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Our Proverbs Study Using Hidden Treasures: Searching for Wisdom


You may recall that our family wants to learn the entire book of Proverbs, God’s curriculum for wisdom, and that we have progressed a bit in memorizing it.  Currently, rather than memorizing Proverbs chapter by chapter, we are concentrating on a few verses per chapter using a unique study guide that the children (ages 6-16) all love.  Hidden Treasures: Searching for Wisdom, by Pam Forster brings the wise messages of Proverbs home in a memorable way. 


The author’s family had long studied Proverbs using pictures and wanted to help other families do the same.  They set up a contest asking young people to illustrate a proverb, and chose 90 pictures out of more than 500 entries submitted by illustrators ranging from 6 years old to late teens.  These 90 they included in their book.  Some pictures are funny, some confusing, and all are memorable.  


Although there are many ways to use this book, what we do is to find all the pictures relevant to our chapter and study them.  Then we read the chapter out loud, and afterwards the children, beginning with the little ones, try to tell which proverb goes with which picture.  This is a lot of fun and really focuses our attention on these verses, which we usually review again the next day.  Not only that, but some of the pictures are so graphic that we know the verses almost immediately.


We plan to put each of the texts on an index card to review them regularly along with our other Bible texts.  This job will be given to our 9-year old for 25c a card. 


Hidden Treasures contains much more than just the illustrations for studying Proverbs.  We plan to use some other suggestions in the future, perhaps as in this review. For now, we are still enjoying the illustrations (we’re on Proverbs 23), and have a ways to go in memorizing those 90 verses.  In the meantime, we are growing in wisdom.  Praise the Lord!


If you are also studying the book of Proverbs, please share what you are doing and how it is going.  Then we can encourage each other and learn from each other.


The Lord willing, Thursday’s Tea Time with Annie Kate will be about our high

school geography course and next Tuesday, I’ll pass on a recipe for a natural and

effective bug spray.


Until then, enjoy the beginning of summer!


  1. Canadagirl says:

    I REALLY need to come back and read this post. I just wanted to let you know that I very happily added you as a friend ! [0=

    Blessings in Him<><


  2. Titus2woman says:

    *THANK YOU!* for sharing this~I will check this out! Proverbs is my very favorite book of the Bible, and I just KNOW that if my children are well versed in it they will succeed in life…. (((((HUGS))))) sandi

  3. solidrock says:

    I have really enjoyed reading through your blog this am! What treasures! We are looking for a new and fresh family study and this just may be what we are looking for.

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