What is Bible Road Trip?
Bible Road Trip is a three-year Bible survey curriculum for preschool to high school. The curriculum is written for five different levels of study, to allow you to custom tailor the program to your children. The curriculum is organized as a unit study, with each year covering specific books of the Bible. Each week covers a book or a part of a book.
The grade levels are as follows:
- Preschool and Kindergarten
- Grades 1-3 (Lower Grammar)
- Grades 4-6 (Upper Grammar)
- Grades 7-9 (Dialectic)
- Grades 10-12 (Rhetoric)
Each grade level is divided into sections, and you can move children up or down a level in any given section as needed. Also, the Rhetoric level is an excellent choice for parents who would like to study alongside their students.
How is Bible Road Trip used?
Bible Road Trip is written at five levels to allow families or classrooms to study the same material at the same time. This can be arranged either with students together for Bible reading with separate assignments for older students, or you can study separately at separate levels and meet together for discussion. The design also allows for customization within schools and churches (please contact me for a classroom license).
How do I schedule Bible Road Trip?
There are a number of sections of Bible Road Trip for each level. Each week has an overview for the parent explaining the book or section of the book covered.
For each level (with a few exceptions at the Preschool and Kindergarten level), you will find the following sections:
- Researching the Word
- Reading the Word
- Memorizing the Word
- Notebooking about the Word
- Praying about the Word
- Learning More about the Word
- Crafting Through the Word
For more information on the sections and how they work, please download the free Bible Road Trip Parent / Teacher Guide. The guide is comprehensive, and should not be skipped. If you choose to purchase the full-year Bible Road Trip Curriculum PDFs, the Guide is included.
Once you understand the different weekly sections, you’ll want to download the Printable Bible Road Trip Suggested Schedules. These schedules are also included in the full-year PDFs, if you choose to purchase them. Each level has a printable schedule, and there is a schedule for multiple levels as well. I’ve tried to provide ample time for each section.
It’s important to remember that you may not wish to do every section of Bible Road Trip. If you do, be sure to note the skills being learned in that section, and give your children a break in some of their other curriculum. If your kids are notebooking their way through the Bible, you may wish to assess how much writing they are doing in other areas to make sure your expectations are reasonable.
Why are there additional resources suggested for the curriculum?
Children going through Bible Road Trip will be reading and discussing the Bible. That’s the most important part of the program. In fact, that’s one of the most important things we can do with our kids.
However, there are excellent resources available about the Bible, biblical archaeology, and even biblical fiction (which is suggested for the Upper Grammar level). Bible Road Trip makes use of these excellent resources from reputable sources and scholars, broadening and enriching students’ understanding of God’s Word.
How do I know which resources to use?
I am asked frequently what resources parents must use with Bible Road Trip. You need the curriculum, and a Bible. I highly suggest utilizing a good study Bible–we prefer the ESV Study Bible. I think it’s a good idea for each child to have their own Bible so they read along or study on their own. Everything else is optional, though I highly recommend the resources for Researching the Word, particularly for the Dialectic and Rhetoric levels.
I’ve compiled visual lists (with links) of the Bible Road Trip resources for you by level of study:
- Bible Road Trip Resource List for Preschool to Kindergarten
- Bible Road Trip Resource List for Lower Grammar (Grades 1-3)
- Bible Road Trip Resource List for Upper Grammar (Grades 4-6)
- Bible Road Trip Resource List for Dialectic (Grades 7-9)
- Bible Road Trip Resource List for Rhetoric (Grades 10-12)
How is the Curriculum presented?
Full Year PDFs of the Bible Road Trip Curriculum contain a Table of Contents, the Parent / Teacher Guide, Suggested Schedules, and 32 weeks of curriculum. Each week has a parent overview, followed by instruction schedules for each level.
Subscribers to the Thinking Kids site may download the Parent / Teacher Guide, Suggested Schedules, and each week of the curriculum separately. You may find indexes to every week of the curriculum and all of the downloads at the Bible Road Trip Everything Page. This page is accessible under the Bible Road Trip tab under the header on the Thinking Kids site, or you may access it directly using the URL http://BibleRoadTrip.org.
What does each year of Bible Road Trip cover?
- Year One of Bible Road Trip covers the books of Law and History, from Genesis to Esther.
- Year Two of Bible Road Trip covers the books of Poetry and Prophecy, from Job to Malachi.
- Year Three of Bible Road Trip covers the books of the New Testament, from Matthew to Revelation.
How does Bible Road Trip approach Scripture? Are you really a Christian?
I think questions about my perspective and the perspective of Bible Road Trip are completely fair. I hold to the truth testified to by the Bible that Scripture is the inerrant, infallible, inspired Word of God.
