Bible Road Trip is an exciting journey which places you and your children in the driver’s seat! Aimed at youth from 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 we’re looking at the first eleven chapters of Genesis–primeval history! The prayer focus for the Grammar levels covers Israel. For Dialectic and Rhetoric (middle school and high school), the prayer focus is Israel, Palestine and Lebanon.
Bible Road Trip ~ Year One Week Three ~ Genesis ~ Part One 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 ~ Researching 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”.
“Researching the Word” is a vital part of the Bible Road Trip curriculum. The work your family does here will help map your trip through the Bible that week. Children will have an opportunity to become familiar with the book they’ll be studying. They’ll learn about the storyline, the theme and message, the characters, the writer, biblical archaeology supporting information found in the book, ancient literature, and (for the older grades) any debates or issues surrounding the book itself.
Let’s take a quick look at the spine resources for Bible Road Trip, used in “Researching the Word”:
- 66 Books One Story: A Guide to Every Book of the Bible ~ used for Upper and Lower Grammar (grades 1-6), Years One – Three
- 66 Books One Story is a theologically sound, easy-to-understand resource which outlines the Bible book by book. It helps children understand the books of the Bible in the context of the greater “library” of God’s Word.
- The Baker Illustrated Bible Handbook, Edited by J. Daniel Hays and J. Scott Duvall ~ used for Dialectic (grades 7-9), Years One – Three
- This fantastic book-by-book Bible guide has four pages of contributing scholars listed! With over 500 full-color illustrations, maps and photos, the book is highly visual and engaging. Each section is written for the lay person, and does a fantastic job of explaining the book, the issues, and the theme(s). There are sidebars that cover archaeology, ancient literature, customs of the day, and important biblical themes and concepts. The book is written for the lay person, and is perfect for middle school (or for the high school level, should you choose to have your Rhetoric students use this book instead).
- Encountering the Old Testament: A Christian Survey (Encountering Biblical Studies), by Bill T. Arnold and Bryan E. Beyer ~ used for Rhetoric (grades 10-12), Years One – Two
- First, let me tell you that I am love Encountering the Old Testament! Recommended to me by our teaching pastor, Scott Gassoway, this is a fantastic resource, well worth owning. Second, let me tell you that this is an entry-level college course text. The text is highly visual and engaging. It does, however, require a student to think. Much of the teaching involves explaining specific debates regarding an area of Scripture. The authors are thorough and careful in explaining the issues, without assuming prior knowledge on the part of the student. They present both the argument, and the flaws in the theory. This was not true of many of the texts I reviewed for Bible Road Trip. You will want to review the text as well, so that you can discuss the reading with your young adult. This book is best suited to children who have some experience with challenging their minds. If you are beginning Bible Road Trip with a high school-aged student, and you’re concerned about the level of academics involved, you may wish to use the spine text for the dialectic level: The Baker Illustrated Bible Handbook.
- Encountering the New Testament: A Historical and Theological Survey (Encountering Biblical Studies), by Walter A. Elwell and Robert W. Yarbrough ~ used for Rhetoric (grades 10-12), Year Three
- This text follows the same structure as Encountering the Old Testament, and in a wonderful resource. I loved studying it.
That’s the run-down on “Researching the Word”! It’s a crucial part of the Bible Road Trip program, the resources are wonderful, and now you know all about them!
Year One Week Three ~ Genesis ~ Part One
Without further ado, below is your weekly curriculum. Just click and print! Please be sure to share Bible Road Trip with your friends!
File Updated 2/10/16
~ 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.