I started the year by showing how we read the Bible in a Year with our kids… and I need to say that at the start of each new book of the Bible we read a couple of resources, depending on age and reading ability, to give us an overview of what the next book of the Bible will be about. If they are of reading or drawing age then they will write a mini-report for their journals. I included some examples here for the first book we are reading this year: Genesis.
So here we go:
- Hood 1: uses The Guide: The Bible Book by Book:
This is a Day One Book, so you already know it is good and reliable. The Guide is just what it says it is: a chapter by chapter book for each book of the Bible. Each chapter contains an introduction and overview of the book as well as a quick look at the main events, characters and so on. At the end of each chapter there are a couple of questions to think about. This book has a very nice, readable format – the chapters are short without being pithy. It does have an internet link to a forum where you can ask questions on-line and be answered (!), but we have never used that feature. We found the book complete and whole in and of itself.
- Hood 2: uses Reading the Bible: A Starters Guide.
This is also a Day One Book and a Junior version of the Guide. Instead of a Chapter by Chapter wander through the Bible there is a page per page for each book of the Bible. Each page has a brief summary and an outline of the book. It is very short and ideal for someone who wants an overview of a book as quickly as possible – not to mention get through their journal writing A.S.A.P.
- Hood 3 and younger: uses Reproducible Maps, Charts Timelines and Illustrations: What the Bible is All About – Resources.
This is a brilliant reference book and deserves a review all of its own. This is a large format book that contains all the diagrams and charts from the NiV Study Bible. And it has an outline page for each book of the Bible. This page is almost a poster, it includes: a diagram of where the book fits into the Bible, the purpose of the book, a key verse, the main people and an outline of the Bible. The outline is just a couple of lines long easy enough for a beginner reader to grapple with. And finally there is a picture timeline, that I use with my pre-readers to talk about the outline of the book.
My little guys don’t write anything obviously(!), but there is a Noah’s Ark and a rainbow.
And last week I introduced our Bible Verse of the Week Project and we have one stuck on our hearts and here is the next one:
Bible verse of the week: from the Bible Gateway
Psalm 16:11 (New International Version)
11 You have made known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.