As parents and Sunday School teachers we know the challenges of teaching the Bible to multiple ages and various learning styles. So, we created a Bible study method that gives students a panoramic view of scripture in bite-sized portions. Since 2001, we have been sharing this method with families, churches, and schools around the world.
A few questions you might be asking:
- What is our goal at Grapevine?
- What system do we use to reach that goal?
- What do we cover at each level?
- How does Grapevine Studies meet these goals?
What is our goal at Grapevine?
Our goals for students is for them to:
- Learn the Word of God
- Obey the Word of God
- And eventually be equipped to Teach the Word of God
Our goals for teachers is to provide them with tools to:
- Simplify their planning
- Engage their students
- Help them to grow disciples
What system do we use to reach that goal?
It is called by many names, Visual Note Taking, Sketch Noting and Stick Figuring.
- Using Stick Figures, words, symbols and colors to visually represent elements of the biblical account
- Timelines to show sequence of events and help students to better understand the Big Picture of the Bible and context of each lesson.
In addition to visual notes, we also teach older students how to use Bible study tools:
- Bible Study Tools: dictionary, topical bible, concordance, atlases, charts, and graphs.
Combining these tools, we make Bible study fun and engaging by turning it into a familiar, colorful, and imaginative format that meets the needs of all all learning styles:
- Reading and Writing
What do we cover at each level?
PreK- Kindergarten – Ages 3 to 6 – PreK to K
At this age, we introduce them to the major characters and events in the Bible, chronologically in a fun and engaging way. By the end of each study, your students should be able to tell you at least one fact and memory verse related to each lesson. See our PreK-Kindergarten studies.
Early Elementary – Ages 5 to 9 – 1st to 3rd Grades
Early elementary students are introduced to the Bible timeline and with each subsequent lesson you look at each character and event in more detail. At the end of this study, your students will be able to independently draw the timeline for the study and tell you the related memory verses. See our Early Elementary studies
Multi-Level – Ages 7 and up – 1st Grade and Up
Our Topical Studies include a wider age range than our Overviews. By the end of these studies, your students will know the timeline for that topic, memory verses, and be able to point out many biblical locations on a map. See Topical Studies.
Elementary – Ages 9 to 12 – 4th to 6th Grades
In later elementary, your students will not only know the characters and events but also basic biblical geography. By the end of these studies, your students will know the timeline, memory verses, and be able to point out many biblical locations on a map. See Elementary studies.
Middle School – Ages 12 to 14 – 7th and 8th Grades
At this level, we take the first step to helping students become teachers by teaching them to study on their own. We do that by introducing them to 3 Bible study tools:
- Bible Dictionary
By the end of this study, your students will draw the timeline independently, including where the books of the Bible fit into the timeline and know how to use the 3 Bible study tools. See Overview Studies
We are currently piloting the next level and hope to have that released in 2018.
How does Grapevine Studies meet these goals?
Learning the Word of God allows children to understand God’s expectations for their lives and to change their attitudes, actions, and beliefs to align with the Bible.
Understanding the Bible encourages students to obey the Word of God by watching how those in the Bible served God.
As students move onto maturity, we show them first how to study on their own, and then we help them to practice using different tools that will enable them eventually to become teachers of the Word of God.
The Grapevine Method is a visual note taking Bible study that moves and transforms students from being learners to teachers.