On this podcast, we chat with Dianna Wiebe, author and founder of Grapevine Studies.
Who is Dianna Wiebe?
Dianna Wiebe is the primary author of Grapevine Studies. She brings an energetic and creative approach to her studies enabling her student to learn through direct interaction with the Bible. She has written over thirty Bible studies that are being used around the world by families, churches, and missionaries. Dianna is happily married to John and they have four grown children and many grandchildren. Dianna’s children are homeschool graduates and now college graduates. She spends her time researching, writing, teaching, and running the day-to-day operations for Grapevine Studies.
Dianna’s Favorite Verse:
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
How & Why of Grapevine Studies
1. Grapevine builds a framework for learning the bible using a timeline. This gives kids a general framework and overview of the bible lesson.
2. Grapevine brings the big picture together – helping kids to fit the pieces together.
How did Grapevine come into fruition?
Dianna asked the Lord for direction about how to introduce bible stories to both the under-churched and over-churched during a vacation bible study. She was given the idea of a biblical timeline and stick-figuring through the bible from Genesis through Revelations.
Why stick-figuring through the Bible?
Dianna Wiebe feels that children should be able to handle the Word of God enough that they understand deception quickly. It starts with hearing (as mom reads the lesson aloud)- seeing (as they draw it out) to interpret. Stick-figuring moves information across the brain. This method is great for right-brain learners because the information moves from short-term memory to long-term memory. Long retention is often a result.
Which version of the bible does Grapevine Studies use?
You’re encouraged to use your version of the bible, although a paraphrase or children’s bible is not recommended.
How can you teach Grapevine Studies with a larger family?
As children get older, skills to study the bible on their own are added. Grapevine is for children ages 3 and above.
- 1 teacher book
- Level 1-2 students – workbook for drawing, with timeline and map work
- Level 3-4 students- workbook for drawing, with timeline, map work, plus additional research activities like looking up words
How does Grapevine address the issues of teaching students with special needs or who are not reading at grade level?
Dianna Wiebe shares that there is flexibility in addressing learning needs in how the mom approaches the teaching. Children may be helped to process the information better if read aloud to.
Is this curriculum for kids who already know the Bible pretty well?
Yes. The Bible timeline is covered again which gives them a framework for the whole Bible.
Grapevine’s mission and ideas on discipleship
Grapevine’s mission is to give a method of studying the bible to parents so they can confidently introduce the gospel and teach kids the word of God. Leaders go and learn and imitate what they learn, plus teach others. Discipleship for teens goes beyond learning and into obedience and teaching others.
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