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How to Teach Your Kids the Books of the Bible in 30 Weeks: Weeks 5-8

on November 8, 2012

If you have been following along at When One Teaches Two Learn, you will remember that last month I started a series on teaching kids the books of the bible in thirty weeks.  It has been wonderful to see our kids taking on the challenge of not only memorizing books of the Bible but learning to look verses up in the Bible!  As I mentioned in the first post of this series, much of what you will see is a compilation of ideas from a variety of books, websites, and experiences.  Hopefully you will be able to use many of these same ideas to help your kids to achieve Bible literacy too!

Though it certainly isn’t mandatory, it would be helpful to have a books of the Bible chart.  I made the chart pictured below or you could buy a poster version online.

You’ll also need a song about the books of the Bible.  I use “A Perfect Book” from Awana’s CD “Sing the Awana Way!”, but you can use any song that you would like

Week 5

Building Memory:  Cover up the first half of the purple section of the chart (Joshua through 2 Samuel).  Review these books with the children, then sing “A Perfect Book,” while pointing to the books of the Bible on the chart.  Afterward, give each group a set of popsicle sticks with the books of the Bible written on them.  Have them work in their groups to arrange the books in the right order. I created three sets of popsicle sticks.  The sets that I gave to the lower elementary and upper elementary groups were the same – the books of the Bible written on popsicle sticks.

I did something a little different from the pre-kindergarten and kindergarten group.  Most of these children are not yet reading, but they are learning their letters, so they required a bit more guidance from their leaders, but these simplified plates worked well for them.  I used the same method as I had for the paper plates, but this time, because we were working with two different sections of the books of the Bible (The Pentatuch and the first half of the books of history) I also color coded the sticks so they match what was on the chart.

Key Verse:  1 Peter 2:17*

Sword Drill:  Have a volunteer from the lower elementary group find the New Testament on the chart.  Have a volunteer from the pre-K/K group find the light blue section.  Have a volunteer from the upper elementary group find 1 Peter.  Read the verse aloud together off the poster.

*I included the verses that we are studying during J.A.M. Time, but you can substitute any verse that you’d like.

Week 6

Building Memory:  Sing “A Perfect Book,” while pointing to the books of the Bible on the chart.  Leave the blue section and the first half of the purple section covered.  If the kids are feeling a little uncertain of the books that are covered, review them briefly before singing.

Key Verse:  1 Peter 2:17

Sword Drill:  Repeat the same process as last week to find 1 Peter on the chart.  Then, demonstrate how to find the verse in the Bible.  Verbalize your thoughts (i.e. “When I opened the Bible, I was in Job.  I know that Psalms comes after Job, so I need to turn a few pages.).  Read the verse aloud together off the poster.

Week 7

Building Memory:  Cover up the second half of the purple section of the chart (Genesis through Esther).  Review those books of the Bible. Give the kids the popsicle stick sets, with sticks added for the second half of the purple section..  Have them work in groups to arrange the books in the right order.  Then, sing “A Perfect Book,” while pointing to the books of the Bible on the chart.

Key Verse:  1 Peter 2:17

Sword Drill:  Have each group work together to find 1 Peter in a Bible.  No need to find the exact verse, just practice finding the book itself.  Then, read the verse aloud together off the poster.

Week 8

Building Memory:  Sing “A Perfect Book” while pointing to the books of the Bible on the chart.  Remember to keep the entire blue and purple section covered!

Concept to Teach:  Review with the children that chapter numbers are usually printed in large numbers and verse numbers are usually printed in small numbers in the Bible.  This will come in handy when they do their sword drill!

Key Verse:  1 Peter 2:17

Sword Drill:  Have each group work together to find the key verse.  Walk the groups through these steps:  Find the book, find the chapter number (large number), then find the verse number (small number).  Then, read the verse aloud together.

This is what our chart looks like now.  The kids are really doing well!  One column down, two more to go!

Stay tuned for the next installment of How to Teach Your Kids the Books of the Bible in 30 Weeks!

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