Alone With God Bible Study by Greek’n'Stuff {review}

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Learning how to study the Bible is such an important skill, yet even many adults are still unsure what this looks like. I think some approaches can overly complicate the process. While it’s important to me that my children learn to study the Bible on their own, out of ease, they usually end up with short devotionals they can do on their own that don’t really teach them to dig into the Word for answers. Former homeschooling mom Karen Mohs, the writer behind Greek ‘n’ Stuff, has created a Bible study for late elementary students that makes studying the Bible completely manageable for kids.

Overview

The Alone With God series of Bible Studies from Greek ‘n’ Stuff offers four different studies. I received the I Can Study 1 Samuel book. The study includes:

  • Lessons on Samuel, Eli, Saul, and David
  • Thirty-nine weekly lessons
  • Clear, straightforward questions
  • “Think and Pray About It” applications
  • Sidebars and Memory verses
  • Available in New International Version or King James Version

The short, half page lessons are divided into days of the week and usually focus on just 3-4 verses as they move steadily along each day through the book of 1 Samuel. My book was comb bound, but the newer ones I see online appear to be wire bound, making it easy to lay flat and write in. No answer key is required–just the Bible.

Our Experience

I received this book early in our school year which gave us ample time to use the study. I’m thankful we had such a long time to work with it, because my opinion of it evolved over time.

I initially used this with my 5th grader, who liked it at first but seemed to grow weary of it after a few weeks. So I handed it to her sister in 3rd grade. She had a little harder time with it, although she could manage if I sat with her, which isn’t my preference with several other children who need help. So we set it aside for a time.

As the school year progressed, I came to realize that my children’s resistance to various things wasn’t always a sign that we were doing something wrong or that a resource wasn’t a good match. More often than not, it was a sign of a brain that was growing and stretching and learning in areas that didn’t come naturally. This feels painful to the child, so they resist.

As I came to a clearer understanding of what was going on, I pulled out our Alone With God Bible Study again for my 5th grader. Although she hadn’t liked it, I realized that she really needed it on several levels. Not only is the spiritual discipline valuable, but the questions are great for comprehension and pulling out the answer from a specific verse. The questions are straightforward, but really help the student look at specifics in each verse that are easy to overlook. I also believe that writing down these answers commits them to memory much better than reading alone. We didn’t so the memory work, but it does tie in nicely with the study.

I stopped worrying whether she liked it or not, as I knew it was important for her to do and saw that it was accomplishing more than just Bible study for her. My daughter did turn a corner with the study and her resistance lessened as she grew to understand how the study was structured (and that mom was not going to be swayed by her opinion). She also learned the valuable skill of being able to hone in on the key point in a passage. She was able to complete each lesson independently in about 10-15 minutes a day.

My Opinion

This is a solid Bible study for kids. It’s very basic and I can’t imagine that any denomination couldn’t use it as is. It’s just the Bible. It is important that the child have the matching Bible version, otherwise the answers will be hard to come by. The book itself isn’t slick and professionally published, but that doesn’t bother me. The content is solid and easy for a child to use. It could also be used for family devotions.

Aside from it being just a good Bible study, I appreciated that the lessons were quite short and that the child can do them independently. I need as many resources as possible in my homeschool that don’t require a ton of teacher prep or assistance, especially in late elementary.

We will continue to use this study and I would consider others in the series as my children get older. I am reminded of the scripture in Isaiah 28:20 when I think of this study: “For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept, Line upon line, line upon line, Here a little, there a little.” Be sure to check out the samples and reviews for the Alone With God Bible Studies, as well as the Greek and Latin products offered by Greek ‘n’ Stuff.

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Product: Alone With God Bible Study 1 Samuel

Ages: Late Elementary and up

Price: $21.95 {View a SAMPLE page online}

Other products: Alone With God Bible Studies for Jonah & Ruth, Esther and Acts. Also Hey Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek and Latin’s Not So Tough.


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This product was given to me for review purposes, and I do not have to return the product to the vendor. I was not paid for this post. All opinions expressed in this post are all mine based on my family’s experience with the product.

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Sally April 29, 2011 at 5:30 pm

Thank you for this review, especially taking the time to explain how your feelings on it changed. I particularly found your mention of working throught he resistence to be of tremendous relief for me. My 4th graders resists things, and I seem to take it as “too much, too fast” but after reading this post, and consdering other factors, I see that in some instances it is ME who needs to be firm and work through that — with my daughter. I have been looking for a good study for her, one that goes deeper, but that she can do without me — I will look more into this!!
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Melissa Morgner April 29, 2011 at 6:40 pm

Sally, Thanks so much for your feedback. And interestingly, I just turned in an article for Heart of the Matter Online about when teaching meets resistance. It will be published later in May. But stay tuned here and I’ll post when it’s online. It really has been a lesson for me. God bless your homeschooling!

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Andrea@Flourishing Mother April 30, 2011 at 10:45 am

What a great review, Melissa! I am thinking of getting this for my girls (age 8 and 10). Looks great. I do love your thoughts on the child resistance and waiting for them to be ready again. Good stuff. Can wait to read that article on Heart of the Matter Online.
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Melissa Morgner May 2, 2011 at 12:35 am

Andrea, It’s definitely worth checking out. Take a peek at the samples too. And the girls could always work on it together if it proved to challenging for the 8 year old. Stay tuned for that post on resistance. I just turned it in to HOTM on Friday and I think it’s live on May 17. But I always post here and link up there : )

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