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Carol Crevier, RN MPH
I have taught Bible for many years. One of the things that I sensed an urgent need for was to change up HS Bible curriculum in two ways:
a. to disciple young people to handle the text independently
b. to give young people a greater sense of the global nature of the kingdom of God.
You have achieved both those things!
Cindy Greenplate, 18 year veteran Home School mom
ALL BIBLE CURRICULUM –
Dear friends at Deeper Roots,
I just received my order and I am so excited! I have been homeschooling for 18 years, and this is the best Bible curriculum I have ever seen! It incorporates the three components that I have constantly tried to find ways to teach my kids; Bible memory, inductive study with an emphasis on application, and a heart for the world resulting in participation in the Great Commission.It seems like one or the other always ended up slipping through the cracks. I can hardly believe I found them all in one place! And with a teachers guide that helps me do it with excellence. I am honestly at a loss for words.It is exactly the Bible program I would have written if I were to write one (and had the time and the talent!) How I wish I had “Deeper Roots” for my oldest three who are already graduated. But I still have three left, and I will thoroughly enjoy using your books for all of them! I will also be letting friends know about your products. I thank the Lord for you!
Over the years we have worked our way through all four books of the junior high series and completed Rooted and Grounded this year. It has long been my habit to begin our school day with Bible. Because I tend to use a unit study approach to schooling, studying the Bible has never been a ‘class’ but just a part of our lives. God has richly blessed us over the years with good materials and many happy hours of discussion and learning together. By far the best of all the good studies we have done, the Deeper Roots curriculum led us consistently into a close fellowship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Bonnie, as my mentor you have taught me well to ‘study the Bible to know God, not just to know about God’ and that foundational principle flows throughout everything you’ve written. And I pray that I have taught my children the same. Because we used the curriculum for our group study time – and not personal devotional time – we worked our way through most of the questions together, discussing as we went. There were times that we got so deep into our study that we looked at the clock and OOPS – it’s lunchtime! How wonderful to be so caught up in our Bibles that we completely lost track of time! We studied cultures and geography and history along the way. Our hearts were enlarged as we prayed for people all around the globe – and we look forward to meeting some of them in heaven someday. By God’s incredible grace, all four of our children love the Lord and are walking closely with him. Three of them have participated in short term mission trips and the youngest is already saving his money in anticipation of the day when it’s finally his turn. What will we do next now that we’ve finished the series? Well, since Jesse was just a little guy tagging along when we started, we’re going to start again! This time it’s just the two of us – and we’re gonna have a blast!I give thanks to the Lord for you, your ministry, and your friendship!
Martha Hudson, Home School Mom
As homeschoolers, we have used both your Discovering Our Amazing God Jr. High curriculum and your ROOTED AND GROUNDED (GRADES 10, 11, OR 12): A Guide for Spiritual Growth Sr. High curriculum materials this past year. While my children have quite a knowledge of the Bible and of God, these books take it a step further. They deal with issues of the heart.I liked how you take doctrine, and don’t just make them memorize it, but instead you spend a great deal of time making it applicable to their own walk with God. It’s also been fun to see how different Biblical characters have also exemplified them. You make the kids use their Bibles, and the studies seem to really be analyzing scripture, instead of using assorted verses to make a point.My kids say they’ve enjoyed it better than any curriculum they’ve used for Bible, and when I questioned why, they said because it was applicable, and didn’t seem like a fill-in-the-blank waste of time.
Everyone is on a search for rich Bible curriculum. I’m on the board of our Homeschool covering organization, and I’m thinking that I might use your ROOTED AND GROUNDED Bible curriculum for our next set of parent taught co-op classes. I taught a “How to Study the Bible” class last year, and it’s amazing to me that even in “homeschooled” youth there is a strong post-modern thought process going on. There were several kids in my class who believed that truth is relative, and that the Bible wasn’t inerrant. These are life-long homeschoolers who are very active in their churches. Of course, I had changed their minds by the end of my seven week class, but it startled me into the reality of our post-modern culture. Our children (MY children) need to have “deeper roots” if they’re going to survive. –Joli Atkinson
I am so impressed with your studies! I have had a hard time finding studies for my boys that are grounded enough in the Word, yet not so overwhelming that they became discouraged. Your studies are not only well grounded but FUN!!! I also love the missions outlook.
I have used Howard and Bonnie’s Deeper Roots materials for the last 5 years and have found them to be excellent. The material covered is very thought provoking and done in a way that really challenges each of us to grow in our walk with the Lord. I, myself, have grown from their lessons, and I have seen heart change in my children. I also appreciate their focus on missions and different people groups before each lesson. It’s so important to remember that God is working to bring all people to Himself, not just those of us in America!
Discovering Our Amazing God (and other titles) — Junior High Bible Curriculum series
by Jan L. Harris, Howard Lisech, and Bonnie Lisech
Deeper Roots Publications
The authors of the Rooted and Grounded high school Bible curriculum (https://cathyduffyreviews.com/homeschool-reviews-core-curricula/bible-religion/curricula-and-scripture-memory/rooted-and-grounded-a-guide-for-spiritual-growth) have come out with a new series for grades 7 though 10.
There are four titles in the series:
- Discovering Our Amazing God (Book 1)
- Discovering Who I Am in Christ (Book 2)
- Discovering Christlike Habits (Book 3)
- Discovering Christlike Character (Book 4)
The four volumes are best used in sequence because they build conceptually, but individual volumes can also stand alone. The first volume begins by building a foundational knowledge of God. The second leads into our relationship with God. The third introduces building blocks of our walk of faith with discussion of faith, the Holy Spirit, prayer, decision making, worship, and Bible study. The fourth volume focuses on character building by addressing topics such as integrity, forgiveness, humility an self control.
Each volume is presented in six to nine “lessons,” but each lesson is broken down into a number of days (from 7 to 21). While you might follow the exact progression of the curriculum, the publisher suggests taking two days for each day’s lesson so that there’s plenty of time for discussion. If you stick with the faster progression, you might complete more than one volume in a year, but taking twice as much time on many of the lessons will take about one year to complete each volume.
Just as in the Rooted and Grounded course, each lesson also includes a one or two-page introduction about an unreached people group accompanied by beautiful artwork—artwork is by Mary Ann Beckett. This makes it easy to integrate prayer for each of these groups with regular lessons—sort of like incorporating the same ideas presented in the book Operation World into your studies and prayer life. Memory work is included in all lessons, but aside from those verses, other Scripture verses are purposely rarely included in the student book so that students become more familiar with the Bible itself by looking up the verses. However, the teacher’s guide does include all verses in both NIV and KJV.
The Teacher’s Guide for each volume is essential. It includes introductory notes for each lessson, reproduction of the student material, teaching notes in a side column on each page, the Bible verses, answer keys, and tests for the end of each lesson.
ENCOURAGEMENT FOR HOME SCHOOL MOMS -DEVOTIONAL Book 1
Devotional Bible Studies by Bonnie Lisech (Deeper Roots Publications)Ever avoid putting off your special time with God because you don’t know where to start when you do plan some time? This 30 day devotional book was written for just those times and will solve the dilemma.This little spiral bound book is formatted like this: one day you read the scriptures and answer appropriate questions and conclude with prayer. The next day gives you two pages for journaling your own thoughts on the topic discussed the previous day.If you have a set amount of time that you schedule each day, these studies will take you an average of thirty minutes a day. Even if you don’t schedule your time very well – like me – you could easily purpose to sit down for that length of time.I have found that some of my most productive times have been when I sit down with the children and do my own Bible study while they are doing their schoolwork. This allows them to see their mother being a student of the Word and hopefully they will remember their mom that way and want to emulate the same behavior.
