Friday, April 29, 2011

TOS Review: Greek 'n' Stuff Bible Study Materials

I've often heard about Greek 'N' Stuff's language materials, but until this year I did not realize that they also offered Bible study options.

Over the course of the past several months, Brennan has been working through the I Can Study Jonah and Ruth Alone with God workbook.

This particular study is divided into 13 weeks of lessons with a short assignment for Monday through Saturday of each week. Each week covers approximately 10-12 verses, one or two of which is designated as the week's memory verse. Each day the student is directed to pray, read (or recite) the memory verse, read the passage, and then answer 2-3 simple questions based on the passage. Greek 'N' Stuff claims, "The questions are so simple, the Bible is the only answer key you need." At the end of the week, the materials present a more in-depth question to think and pray about.

The Alone with God series of materials were written for middle to upper elementary students. As a fourth grader, Brennan fits perfectly into the intended audience range. After working with the materials, I think they could even be used for a younger student. I think it would be appropriate for students as soon as they could read and understand short Bible passages on their own.

These materials were easy for Brennan to do independently. He learned the factual knowledge, but I'm not sure he made the jump to actually thinking about the Bible passages and applying it to his life. Even though he could answer the questions, he still needs parental guidance to move past the easy facts. It was more beneficial for him when I started looking over his work and discussing the application question with him at the end of the week..

Greek 'N' Stuff offers other materials in their Alone With God series -- Esther, 1 Samuel, and Acts. You can choose to order the materials that correspond with either KJV or NIV. Because the studies vary in length, the prices vary. I Can Study Jonah and Ruth costs $8.95, and the most expensive one (Acts) is only $23.95 for 52 weeks of material.

You can see sample pages of all four of the different Bible studies here. If you'd like to see a longer sample, be sure to check out The Old Schoolhouse Magazine's 2011 Freebie Directory. The Greek 'N' Stuff download on that page will let you see a complete week of lessons out of the 1 Samuel workbook. (It's about three-fourths of the way through the sample.)

I'm considering using I Can Study Acts Alone with God for Brennan's Bible study in the future. In my mind, Acts would be a perfect book to be taught using the factual read and answer questions method, and I'd like for Brennan to be exposed to all of the early church history that is recorded in Acts.

As always, if you'd like to read what other homeschool families thought about their time spent using materials from Greek n' Stuff with their children, please visit The Old Schoolhouse Review Crew blog here. Some of the other crew members reviewed the Alone with God Bible study products, and other bloggers reviewed their Latin and Greek materials.

I received a free copy of the I Can Study Jonah and Ruth workbook as a member of the 2010 TOS Homeschool Review Crew, and I received no other compensation. In return, I agreed to give an honest review of the materials and how they worked for my homeschool family.

1 comment:

  1. now you have me intrigued. I need to look for some of the reviews of Acts, I think. That might be a great study for Thomas next year... hmmm....



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