Jun 30, 2014

Tips for Bible Study with Kids

As a Christian, homeschool mom, I have one goal in mind: to teach my kids to love the Lord with all their heart, soul, and mind. Your goal may be different than mine, and that's fine, but I have realized through the years how important our Bible studies are. Bible is not just another subject to get through like math or science...it really is the core of our life. I have learned so much from my son, and have really been amazed at how our studies affect his daily life. Well, they affect my daily life too. 

Anytime we spend time with our Creator affects our life in a mighty way...

1. Don't underestimate your kids when choosing a Bible.
Many people pick out the Bible with the "easiest" language. Why would you pick a diluted, watered down, imposter for the most important teaching moments in life? I don't want an imposter...I want the real thing! Most Bibles in our society are not truly the inspired Word of God. We use the King James with all of its "thee's" and "thou's".  It teaches so much even aside from the moral attributes of the scriptures. Yes, even those slightly peculiar, out of date words teach them deductive reasoning, inference, summarizing, making connections...and many more good reading and thinking strategies!  And they have no trouble memorizing it...another lie of Satan!

Teaching children how to pray using their hand print:  Things in the palm of your hand are things you can hold.  Things on your thumb - those closest to us.  Your index finger helps others - pray for helpers.  The middle finger is tallest, pray for leaders.  The ring finger is the weakest; pray for the weak.  Your pinky is the smallest - pray for your own needs last.    We traced her hand and she wrote the words;  we hung it by each kid's bed to remind them to say their prayers.
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2. Teach them to pray.

I guess I'm a little slow...it took me a while to realize that we have to teach our kids to pray. Otherwise, it becomes a habitual "Now I lay me down to sleep" style prayer, that really has no meaning...its just a nice rhyme.

You may want to make up some cards (like these) to remind your kids of things to pray for or just talk about it as a family.

The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth. Psalm 145:18

3. Teach them to recognize sin.

This is important as sin, most of the time, resembles good, not evil. The visual we often have of Satan with fiery eyes and a long forked tail is far from the truth. It's time to teach our kids that evil is all around...in the form of a nicely dressed man, a raved-about movie, popularity, trendy clothes, etc. There are MANY scriptures in the Bible stressing this fact.

4. Decide on a subject.

Or a book of the Bible, chapter, lesson, verse, story...somewhere to start. We usually choose not to buy a pre-made Bible curriculum because we just don't have the budget, and its hard to find something that works for us. I prefer more of a study guide with instructions to read certain verses, questions, and prompts for thinking skills. Something where the main focus is God's Word.

5.  Make it fun & applicable to their daily life.

There are so many exciting stories, people, places, and events in the Bible...there's no reason for it to be boring. Add in simple visuals, craft, games, and maybe even a field trip to let your kids know the Bible earns an important place in their learning.
As children get older, its important for them to be able to document their studies by notebooking, taking notes, or some other form of graphic organization. Bible maps are a great way to bring the Bible alive. It's important that they can remember and apply the lessons to their daily lives.

I also HIGHLY recommend the Mystery of History if you have a child/children who are interested in history. This allows you to study History along the timeline of God's Word. For example, when you study about King David...do you ever wonder what was going on in the world at that time...in China, the Middle East, etc.? It's great for multiple ages also! Check out the link below. Read more about our timeline here.

Do you have any goals or tips for teaching your child Bible? Leave me a comment...I would love to hear from you!

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