What’s Bible Road Trip, you ask? I’ll tell you!
Bible Road Trip is a three-year Bible survey curriculum for preschool to high school with notebooking journals at three different levels, from grades 1-9. The curriculum and journals are free for subscribers to download on a weekly basis (find indexes at The Everything Page, or by going directly to http://BibleRoadTrip.org). Don’t want download all those weeks individually? No problem! For the low price of $20 per full-year curriculum or notebooking journal (by level), you can purchase full-year PDF downloads. These can be stored on your computer or printed. The full-year downloads have a family license, so you can print as many journals as you need to for *your* family.….
OK. Back to the Bible Road Trip Suggested Schedules. These schedules include every activity for each level. Remember, your family may not choose to do every activity. Also, the time spent on each activity may vary a little by family and by week. For example, the reading for the Preschool/Kindergarten level of Leviticus is not heavy, but there are a lot of stories to read in Genesis ~ Part One. I gave your family (at the Lower Grammar to Dialectic levels) ten minutes per chapter of Bible reading, however, we find that it takes us between five and eight minutes on average. I like to build extra time in for discussions that may last longer. (Sometimes we’ve had discussions that have carried into other parts of the day!)
Remember that Bible Road Trip is highly customizable. These are available to give you a visual representation of how much time each item requires and to help you schedule your week.
If you do choose to include every activity, you will probably want to take into account that children will not just be studying Bible. You can use Bible Road Trip to contribute to: copywork, writing, art, and geography. Also, your movie time can be outside school hours as a fun family event–just pop a little popcorn and make some hot chocolate. (That just seems wrong to suggest when it’s 100 degrees in my house!)
I hope that the schedule for multiple grades will help you understand how you can work all levels of your homeschool into Bible Road Trip on a daily basis. Your preschoolers and kindergarteners will have some free time in this multi-level schedule (but my littles really appreciate having time to build, run and play!), and your Dialectic and Rhetoric students will have some independent work. I do suggest reading Scripture aloud together, as the Bible can be challenging. Your students will benefit from your help in reading and processing the Word.
Rhetoric students can be assigned independent reading for the chapters above and beyond the group reading. They may wish to do that work as “homework” the evening before your group reading so that they can help lead and participate in the discussion. Grades 10-12 are a great time to begin to practice leadership under your guidance. In fact, teaching a class is a part of the Rhetoric level “Crafting Through the Word!” (Alternately, high school students can blog or vlog about something they’ve learned about each week.)
I hope these are helpful. If, after review, you have questions please feel free to return to this post with a comment. I’ll do my best to answer them all.
Bible Road Trip Year Three Week One is scheduled to post next week. If you’re waiting for Year Three, here we go. This will be the last leg of the trip before we get to do it all again. I am so humbled and grateful to be able to be a small part of your family’s study of God’s Word. Thanks for being faithful to disciple your families for Christ, friends. You are in my prayers and the personal emails you send me about God’s Word invading your families and lives just move me to tears. Soli Deo Gloria.
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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.