Last night my oldest daughter was sitting in my room talking with me before bed. She said that she couldn’t wait to get settled in Kansas, because she wanted to spend more time memorizing Scriptures. We have been busy traveling back and forth between Texas and Kansas, not to mention packing, cleaning, and the million other things that have to be done when you move. In all this “busy”ness, we have not been diligent with our daily family Bible time. I can tell that we are all missing it and hungering for more time with our Savior. There is something so sweet, so comforting when we all join together as a family before the Lord.
How We Do Family Worship
Over the years our family Bible time has gone through many changes. We have used many different curriculums and methods, but I have found that simple and flexible are what works best for our family.
Most of the time, we do our Bible time mid-morning after everyone has had breakfast and all the morning chores are finished. All the children that can read bring their Bibles along with them. Everyone finds a comfy place to sit. I keep the younger ones next to me so that I can also work on training them to sit quietly during this time. This helps them learn to sit during church without being disruptive.
Our Bible times usually starts with singing to the Lord. My older children will play the piano or the guitar and the rest of us join in to sing. We have a few hymnals that we gather around as we sing. I let the kids pick out which songs they would like to sing. We don’t have a set amount of songs we sing each day. There are some days when we are all enjoying the singing so much we spend most of our Bible time with music. Other days we cut it short, especially if the kids are playing around as we sing.
There are some days when I say a prayer before we start. Other days we all take turns praying for whatever is on our hearts. When time allows, it helps if we talk about the prayer needs before hand so that the kids remember the things we need to pray about. I try not to pray in a general way, instead pouring my heart out to the Lord so that my children learn to lay everything before the Lord.
When we read the Word together, I have each child read aloud a portion of our reading for the day. The youngest reader might only read one verse as they are still learning to sound out the words. The older ones get to read longer passages. As they read, we also work on speaking clearly so that everyone can understand what they are saying.
In our family, we use the King James Version of the Bible. Growing up I had always heard that the KJV was so difficult to read and understand. Several years ago we decided to start using the KJV for our family. I didn’t know if it would be challenging for the children or not. I was surprised at how much each of their reading levels increased as they read aloud from the Bible. Aside from personal convictions, there are some very great reasons to have your children read from the KJV outlined in the Ambleside Online article entitled Why the KJV? By Lynn Bruce.
As we read the Bible, I stop and discuss what we are reading. This year we started using Balancing the Sword to accompany our reading. For each chapter of the Bible, Balancing the Sword has questions aimed at improving comprehension and retention. There are also maps, timelines, artwork, and quotes that add to the learning.
What I really like is the flexibility. There are some days we use the questions from the book, and other days we just talk about what we read. I don’t feel the pressure to “keep up” or make sure we do a certain amount of work from the book each day.
A few years ago, I ran across a scripture memory method from Simply Charlotte Mason that has really worked well for our family. I have had to modify it slightly because we have so many different levels of learners in our home, but the overall concept works very well.
I usually pick verses to learn from our readings, but would really like to start working on targeting specific groups of verses. I recently bought the book Proverbs for Parenting. It has the proverbs grouped together topically. My goal would be to learn verses from one topic at a time as we work on that area of our lives.
One Last Thought
When we first started homeschooling over 10 years ago, I knew that I wanted to teach Bible as part of our curriculum. I was under the assumption that I would teach the kids the Bible as part of their studies, and I would do my own learning separate from them.
What I found to be true, is that I learn just as much as they do during our Bible times each day. When we come before the Lord as a family, the Holy Spirit teaches each one of us at our own levels and deals with each of our hearts individually. There is nothing sweeter than learning the Word right along with your children.
What about you, how to you teach your children the Word?
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