Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Telling God’s Story

As a homeschooling Mom, I must admit that History has always been my weakest subject. It bored me to tears during my own school career and I carried those feelings into my adult life. That is why I was thrilled when one of my local Mama friends decided to facilitate a weekly Story of the World class.

“The Story of the World is an award-winning resource for families looking for a history curriculum they can fall in love with. Told in the straightforward, engaging style that has become Susan Wise Bauer's trademark, this four-volume set covers the sweep of human history from ancient times until the present. Africa, China, Europe, the Americas — find out what happened all around the world in long-ago times. This read-aloud series is designed for parents and teachers to share with elementary school children. Enjoy it together and introduce your child to the marvelous story of the the world's civilizations.”

We are now going through Volume Two and I have to say that they way the lessons are laid out make History suddenly interesting to me! Kaya really enjoys the class and is learning things I probably would have glazed over. (You can see what we’re doing in class on the blog that is published by my friend, Alia. : Chronicle of the Earth.)

Last summer, I was thrilled to find out that my friend, Alia, had been asked to contribute to the Activity Guide for the first volume in a new series by Olive Branch Books. OBB is a sister company to the publishers of the Story of the World Curriculum.

The new series is called Telling God's Story. I was lucky enough to be gifted a copy of the Activity Guide for this first volume and it looks amazing!

“Author Peter Enns (Harvard Ph.D., parent, and educator) knows that teaching the Bible can seem a daunting task. In this new and innovative series, Enns lays out a strategy for introducing young students to the times in which the Bible was written, the men and women who populate its pages, and the vast, many-layered story it tells.

Following the classical pattern of grammar, logic, and rhetoric, Telling God's Story uses the elementary years to ground students in the basics of the Gospel Message; continues on to encourage critical thought and analysis in the middle-grade years; and encourages high school students to understand the history and implications of the Biblical story.”

Now, admittedly, I am a laid-back and frugal homeschooling Mom. I rarely put out money for books and curriculum. My mish-mash style of teaching utilizes a lot of free resources and also the lending library we have at our church. I can tell already, though, that Telling God’s Story is a curriculum worth buying. I plan to purchase the text to go with my Activity Guide in the coming weeks and I will post as we go through the lessons!

I think it will be great, not only for homeschoolers, but also for public-schoolers who would like to add some Christian education to the secular things taught during the week. I think it would also be fantastic as a Sunday School curriculum or a weekly family Devotional.

Here is the author, Peter Enns, explaining why they decided to begin the series with Jesus and the Gospels.

9 comments:

Jessica said...

National Geographic on Netflix teaches us a LOT of history. :D

faithlikemustard said...

I loooove me some National Geographic on Netflix! :)

I'm gonna look up "Telling God's Story!"

Michelle ~ Blogging from the Boonies said...

I'm way too cheap to pay for TV or movies, but I should check our inter-library loan for National Geographic stuff. Can you recommend any specific favorites?

Jessica said...

For 7.99 a month, it's the best deal in the WORLD! We've never paid for television for our whole 10 years of marriage, but now that netflix instant viewing can stream straight to your wii, no commercials, we're sold!

We've watched a lot of ones about egypt and pyramids and mummies this year.

Michelle ~ Blogging from the Boonies said...

That is pretty cheap!
I'm so thankful for our incredible library system. We can put things on hold from libraries all over this part of NY and they show up at our library in a few days for free. We can keep videos for a week, too. It is such a blessing!

Heather said...

Do you know about Figures in Motion? http://www.figuresinmotion.com/about.html

If I read the blog link right, you're doing medieval times right now? that's Cathy's next book to come out. Cathy is a friend from when we lived in Cali, she was a member of our church. :)

Michelle ~ Blogging from the Boonies said...

Heather, I've never heard of it but I will have to check it out!

Heather@Cultivated Lives said...

We are huge fans of the local library and interlibrary loan too!

Jill Foley said...

We are just starting Story of the World this year. I have the Parent's guide to Telling God's Story, but nothing else. Is it worth getting the rest of the stuff?

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