I’m guessing that you have heard of Grapevine Studies. It has been reviewed here before by Kendra and Richele (although both were quite a while ago!) but what I want to talk about today is their new traceable studies. More important than (probably) anything else I have to say is that my children LOVE them. They ask to do the study every night and are very disappointed when we skip a night.
We are working our way through the Resurrection study right now, preparing for Easter. These traceables are designed for 3-5 year olds and you can choose from the Beginner studies or the Multi-level studies. In these lessons, a light gray stick figure is already drawn in each box so all your youngster has to do it trace over it. Tracing is a great activity for little hands and minds, teaching them how to make good work on their own.
This Resurrection study takes your family from the Last Supper through the Ascension of Jesus in nine easy lessons. Each lesson tells you what Bible verses to read, what colors to use in your drawings, words to look up in a Bible dictionary, a memory verse, and review questions. You can choose to incorporate all of those things into your lesson or you can pick and choose which elements you would like.
What I love the most is that this tracing keeps my children’s attention focused on the passage that is being read. Usually our reading time is filled with “Sit down!” “Are you listening?” “Pay attention!” etc., but when they are tracing, they are focused! Sometime it is even hard to get their attention because they are focusing on their drawing so much. I love that it gives their little hands something to do while they listen.
My four-year-old son is always so particular about getting all the colors just right. He likes to pick out all the colors he is going to need. Here he is with all the colors for the lesson in his hand!
Here is my (almost) 3 year old proudly displaying her work! She doesn’t really pay attention to the correct colors, but she loves to trace!
Hard at work, making sure to get everything traced just right!
Here are the final products from one of the lessons! My son’s, on the left, doing just what was required and no more. Getting the colors right is very important to him. My daughter’s, on the right, feeling liberated to embellish after the tracing is done. She couldn’t care less about the color accuracy =)
This would be a fantastic study for you to do with your family this month before Easter! Visit Grapevine Studies to check out all the Resurrection options (Traceable, Beginner, Multi-Level, etc.) You can even try out one lesson for free – The Last Supper. If you do decide to buy something, make sure you use the code March12 to get 20% off this month only!
Are you looking for other Traceable Studies? Grapevine also offers the following:
~ written by Amy, Living & Learning at Home
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