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This post relates to my most recent YouTube video about how I teach my kiddos the Bible (and journaling) during our morning time. I’ll be going into more details (and a step by step how-to) here in this post, but feel free to check out the video too!
I am really passionate about helping my kids cultivate a love for and understanding of God’s Word. There are countless curriculums that aim to do this and, while some of them are truly beautiful, I think there are so many simple and often free ways to do this without buying curriculum. If we believe that God’s word is alive and active, then we’ve got to believe that God’s word on its own is a thing worth reading and learning (even without worksheets and coloring pages).
In my video, I briefly talked about a few of the different tools and methods we’ve used to study the Bible with our kids in recent years. Here are more details on three of my favorites.
- Reading through a book of the Bible together
Maybe this sounds overly simple. Or maybe it sounds intimidating to you. But, you really can’t beat just choosing a book of the Bible and reading it together. In my experience, the slower, the better. There can be pressure to read through the entire Bible in a year or get through whole chapters each day, and there is certainly a time and place for that; but, oftentimes it’s the slow, thoughtful walk through a few verses each day that makes the deepest impression. So, pick a book (Psalms or one of the Gospels would be my recommended starting point if you’re new at this) and take just five minutes each day to read a small section, pray and then talk about it. If you want some help coming up with questions, there are awesome free resources like YouVersion or the Enduring Word App that give commentary and context.
If you’re trying to decide which translation to read from, I recommend the NIV translation. It flows very well as a read aloud, which makes it easier to follow. If you are wanting a physical copy, these are two of my favorites:
Journal the Word Bible https://amzn.to/3Qbeo6V
NIV Life Application Study Bible https://amzn.to/3xzS9jP
- Read through a book like “101 Favorite Stories from the Bible”
There are countless Bible story books (some are better than others). This is a great option if you have little kiddos or if you just want to walk through stories/concepts in the Bible. I think you can get the most out of this kind of study if you read the story, then reference the actual passage of scripture in your Bible. Having your children narrate the story back to you is also a great way to reinforce the concepts and stories. You can also ask questions like, “What did you learn about God/sin/choices/etc from this story?”
“101 Favorite Stories from the Bible” by Ura Miller https://amzn.to/3mgO3qa
- Give your kids a panoramic view of the Bible with Bible Project videos
The Bible Project is an awesome YouTube channel that has made short videos that give you an overview of each book of the Bible. This is a really great option, especially for middle to upper grade kids. I recommend starting at the beginning (Genesis) and watching one video at the beginning of each week. Throughout the week, you can discuss the concepts that pertain to that book of the Bible, read or copy passages of scripture from that book and even pick a verse from that book to memorize together. It will take over a year to get through all the videos if you do one each week, but I think it’s absolutely worth it to give your kids a historical and contextual understanding of the Bible.
The other thing I discussed in my video is journaling. After Bible time each day, we journal. Journaling is an excellent way to teach kids to reflect on what they’ve learned. It’s also an invaluable habit to develop at a young age (plus, it’s another way to get in handwriting practice). It doesn’t have to take long, just 2-3 minutes each day. We’ve used several different journals over the years, but these are some of my favorites:
Prayer Journal for ages 7-9 https://amzn.to/3GMR62Y
Prayer Journal for old kids https://amzn.to/3NlVGYu
Journal that also has a small devotional in it (perfect to use during summer or if you aren’t using something else to study the Bible) https://amzn.to/3NlVGYu
Of course you can always give your child a journal with blank pages, but I’ve found it can be overwhelming for most kids if they haven’t first developed the habit of reflecting and then writing about it.
See y’all here next week to talk about another one of my favorite topics–poetry!