Do You Home School ?

Reading some of the comments on our Facebook fan page, I realize that many of you are home schooling your kids.  I remember telling you that I loved using the What’s in the Bible? DVD’s as a curriculum for my 2nd grader, and it is something I personally piece together.  It takes time to plan and sometimes, quite honestly, I just don’t have that much time.  I have many times (this school year) dropped the ball, and for weeks at a time I’ve simply let our Sunday school facilitate my 8 year old’s Bible instruction.  It’s now half way through the school year, and I want to give him more, here at home.  I still have the DVD’s, I love the lessons that are taught, but want to use them less like an entertainment resource and more like I had originally planned– a home school curriculum.

Today’s blog post is meant to be a fact finding endeavor! If you are a homeschooling parent, I need your feedback.

First, what do you think of using What’s in the Bible? as your children’s home school Bible curriculum?

If you’ve gone to the FOR PARENTS section of the web site, you’ve seen the Activities Page.  What are your thoughts on the coloring pages, game and flashcards?  Are they  the type of things that you would like to incorporate into a curriculum?–or maybe you done so, already?– Please share your stories!

Here’s your chance to have a voice.  Let’s open this up for discussion!

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mwolters
mwolters

I bought the set of DVD's planning to use them for my K this year.  I was hoping there would be more resources to go with it for a homeschool setting like they have for church.  It seems I will be spending  a lot of time planning what to do along with the dvds. I did use their activity guide for number 10 dvd at Easter and thought it was well done wish they at least had an activity book for each dvd.


Shelly
Shelly

I was wondering if anything ever came of all of this? My kids love WITB and I would love to use this as our Bible curriculum instead of the rather dry and boring way we are doing it now. :) It would have to be cost effective, too, though. $600 is half of what we pay for our full curriculum. ;)

Pamela
Pamela

I'm going to be homeschooling and would LOVE to use What's in the Bible? as the Bible curriculum. In fact that's why I visited your site today to see if you offered anything. I looked at the church edition stuff and I would say that I would love to see something like that for homeschooling but unfortuneatly is it out of budget for my family, especially when I won't be reproducing etc.

laura
laura

We homeschool and just discovered these DVDs. We have the first two. I've been working on designing a lapbook for my school aged kids. However, I'd be very interested to see one someone else has done.

Daisy
Daisy

I just ordered the 4 DVDs for my kids(ages 9,6,2) to use for a starting point in our Homeschool Bible Curriculum. After watching the intro video they were both they were all laughing and asking for more. Having some additional resources, readings, activities, etc to fill in around the videos would be really great.

Jeremiah
Jeremiah

Great work sheets. It'd be nice to see these kinds of activities included in the church edition dvd's as part of the cirriculam.

Sheryl
Sheryl

I mistyped my blog in my past comment - not that it really matters but just in case. Thank you!

Sheryl Lund
Sheryl Lund

I have 4 children 7 and under, homeschooled 2 of them for a few years now. I purchased the 3 DVD set as a part of our school budget this year. I use it as a supplemental tool (separate from what we do with Heart of Dakota). It will continue to be supplemental but I think my kids would love to do a lapbook based in it! I would love to see what others have done for that as well (mini books, etc). I haven't been to the Parent's area yet but am sure that some of that would be utilized. Thank you What's In the Bible! We enjoyed a disc over pizza this last Friday for our pizza/movie night! Our last pizza movie night before baby number 4 was born. :)

Jennifer
Jennifer

I homeschool my oldest two (3 and 5) and would love to use these videos as part of our Bible curriculum. I don't have the videos but hope to get them soon.

Carrie
Carrie

I LOVE the DVDs and so do my (homeschooled) kiddos. For us, apps with quizzes and games, easy-to-download music, and some sort of recommended schedule would be great. I have one with learning delays and ADHD, so coloring pages just don't work well for her.

Wendi
Wendi

Last year I started walking my kids through the Bible stories starting with Genesis. I felt like it was important for them to know the stories, but also how they fit together by knowing a timeline of events. Once we discovered Jelly Telly and then What's In The Bible, I stopped my own lessons because these resources taught them so much better, and I had fun watching it, too. It is most definately part of our homeschool cirriculum. I have a 7,6,4, and 1 year old. The oldest three know more about the Bible than I did as a teenager! Thank you!

