Friday, May 4, 2012

Bronze Bow


The Bronze Bow was one of the Total Language Plus study guides we did where I really felt like we utilized the projects and pen and paper assignments to the fullest.  We were studying the same time period in history so it was like, "killing to birds with one stone."  To this day I still remember vividly the description of "snakes in the rafters" of this house.  EEK!  Must have been good descriptive writing! 

I did check the links to the maps, charts etc... that I noted and at least on this day of publishing they were are still working!  Enjoy!

originally posted on November 20, 2007   

We just finished our Bronze Bow study with Total Language Plus (TLP) and really enjoyed to book.  It went right along with our MOH study so we didn’t do as many of the “project” things (projects and pen/papers.)  We used The Bronze Bow as a read aloud for all the kids but it was the full Language Arts curriculum for our older two this fall.

The story itself was engaging right from the start.  It had Daniel, the main character, a boy living out on a mountain for my boys and introduced a female character, Malthace, so my girls were intrigued too.  Not that you always need that in a story, but it helps!  We had good discussions of right and wrong with this one.

One of the questions, “Since Rosh is working for the good of his countrymen, is he justified in taking his needs from the farmers?” sparked thought provoking conversation.  It’s sort of a Robin Hood kind of thing (which we compared in our conversation.)  There was initially a little argument that it wasn’t so bad for him to feed his men now and then but we quickly came to the conclusion that it was wrong.  It’s not his to take and they didn’t “ask” him to or “agree” with how he’s “working for them.” 

Because we did our MOH at the same time we were immersed in Rome.  Under projects in the guide TLP suggests studying, “Roman art, government, gods, architecture, famous men, recreation and culture.”  I just love when we can combine two subjects.  It saves us so much “school” time and I think they “get” it more. 

One of the other projects is to Trace the history of the Jews from Moses until Jesus.  I highly recommend this timeline if you don’t already have one.  We have used it for so much but it really helps you “see” who lived when and with who.  Our’s is from Barnes and Noble and except for a small chart on the first page describing the Prehistoric era’s I found nothing else in it offensive to the Biblical/Creation view.  There is one available from Christianbook.com (I believe it takes out that one small chart?) but it doesn’t have as many of the other charts and things that mine includes that I like.

We also filled out this chart on fulfilled  prophesies. (Project #7)

 Here’s an outline map that you could use for the mapping project as well.  We used the ones in the back of our MOH book but this one would work nicely.    Incidentally, the main site where I found that map has a filled in map and other outline maps (Paul’s journey’s and such) that you may want to mark for future reference.  You can find that here.  The completed map you can find under filled in maps, Palestine.  I’m not a map person by any stretch of the imagination so a filled in one for me is always appreciated!

Highly recommend the book and the study guide.  It gives a great look at the time Jesus was on earth from a perspective different than any I’ve read before.

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