Jamie Moffatt, TOS Crew
ENCOURAGEMENT FOR HOME SCHOOL MOMS -DEVOTIONAL (Book 1)
Devotional Bible Studies by Bonnie Lisech I received Deeper Roots – Encouragement for Homeschool Moms, A devotional Bible Study, a few weeks before we started school here at my house. It came at just the right time. I was finalizing our curriculum plans, figuring out what I thought was best for my kids, second guessing myself, everything most homeschool parents go through before starting the school year. I opened this Bible Study and found encouragement, support and love written on the pages. Every fear, every doubt, it was all there, with scripture and a guide to help me figure out how to get past it and to get deeper into God’s word.
When I first opened the envelope containing Deeper Roots, and it slid out into my hands, I saw a very personal, touching, handwritten note from one of the authors and owners of the company, Howard Lisech. He was thanking me in advance for reviewing this bible study. I was blown away, I was the one being blessed by receiving this gift. Not only did I use it when I first got it, but I continue to use it and refer back to different pages when I struggle.
In this study, you are lead to different scriptures and examples on one day and the next, you are to journal about your thoughts, your feelings, your experiences. Here is the first passage inside Deeper Roots ~ Encouragement for Homeschool Moms, that I found myself going back to:
STRENGTHENED THROUGH CHRIST
I can do everything through [Christ] who gives me strength. Phil. 4:13 At times the overwhelming demands of home schooling will make you feel inadequate for the task. In the context of the verse above, the Apostle Paul is sharing that in peaceful or in challenging times in his life, he knew that through Christ, he would have the strength of the Lord to accomplish His will.
1. Read Col. 1:9-12.
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. 10 And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.
Bonnie Lisech, the author of this bible study book, has brought every fear and insecurity that a homeschool parent could have, to the surface. She does this because she has been there, faced the same insecurities, the same troubles, that we have. She’s been through it and can offer you her wisdom when you come face to face with the same issues. This will be a book I go back to often, for encouragement, lifting up, to make me stronger and glorify my Father for the good things He has done in my life.
One thing I found out while browsing their website, is that they offer Bible curriculum as well. Elementary, Junior High and Senior High. I haven’t actually sat down and looked at these, so I can’t comment on them, but if they are anything like this Bible study, I can’t see where you could ever go wrong!
You can also download FREE pdf Bible curriculum samples online. You can find them on their website, www.deeperroots.com or on Facebook.com/DeeperRootsPubs!
Bible Curriculum reviews
Jenette B., Homeschool Mom
ROOTED AND GROUNDED (GRADES 10, 11 OR 12):
My daughter is a senior in high school this year and we have homeschooled for her whole school career. I discovered your Rooted and Grounded curriculum last summer and decided to use it for her Bible study this year. My daughter and I worked through the curriculum together. This study is full of fabulous spiritual insight that is grounded in scripture!
This study prompted incredible discussions between my daughter and I! We would often end up in discussions about life that were sparked by the curriculum but that made the study much more real to her as we applied it to real life things that she was experiencing.
What a fabulous way to wrap up her high school years! Thank you! Blessings to you!
ROOTED AND GROUNDED (GRADES 10, 11, OR 12)
Review by Adventures in Homeschooling
ROOTED AND GROUNDED (GRADES 10, 11 OR 12):
Rooted and Grounded-A Guide for Spiritual Growth is a Bible study course put out by Deeper Roots Publications. It is meant for high school students and should last a year. However, this is not written in stone. The authors emphasize that if the student needs longer then you should take the time needed.
There are six parts to the program.
1. Prayer for “Unreached Peoples”. Each section begins with this. A country and a people group are introduced with a summary of the religion of the region, the political information and basic facts. (The flag, population, where the region is in the world,etc.) Specific prayer ideas are offered.
2. Memory Challenges–One to three verses to memorize are recommended per lesson.
3. Review pages
4. Writing opportunities
6. Journaling–this is suggested to be a personal journal that *may* be off limits to us as parents/teachers. Each section is broken into daily chunks. There is scripture to be read with questions following. The Teacher’s guide has a copy of the student book with notes in the margin. There are suggestions on how to demonstrate the concept in a concrete way.
Review by Lori, TOS-Homeschool Blogger
Deeper Roots Publications offer short term missions resources and Bible curriculum. Rooted & Grounded is the Bible curriculum offered for Senior High, recommended for grades 10-12. It contains twenty-seven lessons, covering topics such as sanctification, servanthood, forgiveness, submission, prayer,and humility and is meant to be used as a one year course.A different unreached people group is highlighted at the beginning of each lesson, as a focus for prayer. This is similar to the Operation World books, with a beautifully drawn sketch and “people profile” designed to promote learning and interest in “different customs and cultures”. Prayer suggestions are included.This is an academic based study and would be best used as a Bible course rather than a devotional. It is ideal for those seeking a more academic study that is free of fluff and fun. This is a question and answer type program, which would be great for getting a student to dig into the Scriptures for their answers. There are Memory challenges and writing assignments are included in the text. A Unit Test package is available separately. As someone not overly fond of question and answer type curricula, I grudgingly find myself impressed with this study. It hasn’t been too difficult to find good devotionals for my teenagers but most of the good Bible class products that I have come across have been part of a larger curriculum (Starting Points for example). This study gets the student into the Bible and covers basic doctrinal principles.My biggest concern is that it is so academic. There is a lot of writing and I know it would not appeal to my hands on learners. As I wouldn’t want studying the Bible to become drudgery, I would either choose something else for my kinesthetic students or adjust the writing assignments to become discussions, skits or something along those lines. http://www.homeschoolblogger.com
Jeff Berg, Co-Author, The Debt Free Church
ROOTED AND GROUNDED (GRADES 10, 11 OR 12) A Guide for Spiritual Growth is an excellent tool for deepening one’s walk with the Lord. Through its unique synthesis of thoughtful Bible study, consistent prayer, careful journaling, scripture memorization, and global evangelism awareness, this engaging study program systematically leads growing believers into a deeper and more fulfilling relationship with God. I can’t think of a church, missions organization, or other ministry that would not find this attractive and easy-to-follow curriculum to be a practical and encouraging tool for adult and young-adult Christian growth.One-on-one discipleship, small-group Bible studies, Sunday School classes, and home care groups will all benefit greatly from Rooted and Grounded. It’s an Experiencing God type of study for the new millennium!
ROOTED AND GROUNDED (GRADES 10, 11, OR 12):
A Guide for Spiritual Growth, by Howard Lisech, Bonnie Lisech, and Jan L. Harris (Deeper Roots Publications)
student book – $25.95; teacher¹s guide – $42.95; test booklet – $3.95
Deeper Roots Publications, 13 W. Lakeshore Dr, Cherokee Village, AR 72529. (407) 797-8557 e-mail: DeeperRoots@aol.com, web site: www.DeeperRoots.com
Written for a high school through adult level audience, this is a topical Bible study course that should take a full year. Topics cover selected areas of theology, relationship with God, and Christian living. Each week also includes a two-page introduction of an unreached people group accompanied by beautiful artwork by Julie Bosacker. This makes it easy to integrate prayer for each of these groups with regular lessons–sort of like incorporating the same ideas presented in the book Operation World into your studies and prayer life.
The study is non-denominationally Protestant. Introductions to each lesson, aside from the unreached peoples¹ information, are brief, so the focus is primarily upon Scripture itself. The student is directed to read directly from Scripture, then answer comprehension, analysis, and application questions. Frequently, lessons cross reference additional Scripture verses. Scripture verses are purposely not included in the student book so that students become more familiar with the Bible itself by looking up the verses. However, the teacher¹s guide does include an appendix with all the Scripture verses–46 pages worth! Memory verses are included along with a suggested review calendar for optimum retention. Student books are consumable, so you’ll need one for each student.
The teacher¹s guide is quite useful. It includes all the student material, the Bible verses, sample lesson plans, teaching strategies, and notes/answers for questions students address in each lesson. Other features are weekly prayer suggestions relating to the lesson, weekly review quizzes, and some wonderful illustrations.
