Bible Lesson Material For Kids
This may be used
both for home use and Sunday school. It gives a
starting point for forming reasonable but still challenging
expectations based on age group. This link downloads a
word document, which you can then add to & edit to suit
Ideas for Reviewing & Reinforcing the Bible Lesson
Some activities and review games that you may find helpful in your Bible class.
Bible Class Songs
Brush up on the words to all sorts of Bible Class songs!
This is an excellent system for the entire family to use in memorizing scripture... It takes about 5 minutes or so, so could easily be incorporated into the children's day. Ideally, the entire family would then review one time together at dinner/bedtime.
Books of the Bible
Subject matter & key points to remember from each book. This could be worked into the above memorization system.
Organized to be placed into a Bible or notebook. This is free to print off!
Teaching Hints from Charlotte Mason:(1)
- "Let the imaginations of the children be stored with the pictures, their minds nourished upon the words, of the gradually unfolding story of the Scriptures..."
- "Read aloud to the children a few verses covering, if possible, and episode. Read reverently, carefully and with just expression. Then require the children to narrate what they have listened to as nearly as possible in the words of the Bible. It is curious how readily they catch the rhythm of the majestic and simple Bible English."
- "The learning by heart of Bible passages should begin while the children are quite young, six or seven... The whole parable should be read to them in a way to bring out its beauty and tenderness; and then, day by day, the teacher should recite a short passage, perhaps two or three verses, saying it over some three or four times until the children think they know it. Then, but not before, let them recite the passage. Next day the children will recite what they have learned, and so on, until they are able to say the whole parable."
My Bible Story Book Recommendations:
Before giving these I'd just like to say that no matter what Bible story book you choose for your child, always always read it with a critical eye because very few are 100% accurate. Be ready to change the text when reading to a younger child or discuss the inaccuracies with an older child.
Both of these are great bible story books- she tells the stories accurately, (That's saying a LOT! I think these are the only books I've found that didn't need any altering to be true to the text.) in a language easily understood by children without dumbing them down. I love both of these books! They're very, very minimal on illustrations though, so they wouldn't work as a VERY first bible story book, but as soon as a child can listen to a short story without pictures (around age 3) then I'd switch away from the basic board book/picture book bible story books to these. I just wish she had more books to cover the rest of the bible- these two basically cover Genesis and Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.
Instead of presenting a collection of stories, this book weaves the stories together- going into detail when needed and skipping details and stories altogether in other places, in order to present the Bible in a way that I've never seen it presented to children before... as one continuous story of God's big plan for His people, from beginning to end. I wouldn't use this book alone, as your only Bible story book, because as I said, you'll miss many stories. But I love having it, and I think it's a treasure when it comes to teaching children- small and big alike- the "big picture" of the Bible. Illustrations are abundant and colorful, which should help keep the attention of younger ones.
This is a really nice Bible Story book when your children are ready to move "up" from the previous ones I've mentioned. It's still above my son's (age 3 1/2) listening level so we haven't gotten in to it yet, but my Mom gave it to us because it's one of her favorites and she said that the stories are mostly accurate (not completely- but by the time you're reading this book with your child, they're old enough for you to begin discussing that we must carefully compare something man has written with the true standard before accepting it, and there will be places throughout this book to do so as you correct the text as necessary.) It's got a lot of neat, life-like illustrations as well as photos of real geological finds and other extras in the side margins about the time and culture surrounding the story. It does have some graphic illustrations, so obviously you'll want to review it yourself before deciding if it's age-appropriate for your child. I love what I've read of it and am excited to use it when my son's a bit older. (FYI: I link to the 8x10" version of this book; there's also a mini version available but do NOT get it because the print will be way too small!)
Shaping Hearts for God
Bible based curriculum for 2s & 3s through 5th grade. It's designed to take the children through the bible twice by the time they finish, in 5th grade. It could be used as a unit study because your children are all studying the same thing at the same time, but each catered to their level.
Rose Publishing... If you join their email list (a way for them to advertise), you'll receive 9 free Bible eCharts, and another free one each week. You can save them and/or print them if you like.
1. Charlotte Mason, Home Education.