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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

God-focused Bible curriculum with Positive Action for Christ ~ a TOS review

 

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. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC Regulations. 


Years ago while visiting our state’s homeschool convention for the first time I discovered a God-focused Bible curriculum while roaming the floors of the convention halls. I had never heard of Positive Action Bible Curriculum before then but I was in love with this curriculum at first glance of their Bible Curriculum. A few weeks ago we were blessed to receive the 4th Grade - Building Life Castles curriculum to use.

 

Just who is Positive Action For Christ? They are a Christian publishing company that started back in 1969. The company specializes in educational material for students from Kindergarten to High School. Upon opening up our curriculum box I discovered the Grade 4 Bible curriculum with a teacher’s manual (including curriculum binder) and student workbook and squealed with joy. What I had originally planned out for McKenzie this year was not coming together as I had planned so I was truly grateful for the opportunity to use this 4th grade set with her.

 

Even though McKenzie is in 5th grade, this curriculum fits our needs. The curriculum covers the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, the work of the Holy Spirit, and study the ministry of the Apostle Paul.

Lessons 1–13: The life and ministry of Jesus Christ, with a special emphasis on His teaching and atonement for us 
Lessons 14–17: The work of the Holy Spirit in believers 
Lessons 18–28: Explanations and examples of godly character from both Old and New Testaments Lessons 29–35: The life and ministry of the Apostle Paul

 

A scripture memory system is also included with this curriculum to get students to hide the word of God in their hearts. instead of learning a new verse each week from different areas of the Bible, students learn a passage of scripture over a couple of weeks. A  review week is also built in so that mastery of the passage is gained before moving on to the next passage. Four passages are memorized in the Building Life Castles curriculum: 
 
John 1:1-17 
 2 Peter 1:8 
Psalms 1:1-6 
Titus 3:3-8


Examples of godly character from both the Old and the New Testaments are weaved through this fourth edition with colorful and easy to understand pages. Other updates to this edition include bringing the vocabulary words to the forefront for easy reference of unfamiliar terms and page headings to make the teacher manual.

The teacher's manual which sells for $33.95, and is a complete resource that includes: 
35 lessons (one per week) 
Target truths (objectives) 
Teaching strategy section 
Weekly character traits 
Practical applications 
Interesting stories Ideas for puzzles, skits, artwork, buzz groups, and discussion 
Plans for 3, 4, or 5 day Bible class schedules 
Completed student's manual answer key pages 
Reproducible weekly quizzes with answer key 
Scripture memory program


The student workbook which sells for $17.95, and encourages students to hide God’s Word in their hearts. It includes: 
Vocabulary sections 
Words for songs in music curriculum 
Puzzles, artwork, and maps 
Life application sections 
Attractive full-color format 
Various levels & thinking skills 
Material usable with any Bible translation 
Scripture memorization sheet 160 pages

 


Everything you need to complete this Bible Curriculum, minus your student’s own personal Bible is included. And if you prefer digital editions, Positive Action also offers digital editions of both the Teachers Manual ($23.95) and the Student Manual ($9.95). Extra resources are also available to purchase for $9.95. The resources included in this set include: 

 Student Manual Facsimiles - PDF 
Student Manual Answer Slides - PDF 
 Editable Quizzes - PDF, Word 
Study Artwork - PNG 
Music Recording - MP3


Using this curriculum with McKenzie has been a breeze! I love that she can get up and work on one section per day. Typically, I have her complete a section and then we review it together. Since there are 4 sections, A-C plus the Life Castle section that helps expand on the lesson pertaining to the students life we used it four days a week. She is currently finishing up Lesson 5 and enjoying it.

 


Hands down I recommend Positive Action's For Christ  Bible curriculum to any family seeking an in-depth study of God’s Word for their children! I am so excited to continue through this curriculum with McKenzie and will be adding curriculum for Micah next year as well. But don’t just take my word for it, check out what 20 of my CrewMates thought of this program by clicking the banner below. And if you are interested in ordering your own curriculum you can get free shipping by using the coupon code REVIEW20 when ordering online or by phone. This is just for US customers.
 Format ~ hard copy 
 Ages ~ 4th graders


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