It’s February and we’re over halfway through the club year. Maybe your kid is still super excited to memorize verses and finish sections in the handbook. Maybe the enthusiasm is fading at this point in the year. Maybe it’s been a struggle all year to complete sections.
Whether your child loves memorizing verses or struggles, as a parent we hope that our kids develop a love for God’s Word. If your child is primarily focused on memorizing as many verses as possible these ideas could help him apply those verses to life. If your child is not interested in scripture memory, some of these ideas might help her gain or regain motivation to memorize Bible verses.
These ideas are adapted from Michelle Brock. Michelle is an educator, momma, and blogger who loves sharing her love of the Bible with others. You can find her blogs at as4me.net.
Here are 5 of Michelle’s ideas to encourage your kiddos to love the Bible. She actually has 22 great ideas. Download a beautiful pdf of all 22 here.
1. Help your kids identify Bible opposites as they study. Ask, “What is the opposite of love? What is the opposite of pride?” Show them the Bible opposites in Ephesians 4:25-32.
2. Teach them to use the maps in their Bibles. Read through Acts and on a map, find all the places mentioned. Helping kids locate the exact location communicates that the Bible is reliable and true.
3. Teach them verses that correspond to their interests. Michelle’s son loves bird verses and her daughter likes horse verses. Every once in awhile she tells them that she has a verse for them that includes a bird or horse. She reads it or gives them a paper with the reference on it.
4. Show your kids how to search for verses on a topic online or with a concordance. Teach them the Bible study tools and apps that you use.
5. Teach them verses that can help with specific circumstances. If your daughter struggles with being afraid at bedtime share verses like Psalm 4:8 (In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety). Help your kids make connections between the verses they memorize in Awana and something that is going on in their life. This could be something difficult or something good.
Here’s a bonus idea: Michelle and her family worked together to compile Scripture verses on topics of interest to them. When her kids brought up a problem or praise they would add a new topic. These verses grew into a book they decided to share with others. Get a copy of the Topical Bible for Kids for you family and use it to encourage your kids to love God’s Word.
The Topical Bible for Kids contains Scriptures chosen and organized to delight and encourage elementary aged children. Parents and teachers can use this book to nurture active, happy readers of the Bible. It encourages the process of turning to God’s Word when facing a specific challenge, question, or happy experience.
Perfect for use as a child’s reference book or a guide for family devotions. Includes 87 topics that children are interested in.
Available in ESV, NASB, and KJV translation of the Bible.
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