If you’re frustrated with trying to find solid Bible curriculum to use in your homeschool, I can totally relate! If your kids are like mine, they don’t need more Bible stories or coloring pages. What they actually need to learn is how to read and study the Bible for themselves.
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EPISODE #68: Why is Bible so hard to teach in homeschool?
I’ve heard from so many homeschool moms about their trouble with finding a curriculum that teaches kids how to study the Bible.
They want a Word-driven resource instead of offering their kids more fluff and devotional thoughts.
They want to use the Bible itself as the main book instead of a “Bible textbook” written for a classroom.
Inductive Bible studies dig into the actual text of Scripture, taking students through three steps and asking these questions of the text:
- Observation: What does the text say?
- Interpretation: What does the text mean?
- Application: How should this change me?
Resources and ideas mentioned in today’s episode:
- Inside peek into the Psalm 1 Bible Studies
- What is Inductive Bible Study?
- How Inductive Bible Study Supports Active Learning
- Inductive Bible Study Introduction eBook
- Inductive Bible Study Guide
Here’s what we have ready for Psalm 1 Bible Study Lessons:
- Little Fishes Bible Study (grades K-4) – $2, but FREE for you with coupon code LITTLEFISHESFREE
- Self Study Workbook (grades 5-12) – $5
- Self Study Workbook + Video Lesson(grades 5-12) – $8
- Family Bundle: Little Fishes, Self Study Workbook, Video Lesson (grades K-12) – $10
These are all written using the ESV version, but you could just as easily use your family’s preferred Bible version.
Episode #136: Homeschool Bible Curriculum for the Younger Years
Many of you are trying to figure out which homeschool Bible curriculum you should use for your younger kids, especially in the elementary years. I get asked a lot for recommendations and advice along these lines, so today’s episode will deep dive into these questions!
Really, my best advice is to steer away from traditional or big box Bible curriculum that is written for certain grade levels. Your kids don’t need Bible workbooks to learn Bible doctrine or how to read the Bible! Here’s a discussion of the main goals in the younger years plus which resource I highly recommend to meet these goals.
Main goals in the younger years:
- The Gospel
- Main Chronology of the Bible (high level overview)
- Scripture Memory + Catechism
- Gentle introduction to reading the Bible in context
Homeschool Bible Resources to help you in the younger years:
- The Biggest Story by Kevin DeYoung
- The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones
- The Ology by Marty Machowski
- A Peek Inside Our Bible Memory Box (includes a video + FREE Scripture memory cards) inspired by Simply Charlotte Mason
- Write the Word on My Heart by Katherine Pittman – listen in on my chat with Katherine on episode #125
- Little Fishes Bible Studies
- This wasn’t mentioned in this episode, but I’ve since talked with Sally Michael of Truth78, and author of the amazing books for your elementary students – More Than a Story. You can check out my episode with Sally (HWM 143: Gospel Centered Resources for Your Homeschool with Sally Michael) and also get a video peek into her beautiful and deep – yet approachable – books about the Old and New Testaments. I know you’ll want to get them for your homeschool too!
Inductive Bible Studies for Elementary Students
As soon as your children can read, then can start to read and understand the Bible. Yes, you will still want to teach them Bible doctrines, chronology of Scripture, Bible memory, and the like, but you can also give them a gentle introduction to the inductive Bible study method using our Little Fishes studies for K-4.