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Jesus Calling for Little Ones

Three Favorite Family Bible Study Items

We’ve been testing out a few options for family Bible study to see what works for our kids as unique learners and us as a family. I’ve loved many resources we’ve been able to review or come across over the years. Some we’re saving for when the kids are older. But here are three we’re using right now and absolutely love:

1. GrapeVine Studies – We love the simplicity and interactive components of GrapeVine Bible studies! We’ve particularly used the traceable formats for our preschoolers, and they’re wonderful for young kids working on fine motor skills. The lessons are short enough for young attention spans, and also work well to spread a unit out over several weeks (with two or three days per week). I’ve reviewed some of the GrapeVine traceables studies on my blog in the past and included ways we adapt the lessons for our child with special needs. GrapeVine also offers studies for older students and multi-level studies for families to complete together.

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2. Jesus Storybook Bible – I know I’ve mentioned this one quite a bit, but it’s just so wonderful. The poetic, yet age-appropriate and energetic, way Sally Lloyd-Jones writes this Bible offers a wonderful read aloud. Plus, every story, no matter whether it’s Old Testament or New Testament, focuses on God’s love and telling that story of love through His people and through Christ.

Jesus Storybook Bible

3. Jesus Calling for Little Ones – My daughter is in love with this book. I enjoyed the original version of Jesus Calling for adults and this board book version for young kids picks out some wonderful statements and verses. Each page spread has a sweet and colorful illustration, one focus verse, and 4-5 sentences in the trademark Jesus Calling style of God speaking to the reader.

For example of the style, one page reads: “If you look to the heavens, I am there. If you look to the bottom of the ocean, I am there. I am everywhere! You can be sure I am always with you.”

Jesus Calling for Little Ones

With a good mix of Old Testament and New Testament verses, this little book covers several themes: trusting through fear, prayer, gratitude, trusting God’s plans, joy, forgiveness, worry, God’s presence, and more. There are thirteen total spreads/stanzas.

My daughter loves reading each stanza aloud and talking about the illustrations. My favorite aspect of this format is that one page spread has just enough to allow preschoolers to hear the heart behind a verse and allows us to discuss it as a family and what it means in our daily lives. This board book is great for around ages 1-6, and for older siblings to read and “teach” to younger siblings.

Upcoming: In the next year, I’m very excited to try out the K-3 version of the PictureSmart Bible. I’ve read many good things about this program and was able to check it out in person at our homeschool convention this year, and I think it’ll be wonderful to combine a new tactile component with book overviews!

What are your family’s current favorite Bible study resources? Have you used one of the above resources? Share your experiences in the comments!

Disclosure: I received a free copy of Jesus Calling for Little Ones from the publisher as a part of the BookLook blogger program in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Grapevine Studies Sale!

I don’t normally write single posts just on sales, but if you’ve read our reviews of Grapevine Studies before, you know we love them.

Grapevine offers numerous biblical studies for kids of all ages, including “traceables” for preschoolers. Plus, I’ve talked about here how we’ve modified these studies to use with a child with special needs.

These studies allow kids to learn about the events and books of the Bible with multi-sensory activities (visual, tactile, and auditory) to better understand and retain what they’re learning. Each study includes great discussion questions to use together as a family.

Today, Grapevine is having their biggest sale of the year!

Student books and e-books are 50% off!

Grapevine Studies 50% off sale!

If you’re interested in learning more, now would be a great time to try out a study or two. The sale ends TODAY (February 7th), so take a look at their site. We highly recommend the Traceables if you have preschoolers.

If you have any questions about Grapevine Studies, ask in the comments! I’ll answer what I can and find out the answers to what I don’t know.

Disclosure: Note that I am an affiliate for Grapevine Studies. That means, if you click on the Grapevine links above and then order one of their products, I receive a small commission without affecting your original cost. Thank you for supporting this blog and our family!

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Grapevine Studies Birth of Jesus Traceables {Review and Giveaway!}

(Disclosure: I received a free copy of the teacher and student handbooks for the Birth of Jesus Traceables study from Grapevine Studies in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. Affiliate links are present. Thank you for supporting this site!)

If you haven’t heard of them yet, Grapevines Studies aims to provide Scripture-focused Bible study combined with the tactile component of drawing stick figures to aid in memorization and understanding.

Grapevine recently began offering “Traceables” versions of many of their studies so the younger crowd can join in!

I had the opportunity to review their New Testament overview study last September, and my son still loves to look at his pages from that study.

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Grapevine Study Format

Within their numerous studies, each study focuses on a time period, a section of the Bible, or a person. Each lesson of the Beginner and Traceable levels looks at three or four small sections of Scripture (usually 2-4 verses each section) with a stick figure drawing to illustrate each one. The lessons then end with 4-6 review questions and a memory verse.

See sample lessons of all the levels offered here.

The “Birth of Jesus” study includes 7 lessons, plus a final review section. The Traceables studies are aimed for ages 3-5. They can be completed on their own, or your preschooler can join with older siblings and trace while they draw.

