As the mother of three children – ages 9 and 6 (yes, I have twins) – it is mindset to go beyond the education they receive in school. With the importance schools place on standardized testing, I want to teach them the things they need to know in life that are not included in these tests. Their understanding of courage, faith, and perseverance are just as important as learning reading, writing, and arithmetic. I have found the Bible is the best way to teach them these things.
Here are some of the ways the Bible has helped my children to grow:
Lydia has always found reading one of her toughest subjects. Using context clues to understand the story’s details left her discouraged. Reading was one of my sticking points in school too. Instead of boring her with a story of my challenges from eons ago, I opted to use a Bible story to help her read and boost confidence. David and Goliath is that story. Young David didn’t run from the challenge, he embraced it because David trusted God. Lydia stopped doubting herself and immediately understood that no challenge — including reading — it too large for God to handle.
Where is Nineveh?
Torry’s and Rebekah’s favorite story of the Bible is Jonah and the Whale. What boy wouldn’t like a story about a man being swallowed by a fish? One of the first questions out of my son’s mouth was, “Where is Nineveh?” Bible apps have served as a starting point for deeper discussions for the children’s inquisitive minds.
As a parent, the most important reward I give to my children is guiding them through the education process at home. The lessons of the Bible enrich and encourage my children every day of the week. How have you used the Bible to teach your children?