Teaching Scripture to your kids doesn’t have to be intimidating! Let these 7 tips help you get started teaching the Bible to your children at home.


I got an email a short time ago from a mom wondering where to start in teaching her kids the Bible at home. And I totally understood where she was coming from.

teaching bible verses to toddler

We know that Scripture is always profitable and that we are called to study God’s Word but actually putting that into practice can sometimes be difficult and confusing.

“My eyes anticipate the night watches, That I may meditate on Your word.” Psalm 119:148

“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Perhaps you grew up in a home that was not Christian and so you’re figuring out Christian parenting on your own! Maybe, like me, you were raised in a Christian home but didn’t develop a habit of Scripture study or memorization for yourself until you were all grown up :)

I basically had to come up with my own ideas for teaching my children the Bible, not because my parents failed in teaching us about the Lord, but because personal devotion time and Scripture memory weren’t overly emphasized when I was a child.

We usually did prayer and devotions as a family and left the Scripture memory work and deeper Bible teaching up to the Sunday School teachers (which is great that they do that, we all need amazing teachers!) but my husband and I decided we wanted to take things further with our kiddos.

Don't know how to get started teaching the Bible to your kids? Looking for some fresh ideas? These seven powerful yet simple tips will help make learning the Bible at home fun and effective. You don't have to be intimidated about teaching Scripture to your kids!

7 Powerful Ideas for Teaching the Bible to Your Kids

So what do you do when you don’t know how to start?

Here are seven tips for getting started in Bible teaching for your children. Don’t let yourself be intimidated by this process–God will help you and bless your efforts! I hope these are helpful to you like they have been for us!

1. Learn the Scriptures yourself as you begin teaching them to your kids.

Reading the Scriptures ourselves and teaching them to our kids often go hand in hand, even though they don’t always occur at the same time or in the same way.

If you struggle with understanding the Bible, studies from teachers such as Warren Wiersbe’s Be Series or a study Bible such as the ESV Study Bible can help us gain a deeper understanding of God’s word and how to teach it to our children so they understand it in context. There are many out there, in your translation of choice!

Grab a Strong’s Bible Concordance if you really want to get detailed! This would be great to use with older children as well.

 

2. Just start reading the Bible with your children, a few verses each night.

“What is a good place to start reading the Bible?”, a friend once asked me. A great place to begin, and my personal preference, is the Gospel of John (subscribe and get my Gospel of John Bible Reading Plan by clicking here). This writer emphasizes the plan of God’s salvation as found in Jesus Christ throughout the book. The first chapter and first few verses of John introduces God’s plan for man even before creation in Genesis and goes from there. Read through this book with your children during your family devotional time or just anytime.The Proverbs or Psalms are also excellent places to start!

3.  Find an accurate “Story Bible” to read from beginning to end.

Once you’ve read through John and your kids are understanding the basics of Christian faith, reading a story Bible that is as accurate to the Scripture as possible {meaning it doesn’t compromise the Gospel or use vague terms for sin, salvation and Christ’s death and resurrection} can be a helpful tool.

We personally like The Story Bible from Concordia Press. You can learn more about why we like this version as compared to other story Bibles here.

must have children's bible storybooks

4. Act out Bible stories with your kids! 

Use Lego or other figurines to act out Bible accounts or encourage your kids to explore their inner actor/actress {here’s a fun post on how to act out a Bible story effectively from Doorposts}. Children learn in many different ways, and so finding the best way to help these Bible truths stick will vary from family to family! There are also Bible story figures that you can purchase to act out these Biblical accounts.

Act out Bible stories with Little People, Lego people, etc

5. Teach Scripture to your babies and toddlers.

Don’t feel like your kids have to be a certain age before they learn! They can retain so much just by having the Bible read to them or sung to them with Scripture songs. Here are four tips for teaching Scripture to your baby or toddler!

A few of our favorite Scripture songs CDs:

My ebook, God’s Word in My Heart, Variety Version, combines printable ABC Bible verses and verses on sin and salvation that they can memorize, along with a list of Scripture songs that go along with each verse! It is also available in three other versions, KJV, NASB and ESV.

Find out more!

6. Use simple techniques for copywork and memorization once your kids are more familiar with the basics of the Bible.

There are literally TONS of free printable Scripture copywork out there, especially on Pinterest! My friend Sarah at My Joy-Filled Life has some excellent suggestions for Bible Copywork ResourcesProverbs for Children: Handwriting, Copy-work and Memorization is a workbook that can be purchased if you don’t want to use ink printing your own.

There are many simple ways to memorize Scripture verses that are fun and effective! Check out my board Teaching Scripture and Bible Verse to Kids to get you started on more ideas!

7. Take a cue from the Sunday School Teachers!

If your children are old enough to be in Sunday School, take a look at the materials they bring home and use them as a springboard for conversation about the Word. Ask them what they learned or find out something more together on that same Sunday afternoon before they forget :) {This tip was posted on my Facebook page by my friend Katherine at Proverbs and Pacifiers.}

I hope you enjoyed these ideas and tips! Get started teaching your kids the Bible today–just keep it simple and the Lord will help you! 

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Jenn

Blogger/ Author at The Purposeful Mom
Hi, I'm Jenn! I'm an "unstuffy" pastor's wife and mom to four amazing and active children. My desire is to equip you with the resources, tools and encouragement you need to learn God’s Word and apply it to your life so you can teach the Word to your children in a way that has a lasting impact! I want to help you turn good ideas into good practices so that you feel confident, by the grace of God, in carrying out the many vocations you have been called to as a Christian woman. Read more on my about page!

22 Comments on 7 Tips for Teaching the Bible to Your Children at Home

  1. I love your list, it’s very practical and simple!! I think a lot of times parents can easily over complicate how to teach their kids about Jesus. As a Sunday School Coordinator and parent, I would also add the importance of showing your kids how a Concordance works!! I encourage the families in our church to study a character trait every week (love, kindness, etc) and as a family look up the character trait in their concordance and teach kids how to learn, study, and apply the Bible to their lives. I encourage them to pick a verse from their studies to memorize as a family. :)

  2. My kids and I started in Genesis at the beginning of the year and do a chapter each morning taking turns reading. I found a website that lists 52 verses kids can memorize and we quote them from memory every morning before our reading adding a new one on Mondays and Wednesdays. Then we talk about what we read and how we can apply our verses and the story to our daily life. I’m loving how quickly they have picked it up and are remembering. It has changed the dynamics in our home because of this.

    • That’s a great idea, especially the 52 verses kids can memorize! It’s amazing how the Word changes our hearts and homes.

  3. I tried using the VDAY15 discount code and I received the error message: Invalid discount code. :-(

    • Hi Jennifer! I took a look and tried to reset the code. It looks like it is working now, so feel free to try again!

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