A little bit of history: Several years ago at a homeschool convention, a friend and I went to an Exhibitor session where you get to actually see what the product is and how it works. This one was for something called Picture This! Draw Your Way Through The Bible. We got to do one of the lessons, which was rushed because of time limits, but it was still a lot of fun! There was no way I could buy it though -- just not in the budget :-(
Fast Forward Two Years: I was browsing at one of my favorite used book stores, just kind of looking right and left as I walk through the aisles toward the register and something catches my eye. Huh? I turn and find the CD for Picture This! for only $5.00. FIVE dollars! WOW! I quickly grab it and purchase it before someone realizes that a mistake has been made! ;-) Note: the CD retails new for $75.00
We started at the beginning and are slowly and somewhat steadily working our way through the Bible, book by book. May I present Genesis, which was done last year, April of 2006.
This was done by daughter, 7 years old at the time. The idea of Picture This! is to tell the story of the book on one page. Obviously, some things will need to be left out or condensed, but it is a general overview to help you remember the theme, people, and events of the book. There are also symbols which are used throughout the Picture This! drawings - the first and most important one being the three-fold cloud which stands for the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
This picture was drawn by youngest son at age 10. You can follow the events of creation, man in the Garden with the trees of Good/Evil and Life, the fall of satan and the temptation of Eve. Do you know Genesis 3:15? They were cast out, had many sons and daughters and time moved along until Noah, the Flood, the rainbow of Genesis 9:17, the increase of man, the Tower of Babel, the spread of man, and finally Abraham.
This was drawn by middle son at age 12. Continuing our story, God makes a promise to Abraham in Genesis 12:2,3, he and Lot separate, after he rescues Lot from his kidnapping he is blessed with gifts from Melchizedek (Do you know that we, as believers, are part of the preisthood after the order of Melchizedek along with Jesus? Read Hebrews!!). Later, Lot sins with his daughters and the Ammonites and Moabites are started. Abraham has had Ishmael, the father of the Arabs, with the handmaid Hagar and then Isaac, the promised child. His faith is tested - Genesis 22:8.
This is my picture - you don't need to know how old I am ;-) Isaac marries and has twin sons Esau and Jacob. Esau sells his birthright, marries foreign women and becomes the father of the Edomites. Jacob, later re-named Israel, the son of the covenant, marries the sisters Leah and Rachel and has 12 sons which will later become the 12 tribes of Israel. Joseph, the 11th son and the favorite, is sold into slavery by his older brothers and taken to Egypt. He serves each of his masters faithfully and rises to a position of power where he is then able to help his family who come to Egypt seeking food during the time of famine - all in the masterful hands of the LORD. Joseph finally reveals himself to his brothers and the whole family come to live in the land of Goshen in Egypt under the protection of Joseph and the Pharaoh. Time passes, Israel dies, Joseph dies, and time keeps moving on. To Be Continued . . . .