Well, there are several children’s Bible studies on the market. I’ll go through a couple of the ones I know of, but I DON’T KNOW THEM ALL. I’m always looking for more resources to tell people about.
This is broken down into three categories: beginner (preschool/early elementary), Intermediate (middle elementary about 2-4 grades) and Advanced (5-8 grades).
There are some parts of it I really liked, it goes through ALL of the Bible. What I struggled with is it’s rather Type A, there’s fill in the blanks, or coloring it this way, and do this thing. My kids were struggling with it. They wanted to just be able to color it however they wanted, so eventually, we quit using it. I still think it’s a good system and refer to it when I’m planning my lesson (I bought the whole set to look at for ideas occasionally), but it doesn’t work for my family.
This is an overview study. It’d take a year with one lesson a week to go through the whole Bible. Each lesson covers one book of the Bible. I think it does a great idea of giving you the big picture of the Bible.
Ultimately though I want more detail in our studies, so we use this to introduce the book of the Bible we’re about to study. Or for some of the prophets, we’ll just use this because it explains pretty well.
Stick figuring through the Bible
I have to admit I haven’t looked into this too much. I’m personally not a fan of stick figures, and so I have a prejudice against it in that regard, but everything I’ve read on it, and the sample lessons I’ve seen have some great things in it.
Over at The Pelsers she’s got a review and giveaway of this going on. I don’t know anything about this because my kids aren’t old enough, but it looks great for those of you with older kids (junior high age or older).
Another great resource that just came out (like in the last month), so far all they have out is the book of Luke, but it looks quite intriguing. I wish it had come out a few years ago. It might have saved me a LOT of time and effort.
I have to admit none of the Bible studies I found quite fit what I wanted, so for the past year and a half I’ve been working on a plan to go through the Bible in 2 years as a family. I’ve created questions for preschool/early elementary, Upper Elementary, and “Older guys” (aka junior high on up), with activity ideas, and links to any related ideas I’ve found online. You’ve seen hints of it in my Bible posts so far.
If your kids are ready to read the Bible on their own I suggest How to Study the Bible for Kids. It takes a lot of the ideas from The Dig, but broadens it out to a generic how to study the Bible. Of course I’m prejudiced because I wrote it, but I think it’s pretty awesome.
So, that’s the Bible studies for kids that I know of. It’s only a handful at this time. Three years ago there wasn’t much in the way of children’s Bible studies. In the past year, I’ve seen a sudden explosion in content in this area. This excites me because that means there are many other parents eager and hungry to teach their kids about the Bible from a young age.
Day 1: Choosing your Bible
Day 3: Choosing a children’s Bible
Day 6: Digging Deeper
Day 7: Live it Out
Day 8: Sing it Loud
Day 9: Act it Out
Day 10: A week in our Bible Study