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What does your Bible time look like? Do you just read certain passages aloud to your children? Follow a devotional? Have them narrate back to you? This is an area every year that I struggle in and I feel is lacking the most depth…and it is the most important part of our homeschool. I want to do better in teaching my kids God’s Word, but I feel like what I am currently doing is just not enough. We use a Family Reading Bible that has the readings broken down for the entire year and you follow a “path” depending on the ages of your children. At the end of the reading, they have a few discussion questions and topics to discuss. It’s been working ok, but I’m just wondering if I can be doing better in this area.HollySParticipant
We have 3 things going on for “Bible studies”.
- Daily Family Devotions–We are currently reading through the Bible in 2 years. In the past we’ve used family devotionals or Children’s Bibles. We used to frequently forget evening devotions, but it’s become a family habit…I think it’s been a few years since we missed one!
- Personal Devotions–My DC ages 9 and up, along with DH and I, are using a daily devotional through our church. Each day has a Bible reading, Psalm, short devotion, and prayer. Since we’re doing this independently, they are getting practice looking up verses, as well as starting the habit of personal Bible time.
- Weekly Bible study–We are using A Bible History, which has a weekly Bible reading, memory verse/passage, related hymn stanza, and Catechism topic for review. We’ve spend a few years memorizing the 10 Commandments, Lord’s Prayer, and Apostle’s Creed, so it’s mostly review at this point. We have some discussion questions, and I plan on using the verses & hymns for copywork selections. We’ll be spending 4 years going through the Bible with a lesson each week. We will be reading through Peril & Peace and a theological book during this time as well.
I’m a big fan of Children’s Bibles for elementary and younger. My DC have read several of them, many of them multiple times. It’s really helped them with reading the regular Bible, since they are very familiar with all the people and events. By reading through a story a day, we can get through multiple Bibles each year. They also have some written for early readers, so we use them for phonics practice too!MelissaParticipant
We use Teaching Hearts, Training Minds by Starr Meade but we take it very slowly, many times taking more than a week on a q&a and sometimes stopping entirely to review for a time. We’ve had the book for over a year but we’re only on Q. 28. The other day I wrote the catechism question and answer out on a whiteboard and erased a few words at a time as we recited them. This devotional is based on the Westminster Shorter Catechism. The SCM scripture memory system really does work! We do the hymn study, too. And pray.
This is usually a separate time from the Bible reading for the parts that go with history and geography. Sometimes I’ll skip one or the other but most days I make sure that they get the Word in some way, shape or form. You’re right! It IS the most important part of our little home schools!MelissaParticipant
I should add that I use that book for my older kids (9, 11, 14) and a smaller, very simple catechism q&a with my younger ones (6, 4). It’s called catechism for boys and girls or something. My 2yo pretty much just wanders around and gets into trouble.
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