Karina
Karina

We homeschool - and I am considering the curriculum for our Bible time. Of course - we would love something that has hands-on activities, games, and multi age level ideas (K - middle school age range maybe? ) Yes, my older kids find the movies funny and entertaining - a great spring-board for deeper discussions!

Christine
Christine

I homeschool my 7 year old daughter who is in 2nd grade. When I first heard about your new series I knew it was something that she would love. We have watched the first four movies and the whole family loves them! We participate in a community Bible study and this year we happen to be studying Servants of God and our first semester covered Joshua to Ruth. Just about the time we started to read Judges, we received your 4th DVD, Battle for the Promised Land. It was perfect timing and was a great reinforcement for what our daughter was reading. I think a homeschool curriculum to go along with the DVDs is a great idea. Not sure if the church edition would work at home since it is made for a group and/or classroom. I do like the study guide idea on the parents section and my daughter loves just about everything on your site! Thanks for such a wonderful product! Christine

Ticia
Ticia

I use it as a supplement, but currently use Bible Study Guide for All Ages as our core curriculum. What'd I'd like to see to make it more usable as a curriculum is more activities, maybe ways to act out Bible stories. Maybe the figures used in stick puppet theater, or pictures of the different stories to be able to let the kids act it out. It's great for galloping through the Bible, but for actually teaching my kids week to week I want a bit more in depth (that being said, I LOVE the DVDs and eagerly wait for each to come out).

Val Dufort
Val Dufort

As a homeschool parent, I would love to use this in our curriculum. These DVDs teach children and parents topics on the Bible that are not as clearly taught in Sunday School

akamommy
akamommy

I am not homeschooling THIS year ,but did for the past 2. We adore WITB and I personally used JellyTelly each day as a 'free time-fun time' segment of our day, video and shared game time. Even now, before we go to 'regular school' we watch JellyTelly in the morning during breakfast as a way to spark up devotional time. It's a clever and fun opportunity to get asked questions by my little girls.

Zekesmom10
Zekesmom10

We LOVE the first three DVDs. I have learned a ton of information right along with the boys (3 and 5). Even my MiL was impressed by the amount of information on each disk. I would love more helps in the parenting section and for you all to hustle and get things up for the other available DVDs. :) But I know quality takes time and that's important and something I expect from this series. Also, as a one income homeschooling family, we have to watch what, where, and how much we spend for various curriculum.

Nina
Nina

My five year old and two year old both love WITB/Buck Denver and can sing the words to all the songs on DVD 1&2. They also love God Rocks on Jelly Telly. My two year-old Liam begins his day by announcing either "I wanna see waz da bible BUCK DENVER" or "God Rocks da shepherd". We are totally immersed!!

Sarah
Sarah

I'm a HS mom of 4... with an 8yo and 5yo doing 2nd and Kindergarten work. They love the whole series! They just got it for Christmas and I was doing a bit of exploring to see if there was anything out there using WITB as a Bible curriculum. I even looked into possible the church curriculum, but it is too pricey for what I'd actually use out of it. While the color sheets are great (especially for my preK and K ones), I'd love to see more content and more structured study/curriculum that could be done on a daily/weekly basis. Thank you so much for such GREAT material. Three of my girls are learning so much just in the short time they've watched them. PS- i want to see the lapbooks, too! What a fabulous idea! Pictures!

Melissa
Melissa

We love the DVDs and have been using them to supplement our Tapestry of Grace studies of the Ancient World. If you offered a Bible curriculum we'd be thrilled to use it! I used to say we had kids to justify our Veggie Tales collection. That's now carried over to our What's in the Bible? fettish....... thinking of making up a homeschool curriculum? Where do we sign up? We're all for it.