Our Schedule

Like I explained last time, we read from one of the children’s Bibles each day, and we aim for two (or at least one) Grapevine lessons each week. We review the lessons in between (and also because my son asks to look at them!), which helps my son with special needs, who particularly loves to reread and review materials.

How We Modify Grapevine Studies to Accommodate Special Needs

In my last review, I explain in detail how we modify the review questions and memory verses since my son has a severe expressive speech delay (among various other special needs). In that post, I also explain how I scaffold my help for the fine motor aspects of tracing and how we used some of the materials to create sequencing cards. Be sure to read that post if any of those suggestions would help you!

We still use those modifications when talking over the stories and characters. (My son is particularly fond of the “angel,” “Mary,” and “baby Jesus.”)

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Because of our increased focus on pretend play and creative play, I also tried a new method this time.

Stick Figure Stick Puppets!

I printed the images from the teacher’s handbook, and cut out each scene/character. I then taped each one on a wooden popsicle/craft stick and wrote “Lesson 1–1” for the first image, “Lesson 1-2” for the second image, etc. on the back of each craft stick so I could easily distinguish the correct order.

When we sat down for a lesson, we read the Bible verse(s) first, traced the image, then I pulled out the appropriate stick puppets. I modeled and helped my son pretend to play out each character and event. Since my son can’t talk clearly, he couldn’t repeat the main “dialogue,” but he did babble while he moved the characters around. He faced them to talk to each other, pointed them at their counterparts on the paper, and turned to show them to his sister, too.

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We can also practice sequencing skills with these stick puppets. Most of the time, I give him clues to find the appropriate scene and he places each stick in the right order. In essence, it becomes a listening game and review activity combined.

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Grapevine "Birth of Jesus" Traceables Review and Giveaway! {plus modifications for special needs} - undergodsmightyhand.com

We’ll keep using these stick puppets to help with both pretend play skills and reviewing the Bible study material itself! (I suggest laminating the paper before you tape it to the craft sticks for better durability, if you can.)

I wish I could figure out how to help him really understand what he’s reading, but that will hopefully come later. For now, he’s learning the characters, some of the events, and that God loves. Plus, he gets excited when I pull the Grapevine papers off the shelf. That’s a big bonus!

Interested in Grapevine Studies? See tips on where to start here. See frequently asked questions about the studies here.

You can download a free e-lesson in November here!

A Grapevine Giveaway!

Grapevine Studies is offering one copy of the Birth of Jesus Traceables (for ages 3-5) student handbook and teacher handbook to one of you! Enter this giveaway through the Rafflecopter widget below.

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Terms of giveaway: This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end at the end of the day (EDT) November 18, 2013. All entrants must be 18 years old or older. Enter through the Rafflecopter widget above. Incomplete entries will be deleted. Once a winner is selected, I will contact them via email. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, I will select another winner.

Don’t want to wait until the giveaway is over to purchase a study? Grapevine is offering a coupon code valid through November! Enter the code “NovNews” at checkout for15% off any item not already on sale. Click here to visit the Grapevine Studies store.

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What are you and your family currently studying in the Bible? Which Grapevine course looks most useful to you right now? Have you used the Traceables with your preschooler(s) yet?

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Grapevine Studies New Testament Overview Part 1 Traceables - Review and Giveaway at Under God's Mighty Hand {Giveaway is open through 9/8/2013}

Review and Giveaway of Grapevine Studies

(Disclosure: I received a free copy of the teacher and student handbooks for The New Testament Overview Traceables from Grapevine Studies in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. Affiliate links are present. Thank you for supporting this site!)

When you have young kids, how do you help them really learn the Bible? We’ve read to our children since they were born, and we’ve prayed with them at meals before they could say “amen.” But, how do you help young children begin to build that solid foundation of what real faith is?

I’ve read about Grapevine Studies for nearly two years now, and I’ve held it in my mind to try as soon as my kids were old enough. I then had the opportunity to meet Dianna at Grapevine Studies at the 2:1 Conference last April. Knowing most of the reviews I had read previously mentioned the studies being geared towards 5 years old and up, I chanced asking Dianna if they offered any studies for preschoolers.

Grapevine relatively recently began offering Grapevine Studies Traceables! These studies cover similar material to the beginner level studies, but with traceable stick figure images. When the opportunity arose to review a Traceable study, I jumped at it!

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What is Grapevine Studies?

If you haven’t heard of them yet, Grapevines Studies aims to provide Scripture-focused Bible study combined with the tactile component of drawing stick figures to aid in memorization and understanding.

They offer numerous studies, and each study focuses on a time period, a section of the Bible, or a person. Each lesson of the Beginner and Traceable levels looks at three or four small sections of Scripture (2-4 verses each section) with a stick figure drawing to illustrate each one. The lessons then end with 4-6 review questions and a memory verse.

The New Testament Overview (which we reviewed) has a section review halfway through the curriculum with more questions and 10 lessons total. They recommend using a whiteboard to draw the stick figures as a model for your kids. We had a MagnaDoodle handy, so we used that instead of the whiteboard.

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See sample lessons of all the levels offered here.

