Every year I’ve taken not-back-to-school photos of the kids. It’s so neat to see how they’ve grown and their personalities shine through. I’m a little late this year but here they are!
And here are our past photos:
Believe Storybook: Think, Act, Be Like Jesus
Edited by Randy Frazee, with Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton. Illustrated by Steve Adams
Published by Zondervan
Presented by bestselling author and pastor Randy Frazee, the Believe Storybook shows children how they can think, act, and be more like Jesus. With 60 old and new testament stories from the Bible that showcase the themes, combined with captivating and dramatic illustrations by Steve Adams, children and adults alike will be inspired to become more like their savior and the person they were meant to be.
I am very impressed with the Believe Storybook. It’s a large book with nice, thick pages and simple yet beautiful illustrations. There are 10 chapters for each of the three categories, Think, Act, and Be like Jesus.
Each chapter has a key word or phrase (such as Compassion, Stewardship, Offering my Time), a short introduction to the topic (called the Key Question), and an Old Testament and New Testament reference and story. After the Old Testament story is a The Jump to Jesus discussion which discusses how the Old Testament points r relates to Christ in some way. After the New Testament story is The Jesus Answer, which explains to the children how what they’ve learned can help them be more like Jesus. There is also a key idea (ex. I offer my time to help God’s plan) and a Script verse that relates to the topic.
I really look forward to using the Believe Storybook in our homeschool this year. It’s simple enough that my 4 year old will be able to follow along, and maybe my 2 year old as well, but not baby-boring in any way for my older children. It will be a great resource to help children learn how they can apply Biblical lessons to their own lives, and easy enough to read that young readers could read it on their own. I think this book would be great for any elementary aged child.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book for review from the Book Look Bloggers program. I was not obligated to provide a positive review.
My son has been watching me do Bible journaling over the last little while and this week, he asked if he could do some in his Bible! Um, yes!
He’s struggled with learning to read. We finally found a method to learn to read that works for him and it seems to suddenly have clicked, so I’m thrilled that he wants to read in his Bible more. Even if the attraction started out more as being able to draw in his Bible, he still has been voluntarily reading it in order to decide what to draw for the different stories and verses.
Should children be allowed to draw in the Bibles?
I guess that’s up to the parent. Some people feel very strongly that Bible shouldn’t be marked at all and that’s fine. Personally, I have no issue with marking my Bible but I do make sure to keep the text legible. I did give my son some rules about what he was allowed to do but I have no issue with him writing in his Bible. The rules I gave him were to stick with pencil crayons for now (he has a regular Bible, not a journaling one, so there are no large margins and the paper isn’t as thick) and he has to keep his journaling relevant to the verses. Basically, this is a way to do Bible study; it’s not a colouring book.
If you don’t feel comfortable with your children writing in their Bibles, you can get them a blank notebook to do their journaling in, or even let them use loose sheets of paper and they can put it in a folder or duotang when they’re done.
I wish I had learned about or thought of the idea of Bible journaling before. It’s a great way to study the Bible; it makes you really think about the words and the meaning, and express it in your own way and make it meaningful to you. The Bible can be intimidating to anyone, especially to young children, so I love that this is motivating him to want to read the Word and make it relevant to him.
If you aren’t sure how to involved younger children, you can either print off pictures of Bible stories (you can find lots for free online) or you can read a story and have them draw their own picture of the story.
My eldest is not a reader. He’s more of a numbers kind of guy. We tried a bunch of traditional methods for learning to read and it just wasn’t working for him. Part of this might be on me, for trying too early. Part of it was just the style of teaching clashing with his learning style. Learning to read was too much work. It was dry and difficult and boring. Eventually, he started to hate reading..and he wasn’t even really reading yet!
This is a large part of what made me go online, research other “teach to read” methods, and stumble upon the Charlotte Mason teaching methods. I finally invested in the Simply Charlotte Mason Delightful Reading kit and it’s been exactly what my son needed.
You don’t NEED to buy this kit; I did largely in part because of the convenience, and the step-by-step guide for the parent. All you really need are a notebook and pencil, some letter tiles (old scrabble tiles, junior scrabble tiles, or letter magnets work well) and some familiar, simple poems or rhymes. We’re using Robert Louis Stevenson’s A Child’s Garden of Verses right now.
I let my son pick the poem he wanted to work through, and I read it with him. At this point, he was able to read several words on his own. We picked one of the words he had trouble with to work on. Proud.
First, I had him find the word on the page again, and then find letters to spell it out with. He said the word again, then was able to write it in his word book.
Next, I asked him if he could think of any other words that rhymed with proud or had the “ou” sound in it. He came up with several on his own, and he built them with the letter tiles, one at a time, read them again, then wrote them in his book.
Our goal was to come up with at least 5 words, and he came up with even more! Super proud boy. He came up with loud, bound, mound, round, sound, and pound. I’m not picky about his handwriting for this; he works on that with his copywork. I don’t want to discourage his reading by nit-picking on his letters.
All of this happened in less than 10 minutes. Keep lessons short! One of my goals is to teach my children the habit of paying attention; long lessons will set them up for failure in this. But if they are engaged and interested, it is no trouble at all to pay attention for 5 or 10 minutes. And then I can praise them, “You did well! You learned several new words and you paid close attention the whole time!” If we’re doing a lesson and I find that the child I’m working with is becoming bored or distracted over and over, it’s time to stop and move on to something new. Gradually, they learn to keep attention on what they’re doing.