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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Zonderkidz Faith Builders Bible Review

One of the many reasons that our family homeschools is so that my children will have a strong foundation in their Bible knowledge. In addition to Bible curriculum that we spend time working on together, I encourage them to spend individual time each morning before school reading their Bibles. Sassy was so excited to use the Faith Builders Bible from Zonderkidz for her morning devotion time.

For this review, we received the Faith Builders Bible, a New International Reader's Version hard-cover Bible.

About Faith Builders Bible:
This is a complete Bible with both the Old and New Testaments. It also contains a 5-page dictionary of Bible terms at the back, along with a 2-page list of great Bible stories and where they are found in the Bible. Throughout the Faith Builders Bible there are twenty-four pages of Lego-block illustrations that accompany the Bible stories.

Faith Builders Bible {Zonderkidz Review}

These illustration pages contain the Lego-block picture, the main story topic, a short synopsis of the story, where it's found in the Bible (book, chapter, verses), and a Building Block Verse.

The first set of illustration pages is a 2-page spread with how the books of the Bible are like building blocks and shows how they fit together into categories: law, history, poetry, major prophets, minor prophets, Gospels, church history, letters, and prophecy. For children who are visual learners, this really makes the point easy to understand. It also suggests that the reader writes the name of each Bible book on a building block and put them together in the correct order. What a fun way to memorize the books of the Bible in order!

The Building Block Verse on each illustration page is a key verse that goes with the story depicted. These would make great verses to use for memory work.

Several of the illustration pages contain activity suggestions as well, like

  • Read specific Bible passages to find out what happens next
  • Build some of the ark animals or make your own creation
  • See if you can recreate this image
Faith Builders Bible {Zonderkidz Review}

There's even an illustration page about the ABCs of salvation, explaining how we can become a Christian. 

Our Thoughts:
This is the perfect Bible for Sassy! She spends the majority of her free time building things with Legos. Once she started reading in the Faith Builders Bible, she started using her Legos to try to recreate the images found on the illustration pages.

Then she did something that really made me appreciate this Bible. She decided to recreate a Bible story that wasn't depicted on an illustration page. After seeing all of the ways they had used blocks to recreate Bible stories, she wanted to create her own. Not only was she reading her Bible, but she was learning the story well enough to depict it using Legos!

She chose to recreate the story of Jesus entering Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.

She used her Lego people to replicate the crowds who lined the streets. She also made some palm trees to line the street as well. She didn't have a donkey but used one of her Lego dogs that she has and called it a donkey. She was so proud of herself when she finished that she couldn't wait to come show it to me.

Sassy: I liked this Bible because there was Lego stuff in it, and I wouldn't have ever thought of building Bible stories with Legos.

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Faith Builders Bible {Zonderkidz Review}

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