Mapping the Journey ~ Bible Road Trip ~ Year One Week Two {Free Printable Curriculum}

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Bible Road Trip - Year One Week Two {A Free 3 Year Curriculum for Grades PreK - 12}

 Bible Road Trip is an exciting journey which places you and your children in the driver’s seat!  Aimed at youth grades 1-12, Bible Road Trip will allow your family to survey the Bible cover-to-cover in 3 years ~ with breaks for summer! 

This week introduces the Old Testament and the Pentateuch.  The prayer focus for the Grammar levels covers Judaism.  For Dialectic and Rhetoric (middle school and high school), the prayer focus is Asia.

Bible Road Trip ~ Year One Week Two ~ Exploring the Old Testament is attached in a downloadable, printable file at the end of this post.

This week, we’ll look at mapping your family’s journey with Bible Road Trip.  Because the curriculum is designed to be highly customizable, you’ll want to consider the needs of your own children, your discipleship goals, and the time you have available before navigating the syllabus.

As a reminder, you can download the Parent/Teacher Guide for Bible Road Trip here. To easily access the available weeks of Bible Road Trip, you may visit or access the indexes at the top of the Thinking Kids site. Bible Road Trip is available free to subscribers in weekly downloads, or for purchase as full-year PDF downloads. Don’t forget to visit The Bible Road Trip Store! You can also find what you’re looking for on my Bible Road Trip Pinterest boards: Year One, Year Two, and Year Three.

Each grade level (or developmental stage) has a two page syllabus.  (You can read about choosing a developmental stage for your child here.)  Because  the Bible Road Trip curriculum is designed to be used over the course of a three to five-day week, your family may have the time or desire to do every activity.  You may also find that your child loves to notebook, but doesn’t care for crafting.  Bible Road Trip was designed to give your family the flexibility to pick and choose your activities.

Dig Deep

The first page of the syllabus for each level covers the “Dig Deep” section.  Here, you’ll find “Researching the Word” and “Reading the Word”.

The “Dig Deep” section of Bible Road Trip is the crucial part of the curriculum.  If you do nothing else, be certain to introduce your children to the section of Scripture being studied through “Researching the Word”, and to read the Scripture selections listed in “Reading the Word”.  The discussion questions are designed to allow your family to explore the Scripture section together.  As children age, you will want to have them become responsible for more independent reading.  You’ll know when they’re ready to read the Bible on  their own.  (I knew because mine insisted on reading aloud to me, then began to read on their own).

Meditate On It

The top half of the second page for each developmental level covers the “Meditate On It” section.  Here, you’ll find “Memorizing the Word”, “Notebooking the Word”, and “Praying about the Word”.

 I encourage you to memorize Scripture with your child.  I’ve provided more verses to memorize as the children move up in the developmental stages.  However, children can have vastly different aptitudes for memorization.  It’s important that you adjust the number of verses per week depending upon your child’s abilities.

Notebooking is an important skill that aids retention and comprehension.  For younger children, notebooking may be too much work.  You may want to take their dictation for them, or you can stick to crafts, and the memory verse art project described in Year One Week One (see the picture below).  For the older children,  I encourage you to have them keep individual notebooks.  The amount they record is completely at your discretion ~ you know your own child better than anyone!

Start a Scripture Notebook for Bible Road Trip

The prayer section of “Meditate On It” will give children an opportunity to learn more about the Church in the world today.  Students will learn about other cultures, religions, and the challenges to modern missions.  This section is provided to help you affect your child’s perspective and worldview.  The reading for the Dialectic and Rhetoric levels should be spread over several days, as it can be hefty.  Over the 3 year survey, students will cover the entire book they are using.  This section, while valuable, is certainly optional.  Your family may choose another prayer focus.  Be sure to pray together, though!  The time you spend praying with your children now will help form a lifelong habit for them.

Explore Further

The “Explore Further” section on the bottom of the second page of each level gives students an opportunity to explore fun resources, put their new knowledge into practice, and create some fun crafts (projects for the older students).  Everything in this section is optional, but highly recommended.  If you can find the time for these activities, your child is far more likely to enjoy and remember what they’ve learned.

For the Grammar levels, I’ve recommended the excellent DVD series “What’s in the Bible with Buck Denver“.  These videos are written by Phil Vischer (of Veggie Tales fame), and are just fabulous.  I wrote a review when they first came out.  You can read that review here, if you’d like.  For the Dialectic and Rhetoric levels, I’ve chosen a number of fascinating documentaries, as well as the Drive Thru History [Holy Land] with David Stotts series.  They’re fun, engaging, and they allow your children to actually see the places history was made.

There are other suggestions, but I just wanted to mention those two series, as I am truly excited about the multi-dimensional feature they add to the curriculum.  If cost is an issue for you, please consider approaching your public librarian.  Our public library carries the “What’s in the Bible with Buck Denver” series only because a little friend of ours advocated for the purchase every time she went in!  The DVDs are blessing numerous families now, and many of us have loved them enough to purchase our own.

 The Long Story Short

Bible Road Trip was designed to help facilitate your family’s journey through Scripture.  Don’t like something about it?  Change it.  You can add, subtract, or alter the curriculum without any guilty feelings what-so-ever.  After all, you are in the driver’s seat!

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Year One Week Two ~ Exploring the Old Testament

Without further ado, below is your weekly curriculum.  Just click and print!  Please be sure to share Bible Road Trip with your friends!  Has anyone started yet?  Our family is starting the first week of September.

Bible Road Trip Y1W2 Exploring the Old Testament

{File updated 3/21/2014}

~ Danika Cooley

Danika Cooley is a children’s writer with a love for God’s Word, history, wisdom and small people.  Her work has appeared in magazines including Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse and Clubhouse Jr.; Upper Room Ministries’ Pockets and Devozine; CBH Ministries’ Keys for Kids, and Cobblestone Group’s FACES and Odyssey.  Her work also appears in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Magic of Mothers and Daughters.


  1. Peggy says

    Where can I find the pdf’s for the whole year 1 of this curriculum? I can find week 1 and week 2 but not further weeks. Would like to do this with my children as we homeschool, looks to be an awesome bible study.

  2. Katherine says

    Thank you!!! I’m so excited about starting this bible study with my kiddos on Monday! With 9 children from 2-16 you have put together the first bible based family curriculum I can use! I’m so tired of taking books and Sunday school materials and adapting them to meet our needs. You have done so much work! Thank you!!!!


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