Sherry
Sherry

I absolutely love What's in the Bible! --For Sunday school and for homeschool. We watch Jelly Telly as part of our home school. Lapbooks would be awesome! I would love to see the pictures. Sherry

Brooke Cole
Brooke Cole

I have been using the WITB dvds for our Bible Curriculum this year and it's hands down, the best curriculum we could have used. I have used other bible curriculums and studies in the past and my daughter has learned SO much more through these dvds. My daughter, who is 9 years old, has been able to answer our Pastor's "Trivia Questions" before other members of our congregation. Not only was she able to answer "What is a canon?" she was able to explain to him how the New Testament was chosen and even mentioned the letter from Astenatious! We actually based a whole Christmas Unit Study on "Clive and Ians 12 Questions of Christmas". We watched their videos in the morning, did more research on their question, and had an art project or service project that we did along with it. We have been completely blessed by your ministry and cannot thank you enough for what you are doing. We are looking forward to the rest of the series.

DK Stangeland
DK Stangeland

Oh - P.S. - we would love and encourage any additional homeschool resources for WITB to use in our 'classroom'.

DK Stangeland
DK Stangeland

We are in the same boat as Charla above. We homeschool - Kindergarten - and are using "My Father's World." I love the WITB videos for both my kidergartener and my preschooler. They are videos of choice even though a lot of the info is over their heads. They like the songs and characters. While this seems like a negative it is actually very positive - it means that all the WITB videos will grow with my kids. As they grow older they will know more and more. It makes this series so valuable. I can't really name anything else out there right now for Christian families that has this potential. Thanks everyone at WITB for all your hard work. We are so thankful for you!

Christin
Christin

My whole family loves the DVD and we watch JellyTelly almost everyday. I use it to reinforce some of the church history and Bible truths we learn in school. Would love to see some more print outs, too. I like that you arent dumbing down Bible truths and church history. My kids are smart! Even if they cant understand everything that we are learning about, I know they are learning something. The more we watch, the more they learn. Thanks!

Renee LaDue
Renee LaDue

I have been homeschooling my two children for just over 8 years. I have used the A Beka Academy curriculum which has a Bible class. All this to say, even though they have had Bible classes I still feel that public, private, and homeschooling parents should look at this curriculum and incorporate it into their daily lesson plan. God tells us to teach the Bible to our children, "Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up" Deuteronomy 11:19. So it is not just your Sunday school teachers job to teach children about God's word. Parents need to take an active roll in their child's belief system. Just saying, I would have loved this curriculum for them and I plan on using it in my KidMin!! Love it!! Renee Bible Fellowship Church KidMin Director

Lisa S.
Lisa S.

Yeah I want to see the lapbooks, too! Can you post a picture on the FB page? If not, email me one and I will add to this link! Love the idea, Mandi !! Lisa

Lisa S.
Lisa S.

Wow! You guys are so inspiring to this home schooling mommy! You've come up with some awesome ideas, which, I must add-- I will be copying! :) Keep the dialogue up and let's see what we can come up with, together! Lisa

Charla Lucibello
Charla Lucibello

We homeschool; we're in Kindergarten and using the "My Father's World" curriculum. My kids absolutely love the What's in the Bible? series and I'm constantly amazed at what they retain. I have not formally made them part of the curriculum, but when we read the Bible they refer back to the series all of the time, because it makes it all come so alive. Any kind of companion for homeschoolers would be greatly appreciated!

Kristen
Kristen

My kids go to a cyber charter school, which is a public school from home. Obviously, they don't provide Bible instruction, so I have to do that myself. I've used JellyTelly as a resource at times. I haven't used the WITB videos for that purpose(we have the first and second videos) because I'm trying to focus on teaching how to have a devotional life right now. I might use it as a supplement in the future. I wish that it went into more detail on each book, but each episode would probably be prohibitively long then. A mom can dream, though. :)

Mandi Grimshaw
Mandi Grimshaw

We've just got into lapbooking so I made a lapbook to go with the dvds. I just picked out the bits I wanted my daughter (10) to 'home in on' and made books to go along with it, some things I found on freebie sites others I made myself. Not always too disciplined at actually doing it but we are trying hard to be better!! My daughter selects the mini books she wants to do and then listens to the dvd with notebook at the ready and makes notes to answer the questions I have put in the books. Instead of the traditional cardboard folder we are using a ring binder and card so we can keep all the dvd's lapbooks together! So far we're on part 2 of dvd 1 so we've got a long way to go!!

