In my first post about flannelgraph, I stated my excitement in receiving the Through the Bible in Felt set by Betty Lukens. I also explained my longtime desire to add flannelgraph to the ABCJLM curriculum.
In this post I want to explain the in’s and out’s of the set. Contents, likes, and dislikes.
There are several sets that are available ranging from about $10 all the way up to around $300. The set I received contained everything that I would need to teach our kiddos or a group of kiddos the entire Bible.
-600 12′ figures and objects
-2 boxes that include a filing system (someone put some thought into this!)
-Three mounted backgrounds (32″ x 48″)- Water and Sky, Indoor and Purple
-Four bright and colorful overlays-Hillside, Shoreline, Desert and Throne Room
–Teacher’s Manual with 182 stories
Figures and Objects – I was thrilled with the clarity and realness in each figure and object. My children immediately picked out the different Bible stories just by looking at the pictures. The felt is thick and the colors are vivid.
Teacher’s Manual – This may be my favorite part of the set (and you can buy is individually). The book contains 182 Bible stories from Creation to the 2nd Coming and Heaven. The stories are very well written. With each story is a Memory Verse, the Bible Scripture for the story, and an Aim (goal for the story). There are also example pictures of the flannelgraph layout along with a list of every flannelgraph piece needed. The stories are written for children of all ages to understand. My favorite part is how the authors tie the story together with a personal application for the children. If you are unsure of how to tell Bible stories, this would be an excellent resource. Geared toward elementary aged children, the stories can be shorted to use with preschool aged children.
Okay, now to share “the ugh!” These 600 figures and objects are not pre-cut. That means you have to physically cut them out yourself with a pair of scissors. Yes, this takes a very long time. Above you will see the pile of flannel that I received!
But if you follow a few of my tips, it is very doable.
Here is what I learned in the process:
-Dull scissors will not work. Grab a pair of sharp scissors to do this job.
-No matter how ambition you are to cut apart the entire set, simply rough cut the pieces and file each piece. Then, as you need the individual pieces for a story, neatly cut them out.
– Do not worry cutting out every piece and on all the black lines. I did not cut between the figure’s fingers or cut out small white sections (around the elbows).
The Teacher’s Manual gives a few more suggestions for cutting and filing the pieces. Even though it took a VERY long time (and I have only cut the pieces apart!), I knew that it would be worth it in the end. Makes the job much easier.
I am so impressed with this set. I am impressed with the quality of the pictures and the details in the Teacher’s Manual. At this point, I don’t have anything negative to comment on. (Very unusual for me!)
For the ABCJLM Curriculum, I suggest the Small Deluxe Set. I do realize that these sets are expensive. Thus, adding the flannelgraph to the ABCJLM curriculum is a suggestion not a must. With that said, if you are looking at homeschooling, running a preschool, or working in a church setting for any length of time, I believe you will find your purchase worthwhile. But, if you find yourself jumping between ideas in teaching your children, then I would start off with a small set and check to see how much you use it before diving in.
Thanks to the Betty Lukens company for provided me with this set to review.