As a busy homeschool mom of many, I try to find quality curriculum that can stand in for me from time to time. And when it comes to history, Drive Thru History® is one of my go-to’s. We recently added Drive Thru History® – “The Gospels” to our collection.
Drive Thru History ® – The Gospels
Their latest series of Drive Thru History with Dave Stotts tells the story of Jesus from the locations recorded in the Gospels. Throughout the DVDs, Dave travels to more than 50 ancient sites in Israel to show us the Gospels in a new way. He presents the evidence for the truth of scripture and encourages families to dig into the Word together.
The general age range is 5th grade – adult, however, my six-year-old quite enjoyed watching them. He even spontaneously requested them from time to time- which says a lot, because he is my hands-on guy and any video that can hold his attention must be something spectacular.
I can list the reasons my little guy loves it so much . . . bright, colorful pictures, big boomy music, fantastical adventures . . . or I can give you a glimpse of what it’s like . . .
Each time I watch this trailer I get goosebumps. And yes, it really is that good.
How we enjoyed The Gospels
The DVD set includes 18 30-minute episodes, which equals nine hours of amazing content. We made our way through eight of the episodes.
The three discs cover the following material:
- The Historical Landscape
- The Announcements
- Jesus is Born
- Jesus Grows Up
- Jesus Starts His Ministry
- Jesus Returns to Galilee
- Jesus Begins His Miracles
- Jesus Teache with Authority
- The Sermon on the Mount
- Jesus Travels the Sea of Galilee
- Jesus Travels North with His Apostles
- A Final Trip to Jerusalem
- Jesus Arrives in Jerusalem
- The last Supper
- The trial of Jesus
- The Crucifixion of Jesus
- The Resurrection of Jesus
- Who is Jesus?
As you can see, the DVDs truly do cover the entire story, at least as it is presented in the synoptic Gospels. I’m sure there is more that we don’t know, but that bit (and much more), will be revealed in Heaven.
We watched the episodes as a family and then used the discussion questions in the study guide as conversation starters. While we used this within our own family, it would be an awesome small group or Sunday school curriculum- for youth or adults.
The Study Guide
Within the case is also a study guide to go along with the DVDs. Each of the 18 lessons has four pages devoted to it. All lessons follow the same structure:
- Page 1 – a quote pertaining to the lesson
- Page 2 – a summary of the episode
- Page 3 – discussion questions and corresponding scriptures to read
- Page 4 – photos and scripture
If you hadn’t already picked it up, we very much enjoy the Drive Thru History Series. The Gospels has been no exception. The fun and engaging way in which the information is presented makes for lasting learning. While I appreciate the product for its teachability, my children like it for its fastpaced-ness, humor, and personal appeal (he speaks to the camera so you feel like he’s talking to you!)
I wholeheartedly recommend this new installment, and all the other Drive Thru History films, to families everywhere.
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