I love that we can start off each school day with Bible study and scripture memorization. I don’t want the kids to think of the Bible as just another school subject, so I try to make sure we do some kind of Bible study even when we’re not doing school. I’ll be honest, though, and say that I’m not very consistent with that.
About two years ago, another mom in our homeschool group introduced me to a little-known Bible study source, Bible Study Guide for All Ages. We’ve used it ever since. I remembered thinking that BSGFAA seemed a little pricey when I first bought it, but I clicked on their site to double-check and found that it is very reasonably priced. The teacher’s guide is just $30 and it covers the first 104 lessons. The student activity sheets are $6 each for a set of 26 lessons (so $24 for enough sheets to cover the entire first unit for one student. I only order them as I need them, though).
There are four units, each with their own teacher’s guide, covering 104 lessons each. As I said, we’ve used BSGFAA for over two years (with a little hiatus of a few months) and we’re only on Lesson 70-something. We take a week to cover each lesson, so you could easily count on each unit, lasting nearly three school years or two calendar years.
There are maps, timelines complete with figures, and a CD with Bible songs available, so you can get as elaborate as you like with the study. We just use the teacher’s guide and the student pages.
The student pages are part of what made Bible Study Guide so attractive to me. There are three different levels of student pages for each lesson, so all the kids can study the same lesson, then, do activities appropriate for their ability level. The front of the student sheet contains review questions and a life application section, with the older student’s sheets also containing timeline and map study/review. The back side of the sheet is contains a cartoon-strip-style review of each lesson with questions and activities for the student to do with the pictures to review the lesson.
The teacher guide includes visuals, drills, study helps, background information and questions for each unit with review questions built in. I’ll be honest and admit that I don’t use this like I should, but, again, that’s the beauty of Bible Study Guide. You can use it as simply or as elaborately as you like.
The visuals are the kids’ favorite part. There are drawings for each lesson for you to either show your students or draw out.
I draw them out.
No, I am *not* especially artistic (though, I’ve learned to draw pretty good sheep…oh, and location signs, too. lol), but the kids *love* this part. They always pay attention on story-telling day. Brianna, my oldest, will often draw out the lesson herself on her own paper. (Updated to add: I now have all the kids keep a notebook of their illustrations of the Bible lesson each week.)
One of the things that I like best about Bible Study Guide is that you study the lives of the men and women of the Bible by reading entire chapters and books, not just the highlights of the well-known stories.
Our schedule for Bible Study Guide for All Ages goes something like this:
Monday: read this week’s lesson from the Bible and illustrate it on the white board
Tuesday: do side 1 of the student page
Thursday: do side 2 (review of the lesson) of the student page
On the days that we don’t do BSGFAA, we read and discuss a Keys for Kids devotional. They love these stores, too. We also work on Scripture memorization every day using our Scripture Memory Box. I’ve been amazed at the number of scriptures that we’ve memorized, as well as the length of scripture that the kids can memorize. We close each of our Bible study times by taking prayer requests (I love hearing what the kids want us to pray about) and praying.
Our Bible study time makes a great start to the day.