A is for Adam by Ken & Mally Ham
Ham, Ken and Mally. Illustrated by Jeff Albrecht. A is for Adam: The Gospel from Genesis. Green Forest: Master Books, 2011. 77 pp. $16.99. Purchase at Amazon for $11.42.
At this point, Master Books and New Leaf Publishing no longer needs to be introduced. Ken Ham is in the same boat. Ken is the founder of Answers In Genesis–a ministry dedicated to reclaiming the authority of Scripture especially the foundation of the Bible in Genesis 1. You can read other reviews I have written of Ken’s books here.
A is for Adam is a spiral bound tent-book designed for homeschooling families and/or the classroom. On one side of the book (the side facing the child) there is a vibrant colorful picture with a few lines for the child to see. On the back page (the side facing the parent or teacher) is a lesson plan. There is a “let’s read” highlighted in yellow that allows the parent to read what is before the child. The next point is “The Starting Point.” This gets the lesson rolling.
“Bible Bits” offers some bullet points to offer discussion topics for the instructor. ”Let’s Talk” further enforces the lesson plan and is set up such that the child has to respond which is great for discussion and knowing if the child is understanding what is being taught. ”Always Remember” drives home the important lesson for that particular letter and is a key component to the gospel message being shared with the child.
“Visual Vocabulary” offers some interaction with the picture itself while the “Stuff to Do” section gives more critical thinking and interaction. The “Quick Review” helps to ensure the child has comprehended the lesson for the particular letter.
At the back of the book are further notes for each letter. These are best read before the lesson and will help to give the teacher the overview of the discussion and the lesson.
The final element of this resource that is extremely helpful are the free coloring pages one can download. These can be used as take home pages or to keep small hands busy.
This tool is one of the best put together resources for homeschooling, Sunday School, and even the standard classroom I have come across in some time. In essence, you have a 26-lesson book completely prepared for your use. You do not necessarily need to prepare longer than it takes to read the notes in the back of the book before each lesson. Everything is spelled out on the instructor’s side of the resource.
The vividly colored drawings by Jeff Albrecht are top notch and will keep the child’s interest long enough to be able to get the lesson in without much concern of losing them. What is best, and is to be expected with Ken Ham (thankfully!), is that the child (and possibly the parent) are being introduced to a biblical theology with the gospel being found (and rooted) in Genesis.
My wife literally started using this resource right out of the package with our 3 and 2 year old during their “letter time” during the school day. That is how easy it is to use.
Yes, I have recommended everything from New Leaf Publishing very highly. This resource is no different except that if you are teaching the alphabet to your children or you have smaller children still completely learning their ABC’s, you will find this tool to be invaluable. Trust me. I recommend this resource to all parents with small children, homeschooling or not. Also, to all children’s ministers, you will want to make this resource available to your teachers in your department.