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Homeschool Bible Studies

The most important subject we will cover in our homeschools is the Bible. Not that the Bible is simply a book to study, because it isn’t, it is a relationship to uncover. Through it God has made himself known and we have the privilege of making Him known to those small people he has entrusted to us. Of all the things we teach the one thing we are guaranteed will not to return void is the word of God.

Homeschool Bible Studies at The Curriculum Choice

“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth,making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty,but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:10-11

Be sure to browse the tabs above to find curriculum reviews to help you with your homeschool Bible studies. You might also enjoy these that we’ve selected from our archives.

From The Curriculum Choice Archives

Homeschool Bible Studies From Curriculum Choice Authors

The Curriculum Choice authors have active blogs where they regularly offer ideas and experiences about their homeschool adventures.  Below they share their Bible studies for their homeschools.

Bible memory

Kyle McVay of Aspired Living

Teaching Children to Memorize Scripture– A review of  Truth & Grace Memory Book by Tom Ascol.  Truth & Grace Memory books are wonderful little books that include scripture Memory, Hymns and a Baptist Catechism.

Training Children to take notes in Church – When we consider the words of Isaiah 55:11 we cannot help but look at our little ones and think that he is also talking to them. For our family the words of Isiah 55:11 ring in our ears that the Lords word “it shall not return to me empty”. Well our current church hands out a children’s sheet that covers some of the basic information from the passage.

Reading the Word to Littles– I am always looking for ways to fill our home with scripture. At the Above Rubies retreat we went to the speaker (Nancy Campbell) mentioned in passing that one of her daughters had all of her children listening to the Bible on CD. She’d stop the CD and they would discuss what they just heard and then they would plow on ahead as Mom and the children all listened  and discussed the Bible intently for about an hour.

Cindy West from Our Journey Westward

Bible study is the most precious time I ever spend with my children!  We begin studying the Bible early in our homeschool and hope to raise children that never stop digging into the Word.  Below, I’ve shared two posts that give you a glimpse into our creative Bible time.  The first post explains the process I use to plan our Bible studies each year and the second gives you a jam-packed list of books that we use to encourage Bible study and/or demonstrate practical application of the Word.  Enjoy these sweet Bible moments with your children.  They matter!

How to plan Bible study as a subject in your homeschool Using living literature to encourage Bible study
 Tonia Lyons from The Sunny Patch

One of the most important goals I have for my daughter is to instill a love of the Word and the habit of daily Bible reading. We’ve used a variety of resources for study and devotions over the years – these 10 Bible study resources are some of our favorites (especially for elementary kids).

Bible Study and Character Training for Multiple AgesTricia Hodges of Hodgepodge

Bible Study and Character Training for Multiple Ages – I remember a time when I was searching for and seeking out devotional books plus asking for ideas from fellow families. But now that we’ve gathered a pretty good library, if we need an answer to a question, we just open one of several Bible resources. We are blessed that way. So today I share with you our favorites. Some we turn to for family devotion time. Some we have available for our children to enjoy independently.

Pilgrim’s Progress All in One Curriculum – Did you know? Pilgrim’s Progress is the best selling book of all time other than the Bible! And we have been enjoying the Pilgrim’s Progress All-in-One Curriculum set from Answers in Genesis.

5 Ways to Weave Hymns into Your Days – I’ve always loved the old hymns. Like many, I was fortunate to be raised on them. They are a part of me. But for quite a while now, I’ve made sure I spend part of my morning quiet time flipping through that hymnal.

Favorite Devotionals – I recently shared a photo and listing of our current favorites with an Apologia Instagram challenge.

Daily Prayer With ChildrenMeredith Henning of Sweetness-n-Light

Are you seeking to add more prayer time into your day-to-day? Daily Prayer With Children is a wonderful example of how to begin incorporating daily prayer time with your children into each morning before you begin your school day. We actually consider it part of our school day as we are continually learning about Our Lord and how He can help us throughout our days as Children of God.

Bible Stories and CraftsBible Stories & Crafts – Here is a fun bible craft for your younger children that is sure to encourage much discussion and joy as your little learners create something based on one of Jesus’ parables, The Miraculous Catch of Fish.

Bible Narratives for Ages 10-15

Annie Kate from Tea Time with Annie Kate

In almost two decades of homeschooling we have used various Bible curricula. However, the most important curriculum has always simply been this: read the Bible regularly and often.

Learning all the Bible stories is crucial for a good understanding of its message, and here is a list of Bible Narratives for Ages 10-15.

