Put ‘Em All Together And Whatta You Got?

A good homeschool curriculum, I imagine. On the way to the doctor’s office yesterday, I caught the last five minutes of Focus on the Family on which Phil Vischer (of VeggieTales fame) was featured. He was talking about God’s faithfulness through the many ups and downs of his VeggieTales career, and about the new things he is working on, like Jelly Telly and What’s In The Bible? I appreciate that Phil’s heart has always been to share the Bible with children, and how these latest ventures take that to the next level. How thrilling to have yet another resource that teaches children about God and His word. I haven’t been this excited about anything since Leigh Ann introduced me to Seeds Family Worship and 252 Basics.
I sure wish, though, that these guys who are putting out good material for children would combine forces and provide me, the average homeschooling parent, something that makes use of all. What happens now is I put a lot of effort in finding and gathering all their good stuff that pertains to the given topic. I’m sure I am missing tons of good stuff, too, but who has time to find it all? Let me show you what I mean using this month’s virtue, Initiative:

a) 252 Basics, or Orange, provides what is called a CueBox each month, filled with activities that reinforce the virtue. The Bible story for Initiative, week 1 is about Nehemiah, who ‘sees the need’ for Jerusalem’s walls to be rebuilt, and does something about it.
b) On Jelly Telly this morning, we see a cute song about Nehemiah, performed by The Fabulous Bentley Brothers, aka Rhett and Link.
c) Cook Publishing put out some virtue workbooks a while back, that have crosswords, games and crafts to learn the virtue. In the one on initiative, Nehemiah again takes center stage.
d) Last but not least, Bill Gothard has a ton of stuff on what he calls character qualities. Each showcases an animal that demonstrates a trait corresponding to the virtue. For instance, the whistling swan is an example of initiative when it flies as a group in v-formation- covering more distance than it would alone, and contributing to the needs of the team. Can’t you just see a little Nature-type video on the subject? “Observe the whistling swan in his natural habitat. He readies himself for the flight with his twenty companions…”

It is an amazing time in which we live- you can not only create, but share it with the world via the Internet. What a fantastic problem to have, to never be able to discover all of the resources and learning tools out there. No matter- just a few are more than we need.

Isaiah 2:2-3
In the last days
the mountain of the LORD’s temple will be established
as chief among the mountains;
it will be raised above the hills,
and all nations will stream to it.
Many peoples will come and say,
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD,
to the house of the God of Jacob.
He will teach us his ways,
so that we may walk in his paths.”

The law will go out from Zion,
the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

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