Sunday, January 11, 2009

Deeper Roots Bible Curriculum-Rooted & Grounded



Deeper Roots Publications offer short term missions resources and Bible curriculum. Rooted & Grounded is the Bible curriculum offered for Senior High, recommended for grades 10-12. It contains twenty-seven lessons, covering topics such as sanctification, servanthood, forgiveness, submission, prayer,and humility and is meant to be used as a one year course.

A different unreached people group is highlighted at the beginning of each lesson, as a focus for prayer. This is similar to the Operation World books, with a beautifully drawn sketch and "people profile" designed to promote learning and interest in "different customs and cultures". Prayer suggestions are included.

This is an academic based study and would be best used as a Bible course rather than a devotional. It is ideal for those seeking a more academic study that is free of fluff and fun. This is a question and answer type program, which would be great for getting a student to dig into the Scriptures for their answers. There are Memory challenges and writing assignments are included in the text. A Unit Test package is available separately.

As someone not overly fond of question and answer type curricula, I grudgingly find myself impressed with this study. It hasn't been too difficult to find good devotionals for my teenagers but most of the good Bible class products that I have come across have been part of a larger curriculum (Starting Points for example). This study gets the student into the Bible and covers basic doctrinal principles.

My biggest concern is that it is so academic. There is a lot of writing and I know it would not appeal to my hands on learners. As I wouldn't want studying the Bible to become drudgery, I would either choose something else for my kinesthetic students or adjust the writing assignments to become discussions, skits or something along those lines.

Rooted & Grounded Student Workbook is available for $23.95 . The Test package is $3.95 . There is also a Teacher's Guide for $39.50 . In my opinion, the Student Workbook is sufficient unless using this in a co-op or church situation where discussion notes would be beneficial.

2 comments:

Meg said...

I know I never come on this blog, but that sounds like something my philosophy professor would assign (I go to a secular school you know).

Guiding Light said...

I am thinking of going with this curriculum...nice to have reviews to look over first. Appreciate your honest review...thank you!

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