Monday, July 22, 2013

Vacation Bible School... at home


It can be hard to make it to Vacation Bible School when you have younger children. (Or a mix of ages). Many of them take place at night and to many that means late bedtimes. Or perhaps your home church doesn't operate a VBS. Or perhaps the one you'd like to go to is far away and you just can't go... Or maybe your child fell sick on the very week of VBS and you were unable to attend. There's many many variables for being unable to make it to Vacation Bible School. And this is one of the reasons why our family loves to do Vacation Bible School at home using Christian Light Publications Vacation Bible School program. It is very economic. Around 4.90 a student and around 10.00 for the Teacher's manual and a set of 10 beautiful poster sized pictures. There's a set for every grade level from Kindergarten to 8th grade. The activities are doable and fun, the Bible stories are interesting and thought provoking and the application story is always interesting. There are theme songs and memory verses to learn too!
 This summer we used Grade One. I used it for both my soon to be 2nd grader as well as my soon to be Kindergartener. It worked very nicely. My K'er just didn't do a few of the activities, which was fine because they have a shorter attention span anyways and he had gotten tired and went off to play while Hannah finished up all of the extra activity sheets. She was loving it!
 We usually do our VBS around the 2nd week of July. It's designed for either a 5 day or a 10 day program. If you do 5 day then you are kind of putting a lot on yourself because you would have to do 2 stories each day. That's a lot of material to cover. So I opt for the 10 day and just plan on doing it for 2 weeks. So, the last 2 weeks in July and then the 2nd week of August we typically start school. It's almost like easing us back into the routine school schedule...
 Nathan is a real precision cutter and really enjoyed the cutting and pasting activities.
The First Grade curriculum covers 10 stories from Genesis to Job.
 Meanwhile, my toddler practiced cutting and pasting pictures from an old Country magazine....
Here are several of the beautiful pictures that come with each set. I love the artwork. It's brightly colored, realistic and well done.
Just a shout out for whoever might be looking for something to do with your little ones during the summer days. Sometimes children just need a little structure and sometimes we do too. ;)

4 comments:

  1. Love this! We don't have a VBS that works for us either. I have a weekly Homemaking Party and would love to have you join up, if you haven't already. Here's the link to this week's party: http://www.hopeineveryseason.com/2013/07/our-library-day-and-homemaking-party.html

    Blessings,
    Mrs. Sarah Coller

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  2. What a great idea thank you so much for sharing

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  3. I'm so glad you posted about this! I just ordered a kindergarten set for our home use. Our son has severe food allergies and camp-like settings just are safe for him right now. This will be great!

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  4. Thanks for sharing this. We have PLENTY of opportunities for VBS in our area, but as a one car family, we can't always participate. So, I've been thinking about starting an annual backyard Bible club for my neighborhood and this material sounds perfect!

    Stopping by from Raising Homemakers.

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