How We Modified Grapevine Studies for Special Needs

My oldest preschooler has multiple special needs, including a severe expressive speech delay (he uses sign language) and minor delays in all other developmental areas. The New Testament Overview was the perfect place for us to start since he’s extremely fascinated with “baby Jesus” right now.

I love that each lesson uses Scripture as the reading text and pinpoints verses to focus on so as not to overwhelm preschoolers with too much information at once.

Our Schedule

We aim to read from the kids’ Bible everyday. Grapevine Studies allows us to continue using whatever Bible we choose, but focuses and reinforces our learning.

We currently aim to read two lessons a week from Grapevine Studies and review those lessons on the day(s) in between. Due to the nature of my son’s special needs, repeating and reviewing material helps him immensely.

Review Questions

Because my son can’t talk, I needed to simplify the review questions. For example, in Lesson 2, I asked my son, “What did the angel tell Mary?” and he would respond “baby Jesus” meaning that the angel told Mary she was going to have baby Jesus. Some of the review questions are above my son’s currently capacity for understanding, so I replaced some questions with simpler ones. A few examples:

I would ask: “What does an angel do?”
His response (in sign language): “angel help God”

I would ask: “What does a shepherd do?”
His response (in sign): “farmer sheep”

I would ask: “What do the shepherds tell others after they meet Jesus?”
His response (in sign): “Thank you God” (to signify that they praise God)

Even those some of our modifications were simpler, these questions help him practice expressing his recalled memories.

Drawing

My son doesn’t draw or write like most kids his age, but we’ve amped up some prewriting activities, and he’s making progress! These traceables add motivation for him to practice more.

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I don’t harp on quality as much yet, but instead focus on effort. I helped with hand-over-hand modeling early on, then he tried tracing more on his own.

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When he attempts to draw a circle for the person’s head, I get excited with him. When he draws lines straight down for the body and legs, he’s getting the right idea. Small steps lead to big progress!

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The littlest even got in on the tracing action some. :-)

Sequencing

My son is working on the concept of sequencing, so I modified our review of each Grapevine lesson to incorporate sequencing.

I printed out the lesson pages from the teacher’s handbook. Then, I cut out the stick figure picture and pasted it on one side of an index card. On the other side, I pasted the teacher’s handbook notes for that particular part of the lesson. The front side with the picture acts as a piece of a sequence, and the teacher’s notes are now easily available for me to look over.

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After we review a lesson together through rereading and retelling, I pull out these sequencing cards and ask my son to order the three or four pictures into the sequence we read in the Bible. I’ll be honest: this skill is still difficult for my son, but more practice leads to better understanding, and he’s already shown progress here, too. I give him the opportunity to try sequencing the cards on his own first, then I offer verbal cues if needed. If he’s still struggling, I have him focus on just two cards and either “retell” the story to me, or tell me which came first.

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Scripture Memory

I love that these studies include memory verses for each lesson. We’re working to memorize about one verse a month for my son, and I have to simplify verses since he signs them, but Grapevine’s memory verses help pinpoint some good ones.

An example of our simplification:

The memory verse for Lesson 1 is Luke 1:63, which reads: He asked for a writing tablet, and to everyone’s astonishment he wrote, ‘His name is John.’”

We have to simplify this to: “His name is John,” which my son can sign.

Renewing

Just like we need renewing in our hearts and minds to hold to His truths, helping my children review and renew Scripture aids in using strong bricks for a sturdy foundation. My son has enjoyed Grapevine Studies so much, he pulls the papers down from the shelf on his own during the day and spreads them all out in a semicircle around him, pointing and babbling about each one, signing “angel, God, baby Jesus, thank you” as he goes.

Grapevine Studies Traceables Review and Giveaway via Under God's Mighty Hand

Grapevine Studies Traceables Review and Giveaway via Under God's Mighty Hand

Interested in Grapevine Studies? See tips on where to start here. See frequently asked questions about the studies here.

A Giveaway!

Grapevine Studies New Testament Overview Part 1 Traceables - Review and Giveaway at Under God's Mighty Hand Grapevine Studies is offering one copy of the New Testament Overview Part 1 Traceables (for ages 3-5) student handbook and teacher handbook to one of you! (Side note: Their customer service and response is fantastic! That’s totally my opinion and my initiative to say so.) Enter this giveaway through the Rafflecopter widget below.

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Terms of giveaway: This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end at the end of the day (EDT) September 8, 2013. All entrants must be 18 years old or older. Enter through the Rafflecopter widget above. Incomplete entries will be deleted. Once a winner is selected, I will contact them via email. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, I will select another winner.

Don’t want to wait until the giveaway is over to purchase a study? Grapevine is offering a coupon code special for my readers! Enter the code “UGMH” at checkout for 20% off any item not already on sale. How awesome! (This code is valid through September 30, 2013.) Click here to visit the Grapevine Studies store.

What are you and your family currently studying in the Bible? Which Grapevine course looks most useful to you right now?

This post is also linked up with The Homeschool Village’s Ultimate Homeschool Link-UpHomeschool Creation’s Preschool and Kindergarten CornerHearts for Home linkupTender Moments with Toddlers and Preschoolers, and Free Homeschool Deals’ Ultimate Pinterest Party.

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