Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.
My oldest son will be 10 in a 6 weeks or so which has me thinking about the relationships we maintain with our children. As they get older, the issues change and as their parents we want to stay connected no matter what. Talking and studying the Bible together is a powerful way to connect with your family, especially kids. All you really need is the Bible and some time. Although it can be a little intimidating if your household isn't in the habit of study, finding a good tool to get you jump started might be all you need. For today's review, we are talking about the 4th Grade - Building Life Castles from Positive Action Bible Curriculum as a powerful tool to strengthen their Biblical understanding and relationship.
What We Received:
We received one Building Life Castles 4th Grade Student Workbook and one Teacher's Manual that comes in a 3 ring binder with 3 dividers labeled Teaching Material, Testing Material, and Answer Key.
How It Works:
Building Life Castles is a Bible Curriculum designed for 4th graders. This program can be used in a classroom setting or individually, as in a homeschool setting. This curriculum consists of 35 Lessons that cover the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, the work of the Holy Spirit, godly character examples, and Paul's life and ministry. In each (weekly) lesson there are three sessions (A, B and C) that have corresponding activities in the Student Workbook. Activities include vocabulary words, maps, crossword puzzles, fill in the blank, tables to fill in, and memory verse practice. Included in the Teacher's manual are reproducible quizzes to be administered at the end of each lesson. There is also an optional Music Curriculum that covers nine classic hymns and one Christmas carol. It is recommended to cover one a month.
How We Used It:
I used this program with my 9 year old son and 7 year old daughter. I didn't set out to use it with my daughter, but when I sit down to read something school related, they tend to flock. So, she would just automatically join us for the discussions, but not do the written work. Her talkative nature was an asset to our discussions for sure!
This curriculum includes straight from scripture exercises but it also dips into devotional content a bit with some of the questions it asks and discussion for the teacher to lead. We obviously didn't make it through all 35 lessons so I can't speak for the entire thing, but all of the content I read or browsed stuck to the scriptures very well or touched more controversial topics (ex. How the Holy Spirit works) with a very broad approach that allows the parent/teacher to go deeper themselves. This curriculum has been a very nice mix of basic scripture teaching, but also prompting me as the parent/teacher to extend the discussion a little further.
My 9 year old 4th grader felt like it was the exact right level for him - not too hard, not too easy. They also offer 5th and 6th grade curriculum, with younger grades coming soon!
We would highly recommend this program for those looking for some structure and ideas for deeper Bible study with your students.
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Our experience is unique to our family. To find out how other families used this Bible curriculum, check out the other family reviews through the link below.
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