Monday, January 3, 2011

TOS Review: Positive Action for Christ


Our family was blessed to be chosen to review Positive Action for Christ Bible study.  I’ve been searching for a Bible study for my 5th grade son but nothing seemed to really fit. Everything we tried was either too simple, required too much handwriting, or was too in depth. Positive Action for Christ was none of the above. This study was very age appropriate for my 5th grader. It has nice colorful pictures (something we both LoVe), and it required only a moderate amount of handwriting.
I received the Teacher’s manual ($33.95), student’s manual($12.95), and packet with teaching suggestions and some back ground information to help get me started. The program was designed for a school setting but can easily be adapted for a homeschool setting.
The Teacher’s manual is in a sturdy 3-ring binder and it includes 282 pages of instruction, strategies for teaching, quizzes, tests and the complete student text with answers.
Also included in the teachers manual:
  • A Scripture memory program complete with a chart to help you keep up with the memory verses.
  • A music curriculum that allows you to learn a hymn and/or 3 choruses per month.
  • A schedule to show you how to use the program with a 3-day, 4-day, or 5-day week.
This program can be as simple or as in depth as you desire. For us, we only utilized the Bible portion because my son is using AWANA for scripture memorization, and music is not something we usually do as a study.
Positive Action for ChristThe Student book is a full color, 189 page work book. The student book has 35 lessons and each lesson includes Vocabulary, Life Principles, Character Trait Activities, and Life Application sections, as well as plenty of Bible study work. The lessons are broken down into bite sized sections and my son works 1-2 sections per day, finishing a lesson per week. 
The program we used was entitled Possessing the Land. It began with a timeline from Creation to the end of the Old Testament. The first lesson teaches students about the importance of the Bible being God’s inspired Word and it’s ability to change a heart. The second lesson lays a foundation on sin and redemption. After these two very important precepts are studied the old testament progression begins. Lesson three begins with Abraham and Isaac and lesson 34 finishes with the minor prophets (lesson 35 is a review lesson, there are two review lessons).
The lessons each week offer lots of variety.  Sometimes there will be crossword puzzle's, charts, maps and other fun ways to learn. There’s always several questions that must be researched (simply by looking up scripture references) and answered, but my son has never complained and that’s kind of unusual because he never likes to write. It’s really not an overwhelming amount to do, and it’s very doable. 
This program calls for a teacher but for us I used the teachers manual and done the sections during my morning devotions, that way I would know exactly what he was learning and I would be ready if I needed to answer questions or have discussion time. I never really ‘taught’ a lesson.
Other Programs by Positive Action for Christ: (click any link below to go to the products page)
School Curriculum (grades k-12)
Church Curriculum There are 7 different studies to choose from
Pro Teen Clubs
The Positive Action for Christ website has lots of nice downloads if you’d like to get a closer look at Possessing the Land, or any of their other products.
If you’d like to know what other homeschoolers thought of this program, click here.
**Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew, I received this product free of charge, in exchange for my honest opinion/review. For more honest reviews from real homeschoolers, visit the TOS Crew website.

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