I mentioned yesterday that I believe that learning the books of the Bible is a key first step in teaching children how to find passages on their own. I learned my books of the Bible using songs – probably Donut Man songs or something like that – but I have been trying to brainstorm a variety of ways to teach this particular skill. I remember growing up that my mom had a set of cassette tapes (old school, I know) that had a different book of the Bible on each spine. They were even color coded according to section (Books of Poetry, Major Prophets, Minor Prophets, etc.). She would mix them up and allow her students to rearrange the books into the correct order. I’ve tried doing something similar with the books of the Bible written on the lips of cups that are then stacked in order and have even recently found these coloring sheets at Kids Bible Worksheets.com (You can access the full set at http://www.kidsbibleworksheets.com/books-of-the-bible-coloring-page.htm)
I was thinking that the kids could work on coloring these as we learn different sections of the books of the Bible and then we could hang them up on the wall. Still toying with that idea, though. What are your thoughts? Have you taught the books of the Bible before? Any creative ideas to offer?