An impression is made not only on the paper,
but in the mind and heart as well!
The concept of The Picture-Smart Bible as a teaching methodology
was birthed during a 15-year teaching/administrative assignment for Dan Peters at Hillcrest Christian School
in Thousand Oaks, California. With his former training and experience as a graphic designer, love of the
Scriptures, and two years of continued research and development, The Picture-Smart Bible became a "new
concept" in Bible study.
The "see, hear, do" methodology which TPSB incorporates, has
long been recognized as an effective way to increase comprehension and retention in both children and adults.
TPSB illustrations consist of simple symbols with a basic Bible narrative resulting in a wide age-range
application and multiculture acceptance.
Cathy Duffy in "Cathy Duffy
"The Picture Smart Bible is a unique tool for teaching
the Bible to students from about fourth grade level through adults. In spite of the title, this is not a Bible but
two books for learning about the Bible, one for the Old Testament and one for the New
Each lesson teaches the entire story of one book of the
Bible, or sometimes a group of books such as the minor prophets Hosea, Joel, Amos, and Obadiah. The New Testament
book begins with an extra lesson, "The Bridge," covering the intertestamental period after Nehemiah. (Note that the
deuterocanonical books of Maccabees cover some of this time period.)
Delightful Speaker, Entertaining Author,
Adequate Wife, Pitiful Housekeeper
How to Get Your Child Off the Refrigerator and On To
If I'm Diapering A Watermelon, Then Where'd I Leave the
The Big WHAT NOW Book of Learning
"Here's how it works: The student is given this page
of faintly lined symbols. You, as teacher, then direct the student to outline and color in one specific symbol
while you proceed through the teacher's section, reading the information and Bible verses that illuminate the
meaning of that symbol. Pretty basic. And very easy to execute. Two things surprised me in the process of using
- First - my child loved it. And she
is not a kid who likes to color! Nor have I ever before found an honest to goodness Bible study that would
really hold her interest.
- Second - and this was the unexpected
benefit - the format of the program allowed us to progress through the material in an unhurried, even relaxing
manner. I worked through my own worksheet alongside my child and found there's something about taking the time
to color that actually slows the world down a bit. There was an unrushed sense of pondering a single symbol,
while taking the time to fill in the margins, that was so satisfying to me. There were moments of meaningful
silence. Much of our schooling seems tense and pressed. But this was a mental break in our typical frenzy that
we both came to look forward to. It fed us on several levels.
I know that not all approaches work with
all children, but this method is truly different from much of what is available. If you haven't found success
in typically presented Bible material, this is definitely worth trying. And as with all great materials, you
get to learn right along with your kids."
Each book unit
1. A "SCRIPT"or synopsis of each Bible book includes
easy-to-follow instructions regarding when and what to draw and read. No commentaries needed; the prep is done for
you. The small drawings on the left are progressive.
2. The MASTER DRAWINGS<which provide a visual guide for the teacher, illustrate key concepts of
each book of the Bible, Genesis to Revelation.
3. STUDENT SHEETS (located in the resource section) are copied and handed out to
all students. As the teacher reads through the script, student (and teacher) complete the dotted line
drawing, then add color
- An overview of the book
- Complete instructions what to say, draw, write and
read, plus Scripture references
- Can be read verbatim or explained in your own
- Discussion questions with each
- Thumbnail Progressive Drawings
- Shows teacher how the art is to develop on
- Blank space for your personal
- Maps: Show where the action
- Timelines: Show when events took
- How to Teach: Useful tips from the
- A special "Intertestament Bridge" giving light to the
400 "Silent" years.
- Memorization help with Learning the Word for Life books to internalize truths