The Word in Motion Old Testament Bible curriculum takes the intimidation out of teaching Scripture by combining streaming video instruction with vibrant illustrations, fun-to-read narratives, engaging discussion questions, and memorable character profiles. It tells the story depicted in Scripture in an easy-to-follow, chronological format that equips your student to know, live, and share the Word of God more. Developed in cooperation with Walk Thru The Bible, this curriculum also gets kids up and moving to help them remember the key people, places, and events from every book of the Bible!
Bible Curriculum Overview
When we offer our students opportunities to learn in different ways (including movement), abstract concepts click and learning sticks in new ways. Each Old Testament lesson incorporates multiple learning approaches—seeing, hearing, moving, talking, and repeating—in a way that engages your student’s head, heart, and hands. And when they complete the course, students will be able to tell the story of God and His people using a series of keywords, memory verses, and hand motions.
There are 30 lessons total in this course. Lessons 1–15 teach students the story of the Old Testament starting with Creation and culminating in the return of the Jews from Babylonian exile and the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem:
- Lesson 1 Creation & Fall
- Lesson 2 Flood & Nations
- Lesson 3 Abraham & Isaac
- Lesson 4 Jacob & Joseph
- Lesson 5 Moses
- Lesson 6 Passover
- Lesson 7 The Law, the Tabernacle, Offerings & Feasts
- Lesson 8 Spying, Dying, Second Law
- Lesson 9 Joshua & the Twelve Tribes
- Lesson 10 Judges & Ruth
- Lesson 11 Samuel & Saul
- Lesson 12 David
- Lesson 13 Solomon, Bad Kings, & the Prophets
- Lesson 14 Scattered, Exiled, Returned, Temple
- Lesson 15 Esther, Ezra, Nehemiah, & Waiting for Christ
Lessons 16–30 familiarize students with each of the 39 books of the Old Testament:
- Lesson 16 Genesis & Job
- Lesson 17 Exodus & Leviticus
- Lesson 18 Numbers, Deuteronomy, & Joshua
- Lesson 19 Judges
- Lesson 20 Ruth
- Lesson 21 1 Samuel
- Lesson 22 2 Samuel, 1 Chronicles & Psalms
- Lesson 23 1 Kings, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, & Song of Solomon
- Lesson 24 2 Kings, 2 Chronicles, Hosea & Amos
- Lesson 25 Jonah, Nahum & Obadiah
- Lesson 26 Joel, Isaiah, Micah, and Zephaniah
- Lesson 27 Jeremiah, Lamentations, and Habakkuk
- Lesson 28 Daniel & Ezekiel
- Lesson 29 Ezra & Esther
- Lesson 30 Haggai, Zechariah, Nehemiah & Malachi
- Quick Reference to the 39 Books of the Old Testament
Lesson Plans and Materials
As a parent, you guide your student through the Old Testament coursework. We include a variety of teaching tools for you to leverage so you can do this with confidence. Teaching tools for this course include streaming video instruction, biblical narratives that tell the story in chronological order, discussion questions, character profiles, essential doctrines and apologetics, Scripture readings, full-color visual aids, an overview of every Old Testament book, and insightful articles that bring to life many facets of biblical history and culture.
Engaging Video Lessons Included
Each lesson begins with a short video lesson lasting four to five minutes. Author and speaker Rachael Carman presents a brief introduction to the lesson, providing background, context, and a related Bible story. She will then demonstrate the motion or motions that go with the lesson. More motions are added with each video lesson so that, eventually, students will be able to present a 40-point outline of the entire Old Testament complete with motions and keywords that help them remember each one.
Watch Lesson 1 of the free streaming video lessons that are included.
Key Word Memorization
A word or phrase is provided for each book of the Bible. This word helps the student to remember an important theme in the book.
Throughout each lesson in the curriculum, students will memorize passages from Scripture.
The narrative presents key people, places, events, and important themes of the passage(s) covered by this lesson, placing them within the context of the overarching story of the Bible, usually in the order the events happened. The narrative is conversational in tone and is designed to be read aloud by the parent.
Five discussion questions are provided to encourage thoughtfulness and discussion regarding the narrative and the people and events that were covered.
In-Depth Character Study
This is a one-page, first-person profile of a key Bible character told from the character’s perspective. Some of these profiles are funny, while others are dramatic or even tragic. Each profile covers important biblical events, lessons, and encounters with God as the people involved might have seen them. These are intended to help students understand that the Bible tells us about real-life events that involved real, flawed people.
Introduction to Apologetics
The content of The Word in Motion courses is non-denominational. However, basic doctrines and apologetics that have been historically agreed upon by the church are presented in each lesson. Among the doctrines discussed are the fall of man, sin nature, worship, idolatry, sabbath rest, miracles, repentance, God’s sovereignty, giving, the problem of evil, prophecy, redemption, and many others.
Focus on Prayer
Each lesson concludes with a prayer that touches on the themes discussed in the lesson. Students and families are encouraged to pray these prayers together or as individuals.