January 03, 2011
Hi there! I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Part of getting back into the swing of things was completing the first review of this year.
This review was for a company called Positive Action for Christ. Positive Action for Christ (the 5th grade version) is a 35 week bible study. These studies are divided by grade beginning in Kindergarten one for each grade through high school. I'm sure you have already guessed from the picture, we were asked to review their 5th grade bible study called Possessing the Land. There were several great things we (Trevor, my 5th grader, and myself) LOVED about this. I for one loved that almost all of the planning was done for you. The Teacher's Manual was very user-friendly and concise. Also included in the Teacher's Manual were examples of a 5 day lesson plan week vs. a 4 day lesson plan week. Possessing the Land reinforces good character traits and showed practical applications of those. Another thing that sold me on it was the fact that it could easily be changed for various ages. I think some of the concepts would be easy enough for Ethan (2nd grade) to understand, but I could also buy a grade level in the middle of those 2 ages then use it to meet the needs of each student. This is key when teaching multiple kids with not a huge amount of time for each individual subject. These bible studies would also make great family devotions and not necessarily just used as a homeschool bible curriculum since the lessons usually take less than 30 minutes each.
Trevor said he enjoyed the workbook a lot. He also enjoyed that the lessons themselves were short but he was able to take the time to research his bible for answers. (And I loved this part because it also showed other places in the Bible that referenced that character trait/lesson/etc other than the weekly memory verse!). He also liked that it was colorful but "not like a cheesy coloring book." LOL That's my boy! In other words, it kept his attention but still let him think of himself as a big kid. Really, the only thing he didn't enjoy was answering, in writing, the questions in the workbook. He's a boy (my first disclaimer) and he was just much more comfortable discussing the answers with me. I can honestly say, even if he never made one ink mark in the workbook, I think it would be worth every penny to have anyway.
In my opinion, the prices were very reasonable.
Teacher's Manual - 3 ring binder: $33.95
or on CD: $19.95
Veteran homeschool moms would probably be fine with this if you didn't necessarily need the binder but you would have to print pages out for your handwritten notes for lesson plans, etc.
Student Workbook: $12.95
5th grade music CD: $9.95
Optional if you want to complete the hymns/music curriculum that goes with the bible study.
Overall this is definitely something I would like to continue using in the future. For more reviews on this product, check out The Old Schoolhouse Crew by clicking on the picture below:
*This product was sent to me free of charge by Positive Action for Christ for an honest review on this blog. I was in no way compensated for the review by this vendor.