In addition, there is a Test & Answer Keys booklet. The eight tests in the booklet include a mixture of short answer, vocabulary, matching, and essay questions.
This is serious Bible study that would ideally be used by parent and child(ren) together. Although the publisher suggests using it only with upper level high school students, I believe that many homeschoolers in ninth and tenth grades would have no trouble with either the level of presentation or the ideas.
ROOTED AND GROUNDED (GRADES 10, 11 OR 12)A Guide for Spiritual Growth is a needed addition to Bible study programs. Thought-provoking questions rather than questions that ask for one- or two-word answers lead the student to understand and apply each lesson to his/her own life. Memorization of significant Scripture passages and systematic careful review enhance the retention of truths studied. The length of lessons will encourage regularity in Bible study without overwhelming those seeking to make such study a daily habit. It provides the teacher with excellent support whether experienced or new at the task. This important program will fill a critical need for youth and adults alike.I can envision that you will have many requests for permission to translate Rooted and Grounded in a number of other languages.
Daniel Thomas, Calvary Christian School
Thank you for allowing me to review your ROOTED AND GROUNDED (GRADES 10, 11 OR 12): High School Bible material. I look forward to sharing it with our students. I am excited about the solid Biblical principles that are covered, the strong missions emphasis, and the depth of student involvement that is incorporated in each lesson.
Daniel Thomas, High School Administrator, Calvary Christian School
ROOTED AND GROUNDED (GRADES 10, 11 OR 12):Again, another quality Bible Study, this time geared for senior high through adult level audience, Rooted and Grounded does just what the title implies. It is a unique, challenging topical Bible curriculum that will challenge any who take the course. The book is written in the same format as the two prior volumes, but this one is a one-year course, in one book. There is also a teacher’s guide, with answers and suggested activities for each lesson. The authors have gone beyond the norm in this study, as these lessons will really cause the student to think and focus on what they are learning and reading. There are also significant Scripture passages to memorize that will help the student stay rooted and grounded. There is, again, the focus on the unreached people groups of the world, with a two page prayer focus dedicated to a people group accompanied by the same beautiful artwork found in the junior high versions. There are tests available in a separate test booklet, if that appeals to you. The tests are to be given about every fourth lesson. Personally, I don”t think I use them, as this is such a personal study. Unless you need the tests to give grades and credit for Bible class, I think you will be able to discern whether your student is learning the subject matter just by how he/she is responding to the lessons. There are comprehension and analysis questions involved here.I particularly like the journaling spaces and ideas and thoughts for journaling. This is a very good idea, as students at this age are often full of questions and thoughts, but need somewhere to write them down. There are also challenging writing opportunities given, which are indeed challenging and thought provoking.
ROOTED AND GROUNDED (GRADES 10, 11 OR 12)A Guide for Spiritual GrowthUpper Level High School Curriculum or Youth & Adult Discipleship Groups
Written by: Howard Lisech, Bonnie Lisech, and Jan L. Harris
Edited by: Rick MadsenIt didn’t take me but about a minute, browsing through the stack in my friend Pam Bowen’s arms, to realize that everyone needed to know about Rooted & Grounded. Pam, from Conroe, a veteran homeschool mom of high degree, discovered the curriculum – teacher’s guide, student’s guide, and tests & answer keys – at the Texas Home School Coalition homeschool conference held in Conroe, Texas in August, 2001. She was excited about it and her excitement was contagious. When she heard that I was reviewing for Eclectic Homeschool Online, she said, “Well, then you need to see this!” She then promptly edged the spiral out of her stack; I pulled it loose, and was quickly and thoroughly convinced.Published in 1999 by Deeper Roots Publications & Media, this curriculum is complete and much needed! (I’m glad they’ve prepared a middle school version!) I’m so eager to tell you about this that I don’t have the words to start. (Debbie? With no words? Better pay attention to this, folks!)study. It’s a Bible study, personal growth challenge, geography lesson, and world history all rolled into one. The best aspect of Rooted & Grounded, in my opinion, is how the writers involve you in eternity. You will believe that your thoughtful prayers can make a difference – uh, because they can. I’ve read books that tell me how to pray and that I should pray, but not one that convinced me I could have an eternal impact on any particular group.
Rooted & Grounded will leave you not just knowing what you believe but why you believe it. You’ll be able to really give a reason for your hope. That’s what the world is looking for: real believers who believe that what they believe is real enough to cause someone else to believe!And, if the thought of you or your children personally being on a foreign mission field scares you, then at least be willing to participate with those who will go – who already are there – in foreign missions with your prayers. Yet, also consider this: you DO have a mission field. Everyone does. A classroom… an emergency room… a receptionist’s desk… a bank office… your sofa at home… We must be aware of and be working in our mission field, wherever that may be. Let Rooted & Grounded help you “…continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him…” (Colossians 2:6-7)The Rooted & Grounded spiral bound Teacher’s Guide ($42.95) contains daily bible study, review answer keys, teacher’s helps, a sample lesson plan, and Bible passages. A prayer reminder for an unreached people group is included before each lesson in its 256+-pages. The spiral bound Student Workbook ($25.95) contains daily Bible study, weekly reviews, memory work suggestions, writing assignments, and the prayer reminder for unreached people groups in its 257 pages. The 39-page Unit Tests and Test Answer Keys is $3.95.
Rooted & Grounded is available from Deeper Roots Publications 13 W. Lakeshore Dr, Cherokee Village AR 72529, Phone 407 797 8557 Email: DeeperRoots@aol.com, www.DeeperRoots.com
A veteran journalist, Deborah Deggs Cariker is a 6th year homeschooling mother of two and Assistant Editor of the EHO Product Reviews Department. Cariker and fireman husband, Bill, make their home near Conroe, Texas. Copyright © 2002 Eclectic Homeschool Association
Regina S, TOS Crew
ROOTED AND GROUNDED (GRADES 10, 11 OR 12) One of the benefits of homeschooling your child through high school is having “extra time” for great discussions. Once children are in their teens they are ready to tackle some of life’s tougher questions and eagerly seek out answers from peers, mentors and teachers. Lucky me, as a homeschool Mom/teacher/mentor I am usually available for listening, discussing and advice giving when the moment arises. I am reminded frequently during these years of the importance of making sure the foundation of my young adult’s life is solidly supported with Biblical truth and knowledge.A veteran journalist, Deborah Deggs Cariker is a 6th year homeschooling mother of two and Assistant Editor of the EHO Product Reviews Department. Cariker and fireman husband, Bill, make their home near Conroe, Texas. Copyright © 2002 Eclectic Homeschool Association
ROOTED AND GROUNDED: A Guide for Spiritual Growth published by Deeper Roots publications was co-authored by former homeschool Mom, her husband-Howard, & Jan Harris, when she became frustrated with her search for a Bible curriculum that could meet the needs of both teenaged student and teacher. After asking friends Howard and Bonnie Lisech, accomplished authors of devotional books, for a Bible curriculum to fit her needs Harris was told the couple would write the curriculum only if she would help co-author the study. The project took three years to complete, but is a beautiful testimony to the trio’s hard work and devotion to the project. ROOTED AND GROUNDED is designed to be an academic Bible study for high school level students rather than a typical devotional. The curriculum includes sample lesson plans, writing assignments, journaling exercises, memory verses, cultural study of unreached people groups, tests and grading suggestions for the teacher. The 255+ page spiral bound teacher’s guide is very user friendly and complete allowing teachers the opportunity to begin using the curriculum with very little preparation. I simply read through the descriptions of the different aspects of the curriculum at the beginning of the guide minutes before my 17 year old daughter and I met to use the study for the first time. A 49 page appendix in the teacher’s guide provides the text of all scripture used in the lessons although the author’s encourage making use of a Bible to look up the scriptures used. ROOTED AND GROUNDED is designed to “guide students in the understanding and the disciplines of a daily walk with Jesus.” The course contains 27 lessons, and 8 Unit tests. Lessons are designed to take one to two weeks to complete. The authors suggest completing the curriculum in a single school year, however taking extra time if needed is also encouraged. A free PDF which includes introductory pages, a table of contents and a sample lesson is available on the Deeper Roots website.
