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Homeschool Review: Story of the Bible, Volume I

Story of the Bible, Volume IPRODUCT

The Story of the Bible, Volume I

COMPANY

TAN Homeschool

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OVERVIEW

If you’re like many in the homeschool world, you instantly recognize the name TAN Books; but, did you know they have recently launched their own homeschool line of products? When TAN Books sent me the textbook, test book, activity book, teacher’s manualaudio drama, and DVD lecture seriesI have to be honest, friends – I. was. excited! The Story of the Bible product line follows the Schoolhouse Model, which caters to children of all ages, making this product’s use incredibly versatile and cost effective for families with children in multiple grades. The textbook, test book* and DVD lecture series are targeted to middle schoolers. Your middle schooler will have the option to read Chapter 1, watch chapter 1, and then take the test on Chapter 1. The DVDs help reinforce what is read in the chapter and allow mom the opportunity to take a more hands off approach, if she chooses. The activity book and teacher’s manual** are perfect for elementary kiddos. The audio drama is targeted for both elementary and middle school kiddos, with its engaging sound effects, music and voice acting. At the time of this review, three of the six product pieces are available for shipment. The final three products will be ready for shipment at the end of July 2015.

*textbook and test book are companion pieces

**activity book and teacher’s manual are companion pieces

PRICE AT THE TIME OF REVIEW

$14.99-$39.95* for individual items

$99.95** for the complete set

*From now until the end of August 2015, use the coupon code HS2015 to get $20 toward your purchase!

**This introductory price is only valid until July 31, 2015

FEATURES

  • covers elementary and middle school
  • textbook & test book
  • test pages are perforated for easy removal, answers are at the back of the test book
  • activity book & teacher’s manual
  • audio drama {CDs}
  • DVD lecture series

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REASON FOR PRODUCT

TAN Homeschool saw the need for versatile products that would allow moms to decide how best to school their children. Because of its schoolhouse model, families can decide which method works best with each child, from any combination of textbook and test book, to textbook plus video or activity book. Mom has full control over what works best. She can work with little Timmy while he works on his art project that reinforces concepts she taught earlier in the day, or allow Jonathan to work independently while she throws in a load of laundry or puts a little one down for a nap. Versatility is truly key in this product.

DECLARATIONS

  • Story of the Bible is adapted from TAN’S Bible History, which was printed in the 1930’s and received an Imprimatur.

THE GOOD

  • follows schoolhouse model
  • super interactive with various methods to reach students where they are {CDs, DVD lectures, textbooks, activity book}
  • budget friendly

THE BAD

  • none reported

TESTIMONIALS

  • yours could be FIRST
  • share your experience in the comments

DETAILS AT A GLANCE

Intended for: families, anyone using schoolhouse model
Good for grades: elementary and middle school
Parent/teacher involvement level: moderate to high, depending on needs of student
Prep time: medium when used on your own
Teacher’s manual: available for purchase and used with the activity book
Educational philosophy: schoolhouse model
Catholic: yes

OVERALL RATING

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DISCLOSURE AND ACCURACY OF REVIEW

Catholic Sistas was not paid to do this review – the publisher offered free materials in exchange for an honest review of this product. All reviews are current as of the publish date. If you notice that a review contains information that is no longer accurate, please email us at Homeschool@CatholicSistas.com and we will be happy to amend this review.


THE GIVEAWAY

IS CLOSED

AND THE WINNER HAS BEEN SELECTED – LAURA RANKIN!

To enter, simply answer the following question in the comments below:

“Why do you want to win The Story of the Bible?” 

THE LOOT

ONE lucky winner will win an ENTIRE set of The Story of the Bible, Volume I {the Old Testament}, which includes the textbook, test book, activity book, teacher’s manual, audio drama {CDs}, and the DVD lecture series, a value of $154!

THE RULES

One entry per person, please.

