Monday, September 9, 2013

The Bible and Youth in Scripture

How is your *school year* going so far? 

We are easing into the notebook work here at our household.

My little Dreamer is now beginning the First Grade Noah Plan Curriculum. I'm teaching Song Bird from the Noah Plan Curriculum Fourth Grade Overviews. Explorer is diving into Third Grade Noah Plan Curriculum lessons. I'm weaving the Noah Plan Curriculum Overviews for Seventh Grade and Eighth Grade together for Scientist and Artsy Girl. Whew! 

Sound overwhelming? Rest assured that it isn't. 

This year, I'm going to try a different approach with blogging about our year. My goal is to show you the bigger picture how this flows in our family with so many varied *grades*.

For example, with Bible lessons, Dreamer, Explorer and Song Bird are all studying about the Immediacy of Christ. The First Grade Curriculum, The Third Grade Curriculum and the Walking With Jesus Curriculum all touch on this right now. So, it's simple to teach all three of them together... yet have them do notebook pages at their individual levels of learning.

Dreamer's Week 1, Quarter 1 Bible Lesson

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In Dreamer's first grade lesson, the main theme is that the Bible is Yahweh's inspired written word. We went through the lesson content (the everlasting presence & power of Yahweh; the immediacy of Yeshua (Jesus); the origin of the Bible; the purpose of the Bible; the divisions of the Bible).

2 Timothy 3:16 says that "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,"

That word, all, grabs me! We reasoned from Scripture that all would be both the Old Testament and the New Testament. We have been learning how the Old Testament is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.

Woah! Let us reason from Scripture... The Old Testament is profitable for doctrine? The Old Testament is profitable for reproofing us and correcting us? The Old Testament is profitable for instruction in righteousness. How exciting to be learning what this may mean!!!

Explorer and Song Bird's Week 1, Quarter 1 Bible Lesson

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I chose to have Explorer and Song Bird work on a notebook page from the Walking With Jesus curriculum on how to study the word vs. having Explorer do the first lesson in the third grade curriculum (just because that is how I was feeling lead for the first week). It can be flexible like that!

Artsy Girl and Scientist's Week 1, Quarter 1 Bible Lesson

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Admittedly, this is the first year which I am forming lessons off of the Noah Plan Curriculum Overviews! Now that I'm doing it, I wonder why I was so intimidated by them in the first place! Ha! I just chose which Bible verses I wanted them to study and on which day. I developed the notebook pages to coincide with that. I feel led to have them study certain words from those Bible verses from Webster's 1828 Dictionary as well as a Lexicon.

The combination of Webster's 1828 Dictionary and a Lexicon is actually a nice team for helping us to understand Scripture more clearly. We also remember to take into account the context of the passages (who are the characters, what is the setting, what is the plot, what is the theme?).

I was really impressed that Scientist caught on from his study that the Youth in Scripture actually learned from the Torah (the Old Testament)... the instructions for life found in there.

Since Artsy Girl is studying at the seventh grade level and Scientist is studying at the eighth grade level, they are doing more independent studies. The notebook pages include instructions on them to help guide them along.

Okay, this about sums up our first week in Bible this year. 

Looking forward to tomorrow's post!


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