Bible Curriculum reviews
DISCOVERING OUR AMAZING GOD (GRADES 7,8 OR 9)
DISCOVERING OUR AMAZING GOD (GRADES 7-9) This is the first volume of a two- volume course written for 7th to 9th graders. This is a really wonderful course, and something that I personally have been looking for, for a long time! This study is not written for brand new believers, it is specifically written, as the author states, to take the junior high student beyond the facts of the Bible stories to the serious challenge of getting better acquainted with God.Who is He? What is He like?There are hands on exercises, videos and field trips. The authors have also added a different dimension by using less well-known Bible stories, as most junior high students have already heard the better-known stories. This study is very in depth, there are questions to answer, memory challenges, reviews, and tests. There is also a very clear missionary emphasis, as there is a people group studied along with each lesson. The artwork is wonderful!! There are detailed sketches of people from the different people groups, as well as delightful cartoons throughout the books. There are writing opportunities and journaling opportunities.This is NOT just a sit, read and repeat facts study. It appears easy enough at first, but by the end of the first lesson, the students are really having to think and really challenge themselves. For example, on Day six of lesson 1 there is a writing opportunity where the student is asked to read several proverbs and choose the one he/she likes best and write a creative story which illustrates the wisdom of the proverb. There is class time allotted to the writing, but this is also very easy to integrate into your homeschool day by using the writing projects for English class. There is no instruction on HOW to write a paper, or a story, that is assumed to be taught in another part of your day, but the lessons in this study will challenge and hopefully motivate your student to really discover who God is.Each lesson is about discovering some aspect of God such as:
Kathy, Homeschool Buzz.com
DISCOVERING OUR AMAZING GOD (Grades 7,8, or 9)Discovering Our Amazing God is a thorough and practical Bible curriculum that will take your teens to the very heart of God’s word, bringing them to a deeper understanding of who God is, and what He is like. His character, His wisdom, His creativity, His faithfulness and more will be explored in nine main Bible lessons. Designed by home-schooling parents with teaching and missionary careers, this exciting curriculum will not only teach your children God’s word, but also introduce them to world missions through un-reached people profiles.The lessons are balanced, current and engaging to the student while the minimal preparation time makes this curriculum teacher-friendly. Material is based on less familiar biblical events, giving it a fresh and challenging edge. Creative writing exercises and your teen’s own personal reflections on the lessons are encouraged with space for journaling in the student workbook. The memory challenges, reviews and tests included within each lesson are very beneficial in helping the student retain and comprehend scripture and Godly principles.This could easily be used as a unit study as you tie in not only writing but also other subjects such as geography, critical thinking and science. Designed for home or classroom use, I can also see it working well in a group setting such as a weekly homeschool co-op. This is impressive, well thought out and meaningful curriculum. If your Jr. high students are ready for serious, relevant Bible study, you’ll want to get Discovering Our Amazing God. Check out the publisher’s website at Deeperroots.com to find additional bible curriculum and devotional studies.
Amy Bayliss, Heart of Wisdom
DISCOVERING OUR AMAZING GOD (Grades 7,8, or 9) I had the privilege of reviewing Discovering Our Amazing God, a bible curriculum from Deeper Roots. It is a very different kind of bible study. I have a deep appreciation for the incorporation of the 10-40 window and the focus on the unreached people by profiling groups such as the Muslims and the Hindu. I also like that it gave prayer focuses, self-reflection questions, and focused on character. I really believe this bible study is an excellent way to bring the holy spirit into our child’s education.
There are nine lessons:
1. Discovering Our Amazing God
2. Discovering God’s Power
3. Discovering God’s Creativity
4. Discovering God’s Love
5. Discovering God’s Holiness
6. Discovering God’s Faithfulness
7. Discovering God’s Justice
8. Discovering God’s Mercy
9. Summary Lesson
There is a good bit of focus put on scriptures that aren’t typically taught in church or bible school settings. It helps you to become familiar with another area of scripture and expands the child’s knowledge of the bible.
The teacher’s guide is clear and precise, very easy to follow. The curriculum is for 7th, 8th, or 9th grade.
Review by: Train up A Child-Kimberly Kovach
DISCOVERING OUR AMAZING GOD (Grades 7,8, or 9) Deeper Roots Bible curriculum that keeps 7th graders-Sr High students digging deeper.When I first received this “Discovering Our Amazing God” book, part of the Deeper Roots Bible curriculum, I was so impressed that I immediately ordered another student book for my other 7th grader and a companion volume which has suggestions for including younger children.Deeper Roots, www.DeeperRoots.com , is a company created by people who have a enormous love of missions. This is evident in the book as each lesson introduces the student to unreached people groups. For example, lesson 2 tells how Islam started, explains a little of their beliefs, and gives witnessing ideas. A prayer ideas are also given for that specific group. Since our family knows people who are living and working with unreached people groups in the 10/40 window, this aspect of the curriculum has been a nice addition. The ease of use is wonderful with this product. The Teacher’s Notes make very clear what is to be taught. Little preparation is needed leaving plenty of time for discussion with your student. The first page of each lesson or unit consists of Introductory Notes for the teacher. The goal of the lesson is written, plus a list of all items needed is given for the lesson. The student’s book has pages numbered the same as the teacher’s which is handy. In the teacher’s book, the left half of the page is the student page and the right half of the page are the teacher notes for discussion and answers for questions from the student’s page. Memory Texts are given throughout and these are not your typical texts you hear all the time. I liked the very first one, I Corinthians 1:25, which I don’t remember reading before. “For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.” My kids have memorized texts since they were tiny, so these lesser known texts are perfect. The Writing Opportunities are wonderful since you can incorporate language arts into the Bible class. A journaling section is at the back of each lesson. Some of the ideas for journaling are imagining you are there during a Bible event and writing down your feelings, remembering when God has shown his power on your behalf, and writing about God’s holiness. Then, there are also separate writing activities like one that has the student write a screenplay for a scene from Isaiah or Exodus. We haven’t gotten that to that page yet, but I know mine will also want to act it out and videotape it!These particular books are supposed to be using stories that may not be as well known. However, my kids have know all the stories so far. That being said, the questions do probe deeper than just rote memory type learning. Verses are explored more fully to decide what they are really saying.The Suggestions for Including Younger Children companion volume which I bought as been helpful for including “Jack-Jack” in the Bible class. He has enjoyed the projects and listening to the older ones’ writings. I have also thought of and added other activities for him.I have really enjoyed teaching Bible with this curriculum. The ease of preparation and the depth to which it digs into Bible truths is a huge plus with me. The children enjoy it, too. I have not yet seen any doctrinal issues which disagree with our beliefs. If I do, we will discuss within our classtime. You can see the scope and sequence for the various books in the curriculum. I plan to check out the other samples of the Junior High and Senior High levels.
Lena Wall, Mt. Salem Christian School
DISCOVERING OUR AMAZING GOD (Grades 7,8, or 9)This is our third year using Discovering Our Amazing God in our school. We enjoy this curriculum because it is creatively put together and brings out creativity in the students. Students don’t just repeat facts or give “pat” answers but are required to think as they express themselves through poetry, drawing, hymn writing and journaling. Students regularly mention at their Grade Eight graduation that the Bible course was a highlight of their school year and that blesses my heart! They are definitely “discovering their amazing God” with this curriculum. Keep up the good work!
