Bible Road Trip™ is an exciting journey which places you and your children in the driver’s seat! Aimed at youth preschool to high school, 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.
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…..
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). Alternately, younger children can record a sentence or two that you help them compose. 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! Bible Road Trip has three levels of notebooking journals available for your use.
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. We use this global prayer study and the associated notebooking as our geography curriculum.
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, or 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!
Year One Week Two Exploring the Old Testament
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.
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- The Bible Road Trip™ Parent / Teacher Guide
- The Bible Road Trip™ Suggested Schedule
- Bible Road Trip™ Year One Curriculum–The first three weeks
- Bible Road Trip™ Year One Notebooking Journals–All three levels, the first three weeks
- Bible Road Trip™ Year One Bible Memory Cards–All five levels, both ESV and KJV, the first three weeks
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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.