When it comes to curriculum, I think most homeschool moms will admit to changing their minds multiple times each year, even on a single subject. In my case, it comes from a perfectionist standpoint; I always see there is room for improvement. My husband would tell you it’s a blessing and a curse.
As mothers, we just want the best for our children, from a great meal to a great education. However this becomes even more trivial when it comes to their spiritual development. As their parent I have been entrusted with so much! It is crucial I make sure they are in God’s word daily. Bible study should not just be a Sunday thing, or something they do with their youth groups. It also should not be just another school subject they need to get through.
When my kids were younger we had tons of colorful Bible story books. They grew up learning about Noah’s Ark, Jona and the Whale, and of course Jesus in the Manger. These stories are great, but they alone can’t give them an understanding of who God is. They don’t give an account of the whole Gospel and God’s plan for salvation. Instead of introducing them to their Creator, we introduce them to a fairy tale. What we ought to do instead is teach them directly from His word; 1 Timothy 4:12a says:
Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young.
My homeschool age girls are 8, 10, 12 and 14; because of the age gaps between my 8 and 14 year old, Bible time was a bit of a struggle. Like I said before my intention is to teach them the whole Bible; not just the stories with happy endings. I wanted to teach my girls to study God’s word verse by verse, one chapter at a time, from beginning to end. In addition to just reading together before bed, we added ‘official’ Bible curriculum to our homeschool. We tried a few different books in the beginning, a couple of which seemed to push a certain point of view. We also tried just reading and discussing one chapter at a time, but it became a little difficult and tedious for the younger ones.
Last summer I heard of The Picture Smart Bible and was very intrigued. My girls love to doodle and color code everything; so it seemed like a great fit. I went to their website, downloaded a sample lesson and since my girls had a blast with it, we bought it at a homeschool convention.
We absolutely love it.
Each book of the Bible is illustrated on one single page. It works as a sort of a map key, with images for specific verses. As you read through the book, you trace over the illustrations when prompted on the manual. So far we’ve covered Acts, Romans and we are currently reading through I & II Corinthians.
Since 3 of my girls and myself are visual learners, this method is fantastic. It’s become so much easier to not just quote scripture but to have a great understanding of the entire passage after associating it with a picture. If you have visual learners like I do; I highly recommend you visit their website and download a free lesson.
In the end, no matter which “Bible Curriculum” you chose for your homeschool, I encourage you to teach your children the whole counsel of God.
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16 & 17