John Kallin, New Tribes Mission School – Brazil
DISCOVERING OUR AMAZING GOD (Grades 7,8, or 9) I had the privilege of using the Deeper Roots curriculum with junior high students. Using this resource was one of the highlights of my teaching assignment. I followed the lesson plans as described in the teacher’s edition and was tremendously pleased. The teacher’s text is a helpful resource. I was able to easily plan ahead. The lessons are
creative and fun – my students enjoyed Bible Class. My students loved the dramas, the skits, and bringing cocoons to class. As a teacher, I liked that the curriculum integrated themes from other core subject. Most importantly, in my view, the class had great discussions on the meaningful and important topics covered in the curriculum. It was right on target for junior high. I saw my students growing in knowledge and developing deeper relationships with the Lord. I highly recommend the Deeper Roots curriculum.
Regina S. TOS Crew
DISCOVERING OUR AMAZING GOD (Grades 7,8, or 9)Looking for an indepth Bible study for your child? Check out Deeper Roots website https://www.deeperroots.com/ they have several different studies for grades 7th through 12th. The cost of these studies are reasonably priced, the teacher edition costs $30.95 and the student workbook goes for $23.95.95. They also offer other homeschool resources; such as videos, workbooks, regular reading books and more. The curriculum we reviewed was “Discovering Our Amazing God” by Jan L. Harris and Howard & Bonnie Lisech. This Bible study is geared towards 7th through 9th grades. This curriculum is an indepth study of the Bible using exercises in scripture memory, journaling, questions and more. This is a teacher taught curriculum, which is really the best way to have a child learn about the Bible because the parent should be the one to disciple your child and help them grow spiritually. A self-taught Bible study may not give the same results as a parent led one. The great thing about this curriculum is that it is well-laid out, with minimal teacher prep and to me, a mom homeschooling 6 kids, this is a REALLY great thing! Discovering Our Amazing God also focuses on some of the less familiar Bible stories and events to give the student an new appreciation of our loving God. They use artwork, line drawings, different ways of answering questions, and suggested activities intermingled with inductive Bible study to keep the student refreshed, interested and motivated. My daughter and I both enjoyed this study. There is a lot of writing assignments in this study so if you have a child with special needs or a child that is still transitioning from elementary grade work to jr/sr high you may want to adjust the curriculum to fit their needs (which isn’t hard to do). If you are looking for a more academic based study rather than a devotional type Bible study then check out Deeper Roots website. They also offer free samples for you to check out.
Lillian Snider, Bay Back Christian Academy
DISCOVERING OUR AMAZING GOD (Grades 7,8, or 9)“I am the new administrator of our school and I downloaded your free teacher sample portions. These are exactly what I feel would make a difference in the students’ lives. The study of the people groups is a wonderful bonus, as I also have a heart for missions and want to help awaken that love for all God’s people in the young lives I will be blessed to teach. The school will be ordering additional student copies, and as soon as we finish this first study, we plan to go on to the next. I will also be showing my copies to the high school teacher and she may be ordering also.”
DISCOVERING WHO I AM IN CHRIST (Grades 7, 8 OR 9)
Holly Cameron, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine
DISCOVERING WHO I AM IN CHRIST (GRADES 8-9) This is the second volume of the series described above. It too, is meant to last a semester, and is intended for after the first volume. This volumes’ purpose is to again go beyond the facts of the Bible stories to the wonderful knowledge of the students’ spiritual identity. Who we are in Christ; chapters include: Sinner or Saint? A New Creation; Adopted; Citizen of Heaven; A Sheep in His pasture, and many more. The format is the same as the first volume, with questions and hands on activities, and lots of challenging writing activities. These questions make you think! They aren’t the kind of questions that you will know the answer to without even thinking about it, they are thought provoking and challenging. I am very impressed with this Bible curriculum, and I believe there is a needed place for it in the lives of our children who have grown up hearing and knowing, but maybe not really realizing that THEY are Christ’s children too; this study will help the junior high student realize that he/she is important to Jesus, and that he/she matters in Christ’s eyes. Together, the two studies will comprise a very thorough, challenging Bible curriculum that will be a wonderful addition to any home!
DISCOVERING WHO I AM IN CHRIST (GRADES 7-9) by Jan L. Harris, Howard & Bonnie Lisech
Reading Level: Jr. High level The first book in this series (Discovering Our Amazing God) taught your teens who God is. This second book explores who they are in God. This exceptional curriculum will help your sons and daughters through the emotional changes and critical adolescent years by providing insight into their own spiritual identities. Nine comprehensive and engaging lessons will show they are precious, new creatures in Christ, who are loved and accepted by their Heavenly Father. These lessons will prove an invaluable resource to you as you disciple your teens towards spiritual maturity.This curriculum is so versatile! Suggestions are provided to incorporate other subjects such as science, geography, and critical thinking into the lessons. A key element to the curriculum is journaling; mirroring David’s inspired writing of the Psalms, your students will record their own personal reflections and meditations on God. What an encouraging and wonderful keepsake their own writings will make for them in years to come.
DISCOVERING WHO I AM IN CHRIST (GRADES 7-9)Developing Deeper Roots in Christ Can your middle school student explain “sanctification”? If they had worked through Deeper Roots Publications, Discovering Who I Am in Christ they would. The publishers of Deeper Roots Publications have certainly lived up to their name with their Bible study curriculum. For the past several weeks my daughter and I (this is a together type of program) have been reviewing Discovering Who I Am in Christ, which is one in the series of topical studies for grades 7 – 9 from Deeper Roots. This program leads the student to discover foundational doctrine and scriptural truths through daily, inductive Bible Study. Discovering Who I Am in Christ goes far beyond the typical, devotional type materials commonly used for this age group. My daughter is 8th grade and, while I wouldn’t normally describe her as “academically inclined”, she is enjoying this study and works in it without prompting most days. In Discovering Who I Am in Christ, students investigate scripture directly and process what they learn through a variety of activities. Parents who have done inductive Bible study will recognize the question format and be comfortable with the process. If you have never done an inductive study yourself, this would be a good one to start with. There are detailed and thought provoking questions, meditation and memory work. “Homework” assignments require students to interview older Christians and get their perspective on several topics. This interview activity stimulated more conversation with my daughter than all the others combined.
• Graphic organizers help students organize their knowledge.
• Art activities, both large and small, provide artistic students a visual avenue to express their understanding.
• Line drawings illustrate the concepts These are all in the student book. There is a comprehensive Teacher’s Guide includes:
• schedules • question answers
• extra scriptural references and a comprehensive index of references
• rubrics to grade writing assignments • object lessons and discussion guides
• still more discussion and writing assignments
• cross-curricular activities relate the Bible lesson to science, art social studies etc.
• Memory verse schedule and review There are so many activities that can be done, it is likely impossible to do them all! Therefore, I believe that the material can be adapted for the less willing writer by simply choosing among these different activities and doing some writing assignments orally.
The scope of the study is broadened by the weekly introduction of a “people group” from the 10-40 window of unreached and needy populations. Students are drawn out of their small sphere as they read about and pray daily for these people and the missionaries who work among them. The teacher’s guide is quite detailed and I initially found it overwhelming as many of the activities seemed geared toward a classroom setting. In fact, I wondered why it even said “homeschool edition”. However, as we moved through the lessons I came to appreciate the comprehensive notes on each session and the answers printed to all the questions. These helpful features were conveniently printed right beside a reproduction of the student book. If I wasn’t able to work WITH my daughter, I could at least go over her work with some understanding. I also liked the object lessons, even if I only “discussed” the scenario rather than go through the whole demonstration process. As the authors had suggested, I began to use the teacher’s book as a “guide” and not a “strait jacket”. The teacher’s guide is “expensive” at $42.95. Normally, I might forgo the TG purchase and just wing it. However, in this instance I feel the TG is well worth the cost and essential to making the course simple to utilize. The student book is around $25 and it is designed to be written in. I believe it will also be something your student wants to keep as a personal reference. Each book of the series for 7th, 8th, and 9th grades is for use in one semester (18 weeks). I feel we will need more time that this to do an adequate job. Stretching the course out doesn’t seem to present a problem.
