Sigh, I had misremembered (yes spell check that is a word) when this was scheduled to publish, and so I was sitting down to work on it this morning, rather than last night. Tara’s Mom died this weekend and I’ve been in a bit of shock because the news on Friday had been good for a recovery. I spent last night with Tara, just talking. But enough of that, on to teaching the Bible to your kids, and family discipleship.
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Teaching the Bible to your kids
When they put out a call for chapter contributors for Big Book of Homeschool Ideas and asked what everyone wanted to write about I knew right away I wanted to write about this topic. I don’t want to share the entire chapter with you, but here are some great tips to get you started.
Before you teach the Bible to your kids, read it yourself
This doesn’t have to be anything super difficult or hard to figure out, it just has to be you reading the story or topic you’re going to teach your kids, so you’re familiar with it. Sit down with some paper and take some notes, what are YOUR questions, and how might you answer it?
Figure out your goals with your kids
What are your goals in teaching the Bible to your kids? Do you want them to know the stories, are you wanting to deepen their faith?
What kind of Bible do you need? If you haven’t figured that out yet, check out my post: picking a Bible for your kid.
Some tools to help you teach your kids the Bible now
I’ve spent the last several years publishing Bible stories for families to use,
and I’ve almost got the Old Testament done! I’ve got about 4 more stories to complete it, and it’s DONE! [UPDATE] It is done! I’m just adding in the Parables right now. You can’t see but, I’m dancing right now.
To access those, you can head up to the drop-down menu and click on the tab “Bible Curriculum,” from there you’ll see choices by units.
As you’ve noticed most of these passages are stories, and a great way to learn from the Old Testament is a character study. Read about one person from the Bible and write down what you learn about them. To help you out, I’ve made a simple character study page for you to fill out with your kids. I’ve also written an entire ebook on How to Study the Bible for Kids.
There are some amazing ideas in the Big Book of Homeschooling Ideas
Are you stuck in a rut with your lesson plans, then check out ideas for:
- Interactive geography with research skills
- teaching sewing
- art (one I seriously struggle in)
- learning with video games (how cool is that?)
- inquiry-based science and another chapter on hands-on science
- play-based preschool
- parenting kids of all types (only kids, special needs, etc)
- adding in PE (another area I’m bad in)
- and so much more