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.
As much as technology creates a complicated world, our advanced society makes some amazing things possible. The ability to access historical sites and far away places through our computers and television is an amazing blessing! The product I am talking about today takes us to some significant places and evidences that my family might never get to see in person, but we are blessed with understanding thanks to technology. A few years ago, we were first introduced to David Stotts and the Drive Thru History® Adventures through The Gospels collection. This time we are reviewing a brand new adventure called Bible Unearthed that focuses on archeology and it's importance to the Bible.
What We Received:
We received lifetime access to the digital course Bible Unearthed.
How It Works:
Bible Unearthed is a digital 12-part series featuring David Stotts, the host of Drive Thru History, Titus Kennedy, PhD, an archaeology expert, and Randall Niles, a Drive Thru History writer. Within each lesson or part, there is an accompanying article, activities for deeper understanding and worksheets with answer guides.
With this program being a digital course, it is very versatile and can be used in a variety of ways. A straightforward way to use this course is to watch the video, read through the companion article, complete the optional activities and worksheet. This approach can be done as a family or assigned to individual students. The videos alone are an awesome resource for groups especially in an educational setting. Since the course covers archeology, history and the Bible, it is a great supplement to unit studies in any of these areas. The focus on archaeology allows viewers to understand what being an the archaeologist profession truly looks like. I can imagine doing a survey of different professions in middle school or high school and certainly including this program. With archaeology and history overlapping so much, there are so many ways to intertwine Bible Unearthed with History curriculum in any given semester. The provided worksheets included scripture reading that often ties in people or places of the Bible that archaeology has proved to be true. This can support a family's Bible study in all kinds of ways, especially faith building.
What We Thought:
My children are 9, 7 and 3 so it made the most sense to use this program as a family. The video episodes are generally between 13 and 20 minutes long so they were happy to watch several videos in a row if we let them. The worksheets for us were best used as a discussion tool and prompt, but as they get older could be utilized as comprehension and further study.
I don't know that any of my kids show great interest in archaeology as a profession so far, but understanding the great artifacts that have been discovered that confirm different parts of the Bible is a huge value to me! It is so easy to feel disconnected with the Biblical world and our modern day world, to the point that we can unconsciously start thinking much of it is made up! Understanding the history and significance of archaeological finds is convicting and reinforces our faith. As a parent of young children who is trying to navigate our evil world, it is so important to have resources like this that they can grow up around to support a Biblical worldview.
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