How To Homeschool My Child

Daily Bible Verse Helps for Homeschoolers

Last time I discussed the spies’ mission from God  as they researched the promised land.  Homeschoolers are also on a mission – to teach God’s Word every day, all day long.

How Can You Teach Daily Bible Verses?

1.  Memorize Scripture “With” Your Kids

I recently finished reading Tim Tebow’s biography (Denver Broncos fame).  In the Tebow family, you could not watch McGuyver on Saturday night unless you recited your memory verses.  Find something your kids enjoy and connect it to memorizing their verses.

Tim Tebow Daily Bible Verse Memory

Our children participated in Awana for many years, so God’s Word is hidden in their hearts. Find a time in your daily schedule to help your children memorize Scripture so they have God’s Word forever.

Daily Bible Verse at Breakfast2.  Read God’s Word as a Family

We attached our family devotions to something we did every day: eat breakfast together. Steve finished eating before the rest of us, so he read Scripture as we finished breakfast.  Afterwards, we discussed the Scripture & Biblical principles as a family.  A few of our favorite resources w re Teaching Hearts, Training Minds and Our 24 Family Ways, by Wholeheart Ministries.

*** Side Note:  If your husband does not want to have family devotions do NOT nag him.  I’ll share my story at another time, but for now…don’t nag him.

Pray for his heart to change.

You can lead family devotions with your children while he is at work.  Whatever you do, don’t cram devotions down his throat by leading devotions in front of him.  Do it discreetly and kindly.  Give your children a positive view of God’s Word.

3.  Hang Scripture in Your Home

Write your daily Bible verse on cards, hanging them where everyone sees them – bathroom mirror, kitchen sink, dinner table.  I use one of those photo holders at the kitchen sink for my memory verse cards.

When I led Mom to Mom, we memorized Scripture together. The young moms told me their children what was hanging on the bathroom mirror.  What a great opportunity to discuss God’s Word

Daily Bible Verse Scripture Memory CD4.  Listen to Scripture CDs in the Car

Singing is one of the easiest ways to memorize anything.  Find good Bible verse CDs and listen while you drive.

Your kids are a captive audience in your car.  Take advantage of it.  I sure did!

Surprise them one day and stop the CD.  Ask them what the song means.  Start a discussion and see where God leads.

5.  Be Purposeful in Using Scripture in Every Day Life

This is the bulk of God’s assignment for us in Deuteronomy.

When our kids were young, I would quote Scripture as I corrected.  One of my favorites was “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ has forgiven you.” Eph 4:32.  If your kids are arguing, this is a perfect verse to share with them.

Doorposts Publishing has terrific tools to help you.  Check out their charts.

Daily Bible Verse-Doorpost, For Instruction in RighteousnessAs the kids grew up, I had them look up Scripture when they were sinning.  My favorite tool was For Instruction in Righteousness.  When they were old enough to read God’s Word themselves, they chose 3 verses about their specific sin.  They had to write down how these verses applied to their situation.

When they became teenagers, I wish we had spent more time talking about Scripture as they made decisions.  This is where I sometimes failed. Teenagers need to be reminded, as adults do, that God’s Word is applicable in all areas of life – dealing with friends, choosing a job, deciding what to do after homeschool.

God has you on a mission, just like He sent the 12 spies on a mission to the promised land.  God is very specific about your mission.

As you raise your children, be sure to diligently teach His Word throughout your days, your weeks & your years.

How do you use Scripture everyday?

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22 Responses to Daily Bible Verse Helps for Homeschoolers

  1. Eva Nance says:

    Wonderful ideas, I just love your new blog!

    • Kerry Beck says:

      Thanks Eva! I’m glad you found it. I’m having fun with this blog. If you think of a topic we should cover, let me know.

  2. Ann Genuth says:

    I love the idea of hanging scripture verses around the house. My son is in AWANA and we are always listening to the CD’s to help him memorize the verses but this is an added bonus. Love your blog!
    Thank you for sharing your wisdom.
    Ann

    • Kerry Beck says:

      Ann, Thanks for your kind words. Looks like you are using a nice variety of instilling God’s Word into your son’s heart. Keep it up!

