I have several young children, all under the age of five. Are they too young for me to be able to use this curriculum?
We have seven children, ages 15 down to baby. My older and younger children definitely learn and remember differently as we read through the Bible daily, but they are all learning. Even my 3-year-old has learned to say some of the memory verses and books of the Bible. We have been reading like this for several years now, and I would say that it is possibly never too young to start.
When my children were preschoolers, before we had written or used our own Bible curriculum, we used Kenneth Taylor’s The Bible in Pictures for Little Eyes and Right Choices. One year we read through Egermeier’s Bible Story Book. For memory verses, we would learn one verse for each letter of the alphabet (while learning the letter sounds at the same time). The ones we used are listed here:
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If you combined one of the Bible story books listed above with the coloring pages from Calvary Chapel plus simpler Bible memory verses, you’d have a great Bible “curriculum” until your little ones were just a touch older. Maybe a year or two?
How many lessons are included?
Each level of our Bible curriculum includes an entire year’s worth of lesson plans. That means 36 weeks of lesson plans, for a total of 180 days.
How is the Bible studied chronologically? Is it arranged in the order that it happened in history?
We study the Bible chronologically, especially in the Old Testament, in the order that it happened in history. However, it’s done loosely. We went basically in order of the books of the Bible until the kings of Israel, when we jumped around in Kings and Chronicles. The prophecies of Christ the Messiah come before the books of Esther, Ezra, and Nehemiah. Oh, and Job was studied between Genesis and Exodus. So it’s a very loose arrangement.
In the New Testament, each Gospel is read one at a time, so that the gospel stories are presented four times over the year, with the year ending in Acts. The third year, we look at the Epistles one at a time, with many references back to Acts for context.
Will we read ALL of the Bible together over the three-year period?
When reading aloud, only the story sections of the Old Testament are read. Some chapters are skipped over, and only selected portions of the poetry and prophecy books are read aloud. Schedules are provided for older children to read individually straight through the entire Old Testament, in the order it is presented in the Bible. The entire New Testament is read aloud.
Do coloring pages and worksheets come with the curriculum?
No, we simply schedule coloring pages that are produced by a ministry based in California. Coloring pages mentioned in the curriculum are available online and must be printed yourself.
NOTE: The website for the coloring pages scheduled in the curriculum is currently being by Calvary Chapel. Please update your links to this new address: https://calvarycurriculum.com/childrens-curriculum-original/ (March 14, 2016). We expect that further updates will be announced soon, so check back here if you have trouble.
Are activities and discussion questions scheduled for every day of the curriculum?
No. Toward the beginning of each year, you’ll find many more suggestions for discussion and activities than you will toward the end of each year. Why is this? We are wanting to teach you as a mother how to direct the conversation to fit the needs of your unique family. We feel that the Holy Spirit will be your teacher and bring things to mind that you should discuss or study further. We advise you to write ideas down in your book so that you’ll remember them in future years.
Do you have a doctrinal statement?
Many people have asked what denomination we represent or what our doctrinal beliefs are. Our family is Torah observant, and we attend a Messianic Jewish congregation that meets on the sabbath. Our goal is to be faithful to God’s Word as inspired Scripture and applicable to our lives.
However, since our Bible curriculum is simply a chronological reading of the Old and New Testaments over three years, we encourage you to read and study through the Bible with your children no matter what your doctrinal views. We hope that, no matter our personal denominations, we are all faithful to the Bible and to the words we read there, even if they challenge our views. If an occasional study question differs with your family’s views, we encourage you to study the passage of Scripture being discussed and to use it as a teaching opportunity for your children.
What version of the Bible is used in this curriculum?
We have based the curriculum on the King James Version of the Bible, although you are free to use a different version if you prefer. Memory verses are all from the KJV. The Calvary Chapel worksheets use the NKJV.
Does the curriculum come with maps?
No. We use maps freely available online (see optional materials), and we often ask the students to make their own maps based on these online sources.
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