Review – The Picture Smart Bible – For All Ages
This is our first year using the Picture smart Bible. This is our review of what the whole family thinks.
For each book in the Bible, there is a coloring sheet that goes with that book. There is also a set of teacher instructions for when the children are to complete a different section of the coloring worksheet.
Here is the instruction sheet for the teacher . We read over each section. If we get to a part that says READ, then my oldest daughter reads that section from the Bible. I like how they have the pictures next to the instructions, it helps me to explain to the kids what to color in next.
This is the coloring worksheet that my 4 year old has been working on. He does a good job of staying with us. Sometimes he like to color on the side of the paper or even on the back. His paper has solid lines. He does not have to trace the picture and then color it in or write any of the words. He just colors in the worksheet and listens to the story.
Here is the coloring worksheet that my 7 year old daughter has been working on. If you notice the lines on the paper are dotted. Also all of the words are missing. She is required to trace the pictures and then color them in. Then she has to write all of the words in, on the paper. She struggled a little bit at first, but now she is a pro and loves writing all of the words.
After we have completed one of the coloring worksheets, the children then answer some questions. After that, they have a memory verse that they have to work on. The younger one gets the worksheet that is pictured on the left. My two older kids get the worksheet that is pictured on the right. I have my 4 year old say the verse over and over with me. My two older children are responsible for memorizing the verse. Once they are memorized, we then hang the verses up in our school room so that we can review old verses.
The last feature about this Bible program that is wonderful, for a high school student, is that this course has tests for each of the different books in the Bible. This allows your child to claim one credit hour, once they have completed the program and all the tests that go with it. I think that it is amazing for my daughter to earn high school credit for learning more about the Bible.
One of the biggest mistakes I made at first was not asking enough questions. I would just read the teacher instructions while the kids were coloring. Then at the end of that section I would ask the questions that were written. Most of the time my kids didn’t know the answers. I felt frustrated. So we slowed it down. I ask a lot more questions now. We also go over the vocabulary that is in each section as we read. My two older kids help the younger one, understand what the vocabulary words mean. The vocabulary words are a little high for younger kids and some of the subject matter can be harsh. I just skip over a section if the subject matter is too harsh or too grown-up for my younger ones. My older daughter just reads the section silently on her own.
I love this Bible curriculum. It is something that we can do as a family and all of the kids enjoy it.