Teaching Children to Read From the Bible

In my 7th grade class, my students are expected to read from the bible.  By 7th grade they should know the general location of the Books.  An example of reading from the Bible is, if the lesson calls on Scripture as a source, the students must go directly to the source.  I have one student read aloud. This gets their minds in motion to learn that the Bible has the answers we need in life.

As an assignment for homework I have the students read a few chapters a week.  In theory it works but in reality there will be students who won’t read the Bible.  During our wrap-up time at the end of class, we toss a ball around as I ask questions about today’s lesson and the assigned chapters.  Jesus Bucks to those who answer correctly. Some don’t understand the meaning of the chapters they read.  Some do.

Some interpret differently than others according to what is going on in their life.  This is a life lesson only reading the Bible can demonstrate.  I am fortunate enough to have the interpretations to the Scriptures so it helps me teach. I have had students question what the read.  With the help I get from the Holy Spirit, I can guide them to understanding of the Scripture and how it applies to their life today.

Please also note; there are many families who can’t afford a bible for their child.  I was fortunate enough to procure good children’s bibles which are easy to understand.  I give these to students without Bibles at home. Discreetly.

How about you? Do you have your son, daughter, student(s) read from the Bible daily? It’s great practice. Comment below. I look forward to hearing from you.

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