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 first half of the book of Numbers. The prayer focus for the Grammar levels covers the Baloch people. For Dialectic and Rhetoric students (middle school and high school), the prayer focus is Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.
Bible Road Trip ~ Year One Week Nine ~ Numbers ~ 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.
Explore Further ~ Crafting Through the Word ~ Lower and Upper Grammar
The second page of the syllabus (for Lower Grammar) or third page (for the upper levels) covers the “Explore Further” section. Here, you’ll find “Learning More about the Word” and “Crafting Through the Word”.
“Crafting Through the Word” allows children to really internalize what they’ve been learning. When we create works of art to represent what we’ve been learning, it employs our brains in a whole new method of study. “Crafting Through the Word” changes as children age, so we’ll cover the different age levels over the next few weeks. This week, we’ll talk about grades 1-6.
For the Lower and Upper Grammar levels (grades 1-6), the crafting section of Bible Road Trip is designed to be simple, fun, and artistic. Children can experiment with different mediums and art forms, expressing what they’ve learned for the week. Some projects, like the “bookshelf” pictured at the beginning of this post, are ongoing. The process of creating the bookshelf will help children remember the order and category of each book of the Bible. Others, like the painting above, deal with a portion of the reading for the week.
Grammar students are still filing information into their brains for later use. They excel at facts and figures, and at memorization. Many grammar level children enjoy creating, and would much rather paint than write. Crafting is a wonderful way to help these students connect to the stories they’ve heard, and to make the Bible come alive.
As an art major, I always think that minimal instruction is best at this age. We want to give our kids a direction to work in, hand them the materials they need to complete their work of art, and encourage them liberally. For our art projects, we have a stock of colored and white cardstock, paper, construction paper, colored pens, permanent markers, colored pencils, crayons, paintbrushes, watercolors, acrylics, fingerpaints, scissors and glue. We also keep a few fun 3-Dimensional supplies on hand for moments of inspiration. We have a basket of odds and ends like glitter, pipecleaners, popsicle sticks, google eyes and pompoms.
In short, the crafting suggestions in Bible Road Trip exist to help you support your children’s creative expression of what they’ve learned. This section of the curriculum will help your kids internalize what they’ve learned. Using their hands to form their lessons is a fantastic way to aid the educational process.
Don’t worry if your child’s cloud and fire pillar drawing looks unrecognizable. Just encourage them for making the effort, tape it to the refrigerator (or file it in their notebook), and thank them for such great work. Over time, their ability to put ideas onto paper will improve. Children are often discouraged by the fact that the picture in their head doesn’t always translate onto the page. Our job as parents is to let our kids know that art is creative, and that we may be surprised (a little) by the way something turns out. Art is also hard work. It takes practice to perfect our skills. As they become less sensitive about their work, we can note fun new techniques they can try that may change the look of their art.
Year One Week Nine ~ Numbers ~ Part One
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.