As a Christian homeschool mom, you want to include Bible study in your homeschool day. Do you just read the Bible each day and hope to keep their attention? Finding the right curriculum that meets the needs of all of your children can be challenging.
Are your wanting a curriculum you can do all together? Do you want an independent study for older children? There are so many choices!
As a mother of four, I know that the choices can be overwhelming! How do we narrow it down these choices and find the best option for our family?
Use these seven tips to choose your next homeschool Bible study!
- Easy to Prepare: When it comes to lesson preparation you want a curriculum that helps you to maximize your study and planning time. Evaluating curriculum should include the time needed to study, plan, and gather any needed supplies.
- Fun to Teach: As parents, we set the tone for Bible study. If we do not find the material interesting and engaging, our children won’t either. Choosing a Bible study that matches your teaching style will help you to be most effective in teaching your children.
- Age Appropriate: Curriculum that is age appropriate is key to being effective in discipling your children. The challenge can be choosing a curriculum when you have a wide variety of ages. If you do have a wide variety of ages, use your oldest students’ needs when choosing the curriculum. You will be amazed at how much your younger children learn while trying to keep up with their older siblings.
- Engaging: The topic of study should be interesting and engaging for your family. The one book we want them to be most interested in is the Bible. Choose a curriculum that brings out the topics that point back to the Bible and allows time for children to ask questions. If you have older students ask them what they would like to study next, help them to become part of the process and use this to disciple them in choosing a Bible study.
- Measurable: Teaching should have measurable results. Does the study have a way of measuring the effectiveness of what you are teaching? In addition to the curriculum’s measurements, write down the goals you have for each study. At the end, do an evaluation and make any changes you before the study.
- Reviews: Does the curriculum you are evaluating have periodic reviews. Be sure to leave time within each lesson to do a lesson review. This allows you to ask questions about the lesson and answer any questions you students might still have about what they learned.
- Retaining: Retention is key to teaching because without retention application will not happen. One way to tell if your children are retaining the information is to have them retell the story you have studied. The dinner time is a great time for children to recount what they studied during Bible class.
Choosing a homeschool Bible curriculum doesn’t have to be so difficult! We have put together a worksheet for you to use when selecting your next Bible curriculum.
What is one thing that you look for in a Bible curriculum?
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