Saturday, January 15, 2011
Finding a good Bible curriculum for us to use as a family with our teenagers has been a challenge. Devotionals are just too little Bible and often seem trite for the high school level. Other Bible curriculum seem to just be worksheets to keep the kids busy, which is the last thing that we need right now. When I received The Life of Christ Bible curriculum from Positive Action for Christ to review, I was impressed immediately by the quality of the product. The Teacher's Manual came in a beautiful 3-ring binder, while the Student Manual is full color with many pictures and is laid out in a very nice manner.
Positive Action for Christ is a publishing house specializing in youth curriculum for fundamental churches. The Life of Christ curriculum is written for the high school level and uses the Book of John "to make Jesus Christ real to your students." This curriculum is originally designed to be used in the school classroom setting, but I found it quite nice for using in our homeschool setting.
We have been able to use the curriculum for a number of weeks and I am impressed with the amount of background and cultural information that they provided in both the Student and Teacher Manuals. At first, my teens bulked at trying another Bible curriculum, but after getting used to looking up the scriptures and learning about Jesus Christ and the background/setting of the Book of John, they began to really like this curriculum. That is HUGE to me! Since I only have one Student Manual and two students, I have done the study all orally with them - asking questions from the book out loud, reading it aloud, etc. This has worked quite well for us and we spend several days on each chapter, reading all the passages from the Bible that pertain and all the information given in the Student and Teacher Manuals. There is even a section for "Digging Deeper" section at the end of each chapter to help you and your student explore more about things that pertained to that chapter.
Positive Action for Christ also provides a CD-Rom which has a PowerPoint presentation with slides for each lesson which is more for being used in the classroom setting. They also provide a Scope & Sequence which is very detailed with all the items covered in each chapter. In addition, they provided ideas on how to use this curriculum in different settings like devotions, parent-led study, independent study and with co-ops.
Now that we have been able to use this curriculum for several weeks (we got to Lesson 6), I am happy to say that, not only will be using this particular Life of Christ curriculum through to the end, I will be looking at other studies that they have for sale for next year! I am very happy with the depth of study provided through this study for teens. I have looked at many different products, but had failed to find something that I feel will really bring my teen closer to God. I love that they say in their product description, "Our hope as you journey through this material is that your students will not only know Jesus more, but also love Him more."
That is my goal for my teens and knowing that their heart is also the same for my teens is wonderful.
You can download samples of the Student and Teacher Manuals on their website, too. That might help you with making a decision about this particular product. Here are the prices for this particular product The Life of Christ:
Student's Manual Deluxe Edition $17.95
Teacher's Manual $41.95
Teacher's Manual on DVD $29.95
They offer discounts when you order in bulk, too.
Positive Action for Christ has many Bible curricula for Elementary, Junior High and High School students. They even have a study based on the Pilgrim's Progress called The Christian Adventure. I would encourage you to take some time and check out what they have available, because I believe their curricula has a lot to offer for many homeschool families.
If you would like to read more reviews of this product from other members of the TOS Review Crew, go here to check it out.