Other, more formal resources we especially love, all of which have been reviewed here on the Curriculum Choice:

  • Promise and Deliverance, Volumes 1-4, an excellent resource for teens and adults; available free and in print.
  • The Illustrated Family Bible, a colorful and very effective way to combine Bible narratives with learning about Bible times, suitable for all ages.
  • Show Me Thy Ways, a thorough grade 4-6 Bible curriculum focused on understanding, map work, and personal application. This may be difficult for the intended age range and is actually also suitable for teens.

Finally, here is a list of other resources, not curricula, that have taught our family more about the Bible, Christian living, and apologetics. It includes some devotionals for moms as well.

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Math Mammoth – A Review

Math Mammoth - A Review

Hi everyone,

This is our fifth year homeschooling our children. We are a homeschooling family in Indonesia. Our first son was pulled out of school when he was in middle the 4th grade and the second son was in the middle of the 3rd grade. I felt that the national curriculum didn’t work well for our children at that time. The next step was finding affordable curriculum. We would spend too much on shipping by purchasing the hard copy of books. Therefore, I am very glad to find a set of Mathematics curriculum that is available to download online with an affordable price for us. Since we have three children, after downloading the free sample files, I decided to purchase the everything bundle with the series inside.

Math Mammoth - A Review

You might say that Math Mammoth is our life saver in starting homeschooling our children with simple and affordable Math curriculum. Therefore, I am very happy to share how it helps us. We have used Math Mammoth for all of our children in their elementary grade levels.

What are Included

There are several series in Math Mammoth. Here are the different series of books included:

They are sold separately and in bundles. There are also various bundle series available to purchase based on your need. We chose the Everything Bundle that includes all components of Math Mammoth books.

Here is a short video by the author of Math Mammoth, Maria Miller, explaining the various series in Math Mammoth:


How We Use Math Mammoth in Our Homeschool

  • It is in a form of e-book. We simply print what we need. At first, I printed the file and bound it with a plastic spiral. Recently, I just put it in a 3 ringed binder. It just take less time in this way. It doesn’t take a lot of space to keep the paper. When the year has finished, I don’t need to keep all of those papers, but I will just refill the binder with the next level the children need to do. In addition, it doesn’t have any shipping that will take a longer time for us to receive and we don’t need to pay more on the shipping fee.
  • We really love how the concepts are explained in very simple ways. I have never thought that my math hater could understand a lot of things using Math Mammoth. It has what maths lessons should have, which are:
    • the balance between warming up topic practice, drilling on certain topic as well as reviewing the previous topics, and word problems.
    • the balance between visual and motoric explanation, that includes hands-on activities.
  • There are also several links contain online games and resources related to each of the topics in the light blue series. Kids are sometimes bored with the monotonous worksheets and they will choose using the games that are linked to the pdf files.
  • My two elder sons used the light blue series which give the American mathematics curriculum in sequence for the first two years being homeschooled in grade 4 to 6. My youngest son in his grade 3 uses the Blue Series (Books by Topics) adjusted with our national curriculum since it was very hard to determine which grade he should start with. What I want to say is that Math Mammoth is very flexible and easy to customize with the children.
  • Right now my two eldest children don’t use Math Mammoth as the spine book for Maths anymore since our national curriculum demands different things, but they still use the Green Series to help them with the basic of the current curriculum they use. Math Mammoth is really suitable to help us with the basic concept explanation to more advanced Maths. The language is very easy for children to understand. For your information, English is not our native language.
  • We can use the simple and basic explanation of maths with the maths notebooking activities. We keep the notebooking pages as a portfolio of their maths learning.

How to Get Math Mammoth

Math Mammoth is available to purchase in some online homeschooling curriculum stores with various discount and promo in certain events. However, you might visit the main site, MathMammoth.com, to learn more about the products in more detail and see which stores are having promotion.

In summary:

I would like to recommend homeschooling families use Math Mammoth since it is very simple to understand and it is affordable.

  • If you live outside the United States like us, Math Mammoth will be a great choice to purchase.
  • If you find your children need to start math from the scratch, Math Mammoth would be very helpful to get them caught up on the Math lessons for their level.
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Show Me Thy Ways by Gertrude Hoeksema

Show Me Thy Ways Bible Study Review at The Curriculum Choice

I have just given away our well-used grade 4-6 Bible curriculum, all three years’ worth. It is another bittersweet moment marking the passage of time, and now it seems fitting to reflect on this quality resource.

Show Me Thy Ways, for grades 4-6, is an intense Bible curriculum, full of meaty ideas, Bible reading, maps, questions, and vocabulary words. Each lesson—and there are three a week—includes a Bible passage, an introduction, a detailed outline explaining many aspects of the passage and making it personal, a summarizing point to remember, and vocabulary. In the workbook, each week’s three lessons are usually grouped together, almost always with a map, questions, and many Bible texts to look up. The maps have important points marked with symbols, and the students are asked to print the place name next to the appropriate symbol. There are occasional timelines, crossword puzzles, vocabulary tests, personal applications, extra topics, and songs to sing and learn.

