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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Bible Study Fellowship

Edwards Academy kids (and teacher/parents) started a new year of Bible Study Fellowship recently. (This picture shows them ready to go on the first evening.) BSF will be studying "The Life of Moses" this year. This is Lane's first year to attend the elementary program. All three older Academy kids were in the BSF preschool program in prior years. This year the kids go with Mr. Edwards to the Men's Evening Class, which has kids' classes. I go to an Evening Women's Class that meets on a different night.

BSF gives each of us daily time in Bible study, plus a time to meet once a week with others for discussion and teaching. It is so exciting now to have five of us studying through Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy individually and together. We start off our homeschool morning with BSF time. Sydney and Hope work independently on their lesson and I help Lane read the passages and spell his answers correctly, although he decides what to say and writes them.

Meanwhile, Hope and Sydney are back in AWANA this year, their first in T&T. We are working hard to memorize a lot of verses. I know that their Grandma loves having them in her Council Time class! And they love having her for a teacher.


Sharon said...

Happy first birthday, "Veritas at Home"! Your first post was sooo much more interesting and insightful than mine, and many of the remainder have been wonderfully stimulating for my thoughts and reflections as well. Congratulations on a year of wonderful blogging Mrs Edwards, and thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.

~ Sharon

Mrs. Edwards said...

As you can see, I added a post acknowledging the milestone.

I'm not sure that my first post was all that great, but I was passionate enough about the topic that I was inspired to figure out what blogging was all about so that I could write it down somewhere.

I appreciate you and your Equip Academy blog quite a lot. Keep up the good work.

Sharon said...

PS Wow, I am getting jealous now. I'd love a post some time reflecting on differences between the elementary children's programs vs the pre-school programs, as my kids are all still in that (well, Sam'll be in it next year). I go to a Day Women's class so next year I am hoping that Jeff will be able to look after Joshua on Wed mornings so I can take the younger three with me - Joshua will be too old.

I'd really love for Jeff to be able to take Joshua to the Perth Evening Men's class but I don't think there'll be time in our week for this to happen. Maybe this is what we'll do when Jeff eventually finishes studying, because it looks like he'll be studying at least part time for another few years now. I am sure you are greatly appreciative of being able to discuss your studies with your husband, what a privilege. Of course, I talk things over with mine but it's different when you're actually both doing the same questions etc.

~ Sharon

Wendy said...

Hello! I just stumbled on your blog and was wondering if you could share your opinions on BSF vs AWANA for kids. I realize this is an old blog post but I'm trying to get a feel of what BSF is like... we've been doing AWANA for a couple years and are happy with it, but I wonder if BSF might not be a little "deeper" and really grow their knowledge of the Word a little more. Thank you!

Mrs. Edwards said...

Hi Wendy!
It is good to meet you.
We do BSF and AWANA because it isn't an exact overlap at all.

AWANA is in our schedule because of several reasons. 1. Bible memory is very important and AWANA has a very good system for encouraging kids to memorize Scripture. It is hard to beat.
2. I love the Bible Quizzing experience through AWANA. This is optional, but has been a wonderful thing for our girls. (I have some posts on this--search Bible Quizzing.)
3. We homeschool and the game time is a great experience for our kids to learn some gamesmanship and competition.

BSF is a very important part of our family life in several ways.
1. Mr. Edwards and I both do it and it is really great to be studying the same Scriptures, even though I do it with the women's group and he's in the men's group.

2. The preschool program for BSF is top-notch and I just can't say enough about it! I'll be taking our baby and our four-year-old. The little ones get lessons on the same Scriptures that we're studying.

3. The school program is very good as well. The quality of class time can depend a bit on the personality of the teachers (but then, this is true about AWANA as well), but the real value here is the daily Bible study that the kids have to do each day. Their lessons mirror the adult lessons at their level. They bring their completed lesson to class time and share answers with their group (just as adults do). In class they discuss, hear a mini-lecture on the lesson, do homiletics as a group, play some games and study a memory verse.

Does that help?
Blessings to you in your new school year.

Wendy said...

Thank you very much.... I have 2 young boys that have been in AWANA for 1 and 2 years each. They are signed up for fall, but BSF has been on my mind as well because I knew they had a kids' program. (I just didn't know much about it, but I love what you said! It sounds very structured and solid and I love the daily Bible study aspect. We're working on that in a small way with them now -- they are 5 and 3.)

By the way, do you use the Veritas Press curriculum? (Maybe this is a dumb and obvious question but I landed on your blog when I Googled about BSF!) Anyhow, I literally just heard about this curriculum last week from a friend who is switching to it. I have been homeschooling my oldest for preschool for two years now. He's going to go to Kindergarten this fall, but it's only 2 1/2 hours and I'm still going to work with him at home. (Most likely he'll be officially homeschooled starting in first grade, but we are adopting this year and are anticipating that I will be out of the country for about a month... so my husband and I decided that we'd go ahead and put him in for the year.)

Anyway, after months and MONTHS of research, we decided to move forward with A Beka for reading / English and Bob Jones for math but hearing what my friend said about Veritas, my ears perked up. Have you always used it?

Mrs. Edwards said...

The Veritas Press catalog is a great resource and has guided me in my aim to homeschool classically. As far as the Vertias Press products, I've used (and continue to use) the "Phonics Museum," and the Bible/history timeline flash cards.

VP recommends many products that they don't directly produce (although they sell), such as Shurley English and Saxon math.

Keep in mind that the aim of VP is pretty different from that of A Beka or Bob Jones. VP believes in pursuing a classical, non-textbook based, education, whereas A Beka and Bob Jones follow a traditional, textbook method. In this way, A Beka and Bob Jones would give you an experience very similar to a traditional classroom experience, except with Christian worldview textbooks.

For more on this, check my sidebar (for homeroom resources and comments) and this post:
...for more comments about Tapestry of Grace and classical education (mentions VP as well).

For more about understanding what "classical education" means, check out the book The Well Trained Mind.

If you have other questions, be sure to comment.

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