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 37-50 – patriarchal history: the life of Joseph! The prayer focus for the Grammar levels covers the religion of Islam and the nation of Saudi Arabia. For Dialectic and Rhetoric students (middle school and high school), the prayer focus is Egypt, Oman and the United Arab Emirates. This is a good week to help your children acquaint themselves with ancient Egypt. I’ve included some book suggestions on the first page of this week’s curriculum; just a good overview of the ancient Egyptian beliefs and of the country should suffice.
Bible Road Trip ~ Year One Week Five ~ Genesis ~ Part Three 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.
Meditate on It ~ Memorizing the Word
The second page of the syllabus (for Lower Grammar) or third page (for the upper levels) covers the “Meditate on It” section. Here, you’ll find “Memorizing the Word”, “Notebooking the Word” and “Praying about the Word”.
“Memorizing the Word” is an important part of the Bible Road Trip curriculum.
Long ago, before Jesus was born into the humble home of sheep and cattle, and long after Joseph brought his brothers and their father into the green land of Goshen, the people of Israel messed up. They didn’t mess up just a little. No, the people of Israel committed spiritual adultery for generations. They turned their backs on the Lord, and they bowed to carved sticks and golden statues. God’s people forgot Him. It’s not that God didn’t remind His people to turn from evil and follow Him. God sent prophets to remind His children Who they belonged to.
Even so, the people of Israel persisted in their idolatry.
God is really patient. But every action has a consequence, and Israel was taken into captivity and led from the land God had given them.
It was in the postexilic era that we think Psalm 119 was written. Now, I know Psalm 119 is really long. If Psalms could run marathons, this Psalm would be the winner. Still, it’s worth reading this week. There are 22 strophes, so you could read 3 a day. Maybe read 4 on one of the days. Maybe read it aloud to your children. Let’s read the Beth Strophe together:
How can a young man keep his way pure?
By guarding it according to your word.
With my whole heart I seek you;
let me not wander from your commandments!
I have stored up your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.
Blessed are you, O Lord;
teach me your statutes!
With my lips I declare
all the rules of your mouth.
In the way of your testimonies I delight
as much as in all riches.
I will meditate on your precepts
and fix my eyes on your ways.
I will delight in your statutes;
I will not forget your word.
Psalm 119:9-16 (ESV)
Could there be any better reason for memorizing Scripture? How can our kids follow God’s Word if they do not know it? “Memorizing the Word” gives children the opportunity to store God’s Word in their heart. That way, they can keep their way pure!
I considered giving you statistics and important facts about memorizing Scripture. But I decided that the words of a man–exiled from his country, in love with God’s Word, and committed to living for the Lord–would be more effective.
In Bible Road Trip, I chose Scripture memory verses that pertain to the week’s Scripture reading–either to the content, or to the theme. Rhetoric students will memorize more Scripture than Lower Grammar students. Do you have verses you feel are more relevant? By all means, use those. Do your children need more of a challenge? Add some work for them. Bible Road Trip is ready-to-use, yet you are welcome to customize it for your children. I’ve only cited the Scripture references, so that you can choose the Bible version you’d like your children to memorize.
That’s the run-down on “Memorizing the Word”. It’s an important part of the Bible Road Trip program!
Year One Week Five ~ Genesis ~ Part Three
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
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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.