Bible Road Trip is an exciting journey which places you and your children in the driver’s seat! Aimed at youth grades PreK-12, Bible Road Trip will allow your family to survey the Bible cover-to-cover in 3 years ~ with breaks for summer!
This week we’re looking at the Genesis chapters 12-36 – patriarchal history! The prayer focus for the Grammar levels covers the Druzes–a Near Eastern people group with a secret, exclusive religion. For Dialectic and Rhetoric (middle school and high school), the prayer focus is Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen. Also, we’ll be delving more into biblical archaeology. As your children study the real places where the Bible occurred, they will begin to understand the heroes of the Bible to be real, historical figures.
Bible Road Trip ~ Year One Week Four ~ Genesis ~ Part Two is attached in a downloadable, printable file at the end of this post.
You can download the Parent/Teacher Guide for Bible Road Trip here. Find answers to Frequently Asked Questions here. To easily access the available weeks of Bible Road Trip, you may visit http://www.BibleRoadTrip.org or access the indexes at the top of the Thinking Kids site. Don’t forget to visit The Bible Road Trip Store! If you’re visual like me, you can find what you’re looking for on my Bible Road Trip Pinterest boards: Year One, Year Two, and Year Three.
Each of the five developmental stages has a one to four page syllabus each week. Because the Bible Road Trip curriculum is designed to be used over the course of a five-day week, your family may have the time and desire to do every activity. On the other hand, you may wish to pick and choose your activities. For example, 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 fit the curriculum to your family’s needs.
Dig Deep ~ Reading the Word
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”.
“Reading the Word” is the central part of the Bible Road Trip curriculum. The whole goal behind Bible Road Trip is to allow your children to gain a knowledge and understanding of the Word of God from Genesis to Revelation. As they cycle through the developmental stages, they will have the opportunity to learn the Bible with a deepening comprehension and awareness. By the Rhetoric (0r high school) stage, your child will read–and study!–the Bible cover to cover in three years.
For the lower stages, I’ve tried to keep the weekly reading to a manageable level. Because the curriculum addresses the Bible somewhat thematically, you will not find an even amount of reading each week. Rather, you will find reading related to one particular section of the Bible. For instance, in Year One Week Three, we read Genesis 1-11. In Year One Week Four, we read Genesis 12-36. In Year One Week Eight, we cover all of Leviticus. All of Leviticus takes about two hours to read. I think that, for a high school student, two hours of reading in a week is reasonable, even on top of the rest of the curriculum. However, if you find your student needs more time on the weeks with a heavier reading schedule, you can always take two weeks. A standard curriculum length is 36 weeks. Bible Road Trip is 32 weeks long to allow you to schedule extra time in your year if you need it. For the lower stages, I’ve worked hard to have a more even reading schedule.
Let’s talk about what they’ll be covering:
Preschool – Kindergarten
Reading for Preschool / Kindergarten students is scheduled with stories from 365 Great Bible Stories by Carine Mackenzie. At this developmental stage, it’s a good idea to keep your readings short and sweet. Try reading the from the storybook Bible 5 times a week, and working on the other projects at different times throughout the week. Note: Readings for this level are scheduled to keep up with the upper levels of the program. On weeks where there’s a lot of narrative, there may be more readings. On those weeks, consider taking two weeks for your study.
Lower Grammar (Grades 1-3)
For Lower Grammar Students, my goal is to limit the reading to around 5 chapters a week; that’s one a day for five days. However, there are weeks when your student may be reading an extra chapter a day, as some of the narrative is important! Is your Lower Grammar child a terrific reader? Do they want more challenge? Move them up to the Upper Grammar reading schedule. Are they struggling with a chapter a day? Read aloud to your student; make it a bonding time.
Upper Grammar (Grades 4-6)
For Upper Grammar Students, my goal is to limit the reading to around 10 chapters a week; that’s two a day for five days. However, there are weeks when your student may be reading an extra chapter a day, as some of the narrative is important! Is your Upper Grammar child a terrific reader? Do they want more challenge? Move them up to the Dialectic reading schedule. Are they struggling with two chapters a day? Read aloud to your student; make it a bonding time.
Dialectic (Grades 7-9)
Dialectic readers will be reading about 15 chapters a week, or three chapters a day. Again, this isn’t a hard and fast rule, but it should hold true most weeks. There may be weeks when the narrative is very important, and more reading is called for, or the chapters are very short, and some when we just don’t have as much reading to do. If your Dialectic student needs more of a challenge, they can always do the Rhetoric reading schedule.
Rhetoric (Grades 10-12)
As I mentioned above, the Rhetoric students will be reading the entire Bible in 3 years. Even on the heaviest weeks, the reading shouldn’t take more than 2 or 3 hours total for the week. May I suggest that you, as the parent, also read according to the Rhetoric schedule?
Every learning stage but the Lower Grammar includes a discussion question for each chapter. These questions are meant to help you connect with your student and find important facts or major themes in each chapter. You can use the questions in a family worship setting, in a discussion time in your homeschool, or you can have your child journal the answers (just be certain they’re not overwhelmed with “work”). I’ve included the same questions for each level to facilitate an effective discussion time in families with children in multiple developmental stages.
What About the Tough Passages?
Let’s be honest–some passages in the Bible are difficult to understand as an adult. Children are going to need your help processing some of the reading. For Upper Grammar readers, I took out some of the dicier sections, but if you hand your child a Bible, they may read it! By the Rhetoric stage, everything is read.
So, how do you address issues like sex, rape, and violence?
My husband and I have found it’s best to be really honest, and straightforward. We explained to our children what sex is, how it works (just basic mechanics), and THEN we explained God’s plan for sex. After our kids had a good idea of what God’s plan for sex is, we were able to address how fallen our world is. We could talk about sin, evil, and the broken choices people make.
That’s how we’ve handled those areas of the Bible.
That’s the run-down on “Reading the Word”. It’s the most important part of the Bible Road Trip program!
Year One Week Four ~ Genesis ~ Part Two
File Updated: 2/10/16
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~ Danika Cooley
Danika Cooley is the author of When Lightning Struck! The Story of Martin Luther (Fortress Press, 2015), Wonderfully Made (CF4K, 2016), and Bible Road Trip. Her work has been featured in internationally-recognized children's magazines over 150 times.