of the ABCs of God for Bible time, part one

A while back, still seeking to convince people to help me with homeschooling, I posted an update about our first term. A few people indicated interest in the Bible series we planned to teach the girls some of the amazing attributes of our God. This is an outline of that series.

We listed one attribute for each letter of the alphabet, then spent from 2-5 days on each one. Rather than write much original text, we read piecemeal from The Jesus Storybook Bible, The Big Picture Story Bible, The New Bible in Pictures For Little Eyes, a children’s devotional book called 100 Ways I Know God Loves Meand a children’s prayer book called Our Father and Other Classic Prayers For Children. Due to the length of this series, I’ll just list the attributes we studied, with main ideas, Bible stories we read to illustrate each (and which book we read from where I noted it), and sometimes suggested memory verses. Occasionally, if an activity we did was really effective for the children, I’ll describe that as well. We also had discussion questions for each story, took time each evening to review what we’d been studying, and sang songs that fit each theme.

PART ONE
(PART TWO IS HERE)

GOD IS ALL-KNOWING

Memory: “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”  –Psalm 139:14a (review), and “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord. ‘Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'” –Jeremiah 29:11

Day 1: “God knows me completely.”
Activity: Ask child to count the hairs on your head, letting her come to her own conclusion about the impossibility of this task. Then try to count the hairs on her head.
Read: Paraphrase of Psalm 139 (written by Mommy)

Day 2: “God always knows what will happen”
Read: about Joseph’s dream and how he was sold into slavery in Egypt, then how he was later able to save his own family from starvation. (The Jesus Storybook Bible)

Day 3: “God plans everything that happens–only he knows the future.”
Read: How Joseph forgives his brothers, how God meant everything for good.
Emphasis on Genesis 50:20: “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good . . .”

Day 4: “God has a plan for me, too.”
Read:  God Loves Me book p. 59: He has a plan for my life

GOD IS BEAUTIFUL
Memory: “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” —Psalm 19:1

Day 1: “God made the beautiful world”
Read: Creation story (The Big Picture Story Bible, p. 16-31)

Day 2:
Activity: View rainbow picture: a rainbow shows God’s beauty
Read: Genesis 9:12-16, and p. 30 from The New Bible in Pictures For Little Eyes

Day 3:
Read: The Jesus Storybook Bible p. 12-13 and discuss

Day 4: “All beauty is created by God”
Activity: view nature pictures
ReadGod Loves Me book p. 27: He created a beautiful world for me

GOD IS CREATIVE

Memory: (same–Psalm 19:1)

Day 1: “God made the animals”
Activity: View pictures of animals
ReadGod Loves Me book p. 119: He made all the animals

Day 2: “God made the sun, moon, and stars”
Activity: Cut out/paint/glitter sun, moon, and star ornaments (day), hang up at Bible time
ReadOur Father prayer book p. 28

Day 3: “We can praise God because he is creative”
ReadGod Loves Me book p. 123: He makes me glad (is about creation and Psalm 92:4)

GOD IS OUR DELIVERER

Memory: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only son that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” –-John 3:16 (review)

Day 1:
Read
: the story of the Exodus, The Jesus Storybook Bible p. 92-99

Day 2:
Read: Daniel and the lions, The Jesus Storybook Bible p. 152-159
Listen to song: “Didn’t my Lord deliver Daniel”

Day 3: “God delivers us through Jesus”
Read: (or tell the story using the pictures) The New Bible in Pictures For Little Eyes p. 340-344

GOD IS EVERYWHERE

Day 1:
Read: (paraphrase) Psalm 139:7-12 and Our Father prayer book p. 10

Day 2: “God is everywhere–no one can hide from him”
Read: the story of Jonah, The Jesus Storybook Bible p. 160-169

Day 3: “God watches over us everywhere”
ReadGod Loves Me book p. 137: He promises to watch over me

GOD IS FAITHFUL

Day 1: “He always keeps his promises”
Read: The promise to Abraham, The Big Picture Story Bible p. 67-81

Day 2: “He always keeps his promises”
Read: The fulfillment of the promise to Abraham, The Big Picture Story Bible p. 83-87a

Days 3-4:
ReadGod Loves Me book p. 90: He is faithful and p. 127: He never forgets me

GOD IS GOOD

Memory“The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him.” –Lamentations 3:25

Day 1: “God is good to us”
ReadGod Loves Me book p. 93: He is good to me

Day 2: “God is good to us”
Read: Hannah and Samuel, The New Bible In Pictures For Little Eyes p. 148-150

Day 3:
Activity: Make a poster together of God’s good gifts
ReadOur Father prayer book p. 9

Day 4: “God gives us our family, home, and friends”
ReadGod Loves Me book p. 8-13

Day 5: “Jesus taught us that God cares for us”
Read: the Sermon on the Mount, The Jesus Storybook Bible p. 228-235

Day 6: “God gave us his son, Jesus”
Activity: sing about Jesus

GOD IS HOLY

Memory“There is none holy like the LORD . . . ” –I Samuel 2:2a

Day 1: “What does holy mean?”
Activity: Look at 1 thing unlike many others (used 1 big candle (lit) in a sea of tea lights (unlit))
Read: I Samuel 2:2

Day 2: “God is holy”
Activity: Review and discuss: how is God unlike all others? (all-knowing, all-powerful, all-righteous, etc.)

Day 3: “God is holy”
Read: Moses and the burning bush, The New Bible In Pictures For Little Eyes p. 84
Activity: Act out the story

GOD IS INVISIBLE

Day 1: “What is ‘invisible’?”
Activity: (during day) Write with invisible ink and learn the term
Read: reread Moses and the burning bush or read it from another source, connect also to “God is Everywhere”

Day 2: “God is invisible, but Jesus was not”
Read: the incarnation, The Jesus Storybook Bible p. 184-191

Day 3: “No one has seen God–but Jesus has made him known”
Read: Jesus teaches about God, The Jesus Storybook Bible p. 222-227 and also John 1:18 in Bible

GOD IS JUST


Memory“Just and true are your ways, O King of the nations.” —Revelation 15:3b

Day 1: “God always does right and makes right decisions.”
Read: God’s just law comes to the people, Big Picture Story Bible p. 131-139

Day 2: “God is just”
Read: God establishes the people in the land and is their just king, Big Picture Story Bible p. 141-157

Day 3: “God is just to keep his promises”
Read: David and Goliath, David on the throne, Big Picture Story Bible p. 158-171

GOD IS KING

Memory: “Just and true are your ways, O King of the nations.” —Revelation 15:3b

Day 1: “God is our king”
Read: God sends a forever king, Big Picture Story Bible p. 229-241

Day 2: “Jesus is the forever king”
Read: Jesus is born, Big Picture Story Bible p. 243-257

Day 3: “Jesus is the forever king”
Read: Jesus rises from the dead and shows himself forever king, Big Picture Story Bible p. 397-411

 

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4 Responses to of the ABCs of God for Bible time, part one

  1. Pingback: of the ABCs of God for Bible Time, part two | part of the main

  2. teamtabb says:

    Yay! Thanks for posting these, Bets. I’ve been doing Bible time with the kids every morning since we were at your place — thanks for inspiring me kick to just do something! We open the Bible. I read one verse in an area our family is “working on” understanding and practicing together. Then I talk and ask questions for 2-5 minutes. Then we pray. Done! Hopefully I can do something more organized, like what you’ve done here, in the future.

  3. teamtabb says:

    I think what I meant to say above is that our conversation gave me the kick I needed to just do something! Sorry about the garbled comment! 🙂

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