The curriculum is written from an orthodox, Protestant viewpoint. That’s orthodox with a small “o”, as in conforming to the creeds and beliefs of the early Church. You can find my statement of faith here. I hold to a Reformed view of theology. However, Bible Road Trip is written as a survey of the Bible with an emphasis on God’s sovereignty, His plan for salvation, Christ’s presence throughout Scripture, and mankind’s relationship with God. There are areas of Scripture that respectable theologians throughout history have not agreed upon. (Eschatology, for instance.) I clearly identify those areas in the discussion questions and introduction for each week and leave room for parental teaching. My goal isn’t to convince your children that Daniel is only to be interpreted one way. My goal is to point to the Scriptural truth that Christ is risen, He is returning, and we need to prepare. In areas where the interpretation of Scripture in the last 200 years has veered from the interpretation of Scripture for the first 1800 (or more, in the case of the Old Testament) years of Church history, I chose to write from the historical perspective. The resources used for Bible Road Trip are in line with my statement of faith and with the orthodox, historical, Protestant perspective.
What is a Notebooking Journal?
A notebooking journal is a way for students to record their thoughts, narrate the information they’ve learned, reinforce important facts and ideas, and to illustrate their work. Notebooking journals are often open-ended, with much freedom given to record thoughts.
Bible Road Trip notebooking journals allow students to narrate what they’ve learned in a written and artistic manner. The journals are presented at three different levels, from grades 1-9, with additional writing space in each level. You can absolutely use the Dialectic (grades 7-9) Notebooking Journals for the Rhetoric level (grades 10-12). In fact, I’ve heard from a number of adults who are doing the Rhetoric level program and using the Dialectic journals for their own Bible study. However, by high school, students may wish to take additional notes or structure their notes to their own preferences. You can choose either option for your high school students.
- For more information on notebooking, check out NotebookingPages.com. Debra gives an excellent explanation.
What skills does notebooking develop?
Notebooking provides the opportunity to develop skills in the areas of handwriting, written narration, reading comprehension, pre-writing ~ notetaking and organization, reading comprehension, and research.
Is Bible Road Trip free or for sale?
Bible Road Trip is free to download weekly for subscribers. Anyone can download the first five weeks of each year of curriculum and notebooking pages and take a look. There are indexes available at the Bible Road Trip Everything Page.
For $20 each year’s curriculum or individual notebooking journal, you may purchase full-year PDFs . These are convenient, can be stored on your computer or tablet, and can be printed all at once. I understand that printing the weekly curriculum and notebooking pages can be time-consuming and overwhelming, so the full-year PDFs are a great option. The curriculum PDFs are also page-numbered with a table of contents. The PDFs come with a family / household license, meaning you can purchase a curriculum or journal once and print as many times as you need for your personal family. For classrooms of 25 children or less, a license is available per classroom per year for $40. For all other uses, you may arrange licensing by contacting me at Danika@danikacooley.com.
Why are the curriculum and notebooking journals separate?
I’m often asked why all of the notebooking journals are not included in the purchase of the $20 year-plan curriculum. Friends, the full-year curriculum PDFs range from 480 to 600 pages. The different notebooking journals are anywhere from 235 to 375 pages of material. They are separate resources and must be purchased separately. Alternately, subscribers may download the weekly units as desired.
Can I see the curriculum and notebooking pages before I purchase them?
Yes. You can download the first five weeks of each year’s curriculum and notebooking journals for free, without subscribing. You’ll find them by accessing the indexes available at The Bible Road Trip Everything Page.
I don’t want to print every week individually. Where do I buy Bible Road Trip?
You’ll find everything organized by Year at The Bible Road Trip Store.
I’m really motivated by budget. How can I get Bible Road Trip for free?
Just sign up as a subscriber, access the year/book indexes at The Bible Road Trip Everything Page and download what you’d like! Your login information will be emailed to you once you register. If you don’t see it within a few minutes, don’t forget to check your spam folder.
How should I store and use Bible Road Trip?
Some people store the Bible Road Trip curriculum on their computer or tablet and access it digitally each day as they teach. I’m pretty hands-on, so I printed each year’s curriculum duplexed (double-sided) on regular paper, 3-hole punched it and stored it in a 2 inch binder. The curriculum is too big to have an office store spiral bind (even double-sided), but you could always have them divided it into two semesters and bind it that way. Don’t forget to print an extra cover if you choose that route.
My suggestion for the notebooking journals is to print the pages double-sided (duplexed) with the turn on the long side. I like to print in full-color on “Best Quality” to allow my students to fully appreciate the fine art. My middle school children enjoy writing in pen, and to allow for double-sided full-color printing with pen as the writing implement, I prefer to print on cardstock. This prevents much bleed-through from the other side. My favorite cardstock for laser printing is this one: Neenah Premium Cardstock, 96 Brightness, 65 lb, Letter, Bright White, 250 Sheets per Pack (91904). I really like the smooth finish of the cardstock and the way it holds the ink. I like to take my copies to the local copy center (FedEx for me) and have them spiral-bound with a clear plastic front and hard plastic back. For this, my cost is generally around $6 a journal. I appreciate the solid quality of the bound notebook, it’s easy to open and write on, and compact for storage. The journals printed and bound in this manner take on a permanent, heirloom quality. For the Year Three Dialectic level journals, I had to split the journals in half and bind them by semester (they’re pretty thick). That said, you can always print the notebooking pages single-sided, 3-hole punch them and put them into a regular 3-hole binder.
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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.