Disclosure: I received this complimentary product through the Homeschool Review Crew
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6. This is one of the first Proverbs I remember hearing, and it is one that I try to adhere by. I want to provide my children with the most solid foundation of Christian principles that I can, so that as adults, it is second nature to them. When I began homeschooling, I started teaching a daily Bible class to my children. I am always looking for new ways to teach my children about Jesus. This is why I was so excited to be chosen to review Wise Up from Positive Action Bible Curriculum.
Wise Up is written for Middle School aged children. The purpose of Wise Up is to teach the biblical principles found in Proverbs at a younger age, so that when they are adults, they can make the best decisions. It is essentially Proverbs 22:6.
Middle school is an important age for children. As pre-teen and teenagers, they are experiencing so many changes in the world. Their body is changing, and with it comes pressure from others to conform. There is pressure to dress in certain ways, act certain ways, and do certain things. Teaching children these principles won’t guarantee, but increases the odds, that your child will make the best decisions.
Wise Up is comprised of two products. The first is the Student Manual. This is a soft-cover, 264 page workbook. The workbook contains 35 lessons that vary from “Honoring Our Parents” to “Controlling What We Say”. As a teenager, these were two areas that I struggled with, that I hope to help my children navigate. The workbook lessons are rooted in biblical foundations, and allows students to interact with the Bible verses through a variety of methods –higher thinking questions, fill-in-the-blanks, and a variety of other ways. The cost of the Student Manual is $19.95. (Digital versions can be purchased for $11.95.)
The second product is the Teacher’s Manual. This comes in a binder and contains 392 pages that correspond with the Student Manual. The Teacher’s Manual guides the teacher through each of the 35 lessons by providing outlines for a three-day, four-day, or five-day schedule to teach a lesson a week. There are “Target Truths” which are learning targets for each lesson, quizzes and answer keys, among other things. It can be purchased for $49.95. (It is also available in digital format for $29.95.
There is a Extra Resources – Presentation and Evaluation available for purchase as well. This is a digital download that contains extra resources for teaching such as PowerPoint presentations. The cost of this is $14.95.
During the course of the review period, we were able to complete four lessons. We completed about one lesson a week. Sometimes we would use the three-day schedule, and sometimes we would the four-day or five-day schedule. We wanted to use each schedule type to see how they varied.
Personally, we enjoyed the three-day option more. We completed the same amount of work as the five-day schedule, but it allowed us to really zone in on the lesson and the targeted skills that was expected to be learned.
My daughter really enjoys the Wise Up curriculum. She likes that there are many sections that she can complete on her own, but then there are portions in which we work together. It has served as a bonding activity for us. She keeps me on track with reminding me that we need to finish a section. Wise Up has really opened up our level of communication as well. We can talk honestly and openly about issues that are relevant to her, and I am provided with resources to help me navigate these discussions.
Wise Up is a curriculum that we will continue to use. Watching my daughter navigate the biblical principles found in Proverbs has been such a rewarding experience for me.
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