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Easy tips to help you teach your kids Bible lessons at home. Plus recommendations of resources to get your started. Regardless of how well you know your Bible (or don’t) God will equip to teach your children His Word.
Not only is it possible to teach your kids the Bible at home, but it’s also a worthy pursuit. You can control the theology, which can be vital if you don’t know your church’s full stance on everything, and you aren’t waiting for your child to learn about God only once per week at church. Plus, you and your children can have fun doing it!.
What Does the Bible says about educating my child?
There are quite a few verses in the Bible about teaching your kids about the Living God. Here a few.
And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.Deuteronomy 6:-5-7 NLT
Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.Proverbs 22:6 NKJV
Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.Romans 10:17
But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.Joshua 24:15b NIV
So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.Deuteronomy 11:18-19 NLT
How do I teach my child the Word of God?
Ask God to guide you on this journey. This is a prayer that He’s happy to answer because it’s within His will. Ask for wisdom and patience. Continue to pray throughout your experience.
Be a student of the Word Yourself
You will be learning alongside your child because that’s how the Word of God works. Each time we read the Living Word, He reveals something new to us.
But your teaching time should be separate from your one-on-one time with God. If you’re unsure where to start, I suggest checking out The Daily Recap. The Daily Recap guides you through the Bible in a year with a recap of what you read each day.
Books and other resources
Depending on your child’s age, you may decide to start by simply reading stories from a child’s Bible each evening.
My children’s favorite Bible was the Jesus Storybook Bible.
Another great Children’s Bible is the Laugh and Learn Bible for Kids: The Gospel in 52 Five-Minute Bible Stories. You easily fit in five-minute stores each evening before bed.
I suggest both a Bible and study material.
For my children, we enjoyed learning and talking about stories in the Bible and memorizing Bible verses. The kids would make up silly songs and dances, and I would record them.
Because my children were young, we memorized one verse for each letter of the alphabet. You can read about our adventure here.
If you have an older child, a Bible like The Action Bible is great because it taps into the current culture. Many preteen boys like comic books or graphic novels, so this Bible is great.
Be Open to Questions
Expect your child to ask you questions you won’t have questions to and sometimes to question your beliefs. Believe it or not, this is a good thing. They are finding their relationship with God this way.
make it a bedtime routine
I found the most success in teaching my kids the Bible at home by implementing bible teaching as a bedtime routine. A bedtime routine is consistent, you have a captive audience, and most families are used to reading stories before bed anyway, so it’s a natural fit.
Review and Repetition
Don’t expect your child to understand or even pay attention to the lesson the first time. This isn’t to say you need to force anything down their throats. But reviewing the lessons and repetition is key.
In our ABC Bible Lessons for Kids, we review the memory verse by singing the same song every single day, multiple times per day. That may sound like overkill to an adult, but children love this. Think about how excited kids get about hearing their favorite TV song come on for the 100th time.
Repetition helps children learn.
Your children’s church director most likely has material and resources available you can use at home. Either past curriculum, they are no longer using or recommendations to get you started.
How do you get Children Interested in the Bible?
All humans need stories to keep our interest and enhance our learning. It’s just one reason why Jesus told so many parables.
Our kids are no exception. If you’re using a children’s Bible, you’re already covered. But if you’re creating your own lessons, try to incorporate a story at the beginning to captivate their interest.
Take your child’s lead while you’re teaching them the Bible. If you see them get bored or struggling, it is time to take a break or stop for today. If you push your child, you risk losing them, or even worse, they may begin to resent the whole process.
You want your child to love learning about Jesus and to get excited about learning about Him.
That’s one thing reason I harp so much about the ABC Bible verses. My kids loved learning them! They begged me to record them singing the verses and asked me if they could learn a new verse. Years later, they still remember the verses.
It’s no secret children love to do crafts and get messy. I suggest investing in a few books for minimal cost to use when you sense your child needs a hands-on activity to enhance their learning of the Bible.
- Big Picture Bible Crafts (Reproducible pages): 101 Simple and Amazing Crafts to Help Teach Children the Bible
Learn by song
I heard a quote once that rang so true to me: “What’s remembered in song is remembered long.”
The biggest reason for success in the ABC Memory verses I taught my children was the singing. If we had simply sat around together and tried to memorize verses and I told them to repeat after me, it would’ve been a boring activity for all of us.
The same is true when you’re teaching your child about a story in the Bible. Whether you make up a song or watch a Veggie Tails video with singing, for example, the songs will excite your child.
While you can’t do all of these ideas listed when teaching your child the Bible at home, incorporating as many as possible keeps your child’s interest. Each week or so, you’ll want to change things up for them, so they begin to think of learning about God as an exciting time.
For a tried and true children’s bible lessons that contain many of the elements listed above, you can purchase my ABC Children’s Bible Lessons by clicking on the image below.
Using the tips above consistently, your child will naturally become excited to learn more about the Bible.