Bible, Curriculum Reviews, High School(9-12), Jr. High(7-8), Language Arts, Principles of True Education

Curriculum Review: Messages to Young People- A Study Guide

 

As Seventh-day Adventist parents, we are blessed with a wealth of inspired material to aid us in helping each of our children grow in their walk with God. Ellen G. White’s Messages to Young People is an especially beloved resource for guiding our youth as they grow up into christian manhood/womanhood.

It helps to have a study guide to use along with reading the book to aid in the comprehension of this book. E.J. Dold’s  Messages to Young People- A Study Guide is an extremely helpful resource perfect for guiding a student thoughtfully through the book.

What I appreciate most about the study guide is that is not solely a list of questions requiring rote answers. There are many questions where it is appropriate to lift the answer directly from the reading. However a large percentage of the questions require the student to use higher level thinking skills for summarizing passages or making a personal application of the principle discussed. The student may also be asked to make connections with Bible characters or stories. The variety of ways the student is required to interact with the material keeps the study guide interesting.

The book Messages to Young People is divided into fifteen main sections, and the study guide organizes the questions into several smaller sub-sections for each main section, making it easy to assign manageable portions of reading for the student. Interspersed within the sections are inspirational stories and readings that further reinforce the theme of that particular sub-section.

This study guide is appropriate for personal study for a high school aged student. Upper elementary and middle school students can also benefit from this guide, but may need occasional assistance with some of the vocabulary. Taking the time to work through any unfamiliar vocabulary can easily add a cross-curricular component to the study with English/Language Arts. Some students may find the space for writing answers to be a bit small for legible responses, however that can be easily remedied by having the student complete their work on a separate sheet of paper.

Although the study guide was largely intended as a resource for individual learning, I can attest that it also works very well in a group setting. I am currently ‘teaching’ the book to a group of adults and youth as a Wednesday prayer meeting study which includes my own children. The study guide questions have generated valuable discussions among our group of both new and seasoned believers.

Currently Messages to Young People – A Study Guide is available for purchase online through the following links:

Laymen’s Ministries Resource Materials- MYP Study Guide

and

Amazing Facts Bookstore- MYP Study Guide

Elementary(K-6), Language Arts

Cursive Bible Copywork Sheets

It’s nice to find pre-made Bible copywork sheets for handwriting practice.  Using Bible verse copywork is a wonderful way to aid in Scripture memorization.

Free Bible copywork sheets on a variety of topics.

Guesthollow features Bible copywork in four different styles, including Handwriting Without Tears.

These copywork sheets focus on Biblical character traits.

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Do you know of a great Bible copywork resource?  We invite you to share a link in the comments!

 

 

Curriculum Reviews, Language Arts

Review: Easy Grammar Plus

Easy Grammar Plus by Wanda C. Phillips

Review by: Melissa B.

Product Description:  Easy Grammar Plus is part of the series Easy Grammar.  It is a one year grammar program for Grades 7 and up.  There is a Student Workbook and a Teacher’s Guide.  The Teacher’s Guide contains reproducible pages of the Student Workbook.  You can copy the pages, or use them directly from the Teacher’s Guide or purchase the separate Student Workbook. The program consists of mastering the prepositions first, as they are the hardest for many to figure out.  Then the other grammar concepts are worked on.  There is a lot of review allowing for concepts not to be lost: each day you do one worksheet, cumulative review, test, or cumulative test.  This program is one where your child can work on their own quite easily with minimal parent involvement.  The program uses underlining, circling, and labeling to identify the parts of speech.  It does not use the diagramming tree that some other programs use.

SDA Notes:  Nothing objectionable.

My Thoughts:  We used this during one year (with journaling and other writing assignments) of their high school years for a refresher of grammar.  (Each child used it a different year, one 12th, one 11th, and another 9th grade.)  We did not use the previous Easy Grammar products and jumping into Easy Grammar Plus was not a problem for my three daughters who used it.  We had used Winston Grammar in 7th grade to cover grammar and we found the programs were similar with how they identified the parts of speech.   My daughters were able to work independently.  We copied pages from the Teacher’s Guide for two children and I found that was inconvenient and keeping the papers together was difficult.  For my third child, I bought the Student Workbook and was more than happy to pay the extra, it made both of us happier.  I think that having a Student Workbook separate from the Teacher’s Guide also decreases the temptation to cheat.  We found the program fit our learning goals without being overly complicated, we were happy with it and plan to use this again with other children.

Now it’s your turn. You can rate this product by hovering over the stars below.  Please feel free to add additional comments that may be helpful for others in making a decision towards using this product. 

We appreciate those that are helping with curriculum reviews. If you’d like to
help out by writing one or more reviews, please email Melissa at adventisthomeducator@gmail.com

Jr. High(7-8), Language Arts

Great Resources ~ Visual Dictionary Online

 

 

The Visual Dictionary Online is an interactive dictionary with an innovative approach.

From the image to the word and its definition, the Visual Dictionary Online is an all-in-one reference. Search the themes to quickly locate words, or find the meaning of a word by viewing the image it represents. What’s more, the Visual Dictionary Online helps you learn English in a visual and accessible way. The Visual Dictionary Online is ideal for teachers, parents, translators and students of all skill levels.

-description taken from Visual Dictionary Online site