Paul has always loved reading his Bible. I distinctly remember him being barely 3 years old and he would sit and turn the pages of his Bible for 30-40 minutes at a time. It was just words, but he somehow knew they were special words. He slept with his Bible on many occasions. So, it was no surprise when he first learned how to read all he wanted to read was his Bible. He would sound out the words so slowly at first but before I knew it he was reading verse after verse without slowing down. About 2 years ago he took it upon himself to start reading his Bible every morning before we start school. His goal for this year is to read the New Testament through in a year--pretty big goal for a 9 year old to set for himself.
So, when we were asked to review a new Bible Study written by a former homeschooling Mom, Karen Mohs, I was excited for Paul to learn to study his Bible a little more in depth. The Bible study we were asked to review is called "I Can Study 1 Samuel Alone With God". This study takes the book of 1 Samuel and breaks it down into 13 weekly units. Each day of the week (except Sunday) there is a check box to remind the student to Pray and then to recite the weekly memory verse that is given. Then there are 3-4 questions about the passage to be read for that day. Each daily lesson is short and focuses on about 3-4 verses. This study is designed for middle and upper elementary students. Developer, Karen Mohs is also the writer of the Greek-N-Stuff material that many homeschoolers know and love. Who knew they offered Bible materials as well. Currently you can order studies for 1 Samuel, Jonah and Ruth, Esther, and Acts. Each study is $21.95.
Many people do not know how to study the Bible. So, I love the idea of teaching kids early how to break apart verses and learn what the Bible is saying to them. This study does a great job of this on a level that is perfect for the middle elementary student (3rd-4th grade). I think a child in the upper elementary age group might get a little bored with the very simple study, but it probably depends on how much Bible they have studied in the past. The memory verses were very nice to have to go along with the study. This is a very solid Bible Study! Also, you can choose if you would like King James Version or New International Version, which we were really appreciative of. It is hard to find good homeschool curriculum that uses the King James Version of the Bible.
There was only one small problem I found with the program, and it might not be a problem for every student, depending on how you use it. Each week takes about 21 verses of 1 Samuel, that group of verses is what all the questions will be pertaining to that week. The questions will come in order. So, as I already, mentioned, there are about 3-4 verses to focus on each day. What I found was that if Paul read all 21 verses everyday he was bored to tears by the time Saturday came along. So, I just had to go through and write down what 3-4 verses I wanted him to read and study that day. It was not a big deal to have to do that, but it would have been really nice for that to have been included in each day's breakdown. Each question does offer a reference as to where it could be found in the Bible. So, the student could just read the verse referenced for each question, but I wanted Paul to read several verses to fully understand the passage.
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