My husband and I have had several conversations about the lack of resources available that focuses on raising solid Christian men, so I was excited when I discovered The ABCs for Godly Boys. I couldn’t wait to dig into the copy I received to review.
So, let me fill you in a little on this bible curriculum. The ABCs for Godly Boys seeks to introduce young boys to important theological and doctrinal ideas. (There is also one specifically for girls.)
Twenty-six lessons cover a wide range of ideas and topics starting with Attitude and ending with Zeal. This study, in the introduction, boldly states the importance of studying theology and doctrine and chooses some weighty verses to teach these principles. Admittedly, I have not set out to find a study tool for my sons that directly addresses such topics as justification and repentance, but I don’t think you’ll find too many. My thought is, you’ll want your child to know about idolatry and salvation at some point, why not begin introducing them to the concepts now?
A Little Info About The ABCs for Godly Boys…
- Handbook with 26 lessons that include:
- a primary memory verse,
- some bonus verses
- a key bible character
- the lesson
- an activity
- and a craft idea.
- Additional Resources:
- Godly Virtues BINGO for Boys
- Copy Work Printables – Hiding God’s Word in My Heart
- Memory Verse Flash Cards
- Printable Maze Activity – The Path to Salvation
While we’ve only completed one lesson with our son so far, I’ve taken some time looking at some of the other lessons. The following are some of my honest opinions about The ABCs for Godly Boys.
While this study is advertised as being suitable for ages 4-10, you’ll find that you’ll need to tailor it to your child’s age level and maturity. The crafts and even some of the activities seem geared for the low end of that age range. My 5-year-old son would enjoy doing them, but I couldn’t see my 10-year-old nephew getting excited about them. That said, the meat of the lessons are very rich. You’ll find plenty of points that will take your conversation with your older sons deeper. While this might not be a study you can just “grab and go,” you’ll find with a little bit of prep work this could be just the thing you were looking for.
- Characters are Key – Each “lesson” includes a bible character whose story illustrates the attribute or idea for that week. We are all drawn to stories, so reading about someone who personifies a virtue or another who made poor choices helps to drive the point home.
- Biblical Depth – The bonus verses provide some extra meat to chew on throughout the week. The primary verse is good, but seeing the same idea in other places in the bible helps little minds begin to understand some abstract thoughts.
- Lots of Options – The activity and craft ideas give you the chance to stretch the learning throughout the week.
- Ask Questions – The lessons do not include questions. I’m not interested in quizzing my son, but I do want to make sure he understands the topic at hand. I didn’t have any trouble coming up with questions as we went through each lesson though.
Overall, I think our family will get a lot of use out of this study. It promises to be a good guide for our spiritual conversations in the weeks to come. And my husband is looking forward to how well our son receives the lessons on Bravery, Man, Quiet, Virtue and Warrior. Personally, I think it would make a good Daddy and son study.
A Teaching Mommy Review Disclosure: The featured product for this review was provided to us at no cost, by Road to 31 for the sole purpose of product testing. All opinions expressed are my own.
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