A Fresh New Look At Esther {A GrapeVine Study Review}

So You Call Yourself A Homeschooler?

My tween daughter and I recently completed the GrapeVine Study of Esther. I don’t know about you, but it is very important to me to be a good steward with our only daughter’s heart {currently 11}.  I am so blessed to be as close as I am to her while allowing her to blossom into the woman God created her to be. We are blessed with open communication and trust {founded in Christ} to be the center and foundation of our mother-daughter relationship. She is so dear to my heart that I am grateful to have a mighty God to entrust her life to, as I would never want to misguide her. For these reasons I was thrilled when I found a new concept: stick figuring through the Bible, to add to another way to keep my daughter’s heart focused on Jesus.

Stick figuring is using stick figures, symbols, colors, charts, and words to illustrate each Bible passage. This method allows students to interact with the Bible passage and be as creative as they desire.
(taken directly from The GrapeVine Teaching Method)

Why we love stick figuring

  • While not everyone is Picaso, we can still draw story lines to help reinforce what we are learning.
  • You can draw on anything from paper to your iPad – no need for expensive or unnecessary supplemental materials.
  • It keeps the learner {and teacher} engaged in the story and helps provoke questions you may not think of if you were not drawing out essential parts of the story.
  • It has provided A LOT of laughter in my house as my stick figures tend to be…well…um….let’s just say “interesting”.

Below is Princess’ interpretation of Vashti’s feast for the women in Esther 1:9, “Queen Vashti also gave a banquet for the women in the royal palace of King Xerxes.

What we love about the study of Esther

  • We really enjoyed how the timeline was laid out. It gave my daughter a much better understanding of how the different characters involved interacted with one another.
  • Another wonderful aspect of this study we enjoyed (that applies to all GrapeVine studies) is the freedom you have in applying each lesson. I believe that this is one of the major reasons we are getting so much more out of this study of Esther as opposed to other guided studies simply because of the freedom in application.
  • The memory verses were a nice touch to the study. We enjoyed drawing them out and learning new ways to help us remember each verse.

Where to buy GrapeVine studies

The Official GrapeVine Studies Website

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Disclosure: I was provided with a complimentary copy {as a member of the GrapeVine Studies Blog Team} of the student and teacher books in exchange for an honest review.

 

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Comments

  1. Lynette W. says

    Thanks so much for the give-away! Would love to see a close up look on what you thought about the Study of Esther :)

  2. Mandy Nelson says

    We have just started Grapevine Studies this year and do them together as a family in the evenings when my husband gets home from work. We’d love to do the same with the Esther Study!

  3. says

    I have seen several people talking about this set! I would love the opportunity to use it myself. I would be doing it with my three girls. Thanks!