As a Homeschooling Christian family, we are always overjoyed to find fun and innovative ways to teach the Faith, particularly when it comes in the form of a boardgame.
What is great about “The Road to Bethlehem” is it’s also educational in its own right. Our kids had a blast with the game, which challenged them in various ways; and they were asking to play the next encounter as soon as we finished one. The way the game is designed, collaboratively rather than competitively, anybody can play, regardless of their age or grade level, making it ideal for homeschooling families, or mixed groups. In our particular instance we had three generations of our family playing.
The game is divided into encounters, with the end goal of meeting the Holy Family. Each encounter usually presents a moral dilemma, where players discuss their next course of action, requiring everyone to work together as a team, and communicating in order to reach a decision. As they progress through the encounter, there is a variety of individual and group challenges.
The challenges are varied and cross the gamut: reading, writing, physical agility, negotiating, and overall utilizing critical thinking. There is also room for customizing the challenges to fit your specific educational review needs i.e. fractions, time, periodic table, vocabulary, recitation.
The role of gamemaster is geared towards parents and adults, however “The Book of Adventures” is well written and designed, making it possible for teenagers to assume the role of gamemaster. Reading the story and running the game will help build their self-esteem and public speaking skills, and allow them to express creatively when presenting challenges to the group.
Overall, the game has been a blessing to our family. We look forward to introducing ‘The Road to Bethlehem’ to other homeschool families during meetups.
George & Kim, USA
PARENTS, HOMESCHOOLERS, GAMERS
The Road to Bethlehem takes us back to the time of Jesus’ birth. We are faced with adversity and wander along trails to eventually bow before the Infant, sent for our Salvation. Sounds a bit strange, right? That’s what I thought. Somehow I was unable to picture this whole thing – how was I supposed to follow those trails?
Everything changed when I started to play it with a team of my kids at school. It turns out that the game draws you in. The wonderfully thought through words, carefully laid-out paths and questions make you not want to stop playing and to anxiously await what will happen next. If I were to sum it up in one sentence I would say “Learn as you play and play as you learn”.
The game teaches the children and us – how to work together, make decisions, how to enjoy spending time together, think logically, discern between options (which one will result in greater good). Before all else, it teaches us that together we can achieve more than alone. As you conquer adventure after adventure, performing various tasks (also involving motor skills – which is very important for children), at the same time you can test and grow your knowledge of everything connected with the Birth of Christ. I think that the the kids said it best “Miss, this is super, I want this game, let’s not stop playing!”
LITERATURE TEACHER, PARENT
A “Real Player Game”! Outstanding game with a deep opportunity for faith enrichment for the whole family. We love this game and have shared it with other families too! Every age group loves the story and the wonderful decisions that each of use can participate within the game. Thank you!
I have traveled the road to Bethlehem over a hundred times over the years, and always felt excitement as I approached the town where Jesus Christ was born.
With this game families can journey closer to Jesus Christ and to each other as they leave the noise of our world and engage each other in conversations that matter for their faith, their love of God and each other, and for their family’s hope of reaching the ultimate goal of Christ together.
Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ, USA
The Road to Bethlehem is a wonderful game. At first I was a bit taken aback by the sheer number of elements and tasks but very quickly it turned out to be easy, enjoyable and full of surprises. It teaches and entertains.
The Road… teaches teamwork, making joint decisions and shows the players’ character. The main Christian plot-line helps to learn and develop the Faith and inculcate values. I would recommend this game for teachers to work with students. During the gameplay at our school, the children were very interested and engaged. They made decisions together and were happy to perform the tasks. Through fun – which is what kids like the most – you can perfect social skills and deepen the Faith.
The Road to Bethlehem is a refreshingly fun game involving storytelling, team challenges and trivia. You can play for hours without noticing the passage of time. The various storylines tying the whole game together offer a fascinating and enchanting perspective on the setting that leads to the well-known story of the Nativity of Christ.
The game helps young players grow through a fun experience. They won’t even realize they’re learning. Working together towards the common goal helps the players cooperate and strengthen relationships.
With its high quality and dazzling graphics, The Road to Bethlehem rivals the most enjoyable games available today.
Justin & Amanda, USA
HOMESCHOOLERS, PARENTS, GAMERS
On the Road from 5:30 PM till 1:30 AM 🙂 The game rocks!
HOMESCHOOLER, PARENT, GAMER
We played for the first time today. We laughed so hard! Thank you, it is fun family time.
PARENT, HOMESCHOOLER, GAMER
EXCELLENT!!! The whole family played together – it took us several hours… But the emotions, discussions, laughter ;))) We reached the goal! 🙂