We did not use the curriculum quite as planned. For one, our Bible version does not match the workbook and that caused occasional problems. For another, we do not have access to the psalter used for memory work, but that’s fine because we have other memory work anyhow. And finally, we did not even know these books were still in print, so I had the children trace the maps and put them in the scribbler where they answered the questions, the side benefit being that they really did learn Bible geography well.

We found that our children could not manage the textbooks on their own in the recommended grade. This curriculum is meant to be taught by a teacher, so when I was unable to do that teaching, our children focused on the Bible readings and the workbooks and did not spend as much time as they could have with the textbooks. This was unfortunate, but they still learned a lot from the workbooks. On this note, older children and teens could benefit from this curriculum as well, especially since they would have an easier time with the textbooks which are, on the whole, excellent.

My favorite aspects: Most lessons include map work, so my children are familiar with the geography of the Bible, knowledge that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.

My least favorite aspects: A few (very few) of the concepts in the textbooks seem a bit far-fetched, although usually the texts are insightful and explain the Bible passages very well.

Show Me Thy Ways is one of the best Reformed Bible curricula available for upper elementary grades. In many ways it is suitable for older students, too. If you are not Reformed, you will still be able to use this excellent curriculum for its comprehensive Bible instruction and map work; you should have very few issues because the worldview is not aggressively promoted but instead forms a background that occasionally determines what is highlighted. Another positive point is that is it priced very reasonably.

You can buy this curriculum from the publisher as well as from some homeschool suppliers; Amazon may be more expensive.

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Bookshark History 6 Review

For the past year my eldest has been using Bookshark History 6 World History Year 1 of 2. Bookshark is a semi-new company to the homeschooling market. They offer a literature approach to history intermingling lovely books alongside history spines.

Bookshark History Review at The Curriculum ChoiceIf you’re up for it they offer full programmes in which science, math, language arts, and even history are included. We, however, only went with the History 6 Guide. We purchased our literature books from another source which offered free shipping to international customers.

I know that Bookshark is often considered the secular version of Sonlight, so I’m going to clear the air in my review right now and state exactly what Sonlight and Bookshark both state, “They are completely separate companies.” Now, the finer detail is that they may be owned by the same parent company/individuals, but as homeschooling companies go Bookshark is one and Sonlight is another.

I’m also going to go further to clear the air and state that it is true the religion has been removed from Bookshark. There is no Bible scheduled in to the daily plans like there is with Sonlight. Also, some of the more Christian themed books have also been replaced in the Bookshark cores. Again, remember they are entirely different companies and thus it is their choice to do as they please.

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As for our family, we chose to switch to Bookshark for a trial year to see how we liked it. It had a few winning points for us which I’ll cover down the road here. Yes, it did mean we had to make minor sacrifices such as the loss of the scheduled Bible readings and so forth, but it’s pretty easy to device, or find for free, your own Bible reading schedule.

How I use Bookshark

Bookshark is pretty open and go if you want to use it exactly as written. We did for most of the year altering very minorly here or there as we added in a book or changed small things. For instance, this particular history guide uses Story Of The World (SOTW) Volumes 1 and 2 as spines. Some times the chapters were spread over a couple of days. We generally read the whole chapter in one day and followed it up with the SOTW tests available from Peacehill Press. They are not scheduled in the Bookshark Curriculum.

My child using this is our boy with vision issues and so many of these books were listened to in an audio format. He’d just listen to a chapter or two depending on what was scheduled in the guide. Then we’d discuss what he’d read, mark the map, and check for timeline figures.  Pretty simple to be honest.

What I love about Bookshark

I love that it’s a flat out four day schedule. Life happens, but more importantly I like not having every day chock full of new learning so that there’s time to catch up on projects, go to events, or choose to get ahead if one wants.

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I love the reduced book list. Now don’t get me wrong, I love the Sonlight Book choices. We often drop 1 or 2 from each core due to time restraints, occasionally for content issues, but over all we love them. However, my vision impaired child doesn’t have the strength, stamina, or ability to read 42 books in a year. He simply cannot keep the pace and constantly felt frazzled or found himself waiting on me to read things to him. A reduced book list has handed him back the freedom and love of learning. I also find it far easier to add books in then to remove books… I know, but that’s me.

