Thankfully today, many of us live where we can find Bible studies for various ages from children to teens to adults. Sometimes we need to teach God’s Word to the whole family together, and these FREE Bible studies for all ages can help.
Family Bible Study Time
Here’s the truth. Whenever my husband and I do a Bible study with our kids, we also get something out of the Bible study — without even realizing it.
We are set to teach our kids something, yet God’s Word is true for us all. Whether we are all familiar with the Bible or just starting out, we can all learn.
So, Bible study with kids of all ages will not come out void.
God’s Word is faithful and sovereign and loving. He is faithful to complete the work He started.
Your teaching method just needs to be adjusted somewhat.
Studying God’s Word with my teenager is completely different from studying it with my high-energy 11-year-old.
Answering Tough Bible Questions
My daughter is almost 15 and is curious and questioning. Our talks are in-depth, and we often have to go to many sources for reference. We often go to 412Teens.org, by the way.
It has helped us so much to answer the tough questions, and she can go there on her own as well for questions she may feel she can’t ask me (it happens).
Studying the Bible as a Family
As much as one-on-one Bible study is extremely beneficial for kids, Bible study with them all at once is helpful as well. They learn from each other. They help each other.
One thing to watch out for is to never ever allow one child to make another child feel foolish for asking a question or for anything shared in Bible study. This is important in family life in general, but the emotional and spiritual harm of it happening in family Bible study can be catastrophic. Everyone must feel equally involved and respected.
It is an all-around blessing. However, sometimes it is difficult for parents to think about how they will start studying God’s Word with very different kids. You think it will be too challenging.
We get it. Can I dare tell you that you can “do” Bible study with your kids together no matter what age they are? Your methods just have to be adjusted somewhat.
Effective Bible Study Methods
Check out some ideas of how to have effective Bible study with multiple ages, which IS worth the effort (even if it doesn’t seem so at first).
1. Sorry, don’t hate me. You have to plan.
When going through your Bible studies, make sure you write questions enough for each child to answer.
List your questions out, and be prepared for all kids to participate. If one child is high-energy, let them be. It’s OK. Get up for a quick stretch if you would like. Adjust and make this a stress-free time. Planning helps with that.
While older kids are reading, younger kids can be coloring a sheet based on the lesson.
Be prepared. Study the Word prior to doing it with your kids, or it may be difficult for you to keep the Bible study running smoothly.
2. Make sure to include each child in the discussions.
Ask older kids open-ended questions. Younger siblings can answer true or false questions, chapter details, or, “What do you think about this?” questions.
Be intentional about listening to and encouraging all the kids to listen, no matter the question or response.
Even let older kids answer questions asked by younger kids. After all, you are training them in the way they should go.
Being ready to defend their faith and answer from Scripture is something they will build when you allow them to take a shot at an answer.
They also should get the opportunity to read the passages as well, as much as possible. Allow each child a turn to speak.
3. Use visual aids and real-life examples.
All students do well with being engaged in various modes and methods. Real-life examples that go alongside a Biblical reading help them to make connections at any age.
Visual aids are great for any student and help them remember the context of the Bible study text in Scripture.
4. Allow them to reenact some of the stories you are studying with them.
Not all of your kids will enjoy this, but working together to represent what they understand from the Scripture will open up avenues of discussion.
Acting out what they understand will also help them remember what they are learning. It’s also loads of fun.
5. Also, use activities and games to help.
Timed games work well with multiple age groups. So use challenges and games they can do in groups or just make it a timed challenge.
6. Choose a time that all kids will focus.
Put your kids to bed early to make sure they are ready for homeschooling/Bible study.
Do it once a week if you can’t do it more, but do it at a time when they all can focus. Right before bedtime may not be best for all families, but Tuesdays at 6 may be.
7. Everyone should use the same Bible version, and an easier reading version is fine for all (even you).
Using different Bible versions forces kids to just check out of following what is being read.
So if you have to print out the same version or have it on the laptop for all to read, then do that.
Using easy-read versions of the Bible or gearing the reading level toward the middle child’s comprehension level is fair. This allows kids to understand and make learning God’s Word simple and graspable.
8. Keep your little ones busy.
Not in a bad way. Make sure you have Legos out, coloring pages ready, journaling pages handy. Allow them to doodle if they come in and out of the study.
If you have a playpen for your babies or toddlers, use it! Pull it close to your other kids and let them be around because they will also be participating one day.
9. If at all possible, make your study with all ages … not too long.
Keep it simple, keep it informative and engaging, and high tail out of there.
We don’t need long-drawn-out Bible studies for them to be effective. This brings me to my next tip.
10. Use resources for them all to take notes, journal, notebook, etc.
Here are some helpful Bible journaling and checklists that you can use to create a Bible study notebook.
11. Task them to record what they have learned from the study.
While younger kids draw a picture or artwork, older kids can create a drawing, be tasked to do something, make a mind map, or summarize the lesson.
This keeps the information fresh on their minds and provides you with insight into what they have gleaned from the Bible study.
12. Always, always, review the previous lesson before moving on to the next.
This is good for all of you. You will be amazed how your kids take what they have learned and work it out in everyday experiences.
They could also have questions and need a refresher because it is important to remember.
Free Bible Studies for All Ages
Explore these resources and free Bible studies for all ages.
Selah Bible Study Method + a Free Printable | Faith Heirlooms
Free Fruit of the Spirit Bible Study Printable PDF Worksheets | Christian Youth Bible Studies
Free Study – Ecclesiastes Schedule & Notebook Page | Blessed Beyond a Doubt
Book of Matthew Free Online Bible Study | Connect US
Psalm 17:8 Free Bible Study Apple of His Eye | Forget Him Knot
10 Days of Character Bible Studies | Confessions of a Homeschooler
Free Bible Study Printables and Worksheets | Bloggers for the Kingdom
List of Free Bible Curriculum and Lessons for Kids | Kingdom First Homeschool
Also, try the Bible and Character Studies from Daily Skill Building for all your students/ children to get the very most out of your Bible studies.
You have an amazing opportunity to teach your kids God’s Word. You know we must answer to God what we have done with His name. We have an obligation as parents/teachers to plant seeds and to water, so God can bring the increase.
On the Creative Bible Study website they have a saying that I will leave you with:
Just like the dandelion seeds being carried off by the wind as in this photo, the seeds of God’s Word should be carried through our lives to others.
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!