Religious beliefs and doctrine have been one of the major reasons for placing children into homeschool. Many parents simply want their children to be able to learn their religion along with their regular academics. Homeschool curriculums are by far one of the most effective means of keeping work in order, but it can seem a little difficult to incorporate the Bible into them. Here are a few effective ways to easily transition your curriculum to include the Bible, and its studies, without giving your children a whole lot more work to do.
1. Give your children English lessons using the Bible as your focus. Simply put, when you design your curriculum, look for children’s stories and other informative excerpts that they can relate to and understand, and have them write them out as they would with regular English texts. For example, instead of having them read a story about Ramona the dog and then writing reviews, have them read Children’s Bible Stories and write reviews.
2. Spelling with of touch of Biblical meaning. Spelling can be difficult anyway, but when you incorporate it in a way that is fun and interesting, it becomes infinitely easier. Design crosswords and other fun worksheets that have Bible references in them, and children will be working on their reading, Bible studies, and spelling all at the same time.
3. If you attend Church, speak with some of your fellow congregation members, the chances are they will have some excellent ideas on crafts, studies, and fun games that you can also use that will work with both your regular lessons, and your Bible studies.
Also, if your children go to Sunday school, talk to their teacher and see what lessons they are teaching each week, then use it in your weekly curriculum so that all your children’s studies stay constant and they don’t become confused.
4. Make fun worksheets that depict specific Biblical events. When children have fun learning they are more likely to want to learn more, and to remember the lessons that they were taught. Some really great and fun worksheet ideas are:
– Coloring sheets – these are fantastic for nearly every age of learner, but most especially younger students. They are fun and educational, teaching many different skills such as; balance, hand eye coordination, and colors and their names.
– Crossword puzzles – Always a teacher favorite because they push children to think and learn. They have to use their memory and their reading and writing skills. Design them in such a way that the Bible lessons are easily understood and are fun to learn. YOu can even have children use the Bible or similar Bible stories as references for their work.
– Cut out crafts – Let children cut out and set up paper crafts, such as Angels, Christmas trees, and any other ideas you may have. They can learn a little about their creations as they go along. These are great hits around the holidays, especially Christmas!
– Word searches – Another big hit with kids. They usually don’t even realize that they are learning anything, they think that they are just having fun. Most of the time children are thrilled to see work like this, because it takes away from the hum-drum of regualr work.
– Bible math – just use Biblical references and small facts mixed in with your math worksheets. This can be incorporated very slightly as with regular math and just small pictures and maybe little tidbits of information, or a little less subtly, such as having the math wrapped around Biblical facts. For example, “How many wise men are in the pictures here?” Or “If three goats were given to Jesus, how many would the shepherd have left?” You get the idea I’m sure.
5. Have children give presentations to the rest of the family. This improves upon their verbal and communication skills, not to mention helps them to learn during the studying and preparation of their presentation. They will also gain confidence and a sense of accomplishment when you praise their work, and will be more willing to study hard to keep up that praise!
6. Incorporate reading the Bible into your curriculum. If you would prefer, you can use children’s Bible stories as well, and start out reading them, then once children learn to read, have them take over for a little bit. Give everyone a turn reading and not only will you build reading skills and confidence, but also a bond between yourself and your family.
Remember that there are many ways to incorporate the Bible into your homeschool curriculum. These are only a few ways that it can be done, use your own creativity and your favorite Bible stories and verses and make something all your own. Homeschool is incredibly versatile, and sets the stage for your personal design and touch. Have fun with it and continue to change it up, this is half the fun!