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Today I want to share some tips for getting your beginner reader to read the Bible. I want to start off by saying that this post is just as much advice for my own family as it is yours. We are not the best examples of daily Bible reading and that is something I want to change. I realize that change takes time AND a conscious decision to be more purposeful. I want to include both Bible stories and Bible songs into our daily homeschool routine.
I asked some Christian mom’s for their tips for getting your beginner reader to read the Bible. I love their responses and how passionate each mom was about making sure their children have a Bible and are read to regularly.
Read to them from an early age.
” I received their first Bibles at my baby shower. I began to read it to them at night all the time. So it was just normal for them to want to take over and read out loud like me as they grew.”
Make receiving a Bible a special activity.
“Upon completing learning to read (we use Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons) our children are awarded a Bible. We have taught them that the #1 reason we want to teach them to read is so that they can read God’s Word.”
Find a Bible with a unique theme.
“My 2 boys are crazy about Minecraft. I found a Minecraft Bible and got it for my boys last year for Christmas. It was NIrV translation which I wasn’t sure of, but after some research and speaking with my pastor, I was comfortable with it, knowing it was just a starter Bible for them.”
Show them how You read the Bible and have quiet time.
” I bought my kids heir first real bible at around age 4. They got the little new testaments at birth. I encourage them to read by telling them to get their Bible out and look at it while I do my Bible Study. I give them their own highlighter and tell them to let me know if they see something they want to highlight. We discuss the verse and decide if they still want to highlight it .”
We own tons of children’s Bibles and storybook Bible’s but terrible about puling them off the shelves and reading them to our children. I didn’t grew up reading the Bible or being read from the Bible regularly so it’s a habit I want to begin with my own children.
Since this post is sponsored by Zondervan and God’s Big Plans for Me Storybook Bible I thought it would be good to show you what the illustrations look like so you can see how wonderful they are. Even my teen daughter was impressed with the style in which the graphics were done.
This illustration shows the emotions of the soldiers and Jesus in great detail. I really like how the dark clouds are rolling which sets the tone for the Journey to the Cross.
The sadness on the women’s faces helps to depict their great sorrow for the death of Jesus. I think that good quality images within this book will allow for some great discussion when reading it to my boys.
This book is recommended for ages 4-8 and I wholeheartedly agree with that age range.
About God’s Big Plans for Me Storybook Bible:
God’s Big Plans for Me Storybook Bible illustrates the 40 foundational principles written in the #1 New York Times bestseller The Purpose Driven Life by Pastor Rick Warren. With child-friendly language, engaging illustrations, and a chronological approach, Pastor Warren introduces each Bible story with a theme that aligns with one of his foundational principles. He wraps up the stories with a closing thought targeted to early readers. The colorful illustrations and narrative tone bring these beloved Bible stories to life for readers young and old. God’s Big Plans for Me Storybook Bible has foil decoration on the cover.