Old Testament Stories Manual and Stories from the Books of Moses

Christopherus Homeschool Resources Third Grade Curriculum

Donna Simmons

Manual is 3-hole punched

Storybook is Tape Bound


The Old Testament block for the Waldorf third grade is one of my favorites.  It answers so well the third grader’s awakening awareness that they are no longer in the paradise of early childhood, but have stepped out of the “garden” and into a world where they may often feel a bit lost, a bit homeless as it were. 

This block begins with just that event, as told in the West by the foundational writings of Moses.  Once they are forced out of the Garden of Eden, the children of Adam wander, settle, prosper, fall into slavery and then emerge into freedom and a new land of milk and honey.  This block ends with Moses watching the Children of Israel cross the Jordan river into Canaan and their new home, and a beautiful culmination for our third graders.  (Following this block comes the practical activies block which includes cooking, farming and, yes, house building–as the stories sleep within the students, they spring to life through the work of their hands.)

Donna Simmons’ Old Testament Stories Manual artistically and thoroughly captures the life of the Old Testament Block, as her Stories from the Books of Moses sensitively retells the key events in the seminal journey of the Hebrew people.  Whether you are using it at home or in a classroom, her guidance is just the right balance of detail and inspiring suggestions.  We think it is simply wonderful that she has made this curriculum available for so many children.

Contents of the Manual:

  • Introduction
    • Thoughts on Old Testament Stories
  • How to Proceed
    • Sample Schedule for a Six Week Block
    • Materials Needed
    • Artistic Activities
    • Wet-on-Wet Watercolor Painting
    • Writing Summaries
    • Related Activities
  • A Puppet Play: Joseph and His Brothers
  • Plus 7 templates for the puppet play and 10 full-page color reproductions of watercolor paintings

Contents of the Storybook:

  • The Days of Creation
  • Adam and Eve
  • Cain and Abel
  • Noah and the Flood
  • The Tower of Babel
  • Abraham
  • Isaac
  • Jacob
  • Joseph and His Brothers
  • Moses in Egypt
  • Moses in the Wilderness

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