In this age of technology and electronic devices, don’t underestimate the value of tangible, hands-on written material as learning resources for your kids.
It’s easy to go online and find scripture without ever picking up a Bible. However, there is something comforting about having a Bible to hold, carry along, mark up, and explore on your own. Make sure each of your children have their own copy.
To help them in the process of learning how to use it, just for fun hold an old-fashion Bible drill where you call out a scripture (book, chapter, title) and the kids race to find it. The first one to locate it reads it out loud. For added enthusiasm consider offering incentives for participating.
For personal Bible discovery time, ask your children to find 10 scriptures on a topic such as love, faith, or joy to share the next week. Or ask them to read a certain book in the Bible or passage and either summarize it or outline the topics they find in it.
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Growing up my mom and dad had a Daily Bread Promise Box, a little ceramic bread loaf holding an array of colorful scripture cards. Each day before meals my family enjoyed choosing a card to read out loud.
As a little girl, I loved playing with the little loaf and would spend hours reading the cards and organizing them in the loaf.
During my teen years, my mom had copies of Our Daily Bread sitting around the house. These brief daily scripture and devotionals caught my attention enough that I often picked them up to read throughout the week.
Proverbs 7:2-3 urges us to keep God’s teaching as the “apple of our eyes” to “bind them on our fingers, write them on the table of our heart.”
Have your kids write out verses on index cards or type on computer to print out, so they can carry with them or post in their room and through out the house. Writing or typing verses out helps in retaining the words and in the overall learning process.