Simple, organized, down-to-business, and thorough. There you have
the nutshell version of my review of the Foundations Bible Series!
The three volumes are titled as follows: Book 1, Preparation for
Christ ; Book 2, Christ Our Messiah ; and Book 3, Christ Our Hope.
Anne Elliot has designed a daily program (Monday-Friday) that
emphasizes chronological Bible study, Scripture memorization, and
familiarity with the Bible in a program that is super-easy to implement.
Upon completion of all three volumes, your children will have taken
a thorough journey through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation
in about 15-20 minutes per day. Not only that, but they will have
108 memory verses under their belts and should be able to locate
any Scripture reference in mere moments.
All of this is accomplished in a weekly plan that is very organized
and wonderfully predictable. Each day begins with a simple activity
to work on a weekly memory verse. Throughout the week, your children
will be asked to illustrate the verse, write it, put it to motion,
have fun contests with it, and finally repeat it word for word
by the end of the week.
Following the memory work is the daily Bible passage, usually
about a chapter in length, which is read aloud. Two or three days
per week, within the lesson plan, the author references a free
set of online worksheets from Calvary Chapel. These puzzles and
coloring pages go along with the particular reading of the day.
On these days, she suggests you allow your children to complete
the pages as you read aloud. Other days, she encourages your children
to help in reading aloud.
A small activity (such as drawing a picture about the passage,
narrating something, or taking a few moments for discussion) is
often suggested after the Bible reading time. This is followed
by Bible drills twice a week and journal writing once a week. The
author even supplies you with the weekly Bible drill references!
If you aren't familiar with Bible drills, this is a game time for
your children to find Bible verses as quickly as possible.
And finally, there is an optional reference for extra Bible reading
that you might assign to older children. I found no reference to
recommended ages for the curriculum, but good reading skills are
a requirement. I'm currently using the program with a 5 th grader
and an 8 th grader with no problems.
The memory verses are the only Scriptures that are written out
for you in the weekly lesson plans, and they are from the King
James Version of the Bible. Otherwise, there is no additional work
for you in changing the curriculum from the King James Version
to another if you desire.
I can't stress enough how well organized and simple this program
is for mom. Each of the three volumes is spiral bound and lays
flat, with everything you need for the week right in front of you
(except for the optional printables from Calvary Chapel's website.)
In a simple little chart, you can easily see the plan for the week
and check off the daily activities upon completion. The memory
verse is supplied in full, the Bible drill references are noted,
and discussion questions or simple daily activities are ready to
In the back of the book, Ms. Elliot has provided a reproducible
copywork sheet for the one day a week when your children are to
write out the memory verse. As well, she gives you several fun
ideas to keep memory work fresh and exciting. And, for those who
have already memorized some of the verses selected weekly, she
has even supplied you with an appendix full of additional memory
This Bible study has won my heart!