My kids do not get to watch a lot of television. We try to control the type of content they watch, to ensure they aren’t exposed to material that is too mature for them. While they may not always appreciate this, they understand the reason why. Homeschool videos are a great way for them to get “screen time” that I know is suitable for their ages, and are educational. When I told them that we were given an opportunity to review a product from Drive Thru History® they were beyond excited. While we are a family of readers, anytime we can see history brought to life we enjoy it. The day that Drive Thru History® “Acts to Revelation” arrived in our mailbox was a day of great anticipation. We popped popcorn and settled into the family room to begin our viewing experience.
Drive Thru History® “Acts to Revelation” is a homeschool bible curriculum that is narrated by Dave Stotts. Dave is humorous, adventurous, and as my daughter says “cute”. (Just don’t tell my husband this.)
Throughout the course of the 18-episode DVDs, Dave and the viewer begins in Jerusalem and travel to various locations in the Mediterranean region. They explore the events that helped shape Christianity as depicted from Acts to Revelation in the Bible. Each episode is about 27 minutes long and contains riveting imagery of the area. This can be through artwork, architecture, or scenery.
Within the DVD case, a study guide is found that will help you and your family discuss the episode in more detail. The study guide contains a brief summary of the episode, guiding questions, chapters to read to correspond with the episode, examples of artwork and architecture, as well as a “Side Road” which provides the user with more information that pertains to that episode.
The episodes found on the three-disc set include:
We thoroughly enjoyed watching this homeschool history curriculum. My children and I are all extremely visual learners and Drive Thru History® “Acts to Revelation” does a great job of showing the events that we have read about in the Bible.
One of my sons favorite episodes was depicting Acts 2. The Bible reads “When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[a] as the Spirit enabled them.” The imagery and special effects used, really helped him understand the events that transpired in a more concrete way.
One of the most emotional episodes for me was episode 15, which refers to the 2nd letter than Paul wrote to Timothy. Before he went to Mamertine Prison, he wrote to Timothy saying in Timothy 4:6-8 “For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.”
It is also during this episode that we get to see the location of Paul’s burial place in the Basilica of Saint Peter. His body was moved into a marble sarcophagus in the churches crypt. To see this location was overwhelming for me, as Paul was so instrumental in the foundation of Christianity.
Other things that we liked about the series, was that we were able to see the culture, and people of the Mediterranean regions. The episodes are also witty enough that my kids were engaged in the dialogue. Even our cat, Zoe, enjoyed watching it with us.
Our family would definitely use more homeschool video curriculums from Drive Thru History®. The ways in which to use this product and others like it are varied. Drive Thru History® “Acts to Revelation” could be used in co-op classes as a Bible course, in small group sessions at church, or like we used it–as a home viewing experience.
The series is designed for ages 12 and up, but can be used with younger viewers as well. All three of my children are under 12, and with us working through the study guide, they were still able to follow what was happening.
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