Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Top Ten Countdown for Vacation Bible School 2011 - Wednesday, January 5th's Post . . . "Big Jungle Adventure" from Concordia Publishing House!

Welcome to the third day of my Top Ten Countdown for Vacation Bible School 2011; my Top Pick for VBS 2011 will be announced on January 14th, but today we are looking at "Big Jungle Adventure" from Concordia Publishing House! This year Concordia invites you to take your children to the jungle - where they will explore the jungle, learn about five amazing animals and have fun learning they are never alone on the adventure of life because Jesus is always by their side!

Scope and Sequence

  1. Big Basket Beginning - Baby Moses Rescued - Exodus 2:1-10 - God takes care of us through Jesus our Savior!
  2. Rockin' Red Sea Rescue - Crossing the Red Sea - Exodus 14:10-29 - Jesus rescues us from our enemies: sin, death and the devil!
  3. Mighty Mountain Mission - Sermon on the Mount - Matthew 5:14-16; John 8:12 - Jesus is the Light of life that we share with others!
  4. The Resurrection Race - Peter and John run to the Empty tomb - John 20:1-10, 19-21 - Jesus rose from the dead to save us!
  5. A Jeweled Journey's End - John's Vision of Heaven - Revelation 21:10 - 22:5 - Jesus, our Savior, prepares our heavenly home!
Theme - Children will go on a faith journey with Jesus and discover how he cares for His people of all times and places!

Strong Points -

  1. Solid Bible Lessons - strong salvation emphasis in each lesson and reminder for children who know Jesus that He loves them and they can grow to know Him more and live as His people!
  2. Excellent information to help you determine your VBS goals for 2011
  3. I love the focus on how to "connect and embrace" visitors after VBS
  4. Excellent director's info - thoroughly covers safety info, screening and training volunteers
  5. Excellent info on decorating - very cool directions to "make" a waterfall!
  6. I like the "Big Adventure Bible Challenge" station - I'd like to see more science projects built into this, but really like this station overall!
  7. Mission project - Lutheran Malaria Initiative - the children in your VBS will raise money for medicine, bed nets and more to help children around the world. (see the website at
Would Like to See - 
  1. While the lessons engaged the children towards the end of the lesson, I'd like to see that engagement woven throughout the entire lesson - beyond having children just answer a question or respond with a phrase.
  2. More activities and object lessons that engage the children in the opening and close each day. 
  3. Some of the songs on the DVD had a good mix of elementary age boys and girls and a good ethnic mix, but I'd really like to see this on all the songs
  4. I would really like to see activities built into the lessons to help children serve their own communities.
  5. I like the Bible Pals - but they are too small! The grandma in me would really like those to be bigger!
There are many features of this VBS that I loved; which should be no surprise as Concordia consistently ends up at the top of my VBS review year after year. I'm happy to see the strong evangelist focus in every lesson! If you want to help your children understand how throughout time, and even into eternity, they can be sure Jesus is with them, Concordia's VBS is absolutely worth considering. "Big Jungle Adventure" utilizes the ESV Bible. Since the settings for "Big Jungle Adventure" are built around the jungle, this VBS setting could easily be created for an outdoor venue. Extremely well done, Concordia - thank-you for sending "Big Jungle Adventure" for my review.

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tomorrow for my next review of VBS materials in my Top Ten Countdown for VBS 2011!

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