develop a God-Focus. What is a God-Focus? It is seeking God’s glory and grace through all things. The curriculum seeks to develop and strengthen a God-Focus within your child. Your child will learn of God’s glory, how God’s glory is magnified through imperfect people, the perfection and sacrifice of Jesus, and how we abide in Christ.
Possessing the Land
Possessing the Land-Fourth Edition Bible Curriculum is designed for Grade Level 5. The 35 lessons in this curriculum are based on the Old Testament. The lesson overviews are as follows:
- Lessons 1–7: God’s care for Abraham and his family
- Lessons 8–17: The journey of the Israelites from Egypt through the wilderness, as well as their first struggles in Canaan
- Lessons 18–26: The early kings of Israel, the division of the kingdom, and the Babylonian Exile
- Lessons 27–35: God’s wisdom and righteousness, as revealed in the Poetic and Prophetic books
Each lesson contains three sessions, content objectives, learning objectives, and optional components. The optional components include scripture memory verse, character traits, and a hymn. A scope and sequence PDF is available on the website.
The student workbook is a softbound, full-color engaging text that includes application sections, vocabulary sections, and student exercises.
The teacher manual is in a very sturdy three ring binder, it includes:
- 35 Lessons—one for each week in an average school year
- Weekly Schedule—outlines for three-, four-, and five-day-a-week classes
- Content Objectives—biblical material covered in each lesson
- Learning Objectives—desired student outcomes for each lesson
- Target Truths—simple devotional takeaways
- Character Trait Activities—tools to encourage development and growth
- Weekly Quizzes—assessments for most lessons; answer key included
- Scripture Memory—optional plan for verse memorization
- Music Curriculum—optional monthly schedule to introduce new hymns
- Student Manual Pages—facsimiles of the Student Manual pages with answers filled in
Wise Up—Wisdom in Proverbs
As our children grow into the middle school years or young teen years, they are often faced with new challenges and responsibilities. As parents, we seek for them to learn how to handle difficult decisions, build positive relationships, and keep God in the center of their lives. Wise Up is a Bible curriculum that will introduce your child to the wisdom found in Proverbs. This curriculum contains 35 weekly lessons to develop and strengthen your child’s life to be more Christ-like. A scope and sequence PDF is available on the website for this curriculum.
The student workbook is a softcover book that contains student exercises, lesson notes, and pencil artwork. The student exercises are engaging, allowing your child to think of ways to apply the Proverbs wisdom into everyday life. It is also a great tool for parents to use with their older children as a learning tool and a good way to connect with your child.
Thank you to Yvonne B of The Life We Build
for writing this introductory article.
Members of the Homeschool Review Crew received the Positive Action for Christ Bible Curriculum to use and review over the past few weeks. Be sure to visit each of their reviews to learn more about this helpful resource.