Monday, August 17, 2009

Review: Grapevine Studies

To say we were excited in our house when we found out we were going to be trying out Grapeveine Studies for The TOS Homeschool Crew*, may have been a teensy understatement. I had to literally wrestle the package out of my oldest son's hands so I could open it. I'm not joking!

Grapevine Studies is a very unique way of studying the Bible. We had been introduced to it a few years ago when I was able to try a free study from them on The Birth of Jesus. When I say it's "unique way" of studying the Bible, I truly mean it.

The lessons taught are reinforced by stick figure drawings. Even I can draw these lessons! Here's proof....

When I was given my choice of what to try out from Grapevine, I chose the Multi-Level Old Testament Basics with plans to use this with my two older boys. It's a catechism study & I felt it would be a good complement to what the boys learn in AWANA during the course of the year. So far I have been correct on that.

The lessons vary in length but we typically do 2-4 drawings each day. We read the question & then read any related Bible verses. Then I write the answer to the question (once I give the boys a chance to respond) on the chalk board. Why, yes, that is the boys old Fisher-Price chalkboard above. It's working great for this as we can sit in the living room to do this program. Once they are done copying the answer, I draw the photo that is in the teacher's book.

Grapevine Studies uses specific colors to represent different things drawn. My book is in black & white so I refer to the FAQ page on their website which shares what colors to use when (it's question #17). I do let the boys have some leeway here as well just to keep it fun.

One thing I really love about these books is that there is very little teacher prep. I have discovered over the years that if there is a lot of teacher prep needed for something to be used here, it just won't get done. These books can be just opened and you can start. It's a very simple but effective method of studying the Bible.

There are books for ages 5 to adult broken into different levels:
  • Beginner - ages 5-7
  • Level 1 - ages 6-8
  • Level 2 - ages 8-10
  • Level 3 - ages 10-13
  • Level 4 - Young Teen
  • Level 5 - Teen to Adult
There are also multi-level studies such as the one I am using if you are teaching children with a wider age range. The studies also cover a wide range of topics from the Old or New Testaments.

There are also different options regarding what type of book to use. I was able to chose a paper bound copy of the books (teacher & student) & I did enjoy this option greatly. However, there are budget friendly eBooks available of each as well. The prices vary depending on what one decides to buy (eBook or hard copy, B&W or color). I would also suggest checking out their "sale page" for some dent & ding specials.

If you'd like to try out a free lesson before you buy, sign up for their eNewsletter. It arrives weekly with a free lesson inside. (The sign-up box is to the right of screen on the home page.) As of today, you can also download a free lesson from their web page on the Tabernacle by clicking HERE.

We are enjoying this study so much I do plan to continue with this over the course of our school year. Dianna at Grapevine Studies has also made a very generous offer. Everyone who would like to order can use the coupon code crews to receive a 30% discount off their order good from now through September 15th!

I highly recommend Grapevine Studies! Enjoy learning God's word.

*Disclaimer: I was not paid for this review. All opinions shared are my own. TOS Crew Members are given the product free of charge in order to review it.


  1. Lisa, This sounds awesome...Thanks for sharing!


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