Bible time is part of our normal, everyday routine in our homeschool. I know that is also a normal routine for many Christian homeschooling families that usually starts first thing in the morning. We like to get together in the morning either over breakfast, or after we have eaten breakfast and I have had my first cup of coffee. We rotate reading through various devotionals, and straight from the Bible.
We also include scripture memory and some family Bible studies during this time. As our children get older I still enjoy reading the Bible aloud to them in the mornings, but I like to encourage them to branch out and have their own Bible study time as well.
It’s important for our tweens and teens to learn how to read and study the Bible on their own separate from their parents, siblings and the regular, everyday homeschool Bible time. If you aren’t using a specific Bible study book or curriculum, sometimes it can be overwhelming to start studying the Bible on your own. This can be especially true if your children are used to you telling them what they need to read, or do like in a “school” setting.
A private Bible study quiet time is a great way to get our children in the habit of spending daily time with God alone. The more they learn to read and study, the more they will desire to learn more and find more things to study. After we have read together in the morning I like to have my teens go off to their room for a few minutes for their own Bible time. I first encourage them to start off with prayer and to keep a prayer journal of prayer requests. Then they can open the Bible and start reading the Psalms or Proverbs, or anything they are interested in reading.
My 14 year old really enjoys some of the reading plans from the You Version Bible App. She likes that it can send you reminders and show you how often you have been reading. It’s a great accountability tool that can help them to get into the habit of reading daily.
If you are wanting to help encourage your older children to start their own Bible Study time, there are lots of tools available to help them get started in this important routine.
FREE Bible Study Tools for Older Children:
Christian Youth Bible Studies has free teen Bible studies that you can download each month. There are worksheets and games, and instructions for each one. You can grab a FREE Fruit of the Spirit Bible Study too.
Bible Notebooking Journals are a great asset to add to your Bible study toolbox. These Instant Downloads are perfect for teens to work on in their own Bible time.
The Prophets of the Old Testament Timeline & Notebooking Journal – This is an internet-linked study with links to outlines and information for each prophet of the Old Testament. It includes a timeline of the Old Testament prophets with a notebooking page for each one. This is geared towards older students and even adults.
The Biblical Places Notebooking Unit will have your middle and high school students exploring the lands of the Bible. They will journey through the Middle East while going through Scripture as they discover 50 different towns and cities that were mentioned in the Bible.
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Your teens will love these pens and journals perfect for their own personal Bible time:
Zebrite Bible Marking Kit (Set of 5 + Ruler)Paper:Mate InkJoy Bible Study Kit (Set of 6)My Bible Study Journal: A Creative Christian Workbook: A Simple Guide To Journaling ScriptureRedi-Tag Divider Sticky Notes, Tabbed Self-Stick Lined NotesSticky Notes Set, Hommie Colored Divider Self-Stick Notes Pads BundleBe Still & Know Tan Flexcover Journal with Elastic Closure – Psalm 46:10Strength and Dignity Handy-sized LuxLeather Journal – Proverbs 31:25
Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Mama to 4 children (one who is a homeschool graduate)! She is a an eclectic, Charlotte Mason style homeschooler that has been homeschooling for almost 20 years.. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, and Coffee!