I am always interested in ways to help my children better know and understand our faith and apply it to their lives. So, I was happy to have the opportunity to review Weave Your Word in Me — Part 1 from Kid Niche Christian Books. It looked like a great way to teach children how and why to pray.
Weave Your Word in Me is intended for children in grades 4-6. It is a study of The Lord’s Prayer using a poem that translates and expands the prayer in a way that makes it easy for kids to understand and apply it to their own life. Students work on memorizing one verse of the poem at a time while studying scripture about topics relating to that verse.
The study comes printed in full color on heavy paper that is hole punched and ready to be put into a 3-ring-binder. You will need to provide the binder; a 1 or 1 1/2 inch binder is adequate. A cover sheet to slide into the front of the binder is also included.
I received Part 1 which includes 36 lessons of the complete 80 lesson study. You can purchase the two parts separately or you can save $10 by purchasing them as a set and getting the full 80 lesson study at one time. If you want to keep it all in one binder you will want to get the 1 1/2 inch binder.
Each lesson is designed to be done in one sitting and is only one or two pages long. The lessons consist of fill in the blank and short answer questions. Some answers come directly from scripture while others require application and reasoning. There is also a prayer included at the end of each lesson that guides the student to apply what he/she is learning in her conversation with God. The author also provides a website with several expansion options for each lesson. There are videos, music selections, art projects and more that can be incorporated into the lesson to expand on it. You can tailor this study to your needs from a quick 20-minute study to a longer more involved study with the supplemental material. You can work on it one day a week or every day, it is really up to you!
I received this to try with one of my daughters. I have one in 3rd grade and one in 7th grade so they actually straddle the ideal age designated for this study. After looking it over I decided to have my 3rd grader do it. It was a tad on the difficult side for her but not too difficult. Due to her age, it required a lot of input and help from me and some of the questions that required longer answers we just discussed instead of wrote. If you will be right with your child through the whole study, guiding them along, you could probably use it with a kid as young as 2nd grade or even as a discussion guide only with younger kids (scaling it to their level). I think a child over 12 is going to find it a bit on the young side but the material is solid and presented well so even older children will learn and gain something from it.
My daughter did enjoy the study and seemed to understand the concepts presented with a bit of help from me. She enjoys memorization and is good at it so she likes the poem that goes along with it. The struggle we had is that we are involved in AWANA during the school year. Trying to do both at the same time was a bit burdensome for both of us. I think this would be an excellent study to do over the summer when we are not in AWANA. I always struggle to find something to do during the summer to keep my kids growing in their faith and this will be a great option. I will set the rest of this study aside until next summer and then complete it as a family study. I will purchase another workbook for my older daughter and then do the lessons together with all of my children, allowing the younger kids to listen and participate in the discussions.
This curriculum can also be used with groups and would make an excellent Sunday School or backyard Bible club study.
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