Engraving Heavenly Truths – the Beginning Tuesday, Apr 14 2009 

We started the new curriculum, Engraving Heavenly Truths. We are studying a Survey of the Old Testament. The flashcards have been more fun than I expected. Of course, I believe that may have something to do with having hubby to study with. We have tested each other using the flashcards and I am beginning to see how this program can help home bible study. The cards often lead to questions and further study on the subject. I think it is important to emphasize using the cards as a jumping off point. We must look further than the facts to find the meaning. Also, we have started the Teacher Training class on Wednesday nights. In this class, we are studying the New Testament in order to prepare ourselves for teaching a Survey of the New Testament. As you can see, my husband and I are quite busy. It has been a bit overwhelming. Naturally, if one isn’t teaching this would not be the case. One would only be studying one subject at a time, instead of two. I have been surprised to learn just how much I learned as a child and how much I still remember. One of my concerns at the beginning was the idea that we not use crafts in class. I enjoy crafts and believe that they can be used as teaching tools. However, we only have a limited amount of time in class and that can make crafts difficult. This material does, however, encourage the use of pictures, games, props, and even puppets. The main idea to keep in mind is to keep as much time as possible focused on the bible study. I believe I can work within these parameters and I am looking forward to learning more and seeing the program unfold. I will share my thoughts and insights as we go along as well as any ideas for games, etc.

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Monday, Jan 12 2009 

I realize I haven’t posted nearly as much as I had hoped when I began this little enterprise.  We are getting ready to begin a new curriculum at our church.  I am currently teaching, while some are in a teacher’s training class.  I will enter the training class in April and will prepare to teach in July, August, and September.  The new curriculum is called Engraving Heavenly Truths.  It is a four year program in which we will approach the bible from various perspectives.  We will do a survey of both the Old and New Testaments, then a look at the men and women of both the Old and New Testaments, and a look at the geography of both the Old and New Testaments.  It is a scary and exciting prospect.  You can find out more about this curriculum by clicking here.  I hope as I enter the training class to have more material and thoughts to share.  In the meantime I am finding myself quite busy preparing lessons for both Sunday and Wednesday.  Transistion periods can be a lot of work!  I did make some scrolls for our students a couple of weeks ago.  These are simple to make and can be used with many different lessons.  The students should be able to make their own, if time permits.  I’ll get some pictures taken and post a tutorial later this week.  Thanks for your patience and support!