The Bible is the core book of every Christian homeschooling family. As a Christian, you want to bring up your kid to be responsible adults who respect others and live according to the teachings of the Holy Book. It may be easy to come together as a family occasionally and read a verse or two from the Bible. But what happens when you have to place the Bible at the center of your homeschooling goals? How will you teach homeschool Bible? How will you measure progress? How will you identify strengths and weaknesses? How will you award credit? Will you teach the Bible as you do every other subject?
These are some of the questions many Christians ask themselves when they homeschool. Luckily, there are many curriculums and a community support system to guide you. Find the right one and create a course of action.
Fellow Christian homeschoolers will offer you the guidance, tips, tricks, motivation, and inspiration you need to succeed. Read on to learn how to teach Bible in your homeschool.
Choose a Christian-focused homeschool curriculum
The main goal of choosing a Christian-based homeschooling curriculum is to offer your kids an all-rounded education from a biblical perspective. You want a curriculum covering every subject (Science, Math, history, language, etc) from a Christian dimension.
Since there are numerous Christian-focused homeschool curriculums you can choose from, do thorough research. Know what will work best for your family.
Here are quick pointers on how to choose a Christian-based homeschool curriculum;
- Decide which denomination/doctrine to follow (Catholicism, Protestantism, or orthodoxy)
- Consider your budget and state requirements
- Read reviews from other homeschooling parents
- Choose a curriculum that suits your child’s learning style
- Choose a curriculum that has a good support system
Some of the best Christian-focused homeschool curriculums you can explore include;
- Abeka Academy – Online
- My Father’s World
- Bob Jones University (BJU Press)
- Simply Charlotte Mason
- Alpha Omega Publications (AOP)
- Apologia Science
Find the right Biblical resources
You will need resources to smoothen the learning process. Here are examples of where you can find free/affordable Christian-based homeschooling resources;
Some YouTube channels offer an exciting and informative outlook on biblical stories and teachings. Here are some of the best YouTube channels you can tap into when teaching homeschool Bible;
The Bible itself
The Bible is the ultimate resource in a Christian-based homeschooling program. You will be referring to the Bible countless times during the learning process.
Buy the Bible version your kids can understand to make it easier to follow your teachings.
Here are examples of Children’s Bibles to buy;
- NIV Adventure Bible for Kids (For 9-12-year-old kids)
- Illustrated Bible for kids (For kids who love visual learning)
Consider the following when buying a bible for your kids;
Their age – A bible for toddlers should have many pictures and illustrations
Their learning process- Buy illustrated Bibles for kids who learn visually
The translation and wording – Kids may not understand some of the words they come across in the mainstream Bible editions. Buy a translated Bible version for kids
Biblical programs for kids on TV
You can tap into the priceless teachings of some TV programs that air biblical-related content.
Some of the best TV programs to teach homeschooled kids Bible include;
- Friends and Heroes
- The Amazing Bible Series
Podcasts are hands-free, easy to relate to, and exciting. Find a good podcast that follows your beliefs. Podcasts for kids should be interactive, engaging, fun, and easy to understand.
Here are some of the best podcasts that teach kids about the Bible and how to live according to God’s will.
Songs and dances
There are no shortages of songs and hymns you can sing to engage your child and teach them a lesson or two about living according to the teachings of the Bible.
Incorporate these songs and dances into your classroom to make it livelier.
Almost every Christian movie has a moral lesson or theme it wants to bring across. Curate these movies according to what you are teaching presently.
For instance, if your topic covers gratitude, look for a Christian movie that teaches this virtue to enhance the classroom lesson.
Mobile Apps and games
Mobile applications have made it easier to learn the Bible. These apps are curated to cover all aspects of our well-being as Christians. Most apps are interactive and fun to use.
The Superbook Kids Bible App and Bible Apps for Kids are examples of mobile apps that teach homeschooled Bible to kids in a fun way.
You can also get tips to homeschool the Bible from blogs. Most of these blogs are owned by people who have already succeeded at what you seek to do.
They contain a ton of helpful information, inspiration, motivation, hacks, and ideas on how to do this successfully.
Bible Study plan
Create a dedicated bible study routine. Have a pre-determined topic for discussion before the session. Encourage the kids to air their thoughts, interpretations, and opinions on what they learn during these bible study sessions.
Join a homeschooling co-op
Joining a homeschooling coop with other Christian families can be one of the best ways to teach the Bible. The kids will interact with each other and create forums to discuss in depth what they read in the Bible.
Teaching bible lessons using stories is a great way to keep the kids engaged. It also makes it easier for them to absorb the message you want to put across.
Choose a Bible story and highlight the lessons you want to teach. Tie the lessons to something they can relate to in the real world.
For instance, tell them how God will bless them for obeying their parents as he blessed Abraham.
Tips on how to tell bible stories to kids;
- Keep the story simple. Some Biblical stories may be too difficult for kids to understand.
- Use tonal variations to represent different characters
- Act out some scenes
- Use gestures and body movements
- Use props where necessary
- Invite the kids to join passively by asking questions and prompting you
- Be lively
Encourage Charity work
Encourage your kids to engage in activities that will help them develop social skills and learn a biblical lesson.
These activities include works of charity such as;
- Donations – Let them donate the toys they do not use
- Visiting the elderly
- Helping the needy without expecting payment in return
- Volunteering in community projects
Relate good deeds in the Bible to what the kids do
Be quick to praise your kids whenever they do something good. Turn these sessions into a teachable biblical lesson. For instance, when they help out around the house, tell them how good actions get recognized as it happened to so and so in the Bible.
When they make a mistake, use positive reinforcement using biblical intonations to correct them. For instance, ask them the question: ‘What would Jesus do?’
Let them read and interpret Bible verses
Allow your kids to read Bible verses and offer their understanding and interpretation. Encourage them to ask questions if they do not understand what they read.
Flashcards make it easy to memorize Bible Verses. Here’s how to use these flashcards to learn the Bible;
- Pick a section of the Bible scripture to memorize
- Write these passages down – start with a few verses
- Read the verse several times while looking at the card
- Read the Bible verse several times without looking at the card
- Get an accountability partner and repeat the verse as they check if you will make errors
- Repeat until you memorize these verses fully
Use Printable and Biblical crafts and Activities
Printable, crafts, and Biblical activities can make teaching the Bible easy and enjoyable.
For instance, kids can keep a journal of every lesson they receive, play with different crafts and projects related to the Bible, and memorize the verses they read.
Prayers should always be at the core of any Christian-based homeschooling program. This is when you are most vulnerable and intimate with your God.
Teach your kids how to pray and be grateful. Dedicate your homeschooling goals to God.
Ask Him for guidance on how to dutifully and willfully execute His teachings.
Play Bible-based Games
There are many Bible board games you can play with your family. Here are some popular Bible-based games;
- Board games such as Bible Trivia and Bible Bingo
- Apples to Apples Bible Edition
- Bible-themed crossword puzzles
Join Christian Facebook groups
Connect with other Christians on social media to learn from them and find the inspiration to teach the Bible.
Your religious leader may have a deeper insight into some of the passages in the Bible. Accompany your child when they go to church and encourage them to join bible studies to get a fresh perspective of Bible lessons from another person.