I love, as silly as it sounds, the colourful covers of the instructor guides (IGs). They just look so awesome when they are all bound up. I can say, “Go grab the Blue/Green/Red Bookshark guide for me!” and my child can easily locate it without worrying if he’s seeing things backwards. There’s even a picture on the front to confirm he’s grabbed the right one

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I love that the Language Arts is not included in these guides. A couple of years back when we were using the Sonlight curriculum they mingled the LA into their IGs. It seemed really awesome at the time, but it meant a price increase and a lot of things in my manual that I wasn’t going to make use of. I love that this guide is slim and to the point because it only has exactly what I need/want inside.

Digital Guides. Now I’m not going to lie Booksharks digital guides are crude at best. They do not come in PDF format and are nothing more then text on the screen with an image of your daily schedule, but it’s there. If I’m trying to plan things ahead I can pull up that digital guide and I can look it over to see where we are and where we are going. I can verify my book lists and so forth.  {For more detail see dislikes}

I love the book choices. Honestly, we didn’t have any book choices we didn’t enjoy. I think with a reduced book list the chooser has to be even more select in what they pick. This was exactly the case, at least for us, with Bookshark 6. We did add things in, but that didn’t mean we didn’t like what we read.

The customer service. I’ve only had to contact them a couple of times, and both times I was blown away with the response that I got… in a totally good way. I love that, it made me smile then and it makes me smile again just thinking about it!

What I dislike about Bookshark

While I respect that Bookshark doesn’t include Bible, I really do love that Bible reading schedule from my Sonlight Guides. I miss it, but again I own a lot of Sonlight guides and so it’s pretty easy to pick one and use it.. to print one out for free from the web, or or or..

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The Digital Guides. Now I know that’s confusing because I also said I love them. Here’s the deal, they are crude. They are not meant to be downloaded and saved, thus the crudeness. Further once you open a digital IG it will expire 18 months from that date. The only way to “get it back” is to repurchase the paper guide. I can understand the why behind this idea, but as I don’t tend to sell off my paper guides it sorta annoys me a lot that I’ll lose access to my digital version.

At no fault to Bookshark or Sonlight, I really end up with ruffled feathers when I hear that Bookshark is the secular version of Sonlight. It’s a true fact and an untrue fact all at the same time.

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The shipping. It’s not cheap to have these items shipping to you internationally. If the digital guides were forever and they could be printed out I could have the paper guide sent to my US address and just deal with the digital version, but that doesn’t happen. I’m very aware they have no control over the cost of the shipping, but living overseas it’s a huge factor in what curriculum I can afford.

Bottom Line: Our year with Bookshark was so lovely that we ended up going ahead and purchasing Bookshark 7! We’ll be intermingling the literature portions with our beloved Winter Promise studies. I’d call that a pretty big win around here!

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To see more of how Kendra uses Bookshark 6, especially with a vision challenged child, check out blog.aussiepumpkinpatch.com

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Spellominoes – My Review

Are you looking for a fun way to start of the new homeschool year?  Do your kids ever struggle with phonics or spelling?  Why not make a game of it!

Spellominoes Review at The Curriculum Choice

Spellominoes is a card game, that helps to teach basic phonics/reading and spelling skills.  It is made by TRENDenterprises.com, an educational publishing company. This game is one of their learning FUN products that my family has enjoyed during my daughter’s early years.

Spellominoes teaches your child about blends and digraphs through play!  It includes:

1.  43 initial-consonant and word ending cards

2.  11 blend or digraph  cards

3.  Directions to two games

These cards are used to build words using common word endings, blends, and consonants. Your family can play a card game, or a form of dominoes, while building words!  Or just use the cards to build words, without using the directions, and see who has made the most!  …Or even have an older sibling help teach a younger one.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESHere are some of the word endings used in this product:

1.  ank

2.  it

3.  at

4.  ot

5.  ell

6.  ing

and many more.

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Spellominoes are recommended for children ages six and up.  It doesn’t matter what type of phonics you are using as these cards use practice basic phonics skills and apply them too.

Through these games, your child will be putting into practice what they have learned by creating their own words!  How reinforcing is that?! And seeing how words are made can help with basic spelling, too.

We got ours from our local teacher’s supply store, but they can be purchased online at TRENDenterprises.com, for the frugal price of $2.99.

If  you are looking for a fun way to start off the school year, for your young learners, my family recommends Spellominoes.  It is a great way to put into practice the basic phonics that your child is learning in their homeschool.

Betsy graduated her daughter last year, whom she loved homeschooling from day one.  She blogs at BJ’s Homeschool, sharing about high school, her series – Steps to College, and the early yearstoo.  Betsy also writes for the Homeschool Launch, and offers homeschool help to families.

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