Answers to some frequently asked questions about the Picture-Smart
Bible homeschool curriculum.
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1. Can I use the Picture Smart Bible with my first grader?
2. Can I teach a lesson to my entire Bible class of 25 students?
3. Can the Picture Smart Bible be used with adults or do they think it’s immature? How do
adults react to it?
4. How many lessons are there and how long does it take to teach each lesson?
5. How is each lesson divided into class sessions?
6. Do I have to read the scripts word-for-word?
7. Can I use these pictures, but use an actual Bible rather than the script?
8. What do I have to have in order to use the Picture Smart
9. I can’t draw and I don’t even like to draw, but my kids do. Am I really going to
be able to use the Picture-Smart Bible
10. What is your doctrinal
11. Is the CD compatible with
a PC or Mac?
12. What are the copyright
As designed, the Picture Smart Bible works best 4th grade through
adult. If a child can trace, he can do a PSB lesson. Especially young children with good eye-hand
coordination won’t have a problem tracing the lines and coloring in the smaller shapes. However, many parents of
Kindergarten-3rd grade are using PSB by allowing the younger children to color the Master Drawing while
older ones are tracing the Student Sheet. The “hear-see-do” method still works for maximum retention. Most adults
enjoy and profit from the Picture Smart Bible as much as young
2.Absolutely. Even more students will be fine. The content is engaging (because
it’s God’s powerful Word!) and the method is different so they’ll be attentive and involved. You may want to
circulate a bit to encourage them to be neat and careful with their drawings just like you would with any
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3. Most adults will appreciate the different approach. For example, if adults were studying a book
of the Bible in a Sunday school class or small group, the the Picture Smart Bible could be used at
the beginning of the study because of the helpful overview it provides. Also, parents and grandparents can
sit with their children and grandchildren and learn a book together in a church
Generally speaking, there is one Master Drawing for each Bible book. However, we have combined
some of the smaller books on one page (ie. Ezra/Nehemiah: one page, minor prophets: 4 to a
Each of the 49 lessons are 6-8 pages in length. Teachers may start and stop at any point. We
have found most parents take 15 minutes/day, 4 days/week for one lesson. This gives ample time for discussion,
coloring etc. Christian School and Sunday School classes often divide one lesson into 2 class
5.They’re not divided because we know homeschooling parents and Christian school
teachers have different daily times devoted to the study of God’s Word. You’re free to make your own
divisions that meet your needs. It’s easy to stop at any number of places in each book and then pick it up
the next day. The freedom to plan with your timeframe in mind is another reason “The Picture-Smart Bible” is
also easy for youth pastors, Sunday school teachers, and camp directors to
6.No, but you’ll want to stay close to the script because of the excellent
details included and the prompts to trace each part of the picture. You can use your own words, if you prefer
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7.You’ll need to use the script because the directions for the drawings are in
the script and they relate to the plot development. Scriptures are listed in the body of the script so you
can pause and have students read the exact verses anytime you
8. The script from the Picture Smart Bible for the parent/teacher and a student sheet for
each participant, which you’ll copy from the back of the manual. You’ll complete a picture while teaching,
too, either on a transparency, using an overhead projector if you have many students, or at the table with
your children. Each person will also need colored pencils, crayons, or markers. If the children will be doing
many lessons or books, they’ll appreciate folders or three-ring binders where they can keep the
We provide a “Drawing Practice” lesson mostly for fun. Otherwise “drawing” consists of tracing
a dotted line. You’ll be successful because you just have to be able to trace the
dotted lines. You’ll also be successful because your children will enjoy it and spur you
10.We have attempted
to share Bible truths without doctrinal “commentary”. After 10 years of distribution, no negative comments
have been received by our office, we believe that we have succeeded in that goal. It is also true that the
Student Sheets are blank, giving parents/teachers full control over words used on the sheet. Our Statement of
Faith is available for the
11.The CD will
work with either MAC or PC computers and is driven by AdobeAcrobat which is also on the file. No other software
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The copyright page which prefaces the resource section in the
manual, permits purchasing organizations to copy Student Sheets for their group (home, church, school, home school
coop). Copying for the purpose of selling or distributing is