Three New Psalms Lessons Just Added!
The Psalms unit is now 15 lessons instead of 12. Please feel free to comment on the lessons as you use them so that we can use that feedback to make improvements. :-)


Monday, March 30, 2009

Our Story Bible

All page references are based on the "Read and Learn Bible" by scholastic. We like this story bible because:
  • the stories are told clearly and accurately without too much commentary or interpretation. This is true for the majority of stories, but not all. Some discretion is advised. Some leaders like to tell the story at the beginning of the lesson and read from the Story Bible at the end of the lesson.
  • the pictures are bright and colorful, without being too "cartoony". The people are dressed in ancient eastern clothing (not modern/western).
  • the stories are short and simply told - just about as long as a 3 year old in a group can sit and listen!
  • each Bible story includes reference texts (for example: Ten Men are Healed, Luke 17:11-19) so that the leader can easily read the relevant passage to prepare for telling the story.
  • the story bible in inexpensive (less than $20) and widely available
NOTE: I just bought a new copy and discovered that they have revised it in 2008. Happily, I like the revised version even better. It corrects a few of the omisions from the older version. Unhappily, now all of my page numbers are out of wack. I hope that this doesn't cause too much confusion! Just match the story topic and you're a-ok!

By the way -feel free to use your own favorite Story Bible. The lessons are in no way restricted to this version and using another story Bible is as simple as just matching up the lesson topics and off you go!

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Tessa,
Have you read the Christian Focus Story Bible?by Carine Mackenzie? Take a look at it. There are no pictures of Jesus and the stories are appropriate and biblically accurate and suitable for this age group. Each story is on a two page spread so that the children see the picture that goes with the story as it is read.

Tessa said...

Thanks for the suggestion! I'll be on the look-out for that one. Of course, this program can be easily done with another story bible, but you would have to match the stories up on your own. :-)

Joanna said...

Just an FYI: unfortunately, this story bible is no longer widely available! After searching online, I found the cheapest place to buy it, for those that wish to do so, is at barnes&noble's online website: www.barnesandnoble.com - just search "read and learn bible". It's available there for $11.99 plus s/h.