I Heard it through the “Grapevine”

 

Grapevine Studies are exciting. It’s a fun new way to journey through the Bible. We were blessed recently with the Joseph Bible study. They say that you are “Stick Figuring Through the Bible”. Makes you think of something rather preschool-ish right? If you thought that (as I did honestly) you will be so pleasantly surprised by all that these studies have to offer. 🙂

We have loved the story of Joseph since we saw it performed online in Missouri 2 years ago. And the lessons within abound! All you need to get started is your Bible, we used our dry erase board &  markers, the student lessons pages, a Bible dictionary or  some colored pencils or crayons even for the little ones. One of the best things one of the great thing about Grapevine Studies is that they work so well with multiple ages! They even have a traceable version, which we happily used with our four year old! Was he ever thrilled to have his own little book of work to do. 🙂

Genesis 39:2-3 (KJV)  And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the LORD was with him, and that the LORD made all that he did to prosper in his hand.

The lessons were about 15-30 minutes, some days more and some days less depending on how involved and attentive our children could be. We would start out praying together; some days I would ask my oldest son to lead us in prayer. Once or twice my four year old offered and led us! From there we would seek out the scripture(s) within the Bible and I would have my son read them aloud. Some days this was as far as we got; my children peppered me with questions and so we would go to the Bible dictionary, atlas, concordance…I loved how it brought about a lively discussion! We made a point of having the timeline handy so we could review it each day at lesson time as well. For my two younger ones this was a great help; they became familiar with the tick figures (since they are not yet readers) and were able to follow along, somewhat, that way. My oldest is the artist so he really liked being able to draw out the stories too.

We really had a blast with this. And we are still completing this one too. As I said it has been slow going. But not because this is not fabulous! The discussions and questions that come about as we complete lessons, its exciting to see! Too often I fear, we teach the Bible stories in a way that doesn’t bring them to life, SO it can be harder for the kids to get really excited and see all the amazing truths and lessons we can learn and grow from, within the pages of the Bible. This is a fun way for ALL of your kids to learn together; I mean even I can draw a stick figure. hehe  And if you need help along the way, all you need to know is within the pages of the teacher’s manual ~ We use it, some days more heavily than others ~ plus they have a bunch of free “How to Teach “ files you can download to guide you along through the various levels.

We love these. We are going to get more of these. Grapevine studies rocks! (so says my 8 year old son)

 

For a limited time you can download a free Bible eLesson download from GrapeVine Studies. GrapeVine teaches your children Bible lessons through stick figures!

Click here to download Joseph the Early Years!

Who was Joseph’s father and mother?
How many siblings did Joseph have all together?

Learn some new facts about Joseph as you study the early years of his life! I know we all enjoyed stick figuring this exciting story from the life of Joseph. And we can draw some mean stick figures now! 🙂

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