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I am a breakfast eater. If I were not, my body would weaken and start to cry out to me for food later in the day. In the same way, there is within every person a soul that also experiences hunger. The soul of a person must be fed, or the inner health will begin to weaken.
As Christian homeschoolers, we all consider the Bible to be very important in the education of our children. But let’s consider how we might go about presenting it to them.
In this blog post, I want to share 4 reasons we did not use a Bible curriculum as a separate school subject, especially during the elementary school years. Although there is no one “right way” to teach the Bible to children, I am pleased with the results, now that my children are older. We did strategically pull the Bible into fun writing projects, handwriting, and narration practice. But it was not a separate subject in our homeschool, nor did we use a Bible curriculum.
WHY A BIBLE CURRICULUM WAS NOT ONE OF OUR SCHOOL SUBJECTS
1. We did not want our children to think of the Bible as a “school subject”.
We always focused on “all of life” being our homeschool, but no matter how much we did that, it seemed our children almost always separated in their own minds what they considered “school” and “not school”. My friends’ children are the same way. Generally, we tried to keep the learning process enjoyable so that we would foster the love of learning. But at times, children complain about doing school work, and we never wanted them to develop that view of the Bible.
2. We wanted to continue reading the Bible together even when taking school breaks.
When Spring Break, Christmas holidays, or summer rolled around, my children knew that normally we did not pull out the Math and Science books. They knew that we were taking a break from our academic school work. But they never questioned the fact that we invited them into the Bible and into God’s presence every morning. It helped them to understand that the Bible is a wonderful gift to us and our guidance for every day of our lives, not just “school days”.
3. We wanted to teach our children that reading the Bible is daily food for their soul for a lifetime.
Our intent was to help them see that just as their body needs food every day, so does their soul. Because of this truth, even though life long learning in many subjects is a top priority, God’s Word gets far and above the highest priority over all academic subjects.
4. Our goals were simply that they would daily hear the Word, see the love of Christ through the Word, and then rise up to be doers of the Word, in humility and the love of Christ.
We wanted them to see that even when life happens and the school books get set aside for a multitude of reasons, the Bible should never be set aside. Life does get in the way of schoolwork at times, but life never gets in the way of the Bible, because the Bible is life itself. It is the living and active Word of God, in which we find our delight! And that is what we want our children to experience!
OUR FAVORITE CHILDREN’S BIBLE
Although we regularly read the New American Standard version of the Bible, as well as the NIV, our favorite children’s Bible by far is The Child’s Story Bible. Catherine Vos was the wife of a seminary professor. She had a love for God’s Word and a love for children. She possessed a gift for explaining spiritual truths in simple ways that benefit not only children but adults as well. My husband and I adore this book!
Do not delay in reading aloud this lovely book to your family. The Child’s Story Bible was a memory maker in our home, and each of our four children looks forward to sharing it with their own children someday.
It is a tremendous privilege as a parent to be able to share God’s Word with our children. It is meant to be talked about with them when we rise up, when we sit down, and when we walk along the road. There is no other book like that.
As a result, it should have its proper and special place above all other books and academics. In this way, our children see their daily need for it. They learn to incorporate it into every day of their own lives.
Many homeschooling families enjoy using a Bible curriculum. Others have difficulty finding one that meets the needs of their family. So be encouraged! After all, the Bible itself is the best Bible curriculum there is. You really don’t need to do anything fancy. Simply read it to your children, talk about it daily, and lead the way in living it out!
YOUR TURN: What challenges do you have in teaching the Bible to your children on a regular basis? Share with us in the comments below!
God’s grace to you,