8 Fun Ways to Teach Your Children the Bible

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Last week I was interviewed on WFCJ 93.7 FM and one of the questions towards the end of the interview was:

What do you do at home to help your children learn more about the Bible?

I responded with a few ideas and Lynn from the morning show on WFCJ, was very enthusiastic about the ideas. So today I wanted to list creative ways to teach your children the Bible. Teaching children to know the Bible is so very important.

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Prov. 22:6

I’m guessing you think so too or you wouldn’t be here. So let’s begin, in no particular order:

1. Have a daily devotion with your children.

Using a devotional book is a great way to keep on  track. Check out this list of 7 Devotionals Your Kids Will Love.

2. Integrate learning the Bible in a fun way through this Bible Scavenger Hunt. 

On a rainy day, you can use this free Indoor Bible Scavenger Hunt printable.

3. Watch a fun and fabulous Bible teaching video from my awesome friends at What’s in the Bible?

Right now on Amazon, you can get some early cover design DVD’s for only $9.99.

4. Download and play Bible apps.

You can find the 9 best Bible apps for kids that I recommend.

5. Give children the opportunity to read God’s Word on their own through Bible reading plans designed specifically for them.

Currently I have FREE children’s Bible reading plans for Matthew, Luke and John.

6. Attend a Christian camp.

For the last few years, my children have attended a Christian summer camp for a week and they absolutely love it. If you’re not sure about a location close to you, a wonderful resource for researching camps is the Christian Camp and Conference Association. 

7. Attend Vacation Bible School in your community or at your church.

Christian bookstores carry Vacation Bible School materials that typically cover  a week of fun for children to learn the Bible. Another wonderful resource for Vacation Bible School materials is What’s in the Bible?

8. Use the Neighborhood Bible Time resources to host a neighborhood “Bible school for a week.”

I attended Neighborhood Bible Time several years as a youth and teen and I absolutely loved it.

BONUS TIP: Watch GSNTV’s Emmy-Nominated Game Show, The American Bible Challenge- especially on June 19th!! (Hint- go Team #LiftYourVoice!)

growing with jesus

Today I’m excited to present to you a brand new resource from my friends at Tommy Nelson, Growing with Jesus. This book of 100 devotionals is perfect for summer and presents a Bible verse, a short devotional, and fun facts about growth. The book focuses on God’s creation from the Word and from the child’s world and includes fascinating and educational facts about God’s wonderful creation. This book is designed for children ages 6-10 and I know your kiddos will love it. I’m so privileged to give away one copy of this sweet book today! You can purchase the book or check out more details here. To enter the giveaway, just follow the Rafflecopter.

Have a terrific Tuesday and I’ll see you tomorrow!

Rachel

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Summer Parenting Creed with FREE Printable

At our house, we’ve been counting down the number of school days remaining since spring break! Everyone is ready for more baseball games, camp, and THE POOL! Hooray!

Last year I wrote this little summer creed for parents because I needed it myself. Just a reminder that summer is a wonderful, wonderful time to make memories and enjoy life- so we plan to do just that.

This week I was thinking about the summer creed for parents and I thought it would be great to print it out for the fridge. Of course, I thought some of you might want it for your fridge too! :) So here it is. Just click here or on the graphic to open a full page .PDF.

summer parenting creed printable

Have a fabulous Friday!

Rachel

Teaching Your Child that God Uniquely Creates and Loves

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Many blessings have transcended on our family as a result of having a child with different and special needs. One of my favorite blessings is that my children have a heart for those who need extra help in this world.  The kids just naturally have grown up serving Taylor, from picking up her cup when she drops it to running to get items from her room that she needs.   What a beautiful thing it is to watch them care for her without being asked. They just see the need and fill it.

Another beautiful blessing/lesson our family views each day is that each person God created is valuable and cherished. That little saying “When God created you, He broke the mold” applies to each and every one of us.

Just as God created each of us with a unique design and plan for our lives, every human recognizes individuality in a different manner and span of time. Today I wanted to talk about teaching your child that God uniquely creates and loves people. I’d love it if you’d join in the conversation with your suggestions on helping children to understand that God loves them individually and created them uniquely.

1. Find ways to help children serve people in tough circumstances. 

Whether it is a soup kitchen, nursing home, or hospital, the setting doesn’t matter. What matters is the opportunity to see people in situations that are unlike their own so that they can begin to think what life is like when things don’t go exactly as it seems they should. Children need to be taught that each of us are different and God created us that way.

2. Teach your children Bible verses that explain how God created each of us uniquely.

For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.  Psalm 139:13-16

3. Look for everyday opportunities to love on people.

As you go throughout the day, wherever you are, be aware of those in need. Help the person who needs an extra hand in the grocery store. Ask God to open your eyes to the needs of those around you.

4. Create opportunities to deliberately be an encouragement to hurting hearts.

For the last 12 or so years, our family has hosted an event for families who have children suffering from MPS, the same disease as our Taylor. We host a big party each summer at a local church just so we can provide the opportunity for families to connect and love on each other. Giving your children the opportunity to be a part of the bigger picture, outside their home, in their community, expands both their horizons and their hearts.

5. Read books on individuality and discuss differences of those in the family.

My son has brown hair and my youngest has blonde.My husband’s favorite dessert is apple pie; mine is chocolate. Neither is right or wrong; just different. One of my favorites books to truly teach this concept is Everybody Can Help Somebody. Love, love, love this book. You can read the full review here or purchase here: Everybody Can Help Somebody

legend of the three trees

6. Watch media that teaches principles of God’s unique design and plan for every person.

Most recently I was introduced to a DVD of The Legend of the Three Trees. This story goes back a looonnnng way with me. I first read this story in a flannel graph teaching packet when I was about ten years old. Alright, yes, I grew up in the flannel graph era. The story is a beautiful traditional story that reminds children they are significant and God has a plan for their lives. I know you’ll love it! To order- click- The Legend of the Three Trees: The Classic Story of Following Your Dreams.

I’m super pumped to be giving away a copy of this sweet DVD today! Just follow the Rafflecopter and I’ll see you tomorrow!

Rachel

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