  3. Nicole Burleson says:

    We use the Simply Charlotte Mason memory box, but we are always looking for ways to incorporate more scripture! I love your ideas!
    http://simplycharlottemason.com/timesavers/memorysys/

    • Kerry Beck says:

      Nicole,
      I’m so glad you shared the Charlotte Mason link. For those that don’t have a formal program at church or want to do their own thing, this looks like a great resource.

  4. I am horrible about not doing this. I guess I am clueless on how to do it.

    • Kerry Beck says:

      I appreciate your honesty. Hopefully we’ll all share some strategies that work in our own families. That’s why we’re here…to learn from each other.

  5. Patty Wiens says:

    We are also using Teaching Hearts, Training Minds along with The Most Important Thing You Will Ever Study. I cannot say enough about these incredible resources.

    Thanks for the new blog. I am loving the set it.

    Have a great day.

    Patty

    • Kerry Beck says:

      Patty, Thanks for sharing The Most Important Thing You Will Ever Study. I haven’t heard of this before & look forward to learning more about it.

  6. Jeanette says:

    I am embarrassed to say that I do not use scriptures on a daily basis. I have a 16 year old and 16 month old. I guess you can say I re-dedicated my life to Christ a little late with the older one. For the most part he grew up without church and just doesn’t “get it.” I will not make the mistake with the baby. He first non-parent words were please, thank you, and amen. I would love to have this book to show me where to begin.

    • Kerry Beck says:

      Don’t be embarrassed. I think 1/2 the battle is realizing our strengths & weaknesses. There are so many times I wish I had handled things differently with my kids. That’s one reason I have this blog…to share what I learned on our homeschool journey.

  7. Kalynn says:

    Great post. Thanks for the reminder: I have Our 24 Family Ways on my shelf. Time to pull it out again!

  8. Sarah says:

    My three-year-old and four-year old memorize AWANA verses each week (and I memorize them, too!). I have been really bad about memorizing scripture, but now that I have kids, it is so useful to ask them, “what does the Bible say about “____” and have them give a responce and chnage their behavior! It has motivated me to memorize more, both for my own walk with the Lord and for teaching them. We also LOVE to learn scripture through worship songs and use “Hide ’em In Your Heart!”. Thank you for your great, encuraging post!

    • Kerry Beck says:

      Sarah,
      You are welcome. I am so excited that your 3 & 4yo are learning Scripture that will carry them for the rest of their lives. Praise God.

  9. Ginny B says:

    I too have hung scripture verses on the fridge, the bathroom mirror (dry erase markers work great for this!) etc. When we are learning a new verse I try to connect it with either music or movement. We sing, dance or sign the verse. Helps us to remember it. I try to choose a weekly verse that goes with the letter of the week and/or the character trait we are working on so that my daughter can relate to it.

    • Kerry Beck says:

      Ginny,
      I agree that music helps us all learn. I remember my kids singing & dancing to an Old Testament song while I cleaned the kitchen after breakfast.

  10. Tamara O says:

    We start our school day with devotionals. I find it sets the tone for a more obedient, diligent day. I laughed when I read the hanging scripture around the house because I already do that and am glad to know it isn’t as “quirky” as I thought.

    • Kerry Beck says:

      Tamara,
      You are so right…that what you do first thing in the morning sets the tone. I also think it shows your kids that you make time for what is most important when you read the Bible first every morning. Thanks for sharing

  11. Lynnette says:

    These are great resources, both in your blog and in the comments. I am looking forward to checking them out. We read the Bible every evening to our almost 6-year-old, but not yet with our almost 2-year-old. I think it is time to pull the Family Bible out just a little earlier so she can hear too. Thanks for the reminders.

  12. Liz Hallberg says:

    Great ideas! My Mother used to have scriptures hanging EVERYWHERE. My favorite was when she hung Galatians 5:22-23 all over my bedroom wall, written on paper in the shapes of different fruit! Now when I lay with my Son in the evening and pray that over him (that the fruits are blossoming within his young Spirit), I always remember the fruit on my wall 🙂 I just found your blog and really enjoy it, thanks for all that you share.

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