The older kids and I discovered GrapeVine Studies several years ago when they were about 2nd and 3rd graders. It's a very unique Bible study because you draw your through the Bible using stick figures. Even if you aren't an artist, the drawing is very simple, and I was amazed at how much the kids - and I - learned through the lessons.
We used the New Testament Overview lessons. For each lesson, we would read through the passage, and the teacher book would show me exactly what should be drawn for each part. The kids would copy the drawing into their student books where the pages were divided into the right number of blocks to illustrate each lesson.
I loved the study because it was a chronological, expository, Bible survey study. It used the direct Scripture, not skipping or taking things out of context, and it presented the material in a chronological flow that made sense. And there was something about drawing the figures as we read the story that really made events stick in the minds of the kids. Although it's been seven years, the kids still remember using the study and the figures we drew.
So I was very excited when, as a GrapeVine Studies affiliate, I was able to see a brand new product that is being sold to ship on January 23- the Biblical Calendar.
This Biblical Calendar is a beautiful wall calendar (I saw a PDF version, but the version you can order can also be ordered as a physical calendar.) It combines our traditional calendar- the Gregorian calendar- with the biblical calendar used in Scripture. Each date has the traditional date along with the biblical calendar date, and events from the Jewish calendar are illustrated on the dates.
The calendar has some notes that explain the events marked on the calendar, but there is also a separate notes book that can be purchased as a PDF or as a physical copy that explains the Jewish events and Jewish history in great detail.
As a history lover, I love this calendar. It's definitely unique- a calendar with strange words and weird dates with stick figure pictures! It is a conversation starter. And it teaches so much history of the Jewish people. I'm using it by printing out each month and displaying it in the school room on our daily board. I'd love to get a copy of the notes also so that we can talk about it more in depth. The notes on the calendar itself are great, however, and do give lots of good information that helps the pictures and events on the calendar make sense.
You can order your calendar now. A PDF version is $12.00. A physical calendar is $15.00. The notes sell for $10.00 for a physical copy or $8.00 for a PDF version. Order it or find out more here.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this calendar from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own, and I was not compensated in any other way.