DISCOVERING CHRIST-LIKE HABITS (BOOK 3) (Grades 7, 8 OR 9)
Discovering Christ-Like Habits (Book 3) (Grades 8 or 9) Student workbook and Teacher’s Guide, Home School Edition
Jan L. Harris, Howard and Bonnie Lisech
Deeper Roots Publications
www.DeeperRoots.comDiscovering Christ-Like Habits (DCH) is book 3 in the Discovering Series.
This is a 7th, 8th or 9th grade Bible Curriculum. Other titles in the Discovery Series are Discovering Who I am in Christ and Discovering our Amazing God. Discovering Christ-Like Character will be available in 2007. Lesson titles in DCH are Growing Faith, Our Ever Present Helper, The Secret of the Will, The Gift of Prayer, Celebrating God, and Feeding on God’s Word. DCH is an in-depth Bible study. In addition to scripture-based study about faith in God, the Holy Spirit, prayer, worship, and the importance of studying God’s word, students will learn about unreached people groups and world geography, memorize scripture, and do a lot of writing. Besides the teacher’s guide and student workbook, you will need a variety of items to teach this curriculum as it is written. Many of the needed items are not readily available at your local grocery store and will require a trip to a school supply store.
Discovering Christ-Like Habits (Book 3) (Grades 7 or 8 or 9) Book three in the Deeper Roots Discovery Series focuses on encouraging 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students to form habits that will benefit their walk with Christ for a lifetime. Using an inductive Bible study approach, the scope of this book covers what the authors feel are some of the most important Christian disciplines for junior high students: growing in faith, the secret of the will, prayer, celebrating God through worship, and feeding on God’s Word (the Bible). There is also a chapter on the Holy Spirit and His ever-present help. The book has six lessons, which are divided further into days, giving a total of 90 days worth of study time– (*180 days if you spend the following day debriefing and discussing each days’ assignment.) Each lesson consists of memory verse challenges, comprehension questions, discussion points, reflections, and possibly some hands on activities. Also, insights are presented which show the importance of each discipline, and opportunities to practice and apply them are suggested. Many pages in the Student Workbook are consumable, though students could easily use a separate pad or exercise book to write their answers in. The Student Workbook pages are actually reproduced in the Teacher’s Guide, along with notes for the teacher and the answers. The Teacher’s Guide also outlines the goals of each lesson and lets teachers know what extra items will be needed over the course of the lesson. Tied into this study are profiles of unreached people groups around the globe, and students are encouraged to pray for these people. Included are some illustrations to help get the points across, and repetition is used on occasion to really make sure a point has hit home. Journaling is also encouraged, and blank “reflections” pages are included at the end of each lesson which students can use if they so choose.
Discovering Christ-Like Habits (Book 3) (Grades 7 or 8 or 9) During breakfast time, my children and I have been doing a Bible study called Discovering Christ-Like Habits. Published by Deeper Roots, this study was written for 7th-9th graders. However with some adaptations, we’ve found that all three children (ages 5, 11, and 14) can benefit from working through the study together.The first thing I noticed and very much appreciated, was that at the introduction to each lesson there is a beautiful sketch and description of unreached people groups who need Christ, and specific ways to pray for those people.This curriculum encompasses several areas: Bible memory, Bible study, hands-on exercises, writing projects, videos and field trips. We have chosen to use it in a narrower scope, since we already have a very comprehensive writing curriculum, and are committed participants in regular co-op classes. However, for those who have a little more room in their schedule, incorporating these additional activities would be a wonderful idea!Lesson five is on “Celebrating God” and focuses on worshiping God in song, in our giving, in service to others, in reading the Word and in prayer. The last lesson, “Feeding on God’s Word” stresses the importance of studying the Bible. Methods of study are introduced, and opportunity given to practice those methods. This curriculum has provided us with many valuable discussions already, and I am thankful to have such a systematic tool in hand as I seek to disciple my children. While we are working through the Teacher Guide ($28.95) orally at this time, and not using the accompanying student workbook ($19.95), it is nice to have the workbook on hand for later years. We’ll need to cover these topics again in the future! Several other titles are available in the junior high series: Discovering Our Amazing God, Discovering Who I Am in Christ, and Discovering Christlike Character. These books take a semester to complete and include study guides and tests at the end of each lesson. You can download detailed scope and sequence of these titles or free pdf samples portions.
Review by Denice (TOS CREW)
Discovering Christ-Like Habits (Book 3) (Grades 7 or 8 or 9) I recently received Discovering Christ-Like Habits by Deeper Roots Publications to review. Discovering Christ-Like Habits is the third book (in a four book series) for junior high level. We love it! I feel that Bible is the most important subject of our day. It is an area though that I tend to feel like I’m not doing enough. We have tried several different bible studies and devotionals, and for some reason or another, they just don’t fit our family very well. What’s great about this book is that it is so much more than a devotional! It is an in-depth bible class! Exactly what we’ve been searching for all of these years! In Discovering Christ-Like Habits, the topics include:
• Growing Faith
• Our Ever Present Helper
• The Secret Of The Will
• The Gift Of Prayer
• Celebrating God
• Feeding On God’s Word The lessons have a variety of activities including thought provoking writing projects, hands-on exercises, character building questions to answer, memory challenges, videos and even suggests field trips. There is also sections throughout the book called Unreached People Profiles. In this book the different “people” they focus on are the Pushtun, Uzbek, Turkana, Yanomami, Sherpa and Turkmen people. (We were especially excited to see that they focused on the Uzbek people, since our youngest daughter is also from Central Asia, not far from there!) There is a page devoted to each of these groups that include where they are from, what their culture and beliefs are, and a prayer focus for them (which I particularly like! Sometimes it’s hard to know exactly what to pray for!).
The teacher’s manual is very well laid out. It lays out each section for you so your work and prep-time is minimal (which is so nice sometimes!). There is a “Looking Ahead” section so you have everything on-hand for the upcoming lesson. I was really impressed with just about everything in this bible curriculum! Deeper Roots Publications also has bible curriculums for elementary and high school aged students as well (which I think we will be looking into!). Deeper Roots Publications has tons of missionary, evangelical and bible resources available. We ordered a video that went along with this book, and I was very impressed with the price and how quickly it arrived at our house! You can also order free sample portions of their curriculum. I would definitely have to say, if you are looking for a thorough and challenging bible study for your junior high student that will help them gain valuable spiritual wisdom and knowledge, then this series is certainly something you should check out!!
