Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Another Homeschool Year - Bible Edition

 Another school year is off and running here at Chez Charming. I'll be sharing our curriculum choices and plan for the year over several different posts.

First off: Bible. This is not a requirement of our state (duh) but it's a priority subject for us. Each of our independent readers (Polly - 5th grade & Tigger - 2nd grade) starts her school day by reading a Bible passage. Polly reads one chapter from her Bible a day. Tigger reads from a children's devotional book.

Then we have Bible memory time. Tigger will be memorizing 7 different passages this school year:
  • Psalm 23 
  • John 1:1-5
  • 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
  • Proverbs 6:16-20
  • Psalm 100 (this is a review for Tigger since she first memorized it several years ago)
  • Luke 2:1-14 (most of this should be review)
  • Ephesians 6:10-17
For the younger grades we aim for about 4-8 verses per passage and we generally work on that passage for an entire month.

Polly will also be working on 7 passages - usually slightly longer - as well as reviewing others from previous years (such as Psalm 23 and Psalm 100):
  • Ephesians 6:10-17
  • 1 John 4:7-21
  • Psalm 46
  • Jeremiah 29:11-14
  • Romans 8:26-33
  • Luke 1:46-55
  • Luke 2:1-20 (most of this is review)
Obviously, some of these will be easier than others. My chosen end points are somewhat arbitrary but many passages we add to each year

Sweet Pea, who insists on having her own school work, folder, and pencil box, is memorizing an "Alphabet Bible Verse" list this year (one verse for each letter).

In addition to this, Sweet Pea will memorize six verses, Tigger will memorize twelve verses and Polly will memorize twenty-four verses in our church's Wednesday night children's program and anything else required by their Sunday School teachers, family devotions, etc.

As for how I choose? Simply put: I choose passages that are meaningful to me or that I believe would be immediately useful to the girls. I suppose I should have a better over-all plan than that but..well, I don't. It works for us anyway.


Elisabeth said...

What children's devotional Bible does Tigger use? We have tried several different kid-friendly Bibles and I feel like they are too vague and skip too much important stuff to use for our daily reading but reading from our KJV Bible usually looses them very fast....I did see a nice Children's Bible the other day at the bible bookstore but I didn't want to pay $18 for it and be disappointed again so if you have any suggestions, I'd love to hear them!

Amy said...

Yay for this post! I'm going to be scouring your selections and then reflecting on some important-to-me passages as well. I think that is a great selection method!

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