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I wish I could tell you something polarly different and ground breaking for new ways to incorporate Bible study into your daily homeschool routine, but I can’t. I will, however, tell you that this whole question should be reversed. It should read, “How to incorporate homeschool into your daily Bible study”.
The first step is to let go of the guilt. It is totally ok to ask this question.
Since the Bible clearly tells us to train up our children in the way they should go and not to teach our children Calculus, we must find a way to incorporate the two. We need to make it a norm for our children, rather than just another subject. It’s hard, I know. I will start with the “seemingly” obvious and go from there.
Teach your children to use their Bibles
Easy enough, right? Not so much. Or else we would all be doing it already. Use the Bible for all the basics. Use the Bible as copywork, reading and writing skills, handwriting practice etc. Use the Bible for all these parts of your lessons. It’s a good start. There are many good Bibles for children available. My favorite is The Child’s Story Bible.
Find a good Bible-based curriculum.
It is so much easier to piece meal your lessons when your lessons can easily be found online. However, finding a free Bible-based curriculum or finding a Bible-based, whole year curriculum in a specific subject can really help. It could be used as stand-alone or a supplement.
Use a Commentary
Let’s face it – the Bible is difficult for adults to fully understand sometimes. When I read the Bible aloud to my children, they often ask for clarification. Even when I understand what it is saying, it can be difficult to explain. A commentary can be very helpful!
Combine subjects; intertwine them with the Bible
Instead of a creative writing topic of “life as a butterfly”, you could do a creative writing lesson on a Bible character to help your literature study. Ask your homeschoolers to research the period and write about what could have been going on with the character at the time. Combine other subjects like math- counting how many times Jesus’ name is in a new testament book for Kinders, use Genesis for teaching Science. You get my drift. You may already do this, but challenge yourself to do this for every subject one year.
Start teaching apologetics
Be sure to teach about other religions to help your children understand what you believe. Christianity, Cults, & Religions is an awesome Bible study for your middle or high school homeschool to accompany any curriculum you may be using. Worldwide current events make it evident that our children need to be equipped with knowing how to defend their faith.
Carrie’s high school senior is taking a World Religions Course and is absolutely LOVING it! It’s called Unshakable Faith. You can tray a free lesson here – it is all online and auto-graded!
Listen to the Bible in addition to reading it
My husband’s tone when reading is monotone. Sometimes during our family Bible study, the kids ask him if mommy can read (I am pretty animated). With all the technology out there, it is super cool to know we can ALL listen to God’s Word in all different types of attention grabbing voices. It takes some pressure off the parents and kids really enjoy it. Some of the voices are even funny, and who says there can’t be giggles during Bible study?
Try note booking pages
Get your children into notebooking. There are so many notebooking printables online. Your children can use their favorite notebooking pages for covers of homemade writing books or math books. etc.)
I read once that above all else in homeschooling, (above all the planning, lessons, resources, trips, socialization etc.) if I didn’t put God first, and actually teach about God, then it is all a failure.
You can worry if your kids are learning what they need to, if they are at the same level as the Thompson kids next door, whether you are doing a “good enough” job, well, but it truly doesn’t matter if God isn’t at the center for it all.
Bible study should not be just another subject in your homeschool. It would be easy if it were. Have your kids read a chapter and answer the questions, boom… done. However, if you want your child’s life to revolve around Christ, then your homeschool needs to revolve around Him. There really isn’t any way around this.
So, wake your kids up with some worship and praise music, remember to have family bible studies regularly, and talk about God at every opportunity.
Here are some free Bible curriculum resources you might enjoy:
Remember that we shouldn’t be incorporating bible study into our homeschool, but make your homeschool such a place that Christ is at the center and academics are then incorporated into it.