This week we’re looking at the second half of the book of Judges ~ the second of the Historical Books. The prayer focus for the Grammar levels covers India and Hinduism. For Dialectic and Rhetoric students (middle school and high school), the prayer focus is Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia.
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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.
Why Bible Road Trip?
It was in the midst of a terrible time in my life that I first read the Bible cover to cover. I spent 88 days reading roughly 12 pages a day. It changed my understanding of who God is, and what His plan for humanity is.
It wasn’t that I hadn’t studied the Bible before–I had. I had done those Bible studies that start with a point and then rocket you to verses all over the Bible to prove the point. I had read snippets of the Bible, whole books, and I had even studied sections in order. I had read the Bible–all of it–as a disjointed conglomeration of happenings and thoughts.
It wasn’t until I read the Bible from beginning to end that I really got it. I really understood God’s story.
I was excited. So excited that I started a 90 Day Bible Challenge on facebook (it’s still there with a reading schedule under the info tab). Every summer, I read through the entire Bible, taking in the stories, the prophecies and the truth.
Soon, it wasn’t enough to just read the Bible cover to cover. I wanted to really study each book. I wanted to understand all that I could. I was excited about this ancient manuscript that holds the answers to life. It holds meaning. It points me to Jesus–the whole way through.
I wanted more than to intimately to know God’s Word.
I wanted my kids to know it too.
But, I couldn’t find a curriculum that had my children actually studying the Bible and reading it, too. Really reading it–not just snippets. I found curriculums that taught theology, doctrine and worldview. I found synopsis of the Bible. I found a curriculum with study questions for each verse, but nothing to guide the children into the history of the writers and the books.
Where, though, were the Bible curriculums that would teach my boys about Judges–who wrote it, when, why, what the major themes were, and what it all means–then walked them through reading it? Where were the multi-media curriculums that still used the Bible along with their teaching?
I couldn’t find what I wanted. I know I’m picky. But the Bible is important to me. Teaching it to my kids is the main focus of my parenting, and I can’t think of anything more important than having my children understand the whole of Scripture. We plan to do Bible Road Trip over and over until our kids leave home–that should give them 3 times through the Bible at deepening levels.
That’s my reason for writing Bible Road Trip. It has turned out to be much more consuming than I had anticipated. I do a lot of research each week just to ensure my study questions aren’t completely off-base, and that the intro page is accurate. That research has been a gift to me, as it has driven me deeper into the Word. I am growing, and I’m so pleased to experience the same with my boys. Watching them dive into God’s Word each week has been so exciting. I can’t think of a better way to spend my time.
Year One Week Fifteen ~ Judges ~ Part Two
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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.