The Judah Bible Curriculum {TOS #homeschool review}

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The Judah Bible Curriculum is an online curriculum that promotes Biblical literacy.

From the website:

The Judah Bible Curriculum is a “Principle Approach” Bible curriculum whose distinctives are the following:

The BIBLE is the textbook. The student studies and learns the Bible.
The student learns God’s purpose in history, studying the hand of God in the lives of men and nations through the Bible.
The student develops his reasoning ability, helping him to apply Biblical principles personally.
The curriculum helps you shift from rote learning to Biblical reasoning.
The student learns the relationship between the sovereignty of God and the personal responsibility of the individual.
The student learns the relationship between individual character and national liberty.

The curriculum includes 2 e-books and 8 audio lectures and is set up to train the teacher how to read and understand the Bible and extract key points and set up a timeline.

For the purpose of this curriculum, the Bible is split into 5 major themes:

  1. Creation
  2. The Plan of Redemption Begins
  3. The Kingdom of Israel
  4. The Kingdom of God
  5. The Early Church

For each theme, the Bible is further broken down into:

  • key individuals
  • key events
  • key institutions
  • key documents. 

Each of these keys is broken down further in order to identify:

  • the hand of God
  • the character of God
  • the place of that individual, event, institution or document in His purpose for history.

Both the teacher and the students are meant to keep a notebook  that they build on as they work through the week-long lessons.  Blank sheets for writing out the key elements are available on the website as well as sample sheets filled in for you to get an idea of how to fill out your own.

By studying the Bible in this manner, both the teacher and the student are given the resources necessary to strengthen their internal government (wherein we allow our thoughts and our actions to be ruled by Christ in our hearts) – the ultimate character training!.

I struggled with using this for a number of reasons.   At first, I just didn’t know how to get started after I downloaded everything and listened to the first audio ~ that is, until I perused the website some more, and found the big old tab that very clearly says “Teacher Walkthrough”.

Next, I tried reading the story of Creation from MY Bible…..neither my 6-year-old or 3-year-old were terribly captivated by the New Living Translation.  I realized that I could just as easily use some of their Children’s Bibles, and I felt less pressure to try to get them to sit for Bible time.  (They LOVE Bible time when I read to them from their Bibles!)

Another reason that I struggled is because of how teacher-intensive this program is.  Admittedly, I’ve been slacking on my Bible time, and unless I’m reading my One-Year Bible, I feel like I never know just where to start…..this is such a fantastic way for me to read and study the Bible though, and it will ensure that I don’t just go through the motions of reading the words!

At this point, notebooking is a little bit of a challenge for us, but as the curriculum suggests for the younger age groups, you lead the child by asking the probing questions, and you write the answers down for them, or you let them do art projects that illustrate the key ideas.

One thing that I love about this is that it is NOT a one-year curriculum – you continue to cycle through the different parts of the Bible as illustrated in the scope and sequence.

I will continue to work at this, because it truly is a powerful way to learn and study the Bible!

You can purchase a hard copy of this curriculum from JudahBible.com for  $69.00, plus 5.00 shipping.  (Total $74.00)

A downloadable copy of this curriculum is available for $44.00.

You will receive:

  • Judah Bible Curriculum K-12 Manual or e-book
  • Elementary Notebook Ideas Booklet, download or view online
  • Eight-lecture Teacher Training Seminars on CD, download or listen online

Disclaimer: I received a downloadable copy of this curriculum in exchange for my honest review as part of The Old Schoolhouse Review Crew.  All thoughts and opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received.

To read what other Crew members thought of this curriculum, please go here.

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