Children’s Bible Study Old Testament

I’m excited to release a children’s bible study that I’ve been working on!  In our homeschool, bible study/curriculum is a subject just like math or science, and I struggled to find a study for my kids when they were in early elementary.  I wanted something simple enough that they could do somewhat independently, but also one that made them think about what they had just read.  One that would help them to understand not only the bible story but also what God is teaching us about His character thru the story. So what to do but create one? 🙂

children's bible study

We used The Beginner’s Bible as our textbook, but you can use any children’s bible or your family’s favorite translation. I wanted this to be a more independent activity so we used The Beginner’s Bible since it is written to the children and is full of fun illustrations and bright colors.

What’s Inside

Each lesson corresponds to a major event or character in the Old Testament, and has a memory verse that emphasizes the theme of the lesson.  The answer lines are widely spaced to allow little hands to have plenty of room to write.

There are 45 lessons and 95 pages in the Old Testament Children’s Bible Study.  This allows you to use 1-2 lessons a week for a full school year course, or you can do 1 each week plus a few of your own as a weekly family devotional.  At the end of the course, your child will have learned of God’s great works and character, and memorized 45 verses in the process! You can purchase the bible study as well as see my other items in my Teachers Pay Teachers store. I plan to add a New Testament bible study for children soon.

What other curriculum have you struggled to find for your homeschooler?

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Homeschool High School Curriculum and Help from the Convention

I spent all day yesterday at a local homeschool convention. It was my first time attending any kind of homeschool specific convention. We were able to attend training, classes, and visit with vendors directly in the main hall.

Since I already purchased the majority of our curriculum, I wasn’t worried so much about making it to the vendor hall, but I’m glad I did. There were a lot of new vendors there with some really great products and ideas, especially for high school. Since I have a rising 8th grader (curriculum wise) I’m all about high school and college prep planning right now. Over the next few days I’ll discuss in more detail what I learned at my classes, but today I wanted to provide a round-up of some of the great services and products I saw.

High School Bible Curriculum:

Practical Proverbs: This book is also available for younger students. Organized by character traits, the students walk through the Proverbs and learn what they mean practically. For example, what does it mean to a teenager to guard their heart? How do they do that in real life?

Cat and Dog Theology: I got to talk to these guys for a while at the convention, and I just LOVE this curriculum! They manage to teach very convicting truths in a funny way using cats and dogs. It’s by no means light on the theology or juvenile, and I believe that adults would really enjoy and benefit from this as well. The first year is available now, and they are releasing the next 3 years’ worth of curriculum in a phased timeframe.

High School Planning:

I already knew how important creating a good and comprehensive high school transcript is, and I realize there are a lot of people who find this intimidating. There are several great ladies out there who have books that walk you step by step through this process. Two of which I have talked to personally are:

Barb at LearningAtHome.org
Joanne with Piecing Together the High School Puzzle

High School Curriculum:

I took a class sponsored by VideoText.com, and I like his emphasis on explaining the ‘why’ of mathematics as well as his ideas on the proper progression of math subjects. The math is taught via video, which can be more engaging to the student. I’m looking into this a little more, and I have it in my idea file to see if I’m going to stick with Life of Fred for high school math or switch.

I am working on our high school plan based on what my daughter wants to do for college, and I’ll share more of how I’m doing that in another post. In the meantime, I have created a Pinterest board where I am bookmarking these curriculum ideas to reference later.