Tammy Griffin
Tammy Griffin

We've homeschooled for 3 years. I let my son watch the What's In the Bible dvd's as part of his Bible lesson. Then we talk about or look up the character that was in the video like Daniel and discuss his life. It gives me a short break and my son gets to watch a dvd! A win-win situation! We've seen them all and are starting over (my son's request) in the spring. So far, though I've only incorporated a few of the coloring pages. Thanks for your wonderful work that helps parents and kids to learn!

Karen
Karen

I have been homeschooling for 12 years. I currently have a freshman, junior, senior, and a graduate and despite their ages we have a blast using whats in the bible for school. When you have teenagers you can sometimes get overwhelmed with the high demands of what they need to know before they graduate and WITB is a fun way to remind yourself and your kids about why He has us on this great big wonderful Earth!

Jessica H.
Jessica H.

I have wanted to use the DVDs for our homeschool Bible curriculum, but haven't taken the time to block it out into sections and all. I like the flash cards, but would also love to have little quizzes, scripture cards and some work where they take what they learn in the DVD and actually use their Bible to look some things up. It all goes back to the Word! I want them to be familiar with the Bible and want to and know how to pick it up and find out about the things they are wanting to know.

Jen D.
Jen D.

Our first experience with Video #1 was for a Bible unit in our homeschool last year. I work for FCS (Family Christian Stores) and this video had just come out. My dh thinks that Im too intense on how I teach the kids the Bible...thinks I use too long of words and concepts they can't understand. So I was definately delighted when I saw this video, teaching the things I wanted to teach with words I wanted them to know in a more fun setting. We own all four videos and I will be getting the fifth when it comes out in March. We don't do coloring sheets, though we have explored a lot of the stuff on jellytelly.com. I would love to see some prinatable scripture cards or a bible study that the kids can do some actual Bible work...learn where things are, find out 'what happened next'. My kids are in 1st-4th grade. The video information is great for all of them.

Jennifer
Jennifer

We love the WITB DVDs. My kids asked to use it as our Bible curriculum. I would love it if you offered curriculum to go with it for homeschoolers.

Lisa
Lisa

And I forgot to mention--yes, we homeschool. Always have, going on 10 years now :)

Lisa
Lisa

I am very, very excited to learn that WITB can actually be used this way! Not having seen one -- yet -- I'm a little in the dark, but your message couldn't have come at a better time. I am a brand-new Christian, and am trying really hard to educate my kids in Christ, but I am not happy so far in my endeavors. The whole family loves VeggieTales, and I'm hoping the same can be said for WITB! Thanks for opening my eyes and helping me see another way (besides Sunday school) to help my little ones learn God's lessons. Must order first DVD now :)

Dawn Marie Perkins
Dawn Marie Perkins

I would love to use the "What's in the Bible" as part of our homeschool curriculum. We do not yet have copies of the videos, but I plan on getting some as soon as we are financially able. I took a look at the For Parents section and yes, I can say that I would use those resources to help with the curriculum.

Linda
Linda

We have been homeschooling for about 16 years. Four of our children have graduated and we still have four at home. They range in age from 5 to 17. The youngest two (ages 5 and 8) LOVE the DVD's. Some of the information that they have learned my older children hadn't yet learned at this age. I would love to make the DVDs a more integral part of our homeschool curriculum. Coloring pages don't work well for us. My youngest just doesn't like to color and the next one up has some medical issues that make his hands get tired very quickly. I like the discussion questions for the family but would love to also have some worksheets (crossword puzzles, fill in the blank questions, matching questions etc..) to do as well. It is interesting that you bring this question up as I was recently have a discussion with a family member about my desire for supplementary materials.

Tim McCracken
Tim McCracken

I have been using the DVD's with my K5 son and he enjoys watching the shows and it is amazing how much he remembers. He was very excited when he remembered the the Septuagint was the "Greece" translation of the OT.