Discovering Christ-Like Habits (Book 3) (Grades 7 or 8 or 9) I teach Junior High and we use your Bible curriculum and love it! It has been wonderful to see my students grow in their relationship with the Lord through this in-depth Bible study. They have really enjoyed learning more about and praying for the unreached people groups, performing the Bible skits for the younger students in our school, and taking part in the hands-on activities that this curriculum provides
Review by Kim Karbo, TOS Crew
Discovering Christ-Like Habits (Book 3) (Grades 7 or 8 or 9) This series of Bible study materials by Jan Harris and Howard and Bonnie Lisech, created for students of all ages, has been one that I have looked at for several years. Having a chance to review one of the curricula for 7th – 9th graders was a treat. The Bible study materials come as a 2-book set – a Teacher’s Guide and a Student Workbook, both spiral bound. The Teacher’s Guide is almost 300 pages, just to give you an idea of the depth of study this curriculum contains. This book, the third in the “Discovering series,” has 86 daily lessons, including in-depth Bible study, supplemental material, activities, worksheets, memory work and tests. Appendix pages in the Teacher’s Guide provide all the worksheets, tests and answer keys.For someone looking for a deep and meaningful Bible curriculum for their junior high and high school students, look no further! This is it. The study causes the students to really dig in to their Bibles and glean from the Scripture itself, the truths that make up the theme of the study – in this case, Christ-Like Habits (Growing Faith, Our Ever Present Helper, The Secret of the Will, The Gift of Prayer, Celebrating God, and Feeding on God’s Word). There are rich present-day examples, giving feet to the concepts being studied and many sound application questions and exercises that force the student to interact with the material on a personal level, not just read through it on the surface. Another thing I love about this curriculum is that the authors have a missions background and it is evident throughout the studies. Unreached people groups, with explanations and beautiful illustration, are presented before each unit, giving the student the opportunity to know more about God’s people around the world and pray for them specifically. The price for the curriculum (for what you are getting in it) is reasonable. The Teacher’s Guide for the Homeschool edition of each level is $30.95 and the Student Workbook is $21.95. Each book would take approximately one semester to complete, so your total cost for the year would be $97.80. That might be a bit steep for some families, but it isn’t a bad price for the quality of the Bible program you are getting. There are a couple of drawbacks to the program from my personal perspective. First of all, in my situation, I am teaching a K, 5th, and 9th grader. For our Bible time together, I need a program that can be used by everyone. There may be parts of this program that would be suitable for that, but it really is designed to be done in the workbook and with the various activities. A lot of adaptation would be needed to allow the 5th and K student’s to join in meaningfully. So, that makes the curriculum good for only one of my students. That is not such a bad thing in itself either, except that it is also designed for significant amounts of teacher/student (or parent/child) interaction. I generally tend to teach Bible with all of my kids together, and then assign the older ones independent Bible studies to do on their own. This particular approach is really set up more like a class – where there needs to be significant amounts of interaction between the teacher and the student. While that will doubtless result in a very rewarding study for both people, it just doesn’t fit into our school framework at this time. Nevertheless, it is possible for the student to get a lot out of the study if they just do what they can do on their own, but probably not to the extent that they would if someone was working with them. The other drawback is that there are additional resources needed to really cover all of the aspects of the study, such as other books and videos. I was not able to find the resources listed, so we were not able to incorporate them. The other important consideration in any curriculum is what the students think of it.
My 13 year old son’s comment was, “It’s pretty cool.” This is a relatively high compliment from him! When pressed further on what he liked about it, he said he liked the fact that you could learn a lot without taking a long time. Each lesson (without the extra activities) only takes about 15-20 minutes to complete, and yet goes deep into the material. So, overall I would highly recommend this curriculum for a deep and meaningful Bible program. But, be prepared to spend time with it. If you are only teaching students in the 11-14 age range, you can easily use it with all of them at once (just buy separate student workbooks) and it would make for a great time of Bible study together. If you want a Bible study that can be done independently by your student, this may not be the choice for you. Be sure to check out their other products as well. They have Bible curricula for 5th grade through adult and many wonderful missions resources!
DISCOVERING CHRIST-LIKE CHARACTER (BOOK 4) (Grades 7, 8, 9 or 10)
Review by Janice, Rainbow Resources
Discovering a Christ-Like Character (Book 4) (Grades 7 or 8 or 9) Like the other studies in this excellent series, this is a serious, applicatory, inductive Bible study. Involving 7th through 9th graders in a quest to learn about Christ’s joy, integrity, forgiveness, humility, unselfishness, self-control and love is coupled with the continual challenge to become more like Christ in each of these areas. The format is similar to the other Deeper Roots studies – 7 lessons further divided into 10-15 days of work for a total of 86 days of study. Some days the student is reading scripture and responding to thought-provoking questions either in writing or through discussion. Other days the student is working on special projects like essays or speeches. Most lessons include review and test days. Each lesson also introduces a people group with missions and prayer information. Journaling and scripture memory is encouraged throughout. The student books are designed to be consumable, but they could be used repeatedly by having the student write his responses in a separate notebook. Either way, the goal is to develop a resource that the student can refer to at later points.
The teacher book includes background information, teacher’s notes on each day’s work, and answers along with discussion question talking points. Since the teacher book includes the complete student book (compressed) in side-by-side columns with the teacher notes (and answers), it might be possible to use a single book if you were having your student write answers out in another notebook. Helpfully, the teacher book also includes all scripture referenced in the lessons in a parallel format with both the NIV and KJV.
L. Baker-Homeschool Mom
Discovering a Christ-Like Character (Book 4) (Grades 7 or 8 or 9) I am so impressed with your studies! I have had a hard time finding studies for my boys that are grounded enough in the Word, yet not so overwhelming that they became discouraged. Your studies are not only well grounded but FUN!!! I also love the missions outlook.
Review by Kim Karbo, TOS Crew
Discovering a Christ-Like Character (Book 4) (Grades 7 or 8 or 9) This series of Bible study materials by Jan Harris and Howard and Bonnie Lisech, created for students of all ages, has been one that I have looked at for several years. Having a chance to review one of the curricula for 7th – 9th graders was a treat. The Bible study materials come as a 2-book set – a Teacher’s Guide and a Student Workbook, both spiral bound. The Teacher’s Guide is almost 300 pages, just to give you an idea of the depth of study this curriculum contains. This book, the third in the “Discovering series,” has 86 daily lessons, including in-depth Bible study, supplemental material, activities, worksheets, memory work and tests. Appendix pages in the Teacher’s Guide provide all the worksheets, tests and answer keys. For someone looking for a deep and meaningful Bible curriculum for their junior high and high school students, look no further! This is it. The study causes the students to really dig in to their Bibles and glean from the Scripture itself, the truths that make up the theme of the study – in this case, Christ-Like Habits (Growing Faith, Our Ever Present Helper, The Secret of the Will, The Gift of Prayer, Celebrating God, and Feeding on God’s Word). There are rich present-day examples, giving feet to the concepts being studied and many sound application questions and exercises that force the student to interact with the material on a personal level, not just read through it on the surface. Another thing I love about this curriculum is that the authors have a missions background and it is evident throughout the studies. Unreached people groups, with explanations and beautiful illustration, are presented before each unit, giving the student the opportunity to know more about God’s people around the world and pray for them specifically. The price for the curriculum (for what you are getting in it) is reasonable. The Teacher’s Guide for the Homeschool edition of each level is $28.95 and the Student Workbook is $19.95. Each book would take approximately one semester to complete, so your total cost for the year would be $97.80. That might be a bit steep for some families, but it isn’t a bad price for the quality of the Bible program you are getting. There are a couple of drawbacks to the program from my personal perspective. First of all, in my situation, I am teaching a K, 5th, and 9th grader. For our Bible time together, I need a program that can be used by everyone. There may be parts of this program that would be suitable for that, but it really is designed to be done in the workbook and with the various activities. A lot of adaptation would be needed to allow the 5th and K student’s to join in meaningfully. So, that makes the curriculum good for only one of my students. That is not such a bad thing in itself either, except that it is also designed for significant amounts of teacher/student (or parent/child) interaction. I generally tend to teach Bible with all of my kids together, and then assign the older ones independent Bible studies to do on their own. This particular approach is really set up more like a class – where there needs to be significant amounts of interaction between the teacher and the student. While that will doubtless result in a very rewarding study for both people, it just doesn’t fit into our school framework at this time. Nevertheless, it is possible for the student to get a lot out of the study if they just do what they can do on their own, but probably not to the extent that they would if someone was working with them.
The other drawback is that there are additional resources needed to really cover all of the aspects of the study, such as other books and videos. I was not able to find the resources listed, so we were not able to incorporate them. The other important consideration in any curriculum is what the students think of it. My 13 year old son’s comment was, “It’s pretty cool.” This is a relatively high compliment from him! When pressed further on what he liked about it, he said he liked the fact that you could learn a lot without taking a long time. Each lesson (without the extra activities) only takes about 15-20 minutes to complete, and yet goes deep into the material. So, overall I would highly recommend this curriculum for a deep and meaningful Bible program. But, be prepared to spend time with it. If you are only teaching students in the 11-14 age range, you can easily use it with all of them at once (just buy separate student workbooks) and it would make for a great time of Bible study together. If you want a Bible study that can be done independently by your student, this may not be the choice for you. Be sure to check out their other products as well. They have Bible curricula for 5th grade through adult and many wonderful missions resources!
