Bible "curriculum" for kids
I often have friends who aren't homeschoolers who want to teach their children the Bible at home, since they aren't getting it at school. That is so awesome. They have asked me what I would recommend for teaching the kids. Here are some of my suggestions:
Let's Chat About the Bible by Karen Whiting
You can read through each chapter in one or two days to complete one chapter per week. It's full of discussion questions and even a "drawing" that you can do (which my artsy daughter loved)
I usually read this with my Kindergarten aged kids - as well as any older children (so I filter through it about every 3 years).
Ages 5-9 For you to read and discuss with them.
Leading Little Ones to God by Marian Schooland
Ages 6-9 For you to read to them.
Some kids who have been in Sunday school all their lives might feel like they know all this information, however its a great tool to make sure they know the important stories of the Bible.
A good resource for First and Second Grade
(available at the Jeffco Public Library)
The Little Kids Adventure Bible (not the same as the Adventure Bible)
This Bible is a paraphrase Bible for kids. It includes the entire Bible, however not every single word. This is a great Bible when you no longer want "Bible Storybooks" that include the entire old testament and Jesus, but don't include the minor prophets or anything that happened after the resurrection.
A good starter book for Kids to read to themselves Age 5-7 depending on reading level.
Answers for Kids Bible Curriculum by Stacia McKeever & Dan Lietha
This is a thorough Curriculum that discusses the foundations of Christianity (Creation, Corruption, Catastrophe, Confusion, Christ, the Cross, and Consummation) as well as many other questions kids and adults have about Christianity (Dinosaurs, Racial differences, even aliens). There is a music CD, coloring pages, worksheets & even a mini-slideshow presentation with each lesson.
This is geared for grades 3-7, however the younger ages can tag along and listen (I recommend them do the coloring pages during the lesson). Usually we break each lesson into 2-3 mini lessons to complete one lesson per week.
There is an even more comprehensive curriculum for different age groups at answersingenesis.org
Kids of Character by Marilyn Boyer
This is a Character Book. There are flash cards that the kids can memorize what each Character Quality is as well as a Bible Verse. The kids look up scriptures and then there are "What Ifs" that the kids act out to help them to practice the right character quality (the best part). To help the learning, practicing the flash cards and adding in your own "ifs" can help.
Geared towards Grade school children, the older elementary kids can easily do one lesson in a sitting, but with the younger ones you need to break it up.
Other age groups available at
Beginners Bible - Good to read to Preschoolers and good for 5-6 year olds to read to themselves.
Devotionals for age 2-5, 6-9, and 10-12 are great for them to work on themselves (except the 2-5 year olds)
NIRV Discoverer's Bible for Early Readers is the perfect FIRST REAL Bible for kids. It's a full version of the Bible (not a paraphrase) in an easy to read version. Plus, it's the only large print Bible for kids and has some pictures. For beginning readers.
Hero Tales I, II, III, & IV) by Dave & Neta Jackson
This is a book about Christian Heroes. There are discussion questions after each "chapter". There are 4 "chapters" per Hero. You can also have your kids write something small about it later to help retain the information (we did a lap book). This is great to help Kids get out of themselves and start thinking of others.
A great book for you to read to them starting at age 5 or 6.
(some are available at the Jeffco Public Library)
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Fun, intentional, spiritual lessons in the home. Family Time lessons are used to teach specific Christian values, character qualities and spiritual beliefs.
"I'm too busy," is the number one reason why most families do not offer their children spiritual training in the home. We encourage families to do a lesson once a week. And, most Family Time lessons take less than 20 minutes. Yes, we are busy, but most families would agree that we can take 20 minutes week to provide home-based spiritual training for our children.
"Devotions are boring," is a second reason why parents don't provide spiritual training in the home. Family Time lessons use the language of children activities and object lessons to make spiritual lessons fun, effective and memorable.
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For the Bible Bee Kids 7 - 18 study all summer long and compete in a bee at the end of the summer. They learn 2 verses a week, plus study the Bible 5 days a week and grow in their understandings of scriptures. Even if they don't compete, or can't keep up with the curriculum, you can do it all year. Plus the whole family does it together (although everyone has their own book).
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