Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in
exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I
compensated in any other way.
I was somewhat interested in 4th Grade—Building Life Castles from Positive Action Bible Curriculum when it was offered for review a few months ago. I’m happy with the Bible course we’ve been using, but I also enjoy trying out new things. So, I decided that I would work through this book with Mr. Sweetie and Mr. Imagination, who are just finishing 5th and 3rd grades right now.
The first thing my boys did when we received these books was to study the cover picture. Would you believe, the thing they commented on first was that a cardboard box says, “This end up,” and the arrow points down! The student book is fairly attractive. It has full-color illustrations, and plenty of space to write answers to the questions. Each lesson has four parts—A, B, C and a section on “Building Your Life Castle.” In the first three parts, the student mainly looks up Scripture references and finds answers to the questions from the verse.
The teacher’s guide is a sturdy 3-ring binder with three dividers, for Teaching Material, Testing Material, and Answer Key. There are a couple of pages of teaching helps and lesson plans for each part of a lesson, and then pictures of each of the student pages with the answers written in. The Testing section contains a quiz for each lesson. Each of these quizzes has ten questions, which makes it very easy to figure a grade!
The first several lessons talk about Who Jesus is, and His coming to earth, including an overview of the land in which He lived. Then, several lessons talk about various aspects of His ministry. After that, there are several lessons about the Holy Spirit, and then quite a few about applying Biblical truths to our lives. These topics include trusting God, having compassion for others, the value of humility, forgiveness, and making wise choices. The last seven chapters talk about the Apostle Paul and his ministry.
There is a lot of good in this course. The topics taught are well-worth thinking about, and the questions are well done. However, we struggled to use it in our family, mainly because it is designed for a classroom and that made it a bit difficult to use in our homeschool setting. This is intended as a 4th-grade course. Mr. Sweetie had no problems finding the correct answers; Mr. Imagination did.As I said, they are finishing 5th and 3rd grades, so I would say the grade level is about right. I would guess that it would work well for a lot of families, but for ours it just wasn’t a very good fit. Don’t just take my word for it, though; click the image below to see what other families had to say about it. Oh, one last thing: I was given a code (REVIEW20) which will give free shipping for any customer in the US who is purchasing new curriculum.