Review by Bethany L. MomIsHome & TOS Crew
Discovering a Christ-Like Character (Book 4) (Grades 8 or 9) “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving” (Colossians 2:6–7 NKJV). “Blessed is the man . . . his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night . . . he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper” (Psalm 1:1–3 NKJV). That’s what I want for my children. Isn’t it what you want for your children? Discovering a Christ-Like Character by Deeper Roots Publications will provide you with the tools to help your children develop the Christian maturity they will need to stand firm in this world. Discovering a Christ-Like Character is not fluff; it delves much deeper than a fill-in-the blank workbook. The lessons are comprised of memorization, journaling, reading, thought-provoking questions, and “cool activities” (according to my teenager). Each lesson also includes beautiful artwork, maps, prayer suggestions, and an unreached people group profile. It can be used for a full credit on a transcript for high schoolers. The lessons in this Bible curriculum are designed first to help young teen students focus on Jesus Christ and to come to a deeper knowledge of His character, and second, to enable them to personally develop a more Christ-like character. The lessons cover eight different aspects of Christ’s character with which young teenagers most often struggle. The Deeper Roots Web site says, “We believe that Christians only become truly like Christ by growing in knowledge and relationship with Him. Our part is to study God’s Word and obey it; God’s part is to conform us to be like Christ (Rom 8:28–29).” By taking time to discuss each lesson with your children, you will be discipling them and mentoring them in the most effective way towards growing deeper Christian roots. Deeper Roots curricula were written for homeschoolers. Student books are $19.95; teacher books are $28.95, and the bundle is $62.45 (includes a student book, a teacher book, and one set of Matthew DVDs). The Web site has FREE sample portions and highlights their many other Bible curricula choices for all age groups, and encouraging books for homeschooling moms.
Review by Rachel Marie Martin
Discovering a Christ-Like Character (Book 4) (Grades 8 or 9)I’ve struggled to find Bible curriculum and studies for my older kids. I need studies where they can delve into the Word and tackle issues. I also need it to be thorough and in depth.The curriculum from Deeper Roots publication has filled a niche in our homeschooling household.They have a wonderful missionary/ministry focus and incorporate that into all of their lessons. Lessons are divided into units — 7 total discussing joy, integrity, forgiveness, humility, unselfishness, self-control, and love. Students are constantly using their Bibles — digging deep — trying to learn and memorize Scripture through journaling, memorization, discussion questions and more. I received Discovering A Christ-Like Character to review and decided to use it with Chloe who is in eighth grade. This curriculum is aimed for students 9-10th grade, but Chloe did just fine in the weeks we’ve spent working through the book.Here are some of Chloe’s words to describe her weeks with Deeper Roots:I love how I am immersed in the Word of God. It’s important for me to be aware of cultures who don’t know about
Jesus. I can pray for them. It’s easy to understand and complete.
I look forward to my morning Bible Study.I have been so happy with our experience with Deeper Roots that I intend to purchase the next volumes for Chloe to complete throughout her remaining homeschool years. In fact, next year, I will also be purchasing the senior high version Rooted and Grounded for Hannah. If you are looking for a solid Bible curriculum than I highly recommend you further examining the products from Deeper Roots. You can purchase Discovering Christ Like Character for $21.95 and the teacher’s guide (which we did use) for $30.95.http://rachelmariemartin.blogspot.com/2011/09/some-thoughts-on-deeper-roots.htm
Review by Sherri, TOS Crew
Discovering a Christ-Like Character (Book 4) (Grades 9 or 10)Christian mom to four children (20 dd, 18 ds, 14 dd and 7 ds)and a wife to my BFF. We have been a homeschooling family for (going on) 15 years, educating all the way through high school, and having graduated the two oldest. That leaves little time for anything else. Frankly speaking, I have been struggling with finding a thorough and complete Bible program for my kids for years. We have done some mini-studies, that were a minor part of another program. They were sufficient in their goal, but I just felt there had to be something better. Something that jettisoned the student out of the “norm” for Bible studies. After investigating several programs, I found them to only exasperate the boring, and just plain overwhelmingly dull “fill in the blank” typical workbook approach. The route memorization only compounded the issue. Where was that curriculum that instills comprehension of what they read, or prompted the student to take apart a verse to see what its true meaning was? Could there be such a program that offered these things, and went beyond the multitude of lifeless studies out there? I had been sending up many a prayer before this school session began. I wanted my daughter to really start studying the Bible in greater depth-not just look up a verse, and fill in the missing sections. I wanted her to process what she was reading and have fun doing it. By the grace of God, we were selected to receive the study, Discovering A Christ-Like Character by Deeper Roots. It is no accident that this particular study came along, as one of my goals was to instill better character traits in my child. Having never tried the Deeper Roots curriculum, I was a bit apprehensive; after all was this going to disappoint me like the others? Not only is the program laid out in such a way that the student researches scripture, but it requires them to take their time and process it as well. There are many places in the study where they are not to write what the verse says, but what they think the verse means! As their company motto states, their intention with the programs is “Moving students from Biblical knowledge to spiritual application.” Exactly what I had been praying for. Their series “Discovering” actually has four different titles to choose from, for children in the 7th through 9th grade age range. But if your child has not had much Bible background, I certainly could see these being most helpful in jump starting their training. We received the fourth book, A Christ-Like Character. As the name implies, the goal is to get the student to focus on Jesus and his characteristics, so that they may better understand how to live as he did. There are two versions to choose from. One for Christian schools, the other for homeschooling families (which we obviously are discussing).
You cannot do the study without the teacher’s guide, as it is just too valuable to cast aside. It is all there-student answer key, teacher’s notes and so forth. I love how they printed all the verses out for easy reference as well. The beauty and forethought of it being spiral-bound only adds to its usability (I can not tell you how many times I have had a teacher’s edition flip closed the second my hand was removed and then spent valuable time trying to find my place!) The student edition is peppered with lovely, engaging artwork and also beautifully done sketches of peoples in the 10-40 Window, that are discussed and prayed for at the beginning of each chapter. Now, don’t get me wrong-it is a workbook, so yes- there are plenty of things to write and answer. There are areas where they are required to list the missing sections, but there are equally as many areas to write what they think the verse is teaching, or how they can emulate that trait. My daughter has had to rethink how she is to do the study, since everything up to this point has been mostly just fill-in-the-blank; and move on type of studies for her (I am mainly talking about her Sunday School/Confirmation studies, as I was sorely disappointed with the choices they made for their curriculum). It has caused a bit of reluctance on her part (at first) but she is coming around to the new “style” of learning and is flourishing. I look forward to continuing with their other high school series next year as well. I already have it on my “to buy” list for her; and I am reviewing their catalog for a perfect fit for my 7 year old son. This program has been nothing but a blessing in our home and we look forward to digging deeper into the study as the weeks progress. As a side note, they recommend the following for the best approach to this study:
Two days per lesson-
1st day: student works on their own, so you do not influence or give answers-they need to figure it out.
2nd day: discuss, listen and observe You can do this study in one semester, but it is not recommended. They prefer you stretch it out for an entire year so as to truly absorb the material. I look at it like this: anyone can spout verse after verse, and “know” just about everything in the Bible because they have “studied” it. But if they do not know what the verse truly means or cannot translate it into their everyday actions and thoughts-they are just an empty vessel. I do not want my children to be empty-like vessels and feel confident that the Deeper Roots Bible program will certainly aid in preventing this.