Monday, September 16, 2013

Bible Reading - a meaningful and engaging time!

As followers of Jesus, reading and studying the Bible is an important part of an educational plan. How do YOU make Bible reading a meaningful and engaging  part of your day? Here are a few thoughts and ideas: 

1. Use a version that speaks to your students. Change up the versions now and then.  There are so many great Bibles out there now. Picture Bibles. Early Reader Bibles. Audio Bibles. Veggie Tales Bible. Study Bible for Kids. So many options! Use a version that speaks to young people. There are  Teen Study Bibles,  Adventure Bibles, other themed Bibles geared to students, The Message, and more. 

2. Listen to the Bible being read: is a Bible reading social network for kids. A young girl reads the Bible daily and then prayer requests are shared. For older students and adults, the regular Daily Audio Bible is an option. There are also electronic Bibles available (audio/visual)

3. Engage your children while reading to them. I've heard about or come across several examples of wonderful activities that children can do to make the stories 'stick'. 

My Bible Story Sketchbook is being released in November 2013 ( 

My Bible Story Sketchbook is the perfect place to sketch, doodle, and write! Including blank sketch/journal pages, doodle starters, and drawing prompts, these fun, two-color pages provide plenty of space to create. Covering familiar stories like David and Goliath, Moses parting the Red Sea, Deborah the judge, and Jesus feeding the 5,000, plus other more abstract ideas like love, forgiveness, and joy, My Bible Story Sketchbook will challenge you to turn your creative thoughts into actual artwork. It's an all-in-one, Bible-themed fun book that you'll love!

Draw to Learn for K-8 is a homeschool art curriculum and Bible study series. 
It helps children internalize truths from God's Word while giving them guidance in drawing a wide variety of pictures. Each lesson has three vital steps:
The student reads a passage from his own Bible, thinks about the meaning, and then draws a picture related to the passage. This simple approach helps children grow in their faith and understanding of Scripture, and at the same time they use and develop their art skills. Draw to Learn is for all ages because anyone (even an adult) can complete it at his own skill level. It's available in digital form, as well.

In this innovative Bible study program, an overview of an entire book is illustrated on a single page. When your children are finished drawing through a book of the Bible, they will have both anillustration to save and an imprint on their minds to remember.

The Picture Smart Bible is the "big picture", perfect for a foundational Bible course. It helps students of all ages see how the whole Bible fits together.

A simple sketch book for children to draw what they remember about the Bible reading that day, along with a sentence or two, will be a great keepsake!

4. Use Apps! For those of you bent towards using technology, there's the Beginner's Bible App for iPad: Making the Bible Fun and Interactive for Kids!

The bestselling Bible storybook of all time with over 6 million copies sold is now available in an iPad app that includes enhanced audio with compelling narration, music, and sound effects that help bring 94 Bible stories to life like never before.

With Bible characters you can touch, coloring pages, puzzles, and games, this special iPad edition of The Beginner’s Bible brings God’s Word to children ages 2-6 in an engaging and interactive way.

This is just the tip of the iceberg! In what ways do you  engage your children in reading the Bible? 

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