Let’s be honest: if you don’t know what to study, you may want my master guide.
Or maybe you’re not convinced why this is so important! Here are 2 LIFE-CHANGERS!
You need to consider what Jesus called “the master parable” that unlocks all the others: The Sower Sows the Seed of the Word, but not all is fruitful in the hearts of people because of lack of understanding/good teaching, causing it to be snatched away, and the cares of this world.
And let’s fix the problem here in the most misquoted piece of scripture, when Moses was standing at the red sea, telling them to,”Stand and see the salvation of the Lord.” God rebuked him and said, “Why are you crying to me. Take your staff and hold it out over the water!”
- Associate bible study with the sweet things in life. Remember how the Hebrew children were taught the Torah while given honey as they memorized it. Create a special time. Save the savory moments for bible study time. Pull out the good stuff; stop and savor. For us, that means tea time.
- Set apart a “Most Important” Binder for kids to put all their copywork, creations, crafts from church or VBS in. (Otherwise, it gets trampled in the floorboard of the car if it doesn’t have a place. And it should have a special place, set apart.)
3. Swap out your fiction books for faith-based read alouds or personal reading. My Father’s World has great ideas for each age group.
4. Learn a basic or advanced bible timeline. We use Veritas Press’ bible materials (timeline cards, books, and chants) to learn the timeline as a foundation. It is a break out of the normal mode of bible study and gives kids a handson way to begin to apply what they have already learned.
5. Resurrect all of those lists and printables and programs that you have found and saved and perhaps abandoned. The classical model proves that we learn through seeing things again, exposure again and again in a non-threatening environment. Load those things up in a binder and pull out one a week. Do it year after year. Don’t get stuck in the regret of, “Ah, we did it, but we never really learned it, so it was a ‘bust’!”
6. When there is a choice of what to read–if your child has a “reading time” assignment with choices, substitute bible readers for enjoyment reading. There are great inexpensive ones from Milestone Books / Rod and Staff.
7. Swap your Netflix routine with media options that tell the stories of our faith. Amazon’s Torchlighters Series. Super Book. Nest Entertainment bible story movies. .
8. Don’t give up the search for materials to lean on. Look through what I have created on Lulu.com which connects to my free master guide. I have also used parent materials at IntentionalMoms.com for my kids and me.
9. Classical Conversations has a tiny chunks of bible memory work per week to learn (24 per year) in a 3 year cycle to repeat for K-6. It is free on their website.
10. Create your own materials. If you have an idea. GO WITH IT! Just don’t lose heart and assume it is not possible. If you can find tie for 30 minutes of math homework every day, …. um…you can do this!