Review: AIG Pilgrim’s Progress Curriculum

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A few years ago, I read Little Pilgrim’s Progress: From John Bunyan’s Classic (by Helen L. Taylor) to my three daughters as a family read-aloud. We all loved it, and I had planned to come back to John Bunyan’s original when they were older. I was so excited to be given the opportunity to review the Answers In Genesis Complete Pilgrim’s Progress Pack because we would not only be reading the full version together, but we’d be equipped with more tools to explore this important, time-tested allegory.

Recommended for grade 2 through adults, AIG’s Complete Pilgrim’s Progress Pack is currently on sale for $59.99 (an $80 value, with components also sold individually). There are three components to the Complete Pilgrim’s Progress Pack, and with a mixed age group who all have distinct learning styles, I was looking forward to using the audio, the illustrated paperback and the all-in-one curriculum, which includes discussion questions, commentary and pointers to further research & activities throughout, as a set to make the learning experience more engaging for each of them.

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What’s included in the Complete Pilgrim’s Progress Pack:

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In Practice…

The first thing that impressed me about this package from AIG was the quality and content of The Pilgrim’s Progress, All-In-One Curriculum hardcover book. Thorough instructor’s guidelines are provided to make your journey through The Pilgrim’s Progress a complete unit study — which made me particularly happy because I love to use the unit study approach in our homeschool. The introduction provides detailed insight into the historical background and context in which John Bunyan wrote The Pilgrim’s Progress, including the original Author’s Apology he wrote in response to some of the criticism he received about the book.

As you dive into each chapter using The Pilgrim’s Progress, All-In-One, you’ll find illustrations, vocabulary, related scripture references in the margins, a complementary memory verse, additional commentary, and discussion questions. We enjoyed the insight and context provided by taking the time to explore each chapter using these tools. Because you can spend a lot of time with the additional material provided in the all-in-one version, I would read through it in advance and decide how you want to approach it based on the ages and learning styles of your children.

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Here’s how we approached the set: We started with the dramatic audio version, which was perfect for afternoons spent driving to dance classes. Although the old English was more difficult to understand for my seven-year-old, the emotion behind the dialogue was captivating and kept her attention. Once they were drawn in by the audio (to the point they couldn’t wait to move on!) we went back and revisited each chapter using the all-in-one version. My eldest daughter (13), who is a visual learner and advanced reader, read the Illustrated & Annotated version on her own (fast) pace, whereas my auditory 12-year-old prefers reading along while we are reading aloud together.

The student CD included in the All-In-One curriculum provides printouts of all the fill-in-the-blank discussion material in the book, making it really easy for your students to either jot down their responses on their own as they read or take notes as you discuss each chapter as a family. I always appreciate easy access to PDFs for printing out pages that you’ll want to save if you are creating a notebook for your study.

Although my seven-year-old enjoyed the audio and was able to follow along well enough to discuss the themes, I would have liked to have something tailored specifically for the youngest children in the audience. My youngest is a kinesthetic learner, so she learns best when she’s physically doing something with what we are learning. Perhaps a printable coloring book using the beautiful illustrations provided in the Illustrated & Annotated version, puppets to cut out and color, or crossword puzzles with character names and vocabulary?

That one wish aside, we are all really enjoying AIG’s Complete Pilgrim’s Progress Curriculum and look forward to each lesson. As Ken Ham shares in the foreword, Pilgrim’s Progress is a very special book: A powerful allegory that has stood the test of time like no other book (besides the Bible of course), still a best-seller more than 300 years after it was written! It should be revisited regularly, and Answers In Genesis has provided a wonderful set of tools with which to explore its themes and biblical truths.

As a member of the Answers In Genesis Blogger Review Team, I received a copy of this product in exchange for my honest review and promotion. All opinions are my own, and no other compensation was received. I am disclosing this information in accordance with FTC Guidelines.

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Renée Gotcher is a wife, writer, editorial consultant, and home-educating mother of three daughters. She has been married for 26 years to her best friend Kenny, whom she met while attending Oral Roberts University in the early 90s. Renée was homeschooled during her last two years of high school and started homeschooling in 2010. A former journalist, she is currently editor of NextGen Homeschool and blogs on personal topics at A New Chapter. Her family lives in Castle Rock, Colorado.

23 thoughts on “Review: AIG Pilgrim’s Progress Curriculum

  1. We read a younger kids version of The Pilgrim’s Progress a few years ago, but I would love to go through the full version like this. I think the audio would be great for my daughter who loves to read, but really benefits from listening to things too. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  2. Every summer we read Little Pilgrim’s Progress. I plan to continue our tradition and start reading the real version soon as they are now getting older. It’s been our summer reading tradition for 3 or 4 years now.

  3. We have not read Pilgrims progress but it is scheduled this year in our curriculum, I am very excited because I have never read it and look forward to it, and think my son will like it. This set would be awesome for us to understand it more

  4. My husband and I LOVE Pilgrim’s Progress. I have seen this curriculum advertised, and I am thankful for your review. I would love to use this with my kids!!!

  5. We have not read the Pilgrim’s Progress but love the “Torch Lighter’s” DVD about John Bunyan.

  6. I’ve watched the movie and heard the Adventures in Odyssey episodes based on the Pilgrim’s Progress, but never read the book. I kept wondering if I should, but haven’t found the time.

  7. We’ve read a mid-level children’s version when my children were 5 & 8. They loved it! We really would like to read the original & study it. This is great AIG!

  8. I read the children’s version with the older kids but have not read it with my younger kids yet. This would be an awesome tool 🙂 Ive never read the actual book. my Grandma in love gave me her copy of the authors biography – I haven’t read that yet either…

  9. I’ve read Pilgrim’s Progress with my kids and students when I was still a classroom teacher. It’s a classic, and one worth re-reading. This curriculum sounds like a great tool to dive deeper into all that can be learned from this story.

  10. My oldest daughter read this book and then preformed in a musical based on this book. It was really neat! I have been wondering how to incorporate this book with my younger two kids. This curriculum just might be the answer!

  11. Since we will begin homeschooling in January, it would be so awesome to win some curriculum to help us get started. Thanks for the review, it sounds like a great unit study.

  12. I remember reading Little Pilgrims Progress when I was a kid. I have been eyeing this up for a bit now to read to my kids!

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