Giveaway will end at 10 p.m. CST on Monday, June 29 {comments will be closed upon deadline}

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About Martina Kreitzer

Martina is a cradle Catholic, wife to Neil, and mother to seven kiddos here {and three in heaven}– 4/96-1/17. She decided to homeschool the kiddos in 2010 after many years in public schools and is currently transitioning out of homeschooling. She is the creator of Catholic Sistas which focuses on a feminine perspective of the Catholic Faith. The website was the result of an existing camaraderie by the contributors in a Catholic women’s group she created. She is also a Seal of Approval evaluator for the Catholic Writers Guild. Lest you think she spends all her time online, Martina has enjoyed getting out into the community by serving on the Pastoral Council from 2010-2013. She is constantly on the lookout to make her parish as welcoming as the small town she grew up in East Texas. This task is not easy given that St. William is the largest parish in the Austin diocese, serving well over twenty thousand parishioners. She loves Jesus, coffee, bacon, chocolate, photography, more bacon, evangelizing, and the company of those unafraid to use their sense of humor.

  • imagine6 - Even if you’re not a full-time homeschooler, this would be great for supplementary Catholic education at home! I’m thinking this would be a wonderful tool for an at-home Sunday school. 🙂June 26, 2015 – 12:40 pmReplyCancel

  • CMerie - I would love to win to be able to learn more about the bible along with my children.June 26, 2015 – 1:26 pmReplyCancel

  • Nina - This would work great for combining both of my kids Religion classes.June 26, 2015 – 1:38 pmReplyCancel

  • Andrea espinoza - This will be our first year homeschooling and we are excited and scared:). trying to build up our curriculum with great material has been our summer goal. This bible study unit would be a great addition to our home.June 26, 2015 – 1:39 pmReplyCancel

  • Amy - Yes, I would really love to win this set!! We are just starting our homeschooling journey on a very tight budget. Thank you for the chance!June 26, 2015 – 2:03 pmReplyCancel

  • Macrina Salazar - Would love this for my first year of homeschooling my 3rd & 2nd graders!June 26, 2015 – 3:01 pmReplyCancel

  • Shannon Flaherty -  would love to win this for my daughter to use as part of her curriculum.June 26, 2015 – 10:40 pmReplyCancel

  • Jill Boyle - What a great product. After listening to the short audio example, I would love to hear more.June 27, 2015 – 8:53 amReplyCancel

  • Kim - So I can use it with my kids.June 27, 2015 – 5:21 pmReplyCancel

  • Lora - Would love to win this! Definitely need to learn this to pass on to my kids!June 27, 2015 – 8:42 pmReplyCancel

  • Melanie Lundholm - I would love to win this for my children. We are only in our 2nd year of homeschooling and finding great curriculum is still stressful for this momma. As I read the review and saw that this is from Tan it literally made my eyes misty as I LOVE Tan books and how simply and profoundly they speak. That is enough for me to know my 7th, 5th and 2nd graders would all benefit from this study. Not only that, I’ve been searching for a bible/history study for them for weeks, but hadn’t settled on one yet, so just knowing this is out there is an answer to my prayers. Thank you!June 29, 2015 – 7:59 amReplyCancel

  • Anthony - I have long been a fan of TAN’s traditional offerings. As a homeschool family with 4 in 1st-6th grades, a set of The Story of the Bible would be wonderful in forming the childrens’ faith.June 29, 2015 – 6:20 pmReplyCancel

  • Sheena - I would love to win this because we just finished our first year of homeschooling and religion is our favorite class. There is always something new to learn!June 29, 2015 – 7:54 pmReplyCancel

  • Kate Schupbach - This sounds like a great addition to any home!June 29, 2015 – 8:25 pmReplyCancel

  • Maureen - I would LOVE to use this in my religious education classroom! I think both the children and I would love it!!!!June 29, 2015 – 9:50 pmReplyCancel

  • Catholic Sistas Reviews The Story of the Bible! | TAN Homeschool - […] If you’re like many in the homeschool world, you instantly recognize the name TAN Books; but, did you know they have recently launched their own homeschool line of products? When TAN Books sent me the textbook, test book, activity book, teacher’s manual, audio drama, and DVD lecture series, I have to be honest, friends – I. was. excited! The Story of the Bible product line follows the Schoolhouse Model, which caters to children of all ages, making this product’s use incredibly versatile and cost effective for families with children in multiple grades.  See the whole review here. […]July 10, 2015 – 8:48 amReplyCancel

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